Chessable Masters: Nakamura Knocks Out Dubov
Hikaru Nakamura. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Chessable Masters: Nakamura Knocks Out Dubov

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GM Hikaru Nakamura avoided early elimination by beating GM Daniil Dubov in the final round of the Chessable Masters A group's Swiss phase on Monday. GMs Magnus CarlsenVladislav Artemiev, and Alexander Grischuk also qualified for the knockout.

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There were some scary moments for Nakamura, who started the second day with a loss, followed by three draws. That first mishap was at the hands of Carlsen, who once again managed to find a way to keep play for White in the American's solid Queen's Gambit Declined repertoire. It seems that Nakamura's inaccurate move order was the basis for his later problems.

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A crushing win for Carlsen, who had a much better second day. Photo: Peter Doggers/

After nine rounds, Nakamura was in fifth place on tiebreak, having scored 4/9, just as Grischuk. There was little chance that a draw would be enough to finish among the top four players—the ones who qualify for the next phase.

Nakamura had to play for a win against Dubov and delivered. He copied an opening setup Grischuk had played earlier in the day against the same opponent, and Dubov didn't have enough time to fix his Accelerated Dragon between rounds:

Two more games need to be included in this report. First, a much better effort by Dubov from round seven, which was Artemiev's only loss.

It was truly inspiring play by the winner of the Lindores Abbey tournament, and it's unfortunate to see him leave this next event so early.

Dubov channeling his inner Morphy on the day the great American was born in 1837.

We're not leaving Dubov just yet as the last game is an excellent win by Carlsen against him. The world champion was having a much better day than his first one.

Dubov was the unlucky one among three players finishing on 50 percent. The other GM not advancing to the knockout was Pentala Harikrishna.

Group A Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts SB
1 Carlsen,Magnus 2881 2839 ½½ ½½ ½1 01 6.0/10 28
2 Artemiev,Vladislav 2769 2861 ½½ ½½ ½½ 10 11 6.0/10 27
3 Grischuk,Alexander 2784 2787 ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 01 5.0/10 25
4 Nakamura,Hikaru 2829 2779 ½0 ½½ ½½ ½1 ½½ 5.0/10 24.5
5 Dubov,Daniil 2770 2790 10 01 ½½ ½0 5.0/10 24
6 Harikrishna,Pentala 2690 2660 00 10 ½½ 3.0/10

Games Group A, Day 2

The Chessable Masters runs June 20-July 5 on chess24 as part of the Magnus Carlsen Tour. The prize fund is $150,000 with a first prize of $45,000. The time control is 15 minutes for all moves with a 10-second increment after each move. No draw offers are allowed before move 40. 

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