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Nakamura 
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Hikaru Nakamura
Number of games in database: 1,266
Years covered: 1995 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2767 (2800 rapid, 2906 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2789
Overall record: +412 -176 =370 (62.3%)*
   * 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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (98) 
    B90 B42 B30 B23 B33
 Queen's Pawn Game (49) 
    A45 D00 E00 A50 D05
 Queen's Gambit Declined (37) 
    D31 D37 D38 D30 D35
 French Defense (35) 
    C02 C11 C10 C16 C00
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E21 E32 E44 E46 E20
 Grunfeld (29) 
    D85 D91 D70 D86 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (136) 
    B90 B92 B30 B42 B23
 King's Indian (71) 
    E97 E90 E63 E94 E92
 Sicilian Najdorf (46) 
    B90 B92 B99 B94 B96
 French Defense (40) 
    C11 C03 C12 C10 C04
 Ruy Lopez (39) 
    C67 C78 C80 C65 C60
 Dutch Defense (30) 
    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
   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 Van Wely, 2010 1-0

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

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

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

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HIKARU NAKAMURA
(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 #7 player (of the standard time game - September 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 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 being played in Tashkent, he is currently placed =2nd, and remains in contention for one of the two top positions that will 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.

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.

He 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 January 2014 when he reached 2789 and world #3.

As of 1 November 2014, Nakamura's ratings were:

<Standard> 2767, maintaining his position as the top ranking player in the Americas. He is the #9 player in the world;

<Rapid> 2800 (world #9); and

<Blitz> 2906 (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


 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,282  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. L Au vs Nakamura 1-043 1997 Hawaii opB83 Sicilian
4. Nakamura vs B Karen 0-152 1997 Nassau FuturityB06 Robatsch
5. Stripunsky vs Nakamura 0-143 1998 Marshall Chess ClubB40 Sicilian
6. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-062 1998 Cardoza US opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
7. B Karen vs Nakamura  0-126 1998 Nassau g/30B23 Sicilian, Closed
8. P MacIntyre vs Nakamura  1-054 1998 US Amateur Team EastA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Bisguier vs Nakamura 0-121 1998 Somerset ACN Action SwissE70 King's Indian
10. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-024 1999 Rated TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Wojtkiewicz vs Nakamura 1-042 1999 U.S. OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-095 1999 Eastern OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
13. D Schneider vs Nakamura 0-153 1999 Manhattan CC-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Nakamura vs A Aleksandrov  ½-½60 1999 U.S. OpenC47 Four Knights
15. Wang Yue vs Nakamura 1-0112 1999 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
16. D Moody vs Nakamura 0-120 1999 U.S. OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
17. Nakamura vs M Waxman 1-031 1999 Manhattan CC-chC45 Scotch Game
18. A Hoffman vs Nakamura 0-135 1999 U.S. Open 99E61 King's Indian
19. A David vs Nakamura  1-025 1999 World opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. Nakamura vs O Adu  1-037 1999 Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
21. Nakamura vs J Fang 0-121 1999 Eastern Class- chB06 Robatsch
22. Nakamura vs G Gaiffe 1-054 1999 U.S. Open (5)B23 Sicilian, Closed
23. Nakamura vs Mulyar 1-056 2000 World OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Nakamura vs Stellwagen 1-042 2000 Wch U14C11 French
25. E Levin vs Nakamura 0-196 2000 World OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
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Nov-02-14  SirRuthless: <Jambow> I should have taken my own advice and ignored the stalker but my curiosity won the battle with my better judgement. I am sorry for taking things in a lower direction on this page but <Pulo y Stalker> has referenced me at least 15 times unprovoked. Frankly I am sick of him and his incessant harassment.
Nov-02-14
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  Jambow: Got it what happened to this page? The pic was actually of Nakamura and legit. I fell into the muck myself ;0]

Go Nakamura!!!

Nov-02-14  Pulo y Gata: <Nov-02-14 SirRuthless: <Jambow> I should have taken my own advice and ignored the stalker but my curiosity won the battle with my better judgement. I am sorry for taking things in a lower direction on this page but <Pulo y Stalker> has referenced me at least 15 times unprovoked. Frankly I am sick of him and his incessant harassment.>

Unprovoked?! You accused Jobava of cheating at the grand prix and when you are took to task for it, you scamper like a yellow mongrel afraid of the rabies you yourself are infected with. What's notable was that you field your accusation when Jobava was leading te field with Nakamura, surely detesting that someone should share the limelight with your beloved Nakster.

You repeated the accusation not only in the gp page and now you are crying stalking because someone would not put up with your garbage? Show your evidence against Jobava in the gp page that he was cheating in that very event or apologize for dumping your trash there.

