Dubov Ties Score With Nakamura In Lindores Abbey Final
Daniil Dubov made a good comeback on Tuesday. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Dubov Ties Score With Nakamura In Lindores Abbey Final

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The Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge will see one more day of chess as GM Daniil Dubov tied the score vs GM Hikaru Nakamura on Monday. The Russian GM won the first game as Black and the next three then ended in draws.

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To the delight of the neutral chess fan, the Lindores Abbey tournament is constantly providing the maximum amount of chess. After we saw Nakamura playing three matches (with an armageddon game) against GM Magnus Carlsen, the final will now also see a third day.

Just like yesterday, the player with the black pieces started with a win; in this case it was Dubov. And just like the other day, this game put a heavy weight on the remainder of the match.

Nakamura side-stepped the most common lines as he played the Alapin against his opponent's Sicilian, but as it turned out, Dubov actually kind of expected that! The reason? His horrible score against it.

The Russian player showed his deep preparation on the board and reached a slightly better endgame as he had two pawn islands versus three for White. The next 10 moves or so played themselves and in no time Dubov was winning. An impressive start.

Daniil Dubov Lindores Abbey
An excellent game from Daniil Dubov, who might have solved his Alapin trauma once and for all. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

After two draws (see below), Nakamura needed to play for a win in game four with the black pieces. He chose the Dutch Defense and managed to get the desired imbalanced position, but then chose the wrong plan after which Dubov managed to equalize and secure a third match.

Hikaru Nakamura Lindores Abbey
Hikaru Nakamura. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

The third clash between the players is on Wednesday, and the winner takes it all!

Tuesday's games

The Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge runs May 19-June 3 on Chess24 in association with the Lindores Abbey Heritage Society. 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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