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Hikaru Nakamura
Number of games in database: 1,331
Years covered: 1995 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2798 (2850 rapid, 2883 blitz)
Overall record: +421 -178 =378 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      354 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (100) 
    B90 B42 B30 B23 B33
 Queen's Pawn Game (56) 
    A45 D00 E00 A50 D05
 Queen's Gambit Declined (39) 
    D31 D37 D38 D30 D35
 French Defense (35) 
    C02 C11 C10 C16 C00
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E21 E32 E44 E46 E20
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D85 D91 D70 D86 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (147) 
    B90 B30 B92 B42 B23
 King's Indian (72) 
    E97 E90 E63 E92 E94
 Sicilian Najdorf (48) 
    B90 B92 B99 B94 B96
 French Defense (41) 
    C11 C03 C12 C10 C04
 Ruy Lopez (40) 
    C67 C78 C80 C65 C60
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    A41 D02 A45 A40 E00
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M 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
   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?]
   Casino de Barcelona (2007)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Corsica Masters (2007)
   US Championship (2012)
   Cap d'Agde (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Tata Steel (2011)
   34th World Open (2006)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Geneva Chess Masters (2013)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Ordix Open (2008)

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HIKARU NAKAMURA
(born Dec-09-1987, 27 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 #9 player as of January 2015.

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 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.

<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.

<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 kicks 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 currently stands in 2nd place, excellently situated to take advantage of the opportunity to qualify for the Candidates tournament in 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 (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.

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. In September 2013, he played board 2 for the Italian team Obiettivo Risarcimento which also placed 10th.

Rapids

Nakamura is one of the world's best rapid and blitz players, and the world's best bullet (one-minute) player. He regularly plays on the internet, usually at the ICC where he is the highest rated player (userid <Smallville>), and at Playchess, where he is known as <Star Wars>. He has set many rating records under different categories. In 2008, he challenged and broke blitz king Alexander Grischuk ’s record at ICC of 3737, reaching 3750. Grischuk subsequently challenged Nakamura to a 20 game 3 minutes blitz match, which Nakamura took out convincingly by 14.5-5.5. (2) He also won the first ICC Open in 2011 ahead of over 2000 other contestants. (3)

In 2007, he won the annual Corsica Masters (2007), defeating Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the final. One of the most convincing demonstrations of Nakamura’s ability as a rapid player was when he won the Cap d'Agde (2008), defeating Bu Xiangzhi, Anatoly Karpov and Vassily Ivanchuk in the playoff matches to take first prize in a field that included Carlsen. Nakamura also defeated Carlsen to take out the BNbank Blitz (2009). He was runner-up to Ivanchuk at the Cap d'Agde (2010) in the playoff. He also defeated Rising Stars team mate Anish Giri for the right to play at Amber 2011.

In 2012, Nakamura won the trifecta of silver medals at the SportAccord World Mind Games (Men's Rapid) (2012), the World Mind Games (Men's Blitz) and the World Mind Games (Men's Blindfold) events. He closed out 2013 by winning the London Chess Classic (Knockout) (2013), defeating Gelfand in the final by 1.5-0.5, after qualifying for the final by winning the preliminary London Chess Classic (Group C) (2013).

In June 2014, he competed in both the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) and the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014) that were held in Dubai. In the former, he scored a relatively meager 8.5/15, losing 40 rapid rating points, while he was much more successful in the latter, scoring 16/21, being the runner up by a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen. His blitz rating skyrocketed to over 2900. 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.

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

Matches

In December 2004, Nakamura played the best-of-six game Karjakin - Nakamura Match (2004) in the "Duelo de los Jovenes Prodigios" (Duel of the Wonder Boys) in Cuernavaca, Estado de Morelos, Mexico, winning 4.5-1.5 (+4 -1 =1). In May 2011 at the St Louis chess club, he won the Nakamura - Ponomariov Match (2011) by 3.5-2.5 (+2 =3 -1). In June 2014, he played for the Cez Trophy Navara - Nakamura Match (2014) in Praha, Czechia, which involved a 4-game standard time match against David Navara. He won the match by 3.5-0.5.

960 Chess

In August 2009, Nakamura defeated Aronian in Mainz, Germany to become the 960 World Champion and remains unchallenged as such.

Ratings and rankings

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, remaining in that elite group continuously since January 2013. His peak rating and ranking to date were in March 2015 when he reached 2798 and world #3. He attained a "live" rating of 2802 during the 2015 Zurich CC.

As of March 2015, Nakamura's ratings were:

<Standard> 2798 (world #3)

<Rapid> 2850 (world #2); and

<Blitz> 2883 (world #2).

Sources and references

(1) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012–2013 (2) http://dod.ru/chess/game/Crest/Smal...; (3) Further details are at this post: Hikaru Nakamura; Live rating list: http://www.2700chess.com/; Wikipedia article: Hikaru Nakamura

Last updated 20 Feb 2015


 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,331  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. Bisguier vs Nakamura 0-121 1998 Somerset ACN Action SwissE70 King's Indian
8. B Karen vs Nakamura  0-126 1998 Nassau g/30B23 Sicilian, Closed
9. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-062 1998 Cardoza US opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
10. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-095 1999 Eastern OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. Nakamura vs M Waxman 1-031 1999 Manhattan CC-chC45 Scotch Game
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. Nakamura vs O Adu  1-037 1999 Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
17. D Schneider vs Nakamura 0-153 1999 Manhattan CC-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. D Moody vs Nakamura 0-120 1999 U.S. OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
19. Wojtkiewicz vs Nakamura 1-042 1999 U.S. OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-024 1999 Rated TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. A David vs Nakamura  1-025 1999 World opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. Nakamura vs A Aleksandrov  ½-½60 1999 U.S. OpenC47 Four Knights
23. E Levin vs Nakamura 0-196 2000 World OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
24. Nakamura vs J Friedel 1-067 2000 New Hampshire op 50thC45 Scotch Game
25. C Balogh vs Nakamura 0-1115 2000 Elekes mem IMB23 Sicilian, Closed
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Mar-15-15  Strongest Force: SR, I tried to sign up to chess.com but it wouldn't accept my email which was called invalid:)

The 3 UT players must be trying to get the bad chess out of their system because they are playing very uneven chess. I guess they hope to do better in the US championship.

