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Hikaru Nakamura
Number of games in database: 1,235
Years covered: 1995 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2787 (2800 rapid, 2906 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2789
Overall record: +405 -173 =349 (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.

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 (66) 
    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)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Cap d'Agde (2010)
   Corsica Masters (2007)
   Casino de Barcelona (2007)
   Tata Steel (2011)
   34th World Open (2006)
   US Championship (2012)
   Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Geneva Chess Masters (2013)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Ordix Open (2008)

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   2012/2013/2014 Tournaments by wanabe2000
   Interesting Opening Lines by EruditeEgress
   Nakamura's Noteables voted by members 1/26/08+ by ffpainz

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(born Dec-09-1987, 26 years old) Japan (citizen of United States of America)

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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).


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.


<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.


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.


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

 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,236  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Predescu vs Nakamura 1-064 1995 U.S. National Scholastic Grade 2 ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
2. Nakamura vs J Bonin  1-036 1997 Marshall Chess ClubC02 French, Advance
3. Nakamura vs B Karen 0-152 1997 Nassau FuturityB06 Robatsch
4. L Au vs Nakamura 1-043 1997 Hawaii opB83 Sicilian
5. B Karen vs Nakamura  0-126 1998 Nassau g/30B23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Bisguier vs Nakamura 0-121 1998 Somerset ACN Action SwissE70 King's Indian
7. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-062 1998 Cardoza US opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
8. P MacIntyre vs Nakamura  1-054 1998 US Amateur Team EastA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Stripunsky vs Nakamura 0-143 1998 Marshall Chess ClubB40 Sicilian
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. Nakamura vs O Adu  1-037 1999 Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
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. 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. A Hoffman vs Nakamura 0-135 1999 U.S. Open 99E61 King's Indian
21. Nakamura vs M Waxman 1-031 1999 Manhattan CC-chC45 Scotch Game
22. Wang Yue vs Nakamura 1-0112 1999 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
23. Nakamura vs Efimenko  ½-½27 2000 KasparovChess Cadet GP netC17 French, Winawer, Advance
24. Nakamura vs G Zaichik 0-159 2000 World OpenB15 Caro-Kann
25. Efimenko vs Nakamura 1-040 2000 KasparovChess Cadet GP netB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
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Jan-17-12  frogbert: maybe somebody already noticed, but nakamura's page has just "overtaken" both anand's and topalov's in number of posts. i'll take due credit, of course. :o)
Jan-17-12  James Bowman: <i'll take due credit, of course. :o)>

Or blame in this case? ;o]

Jan-18-12  Everyone: Why is 88% of every <frogbert> post explaining what a great genius and wise guy <frogbert> is?
Jan-18-12  King Death: < Everyone: Why is 88% of every <frogbert> post explaining what a great genius and wise guy <frogbert> is?>

Because not <everyone> here can appreciate the genius and the wisdom (those people here that ignore the endless reminders of those qualities) and we all need to be reminded of how lucky we are to have the limitless flow coming our way.

Jan-18-12  jombar: I am not surprised at all with Naka's mediocre performance thus far at Tata, as I have stated from the beginning of the tournament. Last year win was a fluke. One player that pretty much sums up my point about Naka is Pavel Elijanov. Pavel had a spurt of chess inspiration and won him two first prizes at Fide Grand Prix 2010 and Politikin Cup 2010, which lifted his ranking to 6th in the world. Currently he's ranked 57th in the world and never won a major tournament since. -Pavel is a mediocre player. So is Naka. One win at Tata 2011 doesn't mean anything if you're not consistently winning tournaments. But consistently losing tournaments means you're not the best out there. Naka is mediocre. No wishing or hoping can change that. Look at Pavel.
Jan-18-12  s4life: <jombar> you are a sad , sad person.
Jan-18-12  AuN1: <jombar: I am not surprised at all with Naka's mediocre performance thus far at Tata, as I have stated from the beginning of the tournament. Last year win was a fluke. One player that pretty much sums up my point about Naka is Pavel Elijanov. Pavel had a spurt of chess inspiration and won him two first prizes at Fide Grand Prix 2010 and Politikin Cup 2010, which lifted his ranking to 6th in the world. Currently he's ranked 57th in the world and never won a major tournament since. -Pavel is a mediocre player. So is Naka. One win at Tata 2011 doesn't mean anything if you're not consistently winning tournaments. But consistently losing tournaments means you're not the best out there. Naka is mediocre. No wishing or hoping can change that. Look at Pavel.>

