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Hikaru Nakamura
Number of games in database: 1,239
Years covered: 1995 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2787 (2800 rapid, 2906 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2789
Overall record: +407 -174 =350 (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 E46 E20 E32
 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
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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?]
   Corsica Masters (2007)
   US Championship (2012)
   Cap d'Agde (2010)
   Casino de Barcelona (2007)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Tata Steel (2011)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Geneva Chess Masters (2013)
   34th World Open (2006)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)

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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 #5 player (of the standard time game - August 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.

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 August 2014, Nakamura's ratings were:

<Standard> 2787, maintaining his position as the top ranking player in the Americas. He is the #5 player in the world;

<Rapid> 2800 (world #8); 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 O Adu  1-037 1999 Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
11. Nakamura vs J Fang 0-121 1999 Eastern Class- chB06 Robatsch
12. Nakamura vs G Gaiffe 1-054 1999 U.S. Open (5)B23 Sicilian, Closed
13. D Schneider vs Nakamura 0-153 1999 Manhattan CC-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. D Moody vs Nakamura 0-120 1999 U.S. OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
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. Nakamura vs M Waxman 1-031 1999 Manhattan CC-chC45 Scotch Game
18. A David vs Nakamura  1-025 1999 World opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Nakamura vs A Aleksandrov  ½-½60 1999 U.S. OpenC47 Four Knights
20. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-095 1999 Eastern OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
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 J Friedel 1-067 2000 New Hampshire op 50thC45 Scotch Game
24. C Balogh vs Nakamura 0-1115 2000 Elekes mem IMB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. Nakamura vs Kotronias 0-125 2000 World OpenB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
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Sep-07-14  SirRuthless: <sugarDom> If taking potshots at my country or making generalizations is what you've got then feel free. I wouldn't do that to you but whatever. Saying that Kasparov was good for openings but not the middlegame vs other trainers might or might not be a true statement but it is in no way an insult. As I recall after winning WAZ 2011, Nakamura had terrible results for most of that year before firing Kasparov and earning second in the London Chess Classic later that year. It is your misunderstanding of the language that is causing the confusion.
Sep-07-14  Everett: <SugarDom> you might be right that Kasparov would be a good fit again.

The best players in any field eventually learn what's best for their training to get the best results. There are many examples, and a recent book by Koralyi, discussing mentors and seconds, and their amazingly positive influences.

We get so focused on the players, it would be nice to have a site or space that gives some running info on teams and seconds for each of the top players.

Part of building a great career is being able to build a team, and know how to work with it.

Sep-07-14  AJ of Alaska: Hikaru Nakamura should stay away from Gary Kasparov in the future. That man is poison. There can never be "only chess" with him. He will seek political capital.

Stay away from that sick egomaniac.

Sep-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kazzak: Nakamura has mile-high chips on his shoulders, and is playing his antagonist across the board, instead of the position on the board. That is, when he's not actually playing against himself, and his positions.

Clearly some kind of remedial work is required, but what?

Sep-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: Maybe Naka is content to play at world top 10 strength, make a living at chess, travel and enjoy the lifestyle. Perhaps his ambition ends there. Taking advice from a great second or great coach may just be too painful for him.
Sep-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Pubert's got a brand new bag!
Sep-12-14  SirRuthless: SirRuthless: So apparently Nakamura and Aronian will be playing a match of Classical and Rapid games in November. Whether it will oppose the WCC in terms of schedule, I do not know but the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is apparently hosting/bankrolling it. Perhaps Rex Sinquefield is planning on putting in a bid to host the WCC in 2016 or 2018 an this is just a preparation to show FIDE they can do it.

I have to wonder if they asked Fabiano first but he might be busy on Anand's team in Sochi, that is just pure speculation on my part...

