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Hikaru Plays to Win

Hikaru Plays to Win

Learn from an all time great about some of his best games!

How does one of the best players in the world think during a game? Learn from multiple time US Champion, Super-Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura as he provides an in-depth look at his thought process in games against World Champions and other top players.

  • How do you beat a World Champion like Vishy Anand?
  • How do you handle a queen sacrifice from a genius like Veselin Topalov?
  • How do you take the initiative against Magnus Carlsen?
  • How can you beat star players like Anish Giri, Étienne Bacrot and MVL?

Really interesting video. I've been studying chess for a few years now, and sometimes for me, and probably other intermediate players, the games of GMs seem inaccessible. Here, particularly in the middle game, you get a tremendous sense for how common sense some of the positional themes can be. They are insights that are immediately relatable to one's own games. - Chess.com member paragoncd

  • Hikaru Plays to Win vs Anand

    Do you want to know how a world-class grandmaster thinks during a game? Hikaru Nakamura shares his impressive victory against former World Champion Vishy Anand.

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Hikaru Plays to Win vs Topalov

    How do you handle a queen sacrifice from your opponent? Hikaru Nakamura is back to give you a personal lesson on one of the most exciting things that can happen in a chess game.

    • 32 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Hikaru Plays to Win vs Giri

    How do you beat one of the best chess players in the world? Let super-GM Hikaru Nakamura explain how he took apart the rock-solid Anish Giri.

    • 31 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Hikaru Plays to Win vs Carlsen

    Hikaru Nakamura shows us how to play for a win against the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. It doesn't get any better than this.

    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Hikaru Plays to Win vs MVL

    Two of the world's most aggressive, fighting players clash over the board. Hikaru shows us what happens when fire meets fire in his game with Maxime Vachier - Lagrave!

    • 18 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Hikaru Plays to Win vs Bacrot

    How do you win in rapid chess against a legendary opponent? GM Hikaru Nakamura explains his winning method against GM Bacrot.

    • 18 min
    • 5 challenges
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