Nakamura gets invite to Corus A!

Nakamura, 2009 U.S. Champion
Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

This past weekend a story leaked that GM Hikaru Nakamura had been extended an invitation to Corus “A”. The story was keep under wraps for a few days. In fact, The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz chatted with Hikaru Nakamura on Facebook and the 21-year old U.S. Champion said he had accepted the invitation. At the time, the news was to be “off the record,” but once a John Watson interview with Nakamura was released then the news spread like wildfire.

This will be Nakamura’s first Corus event and it will also feature another new face in GM Fabiano Caruana, who the Corus B tournament last year with an impressive showing. Other young stars will guarantee exciting chess as Magnus Carlsen, Teimour Radjabov and Sergei Karjakin will join Levon Aronian and Wang Yue as the game’s future.

Eyes will be on Nakamura as this will be considered his first “elite” classical event. He is coming off a great run of tournaments including his win of the U.S. Championship last month. Nakamura will play in the World Open beginning next week.

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