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Old 09-23-2020, 08:32 PM   #17
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Re: Hikaru Nakamura vs Chess Brahs

Shankland was from the west coast, and Hikaru from NY. There is enough chess on both coasts for up-and-coming future GM types that they would almost never have crossed paths early on. Hikaru and Fabiano (even more so) both played in clubs I frequented when they were kids. I never even heard of Shankland until after he was a GM.

There weren't nearly as many kids playing in adult tournaments when they were kids, so often they would be the only one (and they were born 5 years apart so it wasn't like they were going through this together). In fact I can't even remember either of them speaking to anyone other than their parents very much.
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