Hikaru Nakamura Wiki: Age, Height, Relationship, Net Worth and Full Bio

Who is Hikaru Nakamura?

Hikaru Nakamura, the youngest American Grandmaster of 2003 is a chess player, content creator, and does live streaming on twitch. He was born on 9th December 1987 in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.His family shifted in America when Nakamura was two.

Hikaru Nakamura started playing chess at a very young age of seven. His older brother Asuka Nakamura also showed his brilliance as a chess player at a very small age. Both the Nakamura brothers receive coaching by their step-father Sunil Weeramantry, who was a chess author, FIDE master, trainer and also a chess player.

Hikaru Nakamura

Quick Bio

NameHikaru Nakamura
BornDecember 9, 1987
ProfessionChess Player, Content Creator, 

Twitch Live streamer

Birth signSagittarius
CountryHirakata, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
ReligionNot known
Height170 cm

5 ft 7 in

Weight73 kg
Eye ColorDark brown
Hair ColorBlack
FatherShuichi Nakamura
MotherCarolyn Merrow Nakamura
Sexual OrientationStraight



What was Hakuri Nakamura famous for?

At a very young age of 10, Hikaru Nakamura became the youngest to beat Jay Bonin, an international master of chess. He was 15 years old when he became a chess prodigy and the youngest American Grandmaster. He also won the USA Championship for nearly five times. In Chess Olympiads Nakamura won two team bronze medals and one Team Gold medal for the United States. He was number one in the world in the list of FIDE rating and Rapid and Blitz Chess Rating.

Nakamura won US Chess championship in 2005. He had two consecutive victories that year but lost two games against Surya Ganguly, an Indian Grandmaster in the FIDE World Cup in Russia. 

The year 2009 was a huge success for Nakamura as he won several championships including the US Chess Championship. He also became 960 World Chess champion in the same year.

Nakamura’s skills at blitz and rapid chess are his bests. His strength at Bullet Chess is also seen. He also wrote a book titled Bullet Chess: One Minute To Mate in 2009.  Apart from holding the record of being the youngest American Grandmaster he also became the youngest International Master at the age of 13 years.

Nakamura has also coached the chess players at a beginners level on twitch platform. During the pandemic in 2020, his channel in Twitch received multiple numbers of audience.

Personal Information 

What keeps Hikaru Nakamura fit?

Hikaru Nakamura is a significant name in the history of chess. He is 33 years old. He is about 73kgs. He is 5ft and 7 inches tall. He is not much into fitness but is sometimes seen tweeting about his workout routine from his Twitter handle.

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Hikaru Nakamura is said to be dating  Mariagrazia De Rosa since 2013. 

Net Worth

Hikaru Nakamura’s net worth is estimated to be around $50 million.


  • Hikaru Nakamura attended Dickinson College in 2006. He took a short break in that year but soon resumed playing.
  • In the year 2019, Nakamura became a US Chess Champion for the fifth time and at the beginning of 2020, he was ranked as the world’s No.1  blitz player of chess.
  • During the pandemic, Nakamura played a huge part in popularizing the game online with the help of his Twitch platform.


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