Nakamura Leads Unive At Halfway

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/24/12, 9:20 AM.

Hikaru_Nakamura_USChamps_2010_resized.jpgHikaru Nakamura is leading the Crown Group at the 2012 Unive Tournament in Hoogeveen, Netherlands at the halfway point.

Nakamura has won both his games with the white pieces, and drawn with black to lead by a clear point from Sergei Tiviakov.

Today (24th October) is a rest day, so the tournament continues with round four on Thursday 25th October.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC), and the official website (in Dutch) is providing live video coverage of the games at this page.

The standings after 3/6 rounds

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


Hikaru Nakamura beat Anish Giri in the first round

Unive 2012 round 1 Nakamura Giri.jpg




Hou Yifan pushed hard against Anish Giri in round two

Unive 2012 round 2 Hou Yifan Anish Giri.jpg




Nakamura responded well to Hou Yifan's rare choice of 7...e5?! in the Keres Attack

Unive 2012 round 3 Nakamura Hou Yifan.jpg



Pictures from the official website. Games via TWIC.

7419 reads 33 comments
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  • 4 years ago


    I'm not sure if you all understand how tourneys with top level GM's work but Naka probably confirmed for this tourney long before he lost all those points in the last tourney...but whatever, don't let my logic interrupt your bash Nakamura party

  • 4 years ago


    I noticed that the ratings on the signs attached to the table don't match those given by  Does anyone know the reason for this?

  • 4 years ago


    Comon guys.. next you'd say Anand defended against weak player like Gelfand instead of Carlsen / Aronians... if you just think from probablity pov, beating low rated GM 5 times continuously is as good as beating a higher rated GM..

    In any case, if rating was all we probably have a the wrong world champ! Smile

  • 4 years ago


    Naka tweeted three days ago "When the going gets tough, the tough get going"! He thinks that he is the only "tough" player here? It's the opposite if you ask me..

  • 4 years ago


    Nakamura trying to get the rating points he lost playing against strong players.

    Caruana added points playing super GM.

    Naka hypocrite.

  • 4 years ago


    Giri is not a 'weaker player,' like most top players u18 he is criminally underrated.

  • 4 years ago


  • 4 years ago


    Exactly @ Jalidrivas, biggest hypocrite in current top chess. Undecided He always does stuff like this lol.

  • 4 years ago


    Nakamura playing weaker players in this tournament just to get some rating points back. He criticized Caruana for doing that in the past. Now he is doing the same here!!!

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