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Candidates 2022 R3: Nakamura douses fiery Firouzja

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/06/2022

Alireza Firouzja played only one tournament this year before the Candidates. It was clear that he was preparing for his golden opportunity. He got to show his full scale preparation against Nakamura in the third round. He blitzed out the first 25 moves and gained almost 80+ minutes advantage on the clock. The American is not the one who gets rattled easily. Being a sharp tactician and good with low time on the clock, he managed to real danger his opponent posed. Ding Liren was the only person who got remotely close to winning the sole game of the third round. Today is a rest day. Round 4 starts tomorrow, Tuesday 21st June at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Ding Liren misses against Rapport

Richard Rapport is really having some exciting games. Being a creative and imaginative player, all three of his games could have ended decisively. Yet, all of them ended in draws. Radjabov and Nepomniachtchi had the tournament's first uninspiring draw, which did not surprise anyone.

Firouzja showed his fantastic preparation in his first game with the white pieces in this event | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Ding Liren - Rapport: 0.5-0.5

World no.2 Ding Liren (CHN, 2806) got himself a very good opportunity against Richard Rapport (HUN, 2764).

Position after 22...Nxe2

White should have just taken the rook 23.Qxd8 Qxe4 24.Bxe2 Qxg2+ 25.Ke1 Qh1+ 26.Kd2 Bf4+ 27.Kc3 Qc6+ 28.Bc4 and it would have been completely winning for him. However, he opted for the safer route 23.Qxe2 Rxd1+ 24.Rxd1 a6 25.Bxa6 Bxa6 26.Qxa6 Qxe4 and the game meandered into a draw.

Ding Liren missed a real oppportunity against Richard Rapport | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Firouzja - Nakamura: 0.5-0.5

World no.3 Alireza Firoujza (FRA, 2793) showed his preparation as he blitzed out the opening moves in the Nimzo-Indian Defence. His 16.Nxg5 sacrifice was a new move in the position.

Position after 16.Nxg5

Black had to accept the sacrifice 16...hxg5 17.Bxg5 Nc6 18.Qc1 after a long think, Nakamura played Rxd4 19.Rxd4 Nxd4 20.Qf4 Black played Nc2+ a pragmatic approach by Nakamura, after almost 45-50 minutes long thought 21.Kd1 Qd7+ 22.Kxc2 Qa4+ 23.Kb1 Qxe4+ 24.Qxe4 Nxe4 25.Bf4 Nf6. Firouzja started thinking for the first time after 25th move when he had about 1 hour 50 minutes left on the clock and Nakamura had only about 28 minutes remaining. Less time on the clock has never been an issue for Nakamura as he navigated himself quite well and managed to hold a draw.

Nakamura found the only move in just 10 seconds against Firouzja | Video: ChessBase India
Dear YouTube, Alireza Sacks a Piece Against Me!! | Video: GMHikaru

Firouzja is definitely fired up | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Nakamura tweeted being upset about FIDE complaining about the dress code

He also added that same regulations have been enforced without player's input

This is not the first time a World Class player did not like FIDE's dress code. Last year, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave also tweeted on the same regulations before he went on to become World Blitz 2021 champion.

Fabiano Caruana (USA) - Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Steve Bonhage /FIDE

Teimour Radjabov (AZE) - Ian Nepomniachtchi: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Stev Bonhage/FIDE
FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022 Round 3 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 3 games

Round 3 results

Bo.No.RtgNameResultNameRtgNo.
122806GMDing Liren½ - ½GMRapport Richard27648
232783GMCaruana Fabiano½ - ½GMDuda Jan-Krzysztof27501
342753GMRadjabov Teimour½ - ½GMNepomniachtchi Ian27667
452793GMFirouzja Alireza½ - ½GMNakamura Hikaru27606

Round 4 pairings

Bo.No.RtgNameResultNameRtgNo.
182764GMRapport RichardGMNakamura Hikaru27606
272766GMNepomniachtchi IanGMFirouzja Alireza27935
312750GMDuda Jan-KrzysztofGMRadjabov Teimour27534
422806GMDing LirenGMCaruana Fabiano27833

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