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Hikaru Nakamura vs Vladimir Kramnik
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-29
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Penguincw: Wow. I just got to this page and the game is drawn!
Jan-29-11  hms123: <Anand Giri next please!

l'Ami Aronian second choice>

<achieve> Exactly!

Jan-29-11  Shams: <[Drawn] At last! "No comment," said Kramnik as he left the playing arena. "Ask him!" Nakamura was more talkative. "Today I had a choice to take a risk or not, and I decided 'Why take the risk?'. I spent most of the morning looking at 1.d4 and 1.c4 and I found some problems so I went for the Berlin. I pretty much knew I had this to fall back on. "Tomorrow I have Black against Wang Hao. At least he is not Kramnik so I have some chances.">

--GM Rogers

Jan-29-11  dakgootje: Well, so much for all my chessbucks probably - unless a small miracle happens :P
Jan-29-11  chesssantosh: Its disgusting...they drew in just 20 moves.thats why i love sofia rule
Jan-29-11  Marmot PFL: Giri was Anand's 2nd, so maybe he knows of some weakness in his preparation.
Jan-29-11  BobCrisp: Scum bums.
Jan-29-11  BobCrisp: Why is this <Uncommon Opening>?
Jan-29-11  Caissanist: Smeets - Grischuk doesn't look that boring to me; Grischuk's 4..Nge7!? is little played in the last 100 years, but seems to lead to a more double edged game than is typical in the Lopez.
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  patzer2: The Aronian game looks really interesting.
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  Penguincw: Smeets vs. Grischuk looks interesting.
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  Stonehenge: < BobCrisp: Why is this <Uncommon Opening>? > I've 'blown the whistle' on you. It's spamming what you're doing; very childish.
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  jessicafischerqueen: Well done <Stony>- that man contributes absolutely nothing to this website but callow malevolence.
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  plang: <Its disgusting...they drew in just 20 moves.thats why i love sofia rule>

I don't see how anyone can criticize Nakamura - he has played uncompromising chess throughout the tournament - it is entirely logical to avoid risk now when he is so close to victory.

Jan-29-11  lost in space: So far both opponents are avoiding any move creating a weakness in the own position. Very solid play from both sides! How boring.
Jan-29-11  vanytchouck: < chesssantosh: Its disgusting...they drew in just 20 moves.thats why i love sofia rule >

Are you kidding?

With the sofia rules, they would just go on exchanging all the pieces and finishing king vs king ...

< kellmano:
Though I guess the players could easily have played this out a few more moves and then agreed a draw here even with those rules.>

Yes, exactly!

Jan-29-11  Caissanist: Nakamura's approach seems to be to do pretty much whatever he feels like on a given day. There was no "logical" reason for him to go all out for a win against Carlsen with black, and then give an easy draw to Kramnik with white. But it does have the virtue of keeping his opponents guessing.
Jan-29-11  unsound: Well, there was a long way to go in the tournament when he played Carlsen, whereas now with draws he puts a lot of pressure on Anand et al. to win in these last rounds. So I don't think Nakamura's choices are really irrational.
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  Domdaniel: After 13...d5 it could be an Exchange French (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5). The same structure crops up in the Petrov too, of course.

Three boring openings. And yet Black does reasonably well in the Exchange French, due to a kind of psychological initiative. But the other two are seen only as drawing lines.

There are points of interest in even the dullest games. Well, sometimes.

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  Domdaniel: It's amusing how certain critics now seem to regard 1.e4 as a cop-out.
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  HeMateMe: "May I please have a refund?", said the ticket holder.
Jan-29-11  Lennonfan: <jessicafischergroupie> <that man contributes absolutely nothing to this website but callow malevolence>......and your contribution is??? Pictures of bobby fischer's mother protesting outside the whitehouse??? Smarmy remarks aimed at less educated ppl than yourself??? Perhaps a few pics of bobby taking his first steps(towards self destruction!) or first pimple on his teenage cheek?? Very truly are a wanderful "lady" Wander what bobby would have made of you!
Jan-29-11  donehung: After seeing the ease with which Naka secured a draw against "a former world champ and all that" Im seriously cotemplating throwing this line in my repetoire to secure draws against stronger players lol
Jan-29-11  polarmis: Here's Sergey Shipov's commentary on this game, though admittedly he abandoned it half-way through :) (he said in his video round-up afterwards that it just seemed to be a not-very-artfully-concealed arranged draw)

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  WannaBe: Ha!! 20 moves, draw!!! =))
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