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Hikaru Nakamura vs Nigel Short
London Chess Classic (2010), London ENG, rd 5, Dec-12
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Steiner Variation (C89)  ·  1-0



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Dec-12-10  Eyal: Nakamura takes his turn at hitting the Short pinata.
Dec-12-10  kellmano: Poor old Short.

Must be grim to be on 0.5/4 then face Naka. Will be grimmer still to be 0.5/5 and face whoever he has next.

Dec-12-10  onur87: Unfortunately, short lost self confidence! He is not this man!! no,no,no!
Dec-12-10  Marmot PFL: The Herman Steiner variation, a good line to play against your next door neighbor.
Dec-12-10  Eyal: I believe the main line against the Steinter variation (9...e4 instead of the usual Nxd5) is considered to be 11.d4 fxg2 12.Qf3, but this game seems to show that 11.g3 is good as well. Looks like a very methodical and accurate game by Nakamura, nearly a forced win out of the opening. 17.Qc2! is a nice move, preventing 17...Bg6 (the bishop is simply taken) and preparing Qf5.
Dec-12-10  Paraconti: In a different time (circa 1990 - 1996) Short would have crushed the Nakamura of today. Of course in future time, Nakamura would reach a level that would even things out and draw with that Short :P
Dec-12-10  Il Palazzo: Nakamura was very bright in assesing that the correct move was 22.Re5!. This forces simplification at white's advantage. Short then played 22.Re5 Rxe5 23.dxe5 Bg6, seeking bishop activity at the cost of a pawn, but this gives Nakamura the neat Queen manuveur Qxg5 (the answer Qe4 is forced), picking up a pawn, Qd8+, Qh4+ and after QxQ white has a tempo to centralize the bishop with Bd5!, attacking the f-pawn. Possibily 23. ... Qg6 was a more stubborn defence and after QxQ white again plays Bd5, but black's g5 pawn is still there. 22.Re3!? may seem playable but it actually gives black drawing chances and Nakamura pointed out the correct move: 22.Re3 Rxe3 23.fxe3 f2+! giving up the pawn. If 24.Kxf2 Qh1! and the black queen activity on the first rank is really troubling, attacking h3, possibly giving a check on h2 or moving to c1 to attack the weak pawns. This should be connected to the fact that now the black bishop on the h5-d1 diagonal is no more burdened by the defence of the f-pawn and has a clear path. If 24.Qxf2 black can answer with Bg6, activating his bishop. At this point white's extra pawn may not be sufficent because his queen has fallen to a slightly passive position, e3 is weak and white has no forcing moves to get immediatly a better endgame (trading Queens for example). Also the new activity of black pieces may be problematic.
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  tpstar: If time itself was his demeanor (1. e4 e5), there’d be no sunlight (2. Nf3 Nc6) or a glimmer of sunlight landing on the street (3. Bb5 a6)/Sunsuit Girls must be discreet (4. Ba4 Nf6)/Sunsuit Girls must be discreet (5. 0-0 Be7), nursing their fathers locked inside (6. Re1 b5), they masqueraded as his bride (7. Bb3 0-0)/IMLYBIWST (8. c3 d5), IMLYBIWST (9. exd5 e4)/IMLYBIWST (10. dxc6 exf3) but there’s something in your eyes that says maybe [last book move], that’s never (11. g3 Re8)/Never say never (12. d4 Bg4)/The slump by the courthouse with windburn skin [Weaker is 12. Qxf3 Bc5 13. Re3 Bxe3 14. dxe3 Bg4 ], that man could give a (13. Bg5 h6) about the grin on your face as you walk by (14. Bxf6 Bxf6), randy as a goat (15. Nd2 Qd6)/He's sleeping on papers (16. h3 Bh5) but he'd be warm in your coat (17. Qc2 Bg5)/IMLYBIWST (18. Ne4 Qxc6), IMLYBIWST (19. Nxg5 hxg5)/IMLYBIWST (20. Qf5 Rxe1+) but there’s something in your eyes that says maybe (21. Rxe1 Re8), that’s never (22. Re5 Rxe5)/Never say never (23. dxe5 Bg6)/There’s no easy way to lose your sight (24. Qxg5 Qe4), on the street on the stairs (25. Qd8+ Kh7), who's on your flight (26. Qh4+ Qxh4)/Old couple walks by (27. gxh4 f6), as ugly as sin (28. exf6 gxf6)/But he’s got her (29. Bd5 a5) and she’s got him (30. b4 axb4)/IMLYBIWST [30 ... a4 31. a3 ], IMLYBIWST (31. cxb4 Bd3)/IMLYBIWST (32. Kh2 Bc4) but there's something in your eyes that says maybe (33. Be4+ Kh6), that's never (34. a3)/Never say never (1-0) - Romeo Void + Fritz 7, "Never Say Never"

I Might Like You Better If We Slept Together

Dec-13-10  Eyal: It’s quite instructive to see how White maintains control in various possible lines out of the opening – for example, in case of 13...Qd6: 14.h3! Bxh3 (14...Bh5 15.Re5 [threatening to win the bishop with Bxf6] Ne4 [15...Bg6 16.Qxf3 and White is just two pawns up] 16.Bf4) 15.Qxf3 and Black can’t win back the pawn with 15...Bg4 (15...Nd5?? 16.Bxd5 Bxg5 17.Qxf7+) 16.Qg2 Nd5 17.Bxe7 Nxe7 18.Nd2 Qxc6 because of 19.Bxf7+!! Kxf7 20.Rxe7+ and 21.Qxc6; or 18...Nxc6 19.Bd5 Bd7 20.Ne4 Qg6 (20...Qxd5 21.Nf6+) 21.Nc5 Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 Be8 23.Nxa6! with 24.Nxc7 to follow.
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  whiteshark: Man, if I didn't have my shorts working for me I'd be naked!

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