Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi won the Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg. Now he will have a championship match against Magnus Carlsen – for the first time since 2007, the chess crown can return to Russia. So stay tuned and learn how to bet on Ian Nepomniachtchi.
Bet on Ian Nepomniachtchi: Playing Since the Age of 4
Nepomniachtchi got acquainted with chess early – his grandfather and uncle were fond of the game, so Ian learned the rules when he was 4.5 years old. There was a chess club near the family’s house in Bryansk, which in many respects determined the future fate of the chess player. Parents brought Nepomniachtchi to an experienced coach, Valentin Evdokimenko, who saw potential in the boy. At the age of 7, Ian won the regional championship and participated in all Russian tournaments.
Soon Nepomniachtchi became a star of junior tournaments – he won the championships of Russia, Europe, and the world. They compared him with the prodigies of the same age – Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin. At some point, progress stalled. And Nepomniachtchi received the title of grandmaster only at the age of 17 (for comparison: Carlsen at almost 13.5 years old, Karjakin at a record 12 years and 7 months).
“I probably got sick with star fever as a child. At the age of 12, when I won the European Championship three times in a row, and then the World Championship – then I just shared first place with Carlsen. Then I didn’t want to do anything special, I thought that everything would come by itself. Since those 12 years, perhaps, I could have added faster and faster to a new level, but I had to stomp on the spot for ten years ”.
Winning the Candidates Tournament that Lasted Over a Year
But since 2016, the Russian has again joined the struggle for high places: he won a major tournament in Danzhou and won the Tal Memorial. At the Super tournament in London at the end of 2017, he took second place, simultaneously beating Carlsen.
Then there were victories at the super tournament in Dortmund and the stages of the FIDE Grand Prix. It was thanks to his confident performance at the Grand Prix that Nepomniachtchi was selected for the 2020 Candidates Tournament. According to the FIDE rating, he is the best grandmaster in Russia – now he is in 4th place. The Candidates Tournament is one of the most exhausting competitions. The selection begins in more than a year, and this time the tournament has stretched out for an indecently long time.
After the games in March 2020, Nepomniachtchi shared first place with the Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, losing to him in a personal meeting. The break was only beneficial to Ian – that defeat remained the only one for the entire tournament, but there were many productive games: victories over Giri and the young grandmaster Kirill Alekseenko. As a result, for the round before the end of the competition, Ian secured first place. You can find the best odds for all the events on the online sportsbook sites in Russia. Bet on Ian Nepomniachtchi with the odds of 5.45 on 1xBET Sportsbook in the World Chess Championship.
Bet on Ian Nepomniachtchi: Fan of Cybersport
Chess is not Nepomniachtchi’s only love. Computer games help to distract from difficult and exhausting chess games. From the age of 11, Ian played in the cult Heroes of Might and Magic. Then the chess player discovered Dota, one of the main games in eSports. According to Nepomniachtchi, sometimes he spent 16 hours a day. He was very serious about them. He played in various leagues and even won international tournaments, but chose chess.
“At that time there was no money in esports, at least in Dota. I thought that there was no big sense in this for everyone since it is difficult to make money. Ironically, 3-4 months later the first The International was announced with slightly different prize money. ”
Cybersport is a widespread leisure activity in the chess world. Nepomniachtchi recalled how Carlsen wrote to him late at night to discuss one of the Dota tournaments. By the way, Ian is on friendly terms with the Norwegian. 1xBET Sportsbook offers 3.62 odds for Magnus Carlsen for the 1st Game.
Ahead of Nepomniachtchi is the match for the world chess crown. According to online sportsbook news in Russia, It will take place from 24 November to 16 December in Dubai. The last time the Russian grandmaster came out to the main match was quite recently – in 2016 Karjakin lost to Carlsen only in a tie-break. But Russian chess players won for a long time: in 2006, Vladimir Kramnik succeeded. Now Nepomniachtchi will try to defeat the invincible. For 8 years, no one has succeeded. So bet on Ian Nepomniachtchi with the best odds on 1xBET and enjoy the most intellectual game ever.