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After the introductory three rounds in the lead the last challenger



It is not at all clear whether Carlsen will defend the title

A challenger tournament is taking place in Madrid, and the winner will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Championship title early next year.

Before the first day off, they are led by Fabiano Caruana and Jan Nepomnjaščij, who have two points out of three. Interestingly, both were the last to play against Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian beating the American in 2018 and the Russian last year.

The tournament will be long as everyone plays with everyone with both white and black pieces. At the moment, it is not at all clear whether Carlsen will defend the title, in which case the title would also be played by the one who would win second place in Madrid.

Place Chess player State Points (of 3)
1. Fabiano Caruana USA 2.0
2. Jan Nepomnjaščij Russia 2.0
3. Jan-Krzysztof Duda Poland 1.5
4. Alireza Firouzja France 1.5
4. Richard Rapport Hungary 1.5
6. Hikaru Nakamura USA 1.5
7. Teimour Radjabov Azerbaijan 1.0
8. Ding Liren China 1.0

1st round: Jan-Krzysztof Duda ½ – ½ Richard RapportDing Liren 0–1 Jan NepomnjaščijFabiano Caruana 1–0 Hikaru NakamuraTeimour Radjabov ½ – ½ Alireza Firouzja

2nd round: Richard Rapport ½ – ½ Alirez FirouzjaHikaru Nakamura 1–0 Teimour RadjabovJan Nepomnjaščij ½ – ½ Fabiano CaruanaJan-Krzysztof Duda ½ – ½ Ding Liren

3rd round: Ding Liren ½ – ½ Richard RapportFabiano Caruana ½ – ½ Jan-Krzysztof DudaTeimour Radjabov ½ – ½ Jan NepomnjaščijAlireza Firouzja ½ – ½ Hikaru Nakamura

Source: Rtvslo

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