Chinese chess player – Vuong Hao – surrendered to Ian Nepomniachtchi when he was not in a losing position, in game 12 of the Candidates chess tournament on April 24.

Vuong Hao is shocked when he gives up early in Candidates

Vuong had no chance to finish first, and Nepomniachtchi took the lead when the two players met in game 12. After 59 moves in the end of the car, horse, Vuong was really good. He has 4 minutes left, while the Russian player has 48 minutes left. But, when passing 60, each player has 15 minutes of thinking.

After more than a minute, Vuong stopped his watch and shook his opponent’s hand, a sign that he was sorry. Experts were surprised with this decision, because Nepomniachtchi had only achieved great advantages, not yet prevailed. Twitter of the Chess24 wrote: “It was shocking that Vuong surrendered, helping Nepomniachtchi with the lead with only two rounds left”. And the account Chess.com also wrote: “After Wang suddenly gave in, Nepomniachtchi reached 8 points and maintained the lead”.

Comments above Chess24Grandmaster Surya Ganguly said: “He applied to lose seems a bit too soon. It seems Nepomniachtchi was also surprised by that.” And International Master Tania Sachdev kept exclaiming: “Oh, oh, oh”. Still in Chess.com, General Jorden van Foreest joked: “What is it? Perhaps Wang does not like Anish Giri, right”.

Wang is the number 12 chess player in the world, and No. 2 in China with Elo 2,763.  Photo: FIDE

Wang is the number 12 chess player in the world, and No. 2 in China with Elo 2,763. Image: FIDE

This victory gave Nepomniachtchi half a point ahead of Giri, with only two rounds remaining. Furthermore, Nepomniachtchi’s head-to-head stats were higher than Giri’s. If the Russian player draws the other two games, Giri must win both games to qualify for the throne with Magnus Carlsen.

During the post-match press conference, the reporter asked why Wang surrendered after country 59, he said: “Because I don’t want to continue. Somehow I can defend, but I don’t want to. I’m too tired. tired and unable to calculate anything. After 40th move, I played like an Elo player only 2,200. ” Nepomniachtchi stepped in and said, “What can White do in this position?”

Posture after 59 ... Rxa3, Trang loses.  Not only was it really good, the white king was also stuck in the first row, but the black king was in a safe position.  But, the Black review computer is not yet in a winning position.  It is very rare that players ask to lose when they have not fallen into a losing stance.

Posture after 59 … Rxa3, Trang loses. Not only was it a good thing, the white king was also stuck in the first row, but the black king was in a safe position. But, the Black review computer is not yet in a winning position. It is very rare that players ask to lose when they have not fallen in a losing stance.

Candidates will enter their final holiday today, April 25. On Monday and Tuesday, players compete in the last two games. Giri met Alexander Grischuk and Kirill Alekseenko respectively. And Nepomniachtchi ran into Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Dinh Lap Nhan.

Xuan Binh


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