Game 9: 2023 World Chess Championship | Nepomniachtchi vs Ding

Featured is Game 9 between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren from the 2023 World Chess Championship match. It’s a Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense but without a queenless middlegame surfacing. By move 15 we can observe a mostly symmetrical position. Nepomniachtchi’s knight on g3 and Ding’s knight on a6 act as the primary positional imbalance as play sharpens. Going into game 9 Ian Nepomniachtchi leads Ding Liren 4.5 to 3.5. The 2023 World Chess Championship is a best of 14-game match being played in Astana, Kazakhstan. The first player to earn 7.5 points will receive the lion’s share (60%) of the approximately $2.2 million prize pool and claim the most prestigious title in chess: ‘World Chess Champion’.

Image of Ding Liren courtesy of Lennart Ootes

I’m a self-taught National Master in chess out of Pennsylvania, USA who was introduced to the game by my father in 1988 at the age of 8. The purpose of this channel is to share my knowledge of chess to help others improve their game. I enjoy continuing to improve my understanding of this great game, albeit slowly. Consider subscribing here on YouTube for frequent content, and/or connecting via any or all of the below social medias. Your support is greatly appreciated. Take care, bye. 🙂

★ CHESS.COM (affiliate link)


  1. I am LOVING this series and as always, your amazing reviews Jerry. Thank you!

  2. Keep making more videos man. Your videos are better than gothamchess and agadmator.

  3. I looked at 15 Ba2. It looks like the only way for white to improve his position is Nh4 targeting the f5 square. If you don't see Nh4, it is hard to find a way to improve the position for white. It is about equal and nearly symmetrical. It would explain the strange waiting move Ba2.

  4. I've been watching this WCC recaps on this channel recently. Just crossed my mind to check how long am I subscribed to this channel, and it's since May 16, 2007. I was like GAWD DAAAYUM I'm that old 😖. Wasn't a very consistent watcher tbh, watched a lot of other chess youtubers in the meantime. There are really so many channels these days, where one can find interesting chess stuff :). Used to watch all the Gotham's recaps and loved them. Just recently wanted smth different, maybe a little more chill and less distracting, and it's perfect here :). Not saying Gotham's recaps are bad or anything like that. I also like Ben Finegold's WCC recaps :). So people, no need to hate on others, they just different 🙂

  5. I didn't like this game that much, compared to previous games in this match. This game felt more like one of the Magnus world championship gameps than this world championship match. I've just been spoiled so far with all the incredible games this match 🙂

  6. These guys literally play like computers. Incredible.

  7. As someone who is not too invested, I would love a small recap of the score at the beginning. You did that at the start, but stopped that now. Something like 'score is X to Y in a first to Z'. (I don't even know the score and Z at this point, that's why I am asking.) I know Iapomnitchi is ahead by 1 point, but I am interested in how much games Ding has left to catch up

  8. Nic (J Bruce Feynman Niccolo P. Bentulan) says:

    Jerry, who has a better list of role model players?

    Ding Liren:

    1 – Veselin Topalov

    2 – Garry Kasparov

    3 – Magnus Carlsen


    1 – Vladimir Kramnik

    2 – Bobby Fischer

    3 – Wesley So


  9. Jerry, if possible, can you let us know, or best guess in these games at what point the players reach a brand new position?

  10. High quality analysis as always, keep it up! 👍

  11. Super recap!
    One suggestion- the tale of the tape at the end is great, but could you also put an Eval bar on the side of the board?

    It'd be super helpful visually, especially when you deviate from the game to potential other lines.

  12. Bro I hate king and pawn endgames I'm soooo bad

  13. theoneguywithaverylongusernamewhonobodylikedbecausehisnamewassolong says:

    I wonder about on move 10. Why not Nd8 to e6 instead of Nb8? Then black can aim for Nh5 to f4. Similar to what white does in the ruy lopez sometimes. Especially when white plays 12.h3, 2 moves later. It seems like a knight landing on f4 would be really strong since any g3 would hang the h3 pawn.

  14. I wanna see Ding take it to the house…the Chef's House.

  15. These videos are way too long. I see 25+ minutes and I'm not encouraged to watch.

  16. So instructive! Thank you Jerry, you one of the very best.

  17. Hey, Jerry. Would you mind switching the color white with a less bright color? I like to get tired or even fall asleep to chess, but whites is too harsh. Love your videos!

  18. Chessnetwork,,my favourite chess youtube channel,,keep going bro u r the best

  19. I don't understand the reasoning behind Ding giving up a pawn on move 38. Isn't that pawn passed? Seems like an important asset to lose but I'm sure I'm missing something

  20. Congrats Ding on holding a draw. He needs a win at some point here to even up the score, but perhaps not with the black pieces.

  21. I want a chess commentary channel that details the game but leaves out the "what would happen" if they moved another way. Maybe in an intense end game, to show how they could have won but beginning and middle game, I just want to follow the actual game. One of my fav commentators started doing more "but if" variants than the actual game. Anyone get what I'm trying to say? If so, what's your thoughts?

  22. thanks for covering this event so excellently°

  23. Now that is a proper WCC game , reminds me of 2018

  24. In my younger days played so many chess .

    Amazing analysis

  25. Fantastic analysis as always! There's tons of channels doing analysis of these games, but to me Jerry's is the clearest at explaining the ideas and WHY moves were played. Keep it up.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *