Nakamura Wins 6th Speed Chess Grand Prix

Nakamura Wins 6th Speed Chess Grand Prix

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GM Hikaru Nakamura won the sixth Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix after beating Iran's GM Amin Tabatabaei in the knockout final. Nakamura is now third in the overall Grand Prix, which is still led by GM Vladislav Kovalev.

The next Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix will be played on July 14 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 19:00 Central Europe.

The sixth Speed Chess Grand Prix tournament was held on Tuesday, July 7, with 879 participants. It was GM Fabiano Caruana who won the Swiss part with a 9.0/10 score as he edged out Tabatabaei on tiebreak.

The live broadcast of the tournament.

Caruana (@FabianoCaruana) had scored an undefeated 8/9, drawing in 14 moves with Nakamura in round nine to get closer to qualification. He was probably safe with another draw but in the final round faced GM Alireza Firouzja, who needed a win. Caruana convincingly set aside the Iranian star (@Firouzja2003):

July 7 Speed Chess Grand Prix | Swiss Final Standings (Top 20)

Rk Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 9 53
2 GM @amintabatabaei Amin Tabatabaei 9 49
3 GM @Infernal_XaM Pavel Ponkratov 8.5 57.25
4 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 8.5 56.25
5 GM @Aravindhchess1999 Aravindh Chithambaram 8.5 54.25
6 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 8.5 51
7 GM @vladislavkovalev Vladislav Kovalev 8.5 50.25
8 GM @RaunakSadhwani2005 Raunak Sadhwani 8.5 47.75
9 GM @Shield12 (undisclosed) 8.5 46.75
10 GM @TamirNabaty Tamir Nabaty 8.5 42.75
11 GM @SergeyKarjakin Sergey Karjakin 8 49.5
12-13 GM @Guenplen Boris Grachev 8 47
12-13 GM @GigaQuparadze Giga Kuparadze 8 47
14 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 8 46.5
15-16 GM @ArjunErigaisi2003 Arjun Erigaisi 8 45.5
15-16 GM @Konavets Sam Sevian 8 45.5
17 FM @TheBigBoss04 Jose Cardoso 8 43
18 IM @praveenb2002 Praveen Balakrishnan 8 41.25
19 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 8 41
20 GM @Alexander_Zubov Alexander Zubov 8 40.5

What happened to Nakamura last week happened to Caruana in the eight-player knockout. After finishing first in the Swiss, he was eliminated right away in the one-game mini-match with Indian rising star GM Raunak Sadhwani (@RaunakSadhwani2005) after spoiling a won position:

Nakamura beat Sadhwani 2-0 and also started with a win vs. Tabatabaei but then lost the second. A bullet game had to bring a decision, in which Tabatabaei got the white pieces because he finished higher in the Swiss portion.

The game saw a crazy finish as Nakamura, in a completely winning position, premoved incorrectly. Tabatabaei didn't have time to win the endgame; he was playing on increment by then—one second per move basically.

The Iranian GM took too much time to force a draw (by taking on f3), and then Nakamura grabbed his chance, dropping his bishop between the rook and the pawn, anticipating his opponent's premove, and winning on time.

Nakamura won the $1,000 first prize and 12 GP points while Tabatabaei took second ($500 and eight GP points). Sadhwani and GM Pavel Ponkratov (@Infernal_XaM) both won $200 and four GP points, while the losing quarterfinalists earned $100 and two GP points. 

IM Alina Kashlinskaya (@AliKa2810) won the $100 prize for being the top-scoring female player.

Below are the current Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix standings. At the end of the season, the players with the four best scores will advance to the Speed Chess Championship to be hosted later this year.

Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix | Standings After July 7 (Top 20)

# Fed Title Name Username Swiss Points Bonus Points Overall Points
1 GM Vladislav Kovalev @vladislavkovalev 49.5 8 57.5
2 GM Vladislav Artemiev @Sibelephant 25 16 41
3 GM Hikaru Nakamura @Hikaru 26 14 40
4 GM Vladimir Fedoseev @Bigfish1995 25.5 14 39.5
5 GM Parham Maghsoodloo @Parhamov 34 4 38
6 GM Alireza Firouzja @Firouzja2003 25.5 10 35.5
7 GM Haik Martirosyan @Micki-taryan 25.5 10 35.5
8 GM Grigoriy Oparin @OparinGrigoriy 17.5 16 33.5
9 GM Sergey Karjakin @SergeyKarjakin 25 8 33
10 IM Tuan Minh Le @wonderfultime 25 4 29
11 GM Dmitry Andreikin @2Vladimirovich90 17 12 29
12 GM Fabiano Caruana @FabianoCaruana 25 2 27
13 GM Alexander Grischuk @Grischuk 24.5 2 26.5
14 IM Hans Niemann @IMHansNiemann 24.5 2 26.5
15 GM Aravindh Chithambaram @Aravindhchess1999 24 2 26
16 GM Alexander Zubov @Alexander_Zubov 16.5 8 24.5
17 GM Giga Kuparadze @GigaQuparadze 24 0 24
18 GM Boris Grachev @Guenplen 23.5 0 23.5
19 GM Anish Giri @AnishGiri 17 4 21
20 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave @LyonBeast 9 12 21

Games final eight

The Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix is presented by Gambit, where you can play classic games like Reversi, Backgammon, and Oh Ship with players from around the world.

More information about the Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix can be found here.

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