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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Hikaru Nakamura
Dortmund Sparkassen (2011), Dortmund GER, rd 8, Jul-28
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Aronin-Taimanov Defense (E97)  ·  1-0

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Jul-29-11  uscfratingmybyear: Time to resign.
Jul-29-11  Strongest Force: Pono is all up in that thang now
Jul-29-11
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  keypusher: If Deffi were here she'd be well into her aria by now.
Jul-29-11
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  Domdaniel: And that, to put it mildly, is that.
Jul-29-11
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Nakamura, the Black Knight.
Jul-29-11
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  chancho: A bitter ender.
Jul-29-11
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  Domdaniel: 61.Re4, maybe?
Jul-29-11  SketchQuark: All white has to do is keep his rook on the e file and march his king up the h file.
Jul-29-11  BobCrisp: <Nakamura> needs to be told that <Hirohito> is dead and that he can surrender.
Jul-29-11
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  Domdaniel: Nak tried to run the b-pawn. Sigh. Well, he's no quitter, at least.
Jul-29-11  Strongest Force: Nak will probably try to push the b-pawn now
Jul-29-11
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  tpstar: Great game by Ponomariov, totally outplaying Nakamura in the middlegame and endgame.

It's great to see GMs grinding out these endgame wins.

Jul-29-11
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  Domdaniel: <keypusher> - < If Deffi were here she'd be well into her aria by now.> Expect a writ. Or worse.
Jul-29-11
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  keypusher: <Domdaniel: <keypusher> - < If Deffi were here she'd be well into her aria by now.> Expect a writ. Or worse.>

Why? She said herself she's Da Phat Lady.

Jul-29-11  ajile: 65..Bxe7 66.Rb6+ Kf7 67.Rb7

game over

Jul-29-11
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  Domdaniel: <keypusher> -- < She said herself she's Da Phat Lady.> She may have meant to type 'Phantastique' ... all I know is, her vengeance is terrible.
Jul-29-11
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  keypusher: <DomDaniel>

She took it in advance.

S Hosea vs S Thomson, 2009

Jul-29-11
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  Domdaniel: <keypusher> *You* are <Vulture Guy>? I commend your bravery. She's become a very strong player, our Deffi has.
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  keypusher: <Domdaniel: <keypusher> *You* are <Vulture Guy>? I commend your bravery.>

Carrion Guy, more like.

<She's become a very strong player, our Deffi has.> Compared to me, she always was.

Jul-29-11  patzer2: With two wins against Nakamura in this tournament, Ponomariov has more than made up for his loss to Nakamura in their recent match.

This game is a master piece of positional pressure. Nakamura played well, but found himself at a slight disadvantage coming out of the opening. Ponomariov kept pressing the advantage, and with 38. Rc1!! found a plan to pressure the King side and push his passed pawns to victory.

Both sides are to be congratulated for making this such a well played game. It's really instructive in demonstrating how to push a middle game advantage without Queens on the board. From Black's perspective, it shows how to give an opponent with an advantage lots of opportunities to go wrong. White to his credit, found his way through the maze with a number of critical strong moves.

In addition to 38. Rc1!! another instructive move in forcing the issue with White's passers is 57. Be6! .

P.S.: Despite his struggles in this tournament, I'm still a big Naka fan. He'll learn from this experience, sharpen his opening repertoire and come back strong in future tournaments.

Jul-30-11
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  chancho: Someone mentioned this second loss might drop Naka from the top ten. Is that accurate?
Jul-30-11  blueofnoon: On the live rating list, Nakamura now is rated 14th with 2749.8.

Obviously biggest downfall for him in his whole career so far.

Jul-30-11
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  chancho: <blueofnoon> Thanks.
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  perfidious: <blueofnoon: On the live rating list, Nakamura now is rated 14th with 2749.8. Obviously biggest downfall for him in his whole career so far.>

As we say in poker, this is just fluctuation.

Further successes lie ahead.

Jul-30-11  Ulhumbrus: The main mistake may be 16...fxe4 allowing White to keep the bishop pair by 17 Bxe4. Instead of this, 16...Nxf3 17 gxf3 Bf8 may lead to a draw. Although White has the advantage it may be insufficient to win.
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