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Hikaru Nakamura vs Jan Smeets
"Hikaru Dikaru Dock, Jan Ran Down His Clock" (game of the day May-28-2011)
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-22
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Lilienthal Variation (D44)  ·  1-0



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Jan-22-11  Bobwhoosta: <talisman>

I left it there for anyone with a Conspiracy Theory involving aliens, Karpov, Illumzhinov, or any combination of the two.

Jan-22-11  Open Defence: so we should have stuck with the first feed after all....
Jan-22-11  Bobwhoosta: <Peligroso Patzer>

Thanks, now when I'm in tournaments I can get down to six men, then double check on the tablebase that I am indeed lost!!! That way, by using my cell phone during a game I'll lose by forfeit instead of having to resign!!!

Jan-22-11  notyetagm: NAKA wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  kdogphs: This game was absolutely nuts... I tuned in around move 22 and it looked like Smeets was winning but in time trouble, then Naka seemed to go wrong with 28) Be4, then it looked like Smeets has a won game (and also was out of time), now I tune in after shoveling my back porch (I love New Hampshire) and find out Naka has won... This guy is amazing to watch and I hope he keeps it up!!!
Jan-22-11  James Bowman: <kdogphs:> Hmmm around 22 looks pretty even to me and by 28 Nakamura was clearly winning a two pawn advantage in his hands is hard to bet against. Sorry not trying to be argumentative just can't see it?

Yes we are deep in it too here in Indiana, I yanked my furnace out sold it and used the proceeds to start a coconut plantation, my kids are cold the trees have died and Al Gore better be shacking up with Bin Laden ;oD

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  kdogphs: <James Bowman> Forgot to reference that on they actually had Smeets up two pawns after move 28... forgot to mention that...
Jan-23-11  falso contacto: I never gave nakamura too much credit, but he might be improving.
Jan-23-11  Kazzak: <falso contacto - I never gave nakamura too much credit, but he might be improving.>

You know what??? I think you may be right!!!!!!

Maybe the chart is wrong? What do you think?

Jan-23-11  Kazzak: Adding comment: I don't think there's an activity on earth where the development in performance is as closely tracked, within a given set of outcomes, across a wide universe of subjects, with such precision as in chess. It is therefore extremely simple to replace supposition with solid deduction. It's why social scientists are raiding the global set of chess ratings databases for various experiments of testable hypotheses.

It may be advisable to run a supposition past some easily available check points before announcing them to the world.

Applying the tool made available by FIDE, we see that the two portions of your statement, <falso contacto>, are easily testable.

"I never gave Nakamura too much credit" - as long as we're discussing his sartorial skills, we can be in agreement. When it comes to chess?

"but he might be improving."

'might be' is so filled with uncertainty. You're hedging your bets in a way that speaks ill of your ability to process data.

Jan-23-11  falso contacto: Flawless writing. But you already knew that I don't care or trust that sort of logic.
Jan-24-11  Eyal:

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<26.h4! is surprisingly good, leaving all the tension intact, making luft and getting another of the four(!) connected passers on the road to glory. 26...Ne5 (26...Qc5 doesn't work here. There's no White bishop hanging on d5 for Black to take after 27.Qf4+ Kb7 28.Rxa4 ) 27.Re7 Nd3 28.Rxe8 Rxe8 29.f7 Rf8 30.Rxa4 Qxa4 31.Qg7 Rxf7 32.Qxf7 Ne5 33.Qxd5 Qa1+ 34.Bf1 (34.Kh2? Ng4 ) 34...Qxb2 35.f4 ]> (

At any rate, 21...Bc6 (played after a very long think by Smeets, right after they left theory), with the idea of attacking the knight on a4 by ...Qa5, was rather clumsy and turned out to be such a good idea.

Jan-31-11  Eyal: <21...Bc6 [...] was rather clumsy and turned out to be such a good idea.>

<not> such a good idea, rather...

Feb-23-11  GilesFarnaby: 23.Nc3 bxc3 is actually on the verge of the playability (for white), I guess we can always use it in blitz:

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25/73 2:34:03 5.799.674.754
627.000 -0,74

b2xc3 Qb5-c5 Qd4-f4+ Kb8-c8 Rf1-b1 Bc6-b5 Rb1-e1 Rd8-e8 Re1-e7 Re8xe7 f6xe7 Rh8-e8 h2-h4 Bb5-c6 h4-h5 f7-f6 h5-h6 a7-a5 Ra1-d1 Re8xe7 Rd1-b1 Re7-e5

May-28-11  Julian713: What an amazing pun...
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  Check It Out: Yeah, that's a good pun.
May-28-11  Shokerg: Awesome, they used my pun!
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  tamar: The pun tells the story of the game.

I can just envision the Jose Diaz cartoon for this one.

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  kevin86: As two pawns on the sixth can win-so can three pawns on the fifth vs a rook. Time or no,white will win...
May-28-11  DanielBryant: What a pun. The pawn ladder looks like something a mouse (the rook) could run down.
May-28-11  SirChrislov: Dirtiest pun I've seen here.
May-28-11  DanielBryant: <SirChrislov> No. Just no. It's a nursery rhyme.
May-28-11  Shokerg: <SirChrislov> was certainly not meant that way, lol.

May-28-11  WhiteRook48: that's such a bad pun
Aug-06-16  ChrisWainscott: I like the story of how Naka and his second, Kris Littlejohn, prepped for this game.

They chose 19.Bf4 rather than 19.Be3 knowing that it was not the best move, but also knowing that they could catch Smeets (and really his second, Jan Gustafsson) flatfooted a bit.

Granted it's not like they found a huge hole in Smeets' prep, but they did prove once again that there's a lot more to modern chess than just trusting the computer blindly.

Apparently 19.Bf4 was the computer's third choice at the time.

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