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Masters Round 5 - Nakamura Forges Ahead Image

Masters Round 5 - Nakamura Forges Ahead

Jan 28, 2018

Hikaru Nakamura remains out on his own with 5/5 after the Saturday play in the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters. The number of his immediate pursuers has now been whittled down to two after David Howell beat Rasmus Svane and Mikhail Antipov beat Emil Sutovsky with Black. So the leading scores are Nakamura 5, Howell, Antipov 4½, with 20 players on 4, including MVL, Rapport, Ivanchuk, Navara, Vitiugov, Wang Hao amongst the 2700+ rated players, and Nino Batsiashvili and Ju Wenjun also on 4, leading the race for the top women's prize.


Nakamura played positively for a result with the black pieces against Jan-Krzysztof Duda, choosing the combative Dragon Variation. A long slab of theory ensued, and the Polish GM had probably done enough for a draw when he played carelessly and allowed the American some forceful queenside play. It was invitation enough for the American to go on the offensive and bamboozle his opponent.

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