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Feb 17, 2003, 1:15:06 PM2/17/03


Hikaru Nakamura breaks Fischer's record

At the beginning of February an unassuming 15-year-old from White
Plains, New York, who loves spaghetti, tennis and pingpong, broke
Bobby Fischer's 1958 record to become the youngest American
grandmaster ever. Hikaru Nakamura earned his final GM norm at the
Bermuda International Chess Festival, and since he has a rating of
2520 the title is certain.

Hikaru Nakamura at the US Championship 2003 in Seattle

Since Bobby Fischer's more or less self-imposed retirement from the
game after winning the world title in 1972, Americans have been
continually searching for his successor.

The most celebrated is unquestionably Josh Waitzkin, whose eminent
rise through the notoriously tough junior competitions to become a
leading contender was memorably chronicled by his journalist father,
Fred, in his compelling memoir "Searching For Bobby Fischer"; a book
that went on to become a major Hollywood film starring Joe Mantegna,
Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley and Laurence Fishburne.

The latest wunderkind to follow in Fischer's footsteps is Hikaru
Nakamura, 15, from the City of White Plains, New York. Nakamura
started playing tournament chess in 1995 at the age of 7. Whilst
reading the Guinness Book of World Records at 9, he made a chance
discovery that that he had only three-months to beat a record by
becoming America's youngest National Master - so he decided to do
something about it. After breaking this record, he then progressed to
become (at 11) the youngest player in the world to beat a grandmaster
in serious tournament praxis.

Hikaru against GM Maurice Ashley at the US Championship

Now, playing only last week at his favourite hunting ground of the
Bermuda International (scene of his first GM norm last year), Nakamura
earned his third and final GM norm by scoring 7.5-3.5 (six wins, three
draws and two loses) to finish in clear second place in the
Invitational GM 'B' tournament - in the process, breaking a
long-standing Fischer record of some 44-years to now become the
youngest American player to attain the hallowed title of Grandmaster.

M Mulyar - H Nakamura
Bermuda GM 'B', (11)
Sicilian Najdorf
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Be3 e6 7 Qf3 Nbd7
8 Be2 Qc7 9 0-0-0 b5 10 a3 Bb7 11 Bg5 Rc8 12 Bd3 Be7 13 Qg3 Qd8
14 Bd2 Ne5 15 Kb1 0-0 16 h4 Nfd7 17 Bg5 Rxc3 18 bxc3 Nb6 19 Bc1 Na4
20 Ne2 Qc7 21 f4 Nd7 22 Qe3 Bf6 23 Bd2 Rc8 24 g4 d5 25 e5 Be7 26 Bc1 d4
27 cxd4 Bxh1 28 Rxh1 b4 29 Qe4 g6 30 Ka2 bxa3 31 f5 Rb8 32 c4 Ndc5
33 dxc5 Nxc5 34 Qf3 Qxe5 35 Bxa3 Nxd3 36 Qxd3 Bxa3 37 Nc3 Qa5
38 Qc2 Rb2+ 39 Qxb2 Bxb2+ 40 Kxb2 Qb4+ 0-1

Article and pictures by John Henderson
Article in The Journal News

Marty Wilber

Feb 21, 2003, 7:14:54 PM2/21/03
It was interesting looking at the game using crafty. It wasn't until the
program had searched to a depth of 11 moves that it saw the winning move at
move 33. This tells you how far ahead he was thinking. Amazing!


Feb 26, 2003, 6:32:28 PM2/26/03

"Cal" <moria...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Do you think Hikaru, being of Asian descent stands a chance of being as
> well-known in the US as Fischer, notwithstanding that he is undoubtedly
> less controversial. Sorry for getting all off-topic. . .

Fischer won the World Chess Championship during the Cold War.
A difficult legacy to improve upon. Chess membership also expanded.

> Do you really think a GM thinks that far ahead, or do they just have a
> grasp of the overall situation, a 'visualization' of the right moves to play?

You need to clarify the terms of your question: in particular, how
you are defining and distinguishing "thinking" from "visualization."
I watched some of Mr.Nakamura's game against Maurice Ashley, live,
and then their replay in the games common-area at the Seattle Center.
That particular win was somewhat lucky, which is also part of Chess.

- regards
- jb

Just in case you missed this one - in view of the current war preparations.

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