Up until the third bullet game, the answer was "yes" as the Frenchman with three names was actually leading by a point there. The Speed Chess Championship is an elite knockout tournament taking place on Chess.com and featuring most of the best blitz chess players in the world. On Saturday GM Hikaru Nakamura won the 2020 Speed Chess Championship final presented by OnJuno. The players will play 90 minutes of 5+1 games, then 60 minutes of 3+1, then 30 minutes of 1+1. He won games seven, eight, and nine. However, where Carlsen clearly had an off-day, Nakamura didn't. ½ final versus Carlsen. On Thursday, November 19 (Friday, November 20, Philippine time), the Filipino-born So and the Polish No. Even though this is his natural habitat, he lost the first two 1|1 games. NM Ryo Chen defeated FM Marco Materia in the 2020 ChessKid Youth Speed Chess Championship Final. ", Nakamura pointed out that Vachier-Lagrave was basically an equal opponent until just a few games before the end: "It was very evenly balanced. Re1 Ng6 27. Until the third bullet game, the answer was "yes" as the Frenchman with three names was actually leading by a point. "I calculated this whole tactic with this Ne5, Nf5 idea, and then Maxime found 21...Rxc1 and 22...Bd6, which was amazing. Chess won tonight! Earn a 2.15% bonus rate with the most powerful checking account, with no hidden fees and higher return rates than most savings accounts. 11 Dec 2020. The event has been set up consisting of 4 major stages of play: Re2 Bxe5 28. The 16 years old emerged winner in the Chess.com's 2020 Junior Speed Online Chess Championship, beating Russia's world junior No. The title win earned the 16-year old Sarin USD 8,766 and enabled him to qualify for the 2020 Speed Chess Championship Final which will feature the world’s best players. The 73rd Russian Championship is a 12-player round-robin tournament taking place from 5-16 December 2020 in the Central Chess Club in Moscow, Russia. Well, no, it arrived from a Sicilian! Qxb5 Qh6 26. Hikaru Nakamura has won the chess.com Speed Chess Championship after blowing Maxime Vachier-Lagrave away with a 7.5/8 burst at the end. Instead of winning prosaically, he went for the brilliancy prize but lost material and the game: The three-minute segment ended in a tie, so Nakamura was still leading by a point at the start of the bullet. Just when everyone was anticipating another speed showdown between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura in the Chess.com 2020 Speed Chess Championship final presented by OnJuno, Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had to go and spoil the script by beating the world champion in their semifinal clash, defeating the Norwegian 13-11, to instead claim a spot in Saturday’s Read More Recent Posts. Friday, November 27, 2020 Filipino GM Wesley So became the first to advance to the semifinals of the ongoing 2020 Speed Chess Championship after thrashing Poland’s top player GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda, 16-10, in their quarterfinal match at the chess.com server over the weekend. Fresh air? 2020 Speed Chess Championship‎ Nov 1 - Dec 13. We were the proud sponsors for this event by @chesscom. The American grandmaster decided matters in the bullet segment as he defeated GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 18.5-12.5 to win his third Speed Chess title in a row. This was surely a Breyer Ruy Lopez, right? But it remained very close and in the end, I was just able to keep it together and play a couple of good bullet games. ", Maxime wasn't surprised that he took an early lead in the bullet phase: "I am nowhere near Hikaru's level in 1|0 but in 1|1 I can give it a fight even though at the end I sort of started drifting away. Early in the competition, Nakamura stated that his half of the bracket was tougher than Carlsen's. Early in the competition, Nakamura stated that his half of the bracket was tougher than Carlsen's. He was completely winning and then spoiled a drawn rook endgame: In the middle of the three-minute segment, with 8-8 on the scoreboard, MVL made a rare error in his calculations. There is no fixed number of games, they will play until the allotted time is up. But it remained very close and in the end, I was just able to keep it together and play a couple of good bullet games. The title win earned the 16-year old Sarin $8,766 and enabled him to qualify for the 2020 Speed Chess Championship Final which will feature the world's best players. Robson impressed with his powerful attacking play, as in … Early in the competition, Nakamura stated th ", The turning point of the match came after those two bullet wins by MVL. On Saturday GM Hikaru Nakamura won the 2020 Speed Chess Championship final presented by OnJuno. We are so excited to