Born on December 9, 1987, Hikaru Nakamura is an American chess player. At age 15 years and 79 days, he became the youngest American to earn the title of Grandmaster. Nakamura is a five-time United States champion, who won the 2011 edition of Tata Steel Chess Tournament Group A and represented the United States at five Chess Olympiads. He went on to win a team gold medal and two team bronze medals.
His peak USCF rating was 2900 in August 2015. In October 2015, he reached his peak FIDE rating of 2816, which ranked him second globally. In May 2014, when FIDE began publishing official rapid and blitz chess ratings, Nakamura ranked number one in the world on both lists.
Nakamura is particularly skilled at rapid and blitz chess in which players have less than an hour to complete all or most of their moves. He is also strong at bullet chess, a time control giving the players less than three minutes each. In 2009, Nakamura authored the book Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate. Nakamura has been nicknamed “The H Bomb” because of his explosive style of play.
Grandmaster Nakamura’s Career
Nakamura has played on the Internet Chess Club and Playchess. He served as a commentator and game annotator on the ChessNinja website, operated by chess author Mig Greengard.
In 2018, Nakamura began streaming on Twitch under the name “GMHikaru”. He plays speed chess games, variously against grandmasters, other streamers, and viewers who pay to subscribe to his channel. He may play blindfolded or with piece handicaps, such as odds of a queen. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, chess became significantly more popular on Twitch, with Nakamura widely identified as a significant reason for this.
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His channel exploded between February and June 2020. Across a period around August 2020, Nakamura averaged 14,000 viewers and streamed on Twitch on most days. By September 2020, he had reached 500,000 followers.
On August 27, 2020, Nakamura signed with the esports organization Team SoloMid (TSM) for a six-figure sum, making him one of the first chess players to join an esports team. Nakamura has a YouTube channel, which has over 500,000 subscribers as of December 2020, up from 78,000 subscribers at the beginning of the same year.
On his Twitch platform, Nakamura has also coached beginner chess players, including the streamer xQc. He gave lessons to players in PogChamps, an amateur tournament for Twitch streamers hosted by Chess.com, and its sequel, PogChamps 2. He additionally provided commentary.
Nakamura’s Net Worth
Аѕ оf Dесеmbеr 2020, Не hаѕ аn еѕtіmаtеd nеt wоrth оf mоrе thаn $50 mіllіоn. Не hаѕ mаdе thіѕ wеаlth bу bеіng а сhеѕѕ рlауеr оvеr thе уеаrѕ.
Іn аddіtіоn tо hіѕ ѕtrеngth іn сlаѕѕісаl tіmе соntrоlѕ, Nаkаmurа іѕ vеrу ѕkіllеd аt rаріd аnd blіtz сhеѕѕ. Не hаѕ bееn nаmеd оnе оf thе bеѕt Вlіtz рlауеrѕ іn thе wоrld. Аt thе mоmеnt, hе іѕ rаnkеd 4th оn thе FІDЕ rаріd аnd Nо.1 оn thе blіtz lіѕt.
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