Board 1 U.S chess player

Oct 29, 2010, 12:33 PM |

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Hikaru Nakamura
Number of games in database: 660
Years covered: 1995 to 2010
Current FIDE rating: 2729
Highest rating achieved in database: 2735
Overall record: +334 -125 =194 (66.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      7 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.


With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (65) 
    B42 B23 B90 B30 B56
 French Defense (22) 
    C02 C16 C10 C11 C18
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A45 A50 E00
 Semi-Slav (15) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47 D48
 English (15) 
    A18 A15 A16 A17 A19
 Queen's Gambit Declined (15) 
    D37 D31 D30 D38 D35
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (95) 
    B90 B30 B92 B42 B23
 Sicilian Najdorf (33) 
    B90 B92 B99 B95 B93
 King's Indian (31) 
    E97 E92 E94 E91 E61
 French Defense (20) 
    C11 C12 C10 C03 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A45 A41 D02 E00 A50
 Slav (16) 
    D17 D15 D10 D11 D18

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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008 0-1
   Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 0-1
   G Sagalchik vs Nakamura, 2003 0-1
   Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2004 1-0
   Nakamura vs T Hillarp Persson, 2005 1-0
   Nakamura vs S Muhammad, 2004 1-0
   Nakamura vs J W Loyte, 2001 1-0
   Nakamura vs Shabalov, 2005 1-0

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

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   Notable Nakamura Games by iron maiden
   Hikaru! by larrewl
   Match Nakamura! by amadeus
   Nakamura's Noteables voted by members 1/26/08+ by ffpainz
   Naka's Grand Prix Attack by Johnny O
   Nakamura's Best Games by notyetagm

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(born Dec-09-1987) Japan (citizen of United States of America)

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Hikaru Nakamura was born December 9, 1987 in Hirakata in Osaka, Japan. When he was two years old he and his family moved to the United States. He started playing chess when he was four; his coach being his step-father 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 America's youngest-ever grandmaster (15 years 2 months and 19 days), although this record was subsequently broken by Fabiano Caruana and Ray Robson .

<Classical tournaments>: In 2001 he won the World U14 championship and in 2004, 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 also won the U.S. Championship in 2004 and is the youngest player to achieve that honor since Robert James Fischer. Also in 2004, he won the Karjakin-Nakamura Match (2004) by 4.5/6 (+4 -1 =1). In 2005, he won the 7th Foxwoods Open (2005). In 2007, he won the National Open (2007) in Las Vegas and the Casino de Barcelona (2007). In 2008 he managed to win the Gibraltar (2008) Masters Open with 8.0/10 after beating Bu Xiangzhi in the play-off. In 2009, Nakamura won the US Championship (2009); tied for first with Evgeny Najer at the World Open (2009) after taking two last-day byes, each worth half a point; and won the Donostia Chess Festival (2009) in tiebreak over Ruslan Ponomariov. In 2010, he came =4th at Corus (2010), and was equal top scorer in the victorious Rising Stars team in the Rising Stars vs Experience (2010) tournament. His legendary prowess at blitz chess enabled him to defeat Rising Stars team mate Anish Giri for the right to play at Amber 2011.

<960 Chess>: In August 2009, Nakamura defeated Levon Aronian in Mainz, Germany to become the 960 World Champion.

<Olympiads>: Nakamura has also represented the U.S. in the last two Olympiads in 2006 and 2008, helping his country to the bronze medal in both instances. He accumulated 4 wins & 4 draws in 10 games during the Chess Olympiad (2010) on top board for the USA. His overall score in Olympiads is 19.5 points accumulated in 31 games played.

<Rapids>: Nakamura is renowned as being one of the world’s best rapid and blitz players, and is the premier exponent of bullet games. 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 ( 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, Anatoli Karpov and Vassily Ivanchuk in the playoff matches to take first prize in a field that included Magnus Carlsen. Nakamura also defeated Carlsen to take out the BNbank Blitz (2009).

He authored the book Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate. He is the younger brother of Asuka Nakamura .

<Ratings>: As at September 2010, Nakamura’s rating was 2733, making him the top ranked player in the Americas, and number 15 in the world.

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