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Hikaru Nakamura vs Sergey Karjakin
Tata Steel Masters (2014), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-17
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E37)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-17-14  KingchecksQueen: If Sergey had continued playing he could have harvested white's e,f, and h pawns with his queen or knight.
Jan-17-14  Marmot PFL: Nakamura backs away from the complications of 10 Nf3 Bf5 11 b4 and settles for the draw.
Jan-17-14  SirRuthless: The computers thought Karjakin could have played on but his short time may have influenced his decision. I was surprised Nakamura went with 15.b4 instead of 15.Kf1 allowing the exchange sac and playing a complicated position, not that this one was complicated. I hope he is just out of form because if this is the new Nakamura, content to draw with white and make +1 or +0 in a super tournament of this calibre, then I might just have to move on to greener pastures as a fan of swashbuckling chess. This game felt like a potential slugfest-turned-bail-out. Disappointing waste of the white pieces.

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