Thursday 27 April 2023

Stay calm, draw the next game

 After the catastrophe that was Game 12 of the 2023 World Championship, Nepo seems to have followed the old Russian advice of drawing the game following a loss. Even then he was a little fortunate, as Ding looked to have a promising position around move 20, before the game reached a kind of dynamic equality.

So it may come down to a single game, or failing a decisive result, a playoff. Based on the nervous play of both players, I do not think I can predict a result here. It may come to nerves rather than skill, something both players seem to have troubled controlling.

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