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Fabiano Caruana vs Hikaru Nakamura
Zurich Chess Challenge (2015), Zurich SUI, rd 1, Feb-14
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Feb-14-15  SirRuthless: He is in the GP series and currently second in the standings behind caruana with 2 events completed sometime back in late 2014. He will be in Russia for the last one. Both Caruana and Nakamura are skipping the third event which begins tomorrow.
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  patzer2: Fritz 12 indicates that instead of 37. Nc6?, White could have held with 37. Rxe6! when strong play might go 37...Nxe6 38. Ndxf7 Bc3 39. Nh8 Bd4 40. Nhxg6+ Kg7 41. Bxh5 = to .
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  chancho: The last time Naka lost to Kramnik in classic format was at the London Classic:

Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2014

And guess who he plays tomorrow with black?

A chance at payback!

Feb-14-15  Calli: Caruana's agressive attempt to win - 34.Rb7 is commendable, but he never allowed himself to change strategy when the attack wasn't working. Was it the time trouble or a stubborn streak?
Feb-14-15  mrandersson: I know engines are engines in most pos but its nice to see patzer2 fritz 12 lines than stockfish this and that these days.
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  sydbarrett: Is Naka over 2800 yet, and if he is, that would make him only the 7th player to ever attain that rating, right?
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  alexmagnus: He is <not> over 2800, and yes, if he were, he would be the 9th to do so.
Feb-14-15  Sokrates: Congratulations to Nakamura for that victory. Caruana isn't easily defeated and this is a great and unexpected triumph for Hikaru. Well done!
Feb-14-15  shintaro go: Black's bishop simply dominated White's position. Nice win by Naka.
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  chancho: Naka looked to be on the ropes, but came back huge and TKO'd Caruana.

Big win.

Feb-14-15  Robyn Hode: Now that was exciting chess. Much better than the Anand-Kramnik Senior Citizens Borefest.
Feb-14-15  1971: Just relentless accuracy from Nakamura! Excellent piece play, he got max value out of each one. There's no deep thinking in these positions, just attack, it plays to his strength so 1...c5 was a great choice.

Nakamura is playing with more discipline lately. His play looks cleaner and more precise. To cut through biased subjective thinking and play the most objective move is a key to strong chess. Im hoping he can continue this great form.

Feb-14-15  bobthebob: I am too much of a patzer to know if it is good chess, but darn it is fun to watch. Crazy to see blacks two rooks, knight and bishop all on the open a file at one point. I expected something fun would happen after that.
Feb-14-15  waustad: Several players opted out of playing in Tehran, but the tournament was moved to Tbilisi, so it wouldn't have been such a political headache. That starts tomorrow if I recall correctly, so those games will be going when these start for the rest of the tournmament.
Feb-15-15  OneArmedScissor: Oh snap!
Feb-15-15  mkrk17: <Robyn Hode: Now that was exciting chess. Much better than the Anand-Kramnik Senior Citizens Borefest.>

Well, Kramnik has been sr.citizen bore since long time. Not Anand. Except for carlsen, Anand is still better than everyone else.

Feb-15-15  bennyvsfischer: nakamura 101!!!!!!!
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1 Carlsen <2862.9> −2.1

2 ↑1 Grischuk <2813.6> +3.6

3 ↓1 Caruana <2803.3> −7.7

4 ↑1 Giri <2802.8> +5.8

5 ↓1 Topalov <2798.1> −1.9

6 ↑4 Nakamura <2797.7> +21.7 (Last update: 15 February 2015, 18:04 GMT)

Feb-15-15  SpiritedReposte: Dynamic, complicated game. Why I love the Najdorf Sicilian!
Feb-16-15  Bobsterman3000: By now it is painfully clear that Caruana is no match for Nakamura.
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  hoodrobin: <Robyn Hode: Now that was exciting chess.> Agreed.
Feb-16-15  Patrick007: Caruana seemed to be the man to beat not too long ago, but as evidence keeps pilling, Naka is "the" up and comer for a near WCC matchup.
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  keypusher: <Patrick007: Caruana seemed to be the man to beat not too long ago, but as evidence keeps pilling, Naka is "the" up and comer for a near WCC matchup.>

That would certainly be good news for Carlsen. But there are a lot of possibilities besides Caruana and Nakamura.

Feb-16-15  Patrick007: Keypusher- i dont know what you think but i am looking forward to a Grischuk vs.Naka candidates finale...
Feb-16-15  SirRuthless: <keypusher> Or it could be no news at all. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future success.
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