Zurich Chess Challenge: Hikaru Nakamura gets better of India’s Viswanathan Anand to win title

Vishwanathan anand Indian Chess playerUSA’s Hikaru Nakamura got the better of India’s Viswanathan Anand once again to win the Zurich Chess Challenge that concluded here.

It was an amazing finish with tremendous tension and a final result that was only decided with the very last game of the tournament. Again, it's Hikaru Nakamura who is on top of the Zurich Chess Challenge! The three leaders of the Rapid: Anand, Nakamura and Kramnik, all scored 3.5 out of 5 in the Blitz tournament, but Nakamura had the better tiebreak that gave him the small advantage to edge out runner-up Viswanathan Anand again.

Before the final round, all three leaders still had chances to win the competition. Anand was leading with 10,0 points, followed by Nakamura with 9,5 and Kramnik still have a point behind. The pairings of the last round were Kramnik - Anand and  Nakamura - Aronian, so even Kramnik had chances to win if he beat Anand and Nakamura didn't win against Aronian. By choosing a slow King's Indian setup with white, Kramnik tried to keep the game going and hoping to lure Anand into making a blunder, but the Indian player didn't do him this favour and instead took over the initiative, but it wasn't enough to seriously shake Kramnik's position and so a draw was agreed.

Final standings: 1-2: Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Viswanathan Anand (Ind) 10.5 points; 3. Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) 9.5; 4-5. Anish Giri (Ned), Levon Aronian (Arm) 5.5; 6. Alexei Shirov (Lat) 3.5.

Final result of the Zurich Chess Challange 2016

Rk Name ELO Pts SB
1. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2787 10.5 22.75
2. Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2784 10.5 21.75
3. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2801 9.5 20.25
4. Anish Giri (NED) 2798 5.5 11.75
5. Levon Aronian (ARM) 2792 5.5 9.25
6. Alexei Shirov (LAT) 2684 3.5 9.75