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Hikaru Nakamura
Number of games in database: 1,510
Years covered: 1995 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2787 (2846 rapid, 2883 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2814
Overall record: +460 -188 =443 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      419 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (116) 
    B90 B30 B42 B23 B33
 Queen's Pawn Game (59) 
    A45 D00 E00 A50 E10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (43) 
    D31 D37 D38 D30 D35
 Grunfeld (40) 
    D85 D70 D91 D86 D97
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C67 C65 C89 C78 C84
 French Defense (36) 
    C02 C11 C10 C16 C00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (155) 
    B90 B30 B92 B76 B42
 King's Indian (81) 
    E97 E90 E92 E63 E94
 Ruy Lopez (60) 
    C67 C78 C65 C80 C60
 Sicilian Najdorf (49) 
    B90 B92 B99 B94 B96
 French Defense (44) 
    C11 C03 C12 C10 C04
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    D02 A45 A40 A41 E00
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   W So vs Nakamura, 2015 0-1
   Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008 0-1
   Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 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
   Nakamura vs Van Wely, 2010 1-0
   Anand vs Nakamura, 2011 0-1

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

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

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   2016/2015/2014 Tournaments/2013 WCC by wanabe2000
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(born Dec-09-1987, 28 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 is reigning US Champion, his prior victories coming in 2004, 2009 and 2012. He is the world's second-ranked player as of October 2015.


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.


<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. 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 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. 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.


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.

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.


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. 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); (3) Further details are at this post: Hikaru Nakamura; Live rating list:; Wikipedia article: Hikaru Nakamura

Last updated 24 February 2016

 page 1 of 61; games 1-25 of 1,510  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 J Bonin 1-036 1997 Marshall Chess ClubC02 French, Advance
3. Nakamura vs B Karen 0-152 1997 Nassau FuturityB06 Robatsch
4. L Au vs Nakamura 1-043 1997 Hawaii opB83 Sicilian
5. P MacIntyre vs Nakamura  1-054 1998 US Amateur Team EastA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Bisguier vs Nakamura 0-121 1998 Somerset ACN Action SwissE70 King's Indian
7. B Karen vs Nakamura  0-126 1998 Nassau g/30B23 Sicilian, Closed
8. Stripunsky vs Nakamura 0-143 1998 Marshall Chess ClubB40 Sicilian
9. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-062 1998 Cardoza US opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
10. Nakamura vs O Adu  1-037 1999 Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
11. Nakamura vs G Gaiffe 1-054 1999 U.S. Open (5)B23 Sicilian, Closed
12. Wang Yue vs Nakamura 1-0112 1999 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
13. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-024 1999 Rated TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Wojtkiewicz vs Nakamura 1-042 1999 U.S. OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. D Moody vs Nakamura 0-120 1999 U.S. OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
16. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-095 1999 Eastern OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
17. D Schneider vs Nakamura 0-153 1999 Manhattan CC-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Nakamura vs A Aleksandrov  ½-½60 1999 U.S. OpenC47 Four Knights
19. Nakamura vs J Fang 0-121 1999 Eastern Class- chB06 Robatsch
20. Nakamura vs M Waxman 1-031 1999 Manhattan CC-chC45 Scotch Game
21. A David vs Nakamura  1-025 1999 World opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. A Hoffman vs Nakamura 0-135 1999 U.S. Open 99E61 King's Indian
23. Eugene Levin vs Nakamura 0-196 2000 World OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
24. Nakamura vs Harikrishna ½-½22 2000 Wch U14C16 French, Winawer
25. Robert E Byrne vs Nakamura ½-½22 2000 New York State-chD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
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Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <rogge> - < Who'd like to be the joke of the century with 0/14 >

A bad score in a chess tournament does not turn the player into a joke, never mind 'the joke of the century'.

Only sadists and lollards think like that ... those who laugh at the poor performances of others and find a sub-par score hilarious (as long as it isn't their own). Isn't there something deeply idiotic about people who sneer "Lol! lol!" at the poor results of others?

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  MissScarlett: <A bad score in a chess tournament does not turn the player into a joke, never mind 'the joke of the century'>

Tell that to Lolonel Moreau.

