Nakamura Extends Reggio Emilia Lead

  • SonofPearl
  • on 1/2/12, 2:25 PM.

Hikaru Nakamura has extended his lead at the 2011/12 Reggio Emilia tournament in Italy with another win in round six.

Nakamura won for the second time against last-placed Nikita Vitiugov to put himself in a commanding lead.

His closest challengers Alexander Morozevich and Vassily Ivanchuk both lost today and now have a mountain to climb to catch the American.

As a result of his strong results so far, Nakamura is up to #5 in the live rankings!

The scores after six of ten rounds (3-1-0 scoring):

 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2758 14
 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2762 10
 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2775 8
 Giri, Anish  NED 2714 8
 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2727 7
 Vitiugov, Nikita  RUS 2729 2


Nakamura seeing in the New Year in style with players from the women's event

Hikaru Nakamura Regiio Emilia 2011-12 New Years party.JPG





The games in round seven on 3 January will be Morozevich v Giri, Caruana v Nakamura, and Vitiugov v Ivanchuk. Games start at 15:00 local time (14:00 UTC), and live coverage is available from the official website here.

Photo from Accademia Internazionale di Scacchi.

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  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    That French game against Vitiguov by Naka was awesome...

  • 4 years ago


    Naka is the ultimate Poker man. What is his live rating on

  • 4 years ago


    Wow! even grandmasters make stupid mistakes. Unbelievable blunder by Ivanchuk, who lost today against Vitiugov

  • 4 years ago


    wow ! what a blunder today in round 7 by ivanchuk !

  • 4 years ago


    Round 7 update: Nakamura and Morozevich both with quick draws, Ivanchuk blunders badly (with plenty of time on the clock) and loses to Vitiugov.

  • 4 years ago


    Aarnos said, "Go Nakamura, there's nothing that can stop you from winning anymore!"

    Um...Sure there is.  His name is Carlsen. Smile

    Nakamura still needs humility. He lacks it greatly.

  • 4 years ago


    Naka's a stud!!....The lady's love him!!

  • 4 years ago


    well he did play the last ranked player twice.

  • 4 years ago


    in the morozevich-caruana i wanted to ask to someone who knows better after 20...Bf6 why morozevich doesn't take the pawn with 21Bxc5. I can't see a special reason to play h5

  • 4 years ago


    very good games supised thier was no daws very stong and amazing moves by the winners.

  • 4 years ago


    Funny games ! Maybe champagne is guilty? Happy New Year!

  • 4 years ago


    Go Nakamura, there's nothing that can stop you from winning anymore!

  • 4 years ago


    I'm obviously happy to see Caruana winning against a very good opponent like Morozevich. Hope to see him build from here and finish tournament in third place.

    BTW I visited the official site and i'm not sure they use the 3-1-0 system, i saw the standard 1- 1/2 -0

  • 4 years ago


    Nakamura riding High! Cute picture with ladies field, too.   Would love to see Carlsen vs. Nakamura match. It would probably be more interesting than the upcoming  World Championship.

  • 4 years ago


    I like how Naka splits with Kaspa and then starts dominating. :D

  • 4 years ago


    Uuuhh Naka with  WGM Martha Fierro.Good job Naka! Go for it!We love you and proud of you.

  • 4 years ago


    USA! USA!

  • 4 years ago


    knight >> bishop in the top 2 games.

  • 4 years ago


    love d game, not players

  • 4 years ago


    Cheers to Hikaru, he really knows how to grind out a victory. Big win for Giri, too.

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