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Candidates 2022 R4: Nepomniachtchi crushes Firouzja

by Shahid Ahmed - 22/06/2022

Ian Nepomniachtchi is playing Candidates 2022 like a man on a mission. His objective is clear, become the Challenger for the World Championship again. He scored an emphatic victory over World no.3, Alireza Firouzja. The teenager did not respond well to his opponent's rapid attack on his kingside. He had to pay a heavy price for it. Caruana drew his third consecutive game to remain just a half point behind the leader at 2.5/4. Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Richard Rapport and Hikaru Nakamura are at 2/4 each. How will Firouzja react to his loss when he faces Duda in the next round? Round 5 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Three draws and a check for Nakamura

Ian Nepomniachtchi has taken sole lead | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Nepomniachtchi - Firouzja: 1-0

Ian Nepomniachtchi (2766) made his intention very clear with a rapid launch of an attack against Alireza Firouzja's (FRA, 2793) kingside.

Position after 18.f6

The quick onslaught 18.f6 on Black's kingside certainly rattled the world no.3. 18...gxf6 19.gxf6 Ndxf6 20.Ng3 Bxf1 21.Rhxf1 a3 22.b3 Kh8 it may seem like both kings are vulnerable, the reality of the position is, only one of them is. The game continued 23.exd5 Nd6? 24.Qxb4. Black should have played 23...Qc7 to keep things balanced. Things fell apart in a hurry for Black and White went on to win the game.

How Nepo's powerful play blew Alireza Firouzja off the board | Video: ChessBase India

Firouzja had a tough time surviving Nepomniachtchi's onslaught on his king | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Richard Rapport (HUN) - Hikaru Nakamura (USA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE
Dear YouTube, I Had This One in My Wallet 😉 | Video: GMHikaru

Nakamura tweeted about getting searched by FIDE

The Speed King got his wallet scanned before the game

Anish Giri chimed in on the situation

Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) - Teimour Radjabov (AZE): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Steve Bonhage /FIDE

Ding Liren (CHN) - Fabiano Caruana (USA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Stev Bonhage/FIDE
FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022 Round 4 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

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Round 4 results

182764GMRapport Richard½ - ½GMNakamura Hikaru27606
272766GMNepomniachtchi Ian1 - 0GMFirouzja Alireza27935
312750GMDuda Jan-Krzysztof½ - ½GMRadjabov Teimour27534
422806GMDing Liren½ - ½GMCaruana Fabiano27833

Round 5 pairings

132783GMCaruana FabianoGMRapport Richard27648
242753GMRadjabov TeimourGMDing Liren28062
352793GMFirouzja AlirezaGMDuda Jan-Krzysztof27501
462760GMNakamura HikaruGMNepomniachtchi Ian27667



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