Sep-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: I don't think I've ever seen a top top chess player get as much criticism as Nakamura gets. He's still only 26 and he's still got time to turn it around. I didn't realise he didn't have a second and if he's worked with Kasparov before then maybe he should try that route again. I always wanted to see Nakamura play Carlsen (and lose!) for the title but that looks less and less likely as every tournament passes.
Sep-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <MarkFinan: I don't think I've ever seen a top top chess player get as much criticism as Nakamura gets.>

Except perhaps Carlsen--in the eyes of some posters, neither player can put a foot right.

Sep-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: <perfidious: <MarkFinan: I don't think I've ever seen a top top chess player get as much criticism as Nakamura gets.> Except perhaps Carlsen--in the eyes of some posters, neither player can put a foot right.>

Just jealousy Imo, Perf. I wouldn't have agreed had Carlsen not signed last week, but then again I only go by what I read on this site and he may have had good reasons for it. And I think for the most part, all Carlsen's critics come from one other players page! Just jealousy.

Sep-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: Perf.. This is an example of criticism of Nakamura from kibitzers here. Or maybe I should just say racist hatred?? How this guy slips under the radar I just don't kno . User: ChessYouGood
Sep-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: In fact I take that back. It's just all American chess players! Fischer, Kamsky, Nakamura. He's never commented on a non American chess players game and every single comment is based on humiliating the American player for either a) the way he looks, or b) he's American therefore he must be rubbish. None of my business I guess, but still don't like to see racism... Unless you're Rogoffing!? Lol. 👿
Sep-15-14  Jambow: The Nakamura haters are plenty, not saying Nakamura is perfect for certain but some of the criticisms say more about the person complaining than Nakamura. Nakamura wasn't supposed to even be a 2700 player let alone a top ten and yet even in his poor form he is on the Letterman list. I think he has been as high as world #3 and if he ever shakes the Carlsen Gorilla off look out. Was number 1 in blitz and now in #2, chess 960 champion too. He really is one of the very best to play the game.

I think Nakamura suffers more psychologically than most top players do but I don't find him to be as socially inept as some seem to think. His interviews are polite and even humble if he is sometimes over estimates his place a bit. Guy is a top talent without a top crew to get him beyond his sticking points. Susan Polgar and her team might make sense?

No matter I'm not waiting for him to make a leap from here, yet if he does I will be glad for him I think he has the talent to go over 2800, but holes in his game persist and he may never see his peak potential. Perhaps he already is at the pinnacle of his game. He has shown much greater diversity and the breadth of his play is really impressive when he is in form.

No matter his ancestry matters zero to me. I watched him play as a youngster and when he was starting to make headlines I had a few brief words with him in Minneapolis and he was polite and unassuming. Hate away but I'm a fan of his game.

Sep-15-14  SirRuthless: Nakamura is the greatest bullet player in the world bar none and a decent top ten player in classical, blitz and rapid chess. If that is as good as it gets for him then so be it. With the emergence of Shankland, Caruana possibly switching federations and Wesley So's switch, US chess' future looks bright with or without Hikaru.
Sep-15-14  bobthebob: <a decent top ten player in classical>

ahhhh, to be only a "decent" top ten player in chess who has never been beaten by Anand and has a great record against Kramnik.

Are there now sub-rankings in the Top 10 with "decent" being one of them?

Sep-15-14  SirRuthless: I don't see how you could take that as an insult. He has a good score vs half the top 10 and a bad score vs the others. Perhaps I should have phrased that differently.

How about this?

<<Nakamura is comfortably in the top ten most of the time. He is an elite player. >

Is that better, <bob>>?

Sep-15-14  zborris8: Nakamura has achieved the 10th highest rating in history.
Sep-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: I admit to being a harsh critic of Nakamura mostly due to what I perceive as a low level of maturity and professionalism. One cannot argue with his "chess playing" achievemens. He is by far the best U.S. player since Fischer, easy.

No, that's not where the criticism come from. It comes from his lack of "chess professionalism" not doing enough for chess as a profession when he is in such a good position to do it.

Now maybe today's age 26 is a lot less mature that that of a a 26 year old, say 26 years ago, like me. As a fellow American, however, I expect any leader in any profession in the U.S. to care enough about the profession to promote it and make things better in it.

