In round three GM Ding Liren countered GM Fabiano Caruana‘s preparation and won his first game in the FIDE Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg. GMs Ian Nepomniachtchi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Wang Hao lead going into the first rest day.
Caruana, who emerged triumphant at the Tata Steel Chess tournament this year, went into the game today having an unbeaten streak of 28 standard games. The last time he had lost was on August 26, 2019 against… Ding.
Meanwhile, much was at stake today for the world number-three from Wenzhou. A minus two score was bad, but with minus three his tournament would be more or less over. He could not afford another loss.
Things were looking grim for a while when Caruana not only surprised him in the opening—the American GM hadn’t played the Slav since Gibraltar 2017—but also uncorked a sharp novelty on move nine. Caruana continued playing fast, while the Chinese GM had to burn lots of time while making many difficult decisions. (Read more). Photo and news: chess.com