Third Time’s a Charm: Nakamura Wins the Korchnoi Zurich Challenge

Hikaru Nakamura after winning the 2017 Gibraltar Open. Photo: John Saunders

After winning the exceptionally strong Gibraltar Open for the third consecutive time in February, Hikaru Nakamura has now also managed to win the Zurich Chess Challenge three years in a row.

The event featured an opening blitz tournament, a “new classical” (game in 45 minutes with a 30 second increment) segment, and a blitz finish. Against a field that included two former World Champions, Vishwanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, Nakamura finished in 1st for all three formats!

Here are a few key tactical moments from the event.

Tactic #1

Level: Warm-Up

Hikaru Nakamura vs. Boris Gelfand

White to move.

Tactic #2

Level: Intermediate

Hikaru Nakamura vs. Ian Nepomniachtchi

How did Nakamura seal the victory against the clear 2nd place finisher, Nepomniachtchi?

White to move.

Tactic #3

Level: Advanced

For more information, visit the Zurich Chess Challenge Website.


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