Hikaru Nakamura (born December 9, 1987) is an Japanese-American chess grandmaster. In 2003, at the age of 15 years and 79 days, Nakamura become the youngest American to earn the grandmaster title, breaking the record of Bobby Fischer by three months.

He began playing chess prior to the age of five and was coached by his Sri Lankan stepfather, FIDE Master and chess author Sunil Weeramantry. Nakamura’s long-time second is Kris Littlejohn, a master-level player who works with chess engines to prepare lines for Nakamura to play. Nakamura has said about his second Little that ”he would have become a grandmaster if he had began playing chess earlier and more seriously. Perhaps not a strong grandmaster, but a grandmaster neverthless”.

Nakamura’s peak Elo rating was 2816 in October 2015. At the moment his Elo rating is 2787.

Nakamura won the U.S. Chess Championship for the first time in 2005, for the second time in 2009 and for the third time in 2012. Nakamura joined the world top ten as of January 1, 2011. Nakamura´s greatest success thus far was the win of Tata Steel Masters tournament in Wijk aan Zee in 2011. Nakamura finished the tournament with 9/13 (+5) and a tournament performance rating of 2879. The 13th Chess World Champion Garry Kasparov called Nakamura´s victory the best by an American in more than 100 years.

Nakamura is a frequent online chess player and maintains a Twitter account under the username GMHikaru.

The following Youtube video is quite a recent interview with Nakamura Hikaru Nakamura Interview. And what a gorgeous landscape behind !

Nakamura´s style:

– To put it short: Very creative and versatile. He playes very ambitiously for a win as white as well as black. This is reflected in his openings: As black he often plays Spanish as a reply to 1.e4 and King´s Indian as a reply to 1.d4. As white he plays both 1.e4 and 1.d4. Judge yourself!: A link to Nakamura´s chess games Hikaru Nakamura´s Chess Games

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