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
Round 5 – Final position in Nepomniachtchi-Wang game
In the position below, Ian played 43. Ne3, and Wang resigned.
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.
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
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