Nakamura beats Nisipeanu in second round Kings Tournament

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Nakamura beats Nisipeanu in second round Kings TournamentHikaru Nakamura bounced back with a win in the second round of the Kings Tournament in Medias, Romania. The American grandmaster defeated Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu in a game that lasted 78 moves and started as a Closed Ruy Lopez. First-round winners Magnus Carlsen and Vassily Ivanchuk drew their game, also a Ruy Lopez, while Teimour Radjabov and Sergey Karjakin also split the point, after 90 moves of quiet manoeuvring.

General info

The Kings Tournament takes place June 11-21 at the Natural Gas Documentation and Information Centre in Medias, Romania. Magnus Carlsen, Vassily Ivanchuk, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu play a double round-robin with one rest day after five rounds. Games start 15.30 local time (14.30 CET).

Kings Tournament

Round 2

The second round saw the two leaders face each other: Vassily Ivanchuk had the white pieces against Magnus Carlsen. In order to keep queens on the board and thus more fighting resources, the Ukrainian chose to avoid the Berlin Defence with 4.d3, only to enter in another kind of position where there was very little White could do to improve his position. A draw on move 33 was a natural outcome.

Teimour Radjabov got a pleasant advantage on the white side of the Slav Defense and was pressing Sergey Karjakin’s position. The Russian grandmaster defended well in a game that saw king runs to the queenside and back from both sides. In the end the draw was agreed in a pawn endgame on move 78.

The only decisive game of the round saw a very tense battle between Hikaru Nakamura and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. The Romanian surprised his opponent by playing a line which Nakamura used to play himself. Both players did their best and showed high-quality chess. The position was balanced for a long time, until the Romanian grandmaster made a few inaccuracies and then blundered in time-trouble in the endgame.

This time, in the video section there are post-game chats about all three games:



Games round 2 - notes by GM Dorian Rogozenco

Game viewer by ChessTempo

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