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Kivanc Haznedaroglu vs Hikaru Nakamura
World Team Championship (2010), Bursa TUR, rd 1, Jan-05
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Vitolins Variation (B62)  ·  0-1



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Jan-06-10  donehung: I personally would have played Bc1 on move 29 for white.
Jan-06-10  Atking: <donehung> There is f3 in prise.
Jan-06-10  timhortons: <bens blog>

Haznedaroglu (2498) vs. Nakamura (2708)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 The Classical Sicilian. One of my favorites with black, but, not normally seen in Hikaru's repertoire. Lukily, Hikaru can play anything well. 6. Bg5 e6 7. Bb5 A favorite of American FM Andrew Karklins, who beat me quite easily with this move in the World Open a few years back. 7... Qb6 8. Be3 Qc7 9. g4!? This seems odd in connection with Bb5. Playing a loose/aggressive style is not recommended against Hikaru, who excels in such positions. 9... a6 10. Be2 b5 11. a3 This is slow. Better was 11.g5 with double-edged play. 11... h6 12. f3 Bb7 13. Qd2 Na5 14. Kf2? This doesn't make any sense. Playing f3 and g4 means white should play 0-0-0. Now white has quite bad long-term prospects, with his king permanently exposed. 14... d5! A favorite move of any Sicilian player. This is clearly the correct idea (opening the center) after white's 14.Kf2? 15. exd5 Nxd5 16. Nxd5 Bxd5 17. Qc3 Qd8 Black is much better after 17...Qxc3 as well, but Hikaru prefers to keep the queens on with white's king having little safety. 18. Kg2 Rc8 19. Qd2 Nc4 20. Bxc4 bxc4 21. Rhe1 Bc5 22. Qf2 O-O Hikaru prefers a simple easy advantage, although 22...h5! is also excellent. 23. Rad1 Bxd4 24. Rxd4 f5! 25. Qg3 fxg4 26. Qxg4 Qf6 27. Rf1 Rc7 28. c3 Rb7 White cannot defend his weak f3 and b2 pawns. The Bd5 is a monster. The end is near. 29. Rf2? Rxb2! The Rf2 is overworked. 30. Bd2 Qe5 31. Kg1 h5 32. Qg6 Rf6 33. Qe8+ Kh7 0-1

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