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Candidates chess: Nepomniachtchi takes sole lead in Round 5


Ian Nepomniachtchi of host Russia became the first player to take the sole lead when he made China's Wang Hao pay the price for a terrible blunder in the fifth round of the Candidates chess tournament.


Nepomniachtchi, who had shared the lead overnight with Hao and France's Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, took his tally to 3.5 points.


The Nepomniachtchi-Hao was the only game that produced a decisive result.


Hao, who adopted his trusted Petrov's Defence, was placed comfortably placed until he erred on the 32nd move.


He went on to lose a piece, and the game 11 moves later.


Anish Giri (Ned) 2 drew with Fabiano Caruana (US) 2.5; Alexander Grischuk (Rus) 2.5 drew with Ding Liren (Chn) 2; Kirill Alekseenko (Rus) 2 drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) 3; Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus) 3.5 bt Wang Hao (Chn) 2.5.






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