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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
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
   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)
   Casino de Barcelona (2007)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Cap d'Agde (2010)
   Geneva Chess Masters (2013)

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   Art of War's favorite games 7 by Art of War
   Selected Tournaments and Favorite Games (2011) a by partien
   Interesting Opening Lines by EruditeEgress
   NAKAMURA'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm
   Nakamura's Noteables voted by members 1/26/08+ by ffpainz

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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 Nakamuras 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 20122013 (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 B Karen 0-152 1997 Nassau FuturityB06 Robatsch
4. Nakamura vs J Bonin  1-036 1997 Marshall Chess ClubC02 French, Advance
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. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-095 1999 Eastern OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. Nakamura vs O Adu  1-037 1999 Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
12. A Hoffman vs Nakamura 0-135 1999 U.S. Open 99E61 King's Indian
13. Wang Yue vs Nakamura 1-0112 1999 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
14. Nakamura vs J Fang 0-121 1999 Eastern Class- chB06 Robatsch
15. Nakamura vs G Gaiffe 1-054 1999 U.S. Open (5)B23 Sicilian, Closed
16. D Schneider vs Nakamura 0-153 1999 Manhattan CC-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. D Moody vs Nakamura 0-120 1999 U.S. OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
18. Wojtkiewicz vs Nakamura 1-042 1999 U.S. OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-024 1999 Rated TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. A David vs Nakamura  1-025 1999 World opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. Nakamura vs A Aleksandrov  ½-½60 1999 U.S. OpenC47 Four Knights
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. 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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Nov-02-08  veigaman: Also nakamura won a great classic chess tournament last year in spain Casino Barcelona playing there with lenier dominguez, krasenkow, gashimov, illesca, beliasky, etc and this achievement was underated by most of people but it was an inflation point in his carreer in my opinion.
Nov-02-08  Bobsterman3000: <veigaman> Yes, as an American I root for Nakamura also, as well as Caruana.

However, I don't think it was a good idea to turn down Corus B if you are claiming that your goal is to become classical world champion one day. That type of experience is very necessary...

Nov-02-08  veigaman: <bobsterman> American chess has been underated a lot for the "purist" of chess but there is not doubt the quality of american chess in my opinion. It would be interesting to organise an american (as a continent) chess tour because from USA and canada to argentina there are a lot of young talents as in europe: nakamura, alexander ramirez, emilio cordova, eduardo iturrizaga, gaston needleman, fier, remo bassan, leon hoyos, etc.
Nov-02-08  timhortons: read the blog entry of naka regarding cap d agdee!

http://www.hikarunakamura.com/main/...

Nov-02-08  veigaman: Thanks tim!
Nov-02-08  Bobsterman3000: So, what is everybody saying about the Armenian players? I thought that Armenians were unpopular because they play the French too much ;-)
Nov-02-08  Poisonpawns: Nakamura king of the Rapids and blitz! Classical World Champ next!
Nov-02-08  malthrope: Hey gang! Naka sure has planned an interesting schedule of upcoming Chess tourneys to play in. I was just going post it here but see that <timhortons> has already taken care of it and posted on page 160. :) For those of you who wish to see it on Hikaru's website (Events): http://www.hikarunakamura.com/main/...

Thanks also <timhortons> for just posting Naka's Cap d'Agde Blog highlights! It was a nice read. Many thanks also to <veigaman>, <timhortons> & <Strongest Force> for all of your recent posts. Much of what you all say rings true with me too! <grin> And, to everyone else who have contributed 'positive thoughts' here... I've been on and off the ICC for just over 10 years now and always watching <smallville> when he was playing there. Go Naka! :^) - Mal

PS: I was so excited yesterday I took the plunge and registered on Hikaru's website! ;)

Nov-02-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Has Nakamura overcome his habit of occasional losing to players ranked in the 2300-2500 range?
Nov-02-08  timhortons: <malthrope> hi!

things now get different because by the time you come back at icc nakamura is not playing at icc anymore.

i seen you chatting with anti naka gang there after the ivanchuk game and true one of them accuse him even of flagging rybka,nobody flag rybka like naka thats why they calling him lagville, those are the rybka game here that hes mating the computer with either 6 bishop or 6 horses.

those guys are really descent bullet player with above 2000 elo strentgh and its nakamura's faulth at one point to drive these people away, in bullet game he just dont beat them he humiliate them after the game, i know there handles at icc and i know how good they are.

grandmaster gather and chat,young grandmaster like caruana would even care to chat with us if naka play coz he observe, carlsen too is a spectator often.

each time nakamura play chat fight go, they are regular naka haters there, nakamura defender would just pop up to defend him in random with in regular order but theres always one who stand and battle drunkman or ice cream smiles accusation each game.

i miss the nakamura game, icc seem lonely now after he stop playing, andrino and depressnyak cant hold the attention of everybody and there chess is not as exciting.its almost 2 months now he stop and i know those gang are still eager to engage him in kibitz fight if he comeback.

Nov-02-08  veigaman: <malthrope> your welcome! I have kept that nakamura has been preparing the assault to the elite step by step since some time ago and his main goal is the chess olimpiad this year!.

