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Hikaru Nakamura vs Anish Giri
"London Blitzkrieg" (game of the day Mar-10-2023)
London Chess Classic (Blitz) (2014) (blitz), London ENG, rd 8, Dec-08
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Lilienthal Variation (D44)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: Wow, what a blitz game with all the sacrifices and hanging pieces. The sacrifice listed here is 9.Nxg5, but 18.e7 could also be a candidate, to some degree.
Dec-08-14  Omnias: 25. Qb7+ with mate is quite obvious, not sure why Naka missed it.
Dec-08-14  Kinghunt: Nakamura probably had already calculated 25. Nxf7 as easily winning before Anand played Qxa2 and then very quickly decided that Nxf7 was still just as winning and played it. In chess in general, and especially in blitz, there is no need to look for the optimal move if you already have one that's easily winning.
Dec-09-14  JohnBoy: Was payback a b**ch? The game order in the CG table makes it look like Amish Girl had just smoked Naka before being handed this shellacking.
Dec-09-14  Everett: First game in this database with 16.Rb1!? is Yusupov vs Sveshnikov, 1981
Dec-09-14  Sanjeev Thakur: Fantastic
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  tamar: Cheeky for Giri to play this line, as Nakamura would have been shown this line by Garry himself, with perhaps some improvements on the 1/2 1/2

Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994

Dec-09-14  Pulo y Gata: Does Kasparov always have to get the credit? Nakamura is an expert in the Botvinnik System himself and must have put up tons of work to study this very complicated opening.

As for Giri playing it against him in a blitz game? Why the hell not?

Sep-14-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: London Blitz, or London Blitzkrieg?

The London Blitz wasn't a Blitzkrieg, but this game sort of was.

Mar-10-23  goodevans: There's been an interesting debate going on just now on the Nepomniachtchi - Ding World Championship Match (2023) page about classical vs fast time controls. This game would serve as a perfect example for that discussion.

Exciting, certainly, but also strewn with errors that these guys wouldn't usually make (Naka missed a mate-in-2 FFS!). Call me an old fogey but this doesn't do it for me.

<Cheapo by the Dozen: London Blitz, or London Blitzkrieg?>

You chose the wrong one IMHO, one works and the other makes bu99er all sense.

Mar-10-23  saturn2: Maybe 11....Rg8 and white has to trade the Bg5

if 12.Bh4 then Qc7 unpinning the queen and threatening a resacrifice on e5 e5

if 12.h4 then 13.Rxg5

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  FSR: <Omnias: 25. Qb7+ with mate is quite obvious, not sure why Naka missed it.>

Probably because it was a blitz game, although him missing it is still a little surprising.

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