Don't play innocent now, after all, you see a regular picture of the Nakster as porn.

Nov-02-14
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  perfidious: <zanzibar: <Perf> I've always envied your avatar, fwiw.>

Hail, man, Ah wakes up and faces thet there sun ever day, Ah tell ya! It's rough in tha fields when ya gots ta deal with that old man shining down ever minute. Figgered Ah'd take a piece of the akshun mahself, y'know.

Nov-02-14
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  Absentee: Mine's bigger. Avatar, of course.
Nov-02-14
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  perfidious: <Absentee: Mine's bigger. Avatar, of course.>

Of course.

Nov-02-14
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  Jambow: <Perfidious> Good boy back on the porch ;0]
Nov-02-14
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  Jambow: Ok <Polo y Gata> I see there is more to this than what is here. FWIW I'm not part of any of this nor am I taking sides. The pic was actually very good I would recommend cg.com use it for this page. I like Joba BTW another dynamic player is welcome at the top.

Nakamura did well not losing a single game but winning a few.

Nov-02-14  Pulo y Gata: Jambow, no worries.

I like Nakamura as a player, I think he can compete against anyone; although it seems he has some serious work to do to contend for the WCC.

Nov-02-14
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  Jambow: <Absentee> If I may ask what is your avatar? No offense intended I just can't make it out?
Nov-02-14
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Jambow.

Is it not a melting clock. Salvador Dali.

Nov-02-14
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  Jambow: <Pulo...> cool just didn't want any misunderstanding.

I concur on Nakamura except he hasn't won against Carlsen yet, although he should have no doubt.

Nov-02-14
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  Jambow: Thanks <SS> Now I must look that up and get better understanding.
Nov-02-14  Pulo y Gata: <Jambow> Yes, Nakamura has got what it takes to win against the best of them, Carlsen included. That he has not yet is something for him or his team to figure out-this might be more of a symptom of some problem that should be addressed.

He's got the talent, creativity, and the drive to win--in short, almost everything. But he's somehow got to put a finger in where he's coming short despite all the things working for him.

Nov-02-14
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  Jambow: Ok so it is both a painting and was used on the cover for an interesting sounding novel about apartheid South Africa. Today I learned something... honestly thought it was an amoeba due to it's small size no offense to <absentee>
Nov-02-14
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  Jambow: <Pulo> That is certainly my assessment of the situation. Solving Carlsen on some level would be a huge step forward for Hikaru IMHO. Probably as much psychological as chess related and Caruana or team Caruana seems to get that.

No matter Nakamura has established himself as a Geller, Keres or maybe Korchinoi of his Era already. I'm always optimistic that he will make another leap, with some real ism thrown in too.

Nov-02-14
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  Sally Simpson: Just google:

Salvador Dali + melting clock

You can buy one!

Not many avatars make it onto E-Bay.

Nov-02-14  SirRuthless: Nice finish in the event and well on his way to qualifying for candidates. Probably should have lost a few he drew and won a few he drew but the +3 over the last 22 games is a good result after the Sinquefield cup disaster. Next up is a few weeks off then a match with Aronian in St. Louis later this month.
Nov-02-14
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  Jambow: <SS> I Did thanks see my post above. Just to small for me I guess.
Nov-02-14
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  Jambow: I think he is being cautious <SirRuthless> but +3 is good.
Nov-18-14  SirRuthless: Four game match with Aronian and Nakamura coming next week in St. Louis along with a 18(?) game blitz match between the two of them. The classical match will be FIDE rated though not sure about the blitz games...
Nov-22-14
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  kellmano: Funny game here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax4...

Naka gets beaten by chessexplained and shows typical grace in defeat.

Nov-24-14  SirRuthless: Hikaru has always been a dick in online blitz games. He used to be a dick in person too but age has mellowed him out. Trash talk is apart of American blitz culture from the park tables of NYC to San Fran. Maybe it's different outside the states but given how europeans have spoken to me in chat after a tough loss I doubt that is the case.
Nov-24-14  SirRuthless: I guess it depends on how you look at it. Blitz is just a high adrenaline, ego festival to me. Trash talk raises the stakes and even post game trash talk or insults helps to alleviate tension. It shouldn't be taken seriously but it is. That doesn't excuse it for someone sensitive to it but for us %$^&talkers there is nothing wrong with it anyway. I had a guy tell me how gay I was after beating him. Some dbag on FICS named <themindset>He talked about my mother and the things he would do to her dead body and all kinds of stuff. I just laughed and returned the favor. We have had great battles online and the stakes are always high which makes it fun because neither of us wants to hear it from the other.
Nov-24-14  kamagong24: who is better at being terrible, nakamura or strickland?
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