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Hikaru Nakamura vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Tal Memorial (2013), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Jun-13
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense. Alekhine Variation (D38)  ·  0-1



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Jun-13-13  King Crusher: Most untypically lacklustre play by Nakamura walks into an attack. The weakening 19 h3? is really asking for it. Why did he avoid the critical 5Bg5?
Jun-13-13  Robed.Bishop: <boz> Not often around here we see lyrics from the New York Dolls. What an album...
Jun-13-13  goodevans: This looks more like the first round in an open Swiss tournament than a game between two Super GMs!
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  boz: <Robed.Bishop: <boz> Not often around here we see lyrics from the New York Dolls. What an album...>

I saw them in 1973. Eight people showed up.

Jun-13-13  Eyal: Even before the K-side weakening, this knight maneuver to g5 and back looks like a sheer waste of time. I suppose the idea was to bring the knight to e4, but after 13...Bf5! it turns out to be unplayable: 14.Nge4? Nxe4 15.Nxe4 b5! 16.Qc2 Rae8 with an awful pin.
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  kingfu: Nakamura got blitzed!
Jun-13-13  The Rocket: 18 g3 from Nakamura is so positionally ugly(and bad) that I am at loss of words.
Jun-13-13  Ezzy: Hi Nakamura (2784) - S Mamedyarov (2753)

Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (1), 13.06.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.e3 0–0 7.Bd2< Nakamura v Kramnik (Draw) London Chess Classic 2009 went 7 Qc2. >7...dxc4< Laznicka v Mamedjarov 0–1 World Cup 2009 went 7...a6> 8.Bxc4 a6 9.0–0 Bd6 10.Rad1 e5 11.dxe5 Nxe5 12.Be2< Novelty. 1 game in the database with 12 Nxe5 >12...Qe7 13.Ng5 Bf5 14.e4 Bd7 15.Qc2 <Threat is 16 f4 winning.> 15...h6 16.Nf3 Rfe8 17.Rfe1 Rad8 18.g3?< Is it really necessary to leave weaknesses around your king.> 18...Neg4< With the idea 19...Bc5 giving white a real headache.> 19.h3??< Wow! It just goes from bad to worse. Nakamura has completely lost his sense of danger. White should just take his medicine and grimly defend. 19.Bd3 Bc5 20.Re2]> 19...Nxf2!< Smashing whites king defences to pieces.> 20.Kxf2 Bxh3< Threatening 21...Bc5+ 22 Be3 Bxe3+ 23 Kxe3 Ng4+ 24 Kf4 Qf6 Mate!! >21.Kg1< [21.Nd4 Bc5 22.Be3 Qe5 23.Rh1 Rxd4 24.Rxd4 Bxd4 25.Rxh3 Bxc3 26.bxc3 Nxe4+ 27.Kf1 Nxg3+ 28.Kg2 Qxe3 Winning.] >21...Bxg3 22.Bf1 Bxe1 23.Rxe1 Bg4 24.Bg2< [24.Re3 Qc5 25.Ne1 Bf5 26.Bg2 Ng4 Also a complete mess for white.]> 24...Bxf3 25.Bxf3 Qd6 26.Re2 Qg3+ 27.Bg2 Ng4 28.Nd1< [28.Be1 Qh2+ 29.Kf1 Re6 30.e5 Qf4+ 31.Kg1 Rxe5 Still a complete mess for white.]? 28...Re6 29.Ne3 Rc6 30.Qb1 Qh2+ 31.Kf1 Qf4+< Pure Carnage.> 0–1

Pay back time for Mamedyarov after losing in 22 moves against Nakamura in the Zug Grand Prix 2013.

One of the worse games I've seen Nakamura play. His sense of danger was non existent. 18 g3? and 19 h3?? was like playing a version of 'losing chess.'

'The Mamedyarov Massacre'

Nakamura tweeted yesterday -

<"I won the 2013 Tal Memorial Blitz with 7 out of 9 points! Now it is time to focus on round 1 of the classical tournament tomorrow.">

Perhaps he should tweet less and focus more. :-)

Jun-13-13  Robed.Bishop: <boz> Lucky you. I wasn't old enough then to see them.

I was fortunate to see the Ramone's live as an opening act. They were great and were just about booed off the stage. Back then punk bands weren't exactly received well...

David Johansen has recently toured and performed some of the old songs. I saw part of a show on t.v., and I believe he's the only original member still alive.

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  boz: <Robed.Bishop> Yes, it's fun to see good bands before they pack the major halls. It was standing room only because there were no chairs. All eight of us stood there in the front row. Johansen wasn't too pleased about the sparse audience but played a full show nevertheless.
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  boz: Not that the Dolls ever packed a major hall.
Jun-13-13  brankat: <Nakamura got blitzed!>

Not surprising. Blitz is his field of expertise :-)

Jun-13-13  lordazol: g3 ??
Jun-13-13  pajaste: Had we played this in a coffeehouse (rapid game) we might have stated afterwards that 'this was a good game, but there would likely be improvements.'
Jun-14-13  Mudphudder: White was just slapped around and bullied in this game.
Jun-14-13  Just Another Master: Naka is losing points like a drunk loses brain cells
Jun-14-13  dx9293: Honestly, a move like 18.g3 is something a player rated over 2770 should never play.

Just when I think Nakamura is getting it together with his beautiful endgame play in the Blitz, he goes out and lays an egg with White.

Nakamura's endgame play has always been better than he's given credit for, and he has clearly been working to improve it. Now he needs to improve his positional understanding, which is still a glaring hole. If he does this, I would expect him to make 2800.

Jun-14-13  morfishine: Laid an egg, crushed like an egg
Jun-14-13  whiteshark: Time to find a new brain teaser—the chicken and egg question has been solved...

Jun-14-13  KlingonBorgTatar: <Laid an egg, crushed like an egg, > an egg on his face....
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  PawnSac: In the question:
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
the answer is Nakamura! Nakamura laid the egg.
Jun-17-13  JohnBoy: Look at the record between these two. Like body blows between Ali and Frazier.
Jun-21-13  luffyzanderssen: All these comments are so funny since Naka won his next 3 games to take the lead in the tournament!
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  PawnSac: < fisayo123: <Sir Ruthless> What's so surprising about Mamedyarov being a better player than Nakamura? Naka only gets more coverage because he is an American. >

It's not surprising at all. Shak was world Jr champ in 2003 & 2005, and a Candidate in 2011. He's a couple years older than Hikaru and was a GM about year and half before him. At the time of this game Hikaru's rating was actually higher (2784 vs. 2753). Up to and including this game, here was Hikaru's score against Shak:

Blitz +4
blind +1
classical +3 –5 =2

But arguing Shak is the "better player" overall based on this performance is a non-sequitur. Early on Shak performed better when they played each other, but Hikaru's higher rating suggests he was slightly better in the open arena.

This is the worst game Hikaru ever played against him, but it is also the LAST classical game Hikaru lost to Shak. In the 14 that followed, Hikaru won 4 and drew 10!

2 years after this game Hikaru was world #2

In over all lifetime standings:

Hikaru Nakamura beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov..
Classical games: 7 to 5, with 12 draws.
Only rapid: 27 to 11, with 21 draws.

Hikaru’s best blitz = 2934 (Mar 2019) current = 2874 best classical = 2816 (Oct 2015) current = 2787 #2

Shak’s best blitz = 2866 (Dec 2014) current = 2772 best classical = 2820 (Sep 2018) current 2742 #15

Shak's best classical was after Sinquefield 2018. A win against So and 9 draws against top flight, pushed his rating up. but if you check their rating progress at FIDE you’ll see Shak’s ratings have been erratic.. hot or cold. Hikaru was #2 in 2015, and is #2 again.

So, in the overall picture, Shak was a strong competitor, while Hikaru was a rising star coming up under, then passing him, now having the better overall performance. BUT, Shak has put up many great games, and I've enjoyed playing thru them.

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  PawnSac: < fisayo123: Naka only gets more coverage because he is an American. >

This is nonsense of course. Compare the respective bio's. Shak has 79 pages of chat, and Hikaru has 24. Consider also...

New In Chess Classic (2021)

When Praggnanandahaa scored wins against Duda, Karjakin, Radjabov, and Cristiansen, and drew the top field; Magnus, Hikaru, Shak, Firouzja, etc.. everyone was talking about the skinny little 15 year old that came on the scene by storm!

Top 3 were Magnus, Hikaru, and Shak, but nobody was talking about them. Pragg got all the press! The same happens with all the rising stars. It's NEW news. The same happened with Shak.

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