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Hikaru Naka­mura won his first su­per-tour­na­ment, Wijk aan Zee in Hol­land, with 9 points out of 13 games, leav­ing world cham­pion Viswanatha­n Anand half a point be­hind.

Mag­nus Carlsen and Levon Aro­nian tied for third with eight points each.

Over­joyed with his suc­cess, Naka­mura’s next goal is to reach the 2800 rat­ing bar­rier, cur­rently sur­passed only by Carlsen, Anand and Aro­nian.

In to­day’s game from round one against Alexan­der Grischuk, Naka­mura wisely re­frained from castling in a bid to pawn-storm his op­po­nent at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

Re­fus­ing to go down qui­etly, black sac­ri­ficed a piece, threat­en­ing to take over the ini­tia­tive, but the pow­er­ful 28. Rg7! clinched the deal, trans­pos­ing the game into a win­ning endgame which Naka­mura swiftly brought to a con­clu­sion.

Hikaru Naka­mura Alexan­der Grischuk v in Hol­land in 2011 1. d4 Nf6 |2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. e3 c5 8. dxc5 Qa5 9. Rc1 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 O-O 11. Nd4 Qxc5 12. Bd3 Ne4 13. Bf4 Nb6 14. Qc2 h6 15. f3 Nf6 16. g4 Re8 17. Kf2 Nc4 18. h4 Bxg4 19. Bxc4 dxc4 20. fxg4 Nxg4+ 21. Kf3 Ne5+ 22. Bxe5 Rxe5 23. Kf2 Rae8 24. Rh3 b5 25. Rg1 Re4 26. Qd1 b4 27. Qf3 Rxe3 28. Rxg7+! Kxg7 29. Qg4+ Kf8 30. Rxe3 Rxe3 31. Kxe3 bxc3 32. Ke2 Qe5+ 33. Kd1 Qh2 34. Ne2 Qd6+ 35. Qd4 Qxd4+ 36. Nxd4 Kg7 37. Nc6 a6 38. Nb8 a5 39. a4 Kf6 40. Nc6 Ke6 41. Nxa5 Kd5 42. Kc2 1-0

Farzin Rad and Alis­tair Cameron share the lead at the Fe­bru­ary Rapid Tour­na­ment with three points out of three games.

Prob­lem No 1453 from the game Pade­vski v Cankov in Bul­garia in 1955. White to play and win.

So­lu­tion to prob­lem No 1452: 1... Rh3! 2. gh3 Ndf4! 0-1.

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