i think it is too early to write nakamura off, despite the fact that i don't even like the guy. i wouldn't be surprised if he retained a spot in the top 20 for a while, especially since there is not a huge influx of talent right now like there was back in the 90's. it's interesting that you bring up eljanov though, i had almost forgotten about him. most people at the time had a good inclination that he would not hold that position in the top ten for long though.

as far as nakamura is concerned, with respect to his performance last year, i think some players played rather poorly against him (for example nepomniachtchi's game). i think his best win was against the french guy with two names. something we should all remember though, is that that tournament success came right on the heels of when it is reported that he began working with kasparov. maybe garik played more of a hand in that victory than some people, including nakamura would willingly admit.

Jan-18-12  King Death: < jombar: I am not surprised at all with Naka's mediocre performance thus far at Tata, as I have stated from the beginning of the tournament. Last year win was a fluke..>

And if Naka had something +3 =1 instead you'd be here disparaging his performance somehow or other. It's like some of the comments from last year that I read lampooning him because he lost to Carlsen drew with a bunch of the other top finishers and beat the daylights out of the rest.

< One player that pretty much sums up my point about Naka is Pavel Elijanov...Currently he's ranked 57th in the world and never won a major tournament since. -Pavel is a mediocre player. So is Naka..>

Yeah, Eljanov is a mediocre player who'd mop the floor with guys like me or even a lot stronger players. I'm sure you'd crush him though because you're about 3500. Rybka has nothing on you.

< One win at Tata 2011 doesn't mean anything if you're not consistently winning tournaments. But consistently losing tournaments means you're not the best out there. Naka is mediocre. No wishing or hoping can change that.. >

Try to get over your jealousy and hate for just one minute. Who "consistently" wins events at the super GM level? Even Carlsen for all of his success last year didn't win every tournament he played other than Tata.

Nakamura's really terrible I guess. The kid's 2750 and doesn't win every game he plays so he must be bad. Reductio ad absurdum and you're absurd.

Jan-18-12  jombar: Kasparov helped out Naka win Tata 2011. Without the help, Naka is pretty mediocre. What has Naka win thus far after Kasparov's collaboration? Nothing. Instead of being thankful for the collaboration, he lampoons Kasparov and thinks that Kasparov was good at openings and nothing else. That is completely false for Kasparov was one of the greatest player ever. I think the majority of super grandmasters will agree with me on that. Naka doesn't come close to Kasparov's prodigious talent. Naka is disrespectful and arrogant, but doesn't have the talent to back it up. He is delusional if he thinks he is a great chess player. Mediocre sums up Naka.
Jan-18-12  jombar: Consistently does not mean "every time" or "all the time." Carlsen has been consistently winning tournaments. I think some people think Carlsen is non-existence and that his win after win is a fluke. Wake up and face reality. Carlsen has won more tournaments in the past years than any other player who competed in the same tournaments. Naka, on the other hand, is consistently losing tournaments. The facts prove itself. Need i say more? Naka won Tata 2011 because of Kasparov's collaboration. What has he done since but mediocre performances? After round 4 of Tata 2012, Naka is in 10th place. That's mediocre to me, if not bad. Who is first place after round 4? (At the beginning of the Tata tournament I have said Naka will have a mediocre performance, and that Carlsen or Aronian will take first. I'm right so far.)
Jan-18-12  King Death: <jombar> You got 20 kibitzes to your name, all on this page or Carlsen's. Um let's see what your motives might be here. Why don't you troll some more?
Jan-18-12  jombar: This is a kibitzing forum and I have my opinions on Naka. But no one as a mature adult should take my opinions on Naka as a personal attack on them. I'm only making a comment, thats all folks. Those who do feel offended by my opinions on Naka show signs of mania and fanaticism. Grow up. You can disagree with me but are going too far to call people a troll. I am not attacking anybody when I say Naka is mediocre. He is. Tata 2012, round 4, 10th place. Naka.
Jan-18-12  timhortons: jombar are just one of his puppets in stirring fight between magnus and naka fan, actually why compare the two? compare aronian and magnus and go seek out a fight in aronian page.

i hope cg will eventually listen to me,exposing all handles hanging under one ip address so we can have a good time laughing at these psychopaths creating many personality online.

