Since the nineteenth century, chess has always taken a special place in people's hearts. After the pandemic, more and more people entered the chess scene by watching live streams and tutorials. One of the main gateway guides for people is Hikaru Nakamura, one of the best players in the world.

This month, he is playing FIDE Candidates, a tournament to determine the next contender for the World Championship. Despite entering the tournament as one of the favorites, Hikaru is now struggling as he only scored 1.5 points in 4 rounds. The Japanese-American player drew three games and lost to Vidit Gujrathi in a devastating manner.

Hikaru now shares the last place together with four other players and is 1.5 points behind the sole leader of the tournament, Ian Nepomniachtchi, who won two previous candidates in a row but failed to win the World Championship match.

Despite the big handicap, nothing is over. Our beloved streamer has 10 more games to play, including two against the current leader of the tournament. While most chess games usually end in a draw, the main part of the competition only starts now.

Main image: