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Hikaru Nakamura
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Number of games in database: 1,987
Years covered: 1995 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2781 (2823 rapid, 2853 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2814

Overall record: +500 -203 =538 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 746 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (134) 
    B90 B30 B42 B23 B92
 Queen's Pawn Game (72) 
    A45 D00 E00 D02 E10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (69) 
    D31 D37 D38 D30 D35
 Grunfeld (52) 
    D85 D70 D91 D80 D97
 English, 1 c4 e5 (46) 
    A22 A20 A21 A29 A23
 Nimzo Indian (46) 
    E32 E21 E46 E34 E20
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (188) 
    B90 B30 B92 B80 B76
 Ruy Lopez (101) 
    C67 C65 C78 C80 C60
 King's Indian (95) 
    E97 E63 E90 E92 E94
 Sicilian Najdorf (58) 
    B90 B92 B99 B96 B94
 Queen's Gambit Declined (53) 
    D37 D31 D39 D30
 Queen's Pawn Game (53) 
    A45 A40 D02 A46 A41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   W So vs Nakamura, 2015 0-1
   Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 0-1
   Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008 0-1
   Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   G Sagalchik vs Nakamura, 2003 0-1
   Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   Nakamura vs Robson, 2012 1-0
   Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2004 1-0
   Beliavsky vs Nakamura, 2009 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Cap d'Agde (2010)
   Casino de Barcelona (2007)
   US Championship (2012)
   Corsica Masters (2007)
   Tata Steel (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   World Cup (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Naka's Nook by fredthebear
   Notable Nakamura Games by caracas1970
   Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura by kenilworthian
   Notable Nakamura Games by iron maiden
   Hikaru! by larrewl
   Match Nakamura! by amadeus
   2008+ Fredthebear knows of Barry Soetoro by fredthebear
   Notable Nakamura Games by iron maiden by fredthebear
   2017-2013, World Chess Championship 2016 by wanabe2000

   🏆 London Chess Classic
   Karjakin vs Nakamura (Dec-11-17) 1/2-1/2
   Nakamura vs Caruana (Dec-10-17) 1/2-1/2
   Aronian vs Nakamura (Dec-09-17) 1/2-1/2
   Nakamura vs Carlsen (Dec-08-17) 1/2-1/2
   Adams vs Nakamura (Dec-06-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Dec-09-1987, 30 years old) Japan (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Awarded the title of IM in 2001 and that of GM in 2003, Nakamura won the US Championship in 2004, 2009, 2012, and 2015. He was the world's second-ranked player as of October 2015.


Christopher Hikaru Nakamura was born December 9, 1987 in Hirakata in Osaka, Japan, to a Japanese father and an American mother. He is the younger brother of Asuka Nakamura. When he was two years old, he and his mother and brother moved to the United States. He started playing chess when he was seven, 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. He won the national title for a fourth time when he took out the US Championships (2015) with 8/11, half a point ahead of the outright runner up Ray Robson.

<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 Aleksej 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. He qualified by rating to participate in the World Cup (2015), and is doing so although he has already qualified for the Candidates Tournament of 2016 via the Grand Prix series of 2014-15. He defeated Richmond Phiri, Samuel Shankland in the first two rounds, as well as Ian Nepomniachtchi in a third round thriller that Nakamura won in the deciding Armageddon blitz tiebreaker game after the three previous sets of rapid and blitz tiebreakers had been drawn. In the Round of 16 (the fourth round) he won against Michael Adams by 1.5-0.5 but lost to Pavel Eljanov in the quarter final, bowing out of the event.

<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 would have qualified him 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.

<Grand Prix Series 2014-2015> Nakamura competed in the first leg of the series at the FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014), where he scored 6/11 to place 3rd-7th, half a point behind the joint leaders Caruana and Gelfand. He therefore kicked off with a GP tally of 82 points, representing the even distribution of points applicable to each place from 3rd to 7th. In the second leg of the series, namely the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), he placed =2nd and stood in 2nd place overall, excellently situated to take advantage of the opportunity to qualify for the Candidates tournament in 2016. He took full advantage of this in FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), when he came =1st to qualify for the Candidates Tournament of 2016.

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 Chess Festival (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. At the London Chess Classic (2014), he scored 2.5/5 to place 4th.

Nakamura's start to 2015 was to win the powerful Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) with 8.5/10 (+7 =3), and return a PB on his live rating and his new FIDE rating due in March. Despite cracking the 2800 barrier in the live ratings during the RR category 22 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015) held in February, he placed outright 2nd in the standard portion of the event behind Anand, ahead of Kramnik, Karjakin, Aronian and Caruana respectively. His second place in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2015) with 3/5 made him =1st with Anand in the overall event, but he won an Armageddon tiebreaker with the former World Champion to win first prize. His good form continued at the category 22 Norway Chess (2015) event, where he was undefeated to place =2nd (3rd on a narrow SB tiebreak), behind Topalov and alongside Anand with 6/9 and a TPR of 2900. In September he competed in the second leg of the inaugural Grand Chess Tour at Sinquefield Cup (2015), and finished equal second with 5/9 behind Aronian in what amounted to a par for rating performance. October saw Nakamura compete in the lucrative Millionaire Chess (2015) tournament, which he won after battling through a complicated tiebreak system that involved a playoff to decide a playoff for fourth, and then winning a knockout rapid game semi-final that was called after round 7 of 9 of the main standard time event. He finished the year with a poor performance at the London Chess Classic (2015) where he came in toward the bottom of the field after scoring 4/9.

He started 2016 with an upbeat result at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2016), winning first prize after a rapid and blitz game tiebreak that ended in an Armageddon victory against runner-up Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

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 31 points accumulated in 49 games played.

<World Team Championship> Nakamura played board 1 for the USA at the World Team Championship (2010), scoring individual gold and team silver. He also played top board at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), winning individual silver and helping his team to 4th place in the event.

<European Club Cup> He played top board for the SK Husek Vienna in the European Club Cup (2009) and top board for the Italian club Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova in 2012 and 2013, second board for the Italian club in 2014 and board 3 for the same club in 2015. He scored individual bronze in 2013 and 2014.


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. Subsequently he competed in the Super Rapidplay Open that was a companion event to the 2014 London Classic (see above), winning the event with an almost perfect score of 9.5/10. He also competed in the London Elite Player Blitz that was the other companion event, and placed =1st with 6/10.

The 2016 edition of the Zurich Chess Challenge was a two-part event, which kicked off with a preliminary Zurich Chess Challenge (Opening Blitz) (2016) to determine who had three whites in the five rounds of the Zurich Chess Challenge (2016) (rapid). Nakamura placed first in the Opening Blitz earning the use of the white pieces in three of the five rounds of the first section of the actual tournament, the round robin rapid event where he placed equal first alongside Anand. Nakamura playing the black pieces three times in the second section of the event, the Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2016), again placed equal first with Anand to tie the overall score, but won on tiebreak to take first prize.

He has 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

Nakamura's highest ranking as a Junior (U20) was #3 in April 2004 and 2005. He first broke into the world's top 100 in October 2004 when he was still 16 years old, and has remained in the top 100 continuously since that time. He reached the world's top 10 in January 2011, and has remained in that elite group continuously since January 2013. In September 2015 his rating reached 2814 despite which he was still ranked world #4 behind Carlsen, Anand and Topalov respectively. However in October 2016, his ranking reached its highest point so far, 2816, when his ranking was world #2, his highest ranking so far.

Sources and references

(1) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012–2013 (2); (3) Further details are at this post: Hikaru Nakamura; (4) (podcast interview by Ben Johnson through iTunes); Live rating list:; Wikipedia article: Hikaru Nakamura

