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Hikaru Nakamura
Number of games in database: 1,161
Years covered: 1995 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2772
Highest rating achieved in database: 2789
Overall record: +393 -166 =331 (62.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      271 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (93) 
    B90 B42 B30 B23 B33
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    A45 D00 E00 A50 D05
 French Defense (34) 
    C02 C11 C10 C16 C18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (32) 
    D31 D37 D38 D30 D35
 Nimzo Indian (29) 
    E21 E44 E32 E46 E47
 Grunfeld (28) 
    D85 D91 D70 D86 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (134) 
    B90 B92 B30 B42 B23
 King's Indian (60) 
    E97 E63 E94 E92 E99
 Sicilian Najdorf (46) 
    B90 B92 B99 B94 B96
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C03 C12 C10 C04
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C67 C78 C80 C65 C60
 Dutch Defense (28) 
    A88 A81 A85 A89 A87
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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
   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
   Beliavsky vs Nakamura, 2009 0-1
   Anand vs Nakamura, 2011 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)
   34th World Open (2006)
   Corsica Masters (2007)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Cap d'Agde (2010)
   Tata Steel (2011)
   US Championship (2012)
   Geneva Chess Masters (2013)

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   Selected Tournaments and Favorite Games (2011) a by partien
   Nakamura's Noteables voted by members 1/26/08+ by ffpainz
   Interesting Opening Lines by EruditeEgress
   NAKAMURA'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm

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HIKARU NAKAMURA
(born Dec-09-1987) Japan (citizen of United States of America)

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

Team Events

<Olympiads> Nakamura has represented the U.S. in the Olympiads of 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, 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 25.5 points accumulated in 40 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).

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

Match

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).

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 March 2014, Nakamura's rating was:

<Standard> 2772, maintaining his position as the top ranking player in the Americas. He is the #7 player in the world;

<Rapid> 2841; and

<Blitz> 2879.

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 47; games 1-25 of 1,161  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. L Au vs Nakamura 1-043 1997 Hawaii opB83 Sicilian
3. Nakamura vs J Bonin  1-036 1997 Marshall Chess ClubC02 French, Advance
4. Nakamura vs B Karen 0-152 1997 Nassau FuturityB06 Robatsch
5. P MacIntyre vs Nakamura  1-054 1998 US Amateur Team EastA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Stripunsky vs Nakamura 0-143 1998 Marshall Chess ClubB40 Sicilian
7. B Karen vs Nakamura  0-126 1998 Nassau g/30B23 Sicilian, Closed
8. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-062 1998 Cardoza US opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
9. Bisguier vs Nakamura 0-121 1998 Somerset ACN Action SwissE70 King's Indian
10. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-095 1999 Eastern OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. A Hoffman vs Nakamura 0-135 1999 U.S. Open 99E61 King's Indian
12. Wang Yue vs Nakamura 1-0112 1999 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
13. Nakamura vs J Fang 0-121 1999 Eastern Class- chB06 Robatsch
14. Nakamura vs G Gaiffe 1-054 1999 U.S. Open (5)B23 Sicilian, Closed
15. D Schneider vs Nakamura 0-153 1999 Manhattan CC-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. D Moody vs Nakamura 0-120 1999 U.S. OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
17. Wojtkiewicz vs Nakamura 1-042 1999 U.S. OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. Nakamura vs O Adu  1-037 1999 Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
19. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-024 1999 Rated TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Nakamura vs A Aleksandrov  ½-½60 1999 U.S. OpenC47 Four Knights
21. A David vs Nakamura  1-025 1999 World opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. E Levin vs Nakamura 0-196 2000 World OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
23. Nakamura vs J Friedel 1-067 2000 New Hampshire op 50thC45 Scotch Game
24. Nakamura vs Kotronias 0-125 2000 World OpenB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
25. C Balogh vs Nakamura 0-1115 2000 Elekes mem IMB23 Sicilian, Closed
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Mar-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Nakamura on Reddit.

<"You've mentioned that you think you are the prime contender to challenge (and defeat) Magnus, but you haven't fared so well against him in the past. In light of this, why do you feel this confidence?">

Hikaru: "My main reasons for the boost in confidence is that <I have had him under pressure in the last 4 games>. While one would be wise to remember the past, it is important to remember that <you can also change everything in the future!> ... I had nightmares about the Carlsen game for 4 days afterwards."

