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SCC Tactics

SCC Tactics

How do you crown a Speed Chess Champion?

Check out highlights and tactics from every SCC match!

  • Would Hikaru Nakamura win a fifth straight title?
  • Would Magnus Carlsen prove that he's the best at every type of chess?
  • How did Carlsen win a match without losing a single game?
Caruana Survives Scare Against Erigaisi: SCC Tactics

Caruana Survives Scare Against Erigaisi: SCC Tactics

Erigaisi built a strong lead early; however, Caruana came in clutch with a four-game win streak in the 3+1 section. Carrying the momentum into the bullet portion, Caruana was able to secure the match with a score of 14.5-12.5, eliminating his dangerous challenger.
11 min
3 Challenges
Ding Wins Blockbuster Match Against Grischuk: SCC Tactics

Ding Wins Blockbuster Match Against Grischuk: SCC Tactics

In a match marked by fierce attacking play, Ding Liren survived for a 14-12 victory against Alexander Grischuk.
7 min
2 Challenges
Vachier-Lagrave Stuns Nepomniachtchi In Bullet Blowout: SCC Tactics

Vachier-Lagrave Stuns Nepomniachtchi In Bullet Blowout: SCC Tactics

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave convincingly won his round of 16 match against GM Ian Nepomniachtchi by the greatest margin yet in Chess.com's 2022 Speed Chess Championship.
11 min
4 Challenges
Aronian Sparks Bullet Comeback vs. Andreikin: SCC Tactics

Aronian Sparks Bullet Comeback vs. Andreikin: SCC Tactics

GM Levon Aronian defeated GM Dmitry Andreikin in the 2022 Speed Chess Championship in an electrifying duel. The match between these two exceptional grandmasters was loaded with imaginative play and culminated in a sensational finale.
14 min
3 Challenges
Imperfect Carlsen Overpowers Gukesh: SCC Tactics

Imperfect Carlsen Overpowers Gukesh: SCC Tactics

Though Carlsen was off his usual form and overlooked a number of tactics, he defeated his prodigy opponent by such a wide margin that he had essentially won the match before the bullet segment even began.
11 min
4 Challenges
Nihal Overcomes Giri's Bullet Comeback: SCC Tactics

Nihal Overcomes Giri's Bullet Comeback: SCC Tactics

GM Nihal Sarin edged out GM Anish Giri in a tiebreak playoff. The two tenacious grandmasters created one brilliancy after another as they grappled for a spot in the quarterfinals.
11 min
4 Challenges
So Overcomes Abdusattorov

So Overcomes Abdusattorov

In a tight match, Wesley So held on to defeat Nodirbek Abdusattorov, 14-12.
12 min
3 Challenges
Nakamura Cruises In Round One: SCC Tactics

Nakamura Cruises In Round One: SCC Tactics

Hikaru Nakamura played creative openings and easily defeated David Paravyan 19.5 - 7.5, as he started his SCC title defense.
8 min
4 Challenges
Nihal Shines In Win Over Ding: SCC Tactics

Nihal Shines In Win Over Ding: SCC Tactics

GM Nihal Sarin emerged victorious from his intergenerational clash with world championship challenger GM Ding Liren in the 2022 Speed Chess Championship quarterfinals with a score of 17-9 after outpacing his opponent as the time control quickened.
10 min
4 Challenges
Nakamura Runs Over Aronian In Quarterfinals: SCC Tactics

Nakamura Runs Over Aronian In Quarterfinals: SCC Tactics

Nakamura gained a two-point lead early, which he never let go, and was dominant in time scrambles throughout the match.
11 min
3 Challenges
Carlsen Goes Undefeated Vs. Caruana in Historic Victory: SCC Tactics

Carlsen Goes Undefeated Vs. Caruana in Historic Victory: SCC Tactics

Magnus Carlsen defeated Fabiano Caruana without losing a single game on his way to a dominant 22-4 victory.
13 min
4 Challenges
MVL Surpasses So In Tight Finish: SCC Tactics

MVL Surpasses So In Tight Finish: SCC Tactics

Early in the match, Vachier-Lagrave gained as high as a four-point lead, but So fought back to even the score in the bullet segment. With just 12 minutes left on the match clock, the French grandmaster entered a new gear, winning four games in a row to seal victory.
11 min
3 Challenges
Nakamura Confirms Spot In Final: SCC Tactics

Nakamura Confirms Spot In Final: SCC Tactics

Nihal Sarin played well, but Hikaru Nakamura frequently turned around tough positions and emerged with a 14.5 - 10.5 victory.
10 min
4 Challenges
Carlsen Dismantles Reigning World Blitz Champion And Reaches Final: SCC Tactics

Carlsen Dismantles Reigning World Blitz Champion And Reaches Final: SCC Tactics

The world champion steamrolled through yet another match, gaining revenge against MVL for last year's defeat.
10 min
5 Challenges
Nakamura Wins Speed Chess Championship For The Fifth Time: SCC Tactics

Nakamura Wins Speed Chess Championship For The Fifth Time: SCC Tactics

Hikaru Nakamura won his fifth title match at the 2022 Speed Chess Championship, defeating Magnus Carlsen in an immensely close final.
23 min
8 Challenges

SCC Tactics

Master Games
15 Lessons
173 Minutes
58 Challenges
Released December 22, 2022
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