Perfect 4-0 Day For Nakamura, Dismantles Bongcloud In CGC Finals

Perfect 4-0 Day For Nakamura, Dismantles Bongcloud In CGC Finals


Coming off of his Fischer Random World Championship victory, GM Hikaru Nakamura continues his unstoppable winning streak, sweeping GM Jan-Krzystof Duda 4-0 on Wednesday at the Global Championship Finals. This leaves the world number 18 in a must-win position for all four remaining games of their quarterfinals match.

In the matchup between the youngest contenders, GM Sam Sevian leads a close match vs. GM Nihal Sarin. Their games today offered us a preview of the exciting duel ahead between Sevian’s beyond-his-years understanding vs. Sarin’s resourcefulness. 

GM Wesley So‘s tenacious defensive and powerful attacking abilities gained him a 3-1 lead vs. GM Dmitry Andreikin. Lastly, GM Anish Giri leads his match vs. GM Teimour Radjabov, scoring the only victory so far. 

The quarterfinals continue on Thursday, November 3, starting at 9 a.m. PT / 18:00 CET.

Nakamura started his match vs. Duda with a shocking 4-0 winning streak. After winning the first game, Nakamura shut down Duda’s attempt to strike back with an incredible comeback and endgame mating net in game two. 

Just when game three looked to be winding down to a draw, Nakamura revealed his imaginative idea to score the full point in the opposite-color bishop ending. This is our Game of the Day. 

Nakamura is in exuberant form. After winning the Fischer World Championship last Sunday, and then winning Titled Tuesday yesterday, today he applied a resounding rout to a chess player of Duda’s caliber, a candidate for the world title. Nakamura showed excellent opening preparation, playing a novelty in a variation that had been played by his opponent not long ago.

How did Nakamura feel when he first saw the Bongcloud Attack on the board in such an important event? Photo: Eric Rosen/

Duda finished the day by shocking his opponent with an extreme measure to try to turn around his losing streak, playing the notorious Bongcloud Attack.

Nakamura dismantled his opponent’s bold yet dubious opening choice without any trouble with a positional squeeze. The reigning Fischer Random World Champion shares his insightful game analysis from the match on his YouTube channel.

So vs. Andreikin began with an unbelievable clash. Andreikin sacrificed to create a ferocious kingside attack and checkmate seemed to be just moves away. 

After an inaccuracy by Andreikin, So uncovered a critical defensive resource to save the game. Try to find it yourself in the puzzle below!

So had to bring his best game to get the upper hand vs. Andreikin. Photo: Eric Rosen/

In game two, it was So’s turn for a powerful kingside attack.

Sevian took the lead in his match vs. Sarin in game two, gaining a substantial advantage in material and time. 

Commentator Naroditsky offered an insightful analysis of Sevian’s strengths: “He plays with the positional acumen and confidence of a seasoned 50-year-old Soviet grandmaster, but he has that tactical prowess and the opening preparation of a 21-year-old.”

In game four, Sevian was ahead a knight for a pawn on the verge of extending his lead when Sarin’s stunning speed and resourcefulness saved the game. 

Giri took the lead in his match vs. Radjabov with practical play in game three. 

An inside look at the CGC Finals production. Photo: Eric Rosen/

Quarterfinals Scoreboard

The 2022 Global Championship (CGC) is the first global championship cycle open to all verified players. Players compete in official verified events for their share of the $1,100,000 prize fund and the Global Champion title.

Chess legends, such as GMs Viswanathan Anand, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Vladimir Kramnik, and Veselin Topalov, compete against today’s best (online) players, including GMs Hikaru Nakamura, Ding Liren, Levon Aronian, and Jan-Krzysztof Duda, and more. 

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