Russian chess thrives

LET’S PLAY CHESS - Edgar De Castro (The Philippine Star) - December 20, 2020 - 12:00am

With the resurgence of over-the-board chess activity in the Kremlin, the Russian  Chess Championships (men and women) took place Dec. 5-16  at the famous  Moscow Central Chess Club.

With most of its top players present, the 12-GM single-round robin tournament was  rated category 18 on the FIDE scale

World No.4 Ian Nepomniachtchi, the tourney’s highest ranked player, clinched first ahead of a strong field, scoring 7.5 points out of a possible 11.0.

Sergey Kariakin, the 2016 world  title challenger, finished second with 7.0 points while  young guns Daniil Dubov and Vladimir Fedoseev  came equal third with 6.5 points.

In the women’s event, Aleksandra Goryachkina was declared winner after beating Polina Shuvalova in a dramatic Armageddon tie-break play-off.

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As the whole chess world now knows,  American Hikaru Nakamura defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, 18.5-12.5 last week, to win the $100,000 Online Speed Chess  Championship.

With the match still in the balance after two sets,  Nakamura recorded four straight wins in  the bullet chess segment to overcome MVL  and seal  his third consecutive speed  chess championship plum.

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