After the 2 consecutive wins of Fujii Souta in the Kisei tournament everyone was looking for the third game. If Fujii would have won that game he would have got his first title.
But his rival is Watanabe Akira, a genius player that also become a professional when he was a middle schooler like Fujii. Watanabe made an incredible theoretical preparation for the game.
Fuji-Watanabe game 3 of the Kisei match.
Fuji said his prep lasted til move 41(!) but Watanabe had looked further, having prepared this rook-drop at move 45(!!).
As the young Fuji could have won his first major title, the game had more than 5.million viewers. Fuji still leads 2-1 pic.twitter.com/sZPHy7APGW
— Peter Heine Nielsen (@PHChess) July 9, 2020
The 4th game will be on July, 16. Watanabe will be able to set the match in a tie or Fujii Souta will become the next Kisei title holder?