GMs Ian Nepomniachtchi and Wang Hao took an early lead at the FIDE Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg. They defeated Anish Giri and Ding Liren respectively in the first round.
On February 14, at a ceremony in the offices of the Russian Ministry of Sports in Moscow, the drawing of lots was performed. This led to the following numbers for the players: 1 Teimour Radjabov, 2 Ding Liren, 3 Anish Giri, 4 Alexander Grischuk, 5 Kirill Alekseenko, 6 Ian Nepomniachtchi, 7 Wang Hao, 8 Fabiano Caruana.
As the regulations stipulate, players from the same country are facing each other in the early rounds. The two Chinese players meet in rounds 1 and 8, and the three Russians play each other in rounds 1-3 and 8-10. (Read more). Photo and news: chess.com