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Hikaru Nakamura
Nakamura 
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Number of games in database: 2,259
Years covered: 1995 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2777 (2824 rapid, 2913 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2814

Overall record: +512 -209 =577 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 961 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (147) 
    B90 B42 B30 B51 B92
 Queen's Pawn Game (84) 
    A45 D02 D00 E10 E00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (75) 
    D37 D31 D38 D30 D35
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (63) 
    A01
 Reti System (56) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Grunfeld (54) 
    D85 D70 D91 D80 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (200) 
    B90 B80 B30 B76 B52
 Ruy Lopez (120) 
    C67 C65 C78 C80 C60
 King's Indian (99) 
    E97 E90 E63 E92 E99
 Queen's Pawn Game (65) 
    D02 A40 A45 A41 A46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (65) 
    D37 D31 D39 D30
 English (60) 
    A14 A13 A18 A10 A15
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   W So vs Nakamura, 2015 0-1
   Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 0-1
   Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008 0-1
   Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   G G Sagalchik vs Nakamura, 2003 0-1
   Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2004 1-0
   Beliavsky vs Nakamura, 2009 0-1
   Nakamura vs Robson, 2012 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corsica Masters (2007)
   Casino de Barcelona (2007)
   US Championship (2012)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Cap d'Agde (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Chess.com Speed Chess Championship 2017/18 (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   World Cup (2015)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Naka's Nook by fredthebear
   Notable Nakamura Games by caracas1970
   Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura by kenilworthian
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   Hikaru! by larrewl
   Match Nakamura! by amadeus
   Nakamura Games by fredthebear

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 Isle of Man Masters
   Nakamura vs Eljanov (Oct-28-18) 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Nakamura (Oct-27-18) 1-0
   Nakamura vs J Xiong (Oct-26-18) 1/2-1/2
   Nakamura vs A Gupta (Oct-25-18) 1-0
   Shirov vs Nakamura (Oct-24-18) 0-1

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HIKARU NAKAMURA
(born Dec-09-1987, 31 years old) Japan (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Awarded the title of IM in 2001 and that of GM in 2003, Nakamura won the US Championship in 2004, 2009, 2012, and 2015. He was the world's second-ranked player as of October 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 Championship 2005 (2004) (on tiebreak from Alexander Yevgenyevich 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 Championship (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 Gennadyevich 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. He qualified by rating to participate in the World Cup (2015), and is doing so although he has already qualified for the Candidates Tournament of 2016 via the Grand Prix series of 2014-15. He defeated Richmond Phiri, Samuel Shankland in the first two rounds, as well as Ian Nepomniachtchi in a third round thriller that Nakamura won in the deciding Armageddon blitz tiebreaker game after the three previous sets of rapid and blitz tiebreakers had been drawn. In the Round of 16 (the fourth round) he won against Michael Adams by 1.5-0.5 but lost to Pavel Eljanov in the quarter final, bowing out of the event.

<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 would have qualified him 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 kicked 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 stood in 2nd place overall, excellently situated to take advantage of the opportunity to qualify for the Candidates tournament in 2016. He took full advantage of this in FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), when he came =1st to qualify for the Candidates Tournament of 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 Chess Festival (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 Grand Slam Chess Final (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. His good form continued at the category 22 Norway Chess (2015) event, where he was undefeated to place =2nd (3rd on a narrow SB tiebreak), behind Topalov and alongside Anand with 6/9 and a TPR of 2900. In September he competed in the second leg of the inaugural Grand Chess Tour at Sinquefield Cup (2015), and finished equal second with 5/9 behind Aronian in what amounted to a par for rating performance. October saw Nakamura compete in the lucrative Millionaire Chess (2015) tournament, which he won after battling through a complicated tiebreak system that involved a playoff to decide a playoff for fourth, and then winning a knockout rapid game semi-final that was called after round 7 of 9 of the main standard time event. He finished the year with a poor performance at the London Chess Classic (2015) where he came in toward the bottom of the field after scoring 4/9.

