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World Chess Championship: Video games 10 and 11 – Enterprise as Traditional?


Video games 10 and 11 of the 14-game match between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren have simply been performed in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The winner can be topped as the brand new World Champion in classical chess, following Magnus Carlsen’s abdication of the title.

The schedule of video games might be discovered right here, with Lichess offering a dwell broadcast transmission of all video games. Learn beneath for detailed ideas and annotations on the video games from GM Harikrishna Pentala – one of many strongest gamers on the earth (FIDE Score: 2704, World Rank: 34) and a former world prime 10 participant with a peak score of 2770, together with extra common impressions on the event up to now.

At a Look

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The extra the graph is within the pink, the larger the benefit Ding had. The extra the graph is within the blue, the larger benefit Nepomniachtchi had. The numbers on the underside of the graph, on the x-axis, correlate to the variety of strikes, and a +1 benefit on the facet of the graph, on the y-axis, is roughly equal to changing the place to a win 50% of the time.

Recreation 10

The annotations by GM Harikrishna Pentala are offered within the embed beneath, with a direct hyperlink to the complete examine obtainable right here.

Coming off two attracts, Ding was a degree behind and his flip with white probably represents a possibility to attract degree once more. 

As in Recreation 4, Ding opened with 1. c4, deciding to strive the English opening towards Nepomniachtchi once more. Ding diverged from Recreation 4 – Nepomniactchi’s seconds have nearly actually analyzed it extensively by now – and appeared extra hesitant together with his opening than Nepomniachtchi.

(Picture – FIDE / Stev Bonhage)

The depth of Nepomniachtchi’s preparation was obvious at a number of key junctures the place he remained assured in one of the best response to present. By even round transfer 19, it was probably Nepomniachtchi remained in prep. 

Even at this fairly early stage of the sport, the place seemed to be heading in direction of a draw with queens already traded off and the gamers all the way down to rooks and a few minor materials. These have been quietly traded off with no uncomfortable surprises for both participant, and each gamers agreed to a draw.

Nepomniachtchi can be happy with this end result – because it retains him within the lead and removes one other alternative for Ding to come back again. 

Recreation 11

The annotations by GM Harikrishna Pentala are offered within the embed beneath, with a direct hyperlink to the complete examine obtainable right here.

Nepomniachtchi has one other likelihood with the white items – and opens with 1. e4, the primary weapon he’s chosen on this match towards Ding up to now. Ding opted for a closed Ruy Lopez once more, relatively than a Berlin protection. 

The primary actual query for Ding got here at transfer 15, with Nepomniachtchi being extremely properly ready towards seemingly each eventuality. Nepomniachtchi appeared to be gaining momentum within the place and usually had extra attacking probabilities, however Ding discovered one of the best protection and Nepomniachtchi’s assault was efficiently diverted. 

(Picture – FIDE / Stev Bonhage)

Items have been shortly traded off, and once more by transfer 25 or so it was clear that the most definitely end result for the sport can be a draw – and certainly on transfer 39 a draw was agreed. 

Snap verdict

If Ding’s openings have been found by Nepomniachtchi’s crew, this might clarify why Ding has been taking part in extra cautiously. Ding’s seconds could also be making an attempt to purchase time whereas they put together new strains and new openings for Ding to play. 

In the meantime, Nepomniachtchi’s crew – rumored to incorporate 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, 2004 Vice-World Champion Peter Leko, the 2021 Russian Champion Nikita Vitiugov, and former European Champion Vladimir Potkin – has clearly ready Nepomniachtchi very properly and in unimaginable depth. 

But even so, when Ding surprises him or the sport progresses past what Nepomniachtchi has ready with – Ding nonetheless appears to get good probabilities. The previous couple of video games symbolize the ultimate few probabilities for Ding to attain a victory and push to the tiebreaks. He’s quickly working out of video games, however has two probabilities left with white to equalize. 

On the identical time, this shouldn’t detract from Nepomniachtchi’s personal talent and skill. Getting ready so properly is in itself a terrific talent and skill, and he has averted any actual wobbles within the opening. 

Lichess is recurrently working World Championship Thematic Arenas on the times of the event – with positions taken from the video games. Be sure you observe our social media to see when the subsequent one can be!

(Title photograph – FIDE / Stev Bonhage)

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