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Hikaru Nakamura Wins Unive 2012

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/27/12, 1:14 PM.

Hikaru_Nakamura_USChamps_2010_resized.jpgHikaru Nakamura finished a comfortable winner of the Crown Group at the 2012 Unive Tournament in Hoogeveen, Netherlands with a final score of 4½/6.

Already leading by a point at the halfway mark, the American champion defeated his nearest rival Sergei Tiviakov in the final round to seal victory.

That meant that Nakamura won all three of his games with the white pieces, and drew all three with black to finish undefeated.

In fact, the only decisive game that didn't involve the winner was Sergei Tiviakov's win against women's world champion Hou Yifan in round four which proved to be enough for second place.

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The final standings at the 2012 Unive Tournament

Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2775 * * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½
Tiviakov, Sergei  NED 2656 ½ 0 * * ½ ½ ½ 1 3
Giri, Anish  NED 2693 0 ½ ½ ½ * * ½ ½
Hou, Yifan  CHN 2623 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * * 2

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Sergei Tiviakov defeated Hou Yifan in round four

Unive 2012 round 4 Sergei Tiviakov Hou Yifan.jpg

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Hou Yifan pushed Hikaru Nakamura hard in round five

Unive 2012 round 5 Hou Yifan Hikaru Nakamura.jpg

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Hikaru Nakamura sealed victory by beating Sergei Tiviakov in the last round

Unive 2012 round 6 Hikaru Nakamura.jpg

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Erwin L'Ami took victory in the 9-round Swiss Open tournament in Hoogeveen with 7/9.
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The top standings in the 2012 Unive Open

# Name  Elo Pts
1 GM L'Ami, Erwin  2631 7.0
2 GM Nijboer, Friso  2525 7.0
3 GM Ernst, Sipke  2554 6.5
4 GM Timman, Jan  2578 6.5
5 GM Van Kampen, Robin  2570 6.5
6 IM Bosboom, Manuel  2402 6.5
7 IM Willemze, Thomas  2377 6.0
8 GM Grandelius, Nils  2593 6.0
9 GM Kasparov, Sergey  2476 6.0
10 IM Guramishvili, Sopiko  2418 6.0
11 IM Van Delft, Merijn  2395 6.0

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Pictures from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 21 months ago

    mugenpower

    no real surprise as naka won the tournament, anything less is unacceptable, this win should boost his confidence

  • 21 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Congrats Naka. 

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