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Hikaru Nakamura vs Levon Aronian
Nakamura-Aronian (2014), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Nov-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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Nov-21-14  Sihlous: Good game!
Nov-21-14  LarsenBentYou: I have high hopes for this match in light of the Carlsen-Anand snoozefest.
Nov-22-14  Pulo y Gata: Powerful play by Nakamura, and an interesting match!
Nov-22-14  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 11...Ne4 is 11...e5 at once

12...Nxd2 gains the bishop pair but it also moves the knight a third time to exchange it for a bishop moved once. The result is that after 13 Nxd2 White is ahead in development and can respond to 13...e5 with 14 e4, opening lines

15...Qh4 looks like a hopelessly unsound attacking move made instead of trying to catch up in development

Nov-22-14  Jambow: Man powerful play by Nakamura very deep and in a phase of the game where I would have given Aronian the edge.
Nov-22-14  Marmot PFL: Neither is a great defender so whoever has white has a big edge in this match.
Nov-22-14  SirRuthless: Fun game this. Very near zugzwang for Levon around move 30...
Nov-22-14  Jambow: Who gets mating patterns with so few pieces away from the edge like that? I know it happens but is beautiful to behold, give up material or mate.
Nov-22-14  Jambow: <Marmot PFL> Nakamura actually has very good defense even at this level. He also has a far better record as black than most elite players although it has dropped off a bit as he changed his approach and I seriously haven't examined his stats in over a year.

Nakamura is at 39/15% win/loss ratio with black.

I would agree Aronian's relative strength is not defense but lies in creative dynamic attacks in open positions and getting passed pawns into the end zone. He tends to be weaker with the black pieces and stronger with the white compared to Nakamura.

Nov-22-14  Jambow:

We see Aronian as much more likely to win with white than black 41% vs. 22% compared to Nakamura at 48% vs. 39% which is one of the best with black at the top.

Nov-22-14  coolconundrum: I'm a bit surprised Aronian lost this game. I tuned into the live broadcast at move 22 and the commentators did a nice job explaining how Blacks position was completely solid and the dark squared bishop a potential monster after relocating to g7- e5, Kg7, and at that point the f pawn can advance to f6 and blacks position would have no targets and Whites position would have plenty.

But that didn't happen.

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  Gypsy: Impressive game from Naka.
Nov-24-14  pajaste: umm, preciously few games with 5.Bd2. Great play by Nakamura especially with opposite colored bishops.

<15...Qh4 looks like a hopelessly unsound attacking move made instead of trying to catch up in development>

then what? ...g6 with ...f5 to follow?

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