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Hikaru Nakamura        

4 Time U.S. Chess Champion

A child prodigy in every sense of he word, Nakamura was at one time he youngest American master in history (10 years old), the youngest American international master (13 years old) and eventually the youngest American Grandmaster (15 years old).

Nakamura has collected numerous titles and championships since the age of 13, when he first arrived onto the national scene by becoming the 2001 U.S. Junior Champion. He quickly confirmed his place as one of chess' great elites, shocking the world with a sweet sixteen appearance in the 2004 FIDE World Cup.

His honors include being awarded the prestigious Samford Chess Fellowship, becoming the 2007 National Open champion, and three time winner of the North American Open. He was an individual bronze medalist in he 2006 and 2008 World Olympiad, as well as the gold medalist on the first board of the 2010 World Team Championship.

After winning bronze at the FIDE World Biz Championship in June 2014, Nakamura came back in 2015 to win he Gibraltar Chess Masters tournament, capturing his fourth U.S. Championship.

This year the esteemed American Grandmaster won the Gibraltar Chess Festival for the third consecutive year.

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