Dear enthusiasts of the enchanted world of 64 squares, we had bet on the French prodigy Alireza Firouzja, but it was finally Ian Nepomniachtchi who masterfully won the Madrid Candidates tournament.
The feat is not small since for the second consecutive time, the Russian n°1 dominates the strongest grand masters of the planet and is thus awarded the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen.
Nepo's career, as his admirers affectionately call him, was particularly impressive, since with 9.5 out of 14, five wins and nine draws, he finished first without losing a single game.
And even his dolphin, the Chinese Ding Liren, could only pick up crumbs with 8 out of 14, a huge difference in a chess tournament.
Again official challenger of Carlsen, Nepo will have to avoid two pitfalls.
The first is to be able to prove to himself that he is capable of causing problems for the world champion.
The 2021 game showed him that if…
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