Mar-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <I have had him under pressure in the last 4 games>

Carlsen has no nerves which means the pressure exists only in Nakamura's mind. The obligation to convert the "pressure" on the opponent into something tangible like a win was probably a bigger pressure on Nakamura himself. Carlsen played on in a position with a -10 evaluation as he did not see anything forcing for his opponent and had nothing to lose, imo.

Mar-02-14  lakers4sho: Q: How do you think Fischer would do against top players like yourself, Carlsen, or Kasparov?

Carlsen's whipping boy: Fischer would almost certainly lose to all of us, but this is due to the fact that the game has so fundamentally changed. If Fischer had a few years to use computers, I think he would probably be on the same level.

Mar-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <lakers4sho> I think we don't have to discuss that as Fischer would never spend the necessary time on computers. That is why he invented FischerRandom.
Mar-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Hikaru Nakamura: "Number 1 ranked in both blitz and rapid! Time to focus on classical chess!"
Mar-13-14  James Bowman: <lasker4sho> I don't think it would have taken Fischer very long to be in the mix.
Mar-19-14  FairyPromotion: Meanwhile on Reddit:

http://i.imgur.com/tT9WkZ9.png

Mar-19-14  RedShield: <Andy411 90 points 2 hours ago*

Nakamura lived on my floor freshman year of college. Awesome chess player, complete d-bag.

Edit with the story

This will probably be long-winded to provide some context, but the tl;dl: is that he was extremely conceited, and looked down on us from the start.

The scene is the Dickinson College Freshman Dorms, Fall 2006. The dorm was one long hallway split by a common room, one half being girls and the other half for us guys. Probably about 7 or 8 rooms each, both with two people in them. The first few days we were there we did the typical icebreakers in the common room, the kind of team-building exercises that are designed to be horrible. He described himself in the 'What is your name, hobby, and something unique about you' activity as something along the lines of "Hikaru Nakamura, Chess Grandmaster, and I was better at Chess at age [10? 13? something like that] than any of you will ever be." While that in-and-of-itself is a pretty dick way to describe one's self we let it slide, figuring he might just be annoyed by the kind of ice-breakers we were doing.

That weekend, a few of the frats had parties that freshmen were invited to and my roommate's sister was an Junior or Senior so we had a couple options to party at. A number of us went out, including Nakamura, and he was the same self-absorbed ass he showed before. It seemed like it was his personal mission to make sure everyone knew he was a grandmaster. Then, when one person in our group drank WAY too much and had to be carried back to the dorms (and then took a nice ambulance ride to the hospital), he got the hell out of dodge saying something along the lines of "I can't be a part of this."

We mostly left him alone after that, but every so often he would do something that would just irritate us. Our RA was extremely chill and let a lot of things go he could have busted us for, but Nakamura @#$%ed things up for us by being an idiot. He would often sit in his room (door open) and drink out of a liquor bottle in his desk while playing online poker...I think he made a decent amount of money doing that back then. By taking advantage of our RA's lax-ness like that he had to crack down on everyone.

I also think he would regularly check his own wikipedia page, which was more funny than anything else.

He wasn't always a complete dick, though. I'm just cherrypicking the most annoying parts. He settled down a bit, and came out of his shell a bit. He'd play chess against us if we asked, and find fun ways to trounce us.>

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/commen...

Mar-20-14  Ezzy: Nakamura not playing in the US Championships 2014.
Mar-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Whaaaaat?! Is he going to renounce his US Citizenship and claim Japanese Citizenship? =)
Mar-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  JointheArmy: Love the comment Magnus made during his AMA on Reddit the other day.

<Hi! What do you think of Nakamura joking with calling you Sauron on Twitter?>

<I've never actually watched Lord of the Rings... if I had, and Nakamura had been a better chess player, I might have been more insulted.>

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/commen...

