Hikaru Nakamura claims the Unive Crown

The 16th Unive Chess Tournament took place from 19th to 27th October at the town hall in Hoogeveen, Netherlands. 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 regained his form after the poor performance in London Grand Prix and routinely won the event with 4,5/6 points, leaving the 2nd placed Sergei Tiviakov point and a half behind.

Dutch top player Anish Giri finished third with 2,5 points, while the Women World Champion Hou Yifan is last with 2 points.

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Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura

Concurrently with the main 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.

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