Nakamura Wins Ultimate Blitz; Kasparov Donates 10K to US Olympic Team


Hikaru Nakamura took clear first in the Ultimate Blitz Challenge in Saint Louis, and the first prize of $20,000, ahead of Wesley So in 2nd.

Garry Kasparov, who excited fans with his dynamic games and sharp openings, took third place and donated the $10,000 winnings to the US Olympic team. With three of the top ten players in the World, our team will be the strongest in history. If you'd like to follow in Garry's footsteps, consider a donation of any size to our Olympic team here. In the drop down menu, be sure to choose "2016 Olympiad Team." olympicteam GARRY OLYMPIAD DONATION_FINAL

One of the Ultimate Blitz's most notable games was Wesley So's attacking victory over Garry Kasparov.

[pgn] [Event "Ultimate Blitz Challenge"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2016.04.28"] [Round "4.2"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Kasparov, Garry"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D85"] [WhiteElo "2773"] [BlackElo "2812"] [PlyCount "51"] [EventDate "2016.04.28"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8. Rb1 O-O 9. Be2 b6 10. O-O Bb7 11. Qd3 Ba6 12. Qe3 Qd7 13. h4 Qa4 14. h5 Qxa2 15. Rb2 Qa4 16. hxg6 hxg6 17. Bxa6 cxd4 18. cxd4 Nxa6 19. Qe2 Nc7 20. Ra2 Qb5 21. Qe3 Qc4 22. Rd2 Rfd8 23. Ba3 Nb5 24. Bb2 Rac8 25. Rfd1 Nc3 26. Rc1 1-0[/pgn]
Kasparov won a beautiful game of his own in the final round against Caruana.
[pgn] [Event "Ultimate Blitz Challenge"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2016.04.29"] [Round "18.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Kasparov, Garry"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A05"] [WhiteElo "2795"] [BlackElo "2812"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2016.04.28"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. O-O O-O 5. c4 d6 6. b3 e5 7. Bb2 c5 8. e3 Nc6 9. Nc3 Bf5 10. d4 e4 11. Ne1 Re8 12. Nc2 h5 13. Qd2 h4 14. Ba3 b6 15. Rfd1 Bg4 16. Rdc1 Qd7 17. b4 Qf5 18. Bb2 Rad8 19. Nb5 Bf3 20. d5 Ne5 21. Bxe5 Rxe5 22. Ne1 hxg3 23. fxg3 Bh6 24. Rab1 Kg7 25. Rb3 Qh5 26. h3 Nh7 27. g4 Bxg4 28. hxg4 Qxg4 29. Qd1 Qg3 30. Qe2 Ng5 31. Kh1 Rh8 32. Nxd6 Kg8 33. bxc5 Bf8+ 34. Kg1 Nh3+ 35. Kf1 Bxd6 36. cxd6 Rf5+ 37. Nf3 Rxf3+ 0-1[/pgn]
Nakamura found his famous blitz form on the second day of the match to win several slugfests. Here he defeated his closest rival after finding a sweet tactic with 27...Nxb4!
[pgn] [Event "Ultimate Blitz Challenge"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2016.04.29"] [Round "15.2"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D37"] [WhiteElo "2773"] [BlackElo "2787"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2016.04.28"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 c6 8. h3 b6 9. b4 a5 10. a3 Ba6 11. Bxa6 Rxa6 12. O-O Qc8 13. Qc2 Qb7 14. Rab1 axb4 15. axb4 Ra3 16. Rfc1 Rfa8 17. Ne1 b5 18. Qb2 Ne4 19. Nxe4 dxe4 20. Ra1 R3a4 21. Nc2 Nf6 22. Rxa4 Rxa4 23. Ra1 Qa6 24. Rxa4 Qxa4 25. Kf1 Nd5 26. Be5 f6 27. Bg3 Nxb4 28. Qxb4 Qxc2 29. Ke1 Bd8 30. Qa3 Qa4 31. Qxa4 bxa4 32. Kd1 Ba5 33. f3 exf3 34. gxf3 Bb4 35. Kc2 Kf7 36. Kd3 e5 37. dxe5 Bxc5 38. e4 a3 39. exf6 Bd4 0-1[/pgn]
Find full details on the Ultimate Blitz Challenge here. ULTIMATE BLITZ_STANDINGS_FINAL

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