Triple crown for Sauron

California Chrome has nothing on Magnus Carlsen, who recently completed the triple crown of tournament chess by winning the Rapid and Blitz world championships in Dubai. To go along with his regular world championship. What a trophy hog!

It was a disappointing event for US #1 Hikaru Nakamura, the pre-tournament favorite (at least by rating), ending in 29th(!) place in the Rapid. He did finish third in the blitz tournament, with a very strong last lap. As Chessbase reports, he won “against Aronian, Anand, Morozevich, Korobov and Dreev in a row”, but it was not enough to catch Carlsen (and he lost on tiebreaks for 2nd to Nepomniachtchi).

The Week in Chess has a nice report, including most (all?) games for replay. Here’s one:

GM Nakamura, Hikaru (2775) – GM Goloshchapov, Alexander (2586)
FIDE World Blitz 2014 Dubai UAE (1.1), 2014.06.19
1.e4 e6 2.d3 c5 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.f4 Bg7 6.Nf3 d6 7.O-O Nge7 8.c3 O-O 9.Be3 b6 10.Qe2 Bb7 11.Bf2 Qd7 12.Nbd2 f5 13.Rfe1 Rae8 14.d4 cxd4 15.cxd4 fxe4 16.Nxe4 Nf5 17.Rad1 d5 18.Nc3 Kh8 19.Qd2 Bf6 20.h4 h5 21.Bh3 a6 22.Ne5 Nxe5 23.dxe5 Bd8 24.Ne2 a5 25.Nd4 Ba6 26.Rc1 Be7 27.a3 Rc8 28.Nxf5 gxf5 29.Bxb6 Qb5 30.Bd4 Bc5 31.Bf1 Qb6 32.Rxc5 Rxc5 33.Bxa6 1-0
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