Hikaru Nakamura leads New York Open under-2200 section

Hikaru Nakamura, who just became the youngest chess master in US chess history, won his first three games in the New York Open in the under-2200 section to take the lead.

All three of the opponents whom Hikaru defeated were rated around 2150. His opponents were Jerry Mc Clinton rated 2144, William W P Perez rated 2131 and Joel P Chu rated 2192.

Hikaru Nakamura became the youngest rated chess master in US history in a tournament at the Marshall Chess Club on February 26. Because the February 1 rating list was used to determine entries into the New York Open, he was allowed to play in the Under-2200 section using his old rating of 2044.

Hikaru Nakamura is 10 years, 3 months old. He has only been playing chess for 11 years.

Hikaru Nakamura (left) plays N. Gebran at the Marshall Chess Club

The official New York Open web site is at http://w-w-w.com/nyopen

Sam Sloan

You can now look up the official ratings of Hikaru Nakamura at the US Chess Federation web site.

UPDATE: Hikaru Nakamura makes The New York Times.

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