Last updated: 2017-07-18 10:50:39

 page 1 of 80; games 1-25 of 1,987  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Predescu vs Nakamura 1-0641995U.S. National Scholastic Grade 2 ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
2. Nakamura vs J Bonin 1-0361997Marshall Chess ClubC02 French, Advance
3. L Au vs Nakamura 1-0431997Hawaii opB83 Sicilian
4. Nakamura vs B Karen 0-1521997Nassau FuturityB06 Robatsch
5. B Karen vs Nakamura  0-1261998Nassau g/30B23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Bisguier vs Nakamura 0-1211998Somerset ACN Action SwissE70 King's Indian
7. Stripunsky vs Nakamura 0-1431998Marshall Chess ClubB40 Sicilian
8. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-0621998Cardoza US opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
9. P MacIntyre vs Nakamura  1-0541998US Amateur Team EastA07 King's Indian Attack
10. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-0951999Eastern OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. Nakamura vs J Fang 0-1211999Eastern Class- chB06 Robatsch
12. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-0241999Rated TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. A David vs Nakamura  1-0251999World opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. D Moody vs Nakamura 0-1201999100th US OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
15. Nakamura vs A Aleksandrov  ½-½601999100th US OpenC47 Four Knights
16. Wojtkiewicz vs Nakamura 1-0421999100th US OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. Nakamura vs G Gaiffe 1-0541999100th US OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. A Hoffman vs Nakamura 0-1351999100th US OpenE61 King's Indian
19. D Schneider vs Nakamura 0-1531999Manhattan CC-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Nakamura vs M Waxman 1-0311999Manhattan CC-chC45 Scotch Game
21. Wang Yue vs Nakamura 1-01121999Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
22. Nakamura vs O Adu  1-0371999Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
23. C Balogh vs Nakamura 0-11152000Elekes mem IMB23 Sicilian, Closed
24. Nakamura vs J Friedel 1-0672000New Hampshire op 50thC45 Scotch Game
25. Nakamura vs Efimenko  ½-½272000KasparovChess Cadet GP netC17 French, Winawer, Advance
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Jan-20-12  kamalakanta: Nakamura is WC caliber. Just a matter of time....and hunger; he must be hungry for it. I feel he wants it more than Carlsen does.
Jan-20-12  jombar: <frogbert> Thanks for the understanding. Naka is getting a little better. Interesting game tomorrow, Naka vs Radjabov. If Naka wins he gets my nod. If he loses, it will only support my view on Naka: that he is mediocre, a Pavel, capable of around 2760-ish player at his peak performance. That is if you compare him with Aronian or Carlsen as a yardstick of chess abilities. Naka looks mediocre standing next to them.
Jan-20-12  MORPHYEUS: What if Naka just draws?
Jan-20-12  James Bowman:

Here are some interesting comments as to what transpired between Kasparov and Nakamura, from Nakamura's perspective.

If someone has already posted this sorry for repeating it. Also I attempted to cut and paste the relevent paragraph, but it wouldn't allow it.

Nakamura now has two convincing wins in Wijk too it looks like he has also removed himself, from the Gelfand client list.

Hopefully he can do the same to Svidler and Carlsen. I guess Ivanchuk has a nice record between them too but I suspect that has more to do with chance than any mismatch of styles and strength.

Aronian so far is putting in his most convincing performance that I can recall.

Go Nakamura !!!

Jan-20-12  King Death: < jombar: If Naka...loses, it will only support my view on Naka: that he is mediocre, a Pavel, capable of around 2760-ish player at his peak performance. That is if you compare him with Aronian or Carlsen as a yardstick of chess abilities. Naka looks mediocre standing next to them.>

Why don't you camp out over on <frogbert>'s page where you can agree to be jealous of Nakamura forever? It's funny how even with all of the last year's ups and downs Nakamura is in that 2760 range you're talking about. Yeah, totally mediocre for somebody like you who's what? 3550?

Jan-20-12  Agent Bouncy: Don't bother responding to jombar. You're playing into his hands. Isn't it obvious the only thing he's trying to do is get under your skin?
Jan-21-12  timhortons: thats the way it is in the big league, win some, draw some, and loss a little:)

go nak!

Jan-21-12  King Death: The "mediocre 2750 player" drew another one today. If I were only as bad as Nakamura.
Jan-21-12  JoergWalter: <King Death: If I were only as bad as Nakamura.>

in hunting chicks?

I don't think anybody of us here is in the position close to his chess ability.

