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Hikaru Nakamura vs Stockfish (Computer)
Stockfish Nakamura Match (2014) (exhibition), Burlingame, CA USA, rd 3, Aug-23
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Aug-25-14  coolconundrum: Spotted a pawn, holding the white pieces, racing to find a draw by perpetual.
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  AylerKupp: Interesting. This game transposed into a Pelikan (or perhaps Sveshnikov) Sicilian, Chelyabinsk Variation normally arrived at by 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6

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Usual in this position is 7.Bg5 with the idea of eliminating one of the defenders of d5 by Bxf6. Eventually Black ...0-0 and puts pressure on White's center by ...f5 and White tries to counter by attacking Black's king via Qd1-h5.

The Main Line Chelyabinsk might continue 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 11.Bd3 Be6

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But without an h-pawn the lines with Qd1-h5 to put pressure on Black's k-side would not be possible, and maybe that's why Nakamura avoided these lines. FWIW, Stockfish 5 evaluates the position after 12.c3 (without Black's h-pawn) at [+0.50], d=25 after about 3 minutes of calculation in my oldish computer and at [+0.60], d=26 after about 5 minutes of calculation, indicating that Black already has some compensation for the pawn deficit. But the evals were climbing ([+0.72], d=27, 8 mins of calculation) so I don't know what depth Stockfish might have been able to calculate in this position during the game and how this might have affected its play.

Aug-28-14  RookFile: That's fine. Maybe his confidence was a little off. When you're not at your best, a draw like this is OK.
Aug-05-19  Chesgambit: Nakamura odds

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