Hikaru Nakamura Wins Fischer Random World Championship: Flash Report

GM Hikaru Nakamura was crowned as the FIDE Fischer Random World Chess Champion on Sunday after winning a thrilling armageddon tiebreaker against GM Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Having split the points on offer in their four-game mini-match, Nakamura saved his best efforts for the decider and paid tribute to the heroics of the format’s namesake, GM Bobby Fischer, by claiming his first world championship title in Reykjavik, 50 years after his fellow American defeated GM Boris Spassky at the height of the Cold War.

Nakamura received $150,000 USD for winning the event while the remainder of the $400,000 USD prize pool was split amongst the other participants.

In the third-place playoff, GM Magnus Carlsen overcame the world rapid champion GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov to round out the podium, recovering from a 1-0 deficit in the process.

Our game of the day, analyzed by GM Rafael Leitao, will be added shortly.

The Fischer Random World Championship, brought to you by the Government of Iceland and the City of Reykjavik, gathers top players worldwide to compete in a series of classical Fischer Random games for their share of the $400,000 prize fund and the title of FIDE Fischer Random World Champion. Fischer Random (also known as Chess960) is a chess variant where all standard chess rules are the same, except for the starting position of the pieces, which can be in one of 960 semi-random setups. Heavily endorsed by the 11th world champion GM Bobby Fischer, the variant sidesteps opening preparation to highlight players’ true understanding of chess.

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