Hikaru Nakamura is the new Fischer Random World Champion

Hikaru Nakamura is the new Fischer Random World Champion


Hikaru Nakamura is not only a successful streamer but also a brilliant OTB player who got his first World Title by winning the FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Photo: Lennart Ootes / FIDE

Τhe second edition of the FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship took place in Reykjavik, Iceland from 25 to 30 October 2022, with the defending champion Wesley So, reigning world champion and the world no.1 Magnus Carlsen, Iceland no.1 GM Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson (Organizer Wildcard), World Championship Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi (FIDE President Wildcard), chesscom Qualifiers – Vladimir Fedoseev and Matthias Bluebaum, lichess Qualifiers – Hikaru Nakamura and the reigning World Rapid champion, Nodirbek Abdusattorov.

“Soon I’ll have no World Championship titles, so it’s time to start winning some of them back!” Magnus Carlsen said on the Fischer World Random Championship, which is the only world title that he has never won in his whole career. This year wasn’t Magnus’ year as well at this format, as Hikaru Nakamura took the title from Wesley So.

An Armageddon game decided the Fischer Random World Championship 2022. In the finals of the World Championship Hikaru Nakamura played against Ian Nepomniachtchi and after a 2-2 tie in the four games of the initial mini-match, an Armageddon game had to decide, in which Nakamura won. In addition to the  title, Nakamura received 100,000 USD in prize money.

Magnus Carlsen won against Nodirbek Abdusattorov to finish third, Vladimir Fedoseev beat Wesley So to finish fifth, and Matthias Blübaum made it to 7th place with his win against Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson.


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