Alexander Grischuk’s stunning 51-move victory over Anish Giri in the 13th and penultimate round of the Candidates chess tournament in Yekaterinburg, Russia, made fellow Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi the challenger to Magnus Carlsen in the World championship match in November.
Soon after Nepomniachtchi drew with Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to take his tally to 8.5 points, second placed Anish Giri (7.5) resigned against Grishchuk. That left Nepomniachtchi with an unsurpassable one-point lead going into Tuesday’s final round.
Since Nepomniachtchi holds a 1.5-0.5 score against Giri in their mini-match in the competition, the World chess federation (FIDE) declared him as the challenger for the much-awaited match to be played from November 24 to December 16 in Dubai.
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