Nov-02-08  hitman84: Great Result beating Big Chuck in rapid. But Chuck as we all know is a strange player, and if it had gone to blitz then maybe Naka would have toasted Ivanchuk who knows? I remember Nisipeanu toasting the blitz champ. Anyway that was a neat ending which I think even I would have won ;) But looking at the overall performance Naka was right up there with the best.

Now lets see if he can break into the top 10 FIDE rankings.

Nov-02-08  timhortons: naka stepping in norway these jamnuary!

http://www.gjovikfestival.sjakkweb....

Nov-02-08  malthrope: Thanks for your comments <timhortons> :) I wasn't aware that <drunkman> was part of the anti Naka gang. Usually I find him quite funny and in good humor as opposed to <ice cream smiles> whom I generally avoid. I fully believe in fair play for all and avoid controversy like the plague! ~lol~ If ever I was use an ignore list <ice cream smiles> would certainly be on it. :) The friends I generally chat with on the ICC I've known for years <Phishmaster>, <foffo>, <savante> and <e4ia>, etc.

Anyway having been on <CG.com> for years now I've kept abreast of the situation through all the keen reports given here. Thanks too <veigaman> :) I'm looking forward to the 38th Chess Olympiad as well as all the rest of Naka's upcoming Chess tournament calendar. :) Having just left a note on his Blog (Cap d'Agde 11-2-2008) affirming this fact. Perhaps I'll contact my old friend John (IM Donaldson) before he leaves for Dresden to get some of the inside scoop! That's definitely *NoT* ice cream related! (scoop!) ~lol~ :^) - Mal

Nov-02-08  timhortons: <savante>is a very pleasant person.

he just kibitz and dont play chess in the server:)

Nov-02-08  veigaman: <malthrope> <timhortons> <Strongest Force> i use the same nick in ICC, im a very bad player but may be we can play when we are conected in icc
Nov-02-08  timhortons: ok guys ill add you in my friends list at icc.

Nov-02-08  timhortons: thanks chessgames.com for posting these picture of naka, you know id emailed him these pic right away after i shoot it.

naka in the tournament site could be moody just like any other masters, grandmaster alias kappa at icc gave me a stern look when i try to get his picture at canadian open. in that picture i ask naka permission from icc that i go near him and take his picture which he wholeheartedly agreed.

Nov-02-08  malthrope: <timhortons: <savante>is a very pleasant person. he just kibitz and dont play chess in the server:)>

He sure is! ;) He and I are inseparable at times and we both use the same line from 'Body Double', <"I (we) just like to watch!"> ~lol~

Which coincides nicely with my ICC Fi note #8: "Now, I just love to watch the best players in the world play blitz and International tournament chess here on the ICC! (btw: my game setting 'open' is generally set to 'no play'). It's truly remarkable that twenty-four hours a day one can just tune in and watch Grandmasters in world class action. :-)"

Looking forward to hooking up with him once again! :^) - Mal

PS: Thanks <veigaman> :) I'll put you on my 'notify list' next time I log on to the ICC! ;) As just mentioned, I don't play anymore (done quite enough of that!), but still remain quite strong as an analysts and I'm also a very courteous and funny kibitzer (or, 'whisper' as the case may be!). <grin> Of course, I've been using 'Malthrope' for over ten years as old habits do die hard! ~lol~

PPS: I forgot to mention my old ICC friend <morrowind> too! ;)

Nov-02-08  malthrope: Great picture of Naka <timhortons> :) I noticed the change in the featured pic right away! ;)
Nov-02-08  timhortons: i take that pic during the disastrous tourneo de montreal.

he just win the gibraltar chess when i ask him at icc if he well play in montreal, i know theres 2 upcoming event, he answered if he get bored he might decide to play in montreal,i think i posted it here then,as i said internet blitz get in the way of tourneo de montreal, he play blitz before and after the tournament.he stayed with GM charbonneaue during the tourney, id seen them drive to the site by charbonneaue sister each day.

Nov-02-08  veigaman: Thanks tim and malthrope, ive been just 2 year in icc and im not very good using the commands, i think you will help me :)
Nov-02-08  SufferingBruin: I'm not sure why anyone would think Naka is a bad guy. I was chatting it up with Smallville just before my icc membership expired and only found out after the fact it was Nakamura. I remember he shared a very, very funny NASCAR satire--malthrope, were you there for that one?

Nakamura is good for chess. If he's cocky, all the better. Chess needs colorful characters and Nakamura is surely a colorful character. Count me as a member of his bandwagon if there's any room.

Nov-02-08  timhortons: SufferingBruin

youre kibitz would add fun to naka page, welcome around.

Nov-02-08  malthrope: <SufferingBruin: [...] I was chatting it up with Smallville just before my icc membership expired and only found out after the fact it was Nakamura. I remember he shared a very, very funny NASCAR satire--malthrope, were you there for that one? [...]>

I've been away for a couple of years from the ICC. Courtesy of an anonymous friend now have an extended 2 year ICC membership! LateKnight is administering it! ~lol~ So, just got back onto the ICC 2 weeks ago. <grin> ;)

PS: <veigaman> - don't ever worry about playing strength. Just remember we are all students of the Royal Game! Only a select few get to become Grandmasters! :)) As for the ICC commands, I'll sharpen up my skills as I've decidedly forgotten a lot! ~lol~

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