Februar 28, 2021

Nakamura gewinnt das Finale der Speed ​​Chess Championship 2020

On Saturday GM Hikaru Nakamura won the 2020 Speed Chess Championship final presented by OnJuno. The American grandmaster decided matters in the bullet segment as he defeated GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 18.5-12.5 to win his third Speed Chess title in a row.

Early in the competition, Nakamura stated that his half of the bracket was tougher than Carlsen’s. You could say that, after eliminating Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was actually the one having survived the toughest half. The big question was: could he do it again in the final?

Up until the third bullet game, the answer was “yes” as the Frenchman with three names was actually leading by a point there. That’s how close things were.

However, where Carlsen clearly had an off-day, Nakamura didn’t. The American GM got himself together, rose to the occasion, and won five games in a row there to decide the match in his favor and claim his third title in as many years.

“It was a very tense and very difficult final match,” Nakamura said afterward. “I think there were a few critical moments where both Maxime and I had a chance to maybe take a big advantage which could have perhaps been insurmountable. But it remained very close and in the end, I was just able to keep it together and play a couple of good bullet games.”

Nakamura pointed out that Vachier-Lagrave was basically an equal opponent until just a few games before the end: “It was very evenly balanced. Maxime played extremely well so a lot of credit to him for playing a fantastic match.”

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