partner with you. The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Main Event was a knockout tournament among 16 of the best grandmasters in the world who played for a $100,000 prize fund, double the amount of last year. Previous Post Previous Skilling Open. Here we go again! On Saturday GM Hikaru Nakamura won the 2020 Speed Chess Championship final presented by OnJuno. The big question was: could he do it again in the final? "This first bullet game was insane when he found this 22...Bd6 move," Nakamura said. Here's the first, one that Nakamura afterward admitted was an extraordinarily good game by the Frenchman for this time control. ", 3 in a row. In the middle of the three-minute segment, with 8-8 on the scoreboard, Vachier-Lagrave made a rare error in his calculations. On Friday, Vachier-Lagrave shocked the world by defeating GM Magnus Carlsen 13-11 in their semifinal match to earn his spot in the final. The American grandmaster decided matters in the bullet segment as he defeated GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 18.5-12.5 to win his third Speed Chess title in a row. On Saturday GM Hikaru Nakamura won the 2020 Speed Chess Championship final presented by OnJuno. 25. A record viewership of 100,000 concurrent fans across platforms. Post navigation. "First of all, congrats to Hikaru," said Vachier-Lagrave. It's your interest, take it. However, while Carlsen clearly had an off-day, Nakamura didn't. ", Nakamura praised his opponent: "First of all, a lot of credit has to go to Maxime, not just in the bullet but throughout the match because he defended extremely well. 12/13/2020 – The final of the Speed Chess Championship between Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was played on Saturday, with Nakamura getting a clear 18½:12½ victory. ", MVL wasn't surprised that he took an early lead in the bullet phase: "I am nowhere near Hikaru's level in 1|0, but in 1|1 I can give it a fight, even though at the end I sort of started drifting away. Bxe5 Qg5! 6:00 pm CET. www.chess.com. You could say that, after eliminating Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was actually the one having survived the toughest half. By Ed Scimia on December 11, 2020 3 min read French grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave pulled off a major upset in the Speed Chess Championship on Friday, defeating World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen 13-11 to reach the finals of the online blitz and bullet tournament. Back on board! Each match had three different time controls: 90 minutes of 5+1 games, 60 minutes of 3+1 games, and 30 minutes of 1+1 games. ", Nakamura pointed out that Vachier-Lagrave was basically an equal opponent until just a few games before the end: "It was very evenly balanced. Speed Chess Championship 2020. A total of 31 blitz and bullet games were played with three different time controls. After two draws, the Frenchman leveled the score and then took the lead right away with another win. Hikaru Nakamura, Speed Chess Championship 2020 The final of the Speed Chess Championship between Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was played on Saturday, with Nakamura getting a clear 18½:12½ victory. Carlsen, made it; Naka, broke it! The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Final - Vachier-Lagrave vs. Nakamura The 2020 Speed Chess Championship is a 16 player knockout, organized by chess.com. But the American GM turned things around, putting together a decisive string of victories to capture his third straight title in the online bullet and blitz chess event. ", 21…Bd6! Perhaps the fact that he started with two losses against GM Magnus Carlsen in the semifinal before beating him, helped MVL to get over this. Speed Chess Championship 2020, Online ... Annotated games and results of the Speed Chess Championship 2020, Online chess tournament. It felt like he was defending a lot better than traditionally he has in a lot of games. The three-minute segment ended in a tie which meant that Nakamura was still leading by a point at the start of the bullet. To his credit, Hikaru shook off tough losses, brought complete focus, and scored 8/9 to win the match. The 2020 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship takes place 1st November to 13th December 2020. "First of all, congrats to Hikaru," said Vachier-Lagrave. Congrats #SpeedChess Champ @GMHikaru. At one point, Vachier-Lagrave even tried the King's Gambit (with a Vienna game move-order) with a quick Bxf7+ sacrifice. "I think there were a few critical moments where both Maxime and I had a chance to maybe take a big advantage, which could have perhaps been insurmountable. Nakamura had himself to blame for dropping to plus-one instead of making plus-three before the break. Here