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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Grand Prix London (2012), London ENG, rd 2, Sep-22
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Neo-Classsical Line (E99)  ·  0-1



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  OBIT: Nakamura has used over a half hour on this move. Expect him to go back to blitz mode once he thinks he has analyzed this out.
Sep-22-12  Strongest Force: Rf7 is interesting. Has Nak set traps & pitfalls?
Sep-22-12  zakkzheng: White should resign
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  OBIT: By the official site, Kasim has four minutes to get to move 60 - no increments until then.
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  OBIT: Kasim down to 1 minute for 6 moves
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  OBIT: heh, it's over. Kasim is mated.
Sep-22-12  Marmot PFL: As they say the better player is always lucky.
Sep-22-12  Strongest Force: Way to go Naka!
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  OBIT: By the official site, Kasim's clock was down to almost 0:00 when he played the last move of the time control, 60. Bd3??
Sep-22-12  Marmot PFL: After 59...Rc6 it's not easy to defend anyway.
Sep-22-12  brankat: <As they say the better player is always lucky.>

Originally this comes from Capablanca, I think. Something like:

"A good fortune is always more likely to be on the side of a better player."

Sep-22-12  goodevans: Severe time pressure or not, it takes a certain sort of genius to pick out the absolutely worst move possible in a position! :)
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  OBIT: <goodevans> Yes, it makes for a good puzzle, actually: In the position after 59...Rc6, find the only move for White that allows Black a forced checkmate. The solution makes nice use of interference, blocking the rook on d7.
Sep-22-12  Eyal: <After 59...Rc6 it's not easy to defend anyway.>

Yeah, the threat of 60...Rh1+ created by the Rf6-c6 maneuver is unpleasant to deal with, especially with your clock running on fumes. Interestingly, Kasimdzhanov said after the game that toward the end he was actually starting to get optimistic about winning chances, with his bishop pair and passed a-pawn, which is why he pushed this pawn forward on move 59 even though he saw that 59.Bd8 followed by Bxg5 (in case of 59...Rc6) pretty much forces a draw.

At any rate, nice piece play by Nakamura at the later stages of the game - he managed to generate his K-side attack even without the queen (and LSB).

Sep-22-12  vinidivici: U know what, it seems some of Naka opponents lost the game because the time trouble. And we know Naka is a player who playing fast.

So for the opponents i suggest to play faster, especially in the opening part, so they can match Naka in the later stage.

Sep-22-12  xthred: From Naka on twitter:
@GMHikaru: Winning is fun, losing is fun. Playing interesting games of chess with both colours is what makes it all worthwhile.
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  OBIT: <vinidivici> Nakamura's opponents should all know he likes to work on his opponent's clock with fast play. In fact, he tried this tactic in round one against Gelfand, except in this case Gelfand outplayed him brilliantly.

During the live broadcast, Kasimdzhanov actually made the first time control without much difficulty. It was right after that, on move 43 or thereabouts, that he got himself in trouble by using half of his new hour. Since the first two time controls had no time increments, that basically left him with only 30 minutes to get to move 60.

I don't know why Kasim thought the position at move 43 required a long contemplation. With only two pawns left for each side, the position was starting to look drawish. I'd imagine he was trying to find some winning chances in the position. In retrospect, though, spending so much time at this point of the game was not a prudent decision - and, in the end, it ultimately cost him the game.

Sep-23-12  vikram2791: White loses after 61...Rc1#
Sep-23-12  csmath: <Winning is fun, losing is fun. Playing interesting games of chess with both colours is what makes it all worthwhile.>

Losing is never fun regardless how interesting the game was. Nakamura knows that well.

Sep-23-12  SirRuthless: Nakamura has the most guts out of all these guys. He will lose his share because he doesn't always look for the objectively best moves all the time. He looks for the most irritating moves and uses his speed to intimidate his opponents. It nearly worked against Gelfand but Gelfand was too strong. It worked today. He will probably finish with the fewest number of draws and the most wins.
Sep-23-12  Alesavio: I think that the contrary is true! Naka is a very solid player, he plays always with a draw in his pocket and he tries hard to win every game. If the opponent has problems with the clock he plays on and on, but against very strong players this "joke" don't work. Kasimdzhanov has spent too much time in a simple drawish ending and Naka has finished it as in a blitz game, zac zac checkmate!
Sep-23-12  Hesam7: <<Eyal:> In the Kasimdzhanov-Nakamura KID game the computers show a big advantage for Kasimdzhanov, so Nakamura should probably be winning.>

:)) good call! It seems that <27 Rc6> would have kept White's large advantage:

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here is an engine generated line: <27...g4 28 Qb3 a5 29 Rd1 Bb4 30 Qc4 Rb8 31 Qa6 Kh7 32 a4 gf3 33 Bf3 Qe8 34 e7 Be7 35 h3 Qg8 36 Na5 Bd6 37 Nb7>

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Sep-24-12  OneArmedScissor: Naka is a modern day Tal in a world full of silicon, transistors, and velvet.
Sep-24-12  madlydeeply: i my own self just love it when the knights beat the Bs
Sep-29-12  vinidivici: <OBIT>Thanks for the explanation, makes all clear.

When i looked after the move 42, just like you said, i can get it why Kazim thought so long, maybe its a burden in his mind or something else. But The board still contained many pieces and thats absolutely a factor. Assuming, all 16 pawns on the board and leave also 4 bishops on it, it would be much more easier to calculate than only 10 pieces and 4 pawns (just like above).

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