HIKARU NAKAMURA is an American chess Grandmaster. Nakamura is rated #1 in the United States and has been ranked among the top six players in the world by FIDE.
United States Chess Champion (2012)
Wijk aan Zee 2011 Champion (2011)
Silver Medal World Team Championship (2010)
Fischer Random 960 World Champion (2009)
San Sebastian Champion (2009)
United States Chess Champion (2009)
38th Chess Olympiad Bronze Medal Team (2008)
Cap D'Agde Rapid Champion (2008)
Chicago Open Champion (2008)
Gibtelecom Masters Champion (2008)
North American Open Champion (2007)
Corsica Masters Champion (2007)
Ciudad de Barcelona Casino Champion (2007)
Miami International Open Champion (2007)
National Open Champion (2007)
North American Open Champion (2006)
National Chess Congress Champion (2006)
37th Chess Olympiad Bronze Medal Team (2006)
North American Open Champion (2005)
Foxwoods Open Champion (2005)
United States Chess Champion (2005)
Western States Open Champion (2004)
New York State Champion (2004)
FIDE World Cup Round of 16 (2004)
Decameron International Open Champion (2004)
Western States Open Champion (2003)
US Junior Champion (2001)
Hikaru Nakamura was born December 9, 1987 in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan. He is an American chess Grandmaster (GM). He has been ranked among the top five players in the world by FIDE.
Nakamura's first supertournament victory came at Wijk aan Zee 2011, finishing clear first ahead of the four top-rated players in the world in a performance described by former World Champion Garry Kasparov as better than any tournament by Bobby Fischer, and the best by an American in more than 100 years.
Nakamura was rated No. 1 in the United States according to the January 2013 FIDE ratings list, at 2769. He is also ranked number 1 on the December 2012 USCF ratings list at 2834.
Nakamura was born in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, to a Japanese father and an American mother. At the age of two, he moved with his mother and older brother to the United States. He began playing chess prior to the age of five and was coached by his Sri Lankan stepfather, FIDE Master and chess author Sunil Weeramantry.
At age 10 years and 79 days, Nakamura achieved the title of chess master from the United States Chess Federation (USCF), becoming the youngest American ever to earn the title and breaking the record previously set by Vinay Bhat; Nakamura's record stood until 2008 when Nicholas Nip achieved master at the age of 9 years and 11 months. In 1999, Nakamura won the Laura Aspis Prize, given annually to the top USCF rated player under the age of 13. In 2003, at age 15 years and 79 days, Nakamura solidified his reputation as a chess prodigy, becoming the youngest American to earn the grandmaster title, breaking by three months the record of Bobby Fischer.
Hikaru currently lives in St. Louis, MO.