Nakamura vs. Martirosyan: A clear result

by André Schulz
11/13/2020 – Hikaru Nakamura was simply a bit too strong for the Armenian Haik Martirosyan in their Speed Chess Championship match on Nakamura won the blitz and bullet match 21-5, and lost only one of the 26 games. Despite the short time controls and the lopsided result the match offered many interesting and instructive games.

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H. Nakamura vs H. Martirosyan

The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Main Event is a knockout tournament, in which 16 of the world's best grandmasters start. Top seed and favourite is Magnus Carlsen. The tournament runs from November 1 to December 13, 2020 on Each individual match will feature 90 minutes of 5+1 blitz, 60 minutes of 3+1 blitz, and 30 minutes of 1+1 bullet chess.

In the sixth match of the round of the last 16 Hikaru Nakamura faced the Armenian GM Haik Martirosyan. It was a rather one-sided match.

Right in the first game Nakamura indicated which direction this match would take.


In the second game Martirosyan had good chances, but...


The third game took a similar course. A passed pawn gave Martirosyan counterplay but at a crucial moment the Armenian missed the right move.


3:0. In game four Martirosyan managed to draw. Round 5 saw a well-known tactic.


The match turned into a lesson. From the eight games with a time-control of 5+1 Nakamura won seven, one ended in a draw.

The longest game of the match was played with a time-control of 3+1:


An interesting and instructive endgame.

All games of the match


All games of the Speed Chess Championship


Live commentary with IM Daniel Rensch and GM Robert Hess (


André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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