Dubov defeats Nepo in Rd9
Nepo provokes mating attack
Round 9 saw the tournament leader go down in flames against the young Daniil Dubov. A very tense and complex game was held in a delicate balance until Nepo moved his Queen to the Queenside, leaving his King defended by a lone Bishop. Dubov quickly exploited this slip and soon developed an unstoppable attack. The finish was crushing.
This loss still leaves Nepo in first place with 6 points from 9 games, but now Karjakin has caught up to him. In the meantime, Dubov moves up the tournament table and occupies 3/4 position, just half a point behind the two leaders. Should be an exciting finish!
gm Dubov,D – gm Nepomniachtchi,I
Rd.9 Moscow 14.12.2020