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Hikaru Nakamura vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Bazna King's Tournament (2011), Medias ROU, rd 2, Jun-12
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C96)  ·  1-0



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  Gypsy: See you. (Got to run.)
Jun-12-11  kudubux: <luzhin> 73.d6 Ke6 74.d7 Kxd7 75.Kxe5 may also be possible.
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  chancho: Game over.
Jun-12-11  Knight13: Good game.
Jun-12-11  Marmot PFL: Back in the race now with a win while the front runners draw.
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  Domdaniel: The determination of these guys is scary. In Nisi's place, I'd have taken the opposite-colour bishop draw. Instead he went for a win, and gets a duck egg. Equally, Nak pressed for a win earlier at the risk of getting a worse position, which he did. But it paid off.
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  Check It Out: Thanks,!
Jun-12-11  Marmot PFL: Not am impressive win from the strategic sense, as black made a stupid move in an equal ending.
Jun-12-11  luzhin: kudubox, then 75...Kc6 and Black has excellent drawing chances.The fact is that Naka's 73.Nd6! is FAR better than 73.d6: in fact, it wins by force.
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  Domdaniel: Best 78-move struggle for weeks.
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  Domdaniel: <Marmot> - < Not am impressive win from the strategic sense> Of course you're right, but the start-to-finish strategic masterpieces in books are rare, and specially chosen for clarity etc. This was a fight. Either of them could have taken a draw, but fought on.
Jun-12-11  hedgeh0g: The final position is quite aesthetic in that White controls most of the 6th rank with just 2 pawns and a knight, preventing the black king from approaching.
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  Domdaniel: It doesn't seem that Nisipeanu missed a win after all. He had slightly the better of the BB-vs-BN ending, and a move like 58...Bc8 would have kept Naka under pressure - but he'd probably have held the draw.

Instead, 58...hxg4 59.hxg4 Kg5 was a flawed idea based on an illusory tactic. At this stage, right on the time control, Black still has an easy draw - but he went for a win with 60.Kh3 f3?

If White takes the f3 pawn he loses. 61.Nxf3+ Kf4 wins a piece, while after 61.Bxf3 Kf4 the Black King mops up the queenside pawns. Nisi had probably seen the reply 61.Kg3, but may have reckoned that 61...f2 would give him time to take the g-pawn -- missing the (double) Zwischenzug 62.Nf3+! Kh6 63.g5+, when Black has to retreat, and White emerges with an extra pawn and a won game.

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  Gypsy: of course, <60...f3?> was a mistake after which it seems impossible to save the game. But even if Black noticed the loss of the f-pawn, his task would have been difficult. Soon he would have to defend either this or a substantially similar position:

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And that is anything but easy.

Jun-12-11  chessarts: Move 52 is the key for Nakamura!
Jun-12-11  fab4: The position after 58.Kg2 is equal, but with plenty of play left. Black,as folk have stated, went for broke in a delicate ending and just burnt all his bridges.

Yeah 52.e5 is nice. but no way winning.

Jun-12-11  Jambow: <Yeah 52.e5 is nice. but no way winning.> Agreed but it was an advantage that gave play for Nakamura too work with. The natural continuation removed the strong bishop pair and put blacks king a little further out of postion.

I liked 60.Kh3, I missed that one until it was played, then I was like of course. Now whites king is centralizing and blacks light squared bishop is gone so the black pawn base on b5 is undefensible considering the black king was on the h file.

Nakamura's strong end game and combined equestrian skills bring it home. Instructive game that unveils Nakamura's approach to chess.

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  perfidious: While I haven't read the kibitzes here, 52.e5 is actually forced, as without opening lines against Nisipeanu's king, it will be a long, cheerless defence ahead for White. The bishop pair, combined with White's weakened kingside, demand concrete action, whatever the cost.

Going passive isn't in Nakamura's style, and would certainly be wrong here.

<Domdaniel: ...the start-to-finish strategic masterpieces in books are rare, and specially chosen for clarity etc. This was a fight. Either of them could have taken a draw, but fought on.>

This sort of clean kill will usually take place when the players are of different classes, or when a strong opponent misapprehends a position and is forced into an unfavourable line of play.

Other than illustrating how one might ideally play, they've rather less value than a hard fight such as this game, regardless of the outcome.

Jun-12-11  bartonlaos: Nakamura could have played 60.Kf3 blocking the pawn, but the only winning chance was 60.Kh3, coaxing the pawn down.
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  Gypsy: <fab4: The position after 58.Kg2 is equal...> That sounds about right. Black's natural-looking <58...hxg4?> was clearly based on miscalculating and missing White's <61.Kg2> retort. In a way, the <58...hxg4?> was the key conceptual error -- a bigger misstep than the <60...f3?> itself.
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  patzer2: With a trio of in between moves, including 61. Kg3! and 62. Nf3+ and 63. g5+ Naka forces a won endgame.
Jun-13-11  bronkenstein: On their level, or even on 2000+ , that is simply quite rough blunder.
Jun-13-11  Everyone: <Administrator> It's only post mortem for <Everyone>. Nevermind.
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game:

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