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Hikaru Nakamura
Number of games in database: 1,240
Years covered: 1995 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2787 (2800 rapid, 2906 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2789
Overall record: +407 -174 =351 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      308 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (97) 
    B90 B42 B30 B23 B33
 Queen's Pawn Game (47) 
    A45 D00 E00 A50 D05
 French Defense (35) 
    C02 C11 C10 C16 C00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (34) 
    D31 D37 D38 D30 D35
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E21 E44 E32 E46 E20
 Grunfeld (28) 
    D85 D91 D70 D86 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (136) 
    B90 B92 B30 B42 B23
 King's Indian (68) 
    E97 E90 E63 E94 E92
 Sicilian Najdorf (46) 
    B90 B92 B99 B94 B96
 French Defense (40) 
    C11 C03 C12 C10 C04
 Ruy Lopez (37) 
    C67 C78 C80 C65 C60
 Slav (30) 
    D10 D17 D11 D15 D12
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 0-1
   Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008 0-1
   Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   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?]
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   Corsica Masters (2007)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Cap d'Agde (2010)
   Casino de Barcelona (2007)
   Tata Steel (2011)
   34th World Open (2006)
   US Championship (2012)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Geneva Chess Masters (2013)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)

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   2012/2013/2014 Tournaments by wanabe2000
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HIKARU NAKAMURA
(born Dec-09-1987, 26 years old) Japan (citizen of United States of America)

[what is this?]
IM (2001); GM (2003); 3-time US Champion (2004, 2009 and 2012); world #1 rapid, blitz and bullet player, world #7 player (of the standard time game - September 2014).

Prodigy

Christopher Hikaru Nakamura was born December 9, 1987 in Hirakata in Osaka, Japan, and is the younger brother of Asuka Nakamura. When he was two years old he and his family moved to the United States. He started playing chess when he was four, 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.

<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 Alexey 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.

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.

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.

He 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

As of 1 September 2014, Nakamura's ratings were:

<Standard> 2782, maintaining his position as the top ranking player in the Americas. He is the #7 player in the world;

<Rapid> 2800 (world #9); and

<Blitz> 2906 (world #2).

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


 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,240  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. Nakamura vs M Waxman 1-031 1999 Manhattan CC-chC45 Scotch Game
15. Wojtkiewicz vs Nakamura 1-042 1999 U.S. OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
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. Nakamura vs O Adu  1-037 1999 Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
21. A Hoffman vs Nakamura 0-135 1999 U.S. Open 99E61 King's Indian
22. Wang Yue vs Nakamura 1-0112 1999 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
23. Nakamura vs G Zaichik 0-159 2000 World OpenB15 Caro-Kann
24. Efimenko vs Nakamura 1-040 2000 KasparovChess Cadet GP netB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
25. Nakamura vs Harikrishna ½-½22 2000 Wch U14C16 French, Winawer
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Sep-24-14  SirRuthless: I already said I stood corrected. Not sure what else you want?
Sep-24-14  Billy Vaughan: <fgh: Well, consider what Carlsen has done for chess in Norway.>

Sure. I mean, I think it's reasonable for the top players to go along with the publicity song and dance—appearing at events held by the federation, that kind of thing. Carlsen seems to do just this and no more and it's great for chess. But expecting GMs to seek rich donors and <Senators> on their own initiative? That seems strictly extra credit to me. Let them work on their chess and have a little time to themselves :p

Sep-26-14  Everett: <Jambow: They all have done much for chess as much as can be expected in Nakamura Carlsen and Caruana. I think Anand drawing and playing the championship with less than the best opposition certainly wasn't helping the game. FIDE get's the blame they had these silly knock out formats with chance being the biggest factor but they moved on so should we.>

Topalov and Mamedyarov deserved those spots more. They played better and scored better during the Grand Prix

Sep-26-14  DanteAlighieri: They may have deserved the spots, but they didn't have the best results.

In the four Grand Prix events, Caruana had the overall highest score, performance and GP points.

