Nakamura three-peats at 2017 Gibraltar!

Hikaru Nakamura receives his winners cheque for £23,000 and trophy from Tradewise Chairman James Humphreys (left) and Tradewise Chess Festival Organiser Brian Callaghan. Hikaru scored 8/10 (+6,=4) and then won a playoff 1½-½ to take first prize. Photo © John Saunders

Hikaru Nakamura receives his winners cheque for £23,000 and trophy from Tradewise Chairman James Humphreys (left) and Tradewise Chess Festival Organiser Brian Callaghan. Hikaru scored 8/10 (+6 =4) and then won a playoff 1½-½ to take first prize. Photo © John Saunders.

Hikaru Nakamura has won the Gibraltar Masters for the third consecutive time (2015, 2016, 2017) after winning the playoff over David Anton Guijarro. Nakamura stated in an earlier interview that he enjoyed the environment of Gibraltar, the weather, the scenery and conditions. It would actually be his fourth victory at the event, first winning in 2008.

Tania Sachdev asked Nakamura about the tournament and he mentioned the stellar play of Anton, but mentioned that he was confident after beating Yu Yangyi. In terms of the three wins, he stated that while his 2015 victory was smooth his last two victories required him to make a late push. He did take some satistfaction to win a tournament with two higher seeds. He looks to “three-repeat” in Zurich and has the U.S. Championship and the Grand Tour ahead. Here was Nakamura’s reflections on the tournament.

Official Site: https://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/
PGN Game: https://www.thechessdrum.net/games/gibraltar2017.pgn

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.

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