GM Hikaru Nakamura

Full name
Hikaru Nakamura
Born
Dec 9, 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth
Hirakata, Japan
Federation
United States

Nakamura is an American chess Grandmaster. He began playing chess prior to the age of five and was coached by his stepfather, FIDE Master and chess author Sunil Weeramantry. At age 10 years and 79 days, Nakamura achieved the title of National Master from the USCF, becoming the youngest American ever to earn the title at that time.

In 2003, at age 15 years and 79 days, Nakamura solidified his reputation as a chess prodigy, being the youngest American to become a Grandmaster at that time, breaking the record of Bobby Fischer by three months. 

Hikaru Nakamura is widely considered to be the best bullet and blitz chess player in the world. His “cult following” of hundreds of spectators can be found watching his games online, where he holds numerous ratings records.

But he’s more than just a rapid chess genius! The U.S #1 ranked player and 3-time US champion currently holds the 16th spot on FIDE’s ranking list (2746 - December 2018), with a peak FIDE Rating of 2816 (1st October 2015).

Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura at the press conference of his chess960 match against Carlsen. | Photo: © Maria Emelianova/Chess.com 

Hikaru’s highly tactical, uncompromising chess style makes him one of the most dangerous players in the world, a future World Championship Candidate, and unarguably one of the most exciting players to watch!

Best Game


Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Four Knights Game (10) : C47
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (2) : A58 A59
Scotch Game (25) : C45 C44
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (86) : A01
Giuoco Piano Game (8) : C50 C53 C52 C51
Reti Opening (61) : A05 A06 A04 A09
Trompowsky Attack (46) : A45
King's Indian Attack (30) : A07 A08
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Queen's Pawn Opening (17) : D02 D00 A40
Pirc Defense (16) : B09 B07
Modern Defense (8) : B06 B07
Alekhine Defense (7) : B02 B03 B05
Caro-Kann Defense (28) : B12 B11 B13 B15
Vienna Game (8) : C26 C25 C27 C29
Petrov's Defense (8) : C43 C42
Semi-Slav Defense (27) : D45 D44 D43 D47 D48
Queen's Gambit Accepted (7) : D20 D27 D24
Queen's Indian Defense (23) : E17 E18 E15 E12
Hungarian Opening (20) : A00
Mieses Opening (4) : A00
Catalan Opening (10) : E01 E05 E00
Bishop's Opening (6) : C26 C28
Bogo-Indian Defense (5) : E11
Benoni Defense (6) : A65 A61 A57 A66
Scandinavian Defense (11) : B01
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Richter-Veresov Attack (9) : D01
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (5) : D44
Ponziani Opening (3) : C44
London System (1) : A48
Bird's Opening (11) : A02 A03
King's Gambit Accepted (7) : C36 C38 C37 C33
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D71
Philidor Defense (3) : C41
Italian Game (1) : C58
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (1) : A57
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D34
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C20
Old Indian Defense (1) : A53
Black Pieces
Queen's Pawn Opening (32) : D02 A41 A40 D03 D00
Pirc Defense (11) : B07 B08
Four Knights Game (5) : C48 C47 C49
King's Pawn Opening (14) : B00
King's Indian Attack (38) : A07
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (12) : A40
Giuoco Piano Game (26) : C50 C53
Colle System (2) : D05 D04
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (17) : B06
Bishop's Opening (1) : C23
Alekhine Defense (22) : B04 B02 B03
Modern Defense (11) : B06 A40 A42 A41
Queen's Indian Defense (15) : E18 E15 E17 E12
Scotch Game (5) : C45
Catalan Opening (11) : E01 E00 E04
English Defense (1) : A40
Torre Attack (5) : A46 A48
Italian Game (1) : C55
Vienna Game (1) : C25
Scandinavian Defense (24) : B01
Queen's Gambit Accepted (16) : D20 D22 D27
Benoni Defense (5) : A56 A60 A70
Trompowsky Attack (6) : A45
London System (3) : A48
Hungarian Opening (7) : A00
Bogo-Indian Defense (2) : E11
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Semi-Slav Defense (12) : D45 D47 D44
Petrov's Defense (3) : C42
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C30
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (11) : D73 D78 D77 D71
Undefined (1) : A00
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (2) : A57
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Bird's Opening (2) : A02
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44

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