Sep-26-14  Everett: <DanteAlighieri: They may have deserved the spots, but they didn't have the best results. In the four Grand Prix events, Caruana had the overall highest score, performance and GP points.>

Too bad that wasn't the criteria. Everyone was playing to the criteria,best of three events out of four entered. If the criteria was different,the players would have played differently.

So according to what needed to get done to advance, Mamed and Topa rightfully got the nod.

Sep-27-14  DanteAlighieri: They would have played differently? You think they had a bad result on purpose? It was sheer luck for Topalov and Mamedyarov that the results worked the way they did.
Sep-27-14  Everett: <Sep-27-14 DanteAlighieri: They would have played differently? You think they had a bad result on purpose? It was sheer luck for Topalov and Mamedyarov that the results worked the way they did. >

You indicate you don't understand the nature of competition, game theory, and how ruled and criteria effect effort and outcomes.

Sep-27-14  DanteAlighieri: You don't understand that having 1 bad result doesn't preclude one from having another bad result, so by using up their "free tournament", they still risked doing poorly in another of the 4 events.

And of course they cared, because they were fighting not just for qualification but also for rating and money, and a poor result benefited them not at all. So, if what you're implying is that they weren't trying, because the result didn't matter, you're dead wrong.

They had a worse result because they played worse chess.

Ratings before and since reflect that.

Sep-27-14  Everett: You are just confirming my statement about game theory and such. Topalov had two great results to start the Grand Prix, and needed one more "solid" one to gain the prize. That will effect his later performance. He can pick his spots and go harder when it means more. He knew he had two tournaments to score well in, and if the first tournament was not going well, there was no point in trying to salvage it. Better to rest and study up, and get most ready for that last one.

And this is exactly what Mamedyarov, Topalov and Caruana did going into their last chosen tournament. Most importantly due to Topalov being well in the lead after a tied first and first, the fight was really for second place. Mamed and Caruana only had 5 points between them, each with a tournament to go. Mamedyarov crushes Beijing, gaining 170 for sole first. Caruana could not outstrip Gelfand in his last tournament, and settled for a share of first place points, 155.

One of the crucial factors for Caruana is that he did not win a tournament outright, which Mamedyarov and Topalov both accomplished. The points reflected that. The system stipulated best three performances. There is the difference right there.

Read the sumo section of Freakonomics.

Go check out the meaningless Anand-Aronian game that ended Bilbao. Then go back to the 2013 last round candidates games and how they were affected by the standings and tie-breaks.

Then go ahead and look at the various interzonals that took a set number of top finishers. Notice that the players are conserving energy, picking their spots, and simply making sure they make it to the next stage. The players are smarter than their fans, and they know better what they need to do to get where they want to be.

Sep-27-14  Everett: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIDE...

Grand Prix, check out the crosstable for reference.

Sep-27-14  SirRuthless: Look <Dante>, all Fab had to do was draw Nakamura in Paris and he choked, failed, had a crisis, lost in the opening... Whatever you call it he just needed a result but he didn't get one, drew Boris for the title and barely missed his chance because he needed a solo win to lock up a slot in the Candidates. That was last year. He will qualify by rating this year unless he massively chokes. Get over it and move one. Your guy is the second best player in the world and possible the best now. Hopefully he switches federations again like the turncoat he is so we can exploit his talents to win some gold medals in the olympiad.
Sep-27-14  SirRuthless: Look <Dante>, all Fab had to do was draw Nakamura in Paris and he choked, failed, had a crisis, lost in the opening... Whatever you call it he just needed a result but he didn't get one, drew Boris for the title and barely missed his chance because he needed a solo win to lock up a slot in the Candidates. That was last year. He will qualify by rating this year unless he massively chokes. Get over it and move on. Your guy is the second best player in the world and possibly the best now. You are beating a dead horse.Hopefully he switches federations again like the turncoat he is so we can exploit his talents to win some gold medals in the olympiad.
Sep-27-14  DanteAlighieri: Mamedyarov won a GP with clear 1st, but his result was +3, losing 2 games. One of the GP events Caruana got +4 and that was only enough for shared 2nd. The reason why? Topalov lost with white in the last round against Dominguez from a clearly better position after the opening. Is it Caruana's fault that Topalov committed hara-kiri? Is it his fault that that loss didn't count for Topalov, because his -2 score wasn't counted in the final standing?

