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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Hikaru Nakamura
Magnus Carlsen Invitational (2021) (rapid), INT, rd 1, Mar-16
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0



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  K Any: Simplicity itself!
Mar-20-21  SpiritedReposte: Took me a minute to see the ending of ...Kxf8 <Bxe7+ Kxe7 Rxg7+> is crushing.
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  saffuna: "How many opening principles can I ignore at once?"
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  offramp: GM David Howell annotated this game in the London Times of Saturday 15/5/2021. His notes are very good and I shouldn't repeat them, but here are a few interesting insights from the GM.

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Nakamura played 9...Ke8.
<Black has several viable set-ups: 9...Bd7,9...Ne7, 9...h6 - this wide choice makes the opponent's preparation more strenuous..>

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17.Bg5! <A wonderful concept. Ian Nepomniachtchi forgoes pawns in favour of swift development.>
<21...c5 is impossible due to 22.Nb5!>

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<22...Rh8... would have kept the game alive.>

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