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Baadur Jobava vs Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 8, May-22
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
May-22-15  Sokrates: Jobava's attack got stuck on the K-side and he didn't manage to block the Q-side in due time. Patiently (!) played by Nakamura and cleverly won in the end.
May-22-15  Marmot PFL: Kind of a seesaw ending. 58...h4 doesn't make sense nor does white running his king to e7, and trading knights is equivalent to resigning.
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  Check It Out: Unusual opening by Jobava. Is it some form of the Veresov?
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  AylerKupp: <Check It Out> Yes, an unusual opening, but perhaps not unusual from Jobava. I don't know if this opening has a name but I would guess that it has the same relationship to the Veresov that the Giuoco Piano has to the Ruy Lopez.
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  Penguincw: Ooh, 68.Nxg6 was fatal. Jobava would've had a better chance of holding it if he played something else. I can see why he wanted to try to simply the ending, but with the knight, white can sac the knight for a pawn and draw a possible RN vs. R ending.
May-22-15  spysfi: 44. ...exf5?? and Naka creates a cage for his king PLUS a dangerous passed pawn!! I have to quit watching live chess or something bad is going to happen to a poor Naka fan from Greece...
May-22-15  cdowis: Jobava lost because he did not know endgame theory, the horizontal barrier theme (GM Lars Bo Hansen). He allowed the king to be pushed too far down, rather than protecting the queening squares.
May-23-15  ajile: <Check It Out: Unusual opening by Jobava. Is it some form of the Veresov?> I think so. White aims for a quick e4 but gives up an early c4.
May-24-15  cro777: Obstruction is the commomn theme in this type of rook endgames.

The critical position

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67.Ke7? This was the decisive error (the correct move was 67.Kd5). Jobava went for a theoretically lost rook and pawn endgame:

67. Ke7 Kg8 68. Nxg6 Rxg6 69. Rxh5

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Black is winning by cutting White's king off horizontally:

69...Ra6! obstructing White's king path back to the pawn. Now Black can easily push the pawn.

May-24-15  cro777: Jobava had good chances to hold by playing 67.Kd5

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67...Kg8 68. Nxg6 Rxg6 69. Rxh5 Rg4 70. Ke5

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Nakamura believed that he is still winning after 70... g6 71. Rh1 Kg7, but this is theoretically drawn position.

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