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Hikaru Nakamura vs Alexandra Kosteniuk
Kings - Queens (2011), St Louis, MO USA, rd 3, Sep-12
King's Gambit: Accepted. Abbazia Defense (C36)  ·  1-0

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Hikaru Nakamura vs Alexandra Kosteniuk (2011)


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Sep-12-11  KingV93: Pretty cool to see the Kings Gambit played by two top level players. I'd love to see more of it, makes for exciting chess!
Sep-13-11  Pyke: Nakamura once again gets "lucky".

At the press conference he himself, as well as the commentators pointed out as much.

18. a3? was a mistake by White. Black's Queen on b3 is now very well placed.

Black blunders badly with 21. ... Nd6? As now after 22. Qa7 Black has to give up serious material in order to prevent getting mated after Qa8.

Much better was 21. ... Bxc3. With exchange of Queen to follow. And sacrificing the piece back for White's central pawns.

Sep-13-11  drnooo: this is as good a place to ask this again even though I did over at the k k does anyone have a single score of Tal ever playing the Kings Gambit
Sep-13-11  Pyke: <drnooo>: Tal vs P Trifunovic, 1963

Only game at chessgames.com.

Sep-13-11
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  perfidious: <drnooo> I responded straight away to your post-on looking over there, you'll see it was the very first reply.
Sep-14-11  Mir Sultan Khan: I think there is also a KG game, Tal vs Bronstein in which Bronstein wins the Brilliancy Prize.
Sep-14-11  Pyke: <Mir Sultan Khan: I think there is also a KG game, Tal vs Bronstein in which Bronstein wins the Brilliancy Prize.>

Yes, but the colours were reversed, e.g. Tal was on the Black side of this one

Bronstein vs Tal, 1968

Sep-14-11  Strongest Force: What KG was featured in From Russia With Love?
Sep-14-11  Pyke: <Strongest Force: What KG was featured in From Russia With Love?>

Here you go:

Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960

Sep-14-11  Strongest Force: Thx, Pyke. This is the best James Bond movie ever. It had tons of action and a plot that featured a third-party gambit: pitted the Russians against the Brits but was always controlled by a third private group.
Sep-15-11  Everett: <pyke: Nakamura once again gets "lucky". At the press conference he himself, as well as the commentators pointed out as much.

18. a3? was a mistake by White. Black's Queen on b3 is now very well placed.>

Why not say it looks like Kosteniuk got lucky that Nakamura played 18.a3?

Sep-16-11  Pyke: <<pyke: Nakamura once again gets "lucky". At the press conference he himself, as well as the commentators pointed out as much.

18. a3? was a mistake by White. Black's Queen on b3 is now very well placed.>

Everett: Why not say it looks like Kosteniuk got lucky that Nakamura played 18.a3?>

Sure, you can say that. But if Nakamura himself at the press conference says he played badly and got lucky, that's good enough for me. Who am I to argue with the assessment of a player like Nakamura?

Apart from that you might noticed that I put lucky in quotation marks. When looking at other Nakamura games from this tournament, the phrase "lucky" comes up a lot of times.

But that seems contradictory, when one considers Nakamura's chrushing overall result of 9.5 out of 10 I believe. In my opinion, though Nakamura might not have played his best chess, he once more showed, that in practical terms he's a monster. Combine that with his natural talent and you get there.

He played fast and created unusual positions and problems, thus putting pressure on the opponents. That approach worked flawlessly, causing opponents to make mistakes.

As mentioned above, he sometimes got "lucky". To some amount, though, he created this luck.

Sep-16-11  Everett: <Pyke> fair enough. In fact, you gave more explanation than i deserved.

What was recommended in place of White's a3 in the KG game?

Sep-17-11  Pyke: <Everett: <Pyke> fair enough. In fact, you gave more explanation than i deserved.

What was recommended in place of White's a3 in the KG game?>

I am sure they've said something about that.

But, to be truly honest, I can't remember anything about it - you know, it was some four days ago that I've watched the press conference, so you'll have to excuse me on that one.

If you're interested however, the videos of the live coverage are stil online at http://www.livestream.com/uschess.

The info should be in the stream from September 12th.

Sep-17-11  Pyke: <Everett> Yes, it's stil there:

http://www.livestream.com/uschess/v...

At about 44 minutes into the video, there's the pressconference with Hikaru Nakamura and the analysis of this game.

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