He started 2016 with an upbeat result at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2016), winning first prize after a rapid and blitz game tiebreak that ended in an Armageddon victory against runner-up Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

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 31 points accumulated in 49 games played.

<World Team Championship> Nakamura played board 1 for the USA at the World Team Championship (2010), scoring individual gold and team silver. He also played top board at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), winning individual silver and helping his team to 4th place in the event.

<European Club Cup> He played top board for the SK Husek Vienna in the European Club Cup (2009) and top board for the Italian club Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova in 2012 and 2013, second board for the Italian club in 2014 and board 3 for the same club in 2015. He scored individual bronze in 2013 and 2014.

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 Mashrukovich 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.

The 2016 edition of the Zurich Chess Challenge was a two-part event, which kicked off with a preliminary Zurich Chess Challenge (Opening Blitz) (2016) to determine who had three whites in the five rounds of the Zurich Chess Challenge (2016) (rapid). Nakamura placed first in the Opening Blitz earning the use of the white pieces in three of the five rounds of the first section of the actual tournament, the round robin rapid event where he placed equal first alongside Anand. Nakamura playing the black pieces three times in the second section of the event, the Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2016), again placed equal first with Anand to tie the overall score, but won on tiebreak to take first prize.

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 remained unchallenged as such until Carlsen defeated him in a match in February 2018 by a margin of 14-10.

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. In September 2015 his rating reached 2814 despite which he was still ranked world #4 behind Carlsen, Anand and Topalov respectively. However in October 2016, his ranking reached its highest point so far, 2816, when his ranking was world #2, his highest ranking so far.

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; (4) https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast... (podcast interview by Ben Johnson through iTunes); Live rating list: http://www.2700chess.com/; Wikipedia article: Hikaru Nakamura

Last updated: 2018-05-16 19:20:43

 page 1 of 90; games 1-25 of 2,244  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Predescu vs Nakamura 1-0641995U.S. National Scholastic Grade 2 ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
2. L Au vs Nakamura 1-0431997Hawaii opB83 Sicilian
3. Nakamura vs J Bonin 1-0361997Marshall Chess ClubC02 French, Advance
4. Nakamura vs B Karen 0-1521997Nassau FuturityB06 Robatsch
5. Bisguier vs Nakamura 0-1211998Somerset ACN Action SwissE70 King's Indian
6. B Karen vs Nakamura  0-1261998Nassau g/30B23 Sicilian, Closed
7. Stripunsky vs Nakamura 0-1431998Marshall Chess ClubB40 Sicilian
8. P MacIntyre vs Nakamura  1-0541998US Amateur Team EastA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-062199899th US OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
10. Nakamura vs J Fang 0-1211999Eastern Class- chB06 Robatsch
11. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-0241999Rated TournamentB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-0951999Eastern OpenA05 Reti Opening
13. A David vs Nakamura  1-0251999World opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. D Moody vs Nakamura 0-1201999100th US OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
15. Nakamura vs A G Aleksandrov  ½-½601999100th US OpenC45 Scotch Game
16. Wojtkiewicz vs Nakamura 1-0421999100th US OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. Nakamura vs G Gaiffe 1-0541999100th US OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. A Hoffman vs Nakamura 0-1351999100th US OpenE61 King's Indian
19. D Schneider vs Nakamura 0-1531999Manhattan CC-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Nakamura vs M Waxman 1-0311999Manhattan CC-chC45 Scotch Game
21. Wang Yue vs Nakamura 1-01121999Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
22. Nakamura vs O Adu  1-0371999Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
23. Nakamura vs J Friedel 1-0672000New Hampshire op 50thC45 Scotch Game
24. C Balogh vs Nakamura 0-11152000Elekes mem IMB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
25. Efimenko vs Nakamura 1-0402000KasparovChess Cadet GP netB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
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Jun-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <BTO7> <which Frog said USCF players were weak.>

Frog never said that. Ever. He said a few kibitzers, yourself definitely included, overrated Nakamura, particularly vis a vis Carlsen.

