Candidates Tournament 2020-21, Round 14 - Live!

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4/27/2021 – After the longest half-time break ever, the Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg resumed last week. Ian Nepomniachtchi won the tournament with a round to spare and thus gained the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship title. Follow the games live with commentary. All rounds kick off at 16:00 local time (13:00 CEST, 7:00 ET) | Photo: Lennart Ootes / FIDE

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Round 14

Ian Nepomniachtchi gained the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in the upcoming World Championship match after winning the Candidates Tournament with a round to spare. Russia’s number 1 drew Maxime Vachier-Lagrave while second-placed Anish Giri was defeated by Alexander Grischuk. Given the tiebreak criteria, even if Giri catches up with Nepo in the last round, he would not be granted tournament victory.

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the druge the druge 4/27/2021 08:20
First half v second half
Nepomniatchi 4.5 + 4
Vachier-Lagrave 4.5 + 3.5
Giri 3.5 + 4
Caruana 3.5 + 4
Grischuk 3.5 + 3.5
Ding 2.5 + 4.5
Alekseenko 2.5 + 3
Wang 3.5 + 1.5

Congratulations to Nepo on the overall win and to Ding for the second half comeback!
MauvaisFou MauvaisFou 4/27/2021 08:08
There was no need for a proof that Alekseenko was a poor choice for a wild card compared to MVL, but, thanks to Radjabov, MVL had the opportunity to give that proof.
Petrosianic Petrosianic 4/27/2021 07:29
All the winners in this tournament broke even against each other, with 3-3 scores. The difference was in who did best against the bottom half of the table. Nepo's +3 against the bottom 2 was better than anyone else could do against the bottom half.
SKAcz SKAcz 4/27/2021 04:24
We had a discussion with friends on the topic: why does the winner have to play one more round? The arguments against it are strong: we are not machines, but people and they can do great creative things, but after a nerve-wracking exciting course, they deserve rest and relaxation. Tensions and emotions were part of the game and also thanks to the commentators, the tournament was a great chess event. But the moment there is a clear winner, there is no reason to keep playing, it is right to go home.
Ikelos Ikelos 4/25/2021 02:19
Was or will be this his article published on 4/26/2021?
Tom Box Tom Box 4/24/2021 06:16
A big edge is a contradiction in terms
Steve Higgins Steve Higgins 4/24/2021 04:47
Great commentary and program, just a minor note: The volumes from each commentator vary wildly. Every time Judit comes on I have to adjust my volume downward, and then when Tania comes on I have to move the button upward to hear her. Is there any way to address this problem? Thanks.
chessgod0 chessgod0 4/23/2021 04:17
Wow Giri has a big edge. If Ding loses here his campaign--already in jeopardy--is probably over.