Ian Nepomniachtchi is 32 and Ding Liren is 30. Ian is from Russia and
Ding Liren is from China. Both are unmarried and their hobbies include
Chess and... I don’t know. I met Ding very briefly but we never got around
to discussing each others hobbies. I’ve never met Ian Nepomniachtchi.
(I’m not too sure if both players are unmarried. Does that really matter?)
Recap: (I do the notes during the game and then this bit.)
A draw but it had it’s moments. Ding getting into his habitual time pressure
did set Nepo a few problems. In fact at one time Nepo caught him up on the
Clock. Then, despite pleading from me Ding took the Queens off (Howls of
despair from everyone) and it went into a tricky Rook and Bishop endgame.
Tricky for me (I called a good move 27..Rh6 a waiting move. It became
apparent a few moves later it was a good move.) No doubt the endgame
buffs were enjoying it all. And why not , we have been spoiled with tactics
in this match so yes let them in too. Four games left Nepo leads one nil.
Ding Liren - Ian. Nepomniachtchi - Game 10
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