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David Howell vs Hikaru Nakamura
Gibraltar Masters (2015), La Caleta GIB, rd 7, Feb-02
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  MissScarlett: <RedShield: < Hikaru Nakamura @GMHikaru · May 20

Such a shame that Abrahamyan didn't know the Vancura defence from games like Botvinnik-Fischer and Radjabov-Nakamura #Uschesschamps>

Of course, knowing it and demonstrating it are not the same thing.>

I Krush vs T Abrahamyan, 2014

Feb-02-15  Marmot PFL: 64...Kg3, defending the pawn and threatening Rf1 etc is not hard to win, unless you have already played for 6 hours of course.

As played the BK gets cut off, and if h2 just Rh3.

As bad as drawing a winning game is, losing a drawing game is worse (here I have had more experience). Probably losing a draw is more common, as the stronger player would be expected to be playing for the win.

Feb-02-15  SirRuthless: Hard fought and entertaining game. Nakamura has been getting good positions on both sides of the rossolimo sicilian recently. It seems Nakamura outplayed howell in the opening and middlegame while they exchanged blunders in the endgame and howell escaped with a draw. The event is far from over.
Feb-02-15  Marmot PFL: This is probably the position nakamura wanted

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where Rf1 wins, but with the white rook on c4 this is never possible. Too bad, he really played well but for one small mistake.

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  whiteshark: ♖+h:♖ That might bring back unpleasant memories to Nakamura: --> Nakamura vs Leko, 2012
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  patzer2: <SirRuthless><they exchanged blunders in the endgame and howell escaped with a draw> I assume those were 63. Kb2?? instead of 63. Rd3+ = and 64...Ke3?? instead of 64...Kg3! .

Sometimes the seemingly simplest things in Chess, such as endgames, are the most difficult.

P.S.: One possibility demonstrating the win is 64... Kg3! 65. Rd3+ Kf2! 66. Rd2+ Ke3 67. Rd8 Rg1 68. Rh8 Rg4 69. Kc3 Kf2 70. Kd2 Kg2 71. Re8 h3 72. Re2+ Kg3 73. Re3+ Kh4 74. Re7 h2 75. Re8 Kh3 76. Re3+ Rg3 77. Re1 Rg1 78. Re3+ Kg2 79. Re2+ Kg3 80. Re3+ Kf4 81. Rh3 h1=Q 82. Rxh1 Rxh1 .

Feb-05-15  Eduardo Bermudez: Already bought the book: "How to get only half point from rook endgame with decisive advantage"? written by Nakamura?
Feb-06-15  Howard: So, therefore, Nakamura did miss a forced win, apparently.
May-26-17  dontwakedaddy: Harsh call from the sidelines
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  MissScarlett: <Afterwards he was, yeah, pretty rude to me, in fact. He said I was so f-ing lucky, and that I had no f-ing understanding. And then he stormed off.>

<Hikaru DISRESPECTS GM David Howell in Gibraltar Chess Tournament>

Apr-21-21  SChesshevsky: <Hikaru DISRESPECTS...>

Reminds me of Korchnoi, who wasn't shy about insulting an opponent who he felt "got lucky".

Heard he once played David Navara, a reserved, quiet GM. Seemingly nice guy. After a game in which Korchnoi felt Navara was fortunate, Korchnoi berates the younger player with stuff like. "Only idiots would play as you did." "You know nothing about chess."

The polite Navara sincerely responds, "Yes, Mr. Korchnoi, you're right." "Yes, I can see what you mean."

Winding up Korchnoi even more and robbing him of a continued battle.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <SChesshevsky>--I was wondering if I could figure out which Korchnoi-Navara game you could be referring to, but it turns out that there are a number of candidates.

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