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Hikaru Nakamura plays exciting, slashing chess, and sometimes amusing chess. His aggressive and unpredictable style is refreshing to the chess world.

Nakamura became the youngest-ever Grandmaster in 2003 and U.S. champion in 2004. He was ranked second in the world in 2015.

"Naka" is known for his great tactical skill and willingness to take risks for active play. He has a versatile opening repertoire and sometimes plays surprising offbeat openings considered unsound, but helpful to the evolution of chess theory.

Grob Opening (A00) 0-1Nakamura drove computer crazy w/6 bishops
Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 255 moves, 0-1

Anti-computer strategy; Horsing around w/6 Kts...won't resign
Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 155 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Larsen Attack Classical Var (A01) 1-0 Kside attack, R EG
Nakamura vs Aronian, 2014 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 78 moves, 1-0

Bird Opening: Sicilian Bird (A02) 1-0 Hole on 6th, Pin on 7th
Nakamura vs Y Kryvoruchko, 2014
(A02) Bird's Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

KIA Symmetrical (A05) 1-0 A knight to remember...underpromotion
Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012 
(A05) Reti Opening, 80 moves, 1-0

Nakamura's favorite game
M Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A14) English, 28 moves, 0-1

English, Agincourt Def. Neo Catalan Declined (A14) Textbook EG
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2014 
(A14) English, 50 moves, 1-0

English, Agincourt Def. Catalan Def (A14) 1/2-Q sac counterplay
Ehlvest vs Nakamura, 2009 
(A14) English, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

King's English. 4Knights Fianchetto (A29) 1-0 Computer prep
Nakamura vs Anand, 2016 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 26 moves, 1-0

Trompowsky Attack (A45) 1-0 Pawn grabbing Q gets trapped
Nakamura vs J Hawkins, 2014 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 15 moves, 1-0

Benko Gambit: Accepted. Dlugy Var (A57) 1-0Country belt whippin
Nakamura vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2008 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 41 moves, 1-0

Dutch Leningrad. Matulovic Var(A89) 0-1 Tactical finish
S Bercys vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 36 moves, 0-1

Dutch Defense: Semi-Leningrad (A80) 0-1 Better ending
Karpov vs Nakamura, 2008 
(A80) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Dutch Leningrad Defense (A80) 0-1 h-file attack
Morozevich vs Nakamura, 2014 
(A80) Dutch, 55 moves, 0-1

Dutch Defense: Semi-Leningrad Variation (A81) 1/2-1/2
Grischuk vs Nakamura, 2010 
(A81) Dutch, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

Cntr Cntr 3...Qa5, 7.Ne5 (B01) 0-1 Kside pawns leak
Karjakin vs Nakamura, 2004 
(B01) Scandinavian, 60 moves, 0-1

Pirc, Austrian, Unzicker Attack (B09) 1-0 h-pawn creates pin
Nakamura vs Smirin, 2005 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin Barmen Def vs 4.Na3 (B22) 1-0 See video
Nakamura vs Yu Yangyi, 2015 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 39 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin Barmen Def 6.Be3 (B22)0-1 "Instead of..." notes
T Nabaty vs Nakamura, 2015 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 58 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Closed 3.g4 (B23) 1-0 Odd start, 0-0-0, N fork
Nakamura vs A Zhigalko, 2009 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 30 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Closed / Grand Prix Attack (B23) 1-0 Pawn gifts
Nakamura vs W M Buehl, 2001
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 38 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Closed (B23) 1-0 Simplify to a won ending
Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2004 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 55 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov(B33) 1-0Get the Q in close
Nakamura vs Shirov, 2010 
(B33) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

Game 7 in Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura
Nakamura vs Epishin, 2007 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 24 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Canal Attack (B51) 0-1 Get the Q in close
Caruana vs Nakamura, 2014 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 47 moves, 0-1

