Happy Birthday, Hikaru Nakamura!

American Grandmater with Japanese origin and World Champion of Chess960, Hikaru Nakamura, celebrates his 27th birthday today.

Hikaru NakamuraAt this special occasion, we would like to give you a summary of his greatest successes, and we look forward to many more of his brilliant moves in the future.

+ Nakamura playes his first chess tournament at the age of seven.

+ At ten years and four months, he becomes National Champion – the youngest in the history of the United States.

+ In 2001 follows the silver medal at the Junior World Championship (U14).

+ He is announced youngest American Grandmaster when he was only fifteen years old surpasses even Bobby Fischer.

+ A successful performance at the Pan-American Championship guarantees him participation in the FIDE World Championship 2004, where he droppes out in the round of the last sixteen after losing against Michael Adams. In 2004, seventeen year-old Hikaru Nakamura defeats Sergey Karjakin with a three point advantage in Cuernavaca.

+ He wins the 2005 edition of the United States National Championship, along with the Foxwoods Open and World Open in Philadelphia.

+ The same year he is runner-up at the Junior Championship in Lausanne, Switzerland.

+ At the Chess Olympics in 2006, his flawless performance helps the American national team win the bronze medal.

+ The victory at the North American Open at Las Vegas follows promptly.

+ Hikaru Nakamura impresses in Gibraltar (shared 2nd) and Barcelona (1st) in 2007.

+ Again, he competes at the Chess Olympics as a member of the United States national team and contributed to yet another bronze medal in 2008.

+ Moreover, Nakamura dominates the Gibtelecom Chess Festival and the Rapid Chess Tournament in Cap d’Agde the same year.

+ He secures the United States National Championship title a second time in 2009 and dethrones Levon Aronian in the discipline Chess960.

 + In 2009, he defeats chess legend Magnus Carlsen at a Blitz Chess Tournament in Oslo (3:1).

+ The following year he prevails at the online tournament Dos Hermanas“ (three minutes thinking time per duel).

+ Nakamura wins the 2011 edition of the Tata-Steel Chess Tournament and a competition against Ruslan Ponomarjov.

+ The third victory at the United States National Championship follows in 2012.

+ He comes off 2nd at the FIDE Grand Prix and Sinquefield Cup in 2013 which lets his influence in the world of chess grow significantly.

+ In January 2014, Hikaru Nakamura achieves a personal record in his ELO-rating of incredible 2789 points.

+ A few weeks ago he ranked 3rd at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent and achieved the same ranking as at the FIDE World Blitz Championship in the summer. His performance at the Zurich Chess Challenge earlier this year was just as remarkable.

+ Yet another triumph dates back only two days – Nakamura wins gold at the two-day “Super Rapidplay” of the London Chess Classics with 9.5 out of 10 points.

We wish Hikaru Nakamura a great day of celebrating with all his loved ones and many more successes at both Black and White times 🙂

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe