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Hikaru Nakamura vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
Trophee CCAS (2008) (rapid), Cap d'Agde FRA, rd 14, Nov-01
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  1-0



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Nov-01-08  Jason Frost: Well played by Naka
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  Bobsterman3000: was this game the tourney winner?

Nov-01-08  Billy Vaughan: Yes, it is.
Nov-01-08  savagerules: Looks like 24..g5 was the start of Black's slow downfall, putting the pawn on the color of his own bishop, though this wasn't the cause of his defeat just the beginning of some less than stellar moves that led to the loss.
Nov-01-08  veigaman: 27. b4 i think it is a great move!
Nov-02-08  VaselineTopLove: Dang I had bet money on Ivanchuk! 200 to be precise...I have also picked him to be the winner of the upcoming Blitz championship. Although I also bet money on Morozevich. Thank God, Nakamura isn't playing there...
Nov-03-08  percyblakeney: According to Nakamura Ivanchuk offered draw after his 19th move.

Nov-03-08  piever: Clearly my understanding of chess is not even close to Nakamura's, but why did he think that white is better after 19...Rxd5 ? I would say that, although the position is probably drawn, black has a (very) little advantage...
Nov-03-08  GeauxCool: This is really cool, listen to the music change as Nakamura comes into the scene. He talks about that draw offer too!

Nov-03-08  Shams: Nakamura doesn't like 16...Bc5:

<In the second game, I once again played in a very solid manner as my goal was to stick with the game plan. In the middlegame he inexplicably started going wrong when he chose Bc5 over the simple Bxg2 Kxg2 Qxd4 Bxd4 Rfc8 after which it should be a standard draw. Slowly but surely I think proceeded to outplay him with the good knight against bad bishop.>

Nov-03-08  Riverbeast: Godzilla defeats Chucky!
Nov-11-08  Strongest Force: Nak's pawn moves were the key moves which led to an invisible bishop and a powerful knight. It fascinates me how far-ahead Nak looks, while he is playing so fast. It is easy for his opponants to fall into the false assumption that Nak is just playing fast just for speed-sake alone... to embarrass on the clock... while your attention has been focused on the clock, your king has been blindly drifting into trouble.
Nov-11-08  Jim Bartle: Nice video, geauxCool. I wish I knew more of the players, though.

But is it some kind of rule that players cannot look each other in the eye when shaking hands before a game?

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