© Illustration. / Vladimir Vyatkin, FIDEMagnus Carlsen / Jan Nepomniachtchi
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MOSCOW, 20 Jul – Russian chess player Ian Nepomniachtchi played a draw with the world champion in classical chess Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in the first round of the Grand Chess Tour in rapid chess, which takes place in Zagreb.
The Russian, who had previously won the Candidates Tournament, played with black pieces. In other games of the first round, Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov with black, Jorden van Forest from the Netherlands defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan with black, Alireza Firouzja of France defeated Croatian Ivan Sarich with white, Americans Wesley So and Leinier Dominguez Perez played a draw.
On Wednesday, Carlsen announced that he would not play in the match for the world chess crown with Nepomniachtchi. The world champion announced his decision on International Chess Day. The 31-year-old grandmaster did not rule out that someday he would compete for the world title. Carlsen also noted that he would continue to play at other tournaments.