Faced with a must win situation, Hikaru Nakamura rose to the challenge, defeating Jeffery Xiong in 58 moves to become the 2019 U.S. Champion. It is his 5th such title.
Nakamura (photo Kellar)
Both Fabiano Caruana and Leinier Dominguez were tied with Nakamura in first place going into today’s play, but neither player could avoid draws. Caruana was held by Shankland, while Dominguez pushed and pushed against Gareyev, but to no avail.
The complete Xiong-Nakamura game:
CLO will have a full report on Sunday’s final round on Monday.