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Hikaru Nakamura vs Fabiano Caruana
Tata Steel Masters (2014), Eindhoven NED, rd 9, Jan-23
King's Indian Defense: Normal. King's Knight Variation (E60)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-23-14  SirRuthless: Both missed chances in this game but nakamura may have missed some strong tactical chances around 2 minutes +inc left on his clock with 29. Rd7! forcing Q33 or Qb6 Both lead to complex positions where eventually black is forced to liquidate into an inferior endgame or white just gets to keep his extra pawn and unwind his fortress position activating his B and N. A tactically rich game.
Jan-23-14  Doniez: <SirRuthless> you are right! I was following the live game and the move 29.Rd7 was evaluated more than +0,5. As a Fabiano fan, I was more than happy to see Naka's choice. I also agree with you that both players wanted to achieve some advantage by a complicated position, but neither player succeeded.
Jan-23-14  ChessYouGood: I'm impressed that Nakamura was able to hold out for a draw with the white pieces against such a strong player.
Jan-23-14  Strelets: <SirRuthless> 29...Qb6?! is not as good-White can sac the rook on f7: 30 Rxf7! Kxf7 31 Qd7+ Be7 32 Qxc8.
Jan-24-14  SirRuthless: Ok so you go Qe3 (only other option ) I go Qd1 and the sac with Rxf7 is still on. Your B on h3 is terrible and falling soon unless you find some way to win pawn for compensation. If for example Qe3 Qd1 Rxc4, grabbing the pawn I still get Rxf7 if Kx then Qd7+ winning the rook back anyway and now like I said before you are getting into a bad endgame and you h3B problem still isn't solved. ok so you go 1....Qe3 2.Qd1 you go you ...Bc5 trying to ad pressure to my N on f2 then I get 3.Rd3 Qg5 Bd2 Q somewhere along the h4-d8 diagonal and I get Be3 breaking the pin now your B on h3 remains en prise so you change Bishop Bxe3 Rxe3 Bf5 is forced then I get Qc1 and i keep my extra passed c pawn. I have no free targets and I have now gotten my minors into the game. I am probably winning or very close to it in that endgame.

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