FIDE disqualified Karjakin congratulates Nepomniachtchi on victory in Candidates Tournament
MOSCOW, July 4 – RIA Novosti. Russian chess player Sergey Karyakin congratulated his compatriot Jan Nepomniachtchi on his victory in the Candidates’ Tournament, but noted the low level of play of the opponents.
In March, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Ethics Commission suspended Karjakin for six months after he published an open letter on his social networks in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies and the special operation in Ukraine. Due to disqualification, Karjakin lost the opportunity to speak at the Candidates’ Tournament. On Sunday, Nepomniachtchi took his tournament victory ahead of schedule and will play world chess crown holder Magnus Carlsen of Norway for the second consecutive world title. The meeting is scheduled for 2023.
Last year, Carlsen defeated Nepomniachtchi by a score of 7.5-3.5 in the 11-game World Championship match postponed from 2020. In 2016, Karjakin lost to Carlsen, after which the result of the match was determined by a tie-break.
Carlsen had previously stated that the format of the match should be changed, especially that it should not only consist of classic games. In addition, the Norwegian admitted last year that he is unlikely to play in a match for the world chess crown in 2023 with anyone other than France representative Alireza Firouzja. If the Norwegian does not take part in the fight, Nepomniachtchi will play for the title with Chinese Ding Liren.
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