Nakamura Sets New Bullet Brawl Record With 83 Wins
Nakamura won his eighth Bullet Brawl title on Saturday. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Nakamura Sets New Bullet Brawl Record With 83 Wins

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Eighty-three wins, five draws, and three losses was the astounding scorecard posted by GM Hikaru Nakamura in August's third Bullet Brawl, resulting in a record-breaking 313 score. The rampage, which saw him finish 73 points ahead of the second-placed GM Nihal Sarin and 86 points ahead of third-placed GM Daniel Naroditsky, earned him $400.

IM Meri Arabidze was the convincing winner of the $100 best female prize, while Kazakhstani Begman Agmanov topped the community brawl with a score of 267.

The next edition of Bullet Brawl will take place next week on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at 1 p.m. ET/19:00 CEST.

How to review games?
The games from August's third Bullet Brawl can be found here.

With 116 titled players in the field and the likes of Naroditsky, Nihal, GM Oleksandr Bortnyk, and GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave trying their luck in the arena, a victory by a margin of 76 points in Saturday's event would have seemed like a stretch even for Nakamura himself.

Nakamura's 37-game unbeaten streak as the event drew to a close is so vast that it couldn't be fully screenshotted.

A 15-game winning streak was the perfect start for the American GM, and a trio of wins against the previous edition's victor, Naroditsky, drove home the fact that Nakamura was in dangerous form. See if you can find the tactical shot that allowed him to confirm his third win over the three-time winner.

Naturally, incisive tactics were the theme of the day for Nakamura, and needless to say, to win 83 games in two hours, many were decided in the middlegame. No one was spared. GMs, IMs, and FMs alike fell victim to intermezzos, Greek gift sacrifices, and discovered checks as Nakamura built unbeaten streaks of 15, 14, 23, and a record-setting 37 en route to victory (draws have been included in these streaks).

One of Nakamura's standout victories came against WFM Anna Cramling, who was stunned by her opponent's attack. While live streaming on Twitch, she exclaimed: "He's playing moves I don't even see."

Sporting her self-dubbed "Cow Opening", Cramling found herself unable to castle and with a distinct lack of space, become the victim of a ferocious kingside attack that began with a brilliant knight sacrifice.

In second place was the Indian prodigy Nihal, who impressively conceded only three draws and five losses, which rivaled Nakamura's results. However, there was no competition in the win department. Nihal's 66 wins, which would typically be worthy of a first-place finish, left him 17 wins short of Nakamura's score.

Boasting a live classical FIDE rating of 2694 following a successful world cup campaign, Nihal's online escapades have started to translate to over-the-board chess. Now firmly inside the world's elite, Nihal will undoubtedly be invited to some of the most exclusive tournaments over the next 12 months.

Nihal won $250 for his second-place finish. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

The community event was also a hit on Saturday, and 285 players showed up to contest the untitled event. In a stark reminder that brilliancies aren't just limited to titled players, the Community Club posted a move played by user Weddg from last week's event.

If you would like to get involved in the action, make sure you sign up to play Bullet Brawl on Saturday, August 26 at 1 p.m. ET for your chance to be recognized for your speed and tactics!


Rank Fed Title Name Username Rating Score
1 GM Hikaru Nakamura Hikaru 3331 313
2 GM Nihal Sarin nihalsarin 3244 240
3 GM Daniel Naroditsky DanielNaroditsky 3187 227
4 GM Oleksandr Bortnyk Oleksandr_Bortnyk 3144 193
5 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave LyonBeast 3086 183
6 GM Jose Martinez Jospem 3133 180
7 GM Matthias Bluebaum Msb2 3073 170
8 IM Kacper Drozdowski Kacparov 2933 155
9 GM Sergei Zhigalko Zhigalko_Sergei 3086 149
10 IM Matvey Galchenko MatthewG-p4p 2981 139
11 FM Petros Trimitzios TrimitziosP7 2884 125
12 CM Nika Volkov NikaVolkov 2899 124
13 GM Raunak Sadhwani RaunakSadhwani2005 2993 122
14 IM Gianmarco Leiva GianmarcoVaR 2857 119
15 GM Alexey Sarana mishanick 3009 117
16 FM Arthur De Winter CrazyAdvenTures 2903 117
17 CM Egor Koshulyan Egor_Koshulyan 2782 110
18 IM Kirill Klukin Kirill_Klukin 2831 109
19 FM Dmitry Goltsev GoltsevDmitry2000 2819 100
20 IM Ilamparthi A R the_chess_child 2746 96

Bullet Brawl is an exciting new titled arena that features's top bullet specialists and now takes place weekly on Saturdays. The format is a two-hour arena with a 1+0 time control; the prize fund is $2,500.

Much like Titled Tuesday and Arena Kings, Bullet Brawl often features top GMs, including Hikaru Nakamura, Daniel Naroditsky, Andrew Tang, Tuan Minh Le, and many more!

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