Premium Chessgames Member
  rogge: I don't lol, and if someone finished the candidates with 0/14, that would be a joke. Simple as that. Won't happen, of course.
Mar-27-16  schweigzwang: Can't happen, if Giri is there.


Sorry, couldn't resist.

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  MissScarlett: <Hikaru Nakamura ‏@GMHikaru Mar 28

Now that the Candidates tournament is over, it's time to focus on the T20 Cricket World Cup!>

Mar-30-16  Filboid Stooge: Nakamura translated:
<Now that the Candidates tournament is over,> Though my performance was the usual disappointment

<it's time to focus on the T20 Cricket World Cup!> I don't really care that much.

Naka you brilliant 9 to 5er you

Apr-03-16  Dionysius1: Good news that the United States Championships (April 13-29) will be covered by World Chess By the end of their coverage of 2016 Candidates the features on their website had improved a lot and will be worthy I think of the US Championship.
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  MissScarlett: And will the prohibition against other sites' live coverage still be in force? Please inform which features of their site improved.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss Scareltt,

Colonel Moreau was mentioned.

Little know fact:

Colonel Moreau was the alias of Professor James Moriarty.

So Sherlock Holmes disguised himself as Colonel Moreau and lost all those game on purpose.

Moriarty of course could not stand the humiliation so came out of hiding to declare Holmes a fake. Moriarty was quickly arrested and that was that.

"The Strange Case of the Chess Tournament." by Conan Doyle (perhaps.)

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  MissScarlett: Yes...
Apr-03-16  Dionysius1: Hi <MissScarlett>. From memory, the improved features I most liked were accessible by clicking on the individual boards - that gave access to the moves to date and the time taken so far, which I was cross weren't available from the beginning.
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  Sally Simpson: ...Yes.
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: A right couple of yes-women, aren't we?

You're aware I take it:

<Addition on 1 March 2009: Pages 169-171 of the June 1966 BCM presented an article by Irwin L. Stein entitled ‘The Case of the Curious Colonel’. Its thesis was that Sherlock Holmes played at Monte Carlo, 1903 under the name Colonel Moreau.>

Apr-03-16  Dionysius1: I must say the live coverage I've enjoyed so far of all the WCCs was the Anand v Kramnik match in Bonn in 2008. I can't remember which channel did it, but it had (all available on a single screen): a live camera on each player, an overhead camera on the board, a live list of questions coming through on IM from spectators, an analysis board and a time line of the balance of the game. On top of that it had commentary from two grandmasters and inserts of behind the scenes videos. For the time, that was remarkable progress on live coverage facilities.
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  MissScarlett: So, <Dionysius1>, you're praising them for basic features that have been available on other every site for years. What is it about their coverage you think might improve that available for last year's event?

Now answer me this - are you a paid FIDE stooge? If so, please advise how I can become one, too.

Apr-03-16  Dionysius1: <MissScarlett> How rude! A stooge? You can see from my profile I only have a passing interest in chess, so why would I bother with being a stooge? You're just being silly. As to how you might become one yourself, I guess that's up to you - do let us know if you succeed. I have no opinion on what "might improve that available for last year's event". I don't know what you mean exactly - the syntax seems a bit obscure. But I am looking forward to seeing what features are offered. Perhaps a little more professionalism in the logistics, led by the commentators. As I say, I only have a passing interest in chess, so if there's nothing much better I don't mind - I'll just catch up on the moves here in the evening.
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  MissScarlett: Yes, only 900 posts in 5 years. Imagine if you really liked the game!
Apr-03-16  Dionysius1: Ach. I suppose if you were being this rude at a social event I would just walk away. So with a wry smile and a slight bow in your direction <ignore>
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  Sally Simpson: Hi MissScarlett,


I recall reading the story years ago. Wonderful idea.

thomastonk on the Colonel Moreau page also supplied the info.

Colonel Moreau (kibitz #56)

You do know what happens in chess history if we keep repeating soon becomes a fact.