Mar-16-15  Strongest Force: Little slamming Sammy leads after 5 with 3.5 followed by Troof, Holt and two others with 3. In the game he lost Sevian might have had his best position out of the opening.
Mar-16-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kinghunt: <G/1 would be different however and they both know it.>

That may be true, but nobody cares about G/1.

Mar-16-15  Strongest Force: Kinghunt, Naka cares
Mar-16-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kinghunt: I bet that if you ask him, Naka would say he cares less about G/1 than about blitz, less about blitz than about rapid, and less about rapid than about classical. (He has made statements to that effect in numerous interviews.)
Mar-17-15  zborris8: Wrong!

<Kinghung: I bet that if you ask him, Naka would say he cares less about G/1 than about blitz>

Chris prefers G/1 to blitz, from the standpoint that he treats bullet much more seriously than blitz.

It was stated in a +40 min long interview that starts @1:32:05, but the answer to your question is @1:52:42:

http://www.twitch.tv/chess/b/636892...

Mar-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Kinghung: I bet that if you ask him, Naka would say he cares less about G/1 than about blitz>

While <Kinghunt> is a knowledgeable contributor who often provides cogent analyses, I rather doubt he has ever made such a claim as you imply with your version of his handle, iffen ya git mah drift.

Mar-17-15  Strongest Force: I was just trying to stir-up trouble:) In the past,j a group of us here on cg.com may have had something to do with Carlsen visiting WSP <the park> when he first came to NYC. We also may have gotten Magnus to unleash a ambush on Nak in Moscow. The bottom line is that Nak's fans often share in his exploits and they sure like watching him play g/1.
Mar-18-15  Strongest Force: Little Sam is big on talent. He leads current tournament 5/7. He will grow fast and Kasparov must feed him stronger and stronger fish. Maybe these fish should have growth hormones. He seems to have outgrown the current 'nickle and dime' RR he is playing in.
Mar-18-15  SirRuthless: Nakamura is focused on classical chess at this point. He uses short time control games to stay sharp with tactical recognition between tournaments and put on a show for spectators while making a little extra cash on the side from time to time. There is nothing more to it.
Mar-18-15  Strongest Force: <There is nothing more to it>. You may be right but if we can stir up more trouble between Nak and Mag I am all for it. Before, the smack/trash talk between both factions, fans and otherwise, clearly disturbed Carlsen.
Mar-18-15  Strongest Force: Sam's Tal-like sack in rd 8 against Holt would have been great if Holt was in time trouble or if Sevien followed up with stronger key moves. Now it looks like a clear win for Holt. That's life.
Mar-18-15  SirRuthless: There is no rivalry. Nakamura already stated this in recent interviews. The tale of the tape says Nakamura can't deal with him on any kind of basis and must improve. He just wants to get a spot in candidates and win tournaments at this point. Any improved results against Carlsen would come as a consequence of getting better as a player. There is no comparison between them.
Mar-18-15  Strongest Force: SR I agree with everything you said except <g/1> chess. It is our final frontier as Nak fans and Carlsen detractors...hate is too strong a word as I actually admire Magnus greatly.
Mar-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kinghunt: Nakamura has indeed stated he is focused on classical chess, but I would love to know what he wouldn't give for an official world blitz championship title.
Mar-19-15  schweigzwang: I thought the rest of us were having to settle for checkers, backgammon, etc.
Mar-19-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <schweigzwang: I thought the rest of us were having to settle for checkers, backgammon, etc.>

There <are> other options.

Mar-21-15  Strongest Force: Play starts <finally>, on April Fools Day, a week from this Wednesday. I hope little Sam do not make any foolish sacks Big Sam will do well. Something whispers that a 'dark horse's will win
Mar-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Geronimo: Hey I don't want to start a ludicrous conversation or anything, but is there any reason why Nakamura and Wesley So only have one game in the database? Do they actively avoid each other? Serious question here.
Mar-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: Wesley So is a newcomer in the top and the top players usually don't bother to play open tournaments.
Mar-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kinghunt: Just to generalize on what <Appaz> said, So has very few games against ALL top players (on the order of 1-2 against most of them), as he has only recently made it to the top. Assuming he can stay there, expect to see a lot more games between So and all the other top players soon.
Mar-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  haydn20: <Geronimo> Love yr avatar! Haven't seen good ol' Alfred E. in quite a while.
Mar-26-15  Strongest Force: Alfred E. does not look like a chess player.
Mar-26-15  Strongest Force: With my luck, if somebody like AEN showed up at the ole flea house and wanted to play blitz for 100/game I wouldn't be able to pay the rent.
Mar-30-15  Strongest Force: Shouldn't the 'new games' icon be put up for the US championship which starts in a day or two?
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