But you never could understand what anyone said to you. Back when you used to post here, you were constantly arguing against things that you thought other people had said, but they hadn't said. And you haven't gotten even one little bit better. I thought you were trolling, but you're probably just stupid.

Jun-12-18  BTO7: Key...listen kid. Back then Carlsen hadnt even become champ yet. So Carsen had nothing to do with it but you hear what you want to hear and make up what you want to make up. This was a uscf vs Fide thing. Get Carlsen out of your dreams at night and the fog will lift. We stated Naka was a top player in the world and would make it to the top of Fide as he was just breaking 2700 and he did. What planet are you living on? He proved our top player could contend with the best of FIDE and we have... in fact we are dominating the top 10. Please add in Carlsen again for us.
Jun-12-18  BTO7: Key are you Carlsen's girlfriend? That would make more sense as to why you must add him into everything you say. I'm not into fighting with girls.
Jun-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <BT07> Go get'm! That <keypusher> is about as obnoxious as it gets lol
Jun-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Jest hawd on there <BIOZ> "We stated Naka would make it to the top of FIDE...and he did". No he didn't. Nakemura hasn't been FIDE number one yet. There's time yet of course. Maybe that's not what you meant?
Jun-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: <OCF: I don't think "Nakamura himself would be the first to concede that he can no longer be regarded as the 960 World Champion." counts as proof that Naka considered the match a WC. How about a quote instead, since that's really what you're promising, but not pulling off.>

<Count: Okay, I'll give you a quote. Nakamura said this to the Norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen the day before the match started: <"If I beat Magnus in this match, it will mean very much to me. Then I can claim to be the best 960 player in the world".> (here is a link to the newspaper article (in Norwegian): https://www.adressa.no/100Sport/sja... So clearly, since he lost, he does not recognize himself as unofficial champion anymore.>

That's getting close. I am guessing he might have felt that way before the match.

<Anyway, we need an official FIDE Championship to get rid of these uncertainties.>

Agreed.

<Then Magnus will win that also,>

Agreed. Especially at those time controls, but no matter, he'd probably win at any time control.

<and you Yanks can whine as much as you want :) >

Agreed.

<OCF: Make up your mind already. You think Carlsen is now WC since he beat the 2009 winner. Did the 2009 tournament make Naka the WC or not? You think Carlsen challenging someone who won a tournament in 2009 that was discontinued takes precedence in this? Not a big deal, but I think <zb> has the more consistent position here.>

<Well, the main point is that neither the Mainz tournament nor the recent match in Norway were FIDE sanctioned, official 960 Championships. but what they had in common was that they both defined themselves as 'unofficial' championships.>

Well, you cited everyone else as defining the match as the unofficial championship, not the match, nor the contestants.

<What I actually did was recognizing both Mainz and Norway as such. Not much else to do. It's that, or dismissing both. >

I think Mainz has a much stronger claim, but whatever.

<I see no point in recognizing one and not the other.>

Why? Don't bother to answer, that's just a placeholder to reaffirm I don't agree with you.

<I admit I am a bit perplexed that you find that position more inconsistent than <zb>'s position, who recognizes one, but not the other, a position which, on the surface, seems arbitrary and illogical.>

Not to me, but not a big deal. I'll give it one shot, though. Someone wins a tournament, is routinely referred to as the unofficial champion and 9 years later there's a 2 player match that carries just as much weight? Okay, I accept some people buy that. I don't.

Jun-24-18  BTO7: Nice stop in Paris! Go Naka!
Jul-19-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  transpose: Hikaru was engaged to an Italian lady a couple of years ago. Did he ever get married? I suspect the engagement ended, but am curious if anyone knows what happened.
Aug-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: I've just worked it out! The reason why Nakamura is supported by Red Bull is because he's famous for playing Bull-et chess.

It's pretty obvious here where he's wearing a Red Bull hat and referring to Bull-et chess as "Bull" about every 10 seconds in the first half of the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFO... . It makes the advertising amusing and a bit subliminal.