Sherlock always played a variation of this game. (the clue is in the pun)

Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966

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  tpstar: TPSTAR & FRIENDS

I've been a river bed
I tried to salt the wound
I've carried more than I can
I feel I've got a lot to prove
Sometimes it feels like I only dream in Black and White

Foster the People, "Best Friend"

Greetings & Salutations, Nakamura Nation! The entire chess world is pumping and blowing ever since that cyberstalking criminal finally left this site for good (AIEEE!) albeit after repeatedly breaking the rules hundreds of times - yes I said hundreds - under multiple handles. Personally I enjoyed a big fat juicy American cheeseburger to celebrate, while listening to Madonna music and preparing chess puzzle sets. Let's hope his poor father never shows up here to witness his reign of posting terror. Site historians may file this senseless tempest in the Desperate To Be Relevant category.

The World Championship Candidates (2016) was a showcase event to select the next Challenger for World Champion Magnus Carlsen, with FIDE finally hitting on a set cycle that works for everyone (or at least eight of everyone). Our hero Nakamura bravely took on the chess elite in a world filled with Anti-Semitism, Anti-Americanism and Anti-Nakamuraism.

1) Nakamura vs Caruana, 2016 Symmetrical English where White had a slight pull thanks to the passed d Pawn but after that the thrill was gone.

2) Karjakin vs Nakamura, 2016 QID Intermezzo line where Nakamura got a playable IQP position as Black but miscalculated (29 ... Nxg3?! - 34. Rc7!) and went down hard.

3) Nakamura vs Svidler, 2016 QGD Slav against an opponent who frequently has Nakamura's number. This time White had the IQP leading to a level RN vs RN ending.

4) Nakamura vs A Giri, 2016 QGD Semi-Slav. Did you hear the joke about Giri and draws?!

5) Anand vs Nakamura, 2016 Ruy Lopez Berlin, 4. d3 Bc5 with an interesting middlegame followed by an even major piece endgame and a draw by perpetual check.

6) Aronian vs Nakamura, 2016 Another QID where Black got a decent position from the opening, but later a painful RRB vs RRN situation where Black was suffering, then the fatal touch move glitch 74 ... Kf8?? and White pulled it out.

7) Nakamura vs Topalov, 2016 QGD Slav against a slumping Topalov who went for broke with 21 ... Bxc5!? which should have worked but didn't and White won.

8) Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016 Ruy Lopez Berlin 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 where Black gained Queenside space but got killed on the Kingside. By now Nakamura was -2 and realistically out of contention.

9) Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2016 QID Intermezzo with reversed colors from before. Great fighting game leading to an even major piece endgame.

10) Svidler vs Nakamura, 2016 English 4N without much fanfare until Black found a drawing resource at the end to hold the balance.

11) A Giri vs Nakamura, 2016 Giuoco Pianissimo. Did you hear the other joke about Giri and draws?!

12) Nakamura vs Anand, 2016 English 4N which was a nice win for Nakamura but hard to feel good about as one of Anand's worst losses.

13) Topalov vs Nakamura, 2016 QGD where Black got the IQP but cleverly outplayed Topalov in the endgame to win again.

14) Nakamura vs Aronian, 2016 QGD Ragozin, good fight but traded down into an even RR vs RR ending and drawn.

Congratulations to Sergey Karjakin who took First (8.5/14) thanks to a sensational last round battle against Caruana to answer any questions. Caruana and Anand tied for 2-3 with 7.5/14, then a four-way tie for 4-7 with 7/14. The entirety of Nordenland is already stocking up on women's lingerie in preparation for New York City in November.

Never despair, juniors and students. The old guard will always keep this site safe for you. Until next time, this is <tpstar> signing off from the land of the free and the home of the brave. Go Nakamura! ;>D

Apr-10-16  Keyser Soze: hihihihi
Apr-29-16  SirRuthless: Congrats on winning the blitz quad Hikaru.
Apr-29-16  Jambow: Nakamura wins blitz, sort of expected but still no easy task. Kasparov a dangerous opponent even still. I guess if you are 2850 elo and drop 100 elo you are still in the big boys club...
Apr-30-16  Rolfo: Well done GM Nakamura!
May-18-16  posoo: I am a HUGE nukmoro fan but ONCE he got offended because of something da posoo said on ICC! Learn to take a yocksun!
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