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Hikaru Nakamura vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Rising Stars - Experience (2009), Amsterdam NED, rd 6, Aug-26
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  0-1

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Aug-26-09  timhortons: Nakamura - Ljubojevic, NH Chess Tournament 2009


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Analysis by Rybka 3 Human

<he could have drawn here 1. = (0.00): 29.Rxc8+ Bxc8[]>

2. (-0.75): 29.Qb5+ Kf8[] 30.Qa6

Aug-26-09  drnooo: Whats going on here??? Is this the real Naka. Is he shamming? Not that good deep down. Unlucky? Just a bad day. Sick with a bug? Oh mother of God, can this the the end of Rico?
Aug-26-09  kingsindian2006: yea naka is sick with stomach virus, it says so on chessbase.
Aug-26-09  timhortons: lets say he play bad in the opening, what ever blunder he did ljubo was not able to take advantage of it, he could have drawn the game at the 29th have he seen the line.

had this game been a draw then everybody will say ljubo blew it up.

29.Qb5+ is justa a bad decision on part of naka, he think he can swindle a win.

Aug-26-09  timhortons: http://www.nhchess.com/RoundReport6...

The game between Hikaru Nakamura and Ljubomir Ljubojevic was another dramatic and unfortunate adventure for the American Champion. In the opening, an Accelerated Dragon, he lost a pawn to the well-known ‘trick’ 8...Qb4. True to style Nakamura continued as if nothing had happened and won the admiration of the experts when he managed to obtain a decent position. But more than equal his chances were not and he should have made a draw with 29.Rxc8+ Bxc8 30.Rb8. His decision to play for a win with 29.Qb5+ was too optimistic. Ljubojevic grabbed his chances and playing accurately the Serbian grandmaster warded off all threats and scored his third win.

Aug-26-09
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  eternaloptimist: Wow! Ljubo beat Naka w/ black! Apparently, he still has a lucid mind.
Aug-26-09  drnooo: If he is sick there is such a thing as withdrawing: somewhere in modern science there should be enough proof that if a guy is sick he can drop his flag and quietly retire and still get some share of the prize fund. Or does a lack of compassion run that deep with his opponents? If so this game is even more stupid than it should be. Maybe an emetic, and vomiting on the board would do the trick.
Aug-26-09  Marmot PFL: Used to play this but got tired of defending after 7. Bc4 Qa5 8. O-O O-O 9. Bb3 d6 10. h3 Bd7 11 f4. Its true that if white gets careless he just loses a pawn for little compensation.
Aug-26-09  chaarl: Right, <hellopolgar>, nice attempted swindle by Nakamura. If the bishop is taken, white has at least a perpetual.
Aug-26-09  timhortons: i dont think you blame sickness for this loss.

naka in the past never made sickness as an excuse for lossing a tournament.

if somebody saw him vomit in the toilet then his gastric sphincter is just not doin well.humans get sick, computer software never, thats why humans cant play just like rybka all the time.

he won though even though he is sick against beliavsky.

a lost game is a lost game.though still, this game is exciting one, look how he survive the opening after making a blunder, ljubo is the one who did not play well after having an advantage in the opening, with obvious drawn line he opted to choose to gamble to win.

ljubo was blessed by nakas mistake in this game, ist mistake, naka was able to survive it, but not for the second time.

Aug-26-09  drnooo: In other words, what does it prove if your opponent is running a fever of 103 and his eyes are rolling in his skull like a pinball machine and wonder of wonders...he loses. Let him get well, pay him off and keep some dignity to the tourney.
Aug-26-09  drnooo: Hey Im not saying he made any excuse from sickness. If it had nothing to do with the loss, fine by me. Ljubo is tough. This does seem a bad result for Naka, does it mean that he cant quite cut it against the big boys. Dunno. We will see. He has spent most of his games against the U.S. Maybe he is not quite good enough, is all I am saying. This seems the first of his many tests overseas. It may take him quite a while to get used to the stiffer competition.
Aug-26-09  timhortons: a fever of 39.5 degrees celsius is serious.i dont think naka reach that point of sickness, what was said of his sickness is vomiting, he must have ingested something that dont agree with his stomach. beside he got rest already, this is a lost game dr.

in chess you blame nobody when you loss and you take the credit when you win.

im sure he will accept all the blame for his losses, and he will be so happy for your kindness in suggesting he back out of the tournament. his condition must not be that worst as you imagine.

Aug-26-09  timhortons: <chaarl: Right, <hellopolgar>, nice attempted swindle by Nakamura. If the bishop is taken, white has at least a perpetual.>

lets not forget theres a line here that could have deliver a perpetual check,naka gambled on the wrong line, maybe too confident that ljubo was not playing that good, look how he swindle his way back on the right track after making a blunder in the opening, a blunder that ljubo was not able to take advantage.

im following this game at icc, together with a lot of other cg user, many titled master kibitz that after the opening ljubo did not do well, he is just to blessed by naka carelessness.

in the first game ljubo swindled a draw when he is about to loss and now he swindled a win when naka suppose to draw. thats life, oh well....

cheers for a fine win GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic!

Aug-26-09
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Chaaarl> <Right, <hellopolgar>, nice attempted swindle by Nakamura. If the bishop is taken, white has at least a perpetual.>

It's true that if 40...fxe3, black loses a rook to 41 Ra7+. (If 41... Kh6?? 42 Qh4#)


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However, it does not look like a perpetual after 46...fxe3.

If 47 Qxg3+ Kf6 48 Rf1+ Ke7 the key f7 square is adequately protected.


