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Hikaru Nakamura
Number of games in database: 1,343
Years covered: 1995 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2798 (2850 rapid, 2883 blitz)
Overall record: +426 -178 =385 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      354 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (100) 
    B90 B42 B30 B23 B33
 Queen's Pawn Game (56) 
    A45 D00 E00 A50 D05
 Queen's Gambit Declined (39) 
    D31 D37 D38 D30 D35
 French Defense (36) 
    C02 C11 C10 C16 C00
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E21 E32 E44 E46 E20
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D85 D91 D70 D86 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (148) 
    B90 B30 B92 B42 B23
 King's Indian (73) 
    E97 E90 E92 E63 E94
 Sicilian Najdorf (48) 
    B90 B92 B99 B94 B96
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C67 C78 C80 C65 C60
 French Defense (41) 
    C11 C03 C12 C10 C04
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    A41 D02 A45 A40 E00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 0-1
   Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008 0-1
   Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   G Sagalchik vs Nakamura, 2003 0-1
   Nakamura vs Robson, 2012 1-0
   Anand vs Nakamura, 2011 0-1
   Beliavsky vs Nakamura, 2009 0-1
   Nakamura vs T Hillarp Persson, 2005 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corsica Masters (2007)
   Cap d'Agde (2010)
   Casino de Barcelona (2007)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Tata Steel (2011)
   US Championship (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   34th World Open (2006)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Geneva Chess Masters (2013)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Ordix Open (2008)

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HIKARU NAKAMURA
(born Dec-09-1987, 27 years old) Japan (citizen of United States of America)

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Awarded the title of IM in 2001 and that of GM in 2003, Nakamura is reigning US Champion, his prior victories coming in 2004, 2009 and 2012. He is the world's third-ranked player as of April 2015.

Prodigy

Christopher Hikaru Nakamura was born December 9, 1987 in Hirakata in Osaka, Japan, to a Japanese father and an American mother. He is the younger brother of Asuka Nakamura. When he was two years old, he and his mother and brother moved to the United States. He started playing chess when he was seven, coached by his stepfather, Sunil Weeramantry. He was the youngest player in US history to defeat an International Master (Jay R Bonin) in a USCF-rated game (10 years, 0 months), to become a National Master (USCF) (10 years 79 days), to defeat a Grandmaster (Arthur Bisguier) in a USCF-rated game (10 years, 117 days), and to become an IM (13 years 2 months), although most of these records have subsequently been surpassed. In 2003 he became the USA's youngest-ever grandmaster (15 years 2 months and 19 days), a record later broken by Fabiano Caruana and Ray Robson.

Championships

<Youth> In 2001 he won the World U14 championship.

<National> When he won the Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004) (on tiebreak from Alexander Stripunsky), he was the youngest player to win the US championship since Robert James Fischer. He also won the US Championship (2009) outright by half a point ahead of the joint runners-up Robert Lee Hess and Alexander Onischuk, and the US Championship (2012) outright by a full point ahead of the winner of the 2010 and 2011 events, Gata Kamsky. He won the national title for a fourth time when he took out the US Championships (2015) with 8/11, half a point ahead of the outright runner up Ray Robson.

<World championship cycle> Seeded number 87 and aged 16, Nakamura reached the final 16 in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), defeating 46th seed Sergey Volkov, 19th seeded Aleksej Aleksandrov, and 51st seed Alexander Lastin in the preliminary rounds before bowing out to number 3 seed and finalist Michael Adams in the round of 16. He qualified to play in the World Cup (2013) through his rating, and defeated Peruvian WGM Deysi Estela Cori Tello in the first round, Azeri GM Eltaj Safarli in the second round and Indian GM Baskaran Adhiban in the third round, but was eliminated in the Round of 16 (fourth round) by Ukrainian GM Anton Korobov.

<Grand Prix Series 2012-2013> He started the Grand Prix series with last at the FIDE Grand Prix London (2012). After bouncing back into contention with outright second in the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), a poor showing at the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013) eliminated him from contention for the top 2 spots that will qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. (1) He did however place 3rd behind Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand in the FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013) to accumulate 300 GP points and place 6th in the 2012-13 Grand Prix series. Subsequently, his only chance to play in the 2014 Candidates Tournament was to be nominated as the Organizer's wild card once the venue was settled, however this did not eventuate.