are the matchups and results of the 2020 ChessKid Youth Speed Chess Championship. Each individual match featured 90 minutes of 5+1 blitz, 60 minutes of 3+1 blitz, and 30 minutes of 1+1 bullet chess. "This first bullet game was insane when he found this 22...Bd6 move," Nakamura said. The American GM got himself together, rose to the occasion, and won five games in a row there to decide the match in his favor and claim his third title in as many years. Nakamura clinches 2020 Speed Chess Championship. Even though this is his natural habitat, he lost the first two 1|1 games. The Chess.com Speed Chess Championship 2020 was a 16-player Blitz knockout played online on the Chess.com server from 1 November - 12 December 2020. Each individual match featured 90 minutes of 5+1 blitz, 60 minutes of 3+1 blitz, and 30 minutes of 1+1 bullet chess. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from … "Of course, there were moments where I put up a great fight, but in the end, I think he deserved to win and played more consistently. It was an incredible find in a bullet game especially. The first of Nakamura's three wins was remarkable for the middlegame that appeared. Live online chess can be played against other users at rapid, blitz or bullet time controls, with a number of chess variants available. The title win earned the 16-year old Sarin USD 8,766 and enabled him to qualify for the 2020 Speed Chess Championship Final, which will feature the world's best players. Maxime played extremely well so a lot of credit to him for playing a fantastic match.". He showed great calculation, as he would do throughout the match: Then it was Nakamura's turn again. He showed great calculation, as he would do throughout the match. Women's Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix final standings: Alexandra Kosteniuk wins the final leg of the Women’s Speed Chess Grand Prix and qualifies for the Super Final match against Anna Ushenina. pic.twitter.com/R9SCErJqSO. Final scores were So 9/11, Xiong 8.5/11, Ray Robson 7.5/11, with Nakamura ninth on 5/11. It felt like he was defending a lot better than traditionally he has in a lot of games.". pic.twitter.com/mX8hj5erTi. All information about the Speed Chess Championship, Tata Steel Chess Tournament: Firouzja, Van Foreest Strike, Tata Steel Chess Tournament: Grandelius Beats MVL To Reclaim 1st Place. The first round knockout matches of the 2020 Speed Chess Championship being played at the chess.com server has resumed, and three more grandmasters advanced to the next round after eliminating their foes. @GMHikaru physically shakes off a tough loss and brings complete focus. Make the switch to OnJuno and earn 10% cashback on all Chess.com membership purchases. FIDE and Chess.com announce the Women’s Speed Chess Championship MCF Secretariat 15/06/2020 0 COMMENTS FIDE and Chess.com are pleased to announce the Women’s Speed Chess Championship that will held from 18th June until 20th July 2020. He had done the same against Nakamura in their 2016 Grandmaster Blitz Battle semifinal when it was good for a quick win, but this time Nakamura ended on top: Vachier-Lagrave earned $4,032.26 based on win percentage; Nakamura won $10,000 for the victory plus $5,967.74 on percentage for a total of $15,967.74. It was the 3rd Speed Chess title in a row for Hikaru, but the first time he’d won the event when Magnus Carlsen played. The post-match interview finished with a funny moment about MVL's consumption of a persimmon during the match. Humpy's brilliant run at the final leg of FIDE chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship came to an end as she lost to former Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk by 5-7. Young Indian player Nihal Sarin emerged winner in the Chess.com's 2020 Junior Speed Online Chess Championship, beating Russia's world junior No. 23. Maxime then took the last five-minute game which meant that into the first break, Nakamura was leading 5.5-4.5. The match started with an atrocious blunder by Vachier-Lagrave that normally isn't seen in a five-minute game. Perhaps the fact that he started with two losses against GM Magnus Carlsen in the semifinal before beating him helped MVL to get over this: After two draws, MVL leveled the score and then took the lead right away with another win. GM Hikaru Nakamura will be facing GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on Saturday, December 12 at 9 a.m. Pacific, 18:00 Central Europe. The American grandmaster decided matters in the bullet segment as he defeated GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 18.5-12.5 to win his third Speed Chess title in a row. The stage is set for the 2020 Speed Chess Championship Final presented by OnJuno. 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