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Hikaru Nakamura warms up in Biel by winning the Exhibition Blitz Tournament

The Exhibition Blitz Tournament, celebrating the 45 years of the Biel Chess Festival, was held on Sunday 22nd July, 14.00 pm, as a knockout event with 8 invited Grandmasters.

Playing System: Two games with 5‘+ 2‘‘/move. If 1-1, one Armageddon game with 5’ for white (has to win) and 4’ for black.

Magnus Carlsen was eliminated in the first round by Etienne Bacrot (1-2), Hikaru Nakamaura defeated Pentala Harikrishna (1.5-0.5), Alexander MorozevichYannick Pelletier 2-1, Alexandra Kosteniuk – Wang Hao (1.5-0.5).

In the semi-final Nakamura soundly beat Morozevich (2-0) and Bacrot used the white pieces to win against Kosteniuk (1.5-0.5).

In the final Nakamura beat Bacrot (1.5-0.5) to take the first prize – a very nice Swiss watch.

The main Grandmaster Tournament, a 21st category double round robin event, starts on Monday. Games will be relayed live with computer analysis.

Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura

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