World Championship, Playoff - Ding Liren takes the crown!

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4/30/2023 – By winning game 4 of the rapid tiebreakers — after three draws — Ding Liren became the 17th undisputed world chess champion! Ian Nepomniachtchi seemed to have things under control in the deciding game, and even a bit of an advantage at times, but he overestimated his chances and allowed Ding to get a dangerous passer. Ding kept his nerves and converted his advantage brilliantly. | Replay the games with computer-assisted analysis. Full report to follow shortly.

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Find expert commentary — video and game annotations — by well-known coach and author IM Robert Ris at the end of the article.

The title match in Astana will once again be played to the best of 14 games, with a time control of 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. In case of a tie, the champion will be determined in a rapid chess playoff.

The match is taking place on April 9-30 in Astana, Kazakhstan, at the elegant St. Regis Hotel.

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Match results

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Commentary by Irina Krush and Daniil Dubov

Commentary by Fabiano Caruana, Robert Hess and Tania Sachdev

Expert analysis by IM Robert Ris - Video and annotated game


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