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Monday, October 29, 2012

GM Hikaru Nakamura Wins Unive Chess 2012

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Hi everyone,

American chess champion 2012, Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura has won the 16th Unive Chess Tournament that was held in Hoogeveen, Netherlands from October 19-27. The tournament consisted of the Crown Group, the Unive Open and two Amateur events. The Crown Group was a four-player double round-robin. Hikaru Nakamura won the event with 4,5/6 points. Sergei Tiviakov was second at 4,0. Dutch top player Anish Giri finished third with 2,5 points, while the Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan ended the tournament with 2 points.

Along side the main chess event, the Unive Open was held as a nine-round Swiss for the players rated 2000 or above. Local Grandmasters L’Ami Erwin and Nijboer Friso shared the first place with 7,0/9 points each. L’Ami defeated Nijboer in the last round and overtook him by the additional criteria to claim the winner’s trophy. GM Ernst Sipke, GM Timman Jan, GM Van Kampen Robin and IM Bosboom Manuel (all Netherlands) shared the third place with 6,5 points each. The prize fund in the Open was 7500 EUR with 3000 EUR reserved for the winner. You can access the official website of the chess tournament for details in Dutch.

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