<there was no point in trying to salvage it.>

That suggests he doesn't care about results, rating or money, or even pride. All professional chess players, and Topalov as former World Champion surely is, care about winning and HATE losing. He didn't lose on purpose. He lost because he played poorly.

Also, what solid result by Topalov? He won 2 events and his other 2 were far from "solid". He lost plenty of games in both those and was lucky that he didn't finish in a minus score in both (only 1).

<Mamedyarov crushes Beijing>

And he lost 2 games there. I wouldn't call that "crushing". In fact, it was pure chance that Karjakin, after starting with 3 wins at the start of the event, finished on a 50% score.

That's why all results should be counted. Because anyone can score a one-off.

<Go check out the meaningless Anand-Aronian game that ended Bilbao.>

Meaningless? I assure you that was a devastating loss for Anand. It will haunt him during the match.

It's funny you think chess players don't care about their games after the result is achieved.

Are you a chess player? If you were you'd know how painful losing is.

Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Absentee: <SirRuthless: Hopefully he switches federations again like the turncoat he is>

Posting drunk again?

Sep-27-14  Everett: I'm a chessplayer, two-sport university athlete, MVP and captain of both squads (different years) current coach of two sports, career in fitness and movement.

It's funny how you cannot accept the fact that Mamed and Topa deserved the spots. You look at individual games when it is the tournament points that counts. Best 3 of 4 counts. Athletes and competitors know the score and know the games that matter. That's why they have the criteria. Sorry your guy didn't win, but that is how it goes sometimes.

And with that we're done.

Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <That suggests he doesn't care about results, rating or money, or even pride. All professional chess players, and Topalov as former World Champion surely is, care about winning and HATE losing.>

Topalov has on several occasions stated that he has no problems with loosing. As one of his strong points.

Just moving on to the next game.

Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <moronovich> that is right. Topalov likes exciting and entertaining chess. He does not mind so much to be at the wrong end of the game. I saw a video where he stated this in a convincing manner. Liked it very much.
Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <john> Yeah,I find him very entertaining too.Probably more than Kramnik does ;)
Sep-27-14  SirRuthless: <Absentee> Well, he plays under the Italian flag and Nakamura speaks more Italian than he does. Frankly, I think that is totally pathetic. You are entitled to your opinion of course <o' great <Absentee> lord of logic,composure and paragon of virtue.>
Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <moronovich: <john> Yeah,I find him very entertaining too.Probably more than Kramnik does ;)>

he should take him to the CR :-)

Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <SirRuthless> I never could find out how much the game means to Nakamura. His "so-and-so" statements after the game are of little help. I mean: where does he stand and what are his ambitions?

At the moment Nakamura is just making a joke out of himself, at least it seems to me.

Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: What is CR ?

Cant answer back,sorry,bed time.Good night !

Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: cr = comfort room
Sep-27-14  bobthebob: <SteinitzLives: If Nakamura could do 1/10th as much for chess in the U.S. compared to what Carlsen has done for chess in Norway>

What specifically has Carlsen done for chess in Norway?

Sep-27-14  Jambow: <SteinitzLives> Did it ever occur to you that the United States is far more than ten times larger in land mass and population than Norway? Kind of an apples to watermelons comparision?

I'm confused do I have to Hate Caruana to like Nakamura and or Carlsen?

No matter Caruana is the bomb right now and it appears he will not switch federations, although it seems when he was sounding like he might like to be more involved in U.S. chess again he was basically snubbed. I think it was more of his parents decision initially for him to play for Italy and yet he lives in Spain today and as noted barely speaks Italian.

Nakamura could learn alot from Caruana's approach, but almost every one else could too to a more or less degree. Solving Carlsen is paramount like it or not and many statements seem to indicate that has been a large part of team Caruana's approach.

I think when Nakamura thinks he might not be able to become the very best in the world instead of one of them his natural defence is to down play it's worth. His personallity combined with over scrutinization of his every word certainly might play a part.

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