GM Hikaru Nakamura emerged victorious after coming off of subpar showings at both Foxwoods Open and the U.S. Championship. It appeared as if he would stumble once again after being held in a wild battle with IM Enrico Sevilliano. Going into the last round against IM Renier Gonzalez, he needed a win and showed his mettle by playing for a win in a roughly equal position. The game drew a crowd of spectators since it would decide on the prize allocation. After Nakamura won the marathon battle, he quipped that he finally played “real” openings this tournament, a divergence from his 2.Qh5 and Alekhine openings. He was surprised that his fans were in firm support of him despite his apparent lack of fire in the two tournaments aforementioned. According to a report at uschess.org, Nakamura stated that he is more determined and will come to the World Open with a will to win. Full Story!
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZo8O-p9qy4[/youtube] Varuzhan Akobian battles Hikaru Nakamura in a fierce battle during the Blitz tournament. Nakamura can be heard uttering, “Are you kidding?” when Akobian grabs the queen from Hikaru’s side of the board. Merab Gagunashvili is playing Amon Simutowe on board 2.