Happy 30th birthday, Hikaru Nakamura!

Nakamura vs. Adams, earlier this week in London. Photo: Lennart Ootes, Grand Chess Tour

Nakamura vs. Adams, earlier this week in London. Photo: Lennart Ootes, Grand Chess Tour

Nakamura failed to covert a piece-up ending against Magnus Carlsen today. (These endings are surprisingly tough: Kramnik failed to convert a similar piece-up ending in his World Championship match with Kasparov.) Doubtless, Hikaru would have had no problem converting this ending had it been played on Saturday, when he will be thirty years old and therefore infinitely wiser.

Celebrate Hikaru's birthday (or, more likely, the weekend) by playing chess! 

FM Alexander Velikanov leads the list of entries for tomorrow's Plus-Score 15. Still time to register here!

Reminder: if you are a GM, IM, WGM, WIM, or rated 2400+, you can enter any of our Plus-Score events for just $1! (Pay the full EF online, and we refund all but $1 via PayPal.)

And we've got 22 players so far in the Rated Beginners' Open. Why not register here?