Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi and Chinese representative Ding Liren tied the eighth game of the match for the world chess crown. The total score is 4.5 : 3.5 in favor of the Russian.
Dean, who played white, started the game with the Nimzowitsch defense, played very fast and by the 14th move had overtaken Nepomniachtchi in time. On the 22nd move, the Russian made a gross mistake, but his opponent failed to take full advantage of it, moreover, he himself began to make mistakes. The game ended in a draw after the 45th move.
Meanwhile, it turned out that Reddit users found two accounts on lichess.org that contain Dean's preparations, including for today's game.
On April 20, the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation awarded the first coach of Ian Nepomniachtchi, Valentin Evdokimenko, with the gold badge of the Russian Chess Chess Federation.
The seventh game took place on April 18. Nepomniachtchi, playing white, beat Ding Liren, who resigned on the 37th move and pulled ahead by one point. The championship is held in Astana, its prize fund is $2 million.