FIDE Suspends Rounds 8-14! France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave leads after extinguishing Nepo’s fire in Round 7 at 2020 World Chess Candidates Tournament
by John Bain | Mar 25, 2020 | Candidates Tourney 2020 |
World International Chess Federation (FIDE) suspended Candidates Tournament – a move it didn’t want to make!
At the midpoint, Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi and France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are tied for 1st place.
See Postponed Pairings below.
France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
#8 Rated Chess Player in the World
Heading into Round 7, France’s Maxine was one point behind the leader Russia’s Ian “Nepo” Nepomniachtchi who was on fire.
Maxine delivered, defeated Nepo and is now tied for 1st place with 4.5 points with 7 games remaining.
See Final Position below.
Round 7 Results
March 25, 2020
Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi
Tied in 1st Place
7 Rounds to Go
#5 Rated Chess Player in the World
Round 7 Loss to France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Position after Move 39
Move 39. Qa3+ Kd8
The material is even, both Kings hide behind their Knights, but it is White’s move!
Final Position after Move 42
40. Qd6 g5
41. hxg6 (en passant) h5
42. g7, and Russia’s Nepo resigns.
See Standings below.
Who Will Challenge
Only one of these eight top rated players in the world will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the 2020 World Chess Championship tentatively scheduled for November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
After Round 7
The 2020 Candidates Tournament
The 14-round Candidates Tournament is being played in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Yekaterinburg, Russia–an 8-player double round-robin that will decide who challenges Magnus Carlsen for the 2020 World Chess Championship match scheduled to take place in Dubai in November.
Candidates’ March 2020 World Chess Ratings
1. #2 Ranked – Fabiano Caruana, USA, rated 2842, 27 years old.
2. #3 Ranked – Ding Liren, China, rated 2805, 27 years old.
3. #4 Ranked – Alexander Grischuk, Russia, rated 2777, 36 years old.
4. #5 Ranked – Ian Nepomniachtchi, Russia, rated 2774, 29 years old.
5. #9 Ranked – Teimour Radjabov, Azerbaijani, rated 2765, 33 years old. ***
5. #8 Ranked – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, France, rated 2767 – 29 years old.
6. #11 Ranked – Anish Giri, Netherlands, rated 2763, 25 years old.
7. #12 Ranked – Wang Ho, China, rated 2762, 30 years old.
8. #39 Ranked – Kirill Alekseenko, Russia, rated 2698, 22 years old.
*** Two weeks before the Candidates Tournament, Azerbaijani’s Teimour Radjabov withdrew from the Candidates Tournament, citing personal reasons.
The # 8 ranked chess player in the world, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from France, is his replacement in Yekaterinburg.
See Schedule & Pairings below.
USA’s Fabiano Caruana
#2 Rated Chess Player in the World
Fabiano challenged Magnus in the 2018 World Chess Championship in a 12-game match in London, and played to 12 draws in Classical Chess, only to lose the match in a Rapid Chess tiebreak playoff.
Fabiano must win the Candidates Tournament to challenge Magnus in the World Chess Championship match in November 2020.
Norway’s Magnus Carlsen
World Chess Champion
Born: November 30, 1990 (age 29 years) in Tønsberg, Norway
#1 Rated Chess Player in the World
2020 Candidates Tournament
2020 Candidates Tournament
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