Nepomniachtchi surprised Ding in the third game by opening the game with 1.d4. We got the Queen’s Gambit Declined, one of the most common openings at World Championship level.
The 2023 FIDE World Chess Championship is a 14-game match that takes place in the St. Regis Astana Hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan between April 9th and April 30th and is contested between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren, who finished 1st and 2nd in the 2022 Candidates Tournament. Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen has chosen not to defend his title. The first player to reach 7.5 points wins, while a 7:7 tie will be decided by a playoff. The prize fund is €2 million, split 60:40, or 55:45 if it goes to a playoff. No draw offers are allowed until after move 40.
Each player has 120 minutes for 40 moves, then 60 minutes for the next 20, then 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting only from move 61. A playoff will consist of four 25-minute games, with a 10-second increment from move 1. If still tied, up to two pairs of 5+3 games will be played. If tied again, single 3+2 games are played, with colors reversed each game, until one player wins.
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