Rising Stars Win - Nakamura Amber Bound

Rising Stars Win - Nakamura Amber Bound

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Aug 22, 2010, 12:32 PM |
18 | Chess Event Coverage

The Experience Team went down fighting at the NH Tournament in Amsterdam, winning two games in the final round to restrict the Rising Stars' margin of victory to just two points.

Even more dramatic was the finish of the race to be the highest scoring Rising Star, with the prize of an invite to the prestigious Amber tournament next year at stake.

It seemed that Hikaru Nakamura had the impossible task of beating Boris Gelfand with the black pieces to catch Anish Giri.  However, Giri slipped up with a loss against Peter Heine Nielsen so a draw was enough for Nakamura to take the contest to blitz tie-breaks

Nakamura duly won the tie-break 2-0 to book his ticket to Amber.

A tough finish for Giri, but elation for Nakamura who tweeted shortly after his win, "All I can say is yes, yes, yes! Absolute vindication for the disaster last year".

The final round results:

 GelfandNakamura   ½ - ½
 LjubojevicCaruana  ½ - ½
 Van Wely – So  ½ - ½
 Nielsen – Giri  1 - 0
 Svidler - Howell  1 - 0

 

The final standings:

 Experience  Nat Elo W D L 24.0
 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2739 4 6 0 7.0
 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2734 2 7 1 5.5
 Van Wely, Loek  NED  2677 1 6 3 4.0
 Nielsen, Peter Heine  DEN  2700 2 4 4 4.0
 Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  SRB  2572 1 5 4 3.5
 Rising Stars Nat Elo W D L 26.0
 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2729 4 4 2 6.0
 Giri, Anish  NED  2672 3 6 1 6.0
 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2672 2 6 2 5.0
 Howell, David W L  ENG  2616 3 3 4 4.5
 So, Wesley  PHI  2674 0 9 1 4.5

 

 

 

 

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