Hikaru Nakamura has risen to number six on the live world rankings and ascribes his success, in part, to playing less speed chess on the internet. The US number one returned to his first love at the weekend and won the inaugural Internet Chess Club Open on chessclub.com. Players had three minutes for the whole game.
After four hard fought qualifiers, Nakamura reached theeight-player knockout final and defeated GM Robert Hovhannisyan of Armenia and American IM Levon Altounian. In the final, Nakamura tied 3-3 with another Armenian GM Hrair Simonian and had to ride his luck a little to win a to a two-game tiebreaker.
Nakamura played from Madrid as he is en route to Bazna for an elite tournament where he will face Magnus Carlsen, Vasily Ivanchuk, Sergey Karjakin, Teimour Radjabov and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu.
2,216 ICC members took part in the competition and played for $3,500 in prize money which included class prizes for those rated under 2200, 2000, 1800 and 1600.
Nakamura's ICC name is CapilanoBridge, Albert is IM Levon Altounian.
Levon Altounian - Hikaru Nakamura
ICC 3 minute game