Grand Chess Tour Final Set: Nakamura vs. MVL

GM Hikaru Nakamura, Photo Grand Chess Tour

The Grand Chess Tour finals (December 14-16) are set as American Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura will face Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France for the 2018 Grand Chess Tour title. The tour has previously been won twice by Magnus Carlsen and once by Wesley So.

En route to a victory in his semi-finals match, MVL became the #1 rated blitz player in the World. In the post-game interview, he modestly said that Magnus was still the best blitz player in the World. Maxime recently faced Hikaru in the speed chess champs on, a bout that didn’t go well for the Frenchman. And yet, MVL points out that blitz online is not exactly the same as over-the-board blitz. Today MVL scored an impressive rapid victory vs. Levon Aronian with White.

Things continued to go poorly for the charismatic Armenian super-GM, who lost 3-1 in the blitz.

Nakamura has every reason to be confident himself. The reigning Speed Chess Champion, played very well in his semifinals match against Fabiano Caruana. He fought back from a bad position in the classical in round one, and in the Rapids, turned things around by winning against in a line where he was actually out-prepared.

Caruana fought back to win the first game of the blitz to reignite the match, but was unable to overtake Nakamura, who won the remaining games.

US Chess wishes Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura good luck in the finals. Good game to Fabiano Caruana, who had such an incredible 2018.

Follow the Grand Chess Tour finals starting at 8:50 ET on Saturday-Monday December 14-16. There will also be a third-place match between Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana. 


  1. THIS IS EXACTLY THE FORMAT ALL WORLD TITLE MATCH PLAY MUST ALSO TAKE.. $300.000 is at stake here also .. four players. Jude Acers/New Orleans

  2. […] Hikaru Nakamura was crowned Grand Chess Tour Champion on December 17 in London after a tight match against the #2 rated blitz player in the World, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. MVL even eclipsed Magnus Carlsen’s blitz rating briefly during the event after beating Levon in the semifinals. Hikaru’s road to victory included a semis match win over compatriot Fabiano Caruana. […]

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