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Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz Battle Match

Magnus Carlsen14/22(+12 -6 =4)[view games]
Hikaru Nakamura8/22(+6 -12 =4)[view games]

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Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz Battle (2016)

Magnus Carlsen won his final event before the upcoming Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) in New York, when he won the final of the Chess.com GM Blitz Battle against Hikaru Nakamura. Carlsen obtained a large lead after the 5m+2spm and 3m+2spm sections and narrowly lost the bullet 1m+1spm with a final score of 14.5-10.5. (1)

The games were streamed live from both https://www.twitch.tv/chess and http://www.chess.com/TV.

(1) http://theweekinchess.com/chessnews...

 page 1 of 1; 22 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-064 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Nakamura vs Carlsen  1-054 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleC67 Ruy Lopez
3. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-061 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-042 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
5. Nakamura vs Carlsen 1-040 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-027 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Nakamura vs Carlsen 1-042 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleE14 Queen's Indian
8. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-040 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. Nakamura vs Carlsen 1-063 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleC28 Vienna Game
10. Carlsen vs Nakamura  ½-½77 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. Carlsen vs Nakamura ½-½102 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleA04 Reti Opening
12. Nakamura vs Carlsen 0-154 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleE46 Nimzo-Indian
13. Nakamura vs Carlsen 0-128 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
14. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-040 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Nakamura vs Carlsen 0-182 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleE17 Queen's Indian
16. Nakamura vs Carlsen  0-160 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleE17 Queen's Indian
17. Carlsen vs Nakamura  0-151 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Nakamura vs Carlsen 0-122 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleE15 Queen's Indian
19. Carlsen vs Nakamura  ½-½37 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleA07 King's Indian Attack
20. Nakamura vs Carlsen 0-128 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleE46 Nimzo-Indian
21. Carlsen vs Nakamura 0-141 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Nakamura vs Carlsen ½-½106 2016 Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz BattleC28 Vienna Game
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Oct-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: <Sokrates> did i hear viking? SKOL!!!
Oct-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Hi fisayo123,

"Is he really? He looked miserable even after he won this match. He has the charisma of a stone."

I think he's OK. He chats with fans, he embraces the main media, he carries the burden of World Champion quite well, his impact on the game is tremendous.

Try not to judge him just because he fails to do somersaults after every win and shrugs his shoulders when answering some of the inane questions from an untrained commentator to a chess game he has just played.

Imagine what it would be like without him?

Oct-28-16  chessalem: well, at least nakamura remains the bullet king getting a plus score against the WC.

maybe a separate bullet world championship will be held <so>meday. Nakamura will confirm his status as the best bullet player aka...superman...faster than bullet...but will he?

<So>mebody is lurking in the corner to snatch the title from the Jap...who is he?

There are signs everywhere...Can you tell me who wil spoil Naka's party in such an eventuality?

Oct-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: <jith1207: <Sokrates> did i hear viking? SKOL!!!>> Indeed you did. In Danish (and Norwegian): SkŚl! :-)

Btw I don't know what "cheers" says in Russian (transcribed). Love a blinis with caviar adding a glass of good Russian champagne. Got it in the pause in the Bolshoj Ballet in Moscow way back in 1979. The same at the Kirov in what was called Leningrad at the time. Both with black and red caviar. Delicious! Some Russian dishes are truly great. A good bortsj is nice on a cold winter's day.

Oct-28-16  chessalem: well, if wesley was given the opportunity to enter the FIDE grand prix as a precursor to the determination of the challenger, we will all be telling a different and much more interesting story...

No spice in this match up. I plan to snooze this one after watching the Pacman fight.

Oct-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <a final score of 14.5-10.5.>

<Magnus Carlsen 13/21 (+11 -6 =4)>

<keypusher: There are also three Chess360 games that I hope cg will add (Nakamura scored 2.5-0.5).>

Gentlemen, there's a game missing!

Oct-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Found it: Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2016

Game type needs changing to blitz, as does Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2016.

Oct-28-16
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  perfidious: <tolengoof: well, if wesley was given the opportunity to enter the FIDE grand prix as a precursor to the determination of the challenger, we will all be telling a different and much more interesting story...>

Yawn.

Au revoir, but not goodbye.

Oct-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: <Jambow: Congrats to Magnus a well deserved victory... Yes he is the undisputed best blitzer.>

<Conrad93: Ding Liren is #1 in Blitz.>

Yes, unnoticed for me he sneak into the top spot. Must have happened some time ago since 2700chess.com doesn't list the games.

Oct-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  ajile: I give Carlsen credit for taking on this challenge. After all, he really was the one with nothing to gain and more to lose in a match like this. It's nice also that the critics of Carlsen can now be silenced (at least for awhile) who think he runs away from Naka in fast time control chess.
Oct-28-16  1971: Surprised Carlsen went for this so close to the match. Did he say why he didn't care?
Oct-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: My guess is that Carlsen thought a day of relatively low-pressure competition would be good for him.
Oct-28-16  1971: That's a good point. It's not like he revealed anything prep wise, he was playing the KIA. He did go for hanging pawns a lot with Black, something I don't remember seeing so much from him.

