The World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, taking place in Samarkand from December 26 to 30, witnessed Kazakh chess player Ernur Amangeldy securing a draw against the vice-world chess champion Ian Nepomniachtchi in the second-round match, QazMonitor reports.
Ernur Amangeldy, a 15-year-old chess prodigy with a rating of 2012, faced Russian Grandmaster Nepomniachtchi, who holds a rating of 2778. Playing black, Amangeldy concluded the rapid match against Nepomniachtchi with a draw.
In April this year, Nepomniachtchi suffered a defeat against Chinese player Ding Liren in a World Championship Match in Astana.
Notably, the championship features a prize fund of $1,000,000.