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Grand Prix FIDE: Hikaru Nakamura wins in Berlin

American Hikaru Nakamura beat fellow American international Levon Aronian 3-1 after extra time in the FIDE Grand Prix final in Berlin. This event started the competition for two places in this year’s tournament for the candidates.

After the last two classic games, there was a 1-1 draw, both of which were inconclusive. However, on Thursday, both games of speed chess (15 minutes plus 10 seconds added after each move of the match) ended with Nakamura winning.

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In the semi-finals, he defeated Hungarian winner Richard Rapport 1.5:0.5, who, in turn, in a playoff for first place in Group B, which gave him a promotion to the top four, won Polish champion Radosław. Voitachek in the same proportion.

Similar tournaments will be held in Belgrade (February 28 – March 14) and again in Berlin (March 21 – April 4). Each of the 24 chess players previously selected by FIDE will participate in two such events. The best players in total points will complete the competition for the candidates.

At the moment, Nakamura is in the lead – 13 points ahead of Aronian – 10, Linnier Dominguez Perez (USA) and Routher – 7 points each, followed by Wojciech, American Wesley Su, Russia’s Andrei Jesipenko and Santosh Gujrati Videt of India – 4 each. .

The Candidates Tournament will take place in Madrid from 16 June to 7 July. For the first time in history, the representative of Poland will participate – Jan Krzysztof Duda, who won his place among the nine best chess players in the world by winning the World Cup last year.

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The event in the Spanish capital will also be attended by the participant in the last match for the title of Russian champion Yan Nepomnyashze and his compatriot Sergey Karjakin and Timur Rajabov of Azerbaijan, American Fabiano Caruana and French actor Alireza Firouzja.

The winner will be given the right to play for the chess crown with current Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen. This duel is scheduled for the spring of 2023.


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