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Hikaru Nakamura vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
Gibraltar Masters (2007), La Caleta GIB, rd 1, Jan-23
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-24-07  Chuckles: Maybe 18.Rf5 Bxf5 19.h4 Qh5 20.Nf4? Not sure how that ends up.
Jan-24-07  AVA: It seems that Hikaru is weaker in rook endgames after that blunder in Odessa against gelfand (even though it was rapid) and now this rook endgame. Where did Hikaru go wrong in the Queen endgame? It is a theoretical draw
Jan-24-07  AVA: I also like the cheapo Hikaru tries at the end with 100. Qd5+ , hoping for 100...Q(a8)xQd5 resulting in a stalemate hahaha.
Jan-24-07  euripides: <ava> I believe the defending king should stay in the opposite corner to the pawn if it can't get in front of it. There has been at least one other GM game recently where this was not understood.

I wonder if 46...Re3+ is a mistake; Black might win more easily if she kept the white king away from the pawns.

Jan-24-07  Bishops r power: AAAAAMMMMAAAAZZZIIINNNNGGGG!!!! ending
Jan-24-07  ianD: The BOY got cheeky and the girl slapped him

This is vintage Nakamura (this in not Blitz chess on the playchess server)


Jan-24-07  ianD: One more thing:

Always play the best move!

Jan-24-07  euripides: The Nalimov tablebase confirms that the king should stay in the corner. 80.Kd6 loses from a drawn position.
Jan-24-07  euripides: Gelfand vs Jobava, 2006 was the other game I was thinking of.
Jan-24-07  mack: Delightful final position.
Jan-24-07  ianD: You can play the Gelfand game plus analysis thru here:

Jan-24-07  ianD: Who is going to annotate the Nakamura endgame??
Jan-25-07  notyetagm: <euripides: The Nalimov tablebase confirms that the king should stay in the corner. 80.Kd6 loses from a drawn position.>

Damn. I am a big Nakamura fan but he seems to lack basic endgame knowledge. Even I know that in these types of queen endings your king should go to the corner and -stay- there.

Jan-25-07  WarmasterKron: Perhaps he should - God forbid - read a book!
Jan-29-07  Paul123: I'm not fan....I love it when this guy loses
Jan-29-07  VinnyRoo2002: I realize that Nakamura didn't play this endgame perfectly or even up to his skill level, but I just want to point out that his opponent is trying too. He can't win em all. The rest of the tournament his results have been good. Nakamura risks losing to win a lot of his games, that's just his style of play.
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  Peligroso Patzer: For any one who might be interested, I just checked the final stage of this game against a tablebase ( In the position after 80. … Qa6+ White's only drawing move would have been 81. Kc7, so 81. Kc5 left White theoretically lost.

Black’s 81. … Qa5+ was inaccurate, however, and after 82. Kc6, the position was again theoretically drawn. After 82. … Qc3+, the only drawing move was 83. Kb6, which Nakamura failed to find. After his inaccurate 83. Kd6, the position was winning for Black for the remainder of the game. After 86. Kg5, Arakhamia-Grant found the unique winning move (86. … Kh1!) The only other unique winning move through the remainder of the game was 100. … Qg2 (since 100. … Qxd5? would have been stalemate).

Considering the extreme difficulty of Queen-plus-pawn versus Queen endgames -- Compare Carlsen vs Aronian, 2007 [admittedly, played at a rapid time control] -- I certainly do not think either player should criticized for the few inaccuracies that occurred during the last twenty-or-so moves of this game.

May-28-12  vinidivici: GOTD please... a woman beat nakamura....what the hell in the world???
May-29-12  Cibator: Slightly reminiscent of

Bronstein vs C H Alexander, 1953

especially the last-move stalemate try.

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  perfidious: <vinidivici... a woman beat nakamura....what the hell in the world???>

Seven years on and the world has not yet come to an end--amazing but true.

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  diceman: <vinidivici
... a woman beat nakamura....what the hell in the world???>

...was she going out with Borislav Ivanov?

Jan-27-16  SimplicityRichard: <vinidivi: a woman beat Nakamura.... What the hell in the world???>

It is amazing that such a view prevails in the mind of some. Aren't you aware that Maggie Thatcher was a woman? The Maggie was for "Margaret", a woman's name; not Magellan, as in Ferdinand Magellan, a man.#

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  Stonehenge: <Aren't you aware that Maggie Thatcher was a woman?>


Jul-19-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

The question is, was Maggie Thatcher aware that Maggie Thatcher was a woman?

Jul-17-19  Sally Simpson: ***

Final position after exactly 100 moves. 0-1.

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Something aesthetically pleasing about it.

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Nakamura has just played 100.Qd5+

You can just imagine a player thinking. 100...Qxd5 Stalemate! I'm not falling for that and quickly playing 100...Kh2. (OOPS!).


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