Posts Tagged ‘Hikaru Nakamura’

Magnus Carlsen vs The World

Monday, September 20th, 2010

It’s nice to see chess making a splash in popular culture through its confluence with fashion and celebrity. That’s exactly what G-RAW and Liv Tyler brought to the table as Magnus Carlsen faced “The World” in the recent RAW Chess Challenge.

As for the chess, you be the judge. Clearly, Kasparov’s feat in his victory against The World is more notable in its length and depth of analysis. This one was finished in a single sitting and almost as though he were playing one of the GMs but with them handicapped by not being able to see their own plans thru to fruition.

ChessBase has a play-by-play analysis and commentary HERE.

Capablanca in Modern Day Endgame Play

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

First off, big congratulations are due our new US Champion, Hikaru Nakamura. Steady play throughout the recently completed tournament netted him clear first. And thanks to Jen Shahade and all involved in pulling off such great live coverage. A most enjoyable event from the spectator’s point of view, with lots of fighting chess.

One game from close second, Robert Hess, particularly impressed and made me happy to see the great World Chess Champion Capablanca had clearly left his mark on our youth.

And earlier this month, there was this one from Kramnik:

Any guesses as to which endgame of Capablanca’s both reminded me? This brilliant masterpiece, of course!

I first encountered this game in the excellent book Capablanca’s Best Chess Endings: 60 Complete Game by Irving Chernev, which I highly recommend. I’ve read it a couple times now, and it’s due for another.

What do these games have in common? In all three, the victor allowed his opponent to capture pawns WITH CHECK in order to advance his king into attacking position.

Friedel-Nakamura, Chicago 2008

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Following closely on the heels of his second-place finish at the US Championship, once-New Hampshirite Josh Friedel added another win over Hikaru Nakamura in round two of the Chicago Open. The first time he beat Nakamura, it was considered a major upset and was reported in nearly every chess magazine in existence, complete with extensive commentary. It’s less and less so as Josh continues to improve and impress. Perhaps this will silence those who felt the US Championship was particularly weak this year due to the many well-knowns who opted out. Anyway, here’s that game, which understandably also earned the viewer’s vote at Monroi.

Serious chess. Serious fun!