<Grand Prix Series 2014-2015> Nakamura competed in the first leg of the series at the FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014), where he scored 6/11 to place 3rd-7th, half a point behind the joint leaders Caruana and Gelfand. He therefore kicks off with a GP tally of 82 points, representing the even distribution of points applicable to each place from 3rd to 7th. In the second leg of the series, namely the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), he placed =2nd and currently stands in 2nd place, excellently situated to take advantage of the opportunity to qualify for the Candidates tournament in 2016.

Standard tournaments

In 2005, he won the 7th Foxwoods Open (2005).

In 2007, he won both the National Open (2007) that was held in Las Vegas and the Casino de Barcelona (2007).

The following year, he beat Bu Xiangzhi in the play-off to win the Gibraltar (2008) Masters Open with 8.0/10.

Nakamura tied for first with Evgeny Najer at the World Open (2009) after taking two last-day byes, each worth half a point and won the Donostia Chess Festival (2009) in tiebreak over Ruslan Ponomariov.

In 2010, he came =4th at Corus (2010), and was equal top scorer in the victorious Rising Stars team in the Rising Stars - Experience (2010) tournament. He scored 5/9 (+1 -0 =8) at the Tal Memorial (2010), placing =4th, and finished the year with =4th place in the London Chess Classic (2010).

Nakamura began 2011 by taking clear first place at the A-Group of the prestigious category 20 Tata Steel (2011) (formerly Corus) with a 9/13 score (+6 -1 =6) and a 2880 performance rating, ahead of a powerful field including the world's top four players: World Champion Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. In June 2011, Nakamura placed =3rd in the Bazna King's Tournament (2011), in July he scored 4.5/10 at Dortmund (2011), in August he came =1st in the 2011 US Open Championship with 7.5/9 and in October he came =3rd in the 4th Bilbao Masters (2011) with 5/10. The following month, he suffered a lapse in form at the category 22 Tal Memorial (2011), scoring 3/9 and coming last but recovered to finish 2011 with second place behind Kramnik at the category 20 London Chess Classic (2011), scoring +4 -1 =3 (TPR of 2887).

He started 2012 by coming =2nd (4th on count back) at the Reggio Emilia (2011), half a point behind Anish Giri, and then came =5th at Tata Steel (2012), scoring 7.5/13 (+3 -1 =9). He followed up in April 2012 with 1st at the 6th Annual Grand Pacific Open held in British Columbia. He competed in the Tal Memorial (2012) held in June, scoring 4/9. In July/August 2012, Nakamura placed a solid =3rd at the Biel Chess Festival (2012), but underperformed at the 28th European Club Cup (2012), although in October 2012, he recovered to some extent by winning the 4 player double round robin 16th Unive Tournament (2012) (crown group) with 4.5/6 (+3 -0 =3). Nakamura finished 2012 with a strong 3rd placement in the London Chess Classic (2012) behind Carlsen and Kramnik, adding enough rating points to restore him to the top 10.

2013 started with a modest 7/13 result for outright 6th at the Tata Steel (2013) event. He then followed up in May 2013 with equal 2nd at the Norway Chess Tournament (2013) with 5.5/9, half a point behind Sergey Karjakin and 3rd on tiebreak behind Carlsen; he also placed =2nd with 6/9 at the preliminary Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz) (2013) held to determine the draw for the main tournament, and earned the right to play with the White pieces in 5 games out of 9. In June 2013, he contested the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013), and was outright leader after 6 rounds. However, he lost the last 3 game to place 6th with 4.5/9, winning more games (4) and losing more games (4) than any other player in the tournament. Soon after, he came =3rd in the Houston Open in July 2013. In September he played in the quadrangular double round robin category 22 Sinquefield Cup (2013), and was in contention for first place until the last round, when he drew against Gata Kamsky finishing second with 3.5/6 (+2 -1 =3; TPR 2863) behind Magnus Carlsen.

