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Christopher Hikaru Nakamura is an American chess grandmaster, Twitch streamer, five-time U.S. Chess Champion, and the reigning World Fischer Random Chess Champion. Buy Hikaru Merch Here!
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Hikaru Nakamura is an American chess grandmaster who was born in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on December 9, 1987 to a Japanese father and an American mother. He moved to the United States with his mother and older brother when he was two years old. His Sri Lankan stepfather, FIDE Master and renowned chess author and teacher Sunil Weeramantry, coached him when he was seven years old.
Hikaru’s January 2011 triumph in winning the prestigious Tata Steel Invitational in Wijk-aan-Zee, the Netherlands, ahead of the four highest ranked players in the world was hailed by none other than the legendary Garry Kasparov as “the best result by an American since 1895.”
Hikaru is widely regarded as America’s best chance of reclaiming the World Championship title once held by the legendary Bobby Fischer. GM Hikaru’s innovative and uncompromising style has delighted fans all over the world since he earned his grandmaster title at a younger age than Fischer.
Hikaru, a regular participant in the world’s most elite chess tournaments, has won against the reigning World Champion, GM Viswanathan Anand of India, and his predecessor, former World Champion GM Vladimir Kramnik of Russia. Hikaru is widely regarded as one of the world’s best “blitz” players, if not the absolute best at “bullet” chess. He defeated the current world No. 1, GM Magnus Carlsen, in a four game match in the finals of the BNBank Blitz Challenge in Oslo in November 2009.
Hikaru is also the unofficial world champion at Chess 960, having defeated the current world No. 2, GM Levon Aronian, in the Mainz Chess Classic finals in July 2009. Hikaru is a four-time US Chess Champion, having won the title in 2005, 2009, 2012, and 2015.
According to the October 2015 FIDE ratings list, Nakamura is ranked first in the United States and second in the world, at 2816. He is also ranked first on the August 2015 US Chess Federation ratings list, with a rating of 2900.
Hikaru is currently based in Naples, Italy and Sunrise, Florida.
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