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Stockfish (Computer) vs Nakamura / Rybka
Stockfish Nakamura Match (2014) (exhibition), Burlingame, CA USA, rd 2, Aug-23
King's Indian Defense: Six Pawns Attack (E77)  ·  1-0

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Aug-25-14
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  Penguincw: Nakamura played 1...Bd7 thirty times and 1...Bc8 twenty-eight times. That's 58/146 (39.7%) of his moves. Obviously, not the first time he's done something like that (just ask his teammate, Rybka), but computers are smarter nowadays, as instead of giving up material just to avoid the 50 move rule, Stockfish comes up with a brilliant king walk to expose black's king.
Aug-25-14  coolconundrum: Naka must have wanted to blow his brains out at the end of this one.
Aug-25-14  1d410: coolconundrum is right. It was Nakamura playing for the win playing f5 to open up the file for his rooks that resumed the game. He made endgame mistakes however, allowing his king to be caught at the side of the board with too little defenses. The computer obviously did not make mistakes, playing soundly.
Aug-26-14  Jamboree: Just as in the other loss of this match, Nakamura HAD a draw if he just kept shuffling back and forth, and just as in the other game, he got bored and impatient and needlessly opened up the position, which opened the possibility of losing.

He could have drawn the match with four draws, but his hubris demanded that he try to win.

Sometimes it's best to ignore your ego.

Aug-26-14
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  MissScarlett: < Hikaru Nakamura @GMHikaru ยท Aug 24

Rybka was saying that in the 2nd game if I did not go f5, white goes Re3 and g4 with an advantage of 0.9. Clearly, Stockfish is better.>

Aug-26-14  bobthebob: <He could have drawn the match with four draws, but his hubris demanded that he try to win.

Sometimes it's best to ignore your ego.>

Completely disagree.

This match had no impact on ratings or eligibility for future candidates, etc. so why the heck not go for a win? Push the envelop? Try something?

I am sure he knew that he had a draw in hand but why not then push yourself to see if you can do better? Learn something? Get more experience? See what your boundaries are?

Aug-28-14  AlexandraThess: Nakamura is becoming weaker these days. That's what you get for playing bullet and blitz online.
Aug-28-14
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  whiteshark: <AT> Oh yes, he's dramatically declining: http://ratings.fide.com/id.phtml?ev...
Sep-01-14  Cushion: Nakamura maybe could have drawn game 4, but he could not have drawn this game.
Sep-01-14  SirRuthless: I think <bobthebob> is right. it's pretty obvious that if Nak didn't start messing with his position in an effort to win and just kept shuffling his Bishop then it would have been a boring draw. Who cares about the result? They payed him to play chess so he showed up to play chess. If they didn't want a guy who is willing to go down with the ship just call Leko or something. I'd like to see this new version of Caruana vs Stockfish. He might win the match unassisted the way he is playing right now.
Sep-01-14
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  OhioChessFan: I agree f5 was a bad idea, but I am surprised nobody else has suggested Naka should have walked his King to the Queenside at the same time as Stockfish.
Sep-17-21
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  Messiah: What a strange matchup.

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