Over the board the players consider themselves equals, but online Hikaru Nakamura is still too strong for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The American GM won yesterday’s Speed Chess match with an eight-point margin.
It was the last quarterfinal of this year’s Speed Chess championship, but wouldn’t have looked bad as a final. The fight was between the world number two (Vachier-Lagrave) vs the world number three (Nakamura) on the current FIDE blitz ratings list.
Online speed chess is a different ballgame though, especially taking into account that the Chess.com matches also include bullet games. Nakamura was still the pre-match favorite, also because he had beaten MVL in two previous matches on Chess.com: their 2015 Death Match (17.5-10.5) and their 2016 Blitz Battle (21.5-10.5). In fact, Nakamura hadn’t lost a single segment there.
Today (July 27th) is the 114th anniversary of the 2nd Women’s World Champion (1950-53) Lyudmila Rudenko’s birth.
Today’s Google doodle celebrates her. In WWII, she organized the evacuation of children in Leningrad. Also in WWII, Vera Menchik (1st champion) was killed in a London air raid.
What a remarkable story!
This is pretty cool, At 12 years and 10 months old, Praggnanandhaa just became the youngest Indian Chess Grandmaster in history and the second youngest in the world. The youngest-ever Chess Grandmaster (Sergey Karjakin) was just three months younger than Praggnanandhaa. (12 yrs, 7 months old).
“German grandmaster Wolfgang Unzicker loved to tell jokes, even at the most inappropriate occasions. He would often start telling one immediately after a chess game, while he and his opponent were still signing the scoresheet.
Once he tried doing that after a game against Vasja Pirc. He started with the customary: ‘Excuse me, grandmaster, but did I ever tell you this joke..’
‘Is it good?’ – asked Pirc.
‘ Oh, excellent.’- replied Unzicker.
‘Then it means you haven’t told it to me.’ “