Nakamura's first event in 2014 was the category 20 Tata Steel (2014) where he scored 5/11 (+2 -3 =6) to shed a few rating points for FIDE's February rating list. He next competed in the category 23 Zurich Chess Challenge (2014) in which he placed 4th with 2/5 after coming agonisingly close to defeating World Champion Magnus Carlsen. He came 2nd with 3.5/5 in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2014) which followed the standard time event, to remain in 4th in the overall event with the results of the standard and rapid events combined. In April, he participated in the inaugural Gashimov Memorial (2014), a category XXII 6-player DRR event inaugurated in honor of the late Azeri grandmaster, scoring 5/10 and placing =3rd behind Carlsen and Caruana. At the London Chess Classic (2014), he scored 2.5/5 to place 4th.

Nakamura's start to 2015 was to win the powerful Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) with 8.5/10 (+7 =3), and return a PB on his live rating and his new FIDE rating due in March. Despite cracking the 2800 barrier in the live ratings during the RR category 22 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015) held in February, he placed outright 2nd in the standard portion of the event behind Anand, ahead of Kramnik, Karjakin, Aronian and Caruana respectively. His second place in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2015) with 3/5 made him =1st with Anand in the overall event, but he won an Armageddon tiebreaker with the former World Champion to win first prize.

Team Events

<Olympiads> Nakamura has represented the U.S. in the Olympiads of 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, helping his country to the bronze medal in 2006 and 2008. He scored 6/10 during the Chess Olympiad (2010) on top board for the USA and a performance rating of 2741 and 6/9 in the Chess Olympiad (2012), coming in fourth on top board. His overall score in Olympiads is 30.5 points accumulated in 48 games played.

<World Team Championship> Nakamura played board 1 for the USA at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), winning individual silver and helping his team to 4th place in the event.

<European Club Cup> In October 2013, he played top board for the Italian team O.R. Padova in the European Club Cup (2013), and won individual bronze, his team placing 10th. In September 2013, he played board 2 for the Italian team Obiettivo Risarcimento which also placed 10th.

Rapids

Nakamura is one of the world's best rapid and blitz players, and the world's best bullet (one-minute) player. He regularly plays on the internet, usually at the ICC where he is the highest rated player (userid <Smallville>), and at Playchess, where he is known as <Star Wars>. He has set many rating records under different categories. In 2008, he challenged and broke blitz king Alexander Grischuk ’s record at ICC of 3737, reaching 3750. Grischuk subsequently challenged Nakamura to a 20 game 3 minutes blitz match, which Nakamura took out convincingly by 14.5-5.5. (2) He also won the first ICC Open in 2011 ahead of over 2000 other contestants. (3)

In 2007, he won the annual Corsica Masters (2007), defeating Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the final. One of the most convincing demonstrations of Nakamura’s ability as a rapid player was when he won the Cap d'Agde (2008), defeating Bu Xiangzhi, Anatoly Karpov and Vassily Ivanchuk in the playoff matches to take first prize in a field that included Carlsen. Nakamura also defeated Carlsen to take out the BNbank Blitz (2009). He was runner-up to Ivanchuk at the Cap d'Agde (2010) in the playoff. He also defeated Rising Stars team mate Anish Giri for the right to play at Amber 2011.

In 2012, Nakamura won the trifecta of silver medals at the SportAccord World Mind Games (Men's Rapid) (2012), the World Mind Games (Men's Blitz) and the World Mind Games (Men's Blindfold) events. He closed out 2013 by winning the London Chess Classic (Knockout) (2013), defeating Gelfand in the final by 1.5-0.5, after qualifying for the final by winning the preliminary London Chess Classic (Group C) (2013).

In June 2014, he competed in both the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) and the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014) that were held in Dubai. In the former, he scored a relatively meager 8.5/15, losing 40 rapid rating points, while he was much more successful in the latter, scoring 16/21, being the runner up by a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen. His blitz rating skyrocketed to over 2900. Subsequently he competed in the Super Rapidplay Open that was a companion event to the 2014 London Classic (see above), winning the event with an almost perfect score of 9.5/10. He also competed in the London Elite Player Blitz that was the other companion event, and placed =1st with 6/10.

He has authored the book Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate.

