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Old 09-24-2020, 09:42 AM   #18
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Re: Hikaru Nakamura vs Chess Brahs

Tim - Yeah, this is part of my point. I can't find anyone who came up close enough to Hikaru who was anywhere close to his level in his formative years. Fabiano would have been the guy but he wasn't in the US or playing for the US during those years.

Anyway, I've gone on this tangent long enough. I fundamentally agree that the chess brahs are more authentic - although I feel Hikaru has made some strides from where he was and really do think he's not coming from a money-grabbing place but simply is trying to promote chess and have some fun. I do get the sense he isn't completely in love with elite-level chess, although even that may not be true given the level he's been able to maintain. How can you do that if it is a 100% grind to you and you could easily "retire" if you wanted to?
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