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Gata Kamsky vs Hikaru Nakamura
Sinquefield Cup (2013), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 6, Sep-15
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-15-13  chesssalamander: Nobody post on here yet?!? Pretty interesting wild Najdorf, ending with perpetual. I guess everyone's eyes are on Carlsen-Aronian!
Sep-16-13  fischer2009: Must admire Nakamura's originality and will to play such original positions out of the opening.Though I must say I believe these opening choices are a result of his work with Garry Kasparov.This was one of his pet lines.Wild Wild Interesting Innovative Game.
Sep-16-13  csmath: First 12 moves have been played before, only one note:

11. ...Qb6

[Van Beers attempted 11. Nxe4!? against Cheparinov in Hoogeveen last year and got killed after 12. Bxf7!? but even 12. Qh5 would have been enough advantage.]

12.... Nc6

[Again, black can try 12. ...Nxe4!?
but it is still very dangerous:
13. Nxe4 Qxd4, 14. Qe2 0-0, 15. c3 Qb6, 16. h4 g4, 17. Bf4 with uncertain game]

14. ...g4!?

[playing with fire but in the spirit of the position.]

29. Rd1!?

[this is a easier break which relieves tension and allows black to reach some safety. 29. Rc1 Qd6, 30. Qf2 Re8, 31. a4 Rd2 would have kept the fighting on though it seems that black has enough resources to defend.]

I have feeling that neither was really willing to fight much more beyond some initial threats.

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  whiteshark: <csmath: I have feeling that neither was really willing to fight much more beyond some initial threats.>

Their post-game interviews let me come to a different conclusion: (00m33s to 14m:00s)

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  transpose: I was in attendance for this game and was certain Hikaru would be busted given the tightrope he was walking the entire game. (BTW, commentator GM Ian Rogers certainly thought so too.) In his defense, the comnputers didn't show a clear win for white, and Hikaru explained afterwards that he always felt he could hang in if need be, no matter the variation. Hikaru loves the reaction he gets when he plays like this---you could see a partial smile when anyone would question his choice of opening in this game or his sanity. I spoke to him afterwards and it is clear he thoroughly enjoys how his style of play (and his willingness to risk much for a possible tournament victory, as in this game) captures the imagination of chess players.

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