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    June 06, 2011 • General

    Greetings to everyone once again! Very seldom do I post multiple blogs on a given day, but I simply could not help myself. It seems like almost every day I go on YouTube and watch a wide variety of videos although they most pertain to hockey, Vancouver, mountain climbing or tourist destinations. Every so often someone will point out one of the hundreds of videos of me playing chess on ICC/Playchess or from the World Blitz Championship. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to come across a video tonight by Kingcrusher entitled “How Nakamura won the ICC Open June 3-5 2011” It is great to see the many chess fans out there who make educational videos and post them on the internet for people to watch free of charge. In case anyone is interested, here is the link to Kingcrusher’s YouTube page.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/kingscrusher

    For now, I’m going to go drink another Red Bull to stay awake and lose my voice yelling at my computer screen while watching the Vancouver Canucks play the Boston Bruins in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals! Hopefully I will not wake up the whole hotel and get kicked out in the process, but some things are that important.

    Hikaru

    Madrid, Spain

    6.7.2011

    15 Comments

    1. Tks for the vid!

    2. Boston Cream Pie

      lol 8-1

    3. Congrats on winning the ICC open. Truly a great chess performance.

    4. Hello to the best darn chess player in the world!

      Thanks for the youtube link and anyone else wanting to watch some neat video’s just check up my account at youtube. I have a good one of Nakamura at 2009 US chess championships. Also have some video’s of Colorado that you may want to visit someday, Hikaru.

      http://www.youtube.com/user/aerodarts?feature=mhee#g/u

      Also check out: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_1bded0aa-b80d-5247-be75-93c92c72d0c6.html

      twitter.com/#!/GMHikaru

    5. Barone (from Italy)

      “Continuing to play like absolute garbage ever since Wijk aan Zee”, you tweetted 22 hours ago.
      I’ve had this question ready for some time, and this statement of yours might be a good reason to ask it:
      they say that it’s common to play poorly in the first few events following a prolonged training session, and even a sundays’ chess player like myself can verify this theory in his own experience. Is it the case even for the very top players like you, who’re supposed to know almost everything of the 64 squares world and have so relatively little to learn?
      (the explanation they give for post-training downs is related with your will and desire to apply at the board too many “new” things you learned, in a way sending your mind through unknown paths where the old compass that drives your play is not yet fully updated, and makes you loose a clear vision of your goals)

    6. Barone (from Italy)

      “Continuing to play like absolute garbage ever since Wijk aan Zee”, you twitted 22 hours ago.
      I’ve had this question ready for some time, and this statement of yours might be a good reason to ask it:
      they say that it’s common to play poorly in the first few events following a prolonged training session, and even a sundays’ chess player like myself can verify this theory in his own experience. Is it the case even for the very top players like you, who’re supposed to know almost everything of the 64 squares world and have so relatively little to learn?
      (the explanation they give for post-training downs is related with your will and desire to apply at the board too many “new” things you learned, in a way sending your mind through unknown paths where the old compass that drives your play is not yet fully updated, and makes you loose a clear vision of your goals)

    7. Barone (from Italy)

      Sorry for the double comment…

    8. hi naka i just wanted you to know you are one of my very favorite player in the game of chess you are a great inspiration to me and i am glad to have become interested in chess and watch your games on youtube i hope i can one day meet you in person

      till then keep beating them guys and have fun 🙂

    9. Hello Hikaru!

      I’m working on a new series where I will be interviewing leading GMs to publish general chess study methods and specifically: how to become a GM.

      It would be great if you could set aside a few minutes for a brief interview via Skype.

      In exchange for your time, I will market the charity cause of your choice in the video.

      Please let me know if you are interested!

    10. Your blog is very interesting to see how many comments this website is getting. I guess it have a lot of enteries. how do you get that kind of traffic? Thanks for sharing so kind information.

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    12. I would concentrate on chess psychology more. Don’t give up the initiative and look for drawish lines. Play chess on the board. Grab the initiative when you can. If you lose in a position where there is a lot of tension on the board, spectators will enjoy your games more. Recently, I think you’ve tried to play chess more positionally at the higher level, and you’ve sought a more posiitonal understanding of the game. However, I think at the higher level, you need to seek for ways to maintain the initiative. That is why Kasparov had so much power over the board. He always built up an initiative on the board, so his opponents sometimes just crumbled psychologically. I think that if you are to make a comeback, you need to try to keep the initiative. I was surprised by your game as black against Ponomariov. This was not the player I saw defeat him a month ago in a match. It looked like you were looking for the drawish lines and enabled your kingside to weaken, with his pieces consolidating for an attack. Give your fans some games to enjoy at the end of Dortmund. Even if you end up at the bottom of the board, it would be interesting to see you mix things up at the end of the tournament. Best of luck, and work on finding ways to have the psychological advantage against your opponent.

    13. Keep a positive attitude in the face of defeat. Don’t struggle against yourself, play the game on the board, look for ways to win. Don’t concentrate on past defeats. Even if you played like garbage, find out the reason why. I would say you didn’t play to your potential. Find out how to tap in to the side of you that can win.
      The biggest enemy is ourselves.
      Aim for truth on the board.
      Best of luck again!

    14. Hey Naka what are you up to?

    15. They do this by Leveling as fast as they can and there are several ways to do it. The first thing you should always remember when world of tanks power leveling:http://www.playerassist.com/worldoftanks/worldoftanks-power-leveling.php is to grab every single quest you can at your level before leaving your zone to do the quests.

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