Nakamura Wins The American Cup

Nakamura Wins The American Cup


It took four rapid games before the victor was decided on the 10th and final day of The American Cup in St. Louis.

In the fourth game of their third match of the event, GM Wesley So blundered to lose a miniature to GM Hikaru Nakamura, who then became the second winner of the Open event of The American Cup. 

The full report will follow soon.

It took three long, tough games to wear down So, who had missed some chances of his own in game three to move ahead.

All Games

Concerning the prizes in the Open event, Nakamura picks up $50,000 plus the $10,000 bonus for winning the championship bracket. So gets a cool $35,000 for his brilliant effort. GM Levon Aronian, who lost the final of the elimination bracket, will receive a check for $25,000.

The remaining prize winners are GM Leinier Dominguez, $20,000; last year’s winner, GM Fabiano Caruana, and GM Sam Shankland, each $18,000; and GM Sam Sevian and GM Ray Robson, each $12,000.

The American Cup is an over-the-board event in the U.S. capital of chess, St. Louis, featuring the country’s top grandmasters. Split into Open and Women’s categories, the players competed in a double-elimination knockout bracket while vying for their share of the $300,000 prize fund.

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