Curse of Birthday Chess || Rapport vs Firouzja || FIDE Candidates (2022) R2

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Rapport, Richard (2764) – Firouzja, Alireza (2793)
FIDE Candidates Tournament ( [2] 2022.06.18
B53 Sicilian, Chekhover variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5 a6 6.Bxc6+ bxc6 7.c4 e5 8.Qd3 Ne7 9.c5 Ng6 10.cxd6 Qxd6 11.Qxd6 Bxd6 12.Be3 a5 13.O-O f6 14.Rc1 Ra6 15.Nbd2 Be6 16.Ne1 Kf7 17.Nd3 Rd8 18.Kf1 Bb4 19.Ke2 Nh4 20.Nxb4 axb4 21.g3 Ng6 22.Bc5 Rb8 23.a3 bxa3 24.Rxa3 Rba8 25.Nc4 Bxc4+ 26.Rxc4 Nf8 27.Rb3 Ne6 28.Rb7+ Kg8 29.Be3 Rd8 30.f4 Nd4+ 31.Bxd4 exd4 32.Kd2 Ra1 33.Rxc6 Rh1 34.Rcc7 Rxh2+ 35.Kd3 g6 36.e5 fxe5 37.fxe5 Rh3 38.Ke4 Rxg3 39.Rg7+ Kh8 40.Rxh7+ Kg8 41.Kf4 Re3 42.Rbg7+ Kf8 43.Rf7+ Kg8 44.Rfg7+ Kf8 45.Rf7+ Kg8 46.Rhg7+ Kh8 47.Rxg6 Re2 48.e6 Re8 49.Rh6+ Kg8 50.Rg6+ Kh8 51.Rff6 Re7 52.b4 d3 53.Rg3 d2 54.Rh6+ Rh7 55.Rxh7+ Kxh7 56.Rd3 Kg6 57.Kf3 Rxe6 58.Rxd2 Kf6 59.Kf4 Re1 60.Rd4 Ke6

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The 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament is an 8-player double round-robin that will decide Magnus Carlsen’s challenger for the 2023 World Championship match, or, if Magnus decides not to play the match, the two players who will battle it out for the title. There is also a €48,000 top prize at stake. The venue is the Palacio de Santoña, Madrid, from June 17th to July 4th. If players tie for 1st place there will be a playoff on July 5th. No draw offers are allowed before Black’s 40th move.

The players get 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment only from move 61. A playoff will feature two 15+10 rapid games followed, if needed, by two 3+2 blitz games. If still tied the players will keep playing single blitz games until one of them wins. If more than two players tie for 1st there will be a mini round-robin. Official website:

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