Nakamura allows Black to queen with check
Nakamura vs Robson, 2012 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 49 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Scheveningen. Keres Attk (B81) 1-0Skewer removes guard
Nakamura vs Ponomariov, 2009 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf. English Attk (B90) 1-0 Powerful king hunt
Nakamura vs A Lesiege, 2002 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf (B90) 0-1 Black has open lines, the safer King
Caruana vs Nakamura, 2013 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 39 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf (B94) The Black Q pays for snatching b-pawn
Nakamura vs Van Wely, 2010 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 17 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf (B95) 0-1 Deflection, Pin and Fork
D Sengupta vs Nakamura, 2001 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 25 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf (B96) 1-0 15.Nxd5 thematic sac, exchange sac
Nakamura vs Van Wely, 2010 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 39 moves, 1-0

Zugzwang; it's not just a scrabble killer!
Stripunsky vs Nakamura, 2010 
(C00) French Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

US Champ 2012 French: La Bourdonnais Variation (C00), 1-0
Nakamura vs Seirawan, 2012 
(C00) French Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Exchange (C01) 1-0 He walked into it
Nakamura vs S Williams, 2012 
(C01) French, Exchange, 37 moves, 1-0

French Advance. Paulsen Attack (C02) 1-0 R vs B ending blunder
Nakamura vs I Ibragimov, 2004 
(C02) French, Advance, 66 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Var (C11) 0-1 Q raid
Macieja vs Nakamura, 2006 
(C11) French, 40 moves, 0-1

French Def Steinitz Variation (C11) 0-1 Exchange sac breakthru
J Friedel vs Nakamura, 2007 
(C11) French, 51 moves, 0-1

Veresov to French McCutcheon, Wolf Gambit (C12) 0-1R sac, Q sac
G Sagalchik vs Nakamura, 2003 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 37 moves, 0-1

1.e4 e5 2.Qh5? Parham Attack (C20) 0-1 insufficient N sac
Nakamura vs Sasikiran, 2005 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 87 moves, 0-1

Vienna Gambit. Main Line (C29) 1/2-1/2Tried to give away his B
Nakamura vs Onischuk, 2010 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

King's Gambit: Accepted. Abbazia Defense (C36) 1-0 Busy Rooks!
Nakamura vs Kosteniuk, 2011 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

K's Gambit: Accepted. Abbazia Def (C36) 1-0 See FSR notes
Nakamura vs Adams, 2011 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

A game that takes you back to the Morphy-Anderssen era
Nakamura vs R Hess, 2012 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 33 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game 3...g6 Pillsbury Def (C60) 0-1 Reminiscent Larsen
Anand vs Nakamura, 2013 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 0-1

Game 17 in Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura
Nakamura vs Shirov, 2011 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 93 moves, 1-0

Slav Defense: Breyer Variation (D11) 0-1 Harsh words
Nakamura vs Caruana, 2014 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 67 moves, 0-1

French, Diemer-Duhm Gambit (D30) 1-0 Back rank weakness
C Nakamura vs A Caoili, 1998 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

QGD Harrwitz Attack. Fianchetto Def (D37) 1-0 Capture, Recaptur
Nakamura vs Anand, 2014 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

QGD Harrwitz Attack (D37) 0-1 Black double Rs on 2nd rank
Topalov vs Nakamura, 2016 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 0-1

QGD Lasker Defense (D56) 1-0 Alternative 10...f5 Stonewall Def
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2013 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense (D56) 1/2-1/2Uneventful
Mamedyarov vs Nakamura, 2010 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

This is like being pardoned at the 11th hour
Nakamura vs J Fluvia Poyatos, 2007 
(D80) Grunfeld, 43 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld Modern Exchange Var (D85) 1-0Central agression pays!
L E Johannessen vs Nakamura, 2002 
(D85) Grunfeld, 31 moves, 1-0

Game 10: Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2009 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange (D85) 1-0 Barrier limits Black King
Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2013 
(D85) Grunfeld, 52 moves, 1-0

Catalan Opening (E00) 1-0 Isolani line opener to create R+ fork
Nakamura vs Eljanov, 2010 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian Def: Kmoch Var (E20) 0-1 Voted game, video of year
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2014 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 61 moves, 0-1

U.S. Open , Reno NV 1999 (GOTD) Dustin' Hoffman
A Hoffman vs Nakamura, 1999 
(E61) King's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

