The King’s Gambit: The Story of Hikaru

Hikaru Nakamura is a man of many accomplishments.

He drew the chess world’s attention to the United States by winning trophy after trophy throughout his career.

In 2003, he became a record-breaking grand master. He plays one of the most challenging games in the world at breakneck speeds.

And, most recently, Hikaru breathed new life into a game that has existed for nearly 1,500 years, by playing chess with some of the biggest streamers on the planet.

This is the story of Hikaru.

Written by: Alina Sotula (@ASotula)
Narrated & Edited by: Sebastien Martin-Schultz (@Seb_dot)
Produced by: Miles Hackett (@miles_hackett)
Thumbnail by: Brandon Mistele

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Music used under license from Associated Production Music LLC (”APM”).

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500 Comments

  1. Just Some Bigfoot With Internet Access says:

    Now we need the match between GMHikaru and Pineapple shirt guy.

  2. As the old saying. There will always be an asian better than you. Sooner or later xD. Hikaru is awesome

  3. WOW do i feel like a dumbass trying to even watch this. He's got the big brain.

  4. "obviously if you have talent you ignore these other people without talent"
    sure man, lets all be elitist af until the game dies, always blows my mind how people can't consider what would happen if everyone had this idea..? like no one is going to talk to your fat old disgusting ass? hello? where is this guys talent he is like 2400 after 50+ years of playing, thats not talent lol thats failure.

  5. My favourite part is when he takes and takes but oppononet takes and takes back then takes takes but he doesn't take so he goes c5 takes takes takes then castles

  6. I kinda thought that the repeat clips was kind of sloppy

  7. as someone who doesn't know chess but got exposed to hikaru through ludwig, say what you want, but hikaru really spreads chess through interacting with big mainstream streamers (like xqc). because he collaborated with big gamer streamers, it brought chess to their viewers (like me) and then all of a sudden, chess gets recommended on youtube and you fall down the chess rabbit hole, whether slightly or deeply. he's a key person in spreading chess, and it works. otherwise my feed wouldn't even have chess on it. plus the fact that he's a gm and continues to blow people's minds really helps. like this dude will explain a position and i'll understand it but also be lost at the same time, it's great. he knows how to be educational and relaxed at the same time, this dude thrives in his niche. it's great to see.

  8. Hikaru is great. Happy he is successful and beating Magnus Carlson

  9. Never thought I would see my boy here this was an amazing suprise

  10. Anyone can play chess like everyone know the main rule to play football.
    but made the casual player and people who not even play chess before having fun to watch him playing chess.
    It's another level. Thank for bring me in the Chess.

  11. for me hikaru is the best chess player , i dont watch chess streams or videos unless its hikaru

  12. The clip of Hikaru going thru a series of moves and thrn just castles always has me dying

  13. The chess board in the thumbnail was set up the wrong way 😂😂😂

  14. what I learn from this video is that actually manuel ferrara is a one piece fan ? lmao thats big shock

  15. This is all fair, but don't let any of it fool you into believing that Destiny isn't a girl's name.

  16. Hé has been second only to magnus in faster time formats, so what happened to his classical? He was said to be the guy to challenge Magnus. He did reach world number 2 but for a fairly short time. I think he definitely had the potential have that “second only to magnus” title in classical too. Did he simply not reach his potential? Regardless of anything he might be the most influential chess player ever, at least in modern times.

  17. I need to see hikaru in some traditional robes

  18. the chess board is set up incorrectly in the preview photo. black queen should be on a black square, white corner should be on each player’s right side

  19. magnus has always struck me as the cocky bad guy not hikaru

  20. I don't know what's going on, I'm just gonna castle

  21. The movie queens gambit shpuldve been made about the king hikaru !

  22. He is the man that got me into chess, in my eyes hikaru is greater than other chess players, be it magnus Or any other and it's not only about gameplay, his personality, the way he talks, the way he interacts with his audience is just lovable to me, and of course, his godly skills is just cherry on top.

  23. intro was so long, i actually started to think it was just like a compilation fan cam thing

  24. Hikaru is an entertainer first chess player second on his streams…

  25. Wait what is that really Snoop Dog he was playing against?

  26. I dont care what some uwu girls say.. hikaru will always be the reason i joined chess

  27. Thanks to Hikaru I’m a grand master in chess….at my house only.

  28. I am highest grand chess master in South Sudan and I challenge this guy to a match and I will destroy him and put South Sudan on the map

  29. 2:30 is the most melodramatic shit ever. 1500 years of chess and him playing with streamers is what shook it up the most 😂

  30. Wow. Thanks for this incredible video! It's mind blowing to look back on everything. You guys really pulled out some OG history and clips here. There's a ton of good and there's a bit of bad. I feel badly that the only clips of the Botez sisters make them seem like enemies. We all got really busy with the chess boom, and we weren't communicating as well as we should have been and there were some small issues. We all realized we just needed to sit down and talk to each other, and our relationship is now stronger than ever. They are doing a great job representing chess on Twitch, and I have nothing but respect for both Alex and Andrea and all they've accomplished.

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