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Hikaru Nakamura vs Aleksej Aleksandrov
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Tripoli LIB, rd 2, Jun-21
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation (A18)  ·  1-0



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Jun-21-04  acirce: This is an incredibly complicated endgame all the way from move 40 or so... nice finish too. Haven't even begun to look at it in depth.
Jun-21-04  shr0pshire: I think that Nakamura is underrated. These long games that he is winning at this tournament isn't a fluke. I think his rating will improve in the future.
Jun-21-04  acirce: It is steadily increasing. A little more slowly lately, but still.

Jun-21-04  shr0pshire: i think that Nakamura is at least a 2600 player. Maybe on his good days he is as good as 2650.
Jun-21-04  MoonlitKnight: Well, Aleksandrov is 2668, and he beat him! Nakamura is a very promosing youngster in the same category as Radjabov, Karjakin and Carlsen.
Jun-21-04  aboynamedgeorge: I think Aleksandrov just tried to win too hard in the blitz at the very end. He had several clear draws he rejected for unclear continuations.
Jun-21-04  Dionyseus: I believe Aleksandrov could have forced a draw with 91...KF2.

Nicely played by Nakamura.

Jun-22-04  Fulkrum: When we were watching this game we (my chess friends and I at work) thought that Alexandrov may have blundered at move 98. It was funny we all thought that he should have played 98...g3. But now that I look at it that would also lead to mate of the black king.
Jun-22-04  iron maiden: "Blitz? We don't need no stinking blitz!"

I'm with <shr0pshire> and I think that Naka is underrated. Hopefully he can change that by making a name for himself in this tourney.

Jun-23-04  Rowson: Nice endgame here two pawns ready to promote but to no use the king is going to die. (102..Kh5 103. Ng4!! mate next move)
Aug-12-11  ToTheDeath: Wow, this is quite a finish. Classic example of Nakamura's will to win.
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  plang: 11 Qe2 had been played in the draw Huebner-Sosonko Polanica-Zdroj 1995; 11 Nd2 was new. After 22 Qe3 White's queenside initiative looked more threatening than Black's kingside one. White eventually earned a favorable endgame. 91..h1(Q)? 92 Nxh1..Kxh1 93 Kg3 would lead to mate 91..Kf2! and if 92 Rh8 then 92..h1(Q) 93 Nxh1..Bxh1 94 Rxh1..g3 would ensure a draw. Instead, after 91..Kh3 92 Rh8+..Kg2 93 Rb8 White was winning. 97..Kg2 98 Ra2+..Kh3 (98..Kxh1 99 Kg3 forces mate) 99 Nf2+..Kh4 100 Ra7 wins for White. 98..h1(Q) 99 Nxh1..Bxh1 100 Ra7..Kh3 101 Rh7+..Kg2 102 Kxg4..Kg1 103 Kg3 also wins for White.

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