12-Year-Old Hikaru Nakamura Sacs Queen Vs International Master - Nakamura vs. Adu, 1999
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12-Year-Old Hikaru Nakamura Sacs Queen Vs International Master - Nakamura vs. Adu, 1999

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Even at a young age, Hikaru Nakamura was a tactical genius. In fact, as a scholastic player, Hikaru set almost all of the US Chess records for chess prodigies, beating an IM on his 10th birthday, becoming a national master at 10, defeating his first GM shortly after, and becoming an IM at 13 and a GM at 15. Although most of these records have been bettered and even shattered later, it was clear at every stage that Hikaru had tremendous promise. Hikaru has given a lot of credit to his father, renowned chess coach FM Sunil Weeramentary.

The following game shows Hikaru's tactical side at the age of 12. Playing Nigerian IM Olodapo Adu, Hikaru crashes through with a knight sacrifice in a classical Sicilian position, but it's the follow-up with a striking queen sacrifice that really stands out, making this one of Hikaru's most visual victories.

My notes are below.

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