Mar-20-14  SirRuthless: <RedSheild> Oh em gee what a dooshbagg...
Mar-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: H2O bomb.
Mar-20-14  lakers4sho: lol, Nakamura probably thought he was the cool kid in the dorm huh
Mar-21-14
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  john barleycorn: < Hikaru Nakamura @GMHikaru
Follow

@cisco_iv Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I am #1 in blitz, rapid and 960, and if that is being bad at chess, so be it!>

Ouch! Maybe the Carlsen app will help him to improve

Mar-21-14
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  john barleycorn: A note from <Everyone>'s profile:

<<Everyone> is entitled to their own opinion. It's just that yours is stupid.>

Mar-21-14
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  HeMateMe: Can someone explain a little about the sauron character, for those of us who haven't read the 'Rings trilogy? I was too lazy to even see the movies...Is Sauron a smallish, magic spells guy, I'm guessing?

Nak is reminding me of the one guy in each Vince Vaughn movie that can't get laid, guy in the pack who has to buy the condoms and pay for the hotel room for the other fellows.

Mar-21-14  Petrosianic: Sauron: Dark Lord. Big shadowy, scary figure, sort of like the Wizard of Oz before Toto opened the curtain. (Or alternately, imagine a scary version of Obelix). Sauron is like the dragon St. George fights. Beating him is the impossible dream for an entire continent of thrashes. He takes on an army single-handed in the opener of Fellowship, and tosses bodies like cordwood.
Mar-21-14
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  HeMateMe: Maybe Karpov was Sauron, shielded by the politburo of the USSR?
Mar-21-14  DrChopper: Sauron is not that much present in the books and in the movies even if he has a huge impact, so it's hard to describe his personality. Sauron is the representation (symbol) of evil and destruction. He's the big eye watching the world on the tower of his realm. He commands an army of monsters (orcs, deads) to find his ring and conquer the world. He is something like a very powerful necromancer.

To me, it's probably the greatest quest ever created. I didn't like that much the lord of the ring book when I've read it at the time because there was too much description and not enough action. The way Tolkien put that much details on this universe is very fascinating. The movies are very great and if you like fantasy or action movies, you have to see them, seriously.

I think Naka finds that the games of Carlsen are boring and that he has a negative impact on the popularity of chess now that he is at the top. Carlsen is the man to beat.

Mar-21-14  SirRuthless: I think the the whole point of bringing up sauron was that Sauron's eye sees everything. Magnus make very few mistakes and is very consistent. He is kind of like the terminator of chess. You have to play a nearly flawless game, hope he has an off day and then he still isn't dead until you drive a stake through his heart, burn the corpse, pour acid on it, make a burnt offering and clap three times. In other words, good luck.
Mar-21-14  Jamesbowman: I think Nakamura is correct being the top rated blitz player, rapid player & 960 world champion isn't a bad chess player. He has a good record against former world champions Anand and Kramnik. Has been in the worlds top 5 is in the worlds top 10 consistently for years. Stylistically he is one of the broadest players near the top. His positional play has made huge bounds he just hasn't put it all together at once.

If Nakamura lacks it seems to be psychologically. Two things that would propel him is to break 2800 and to beat Carlsen in classical time controls. Of course if he concentrates on doing the latter the former will happen.

The mark has never been higher than it is now, Carlsen is already one of the best players in the games HIStory. He has a different approach than most others and he does it to the maximium effect. Carlsen could potentially dominate for a long time. No matter I continue to think Nakaumra must over come that challenge and put some wins against Carlsen together and not break down mentally as in their last encounter. Nakamura out played Magnus move for move until the very end. He wasted too much time at the end for what he already knew was correct. I don't think he would have done so against anyone else.

BTW I don't find Carlsen's game boring at all, rather unique and precise. He seems to only give up enough to keep options open when others believe it is already drawn. Nobody seems to have that skill with the persistent drive to continue to employ it. No top player would be worse for getting a grasp of that aspect, most would see a big improvement.

Alright I have Nakamura in about third position as Carlsen rivals of the future, behind Aronian and close to Caruana. Maybe I'm over optimistic but that's my nature.

Mar-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kazzak: The chips on Nakamura's shoulders are so huge, and so weighty, that occasionally they force him to plant his face in the middle of the chess board.
Mar-23-14  James Bowman: Kazzak most of Nakamura's detractors seem to need some Head and Shoulders themselves, but hypocrisy has never been more in vogue.
Apr-15-14  SirRuthless: A lengthy Nakamura interview with chess.com writer Peter Doggers:

http://www.chessvibes.com/hikaru-na...

Nakamura now sponsored by Red Bull and will be in the Gashimov Memorial next week. Apr 20-30.

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