Matches

In December 2004, Nakamura played the best-of-six game Karjakin - Nakamura Match (2004) in the "Duelo de los Jovenes Prodigios" (Duel of the Wonder Boys) in Cuernavaca, Estado de Morelos, Mexico, winning 4.5-1.5 (+4 -1 =1). In May 2011 at the St Louis chess club, he won the Nakamura - Ponomariov Match (2011) by 3.5-2.5 (+2 =3 -1). In June 2014, he played for the Cez Trophy Navara - Nakamura Match (2014) in Praha, Czechia, which involved a 4-game standard time match against David Navara. He won the match by 3.5-0.5.

960 Chess

In August 2009, Nakamura defeated Aronian in Mainz, Germany to become the 960 World Champion and remains unchallenged as such.

Ratings and rankings

Nakamura's highest ranking as a Junior (U20) was #3 in April 2004 and 2005. He first broke into the world's top 100 in October 2004 when he was still 16 years old, and has remained in the top 100 continuously since that time. He reached the world's top 10 in January 2011, and has remained in that elite group continuously since January 2013. His peak rating and ranking to date were in March 2015 when he reached 2798 and world #3. He attained a "live" rating of 2803.6 during the US Championship in 2015.

Sources and references

(1) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012–2013 (2) http://dod.ru/chess/game/Crest/Smal...; (3) Further details are at this post: Hikaru Nakamura; Live rating list: http://www.2700chess.com/; Wikipedia article: Hikaru Nakamura

Last updated 15 Apr 2015


 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,343  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Predescu vs Nakamura 1-064 1995 U.S. National Scholastic Grade 2 ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
2. Nakamura vs B Karen 0-152 1997 Nassau FuturityB06 Robatsch
3. Nakamura vs J Bonin 1-036 1997 Marshall Chess ClubC02 French, Advance
4. L Au vs Nakamura 1-043 1997 Hawaii opB83 Sicilian
5. B Karen vs Nakamura  0-126 1998 Nassau g/30B23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-062 1998 Cardoza US opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
7. P MacIntyre vs Nakamura  1-054 1998 US Amateur Team EastA07 King's Indian Attack
8. Stripunsky vs Nakamura 0-143 1998 Marshall Chess ClubB40 Sicilian
9. Bisguier vs Nakamura 0-121 1998 Somerset ACN Action SwissE70 King's Indian
10. Nakamura vs J Fang 0-121 1999 Eastern Class- chB06 Robatsch
11. Nakamura vs G Gaiffe 1-054 1999 U.S. Open (5)B23 Sicilian, Closed
12. D Schneider vs Nakamura 0-153 1999 Manhattan CC-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. D Moody vs Nakamura 0-120 1999 U.S. OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
14. Wojtkiewicz vs Nakamura 1-042 1999 U.S. OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. Nakamura vs M Waxman 1-031 1999 Manhattan CC-chC45 Scotch Game
16. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-024 1999 Rated TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. A David vs Nakamura  1-025 1999 World opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. Nakamura vs A Aleksandrov  ½-½60 1999 U.S. OpenC47 Four Knights
19. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-095 1999 Eastern OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
20. A Hoffman vs Nakamura 0-135 1999 U.S. Open 99E61 King's Indian
21. Nakamura vs O Adu  1-037 1999 Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
22. Wang Yue vs Nakamura 1-0112 1999 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
23. R Byrne vs Nakamura ½-½22 2000 New York State-chD72 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line
24. Nakamura vs G Zaichik 0-159 2000 World OpenB15 Caro-Kann
25. Efimenko vs Nakamura 1-040 2000 KasparovChess Cadet GP netB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
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Apr-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  boz: Congratulations on the victory in St. Louis. Naka seems to be maturing. I wish him well.
Apr-12-15
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  chancho: Here's hoping that Naka qualifies to play in the candidates.
Apr-12-15  ketchuplover: kudos to Naka
Apr-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jambow: Congrats Nak, now comes the one that counts getter done!!!
Apr-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: <Penguincw> Actually he's won the U S Chess Championship 4 times. At the top of his profile it mentions that he's a 3-time champion, but it doesn't mention this year's Championship, so he's won it 4 times.
Apr-14-15  SirRuthless: Nakamura needs to figure out his nerves. He had one winning and one very nice position against Carlsen with white in 2014 and blew them both with some mind bending errors near the first time control. I have no doubt he is talented enough to defeat Carlsen at least sometimes with white. I do wonder if he can keep his nerve in that match-up. I do think he will qualify for candidates this year one way or another but he must find a way to collect himself. Magnus is cool as the other side of the pillow, even in questionable positions. Maybe it's in his blood to be that way. Maybe it's cultural. Nakamura needs to find a way to be cool when under intense pressure in these duels or the record will just continue and any good positions will be wasted opportunities. There is no good excuse to be -11 vs someone within 100 points of you. None. Zero. Time to step it up.
Apr-14-15  Pulo y Gata: <Time to step it up.> When will they next meet? I am thinking a win would improve Nakamura's psychological terrain when facing Carlsen. I hope he gets it soon. That might just be the start of a closer rivalry.
Apr-15-15
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  eternaloptimist: Ok now it does mention that Naka's won the U S Championship 4 times. Of course he could've won it more times than that but he's sat out quite a few of them.
Apr-15-15
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  Catfriend: It must be said that Carlsen is not the only strong opponent Naka does poorly against (though of course not quite that poorly...), many of them in the old guard:

