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Tiebreaker kicks off with Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren drawing the first game


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Astana, April 30 – Russia’s Ian Nepomnyashchy and China’s Ding Liren played to a draw in the first game of the tiebreaker match for the chess crown, which is being held in Astana.
The Russian player played with the black pieces, and the match ended with move 35.
Chess players failed to reveal the champion after 14 games with classic time control (7-7). In a tie-break, chess players will quickly play four games. In the event of a tie, two blitz matches will be played. If the score is tied, there will be two more blitz games. If the winner is not revealed, the time control will be reduced further, and the chess players will play one game until the first victory.

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Nepomniašchy won the title match against world champion Magnus Carlsen after winning the 2022 Candidates tournament. However, the Norwegian refused to defend the title last summer, and the opponent was the Russian Ding Liren, who took second place in the Candidates Tournament.
The total prize pool is 2 million euros. The world champion will receive 1.1 million euros, his opponent – 900 thousand euros.

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