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Levon Aronian vs Hikaru Nakamura
"Nak, Nak, Nak King on Levon's Door" (game of the day Feb-15-2022)
Zurich Chess Challenge (2014), Zurich SUI, rd 4, Feb-02
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  1-0



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  Jimfromprovidence: With the bishop covering a7 I did not think twice about 39 Rb8.

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An interesting variation off of this line is 39...Qc7 40 Rxa8 Rxa8 41 Qb5!

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This threatens 42 Qb8+. If 41...Rf8 then 42 Qxd5, below, clearing the way for 43 a8Q.

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Feb-28-15  Bycotron: I must be missing something obvious, this seems way too easy.

39.Qf3+ (the most forcing move)
39...Kg5 (forced)
40.Be3+ Kh4
41.Qg3+ Kh5

or: 40...Rf4 41.Qxf4+ Kh5 42.Qg5#

What did I miss? This is more of a Tuesday solution...

Feb-28-15  Bycotron: Oh, I see the problem. The puzzle shows the wrong position! :( Alas, 39.Rxg7! would have been much harder and much more rewarding to find!
Premium Chessgames Member We are very sorry for a technical error here.

The position intended is 39.? but a different position was displayed on the homepage.

It's a bit late but we corrected the error. Again, our sincere apologies.

Feb-28-15  SatelliteDan: Yeah, saw the error earier CG. Just didn't to bother to mention it. None of us are perfect.(especially when it comes to chess).
Feb-28-15  Longview: CG must have fixed the position by the time I got to it. First Saturday solved for me. Saw the 39. Rxg7 sac and once the 39....Kxg7 occurs it is all about natural / forced for there. Covered well by others.
Feb-28-15  BxChess: Life is strange when you can be dissappointed to solve a Saturday puzzle. I solved the original posted position from the end of the game. By the time I checked back the correct postion was displayed. I solved it also, but I must confess I realized that there had to be an exchange sacrifice to match up with the erroneous position. This was a big hint. I did see the follow up moves so I can take some points for the day. I anticipate a more challenging struggle for Sunday.
Mar-01-15  patzer2: The opening for the first 9 moves follows well established theory.

White's 10. d5 = is not often played but solid. Yet after 10...Na5, as in G Forintos vs F Roessel, 1958, doesn't seem to offer White much of an advantage.

Maybe 10...b4 = to as played is just as good as 10...Na5=, but after 10...Na5 11. Nc2! White seems to get a small plus that leads to a lasting advantage and initiative.

After only a few moves, White has practically a won position with 17. a3! to .

Could this be a game won with by White with stronger home opening preparation?

Mar-01-15  SimplicityRichard: <patzer2> Indeed. Your analysis agrees with mine. However, sticking to 10...b4, the text move that is just as good as 10...Na5, I thought that the critical move for Black's eventual loss was 13...cxd5.

I feel that this move whilst a good move in other King's Indian Defence positions, is weak in the Panno Variation, probably because it somewhat enlivens the prospects of White's Fianchettoed Bishop at g2; and in fact, that is how the game was lost.

Instead of 13...axd5, better would have been 13...c5. I opine that ...c5 ought to have been played on move 12. And when I make these suggestions, I am obviously consulting "software". From 13...c5, the game might continue, 14.Nb3 Nd7, 15.Be3 Qb6, 16.f3 Re8, 17.Nf4 Nxb3, 18.axb3 Ne5, 19.h4 a5, +\=(0.06).

And Black has an easy game. With regard to Aronian having prepared an early d5 thrust, I really couldn't say.#

Mar-01-15  SimplicityRichard: That's "Instead of cxd5..." not axd5.

I have also researched quickly and found this game, <Hector Decio Rosseto v. Mikhail Tal (1958)>.

It appears the 10.d5 thrust in question is not unusual.#

Mar-01-15  patzer2: <SimplicityRichard> I agree 13...c5 looks like an improvement. However,instead of the software line 14.Nb3 Nd7 15.Be3 Qb6 16.f3 = (diagram below),

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Maybe White can improve slightly with the natural human move 16. f4 (diagram below)

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with a stronger grip on the center and an extra tempo for attacking chances against the Black King side.

Mar-01-15  SimplicityRichard: <patzer2> Absolutely! I favour an attacking style, and have a penchant for pushing the f-pawn as White. I would play 16.f4 in that position; and especially in view of the fact that Black's plans in the Panno Variation are Queenside expansion. And therefore, preparation for a Kingside assault in the Black camp is in order.

"Stockfish 5" now recommends 16.Be3, but I must agree with you and push f4, for the reasons you've outlined.#

Feb-15-22  Czx: Best pun ever? (Dylan fan.)
Feb-15-22  nalinw: Very good pun - when playing through I was wondering if this was the most appropriate game - shouldn't it be a game where Aronian is slowly invaded? - but then I saw the king hunt at the end .....
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: High quality pun, but perhaps we can reuse it for a game when Nakamura really does "Nak" on Aronian's door with his own mating attack.
Feb-15-22  Amarande: Looks like if 45 ... Ke4 then Qg4+ and mate next, and if 45 ... Kg5 then 46 Be3+ Rf4 47 Rxf4 with discovered mate to follow, in the vein of J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1863

Did I miss anything?

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  FSR: Nice pun!
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  offramp: I think that today's pun is a load of word salad.

<Nak, Nak, Nak King on Levon's Door> is not Bob Dylan, it's more like the Last Words of Dutch Schultz.

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  HeMateMe: Lev in top form. Instructive how he removed all of blacks pressure on the a1-h8 diagonal.

It's over when the white pawn reached a7.

Feb-15-22  Brenin: <Amaranda>: After 45 ... Kg5, a slightly quicker mate is 46 Rg3+ Kf4 47 Qg4.
Feb-15-22  goodevans: <Amarande: [...] Did I miss anything?>

45...Kg5 46.Rg3+ Kf4 47.Qg4# is quicker but mate is mate so 46.Be3+ is good too.

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  ajk68: Not sure why Nakamura didn't play 32...Bxb7.
It was his best line forward. Sometimes I think people become afraid to take material when they are losing, but then only make the problem worse.
Feb-15-22  goodevans: <ajk68> After 32...Bxb7 33.axb7 the pawn on b7 is almost invincible. Black will likely have to give up a piece for it at some point and most likely that will be a rook which will leave him a whole rook down.

Naka would have realised this pretty quickly and dismissed it as obviously losing. What he chose was losing too but not so obviously.

Feb-15-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: One of the best puns I've seen.

It would have been an OK double-name pun even without the king walk.

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