KID Fianchetto. Panno Var (E63) 1-0 Chess Network Videos
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 73 moves, 1-0

Chess Network Videos
Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2011 
(E97) King's Indian, 50 moves, 0-1

KID Bayonet Attack (E97) 0-1 Flawed P rollers on opposite wings
Anand vs Nakamura, 2011 
(E97) King's Indian, 49 moves, 0-1

KID Orthodox. Modern System (E97) 0-1 A complete head-spinner
Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

KID Orthodox. Modern System (E97) 0-1 No sense of danger
Beliavsky vs Nakamura, 2009 
(E97) King's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

Cntr Cntr 3...Qa5 Main Lines 0-0-0 (B01) 0-1 Connected passers
DeFirmian vs Nakamura, 2004 
(B01) Scandinavian, 40 moves, 0-1

Trompowsky Attack (A45) 1-0 Knights in the center stir it up!
Nakamura vs J Sarkar, 2006 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav Def: Stoltz. Shabalov Attk 7.g4 (D45) 0-1 Naka's best
D Harika vs Nakamura, 2008 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Kan. Polugaevsky (B42) 1-0 Not the ending I expected
Nakamura vs A David, 2009 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 76 moves, 1-0

French Steinitz. Boleslavsky (C11) 0-1 Blitz; see youtube link
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2010 
(C11) French, 34 moves, 0-1

Dutch, Leningrad. Warsaw Var (A88) 1-0 R sac, skewer+ next
Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2010 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 44 moves, 1-0

Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42) 1/2-Chess Network Videos
Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Def. Steinitz. Boleslavsky Var (C11) 1-0 N & R on 6th
Nakamura vs N Vitiugov, 2012 
(C11) French, 66 moves, 1-0

Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Warsaw (A88) 0-1 Rookery snookery
Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2012 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 35 moves, 0-1

Game 11 in Fighting Chess w/Hikaru Nakamura by Muller & Stolze
Nakamura vs Grischuk, 2011 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

P-Q4 Sarratt/Barry Attack (D00) 1-0 Aimless B, Decoy K
Nakamura vs A Giri, 2014 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 83 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Closed (C84) 0-1 W took a pawn & Black took control
Nakamura vs Aronian, 2015 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 51 moves, 0-1

KID Normal. Rare Defenses (E90) 0-1 Messy
C Holt vs Nakamura, 2015 
(E90) King's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Nakamura punished for 2.Qh5?!
Nakamura vs A Volokitin, 2005 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

Semi-Slav Def. Stoltz. Shabalov Attk (D45) 1-0 Black miscalcula
Nakamura vs M Muzychuk, 2016 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 26 moves, 1-0

Dutch Be7 Stonewall 7...Nc6!? (A92) 1-0 Combo cracks author's D
Nakamura vs R Bellin, 2016 
(A92) Dutch, 39 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf. Adams Attack (B90) 0-1 Neither have castled
P V Vishnu vs Nakamura, 2016 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 22 moves, 0-1

QGD Harrwitz Attack. Main Line (D37) 1-0 Too much speed chess?
I Nepomniachtchi vs Nakamura, 2017 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights (E21) 1-0 Black EG Blooper
Mamedyarov vs Nakamura, 2017 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 92 moves, 1-0

K's English. Four Knights Fianchetto (A29) 0-1 e3 cramps White
Nakamura vs Aronian, 2017 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 54 moves, 0-1

Naka missed the win? -- N screens P from B will promote
Nakamura vs Kasparov, 2017 
(D80) Grunfeld, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anti-Nimzo-Indian/Stonewall (E10) 1-0 Sacs for passers
Le Quang Liem vs Nakamura, 2017 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 75 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian Def: Classical (E32) 1-0 OCB EG; White K escort
Kasparov vs Nakamura, 2017 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 44 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack/Dbl Fio Reti (A06) 1-0 Q+ & fork
Nakamura vs Anand, 2017 
(A06) Reti Opening, 52 moves, 1-0

KID Orthodox. Glek Def (E94) 1-0 Connected passers
I Krush vs Nakamura, 2001 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 48 moves, 1-0

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