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.