I was more concerned about Karjakin finding new wrinkles in his play, but maybe staying in form by playing Naka is more valuable.

Oct-28-16  1971: If the match is tied after 12 games, they go for speed play, right?

If that's the case, playing Hikaru before the match is brilliant preparation.

Oct-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: 21 games! This could be a format for a future WC match.

For example, 12 classic games scoring 5 points for a win, 2 for a draw, 12 rapid games scoring 3/1 and 12 blitz games scoring 1/0.

36 games and all over in 2 weeks.

Oct-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: <saffuna: My guess is that Carlsen thought a day of relatively low-pressure competition would be good for him.>

I think you are right. For Carlsen it's a good way of whetting weapons and get your mind off intense preparations for a while. An effective training requieres such a distraction to work at the best.

Oct-29-16  epistle: To recover his self-confidence Nakamura should have a match like this against his favorite snack w.so
Oct-29-16
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  Jambow: <<Jambow: Congrats to Magnus a well deserved victory... Yes he is the undisputed best blitzer.> <Conrad93: Ding Liren is #1 in Blitz.>

Yes, unnoticed for me he sneak into the top spot. Must have happened some time ago since 2700chess.com doesn't list the games.>

I knew that Ding was in the top spot currently for blitz. Yet Carlsen has been in the # 1 blitz spot (I believe off the cuff), for the greatest % of the time in the short duration we have had blitz ELO rankings.

I think it is hard to argue that Magnus is not the best blitzer. The jury is still out but the trend is convincing...

Years ago I would have picked Nakamura and there was some solid evidence that he might have been the best.

Oct-29-16
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  Absentee: Ding Liren was propelled to #1 after Carlsen and Nakamura dropped some points last summer. Carlsen was only 2 points behind, though, so his Blitz Battle wins should put him back in first place.
Oct-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <Carlsen was only 2 points behind, though, so his Blitz Battle wins should put him back in first place.>

Iím pretty sure online games arenít rated by FIDE. But in any case, a difference of 2 rating points doesnít mean so much even in classical, much less so in blitz. In general, FIDEís blitz/rapid ratings may be said to be less reliable than the classical ones due to several mutually reinforcing factors: 1. They exist for a considerably shorter period (beginning from March 12, with the classical rating of that date as the starting point); 2. There are much less rated events in quicker time controls; 3. There are much greater swings because the k factor used in rating calculations for quicker time controls is twice as big (20 instead of 10; it was 15 for a while, but now it's back to 20). Add the large number of games usually played in a single blitz event, and itís clear how the most recent event(s) can acquire a disproportional weight. Ding Liren might be a case in point Ė he got 140 points in two successful events about half a year ago (https://ratings.fide.com/individual...)

Oct-29-16  starry2013: For rated games I think you'd need a Fide accepted arbiter present with them, I don't think there's an allowance for online games anyway. Plus listening to music on headphones likely isn't allowed. :D Still surprised they did that, I couldn't concentrate with music on.
Oct-29-16
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  Absentee: <Eyal: <Carlsen was only 2 points behind, though, so his Blitz Battle wins should put him back in first place.>

Iím pretty sure online games arenít rated by FIDE.>

Yeah, you're probably right. I assumed they were because when they aren't it's usually explicitly stated that it's a friendly event.

Oct-29-16
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  Sokrates: At the top of the blitz mountain I think it is more or less arbitrary who momentarily has the lead. It would depend, I guess, on the time used on blitz games by the single player. And since blitzes come by a manifold of games they are likely to change much more often than other, slower, formats.

I assume Ding Liren would suffer even more than Nakamura in a blitz match with the champ, so the variables at the top shouldn't be taken too literally.

Oct-29-16  SometimesGood: <Sokrates: I don't know what "cheers" says in Russian (transcribed). Love a blinis with caviar adding a glass of good Russian champagne. Got it in the pause in the Bolshoj Ballet in Moscow way back in 1979. The same at the Kirov in what was called Leningrad at the time. Both with black and red caviar. Delicious! Some Russian dishes are truly great. A good bortsj is nice on a cold winter's day.> Good to hear that. 1. "cheers" is famous "na zdorovie", 2. Caviar is good with vodka, but only if you have one made in Russia. So called "vodka" in the West is no good, all kinds, Smirnoff, Stolichnaya etc. Eat caviar with champagne, even good one, is "izvrashhenie" or perverse:), 3. Bortsch is not a Russian dish, it's an Ukrainian soup. Kind of different nowadays... regrettably.
Oct-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: There is also 'Za vashe zdorovie!' or simply 'Vashe zdorovie!', meaning '(To) your health!'.

'Buineach ort!' may be avoided, however....

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