Chess: Nakamura swaps barbs with Carlsen after 27-game unbeaten run

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Leonard Barden

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The five-time US champion exchanged frosty tweets with the world No 1 after the rapid/blitz tournament in St Louis

Hikaru Nakamura, the five-time US champion, has a flourishing online presence with more than a million followers to his Twitch stream, where he demonstrates his high-level skills while passing on expressively phrased nuggets of wisdom.

At age 33, Nakamura’s hopes for the classical world title are remote, and he now rarely plays one game a day tournaments. His supremacy is geared to speed games, where he and the world No 1, Magnus Carlsen, have stratospheric ratings around the 2900 mark.

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