This past week I managed to watch a few hours of the 2022 FWFRCC group stage. I was amazed by the quality of the games and of the commentary. Unfortunately, I won't be able to write about the winner until the next scheduled post on this blog next month.
The official announcement of the winner -- 'Hikaru Nakamura is the 2022 FIDE World Fischer Random Champion' -- is shown below.
Source: FIDE Fischer Random World Chess Championship 2022
frchess.com -or- fischerrandom.fide.com
The event was covered by all of the major chess news sites. Let's follow the action on FIDE's own site. All of these stories, plus many more, are also available on the official site(s):-
- 2022-10-03: Wesley So set to defend his Fischer Random title (fide.com, as are the rest of the stories on this list)
- 2022-10-23: Are you ready to Random!? (signed 'GM Jonathan Tisdall', as are the rest)
- 2022-10-24: FIDE World Fischer Random Championship [FWFRC]: Group stage ready to begin
- 2022-10-25: [FWFRC]: Veterans show muscle; teenager [Abdusattorov] shows fire
- 2022-10-27: [FWFRC]: Home and away – a day of double duels
- 2022-10-29: Carlsen crashes out, Nakamura downs prodigy to set up surprise final 'Ian Nepomniachtchi gained Fischer Random revenge for his unsuccessful classical title challenge against Magnus Carlsen last year, and immovable object Hikaru Nakamura toppled the irresistible force of the preliminaries, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, to set up a title match few predicted.'
- 2022-10-30: New U.S. World Champion – Nakamura follows in Bobby Fischer’s footsteps 'US Chess Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura gained his first world title, winning the FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship today in Reykjavik, Iceland. He defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi, the previous and current challenger for the classical chess world title, winning in a nail-biting "Armageddon" playoff game after their match ended 2-2.'
GM Tisdall has emerged as one of the leading authorities on C960/FRC. For the previous post on this blog, see Chess960 Movers and Shakers (November 2020). As for GM Nakamura, he has been mentioned so many times on this blog that he deserves his own category. Since that's not likely to happen anytime soon, use the search box in the right navigation column. Congratulations on his impressive success in the 2022 FWFRCC!
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