Grivas on Nepo-Ding 12-13

by Efstratios Grivas
4/28/2023 – The last free day of the Astana World Championship: time to take another look at the two previous games. Once again we have deep, instructive commentary for you to study, kindly provided to us by grandmaster Efstratios Grivas, trainer and FIDE international organizer. Our replay app makes it very easy to follow the annotations. You can even start an engine to work out the most subtle questions you might have.

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In the following games you can click (or tap) on any move or any diagram to get a special replayer, where you can start an engine and explore the moves even further – and get answers to all residual "What if?" and "Why not?" questions you might have.

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Game twelve

When Nepo played 34…f5, the move was met with disbelief by grandmasters commenting on the game in live broadcasts and online. 

Ding Liren was also surprised by the move, as he gave Nepomniachtchi a puzzled look

It was clear that Nepo’s nerves had fallen apart. He could not hide his feelings

Photos for Stev Bonhage for FIDE. Well documented, Stev!

Game 13

Photos from Round 13 for FIDE by Anna Shtourman


Efstratios (30.03.1966) is a highly experienced chess trainer and chess author. He has been awarded by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) the titles of International Chess Grandmaster, FIDE Senior Trainer, International Chess Arbiter and International Chess Organiser.


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