Aug-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <Dionysius1: I've just worked it out! The reason why Nakamura is supported by Red Bull is because he's famous for playing Bull-et chess. It's pretty obvious here where he's wearing a Red Bull hat and referring to Bull-et chess as "Bull" about every 10 seconds in the first half of the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFO... . It makes the advertising amusing and a bit sublim>

Bulls eye !

Aug-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: I'm hardly a-bull to bullieve it! If you watch that video, you have to conclude that he's also doing subliminal advertising against lager beer, because every other word is something negative about "lagging".
Aug-13-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Oh! You guuys!
Aug-17-18  BTO7: Nice stop on the home turf in St.Louis! One more and you can pull the hat trick...Go Naka!
Aug-22-18  ketchuplover: 2 losses back to back. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Aug-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Shortlisted for a major honour:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2...

Sep-02-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: Naka's love of Red Bull as both a product to use, and an endorsement to self enrich, is understandable. However all the Red Bull drinking in the world will not sustain him in long chess games as he ages, compared to a decent and rigorous physical regimen which will give legitimate stamina, beyond the short term blast of a caffeine rush.

In shape players usually stay strong after they hit their 30's. Naka, it is time to start hitting the gym like Kasparov did, or, swimming like Fischer did, or jogging and tennis like Anand and Karpov did, etc., etc.

There are only a few Korchnoi's and Tal's in the world who can get away with out a vigorous physical regimen after age 30. The future is now for you Naka, and if you want something you have never had, you have do something you have never done! How badly do you want it?

Sep-02-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: In the bio -

<He was the world's second-ranked player as of October 2015.>

Makes me feel that the bio was written in 2015, and seems slightly out of date presently.

A better phraseology would be

<Nakamura achieved his highest ranking in 2015, ranking second>

Or somesuch. It is time invariant, that is, unless Naka places better than 2nd at some point in the future.

* * * * *

I'm not sure exactly what <Missy>'s post was intended to mean, but here is a shortlisted song, maybe mentioning the same?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUu...

Sep-03-18  frogbert: <keypusher>

<<BTO7> <which Frog said USCF players were weak.>

Frog never said that. Ever. He said a few kibitzers, yourself definitely included, overrated Nakamura, particularly vis a vis Carlsen.>

Heh. What I actually said, was that Nakamura had to stop playing internet blitz and USCF swisses against players weaker than him, and start playing events in Europe in order to reach his potential. At the time I wrote that, Naka had been stuck at 2600-something way too long.

Caruana, however, moved to Europe in his teens, and everyone knows how that worked out.

I think I was pretty dead on wrt Nakamura. Maybe he could've played a WCC final by now if he'd left the comfort of winning USCF swisses earlier.

Sep-07-18  RookFile: It is true that if you want to make progress, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable.
Oct-05-18  devere: "The cruel and harsh reality of playing in a team chess event is that you are only as good as your teammates." Hikaru Nakamura 2012
Oct-05-18  john barleycorn: <Starting to realize that I am the only person who is going to be able to stop Sauron in the context of chess history.>

When will he start?

Oct-20-18  ketchuplover: Drawn by a 2300!
Oct-21-18  Caissanist: Nakamura seems to be getting bored/burned out with chess. His play lacks the manic inventiveness of years past, and when he posts online it's as likely to be about investing or politics as chess. He's only 30, not too old to look for something else to do with his life.
Oct-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  transpose: I hope Hikaru regains his top-level form and gets back to the top 5 in classical chess. Of course, I hope when he does so he starts playing more interesting openings against the top players. His play has been rather boring against the top level players over the past couple of years.

I remember rooting for Morozevich years ago when he was a top level player. It is a shame that players such as Shirov and Moro have slipped in the ratings. Is it a lack of intensive practice or just a loss of form as they age? Perhaps sharp tactical players cannot maintain a high level in their 30s??

Dec-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: <Nakamura Beats So In Bullet, Wins Speed Chess Championship>

<https://www.chess.com/news/view/nak...>

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