2005 MVP Award

GM Hikaru Nakamura

1/2006 - This is the third US White Knight award won by the current US Champion Hikaru Nakamura. In 2003, he won the US True Grit award. In 2004, he won the US MVP award for an incredible year in chess. He dominated chess in the United States and established himself as a force in the international scene. In 2005, Nakamura was named the  Samford Chess Fellow.  This fellowship will allow Nakamura to enhanced his chess skills and career, by providing him some financial resources for the year. The fellowship lasts for one year and is renewable for a 2nd-year. The fellowship is only given to top young players.

    In 2005, Nakamura continued where he left off. His stats for 2005 seem modest when compared to his dominance in 2004, but they still meet the MVP standard. We have to keep in mind that Nakamura is now playing the top players in the world. This past year, Nakamura has faced the following top 10 players: Boris Gelfand, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexi Shirov, and Levon Aronian. So 2nd and 3rd placed finishes on the international scene are very good.

   Nakamura was featured in issue 1  of the 2005 New In Chess Magazine, where he said: "there is no point in taking draws." He also made the cover of  the February issue of Chess Life for his spectacular win at the 2004 US championship. He made the cover again in the July issue, with his win at Foxwoods.  He was also featured in the New York Times. In the Times article, Nakamura said "The way I play is very unique, It's more or less  fearlessness. I'll play some of these really crazy moves that people are not going to be expecting. The way I play is not like most people. The moves are more computeresque. They're not the moves that most humans are going to play." The only way to describe his style of play is to say he plays "Nakamuraesque Moves."   Nakamura jumped 54 places in the FIDE rating charts this past April. He jumped from 98th place to 44th in the world. He is currently rated 2644.

2005 International record:
  In January, Nakamura finished in 9th out of 120 players in the 10 round Gibraltar tournament. He finished 1/2 point out of the lead and finished with a score of 7/10.

  In April, Nakamura took 3rd behind Timman, and Sasikiran at the Sigeman Tournament in Copenhagen.

In July, in the 6-player Biel Tournament (category 16) , Nakamura finished tied for  4th with Christian Bauer,  behind Volokitin, Gelfand, and Pelletier. Nakamura finished ahead of Magnus Carlsen.

 In September, Nakamura finished second in Laussane Young Masters Tournament. He Kayoed Nana Dzagnidze and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. However, the determined Andrey Volokitin Kayoed Nakamura in the finals. 

This Past October, Nakamura finished tied for 2nd, with Ashot Anastasian, behind Levon Aronian at the 10-player, category 17 Karabakh tournament in Stepanakert, Karabakh. In this tournament Nakamura defeated Victor Bologan and Alexy Dreev.

2005 Domestically:
   In March, Nakamura won the 2005 Foxwoods Tournament. He came charging out of the gate, by winning his first five games. He took first by finishing with 7.5 out of 9 points.

  In May, in the huge HB Challenge, Nakamura came in 12th place.

  In July, Nakamura tied for 3rd in the World Open in Philadelphia.

  In December, Nakamura took first at the North American Open in Las Vegas

  In March of 2006, Nakamura will be going for his 2nd US Championship.  

1st at Foxwoods -

12th at the HB foundation tournament  

   tied for 3rd out of 205 at the World Open -

1st at the North American Open

Kayoed in first round World Cup

2nd at Karabakh -

2nd at Lausanne -

4th at Biel -
 http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=2541  - 

3rd at Sigeman -

9th out of 120 at Gibtel Masters -

 http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/   -


Nakamura vs. Dreev -
Nakamura vs. Bologan -

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