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
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