2007 World Open: The Heat is On!

The 2007 World Open will heat up today when the 3-day section will begin at 11:00am. GM Hikaru Nakamura will be the center of attention as he puts he blitz skills on display in five 45-minute games. Nakamura told The Chess Drum that he has played in the quick schedule before. For those who have never seen a time scramble during these time controls, they are fast, furious, intense and very noisy. Clock-banging is definitely in full effect! The grueling schedule is the favorite of blitz aficionados, for those with restricted schedules and for those who decide to re-enter after a poor showing in the other schedules. In other action, the 7-day and 5-day schedules will play their 5th games on tonight and everyone will merge on tomorrow.

Nakamura and Tate square off! 

GM Hikaru Nakamura played IM Emory Tate in the 1st round in an exciting encounter out of an irregular opening. Nakamura got strong initiative by sacking a pawn in the middlegame and his pieces dominated the board. Tate fought for counter play and tried to complicate with tactical shots but Nakamura staved off the attack and then promoted his pawn for a queen. Tate sportingly stopped the clock.

Two boards down, this position occurred in Bonin-Paragua

After Bonin’s 1.Rc1-c4, Paragua took a few moments and then started a seven move mating sequence starting with 1…Bh2+!! On 2.Qxh2, the young Filipino Grandmaster played the following moves instantly 2…Qb1+ 3.Kf2 Ne4+! 4.Kxf3 Qf1+ 5.Kg4 h5+ 6.Kxh5 Qf3+ 7.Bg4 Qf7#

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

5 Comments

  1. i wish we could see that game naka had with tate because it was a great game, the tension was in the air and it was a fight!

  2. wow thats great!!! watching some of that game had a great effect on me, a very interesting game, your help is an inspiration!!

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