© Illustration. International Chess Federation (FIDE)Magnus Carlsen / Jan Nepomniachtchi
MOSCOW, 20 Jul – Russian chess player Ian Nepomniachtchi said he was disappointed with the decision of the reigning world champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen to refuse to participate in the match for the world chess crown.
Carlsen on Wednesday announced his refusal to play the match for the world title with Nepomniachtchi. The Russian won the Candidates Tournament in Madrid in early July and won the right to play against Carlsen again in 2023. Now Nepomniachtchi must face the Chinese Ding Liren, who came second in the Candidates Tournament.
“Personally, this disappoints and saddens me. Maybe he felt like a hostage to this whole situation,” chess24 quotes Nepomniachtchi on Twitter.
Karlen became world champion in 2013, he defended the title four times. The last time he beat Nepomniachtchi was in 2021.