Amazing Blitz Chess : Hikaru Nakamura : How Nakamura won ICC Open 2011 (CapilanoBridge Smallville)

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Notes from Wiki regarding Nakamura’s blitz skills:

Nakamura is very skilled at blitz chess, and has been called “easily the best blitz player in America”[2] and “one of the best blitz players in the world”.[51]
Nakamura is well known in the chess community for playing on the Internet regularly. He plays primarily on two chess sites: Internet Chess Club (‘Smallville'(Which he does not use)) (‘Capilanobridge'(His current account)) and Playchess (‘Star Wars’). He is the strongest bullet, blitz and standard player on the server and he has set many rating records under different categories.[52]
Nakamura has served as a commentator and game annotator, most prominently on the ChessNinja website, operated by chess author Mig Greengard.
Nakamura has been described as having an uncommon enthusiasm for chess and as being much more approachable than other players of his ability. For instance, just after winning his first U.S. Championship in 2005, he played numerous 1-minute games with all comers in the lobby of the hotel where the competition had taken place.[53] Fast chess (also known as Speed chess, Blitz chess, Lightning chess, Rapid chess, Bullet chess, and Sudden death) is a type of chess game in which each side is given less time to make their moves than under the normal tournament time controls of 60 to 180 minutes per player.
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The different names distinguish the maximum duration of a game. Commonly used time controls are:
Rapid or Quick: 15 to 60 minutes per player, sometimes with a small time increment per move (e.g. 10 seconds).[1]
Blitz: 15 minutes or less per side. Usually sudden death (no increment), but may also be played with a small increment. More recently due to the influx of digital clocks, 3 minutes with a 2-second add is also preferred.[1]
Bullet: 1 to 3 minutes per side. The time control for this setting is 2 minutes with a 1-second add or 1 minute with a 2-second add. The term “Lightning” can also be applied to this variant.
Lightning: refers to either Blitz or Bullet chess, and is a general term for extremely fast chess. It can also refer to games with a fixed time (e.g. ten seconds) for each move. This also can be used for 1-minute games.
Armageddon: a game guaranteed to produce a result, because Black has draw odds (that is, for Black, a draw is equal to a victory). To compensate, White has more time on the clock. Common times are 6 minutes for White and 5 for Black, or 5 minutes for White and 4 for Black. This can also be played with a small increment. This is also known as “time odds” and it is used in various tie breaks for quick tournaments. ►Subscribe for my regular chess videos: ►Support the channel by donating via PayPal:



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  1. Nakamura just mentioned this vid in his personal blog. Great stuff like always KC!

  2. Great video , and i havent even watched it yet im 2:33 in .

  3. thanks so much for this, you're a tremendous coaching ressource

  4. I noticed that after 10 rounds Naka's amazing 3410! rating barely changed. He started the tournament at 3410 and before the "Grandmaster draw" in RD 11 it was 3407. This means Naka was performing at essentially his pre-tournament rated level during the 10 game sample. Suggests that within the ICC player pool Naka's rating is not inflated, but a realistic measure of his playing strength at 3 minute time control. Maybe his opponents should put black tape on the screen to avoid intimidation?

  5. its 5:18 in the morning now just finished watching great work once again KC and congrats to Naka are in order

  6. Thx for all the hard work very entertaining!!

  7. hikarunakamura. com/naka/main/Blog.aspx
    finally some proof of the world SGM's watching your vids haha :D!

  8. @KnightInFire He's the World Fischer Random Champion actually 🙂

  9. liked this vid before I started watching…
    It's nice to see that Naka appreciates KC's vids- but nowhere near as much as I do! :p

  10. In the first game, isn't there Rdd2 at the end?
    White doesn't look to be immediately losing (although he will eventually)

  11. Put it up on Susan Polgar,s blog for you, hope that gets you some hits. A little long, but great video.

  12. Greetings kingscrusher,

    Unfortunately, I was unable to leave your youtube page a comment, so I proceeded to one of your recent videos to ask you: have you've ever played against GM Henrik Danielsen?

  13. 11:15 if g3, then q-h3, PxR, e3 threatening mate!

  14. At 1:28:38 , doesn't Naka have Ne4+ ? That might hold to a draw…

  15. sent this video to my Chess email lists – I enjoyed the whole thing. Naka played some sweet games – I liked N:g7 R:c1!! especially.

  16. @BrianWallChess Thanks Brian – and everyone else. The feedback on this video has been absolutely stunning. I am glad many of you enjoyed the video a lot. It is my longest ever video as well 🙂

  17. Mr Kingcrusher,thank you, I could stay listening and watching your videos for ever. Amazing and deep and funny, what else? Thank you so much

  18. Great win for Naka, lately I got his 'Bullet Chess- One Minute to mate' book, he describes many interesting Bullet tactics there.

  19. The nf2 was a premove hoping kh1 after the check. the bf1 seemed that naka saw that check + knight f2 and was to prevent that

  20. i saw the 1st part in the morning, then the 2nd in my work at coffebreak and i just finished after diner. But was worth it. I understand you were tired but the best matches (between GM's) could be slowers than the others with normal (but strong) players. Thumbs up Kingscrusher

  21. Please like this video if you got something out of it, or even better add it to your favourites. Cheers, K.

  22. The first quarter-final game against Albert was really impressive. 73 move game, having his king viciously chased from king side to queen side, and he still won! Then a 133 move draw in the last game… 133 moves in 3 minutes (1.35 second average for each move). How do these guys click that fast let alone make decent moves?

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  24. @kingscrusher kingcrusher, my greetings. Great reporting. Intuitive analysis. Thank you again.

  25. As always, really nice video! Keep up the good work, it was very enjoyable, thanks a lot…

  26. @BrianWallChess very well narrated video,i learned alot. the gap between nak and you brian is like the gap between me and you(rossi)

  27. At 4:49, why cant white move Rd1 to d2?
    And how black has to continue to win?

  28. 25:23 you made me laugh at the same time with you even though i didn't know what you were talking about

  29. Hey KC
    got a question, which programs do you use for your analysis? (besides Houdini, obviously)
    btw you are doing a great job!

  30. Thank Crusher. I would have probably never got around to watching these games on my own, so thanks for compiling them into one neatly packaged video. 3 minute blitz, my favorite time control.

  31. 1:08:30

    He was knackered… from playing Naka.

    Puntastic! 😀

  32. Worth seeing this #chess video if you haven't already 🙂

  33. @Adam Rubinson

    A pawn down with no compensation and king still under attack.
    Black is lost.

  34. At 1:21:00 Naka was perfectly fine winning the pawn on c3, that wasn't the issue. After Rb1 the REAL blunder was d6…if he had played Nc6 instead it would be all good in the hood.

  35. at 29:15 naka missed a knight check forking king and rook winning the exchange.

  36. In the game against dafresh at about 22:00, white pieces look like a hippo setup

  37. Am I missing something because it looks like a forced mate at 39:58 if black moves Qb1

  38. if he moves queen b1 that's not mate because he can move knight f1 and block the ladder checkmate

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