Topalov: -4 +2 = 4, most of the losses quite recently

Aronian: -10 +5 = 12

Svidler: -6 +2 = 4

Gelfand: -6 +3 = 8

Ivanchuk:-5 +2 = 8

My point is not heap criticism upon Nakamura. After all, there's also a long list of top opponents he does very well against (starring Caruana, Anand and Giri).

However, this must be remembered when one talks about him as <the> next contender (instead of, say, Caruana, who does exceedingly well against all of the above).

Apr-15-15
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  Appaz: <Catfriend> I have a feeling he has improved on several of those scores in recent years, so life-time scores is bit misleading.
Apr-15-15  DrChopper: And Caruana is
+1 -4 =16 vs Naka
+2 -6 =3 vs Adams
+0 -3 =7 vs Leko
+0 -5 =3 vs Hao

There is always a nemesis for everybody. However, Nakamura has won recently vs almost all his nemesis except maybe Aronian and Carlsen.

Apr-15-15  Strongest Force: When does Naka's play in the Grand Prix begin?
Apr-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Catfriend: How recent is recent? Most of the results above include events from the last year or two, particularly Topalov's.

Of course this doesn't doom Nakamura to struggle against them for eternity, but when the refrain "Naka just has to be more confident against Carlsen and then he'll challenge him for WC" is sung all over the place, perhaps these scores should be pointed out.

As for the comparison with Caruana - sure, they're both possible contenders. Not one of them alone.

Apr-15-15  schweigzwang: <except maybe Aronian>

Nakamura-Aronian Match (2014)

Apr-15-15
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  Jambow: Three things make Nakaumra's record so poor against Magnus,

#1 100 elo points in real playing ability, 50 of which are probably pure endgame.

#2 Style Carlsen beats players of Nakamura's style, if an objectively less than optimal move is played he will duly punish it. Nakamura plays a lot of those moves and usually exploits them to his advantage. Not so with Magnus. BTW Nakamura is a much broader player stylistically than even three years ago.

#3 Nerves and expectations, he clearly outplayed Carlsen on a few occasions recently as noted, and lost on nerves alone. Probably being humbler as he appears to be will not make him feel that he has to beat Magnus, but will patiently wait for that right moment.

That being said Magnus is unquestionably the best Nakamura is arguably somewhere between 2-5th in the world.

Nakamura is creative, tactically brilliant and hopefully not yet peaked.

Apr-16-15  DrChopper: Nakamura has won a game recently this year vs Topalov. He has won some games in 2014 and 2013 vs Hao, Svidler and Ivanchuk. He has won vs Aronian too but Aronian has defeated him too and lot of times in the last 3 years.

I think vs Carlsen and Aronian, it's them who impose their style and not the other way around. They are precises and good in complicated, chaotic positions. They are the new Lasker and Spassky, they are excellent against the tacticians. But Nakamura has more than one arrow in his bow and is getting more and more rounded.

