Nakamura Wins fifth Velocity Chess Championship

GM Hikaru Nakamura received his fifth 2022 Velocity Chess Championship, defeating GM Magnus Carlsen in an immensely shut last on Sunday. Nakamura dominated the 5+1 section, capitalizing on his personal profitable probabilities whereas disrupting Carlsen’s―ending undefeated. From there, the match grew to become an enchanting battle between Carlsen’s superb resilience, and Nakamura’s velocity chess talents and perceptive match technique.  

Coming into this duel, Carlsen held the lead of their general blitz and bullet scores. He was additionally the victor of each their earlier SCC matches within the 2016 and 2017 finals. Nevertheless, Nakamura received most lately, knocking Carlsen out on the Fischer Random World Championship this October. Thus, Carlsen was doubtless out for vengeance. As well as, in all of 2022 as much as this match, Nakamura had gone undefeated in opposition to Carlsen. 

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Blitz 5|1: Nakamura-Carlsen 6.5-2.5

Within the first section, Nakamura displayed almost optimum kind whereas Carlsen struggled to search out his standard power. He managed to realize the higher hand in a number of video games however appeared to lack his standard killer intuition.

Recreation two was one such instance. With a dominating place, Carlsen aimlessly moved his items forwards and backwards within the time scramble, hesitating on his solely breakthrough, c5!? Ultimately, Carlsen blundered a pawn, and Nakamura snuck away with a perpetual test. 

Carlsen himself noticed his unsteady play in sport three as a foul signal. He pressed for an edge with black for a lot of strikes when immediately Nakamura’s wandering knights turned the tables. 

The truth is, after this sport, Carlsen admitted: “Frankly, for the remainder of the 5 minutes portion, I felt that he performed incredible chess. He simply manner higher than me in each side.”

Frankly, I felt that he performed incredible chess.”


In sport 5, Carlsen tried to combine issues up with 4…e5!?, gambiting a middle pawn for shock impact.

Although Carlsen clearly stunned his opponent, Nakamura responded with pragmatic improvement and shortly constructed up stress on the queenside. He then mixed positional concepts with tactical ones to crash by way of, “eliminating each sliver of counterplay that Magnus can drum up” as commentator Naroditsky described. 

In the course of the halftime break of the 5+1, Carlsen curiously modified his garments, maybe in an try to reset his mindset and fortunes. 

In sport eight, as Carlsen strived to extend his benefit on the queenside, Nakamura craftily arrange counterplay on the kingside. After a blunder by the world champion, the reigning Velocity Chess Champion swiftly performed a checkmating mixture. That is our Recreation of the Day, analyzed by GM Rafael Leitao.

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Nakamura completed the 5+1 section with a four-point lead whereas persevering with his undefeated streak in 2022 vs. Carlsen. How lengthy would the world champion go with no win?

Blitz 3|1: Nakamura-Carlsen 4-6

Within the subsequent section, Carlsen returned with extra of his standard confidence and received the primary sport cleanly, looking down Black’s weaknesses and sustaining a major time edge. 

After his stellar play within the 5-1, Nakamura adjusted his match technique to go well with his lead on the scoreboard, enjoying cautiously and searching for methods to stretch out video games and run down the match clock. 

The truth is, in sport eight, Nakamura went right into a compelled draw variation with white and waited out almost all of his time earlier than ending the sport. 

Nakamura defined his technique after the match: “I simply figured with the lead there isn’t a cause not to do that. I really feel like you must try to use each benefit you may have in opposition to Magnus.”

I really feel like you must try to use each benefit you may have in opposition to Magnus.”


Carlsen shared his personal ideas on sport eight and Nakamura’s clock-running technique general: “Props to him for recognizing that. It is completely honest sport.”

Regardless of Nakamura’s efforts, in direction of the tip of the three+1, Carlsen launched a comeback, narrowing his competitor’s result in two factors. Can you discover the tactic that jumpstarted Carlsen’s resurgence?

Bullet 1|1: Nakamura-Carlsen 4-5

After dropping the primary sport, Carlsen fought again to win sport after sport, shrinking the hole between him and his longtime rival. Each sport, nevertheless, Nakamura regarded for tactics to chip additional seconds off the match clock, bringing him nearer to victory. 

Carlsen received a 3rd sport in a row, changing a topsy-turvy sport right into a profitable endgame andtying the rating with 17 minutes to go.

Nakamura retaliated by occurring a tear, profitable three out of the following 4 video games. Down two factors as the following sport began, Carlsen wanted to win the primary with sufficient time left for a second. The sport started with 3:26 minutes left on the match clock.

The circumstances result in an incredible last battle between play on the board and bleeding out the time, ending with the peculiar sight of Nakamura celebrating his match victory whereas down two queens within the present sport. 

Within the post-match interview, Nakamura shared his ideas on this duel together with his rival: “Magnus at all times stored preventing again. It was insane. There have been most likely two or 3 times within the bullet the place I believed lastly the match was over, and he discovered a strategy to maintain it sophisticated. It was only a nice match.”

Carlsen additionally shared his emotions on the match: “He is only a beast on this format. I nonetheless assume that I am a little bit bit higher, however I definitely did not show it in the present day. He is definitely as shut as anybody’s ever been. It is an amazing problem.”

Nakamura received $15,178.57 together with bragging rights till their subsequent conflict whereas Carlsen took residence $4821.43 because the runner-up.

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Velocity Chess Championship 2022 Bracket

The 2022 Velocity Chess Championships Predominant Occasion began on November 23 and can conclude on December 18. High speed-chess gamers are competing at three completely different time controls in a 16-player knockout as they vie for a share of the $100,000 prize fund together with essentially the most prestigious title in on-line chess.

The likes of GMs Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Ding Liren, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, and plenty of extra battle it out to find out the 2022 velocity chess champion.

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