London Chess Classic 2013 Final Games: Hikaru Nakamura – Boris Gelfand 1.5 – 1.0

Twenty-six-year-old US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura of the USA has won the 5th London Chess Classic, staged this year as a rapid chess tournament and billed as the Super Sixteen Rapid. The top American Grandmaster defeated former world championship finalist Boris Gelfand of Israel by 1½-½ in the final. Read a full report on Chess Blog. Read more…

London Chess Classic 2013: All Knockout Games (Quarter and Semi-Finals)

After exciting knockout games at the London Chess Classic 2013, it is Boris Gelfand of Israel and Hikaru Nakamura who are going to fight for the title at the Olympia Centre in London on Sunday. Here are all the knockout games from the semi-finals and quarter-finals. Read a full report on Chess Blog. Read more…

World Chess Team Championship 2013: Hikaru Nakamura – Li Chao 1-0

The World Chess Team Championship 2013 is being played in Antalya, Turkey. Five rounds have been played and Ukraine leads with 10 match points. In second place is Russia with 7 match points. Here is a nice game from the US versus China match between Hikaru Nakamura and Li Chao B in the Reti-turned-English system. Enjoy a chess Sunday. Read more…

Paris Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 7: Hikaru Nakamura – Fabiano Caruana 1-0 (The Big Queen Blunder)

14.hxg6 What should Black play?

The seventh round at the Paris Grand Prix 2013 had Hikaru Nakamura beat Fabiano Caruana easily thanks to a horrible blunder. In the position on the left, the critical line is 14…fxg6 15.g4!? which Nakamura described as ‘certainly playable’, where he undoubtedly had some ideas in mind. Caruana chose 14…hxg6 and after 15.Bxd4! Qxd4 16.Qe1 saw himself forced to give his queen and resigned shortly after. Also 15…Bxd4 16.Qh6 Qd6 17.Rxd4! Qxd4 18.Qh7+ Kf8 19.Qh8+ would have left Black a piece down and a lost position. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Paris Chess Grand Prix Round 3: Hikaru Nakamura – Etienne Bacrot 1-0

The Paris Chess Grand Prix witnessed four decisive games in Round 3. One of these games was the full-of-fireworks Hikaru Nakamura – Etienne Bacrot 1-0. Black played 12…c5 and after 13.Bxc4! dxc4 14.d5! saw himself forced to sacrifice a piece with 14…Nxd5 15.0-0-0 Qa5. Although optically speaking he seemed to get some play, both of the players agreed it should not be enough. Bacrot summed it up very clearly ‘I played bad’, writes WGM Alina l’Ami on the official site where you can watch a live replay of the games. Read more…

GM Ben Finegold Annotates Sinquefield Chess Cup Round 2: Nakamura – Kamsky 1-0

American Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura is on a perfect score after two rounds at the Sinquefield Chess Cup. Here is the annotation by Grandmaster Ben Finegold (official website) of the game Nakmura – Kamsky which White won. You can read a report on the Round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Sinquefield Chess Cup 2013 Round 1: Hikaru Nakamura – Levon Aronian 1-0

GM Hikaru Nakamura did not allow World No. 2 Levon Aronian to get away with a blunder and won the first game in the Sinquefield Cup easily. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. You can replay the game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…

World Chess Cup 2013: Anton Korobov Knocks out Hikaru Nakamura

Round 4 at the World Cup 2013 witnessed a shock defeat for the former US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura at the hands of Ukraine’s Anton Korobov. Nakamura suffered the pain of a bad light-squared Bishop buried in by himself. It was as if White played much of the game a piece up. Every exchange brought Korobov closer to victory. Replay the game below with Chess King. Read more…

Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 7: Hikaru Nakamura – Veselin Topalov 1-0

The game started with Naidorf Sicilian, which Hikaru Nakamura himself played earlier against Morozevich. But instead of the English Attack, this time white opted for the good old positional 6.Be2. White obtained the Bishops’ pair and Topalov tried to restrict the light-squared piece with g6-h5 formation. This turned to be a bit too slow because white quickly summoned the pawns on e5 and c5. Black gave up the e5-pawn to set the blockade on d6. Read more…

Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 2: Alexander Grischuk – Hikaru Nakamura 1-0

Black played the Neo-Arkhangelsk variation of the Ruy Lopez, which was broadly analysed after the inspiring games of Shirov and Ivanchuk. Nakamura repeated 15…Re8, the move that he introduced in the game with Leko in Wijk an Zee. Grischuk deviated from that game with the direct 18.Ba4 and 19.Bc6, which is exactly the place where the Bishop wants to land. White gained some tempi in the process as black Rook retreated to f8 (18…Re6!? was interesting). Read more…

Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 1: Rustam Kasimdzhanov – Hikaru Nakamura 1-0

A game full of fireworks even though the Benoni flowed into several odd moves by black allowing White to obtain a small but lasting advantage. White passed d-pawn was a strong trump for the endgame, while its counterpart on f4 was a constant source of worry. Rustam Kasimdzhanov exchanged the pieces down to B+N endgame and finally picked up the f4-pawn. He proceeded to convert the material advantage into full point. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Hikaru Nakamura – Magnus Carlsen 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Magnus Carlsen and Hiraku Nakamura are never scared of stepping out of opening theory books. There game had an an unexpected start with 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Na5 5.Nge2, and within very few moves more left the theory books completely. As Carlsen later took on c4, Nakamura true to his principles about ignoring his pawn structures took back with the d-pawn and went for a Kingside attack with f4-f5. An exciting game followed, but it ended in a draw. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: Levon Aronian – Hikaru Nakamura 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: The important game between Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura was a Slav that went into a drawish exchange line. Aronian went ahead with his home preparation, and Nakamura ended up helping him with his knight on the strong square. The position went downhill after that to a Rook and Knight endgame. A report on the round is up at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Hikaru Nakamura – Wang Hao 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: An inspired Hikaru Nakamura went for a Kingside attack after castling long. Black managed fine, but White made the most of Black inaccuracies of 15…Re4 and 16… Re6. Having weakened his kingside with h6, Wang felt forced to exchange queens at the cost of a pawn. Sacrificing two minor pieces for a rook later could not help. A computer could have drawn, but a human in time trouble lost. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R12: Magnus Carlsen – Hikaru Nakamura 1-0

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen has won the 75th edition of the Tata Steel Chess 2013 in Round 12 – with a round to spare. He destroyed US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura in an attacking game that left Nakamura struggling for breath. Replay the game with Chess King, watch post-game video comment by Carlsen, analysis video of the game with Carlsen, and read a report on the games of Round 12 at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R11: Hikaru Nakamura – Levon Aronian 0-1

Despite at slow start to the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 for Levon Aronian, the nice win over US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura has put the Armenian GM and Olympiad champion in second place after Rond 11. Aronian is just one point behind tournament leader Magnus Carlsen. Two more rounds are to be played. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video, and read the Round 11 report on Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R10: Fabiano Caruana – Hikaru Nakamura 0-1

US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura moved up to second place in Round 10 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 after a nice victory over Italian talent Fabiano Caruana. Nakamura came prepared with a surprise and Fabiano was confused soon enough. Utilizing his bishop pair, Nakamura kept leaning on White’s position until finally Caruana slipped up, allowing a venomous tactic: 54…g4! 55.hxg4 h3! and White is lost on account of 56.gxh3 Rf8! 57.Kd3 Rf4 and Black wins a piece due to the threat of 58…Bxe4. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video comment and read a full report on Round 10 at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R7: Wang Hao – Hikaru Nakamura 0-1

In the seventh round at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013, the 2010 Tata Steel winner had a difficult pairing on paper, facing his nemesis Wang Hao with Black. Wang Hao was on plus 4 after just 7 games with Nakamura. However, the past was soon forgotten when the Chinese Grandmaster made a few errors in the opening, allowing the American Grandmaster to seize the initiative. Nakamura won an exchange and had no difficulties with the technical phase. Review the game with Chess King, watch the post-game comment and read a report on Round 7 at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R5: Hou Yifan – Hikaru Nakamura 0-1

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013: Former Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan started off with a steady tackle of US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura’s Sicilian battle. However, she went in for a losing dissolution of pawns and gave up the point to stay at the bottom of the table after five rounds. Wrapping off the game was easy for the American Grandmaster as a matter of technique. You can read a full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

London Chess Classic 2012 R8: Hikaru Nakamura Misses Win against Viswanathan Anand

The most exciting games of the London Chess Classic 2012 would probably be the Round 8 encounter between World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura. The game diluted to an endgame with a plus for White, but soon enough Nakamura had the tide turn in his favor. However, in the nervous tension, Nakamura handed the chances back to White and had to settle for a draw. Replay the game with Chess King. In the position on the left, Black plays 50. …b2 and hangs in for a draw. Black’s 50. …a3 would have easily secured the win because Black would be threatening to make two not one Queen and would not be worried about a checkmate or Queen promotion by White. However, 50. …b2 changed all that and put the pressure on Black. Read more…