chessbase india logo

Berlin GP R6: Nakamura makes a great escape against Esipenko

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/02/2022

Hikaru Nakamura became the second Semifinalist of FIDE Berlin GP 2022. The Speed King made a Houdini like escape as top Russian teenager Andrey Esipenko missed several opportunities to win the game and secure a spot for himself in the knockout stage. Radoslaw Wojtaszek drew with Grigoriy Oparin after having a promising position. He will now have to play against Richard Rapport to determine the Pool B winner. Leinier Dominguez defeated Alexei Shirov and Pentala Harikrishna holding Wesley So to a draw means, there will be an All-American tie-breaks between Leinier and So to determine Pool D winner. Tie-break games start today at 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: World Chess

Heartbreak for Fedoseev

The most painful exit of Berlin GP has to be Vladimir Fedoseev's. He could have repeated moves against Richard Rapport which would have been enough for him to be in tie-breaks along with Radoslaw Wojtaszek. However, at the time it seemed like Wojtaszek will win against Oparin. It would mean a draw would not be sufficient for Fedoseev to force tie-breaks. It would not have been easy to predict for anyone that Oparin-Wojtaszek would end in a draw. Unfortunately, Fedoseev lost the game eventually and his chances for a Semifinal spot disappeared.

Hikaru Nakamura had all the luck on his side against Andrey Esipenko | Photo: World Chess

Pool A: Esipenko - Nakamura: 0.5-0.5

Andrey Esipenko got himself quite a few good opportunities against Hikaru Nakamura.

Position after 27...cxd5

The first significant opportunity was after 27...cxd5. 28.Qg3 gives White a decisive advantage. 28...Rxe5 29.Rxe5 dxe5 30.Qxe5 Qf6 31.Qxd5+ and White is completely winning here because Black's rook and knight are misplaced. White can bring his rook to f1 and continue the attack.

Position after 35...Rg8

Since taking on g7 is not a real possibility at the moment, White could have grabbed a couple of pawns instead, 36.Qxc4 Rge8 37.Qxc6. After a lot of misses by White, Nakamura eventually managed to save the game and secure his place in the Semifinals.

Interview with Hikaru Nakamura | Video: World Chess
Higher Income— Less Emotions | Hikaru Nakamura on his emotional chess past | Video: World Chess
Hikaru's Great Escape against Esipenko | Video: GMHikaru

Esipenko missed all his opportunities against Nakamura | Photo: World Chess

Grischuk struggled a lot to convert his advantage against Bacrot | Photo: World Chess
A tactic that even 2764 rated GM could not see! | Video: ChessBase India
Interview with Etienne Bacrot and Alexander Grischuk | Video: World Chess
"Once you get this reputation, people find anything you say funny" - Alexander Grischuk | Video: World Chess

Pool B: Oparin - Wojtaszek: 0.5-0.5

Grigoriy Oparin was in grave danger against Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

Position after 24.Rc6

24...f4 would have been much better for Black here. It continues the attack and takes advantage of White's king stranded at the center. However, Black chose to play 24...Bxc6 25.dxc6+ Qe6 26.Qxd3 and White managed to avert disaster. Oparin might have saved a half point but he still got eliminated. A win would have allowed Wojtaszek to advance to the Semifinals without needing to play tie-breaks today.

Interview with Grigoriy Oparin and Radoslaw Wojtaszek | Video: World Chess

Wojtaszek had a fantastic opportunity against Oparin | Photo: World Chess

Fedoseev - Rapport: 0-1

Richard Rapport won a prolonged battle against Vladimir Fedoseev. However, it was the Russian who could have created serious trouble for his opponent. He refused a threefold repetition because it was not clear if a draw would be enough to play tie-breaks. It turned out that it would have been enough which makes it obvious how disappointed he would have been after the game.

Position after 21...Be2

22.e4 fxe4 23.Nxe4 gives White a significant advantage. Fedoseev opted for 21.Re1 and missed the only chance he had in the game.

Interview with Richard Rapport | Video: World Chess

Fedoseev would have still remained in the tournament if he had repeated moves against Rapport | Photo: World Chess

Pool C: Vidit - Keymer: 0.5-0.5

Vidit Gujrathi had a well-fought draw with Vincent Keymer.

Position after 24...a6

The only real chance White had in the entire game was after 24...a6. 25.bxa6 Qa7 26.Na4 gives White a substantial advantage.

Interview with Vincent Keymer and Vidit Gujrathi | Video: World Chess
Internet is fine | Video: World Chess

Vidit Gujrathi had a five-hour long grueling battle against Vincent Keymer | Photo: World Chess
Interview with Levon Aronian and Daniil Dubov | Video: World Chess

Leinier Dominguez Perez defeated Alexei Shirov to get into tie-breaks | Photo: World Chess
Interview with Leinier Dominguez Perez and Alexei Shirov | Video: World Chess
I like to play Hikaru, he is very challenging especially in Rapid and Blitz - GM Leinier Dominguez | Video: World Chess

Pentala Harikrishna drew with Wesley So | Photo: World Chess
Interview with Wesley So and Pentala Harikrishna | Video: World Chess
I play against pieces rather than a particular opponent - Pentala Harikrishna | Video: World Chess
FIDE Grand Prix 2022 Berlin GP Round 6 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 6 games

Round 6 results

Nakamura is the second Semi-finalist | Photo: World Chess

Standings after Round 6

Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura will have to wait for tie-break results to know their Semifinal opponents | Photo: World Chess

Time control

The time control for each standard game in pools and play-off is: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. In case if a player arrives at the chessboard with a delay of up to 15 minutes from the actual start of the game, he/she should be charged of five hundred (500) euros deducted from his/her prize money. In case of delay of more than 15 minutes, the player loses the game (without financial penalty).