Apr-22-15
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  tpstar: TPSTAR & FRIENDS

LOVE is EVOL
CON is CONfidence
EROS is SORE
SIN is SINcere

Marilyn Manson, "Deep Six"

Oh the anti-Americans have been in a major tizzy ever since Nakamura reached #2 on the rating list, totally confounding his critics who swore he was low on talent yet high on hype. This means whenever Magnus Carlsen abandons chess to pursue modeling, an American will be poised to take over on top, either Great American Hikaru Nakamura, or Italian-American Fabiano Caruana, or Filipino-American Wesley So, or Armenian-American Levon Aronian, or Bulgarian-American Veselin Topalov. Worst case scenario, Carlsen continues down his runway of destiny to become Scandinavian-American, then their darkest fears shall be realized: the entire world is turning American.

The US Championships (2015) was the strongest in history, only to be ridiculed by Carlsen Fanboys as a second rate event with a bunch of stupid Americans, but they say mean things like that all the time. Nakamura was the clear favorite, coming off strong performances in Gibraltar and Zurich. Wesley So now competes under the American flag, except personal problems necessitated a police escort to and from the playing site every day, then this police detail required its own police detail as Michael Brown fans like to shoot cops. Gata Kamsky (another great American) was there, along with several relative newcomers in the mix. Yasser "Yaz" Seirawan was the Master of Ceremonies, soothing our troubled chess world with his even demeanor and tranquil delivery, along with Jen "Red" Shahade and Maurice "Boom" Ashley and Teryn "Sweetie" Schaefer and guest host Alejandro "Gaga" Ramirez. Benefactor "T" Rex Sinquefield sponsored the event, then of course fan favorite "Big" Ben Finegold was making noise somewhere.

1) C Holt vs Nakamura, 2015 A shaky start for Nakamura in a sharp KID where White had great play, then took lots of time and possibly missed the defensive resource 24 ... Rf7 beating off the attack and Black won.

2) Nakamura vs Akobian, 2015 French Rubinstein where pundits praised the gambit 11 ... b6!? at the time but then changed their minds after Nakamura won.

3) Kamsky vs Nakamura, 2015 57. Qb1!! saves White's bacon when Nakamura looked to be winning. How sad that Eduardo Bernal made those terrible comments about Gata Kamsky.

4) Nakamura vs W So, 2015 A double bonus for Naka, holding So to a draw as White and not being attacked with a baseball bat. After their game, Hik and Wes reportedly attended a rally to support the peace-loving nation of Israel, and then went modeling.

5) D Naroditsky vs Nakamura, 2015 Sicilian Dragon with the stock exchange sacrifice on c3, then Nakamura's tactics took over for 0-1.

6) Nakamura vs S Shankland, 2015 Caro-Kann Advance into an even endgame.

7) S Sevian vs Nakamura, 2015 Ruy Lopez Berlin with 4. d3, then White played very well to hold the balance.

8) K W Troff vs Nakamura, 2015 The fourth of five opponents in a row which Nakamura has not faced before, this was a double-edged Modern Benoni where Black pulled off a blistering Kingside attack to win nicely. Great picture!

9) Nakamura vs T Gareev, 2015 There was a young GM named Timur/Whose chess style was such a daydreamer/Naka couldn't beleev/He was playing Gareev/Then hedgeh0g shot me in the face

10) Robson vs Nakamura, 2015 Nakamura and Robson were neck and neck, then this Scotch Four Knights fizzled into a safe draw.

11) Nakamura vs Onischuk, 2015 Scotch Gambit with an early Queen trade, then Nakamura outplayed Onischuk in the tricky RRN vs RRN ending to win the title outright.

Congratulations to Nakamura for winning his fourth US Championship with 8/11 (+5 -0 =6) half a point ahead of Robson and the only undefeated player!

