Friday 18 February 2022

Kind of unexpected

 Hikaru Nakamura has won the first FIDE Grand Prix event of the year, defeating Lev Aronian in the final 3-1 (Nakamura winning both rapid tie-break games)

The fact that both players qualified for the final could be considered a little surprising, given their age relative to the rest of the field. The fact that Nakamura then won the final was even more of a shock, as he has hardly lifted a piece in 2 years, concentrating on streaming instead. Nonetheless the result showed that the group of "thirty something" Super GM's still will take some beating by the next generation of GM's. 

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