The players cannot draw any game by mutual agreement before black’s 30th move. A claim for a draw before black’s 30th move is permitted only in the case of a draw by repetition.


Each Grand Prix tournament has a total prize fund - €150000.

The winner of each GP earns €24000 and the runner-up gets €18000



FIDE GP 2022 Regulations

Related news:
वेसली सो ने जीता तीसरे फीडे ग्रां प्री का खिताब

@ 06/04/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
हंगरी के रिचर्ड रापोर्ट नें जीता बेलग्रेड ग्रां प्री का खिताब

@ 14/03/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Richard Rapport wins FIDE Belgrade GP 2022, now World no.7

@ 14/03/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Belgrade GP SF TB: Andreikin eliminates Giri

@ 12/03/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
बेलग्रेड फीडे ग्रां प्री : रिचर्ड रापोर्ट फाइनल में पहुंचे

@ 11/03/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Belgrade GP SF2: Richard Rapport advances to the Finals

@ 11/03/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Belgrade GP SF1: Rapport beats MVL

@ 10/03/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
बेलग्रेड फीडे ग्रां प्री : रिचर्ड के कदम फाइनल की ओर

@ 10/03/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Belgrade GP R6: Andreikin, Giri, Rapport and MVL advance to the Semifinals

@ 08/03/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
बेलग्रेड फीडे ग्रां प्री : रिचर्ड की हार पर टिकी विदित की उम्मीद

@ 07/03/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Belgrade GP R5: Rapport beats Vidit

@ 07/03/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
क्या फीडे ग्रां प्री के प्ले ऑफ में पहुंचेंगे विदित ?

@ 05/03/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Belgrade GP R4: Vachier-Lagrave wins to take sole lead in Pool D

@ 05/03/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Belgrade GP R3: Harikrishna holds Anish Giri to a draw

@ 04/03/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
बेलग्रेड फीडे ग्रां प्री : विदित की लगातार दूसरी जीत

@ 03/03/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Belgrade GP R2: Vidit beats Fedoseev to take a full point lead in Pool C

@ 03/03/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Belgrade GP R1: Vidit scores a fiery win against Shirov

@ 02/03/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
2nd leg of FIDE Grand Prix 2022 to begin in Belgrade with Vidit and Hari

@ 01/03/2022 by Ratnesh Ranjan (en)
Invincible Nakamura wins FIDE Berlin GP 2022, his first Classical tournament in over 27 months

@ 18/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
हिकारु नाकामुरा बने बर्लिन फीडे ग्रां प्री 2022 के विजेता

@ 18/02/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Tie-breaks to determine FIDE Berlin GP 2022 winner

@ 17/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
फीडे ग्रां प्री 2022 - टाईब्रेक से होगा खिताब का फैसला

@ 17/02/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Berlin GP: An exciting start to the Finals

@ 16/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
फीडे ग्रां प्री 2022: फ़ाइनल : नाकामुरा -अरोनियन की बाजी बराबरी पर छूटी

@ 16/02/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
अरोनियन या नाकामुरा ? कौन जीतेगा बर्लिन ग्रां प्री का खिताब

@ 14/02/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Berlin GP: Undefeated Aronian and Nakamura advance to the Finals

@ 14/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Berlin GP: Aronian and Nakamura move closer to the Finals

@ 13/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Berlin GP: Rapport and Leinier win tie-breaks to reach Semifinals

@ 12/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
फीडे ग्रां प्री 2022 :अब नाकामुरा भी सेमी फाइनल में

@ 11/02/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Berlin GP R5: Aronian storms into the Semifinals, Nakamura blazes Grischuk

@ 10/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
फीडे ग्रां प्री 2022: R5 : अरोनियन पहुंचे अंतिम चार में

@ 10/02/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Berlin GP R4: Vidit and Harikrishna still in the hunt

@ 08/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
फीडे ग्रां प्री 2022: R4 : विदित नें अरोनियन से खेला ड्रॉ

@ 08/02/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Berlin GP R3: Vidit Gujrathi decimates Daniil Dubov

@ 07/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
फीडे ग्रां प्री 2022: R3 : डुबोव को हरा विदित की शानदार वापसी

@ 07/02/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Berlin GP R2: Nakamura, Rapport and Leinier score a win

@ 06/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
फीडे ग्रां प्री 2022: R2 : हरिकृष्णा नें बर्लिन में वेसली को छकाया

@ 06/02/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Berlin GP R1: Aronian beats Vidit, Harikrishna draws

@ 05/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
फीडे ग्रां प्री 2022 : R1: अरोनियन से हारे विदित

@ 05/02/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Vidit and Harikrishna will be in action at FIDE Berlin GP 2022 starting today

@ 04/02/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
फीडे ग्रां प्री 2022 : अरोनियन से विदित तो शिरोव से टकराएँगे हरिकृष्णा

@ 03/02/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
फीडे ग्रां प्री 2022 : विदित और हरिकृष्णा के पास सुनहरा मौका !

@ 25/01/2022 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Vidit and Harikrishna aim for Candidates qualification at FIDE Grand Prix 2022

@ 23/01/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
FIDE and World Chess announce Grand Prix 2022

@ 19/06/2021 by Shahid Ahmed (en)

Contact Us