FIDE World Championship | Ding v. Nepomniachtchi | How Will Ding Equalize Against the World #2?

The 2023 FIDE World Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan is the most important over-the-board classical event of the year and decides who will be the next world champion. After a record-breaking Candidates Tournament, world number-two Nepomniachtchi faces world number-three Ding Liren in a battle for Magnus Carlsen’s throne after the current world champion abdicated his title.

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113 Comments

  1. I love to see anish here! The 2 others are great aswell, but it's so nice to have him commenting!

  2. Positive body language today changed so much- good on you Ding โค

  3. 2 decisive games out of the first 4, when did it happen before in a WC match?

  4. I think ding should fuse so to speak (steak from Apollo) *steal from the game dark cloud. Use the guy with the hammer for the next match .

  5. congrats DINGGGGGG ๐Ÿฅณ you will win this tournament ! I feel it

  6. i was with u Anish on the slider puzzle. Iโ€™ve seen the Bobby Fisher video with him on some talk show demonstrating his skill.

  7. Crazy that they couldn't recognize the sliding puzzle. They are one-trick knights in life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Vishy Anand and Irina are much better analysers of the game that too without the support of Engine. No offense to Anish and Howell btw

  9. ไธ็ซ‹ไบบ็‰›้€ผ๏ผ

  10. Torture interviews. Feel bad for the players. The interviewers are just a joke and that too in WCC

  11. Anish is such a good commentator, heโ€™s the type of guy that keeps me watching a 4 hour long vid

  12. well done ding, good luck to both players for future games

  13. Its hard to understand such a poor english by one international grandmaster Ding Liren

  14. Ding looks very decent every time I see time, Best of luck Ding

  15. Lol interview questions are just….๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  16. Give ding ka translator plz!!!!! This is so disrespectful

  17. Man it kinda sucks that you gotta go to a press conference immediately after such a heart breaking loss like that…

  18. Ding Chilling ๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿฆ

  19. And he did the exact same thing Nepo had done,he sacrificedโ€ฆ THE ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK!!!

  20. ุญุงู…ุฏ ู…ูˆุณูˆ says:

    Ding Brilliant moves๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  21. Man it hurts me so much seeing nepo completely defeated in the interview like just let them go back home and rest why do they need to have post match interviews??

  22. Ding for the win were gonna win china๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ช

  23. When do we see Ding's hand shake? Lol it doesn't show

  24. Bobby Fischer demonstrated he's the fastest in the world at the Slider Puzzles on a talk show once.

  25. 3:30:16 between the commentary discussion and the eye contact from Ding to Ian, you can see this is where the tide started shifting. That look from Ding to Ian is devilish๐Ÿ˜‚
    Edit: the eye contact happens very quick, I suggest pause then clip the time stamp

