Russia’s Dubov upsets Nakamura to win chess Rapid Challenge in Armageddon

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1. START OF TIEBREAKING ARMAGEDDON MATCH OF THE FINAL OF THE 2020 RAPID CHALLENGE BETWEEN RUSSIAN CHESS PLAYER DANIIL DUBOV AND AMERICAN CHESS PLAYER HIKARU NAKAMURA

2. WHITE FLASH

3. MORE MATCH ACTION

4. WHITE FLASH

5. DUBOV MOVING AHEAD

6. WHITE FLASH

7. MORE MATCH ACTION

8. WHITE FLASH

9. NAKAMURA SACRIFICING HIS QUEEN

10. WHITE FLASH

11. DUBOV TRYING TO MOVE IN TO CLOSE OUT THE MATCH, AND NAKAMURA TRYING TO HOLD ON AS CLOCK WINDS DOWN

12. WHITE FLASH

13. FINAL SECONDS OF THE MATCH AND DUBOV COMING OUT ON TOP

STORY: The 2020 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge went all the way to a tiebreaking Armageddon match where Russian Daniil Dubov finally emerged champion after beating Hikaru Nakamura of the United States.

The two speed chess specialists tied in their first match on the third day of the final, but Dubov came back to win the second match over the American who was favoured to win the day.

Nakamura was not having it and roared back to take match 3 before the rivals drew again in the fourth to set up an Armageddon clash to settle the score.

Dubov took an early lead in the deciding match but struggled to seal the deal as Nakamura held on and tried to come back to life.

In the end it was white over black when Nakamura saw no exit and finally threw in the towel with Dubov having just over 30 seconds left on the clock.

The 24-year-old champion walked away with a $45,000 dollar prize and a place at the table for the $300,000 dollars Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Grand Final.

(Production: Kurt Michael Hall)