Recap after my instant notes which I do not edit.
Ding going for a Berlin Defence, which Nepo avoided. A standard looking
Lopez. Na7 and Qc7 from Ding caught me out (and Nepo) I did spot,
(eventually)a plan with Bf8 and the a7 Knight going to c5. I had plenty
of time to do this because Nepo spent 20 minutes on playing 16. Ba2.
Then suddenly we had a 19th century Kingside attack on the board with
all kinds of trick shots. popping up for Nepo but Ding calmly defended by
grabbing what I thought was a risky pawn on the Queenside but it had the
effect of disrupting White Queenside. Ding offered an exchange, Nepo
refused it. Queens came off., pawns came off, a pair of Rooks came off.
A draw was agreed but only after a tricky Knight ending was negotiated.
Ian. Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren, Game 9
The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 196818
Edit: I've added a couple of Red Hot Pawn games
with the same ending in the the thread above.