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Hikaru Nakamura Wins Unive 2012

  • SonofPearl
  • on 27/10/12 13:14.

Hikaru_Nakamura_USChamps_2010_resized.jpgHikaru Nakamura finished a comfortable winner of the Crown Group at the 2012 Unive Tournament in Hoogeveen, Netherlands with a final score of 4½/6.

Already leading by a point at the halfway mark, the American champion defeated his nearest rival Sergei Tiviakov in the final round to seal victory.

That meant that Nakamura won all three of his games with the white pieces, and drew all three with black to finish undefeated.

In fact, the only decisive game that didn't involve the winner was Sergei Tiviakov's win against women's world champion Hou Yifan in round four which proved to be enough for second place.

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The final standings at the 2012 Unive Tournament

Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2775 * * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½
Tiviakov, Sergei  NED 2656 ½ 0 * * ½ ½ ½ 1 3
Giri, Anish  NED 2693 0 ½ ½ ½ * * ½ ½
Hou, Yifan  CHN 2623 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * * 2

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Sergei Tiviakov defeated Hou Yifan in round four

Unive 2012 round 4 Sergei Tiviakov Hou Yifan.jpg

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Hou Yifan pushed Hikaru Nakamura hard in round five

Unive 2012 round 5 Hou Yifan Hikaru Nakamura.jpg

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Hikaru Nakamura sealed victory by beating Sergei Tiviakov in the last round

Unive 2012 round 6 Hikaru Nakamura.jpg

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Erwin L'Ami took victory in the 9-round Swiss Open tournament in Hoogeveen with 7/9.
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The top standings in the 2012 Unive Open

# Name  Elo Pts
1 GM L'Ami, Erwin  2631 7.0
2 GM Nijboer, Friso  2525 7.0
3 GM Ernst, Sipke  2554 6.5
4 GM Timman, Jan  2578 6.5
5 GM Van Kampen, Robin  2570 6.5
6 IM Bosboom, Manuel  2402 6.5
7 IM Willemze, Thomas  2377 6.0
8 GM Grandelius, Nils  2593 6.0
9 GM Kasparov, Sergey  2476 6.0
10 IM Guramishvili, Sopiko  2418 6.0
11 IM Van Delft, Merijn  2395 6.0

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Pictures from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 22 mesi fa

    tolitz4x

    Hou Yifan the next susan polgar of chess!

  • 22 mesi fa

    EternalChess

    Great win by Naka.. pulling the Caruana (that he criticized) by playing against weaker oppositions to gain rating points.

    Understandable as he wants rating gain because he keeps losing it to 2700s, but hey! That's chess.

  • 22 mesi fa

    chessdoggblack

    Finally, camp Naka is on fire.  For those die-hard chess fans that can see past their nose, and thus viewed the hard play of Naka in his last big play outings: one can say..."it was only a matter of time." My man, solid on down. He kept the faith in himself. What about your game chess players?Cool

  • 22 mesi fa

    Loufoque

    ah Niku! Allways Here... Great Victory, Apparently the play was hard! Really it's King actualy.... Cheer

  • 22 mesi fa

    Champeknight

    Tatev winning against zatonskih is much more interesting than the unpopular nakamura.

  • 22 mesi fa

    _valentin_

    ClavierCavalier:  The Dutch as people care less about sheer competition having the strongest players, and more about inclusiveness of people, so they have been inviting for years now a top-GM (Ivanchuk, Kramnik, Nakamura), 1-2 local GMs (Giri and usually one other), and one more person who completes the diversity -- which has been a top woman in the past two years (Polgar and now Yifan Hou).

    At some point, there's less use in having Carlsen, Aronian, Kramnik and company battle each other in every single competition -- and more value in giving the opportunity for younger, promising but also local players to shine.  It motivates a very different but at least as important demographic of chess fans!

  • 22 mesi fa

    Vingore

    Where was Magnus?

    He would have won it all!

  • 22 mesi fa

    ClavierCavalier

    With Nakamura and Yifan there is a 180 point rating difference according to the table signs (which also matche's the FIDE website), so she did pretty well against Nakamura considering his score against the GM's who were closer.  She's not even on FIDE's top 100 like the rest of the players.

    Honestly, it seems a little strange that she was one of the players.  I read comments about how Nakamura doesn't belong there, but she seems to be as misplaced as Nakamura.

  • 22 mesi fa

    LittleStirling

    I wonder if Caruana will make a passive-aggressive Tweet about this... Wink

  • 22 mesi fa

    maturner

    Very workmanlike victory for Nak. Anything less than first would have been a failure so he really came through. It should ease the pain a bit from the London debacle.

  • 22 mesi fa

    desalniettemin

    Hmm, deze mensen kunnen er wat van =)

  • 22 mesi fa

    Chess_Lover11

    1st game, white king moves up and down and up again!

    Hou Yifans played 4.Qxd4 sicilian against Naka!

  • 22 mesi fa

    BrankoSurovina

    naka bravo  good play nakaSmile

  • 22 mesi fa

    enigma5150

    Well done - quite a positional match for the victory.  Thanks for the brain treat for all masters involved!

    Cheers,

    enigma5150

  • 22 mesi fa

    drumdaddy

    Hou Yifan was very aggressive in her draw with Hi Nakamura. Well done!

  • 22 mesi fa

    _valentin_

    Very solid play, somewhat uncharacteristic for Nakamura's style, in all his games, but it paid off well.  And his difference of a class from the competitors showed: he outplayed them convincingly when an opportunity presented itself, and defended comfortably when he had to.

    This year's tournament became more or less a repeat of last year's, when Kramnik won by the same score (and again winning three white games and drawing three black games) against similarly outclassed opponents of which only Giri plays again this year, and Yifan Hou's place was then Judit Polgar's.

  • 22 mesi fa

    dzindzifan

    Well I really think Tiviakov is a great player ... but when you see Naka get Alekhine's cannon loaded on the D-File ... and both B's working a crossfire ... you're days are numbered. Nice Job! Hikaru  ... Naka will rock ya!

  • 22 mesi fa

    adoggoboom

    Naka! Naka! Naka!

  • 22 mesi fa

    davidmelbourne

    Good fightback by Naka after the disaster, good on him

  • 22 mesi fa

    MrMars

    um what... sergey kasparov?

    any relation?

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