With clear wins in Friday’s tiebreaks, American GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So faced off in the final of leg three of the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix Series.
In the first game of the final, in which So played with the white pieces, the fighters played a relatively short and correct draw in a line that both knew very well.
The second game of the final takes place SunDay, April 3, at 6:00 a.m. Pacific / 3:00 p.m. Central Europe.
For the first game of the final, So had the white pieces and opted for 1.d4. For his part, Nakamura used the Nimzo-Indian Defence, one of his main defenses against 1.d4.
Players soon embarked on a path they had previously explored, both alone and against each other. In fact, at least the first 20 moves from both sides seemed like a preparation, even if it was only one With his 27th train, So deviated from previous practice. Coincidentally, his best chance for an advantage seemed to be right on move 27, but when the opportunity passed, the game fizzled out further and a draw was agreed on move 30.
After the game, however, neither player was too convinced that White ever had anything, but So was more surprised that Nakamura had opted for this exact line when Black has several alternatives that give White less opportunity to put pressure on Black exercise.
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