© FIDE official website (Niki Riga)Jan Nepomniachtchi
MOSCOW, July 26 – The match for the world chess title between Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi and Chinese Ding Liren will take place in April-May 2023, reported General Director of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Emil Sutovsky.
Earlier in July, reigning world champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen announced that he would not play in a match for the world chess crown with Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi, who won the Candidates Tournament. The Norwegian defended the title four times, the last time he beat Nepomniachtchi in 2021. After the champion refuses to defend the title, it will be played by the winner of the Candidates Tournament and the chess player who took second place in it.
“It is planned that Ding Liren and Nepomniachtchi will play in April-May 2023. If one of them does not want or cannot take part in the match, he will be replaced by the chess player who took third place in the Candidates Tournament (Azerbaijani Teymur Rajabov). In case if further replacement is required, it will be carried out in accordance with the January 2023 rating,” Sutovsky wrote on Twitter.
Also Sutovsky reportedthat the Candidates Tournament will be held in two stages. The first will take place in October-November 2022, the second – in January-February 2023. The match for the women’s world chess crown is scheduled for the summer of 2023.