Nakamura Is Victorious at Paris GCT

For the third major tournament in a row (Norway Chess, Your Next Move, and Paris GCT), a member of the American “Big Three” grandmasters was the winner. This time, it was Hikaru Nakamura’s turn.

The day began with Nakamura trailing Sergey Karjakin by a point. Gradually, Nakamura stayed within range and then gained ground, tying Karjakin’s score in round 15 and then surpassing him in round 16.

At times, the two tournament leaders had a lot of help from their opponents who were blundering at an abnormally high rate likely due to fatigue at the end of two intense back-to-back top level tournaments.

Not the 14th World Champion’s best moment. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Kramnik’s blunder was overshadowed, however, by Caruana’s blunder against Karjakin in the same round.

But, it was Alexander Grischuk’s queen blunder that was the most surprising.

Nakamura sealed victory with two key wins in a row: one in the penultimate round against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and then a 122 move face-off against Caruana in the final round.

The next Grand Chess Tour event is the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz from August 11-15. For more information, check out the Official Website.


Vanessa West is a regular writer and digital assistant for US Chess News. She won the 2017 Chess Journalist of the Year award.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Vanessa__West


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