Nakamura Still Too Strong For MVL In Speed Chess

Friday, 12 Oct 2018 Ramdake Lewis No Comments

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 matches also include bullet games. Nakamura was still the pre-match favorite, also because he had beaten MVL in two previous matches on 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.


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