Jan-19-12  Poulsen: <jombar> I think it is way out of proportion to deem Nakamura "mediocre", i.e. a player of moderate or low quality, simply because he has not won many major tournaments.

I tend to see him as freshman at the very top in chess. He still plays the type of chess, which brought him there - with provocative, unusual openings etc.. He master that very well, hence his advancement, but now the top notchers has gotten used to him, and at their level even minor inaccuracies gets punished.

So Nakamura has to adjust himself in order to stay in this company. The question is: Can his talent and his motivation secure him a position firmly at the very top?

Time will show.

You compared him - right or wrong - with Eljanov. I would like to compare him to Larsen ascending to the very top of chess. He too used unusual openings and provocative play to throw his opponents off balance. It worked very well to begin with, and Larsen evolved to become a strong tournament player. But against the very, very best (Korchnoi, Spassky, Fischer) his style hit a brick wall, and even though he adjusted his style he never managed to pass the wall and make the final step.

Jan-19-12  Poulsen: ... my point being: maybe Nakamura will share the same fate?!
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  Kazzak: <ing Death: < Everyone: Why is 88% of every <frogbert> post explaining what a great genius and wise guy <frogbert> is?> Because not <everyone> here can appreciate the genius and the wisdom (those people here that ignore the endless reminders of those qualities) and we all need to be reminded of how lucky we are to have the limitless flow coming our way.>

If froggie didn't beat his own drum, who would?

Btw amusing how people will discount a player after a little slump. This is when we'll find out how resilient Nakamura is, and whether he's able to raise his level from the plateau he's on now, going by his ratings development.

Too many tournaments in a row?
Too little deep study and prep?
Too little focus?

What do those have in common? Easily fixed.

Jan-19-12  frogbert: jombar, your comments about nakamura and carlsen here and on the carlsen page appear over-simplifying and more negative to naka's prospects and actual achievements than the evidence hints at - in my opinion.

for instance, naka isn't far behind aronian at the same age, measured by rating and results. while there still are several elements of nakamura's chess that need to be polished and mature, he's managed to accomplish quite a lot already without the backing that players from russia, ukraine and armenia have - in terms of culture and a broad elite player group.

also, seeing how major steps forward naka has made in the last few years, it appears odd to dismiss future improvements out of hand. it's quite natural if naka needs a year to stabilize at his current level; aronian took several years to move on from a 2750-ish level, for instance. even if naka himself appears a bit impatient, why shouldn't <we> allow him a little time to grow accustomed to being top 10-ish?

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  SatelliteDan: Naka is # 12 in the world on the Live Rating List. I think that's very good.
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  SatelliteDan: Nice chess video..!
Jan-19-12  frogbert: <Naka is # 12 in the world on the Live Rating List.>

#10 last i checked, satellitedan. :o)

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  SatelliteDan: even better
Jan-19-12  Strongest Force: The best way to fight low energy is to make a lifestyle change: moderation in all things except sleep, good food, proper exercise, on and so forth...
Jan-19-12  MORPHYEUS: And Naka might just beat Navara as we speak.
Jan-19-12  Strongest Force: My guess is that a day of rest helped to get a quick win today. He has been playing tired chess. Also, playing the english didn't hurt.
Jan-19-12  timhortons: Nakamura,H - Navara,D, 74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012

click for larger view

1. (1.37): 19.Bxd5 Qxd5[] 20.Bf6 Qxh5 21.Bxe7 Qe5 22.Bxd8 Rxd8 23.Rc1 f5 24.Qc4+ Kh8 2. (0.55): 19.Nf4 Nac7 20.Nxd5 Nxd5 21.Bg2 f5 22.Rc1 Qe6 3. = (0.23): 19.Rb1 f5 20.Bxd5+ Qxd5

<from move 19 onwards navarras in trouble! i hope nak can gain rating points in this tournament, nak still got lot to learn.>

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