Oops, sorry there is one here = <Andrew James>. How careless from my side

Jan-21-12  King Death: <jombar> seems to have just about disappeared again now that Nakamura's put together a couple of wins. Imagine that. It's a sure thing he comes back out of the woodwork after his "favorite" player loses a game or pulls one out.
Jan-22-12  jombar: Ad hominem are trademarks of several users of Naka page to cover their lack of sound argument. Keep all discussions and comments on Naka. That's what this site was created for.

For those who don't know what ad hominem mean, I will define it as such: attacking an opponent's character rather than answering his argument; an attempt to negate the truth of a claim by pointing out a negative characteristic or belief of the person supporting it; involves insulting or belittling one's opponent in order to attack his claim or invalidate his argument.

Jan-22-12  jombar: BTW, I have beaten Naka more than once on blitz chess.
Jan-22-12  King Death: <jombar> maybe somebody should explain what the idea of bringing a constructive contribution here is, as opposed to your constant strawman arguments by cutting down Nakamura with blanket statements.

There I said it. Now go cry to the admins some more.

Jan-22-12  jombar: This is a site to make comments or criticism on Naka. There will be many perspectives on Naka and that should be a blessing for everyone here (as long as it's not racist or obscene, etc). But no one should be personally attacked for making their perspectives or argument, especially a place where perspectives are welcome. To do so is clearly ad hominem. This site was created for people to share their views and perspectives. Unless you're a bigot or hate democracy. So please keep discussions and comments on Naka or the argument on Naka, but don't attack the person making it. That's ad hominem and bigotry.
Jan-22-12  King Death: <jombar> Which in other words entitles you to make strawman arguments because you can't stand the kid for whatever reason. A little jealous of that 2750 patzer are you? Like you said he'll never amount to anything.

Go get a life.

Jan-22-12  jombar: <kingdeath> You are a bigot and full of ad hominem. This site welcomes differ perspectives on Naka. That's what it was created for.
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  WannaBe: Sounds like some W. So posters found out how to navigate to another page.
Jan-22-12  MORPHYEUS: I beg to differ but we can smell a troll a mile away.

Calling <Nakamura> repeatedly "mediocre" like a broken record can't be considered constructive.

Jan-22-12  TiburcioTinio: Wannabe thinks he's superior to posters. Look at how he talks.
Jan-22-12  frogbert: <Calling <Nakamura> repeatedly "mediocre" like a broken record can't be considered constructive.>

no, it doesn't sound particularly constructive.

jombar, did you respond to any of the points i mentioned in my first reply to you? for your convenience, here they are one more time:


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?


to sum it up, here are the points you could consider:

1) actual successes per today
2) similarity to aronian re when he hit the elite
3) very clear improvements over the past 2-3 years

why shouldn't the above grant naka some more time to demonstrate his potential? referring to someone who touches top 10 as "mediocre" sounds more than a little harsh, doesn't it?

<Thanks for the understanding.>

i understand very well what it means to be subjected to ad hominems. it's not very pleasant, and it doesn't bring any "discussion" anywhere. but claims and views that seem to <lack reasonable justification> necessarily run a high risk for being categorized as trolling. i'm sure you're able to understand that too.

i don't mind discussing your views, as long as you provide some reasoning to back them up. but if you refrain from doing that, i will lose interest quickly and simply don't care much about what you would post. which is fine, i guess. :o)

Jan-22-12  frogbert: <WannaBe: Sounds like some W. So posters >

wannabe so?

not very constructive, either. but nobody cares, obviously.

Jan-22-12  King Death: <WannaBe>'s all right even with those wascally wabbit ears.
Jan-22-12  timhortons: its a draw !

how many rating points nak will get in this tournament:) he reap some last time , and once more this time...

Jan-22-12  jombar: <frogbert> Isn't this site created for differ perspectives, opinions and discussions on Naka? But who said every opinion on Naka has to be "constructive?" The site's guidelines never mention "only constructive criticisms on Naka are welcome." To disagree is fine and welcome but to attack the person saying it is bigotry and ad hominem. BTW, I never said Naka can't improve. Sure he could. But how much?
Jan-22-12  jombar: Let me quote this note from cg admins below the web page that everybody should read: "NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player (Naka) and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café." And "3.) No personal attacks against other users."
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