The Lex Fridman Podcast - with Hikaru Nakamura

by Johannes Fischer
10/18/2022 – The Lex Fridman Podcast has over two million subscribers on YouTube and is considered one of the most exciting, challenging and best podcasts in the world. It explores topics such as artificial intelligence, technology, history, consciousness, love and power. In the most recent episode of the podcast, Lex Fridman had Hikaru Nakamura as his guest. The American Grandmaster and streamer showed his "Immortal Game" and talked about "the best player of all time", crises and setbacks, Magnus Carlsen, the Hans Niemann case and revealed that for him love is "the most important thing in life".

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Hikaru Nakamura: Chess, Magnus, Kasparov, and the Psychology of Greatness | Lex Fridman Podcast


1:41 - A private game vs Magnus Carlsen
9:29 - Chess openings
25:42 - Mental preparation
34:22 - Chess tactics
44:45 - Solving chess
50:26 - Aggression and ego
55:11 - Hans Niemann cheating scandal
1:05:03 - How to cheat in chess
1:19:26 - Greatest chess player of all time
1:29:43 - Hikaru's immortal game
1:42:08 - Paul Morphy
1:43:52 - World Chess Championship
1:46:41 - Magnus Carlsen
1:50:16 - Sergey Karjakin
1:52:43 - Beauty of chess
1:59:38 - Day in the life
2:14:16 - Streaming
2:28:56 - Taking risks
2:34:25 - Depression
2:39:14 - Advice for young people
2:46:34 - Love

In the course of his 330 podcasts, Lex Fridman has had a number of personalities from various fields as guests, e.g. Roger Penrose, Richard Dawkins, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Ray Dalio, Demis Hassabis, Oliver Stone, Joe Rogan or Liv Boeree. Chess players and chess players were also there. The first, in October 2019, was none other than Garry Kasparov.

In August 2022 followed an extensive and open interview with Magnus Carlsen, which is perhaps one of the best interviews Carlsen has ever given.

Shortly afterwards, in September, Fridman had a conversation with Alexandra and Andrea Botez, two of the best-known and most successful chess streamers.

Then, in early October 2022, Levy "GothamChess" Rozman, who is also a well-known and successful chess streamer, was a guest.

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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arzi arzi 10/20/2022 09:13
saturn23:"I watched many of his podcasts and not only he is a poor interviewer but his knowledge in many areas of computing is very limited...."

Correct me if I`m wrong but I do not think that people who are running these podcasts have to be experts on everything or even something? Is it enough that they sometimes ask right questions and keep the audience interested? How many people watch his podcasts? If millions, he can't be too poor an interviewer. Maybe he is an anti-interviewer? I don´t know, I´m too lazy to watch all the podcasts unless there is really an interesting topic and guest.
saturn23 saturn23 10/20/2022 04:44
For the people who don't know, Lex Fridman is hanging out with a lot of right-wing bigots like Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson, Yeonmi Park, etc. You know, people known to be anti-trans, anti-gay, anti-SJW, anti-vegan...

I watched many of his podcasts and not only he is a poor interviewer but his knowledge in many areas of computing is very limited. Computing in general and AI in particular are supposed to be his main areas of expertise. If you watch his podcasts with David Patterson, Chris Lattner or Stephen Wolfram you will see that he has a poor understanding of hardware architectures, programming languages and computation in general. He is a bit better when discussing about AI but even there he has a hard time keeping up with people knowledgeable about the field
(I watched his podcasts with Gary Marcus, Joscha Bach and Jeff Hawkins among others).
tauno tauno 10/19/2022 03:29
Naka is a kind of PewDiePie of chess, but it's just a public mask, a persona, so it's possible that behind that mask there might be a loving human being, who knows? Another question is then what we mean by love – you can love even bad things. Everyone has their own preferences.
arzi arzi 10/19/2022 12:59
Yes, exactly. He talks about looove. Does he talk that also in his own show? I guess no. It would not be so fun. Maybe Nakamura is human and can't play everywhere?
tauno tauno 10/19/2022 12:35
No, I don't think he's afraid. What would he be afraid of? I think he is just trying to be serious because the interviewer is known to be serious. Otherwise it would look silly.
arzi arzi 10/19/2022 06:52
Is he afraid of something? Afraid of saying something stupid, perhaps?
tauno tauno 10/18/2022 07:57
For all of you who can't bear to watch Nakamura on Youtube because of his unbearable bombastic style, I have to say that in this interview he is tolerable and not nearly as extreme as we are used to seeing him.