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Ian is now alone in 1st place with 3.5 points followed by France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with 3.0 points, after Round 5 with 9 games remaining. See Standings below.

Round 5 Results

March 22, 2020

Yekaterinburg, Russia

Round 5 Results - 2020 World Chess Candidates Tournament

Round 5 – Final position in Nepomniachtchi-Wang  game

In the position below, Ian played 43.  Ne3, and Wang resigned.

Round 5 Final Position - Russia's Nepomniachtchi wins

To reach the final position, tournament leader Ian Nepomniachtchi won a Knight for for 2 pawns employing the “Removing the Guard” tactic beginning on Move 39. See below.

Round 5 Position -after Nepomniachtchi plays 39 f5+

In the position above, Ian played f5+! After the following exchanges on f5, Wang found his King overworked unable to protect both his Queen and his Knight:

39. f5+! gxf5,  40. gxf5+ Nxf5,  41. Qxd7+ Kxd7,  42. Nxf5 Ke6, 43. Ne3 and Wang resigned.

See Standings below.

Who Will Challenge
Magnus Carlsen
November 2020?

2020 World Chess Candidates Photo - March 17, 2020

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 5

Round 5 Standings - 2020 World Chess Candidates Tournament after Fabiano draws

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.

Who’s Playing?

Candidates’ March 2020 World Chess Ratings

1. #2 Ranked – Fabiano Caruana, USA, rated 2842.

2. #3 Ranked – Ding Liren, China, rated 2805.

3. #4 Ranked – Alexander Grischuk, Russia, rated 2777.

4. #5 Ranked – Ian Nepomniachtchi, Russia, rated 2774.

5. #9 Ranked – Teimour Radjabov, Azerbaijani, rated 2765. ***

5. #8 Ranked, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, France, rated 2767.

6. #11 Ranked – Anish Giri, Netherlands, rated 2763.

7. #12 Ranked – Wang Ho, China, rated 2762.

8. #39 Ranked – Kirill Alekseenko, Russia, rated 2698.

*** 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 CaruanaFabiano Caruana sitting at chessboard #2 in World March 2020

#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

Rated 2862

Born: November 30, 1990 (age 29 years) in Tønsberg, Norway

2020 March - Magnus Carlsen is the #1 chess player in the world

#1 Rated Chess Player in the World

2020 Candidates Tournament


2020 Candidates Tournament


Pairings Round by Round 14 Rounds for 2020 FIDE Candidates Tournament

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