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Aug-26-09  timhortons: [Event "NH Chess Tournament"]
[Site "Amsterdam/Netherlands"]
[Date "2009.??.??"]
[Round "6.5"]
[White "Nakamura"]
[Black "Ljubojevic"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B35"]
[WhiteElo "2710"]
[BlackElo "2553"]
[Annotator "Robot 3"]
[PlyCount "96"]
[EventDate "2009.??.??"]
[TimeControl "40/7200:0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 Qa5 8. Nb3 Qb4 9. Bd3 Nxe4 10. Bxe4 Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 Qxe4 12. O-O d6 13. Re1 Qg4 14. f3 Qh5 15. Qd2 Be6 16. Nd4 Nxd4 17. Bxd4 Rg8 18. a4 g5 19. Rab1 b6 20. h3 Qg6 21. a5 h5 22. axb6 axb6 23. Rxb6 g4 24. fxg4 hxg4 25. h4 Qh5 26. Qe2 Rc8 27. Reb1 Qxh4 28. Rb8 g3 29. Qb5+

if we follow the 29.Rxc8+ variation naka can have a perpetual check


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1. = (0.00): 29.Rxc8+ Bxc8[] 30.Rb8 Qh2+[] 31.Kf1 Qh1+[] 32.Bg1 Kd7[] 33.Qb5+[] Ke6[] 34.Qc4+ Kf6[] 35.Rxc8 Rxc8[] 36.Qxc8 Qh5[] 37.Ke1 2. (-0.79): 29.Qb5+ Kf8[] 30.Qb7

<(29. Rxc8+ Bxc8 30. Rb8 Kd7 31. Qb5+ Ke6 32. Qc4+ Kd7 33. Qb5+ Ke6 34. Qc4+)>

29Rxc8.


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29..Bxc8


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30.30. Rb8


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30..Kd7


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31Qb5


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the rest is repetition of move

29... Kf8 30. Qc6 Qg4 31. Rxc8+ Bxc8 32. Rf1 Rg6 33. Rf4 Qd7 34. Qe4 Kg8 35. Be3 e5 36. Rf1 f5 37. Qc4+ Qe6 38. Qc7 f4 39. Qd8+ Kg7 40. Ra1 Rf6 41. Bb6 Bb7 42. Ra7 Qd5 43. Qd7+ Kh6 44. Qh3+ Kg5 45. Ra1 Rf8 46. Be3 Kg6 47. c4 Qe4 48. Bb6 Kg5 0-1

Aug-26-09  timhortons: http://www.nhchess.com/RoundReport6...

In the opening, an Accelerated Dragon, he lost a pawn to the well-known ‘trick’ 8...Qb4. True to style Nakamura continued as if nothing had happened and won the admiration of the experts when he managed to obtain a decent position. But more than equal his chances were not and he should have <made a draw with 29.Rxc8+ Bxc8 30.Rb8>

check out the official website and its claiming naka could have seal in a draw if he follow the 29.Rxc8 variation.

perhaps if he play for a draw he will be accused also of being chicken hearted. he just gamble badly and he ran out of luck.

nak had only one life, maybe weily cayote has a lot.

Aug-26-09  whiskeyrebel: Oh well, he can't win 'em all. I was amazed when he stumbled into that opening trap though, at least he made it interesting.
Aug-26-09  whithaw: Any critic believing that sickness doesn't affect performance is quite ignorant, and perhaps they are more of a critic than a chessplayer. Sickness affects your level of play profoundly, just as it would if you were running a marathon. Bravo Nakamura for hanging in there and fulfilling your playing obligations. You are a chess professional as well as a great talent.
Aug-26-09  returnoftheking: There are quite a number of players who played decent or even good tournaments while being sick; Sosonko, Miles and so on. Every player is different.
Aug-27-09  Shajmaty: <timhortons: lets say he play bad in the opening, what ever blunder he did [...]> 8. ♘b3?? is not an opening move for a 27xx. Naka is definitely not at his best in this tournament.
Aug-27-09  ajile: <timhortons: i dont think you blame sickness for this loss.

naka in the past never made sickness as an excuse for lossing a tournament.

if somebody saw him vomit in the toilet then his gastric sphincter is just not doin well.>

Please elaborate more in grisly detail. I need to know EVERYTHING that happened in that bathroom stall..

Aug-27-09
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  HeMateMe: The opening could not have been a blunder. A GM losing a pawn on the 8th move? The position is very well known. Naka loses the pawn to gain a tempo, black doesnt have time to castle, and its difficult to defend the queenside pawn, Nake wins back the b pawn.

When someone has a pawn on your g3, its time to take pieces off the board, and elimnate the pawn/back rank threats. Somehow one sees him making better decisions as he gets a little older.

Aug-29-09  HolyKnight: All I can say is wow. What an upset. What is Nakamura going to do next. Lose to Korchnoi.
Aug-30-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: "The game between Hikaru Nakamura and Ljubomir Ljubojevic was another dramatic and unfortunate adventure for the American Champion.

In the opening, an Accelerated Dragon, he lost a pawn to the well-known ‘trick’ <8...Qb4>. True to style Nakamura continued as if nothing had happened and won the admiration of the experts when he managed to obtain a decent position.

But more than equal his chances were not and he should have made a draw with <29.Rxc8+ Bxc8 30.Rb8>. His decision to play for a win with <29.Qb5+> was too optimistic.

Ljubojevic grabbed his chances and playing accurately the Serbian grandmaster warded off all threats and scored his third win. "

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