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World Championship Game 3: Calm before Storm?

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/04/2023

The third game of the FIDE World Championship 2023 was a relatively quiet draw. The first 16 moves followed Giri-Ding's game from the Chessable Masters 2022. The world no.3 deviated with 17.N1e2 this time. His team and supporters were expecting him to find something better than what Giri did in the game. As Nepomniachtchi mentioned in the post-game press conference, it is quite difficult to disrupt the equality when both sides are making reasonable moves. One thing is for sure, Ding seemed more confident at this stage now more than earlier. He himself said, "I would like to thank my friends. They cheered me and helped me to deal with my emotional problem. Now I feel more comfortable at this stage." Game 4 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

"Now I feel more comfortable at this stage"

"...I was playing for a win at some point but I couldn't find a way to break through." - Ding Liren on Game 3. "...In the end a draw is a pretty decent result for the both of us." - The world no.3 on the result of their third game. Whether he got surprised by 1.d4 - "I didn't expect it, especially for this game. Although he played it recently but it's not his main weapon.. So it came out as a total surprise this time." 

A comfortable draw for both players | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren, Game 3

Position after 16...Ne6

The game followed Giri-Ding battle till 16...Ne6 from Chessable Masters last year. Ding Liren deviated with 17.N1e2.


"...Yes I checked it today I guess. Queen's Gambit Declined is a very very solid opening, you are not going to achieve much. Alas it's most common case when both sides are let's say playing more or less reasonable moves. It's hard to disrupt the equality." - Nepomniachtchi when asked about his game following the above-mentioned one till a certain point.

Game 3 - Queen's Gambit time! Analysis by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren - Game 3 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Press Conference after Game 3 of World Championship 2023 | Video: FIDE

Whether the players had access to a super computer for their preparation

"I don't know what you mean by super computer. It's how strong or how fast it can be called like to be it a super computer. A professional chess player will have very very strong computer but I don't know which kind of computer can be called a supercomputer." - Ding Liren. He also added, "I am pretty strong but not as strong as you were expecting."


"I guess the same story. You know probably to make your opponent afraid, you should claim you have like a super super computer but I think in fact it's pretty much all the same. Everyone has some good engines but I guess it's not something like above the sky." - Ian Nepomniachtchi.


The probable reason behind FM Mike Klein's, CCO of, question is world's most successful chess coach in history, Peter Heine Nielsen's tweet:

If you were wondering what 80's song Ding Liren and his second Richard Rapport listen to, Ding answered - Blowing in the wind by Bob Dylan.

Blowing in the wind - Live performance 1963 | Video: Bob Dylan

Photo Gallery

Astronaut Talgat Musabayev made the ceremonial first move of the third game | Photo: FIDE/Anna Stev Bonhage

Post game 3 discussion between Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

The spacious playing arena is not only good for the players but also for the spectators | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

A beautiful edit by Stev Bonhage gives us almost of a Nolan/Kubrick/Scorsese like cinematic feel | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

Ding Liren getting used to the stage can be bad news for team Nepomniachtchi | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

The beautiful trophy which will be presented to the new world champion | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

Perhaps Ding Liren's spirit animal on Richard Rapport's t-shirt will be unleashed soon? | Photo: FM Mike Klein
Replay FIDE World Championship 2023 Game 3 Live Commentary by GM Vishy Anand and GM Irina Krush | Video: FIDE

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Every game starts at 3 p.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. IST. There is a rest day after every two games. Fourth game is on Thursday 13th April 2023.

FIDE World Championship 2023 schedule | Photo: FIDE


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