Hikaru Nakamura Wins 2019 U.S. Championship

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.


  1. “Chess Chat,” a TV program produced by the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts since October 2006 for Fitchburg Access Television (FATV) will present a LIVE program about the U.S. Championship, complete with results in the Open Championship and the Women’s Championship on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. (EDT) The program can be viewed via LIVE STREAMING at 7 p.m. at http://www.fatv.org Hosts George Mirijanian and Dave Couture will present with analysis the game between Massachusetts’ GM Sam Sevian and GM Ray Robson from Round 7, brilliantly won by Sevian and considered one of the best games played in the championship. “Chess Chat” is shown 5 times a week on FATV, one of Massachusetts’ leading community access TV stations. “Chess Chat” can also been seen via VIDEO ON DEMAND at http://www.fatv.org

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