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Arkadij Naiditsch GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship
GM Arkadij Naiditsch – Bester Deutscher
31.7.-2. August 2009, 18:30 Uhr, Rheingoldhalle Mainz

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Chess Classic Mainz 2009 (CCM9)
6. Chess960 Rapid World Championship
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Hikaru Nakamura wins FiNet Open in dramatic final

02.08.2008 - The 7. FiNet Open ended with a triumph by Hikaru Nakamura. The American, who had qualified through the ICC Qualifyer, dominated the field right from the start. However, with two rounds to go, when he already looked to be a certain winner, he stumbled against Arkadi Naiditsch, lost, and allowed the German to catch up with him. When Nakamura did not achieve more than a draw in the last round everybody believed the German would win the tournament – after all he was a whole queen up. But in desperate time trouble Naiditsch ran into a mate in three moves. Apart from Nakamura Sergei Movsesian and Alexander Motylev also scored 9 points, though were worse on tie-break points.

Hikaru Nakamura und Arkadi Naiditsch

The second day of the 7. FiNet Chess960 Open was at first marked by the confident performance of Hikaru Nakamura, though the first game of the day between him and former FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, who has a reputation as a rapid chess expert and was considered to be a favorite before the tournament, ended with a hard-fought draw. But then Nakamura won one game after the other while more and more of his pursuers lost points. Kasimdzhanov, who had finished the first day without conceding any points, neither could keep the pace after one loss and one draw.

Crucial for Nakamura’s victory was his success in the ninth round against the Elo-favorite, Sergei Movsesian: After a complicated game Nakamura won an endgame with opposite colored bishops. Now, he was one whole point ahead and many believed this to be the decision. Only Fressinet and Naiditsch with 7.5 points each had some chances to catch up. But when everything looked like a peaceful draw in Nakamuras game with Naiditsch the American wanted too much, lost, and suddenly Arkadi Naiditsch and Nakamura were joined leaders. And when Nakamura only drew in the last round, the player from Dortmund seemed to have all the chances to win the tournament.

Turniersieger Hikaru Nakamura

The finish was dramatic. The American seemed to have lost all hope when he followed the game of his rival on the huge screen in the foyer of the Rheingoldhalle and had to witness how Naiditsch’ opponent blundered his queen in one move. However, in desperate time trouble Arkadi immediately returned the favor and allowed Motylev to mate him in three moves. It still took a while to figure out that Hikaru Nakamura was best on tie-break, followed by Sergei Movsesian and the lucky Alexander Motylev, who had the same number of points as Nakamura.

Nakamura won a sizeable prize of 3.150 Euro and now has the chance to become the first player ever to win both open tournaments of the Chess Classic.

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Harry Schaack (Translation by Johannes Fischer)

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