Nakamura and Liren missed their chances to win in Round 5 of the 2022 Candidates

5th round of 2022 Candidates Tournament ended with Hikaru Nakamura and Ding Liren missing an opportunity to win against Nepomniachtchi and Radjabov respectively.

Photos: Stev Bonhage/FIDE

Round 5 of Candidates began with Manuel Alvarez Escudero making the ceremonial gesture in the Alireza Firouzja match against Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Escudero is now 100 years old and just a few months ago he played (and won) for his team in the Madrid league.

Fabiano Caruana – Richard Rapport

An incredibly sharp game of just 24 shots to Caruana and Rapport. The American GM tried to surprise his opponent with the rare 6.g4 from the Sicilian Taimanov defense that he actually used in the 2021 World Blitz Championship. Rapport threw his next move 6…Ne7, and immediately deviated from this part.

The two GMs decide to end the game with a triple repetition in a position where the two kings are in the center of the board! But the real result came from Dina’s initiative!

Teimour Radjabov – Ding Liren

The Radjabov – Liren match started with the Catalan Close. Ding pushed with black against Radjabov’s slightly overextended position, but had to be very precise in order to exploit his advantage. The Chinese GM failed to do so and the game ended in a draw.

Alireza Firouzja – Jan-Krzysztof Duda

The Firouzja – Duda match started with the Petroff and Duda followed the match he played against Pouya Idani in the FIDE World Cup 2021. After Firouzja missed a few chances to apply more pressure and create winning opportunities, the match ended in a draw after 36 moves.

Hikaru Nakamura – Ian Nepomniachtchi

Another Petroff in the Nakamura – Nepomniachtchi match, with the American GM taking the lead early in the game. Nepomniachtchi’s quick and imprecise play reminded everyone of his matches against Carlsen.

This time however, the Russian managed a huge breakaway to maintain his leading position with 3.5/5. “I think I got everything I wanted. I don’t know what an objective assessment is, but I think if I don’t have the sudden brainslip and play 25.Nd2… if I play 25.Nd4 it’s much better, if not win Nakamura said after the match.

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Round 6 pairings:

Teimour Radjabov – Richard Report
Hikaru Nakamura – Ding Liren
Alireza Firouzja – Fabiano Caruana
Ian Nepomniachtchi – Jan-Krzysztof Duda

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