26-year-old US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura
of the USA has won the 5th London Chess Classic, staged this
year as a rapid chess tournament and billed as the Super
Sixteen Rapid. The top American grandmaster defeated former
world championship finalist Boris Gelfand of Israel by 1½-½
in the final.
As the world number four on the FIDE Rating
List for classical chess, and number three at rapid chess,
the result was far from being a surprise but it was a
significant achievement in the career of a remarkable player
who must be a leading contender to threaten Magnus Carlsen’s
world crown in the next few years.
Hikaru’s progression through the competition
was impressive. He scored +2, =4, -0 in the preliminary
phase, and then improved that to +3, =3, -0 against sterner
opposition in the knock-out phase. To go through without a
loss was a clear sign of strength.
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