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Hikaru Nakamura vs Sergey Karjakin
Karjakin - Nakamura Match (2004), Cuernavaca MEX, rd 1, Dec-09
Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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Dec-11-04  Shams: if 38...Qd8 then Rc8 wins, but what is strongest for white on 38...Qa6 ?
Dec-11-04  Shams: never mind. 38...Qa6 39.Rc6! threatening Rxh6!
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  ray keene: very impressive-reminds me of karpov!
Dec-11-04  Shams: well, don`t say that or I`ll get a big head.

OH! You meant Nakamura! Right.

The most surprising move for me was 27. Rc4, voluntarily wrecking white`s queenside pawns. Not a move I could play, at this point.

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  lostemperor: Wow, Karjakin is getting chesslessons from the new American champion.
Dec-11-04  SnoopDogg: <The most surprising move for me was 27. Rc4, voluntarily wrecking white`s queenside pawns.>

Wrecking?? He gets a passed pawn!

Dec-11-04  catlover: <shams> Good observations. Your line 38...Qa6 39.Rc6! not only threatens 39...Rxa6, but also 39...Ne7+, 40.Kh8 Ng6+.
Dec-11-04  tacticsjokerxxx: yes there is a karpovesque touch to this encounter.
Dec-12-04  Shams: <snoopdogg> I didn`t say it was a bad move, I just said I couldn`t play it. yup, he gets a passed pawn, you are very right.

<catlover> thanks. I still think ...Rxh6 is a stronger threat though. your line wins the exchange but Rxh6 forces mate-- right??

Dec-12-04  SnoopDogg: <I didn`t say it was a bad move>

Neither did I.

Dec-12-04  Shams: ?? obviously you didn`t...snoop, have you been puffing blunts or something? trying to pick a fight with Shammy? tsk, tsk...
Dec-13-04  GreenDayGuy: WOW! Nakamura may become the next Bobby Fischer, hopefully minus the racial ideas.
Dec-13-04  iron maiden: <GreenDayGuy> Hello, welcome. I certainly share your hopes for Nakamura; hopefully he doesn't turn into an American Idiot.
Dec-14-04  ArturoRivera: is Nakamura racist?
Dec-14-04  whiskeyrebel: I don't like Fischer's racial ideas either. If I recall correctly Nakamura has clearly stated he only admires Fischers chess talents...not that there was ever any reason to question him.
Dec-14-04  iron maiden: <whiskeyrebel> Naka has said that he think's he's "a little more sane" than Fischer.
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  patzer2: White's 38. c5! is a nice deflection move, setting up the pretty final deflection 41. Ne4! Nakamura's 39. Nxc5! is made possible because of the threat 40. Nf6!, against which even 40...g6 proves to be amusingly helpless.
Dec-15-04  yoozum: Hopefully nakamura won't turn into bobby fischer and be forced to walk on the boulevard of broken dreams.
Dec-16-04  fizixgeek: <> I think this opening is the Scotch Game, no?
Dec-16-04  Chessmaster 9000: 37... Ba3? was Black's only meaningful error. Better is 37... Kh8, leading to 38. a4 g6 39. Qf3 Kg7 40. a5 Bb4 41. Qe4 Bc5 42. a6 Rb8 43. Qf3, which results in no exchange of material.
Dec-17-04  GreenDayGuy: Very funny iron maiden.
Dec-22-04  Dillinger: features this game. By the way this is a C45 Scotch, not 4 knights.
Dec-22-04  ragnar0C: nakamura sounds a lot like a japanese name, im not a chess enthusiast(heresy i know) but how is that American?
Dec-22-04  iron maiden: <ragnar0C> Nakamura was born in Japan, but his family moved to the United States when he was very young, and before he learned chess.
Jun-25-06  belgradegambit: Nakamura always demonstrates great knight play. He seems to prefer knights over bishops.

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