Nakamura has just not done that, and does not seem to care. That is the down-side of the U.S. heritage and focus on freedom and liberty - the great freedom not to care is very much in force.

Perhaps as he matures this will all change and I would love to have to eat these words. Prove me wrong Naka! Show the world you care about chess as a profession.

No, you don't have to prove anything to anyone as a chess player, you are brilliant. Now give back, it will cost you so little! A good agent, and a good manager for you (even if not interested in a good coach) would do a world of good for the chess world, if you cannot do it yourself.

No on knows what is going on inside you, that's for you to deal with as you see fit. All we see is the outside. Get help for the outside, and you help the world of chess.

Sep-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: I agree with <SL> that Naka gives the appearance of a lack of maturity and seriousness about his craft. Maybe he really is "only" a top 10 player with no chance at being WC, but it'd be nice to see him act like he cares about it. I agree with <JamBow> about the Carlsen gorilla, and maybe soon Caruana gorilla, and wonder if that is part of it.
Sep-16-14  SirRuthless: Bot of you have made statement X. Can any of you support that with instances and facts because nakamura is extremely active on and offline in the chess world compared to other players of his caliber.
Sep-16-14  Jambow: <SL> Your criticism's are reasonable and not a detriment to his page on this site. I might not totally agree with your assessment but it is not the thoughtless diatribe trolling that brings things to a lower level.

My thoughts are that Nakamura advanced chess by playing online where he is a legend. I never followed him online but many have. He sometimes was antagonistic but that only made him more the central figure hated or adored.

Right now the persons helping U.S. chess are Rex Sinquefield and Susan Polgar. If Caruana comes back, he and Nakamura and also So compete for the U.S. crown that title will be very much elevated.

I think the USCF should abandon their rating system and just adopt the FIDE elo system period.

Whatever your opinion many of Nakamura's critics are usually far more guilty of exactly what they accuse him of and that with no justification.

Sep-16-14  SugarDom: Or maybe Nakamura is just hitting his plateau. He hasn't reached his peak, it'll be in his 30s, but we can't expect large improvements from hereon...
Sep-16-14  bobthebob: <He has a good score vs half the top 10 and a bad score vs the others. Perhaps I should have phrased that differently.>

Actually, perhaps you should have phrased it accurately.

He only has a "bad" score against the number 1 and number 3 player. And by bad, I mean bad, not close. I don't think many people in the top 10 have a good score against the number 1 player.

1 0-11-16
2 3-1-13
3 4-9-9
4 4-0-8
5 2-3-5
6 1-3-4
7 6-3-13
8 2-0-2
10 5-5-2

So not including those two players who he has a horrible time against, he is 23-15

What a slacker.

Sep-16-14  bobthebob: <It comes from his lack of "chess professionalism" not doing enough for chess as a profession when he is in such a good position to do it.>

Okay. Tell me what it is that other Top 10 professionals do for chess to escape your criticism of not doing enough for chess?

What exactly does Caruana do to promote chess? You whine about Nakamura not doing enough for US Chess, so you must absolutely hate Caruana and criticize his professionalism for playing for Italy even though he was born in the US, raised in the US, a citizen of the US and doesn't live in Italy or even speak Italian.

What does Aronian and Grishuk and Mamedyarov do for chess more than Nakamura does?

You don't think the exhibitions that Nakamura does such as the recent computer match or his playing on ICC/Chess.com, playing in the recent online bullet tournament or his Reddit AMA does nothing to promote chess? Who does more than that? There are other top 10s who play on ICC but they hide behind aliases because their egos can't handle it.

I get that people criticize him for playing inconsistently, but to criticize him for not doing enough for chess is laughable.

Sep-16-14
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  HeMateMe: top ten is top ten. That's good enough for me. Chess is full of people who seem to compete on an unconventional level. Morozovich and Grischuk come to mind. We're lucky to have Nak.
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