The Russian Grandmaster wins the event with a round to spare and will challenge the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen at the end of the year in Dubai, with a prize fund of two million euros at stake.
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Nepo’s draw left the Frenchman definitely out of the race, but the decisive result came just a few minutes later, when Anish Giri resigned his game against Alexander Grischuk.
Despite showing some of the best chess in his career during this second half of the Candidates Tournament, Anish did not have his best day on Monday. Grischuk scored a victory that helped his countryman ‘Nepo’ to achieve his goal.
Nepomniachtchi, who won the 2002 World Championship in the under-10 age group ahead of Magnus Carlsen, will have a chance now, two decades later, to take the crown from the hands of the Norwegian.