Nakamura is Chess 960 World Champ - updated

Nakamura is Chess 960 World Champ - updated

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jul 31, 2009, 1:58 PM |
18 | Chess Event Coverage

Hikaru Nakamura (pictured) has clearly got the hang of Chess960!  After a disappointing first day in the qualification round-robin, he won all three of games on the second day to book his place in the final against Aronian.

Nakamura's form continued into the final, where he blew away the world's #4 ranked player in devastating style, winning 3.5-0.5.

Look out for updates on Nakamura's blog about the event!

Meanwhile, in the huge FiNet Chess960 Open tournament, Alexander Grischuk triumphed against some very strong competition, including Gata Kamsky, Vugar Gashimov and Etienne Bacrot.

Rybka continued it's impressive play in the Livingston Chess960 Computer WCC, utterly dominating the competition with a score of 11.5/12 in the qualifying round!  Only Deep Shredder managed a draw, and came second with 7/12.  They now meet again in the final.

The main event at Mainz - the Grenkeleasing Rapid World Championship (normal chess!) started today and finishes on Sunday, and the very strong Ordix Open featuring Nakamura begins on Saturday.

Links to live coverage of all the events can be found here.

Many comments have asked for the games, but chess960 games can't be displayed by the standard replay board because it doesn't recognize castling (if neither player castles then it should work).

If you have software to play chess960 games, then the pgn of the games can be found at the official website.  Failing that, the starting positions and notation of the three decisive games are below, so you can play through them by the old fashioned method of setting up a board and moving the pieces! Smile

 

 

 

1.f4 f5 2.Bd4 d6 3.Qg1 c5 4.Bc3 Nc7 5.g4 e6 6.d3 Bf7 7.e4 Ne7 8.Ne2 Qg8 9.Nb3 b6 10.O-O-O g6 11.Nd2 O-O-O 12.Bh3 fxe4 13.Nxe4 Ned5 14.Bf6 Rd7 15.c4 Nb4 16.a3 Nc6 17.Bc3 Be7 18.g5 d5 19.Nf6 Bxf6 20.Bxf6 Qf8 21.Nc3 Qd6 22.Qf2 Kb7 23.Kb1 Rf8 24.cxd5 Nxd5 25.Nxd5 Qxd5 26. d4 e5 27.Bxd7 Nxd4 28.Rxd4 cxd4 29.Rxe5 Qa2+ 30.Kc1 Qa1+ 31.Kc2 d3+ 32.Kxd3 Qd1+ 33.Qd2 Bc4+ 34.Ke3 Qg1+ 35.Kf3 h5 36.Re1 Qc5 37.Be7 Bd5+ 38.Kg3 h4+ 39.Kh3 1–0

 

 

 

 

1.b3 b5 2.f3 f6 3.d4 f5 4.Nd3 g6 5.Qf2 Bf6 6.g3 Qh6 7.e3 Ne6 8.Qe2 Nb6 9.Nc3 a6 10.Nc5 Nxc5 11.dxc5 Qg7 12.Qd3 b4 13.cxb6 cxb6 14.Nd5 Bxa1 15. Nc7+ Kf7 16.O-O Bc3 17.f4 Bxh1 18.Kxh1 Qf6 19.Rbd1 Qc6+ 20.Qd5+ Qxd5+ 21.Rxd5 Rb7 22.Nxa6 Ra8 23.Nxb4 Bxb4 24.a4 Bc5 25.Re1 e6 26.Rd3 d5 0–1

 

 

 

 

 

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 c6 4.g3 d6 5.d4 Bd7 6.Rd3 Na6 7.a3 Bh6+ 8.Bd2 Bg7 9.Be3 exd4 10.Bxd4 Nc5 11.Rd2 Nf6 12.Ng5 Rf8 13.O-O-O O-O-O 14.e5 Ng4 15.f4 Ne6 16.Nxe6 Bxe6 17.h3 dxe5 18.Bxa7 Nf619.Ba6 e4 20.Qg1 Rxd2 21.Bxb7+ Kxb7 22.Qb6+1–0

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