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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hikaru Nakamura.

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Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura, the stepson of Sunil Weeramantry (One of the foremost US Chess coaches) presently living in St. Louis. His family moved here when he was 2 and presently he is 23 years old.
Nakamura is also called as the james Dean of Chess. He adopted bzarre moves such as an early queen move in the opening. Initially he lost some games but continued the same.
Nakamura moved from New York to St. Louis, where he works under the protection of the philanthropist Rex Sinquefield, who is incidentally building the new headquarters for the World Chess Hall of Fame. There is little doubt that Nakamura has his eye on the world championship. His recent international triumph occurred at Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, where he came ahead of a field that included world champion Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, and Vladimir Kramnik. Though he took first place, he had no victories against these top players.
One of Nakamura’s recent triumphs was against former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov in St. Louis. He followed this with a first place in the ICC Open on the Internet, in which 2,216 players competed in various classes. Players were allowed a generous 3 minutes per game. There were 661 players in his qualifying section and Nakamura survived to win a final against eight qualifiers. It catapulted him onto the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Not since Fischer took on the world has this happened.

Brevity: L. Hansen v. E. Lundin, Oslo; 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.d4 d5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.Nxd5 Qxd5 8.Bxf4 Bg4 9.Be2 0–0–0 10.c3 Qe4 11.Qd2 Rxd4 12.Nxd4 Nxd4 13.cxd4 Bb4 14.Kf2 Bxd2 15.Bxg4+ f5 16.Bxd2 fxg4 17.Rhe1 Qxd4+ 18.Be3 Qxb2+ 19.Kg1 Re8; 0-1