Sunday, May 17, 2009

Grandmaster Nakamura is the official U.S. Chess Champion!

GM Nakamura is the offical 2009 United States Chess Champion! He had a very convincing win against fellow Grandmaster Friedel. The only other person who could have tied Nakamura was GM-Elect Hess, a 17 year old football player. Despite an absolutely amazing performance in the tournament, Hess was unable to achieve more than a draw against GM Akobian.

Here is the winning game played by GM Nakamura in a very impressive 22 moves:

[Event "2009 U.S. Championship"]
[Site "St Louis"]
[Date "2009.05.17"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Nakamura, Hikaru"]
[Black "Friedel, Joshua"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "2757"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackELO "2568"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Source "MonRoi"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5 c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3 Be7 9.Nc3 O-O 10.O-O Rb8 11.h3 c5 12.b3 Rb4 13.Re1 Bb7 14.Ba3 Rf4 15.g3 Rd4 16.Nf3 Rxd3 17.cxd3 Qxd3 18.Nxe5 Qf5 19.g4 Qf4 20.d4 Rd8 21.Qe2 Rxd4 22.Bc1 1-0

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