Apr-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Former World Champion Garry Kasparov visited during the broadcast to heap praise upon Kirsan for his brave and bold leadership of FIDE, solving the Kramnik problem, then solving the Carlsen problem, then solving the So problem, then solving all of the chess world’s problems singlehandedly with flourish and aplomb. Kasparov pledged his undying support toward Kirsan and FIDE, acknowledging how they have done more to support chess worldwide than anyone, and he could not imagine any better leader right now than his good buddy Kirsan. He also praised Kirsan for promoting chess across the galaxy throughout the vast expanses of interstellar space and wished he had thought of that first. For his next move, Kasparov will work very closely with Vladimir Putin to transform Russia into a kinder and gentler nation. April Fool's!

takk for den! dette vil være et morsomt spill, for å identifisere min identitet. jeg er en følelsesmessig forstyrret gigant baby som hater amerikanske menn og gravide kvinner. ah helvete, jeg ga den bort allerede, dumme amerikanere.

The NCAA has banned “Happy Birthday” from sporting events as the sexist slur “Dear” is degrading towards women. Officials became concerned that anyone named Dear might be offended, and deer might be offended, and John Deere tractors might be offended, and Joan Crawford’s relatives (“Mommy Dearest”) might be offended, and then people might imagine deer hunting which is bad because guns are bad. All white males caught performing this awful song in any context will be kicked out of their fraternity, expelled from school, and castrated.

A novel Obamacare initiative should save gobs of money once bus drivers start performing brain surgery. Airy Emptyhead from the Millennials Know Everything Coalition explains: “It’s like, I mean, you know, why should greedy doctors be rewarded for enduring college, and medical school, and residency, only to earn the unfathomable burden of saving lives every day, when there’s an app for that, right? Obviously bus drivers earn their money, and investment bankers earn their money, but a Neurosurgeon with a world of skill and knowledge and technique is way overpaid because, like, you know, there’s an app for that, right? Look here, we have a bus driver performing brain surgery right now using robotic assistance, so what could possibly go wrong? Oops, the computer went down and the patient died, oh well, Game Over, Man.”

Welcome back to a dear friend who in fact was not smothered to death after all, and then another dear friend who in fact was not smothered to death after all. Moreover, the Smiley Face Murders have stopped, praise the Lord. Until next time, this is <tpstar> signing off from the land of the free and the home of the brave. Go Nakamura, and Go Wesley! ;>D

Apr-22-15
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  Check It Out: Dr Death has spoken.
Apr-22-15  fgh: <tpstar: The NCAA has banned “Happy Birthday” from sporting events as the sexist slur “Dear” is degrading towards women. Officials became concerned that anyone named Dear might be offended, and deer might be offended, and John Deere tractors might be offended, and Joan Crawford’s relatives (“Mommy Dearest”) might be offended, and then people might imagine deer hunting which is bad because guns are bad. All white males caught performing this awful song in any context will be kicked out of their fraternity, expelled from school, and castrated.

A novel Obamacare initiative should save gobs of money once bus drivers start performing brain surgery. Airy Emptyhead from the Millennials Know Everything Coalition explains: “It’s like, I mean, you know, why should greedy doctors be rewarded for enduring college, and medical school, and residency, only to earn the unfathomable burden of saving lives every day, when there’s an app for that, right? Obviously bus drivers earn their money, and investment bankers earn their money, but a Neurosurgeon with a world of skill and knowledge and technique is way overpaid because, like, you know, there’s an app for that, right? Look here, we have a bus driver performing brain surgery right now using robotic assistance, so what could possibly go wrong? Oops, the computer went down and the patient died, oh well, Game Over, Man.”>

Do you happen to do drugs?

Apr-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <Do you happen to do drugs?>

"Dr Death" doesn´t come out of blue air.

Apr-25-15  cplyakap: What is 11-0 against Carlsen?This is unbelievable lol.
Apr-27-15  Strongest Force: I take it that Nak is playing in the Russian mwy 13th Grand Prix?
Apr-27-15  SirRuthless: Yea but first is a short stop in the Italian league in the next few days. It's a five round event but I think he will only be playing 2 or 3 of the later rounds. He has not really been playing serious openings this year except when faced with 2700+ talent so it's safe to assume he will have some good preparation saved for the Grand Prix which is a critical event in his career. The same goes for guys like Caruana, Grischuk etc...
Apr-27-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Naka now has a blog at Chess.Com.

http://www.chess.com/blog/Hikaru/us...

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