Grivas World Championship wrap-up

by Efstratios Grivas
5/2/2023 – The final phase of the Astana World Championship brought us unparalleled drama. You saw Ding pull it off with tenacious defence in game 14, and then continue with extraordinary defensive skills in the first three playoff game. In the fourth game the Chinese GM took a very brave decision in the ending, to reject a draw and play for a win – a decision that paid off handsomely. Once again we have deep, instructive commentary for you to study, kindly provided to us by grandmaster Efstratios Grivas. We include pictures and the closing ceremony video.

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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 fourteen

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Here are all the games of the playoff. You can maximize the replay app and start an engine to help you follow the analysis – to answer all residual "what if" and "why not" questions.

Watch the two players in the final playoff game, which ended in...

Ding winning the trophy!

All pictures on this page by Stev Bonhage, an international freelance photographer who has been published and working in over 55 countries and counting.

Born in the former German Democratic Republic Stev later grew up in Sweden during his teenage years and fell in love with photography shortly after he dropped out of school at the age of 17. With over 15 years of experience and taking great pride in his journey and work, Stev has somehow accomplished to work for some of the biggest brands and magazines in the world. Specialised in portrait, action-sport, editorial, reportage, travel and event photography he has created the work you look at today.

And now watch the spectacular closing ceremony in Astana:


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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