  26. This is the Nepo arc, they celebrate his victory. But then Rapport disappears. It's been 8 years. Ding has defended his title against Nepo amongst many other super GMs seeking to be the ultimate chess senpai. The year 2031, Ding feels he has achieved everything there is to achieve. But still misses his nakama deeply. But even tho his heart is burdened, his pieces never blundered. He channeled this great emotion into sharpening his skills. Perfecting his craft. The year, is 2031…. The world chess championship candidates…. Front page news, "Chess report! Return of Rapport".
    Dings mind races, baited breathe…
    For a moment, the unshakable chess Champion, usually stoic and unfazed freezes… How could this be?
    He clicks on the article, and sure as the sun will rise and set, the name is indeed registered to compete. He attempts to get in contact but to no avail… Could this really be his estranged nakama? Where had he been? Why wouldn't he answer? Ding waits, what else could he do… The WCC qualifiers begins… Ang in walks, none other than Rapport … Ding tries to get close, "Rapport-san!!" He yells with desperation! Yet his aura was different, ominous, malicious…. Next to him, was none other than Niemann-san… They had both disappeared in the same week, all those years ago… Surely it's just a coincidence, Ding-san assured himself. He tried to usher himself closer, but several arbiters placed themselves between Ding and Rapport. "What is the meaning of this!?) Ding asked himself… "The matches haven't even started, surely there is no such rules in place!"
    "Your grace. The head arbiter said sarcastically haven't you heard? The WCC rulers have been… Adjusted… Coincidentally, implemented just before this tournament. We ARE, the representatives of FIDE… Surely you believe us? Of course… We were the ones who made the changes…"
    FIDE, an outdated organization that had plagued the chess world since the distant years of the Magnus, even the Kasparov dynasties… Yet it had only grown in power, uncontested, they monopolized all of chess…
    "I…. I understand… Of course…" Ding uttered, biting his cheek until it bled…. There was nothing even he could do to stand up to the FIDE criminals. He turned to return to the sidelines, as he did, the piercing gaze of Hans met his own… A devilish smirk… It was only a split second as the qualifiers made their way to their boards.
    Just then, Ding exclaimed but he was banned!!!! The arbiters retorted, "his van has been lifted. He has been rehabilitated and deeply regrets his past decisions. We cannot punish someone so young and passionate about the game to be exiled forever. What life would that be?" Ding fell silent…. Returning to the observers section. He watched in other dismay as Hans and Rapport played a caliber of chess not seen since the legend Carlsen senpai was at his pinnacle… Game after game, they shredded through their opponents… Ding was sick to his stomach… Finally the day of the final match for the qualifiers, it was Hans vs Rapport… Something was off, Hans played terribly almost as if…. He was losing, on purpose? Over just as quickly as it began. The winner, without a single loss nor draw… Rapport…. Ding fell Ill, Hans looked at Ding… Their eyes hadn't met since the tournament started…. Again, a smirk so unsightly Ding felt it was that of the devil himself… The stadium cleared, "Rapport-sama!!! Please answer me!!!" Yelled Ding…. Rapport finally looked for the briefest instant, his eyes were empty, hazed as that of a corpse. Ding saw what looked to be a tear fall… The arbiters quickly ushered him away…. Ding reflected on what to do… There was something very, very wrong… He contemplated endlessly… At this point in his career, he could calculate nearly a billions games at once, and within each of these games millions of lines all happening simultaneously…. But as he sat alone, his mind fell silent… Blank… Dark… He didn't cry, Rapport had shed one tear… Yet for Dings heart, it was a million too many… Anger engulfed him…. What had happened to his once closest nakama? Ding looked over his trophies, pondered all he had achieved. And decided, he would not defend his title. He could not play his nakama in such a fierce battle… Then, there was a knock at the door…. Ding didn't respond… He couldn't move…. How could he…. It was if he was frozen in time…. Until an unmistakable voice exclaimed- "Ding, you must speak with me!" Ding snapped back to reality… Opening the door nearly instantaneously. There stood, Carlsen senpai… Ding froze, he knew the voice, how could he forget it… Carlsen-sama had chosen not to defend his title. And on the day of the last game Ding became world champion, it was tied. Ian and Ding were in a fierce battle, it was Armageddon. Before it started, an announcement was made. Carlsen-sama had sent a letter to be read at the conclusion of the game. When Ding won, everyone clapped, but even more, the urgently wanted the world to see was written… "Congratulations, to my successor. Do not become complacent… You must both, no- you must all! Continue to sharpen your blade. There is a dark storm looming over the chess world, it will take our best to refute our fate… Or I fear it will be sealed… Stay vigilant, to all of my chess nakama… I have taught you all that you know, but not all that I know…"
    Ding and the entire chess world wanted to ask Carlsen what he meant by such an ominous provocation. But he had disappeared, from over the board, online chess and altogether. He was like a gust of wind…
    Ding looked at Carlsen-san, and before he could ask anything Carlsen-san said 'Surely you've figured it out… You are my successor…."
    In that moment, everything made sense… The ominous warning from the undisputed chess goat, the strange disappearance and reemergence of Rapport and Hans, FIDE, it all made sense. This is the storm Carlsen-san had warmed the chess world of….
    "Senpai", Ding exclaimed… "Ithink I understand… But why did you leave you're chess nakama without telling us this was coming!" His fist clenched. Filled with anger. "They… THEY TOOK RAPPORT-SAN, HOW COULD YOU LET THIS HAPPEN!!" Finally, the tears Ding had held in for so long surfaced. Then, Carlsen-San said "I am sorry, Ding-sama… You have been through a lot… I'm sorry I left you with this burden for all of these years… I was gathering knowledge on theory and all aspects of the game. Calculating every possible line in the entirety of chess… And I have finally solved chess… The holy grail of the game… Beginning to end… I also exposed the corruption between Niemann, FIDE and all other conspirators but the corruption had run to deep … All I could do was prepare, and hope I would have at least a couple allies left upon my return… As it now stands, the only ones left are you, Nakamura and Gothamchess…." Ding realized just how dire the situation had become… "Just you, Nakamura and me remain?" Ding said, making sure he heard correctly…
    "That is our unfortunate reality…" Said Carlsen-san.
    "Your nakama is being controlled by the same AI that is controlling FIDE and all others corrupted… I have an ally working on disrupting this device but it may not be in time….
    So I must train you quickly, on how to solve chess entirely. You won't be playing your nakama, but a chess AI unlike anything the world has ever seen working through him without any weaknesses."
    "I'm sorry, I can't, I won't play my Nakama…. I will forfeit the match… I can't battle my closest nakama… Even if he isn't there mentally, the soul of a chess player will always remain." Said ding, defeated down to his very spirit.
    "We don't have time for this!
    That's exactly what Niemann wants!
    If you don't play your nakama and win then you know who it will be that does! Surely you remember, it's how you became champion in the first place! I HAD to leave the game, to SAVE the game! I had given my LIFE, MY SOUL for chess! And I left chess in YOUR hands for safekeeping! I knew it would be safe until my return. If you don't play your nakama then it was all in vain! Right now, you are the reigning chess champion. I can't simply tag in to defend you're title I relinquished, things aren't so simple! " Carlsen articulated the situation just as precisely as he did a line of chess theory.
    Ding paused… He knew Carlsen senpai was right…. They sat in silence for an entire minute… Dings tears had stopped… Steam began eminating from his body… He knew, win or lose, this was a war he could not walk away from… He locked eyes with King Magnus, he felt the infinite wisdom behind these eyes… "Where do we begin, senpai?" Ding asserted, knowing what must be done.
    Carlsen smiled, "I am glad it was you, that succeeded me…" Carlsen said with pride… Then his eyes gestured towards the board in the middle of the room. Already set… Ding looked and said… "I'm ready, senpai…."

    "To be continued"

  27. I've been playing chess for along time. When I'm not nervous I beat players 500 elo more than me. Being calm is a huge factor for winning.

  28. I love these three casters together. The Giri-Howell-Naro squad, led by Anish Giri, is the best commentary I've ever experienced. I am left wanting a podcast by the three of them. Call it A.D.D.

  29. Seeing Ding's hand shake as he played Rxd4, and hearing Anish observe this same thing out loud, was truly breathtaking. I am elated for Ding and devastated for Nepo. Still rooting for Nepo but gosh, chess is brutal.

  30. I'm a staunch Nepo fan, but Ding is giving him one hell of a fight.

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