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Hikaru Nakamura vs Ernesto Inarkiev
"Speared with his own Bayonet" (game of the day Jan-06-2008)
X Anibal Open (2003), Linares ESP, rd 9, Mar-08
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack (E97)  ·  0-1


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Nov-05-04  themindset: white gets completely strangled here.
Dec-18-07  Elxiddicus: What a wild combination at the end starting with 40. ... Nxg4! I'm surprised there's been so little kibitzing on this one.
Dec-19-07  sushijunkie: Wow...just, wow...
Jan-06-08  Sularus: deep behind enemy lines
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  Gilmoy: White's pawn structure leaves him with a <bad Queen>?!

18..a4! denies b3 to two White pieces (Q+N). White's QN has nothing to do all game, traps his own K, and eventually dies as cannon fodder (43.Nf3 44..Bxf3).

Jan-06-08  jmrulez2004: the king's indian is one opening where when not cracked in time by white, bvlack adds pressure, and if sucessfully changed to a full closed game, the use of well positioned knights can suffocATE WHITE'S POSTION TO NO MOBILITY;.
Jan-06-08  leow: can someone explain the logic behind 28Rhg1 this seems to volantarily give up the h-line which starts the onslaught how about Rag1 instead and on 28..Qh8
then 29 Qc1 keeps the defence intact?
Jan-06-08  cyruslaihy: <leow>i got the same question too, may be this is simply a blunder caused by pressure. or white is trying to tempt black into releasing the tension prematurely, unfortunately this plan backfired, so this game's pun is speared by his own bayonet.
Jan-06-08  D4n: On move 42... black played Bxb4. Would Qxc3+ have been a better move? That forces the king to move to d1, letting white capture the knight on a3. It would be winning material...but I suppose it doesn't matter anyway since black won anyway...
Jan-06-08  TigerG: White gets completely killed in this game. I don't get how the title matches this game.
Jan-06-08  Cactus: <Tiger> Because Nakamura uses the 'Bayonet Attack' and it goes horribly wrong!
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  patzer2: Not quite sure how to classify the combination beginning with 40...Nxg4!! (setting up 41...Rxe2! and 41...Bxg4!) It has elements of deflection (removing the guard), decoy, the Overworked Piece (in this case the White Queen) and discovered attack. Since the main outcome of the combination is to set up the winning discovered attack 41...Bxg4!, I'll put it in that collection.
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  patzer2: <can someone explain the logic behind 28Rhg1> Not sure myself. Something like 28. Rag1 hxg4 29. hxg4 Qh8 30. Rxh7+ Qxh7 might be more defendable, but it reduces White's options to mostly defensive play trying to hold on for a draw.

I suspect Nakamura didn't find such passive maneuvering to his taste, and figured to force Black to commit to the attack on the Kingside with 28...hxg4 (not as good is 28...h4 =) while castling by hand on the Queenside. Then if Black's attack fizzled out, he would have the advantage with winning counter chances. It's interesting that my Fritz 8 at 16 depth rates Nakamura's 28. Rhg1!? as its best move. So maybe OTB, and fighting for winning chances, it's not such a bad idea.

Unfortunately, in a cramped position the defense is more difficult than Nakamura imagines, and Black's pair of sham sacrifices (40... Nxg4!! and 41...Rxe2!) leave the White position in shambles.

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  fm avari viraf: A beautiful attack conducted by Inarkiev outplaying the Nakamura's defense which left him in a miserable state of affairs.
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  patzer2: <On move 42... black played Bxb4. Would Qxc3+ have been a better move?> Both 42...Qxc3+ and 42...Bxb4! are winning for Black. Fritz 8 at 14 depth rates 42...Bxg4! (-4.59) as better than 42...Qxc3+ (-2.22).

After 42...Qxc3+ 43. Nc2 Bxg4! (can't get away from it anyway) 44. Qxg4 Rxb8 45. Qd7 Ng6 Black is surely winning on material, but his attack is not quite as powerful or quick as with the immediate 42...Bxg4!

Jan-06-08  Riverbeast: Perhaps this game was what convinced Nakamura to start playing the Kings Indian himself ??
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  kevin86: The final move must be unique in chess literature;it is a combination of fork,oin,and skewer. Black is a piece ahead and will gain more than that. Just think:

1 both queens are attacked by bishops
2 white's undefended queen is twice attacked
3 the queen is skewered against the poor knight at a3. 4 the rook is also under fire.

May-09-08  positionalgenius: ...Nxg4!! Brilliant game here.
Aug-12-08  OneArmedScissor: This is a pretty impressive game.

Any analysis of it, yet?

May-22-16  Bruce Graham: Now that he is doing so well at the 2016 European Championship it may be worth looking at an earlier effort.
Oct-28-17  ajile: The whole point of the Bayonet Attack (9.b4) is for White to force c5 to attack on the q-side and get counterplay to offset Black's k-side attack. But it looks like White bails and blinks first with 17.Nd2. Once I saw this move backwards I was thinking White is starting to lose strategically. The position after 11.bxa5 is kind of amusing since now Black can ignore this pawn since it is pinned and start k-side activity.

So Black's 9..a5 is a very interesting parry to White's 9.b4.

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  morfishine: <g4> is the true "bayonet" attack, originating much earlier than <9.b4>, which for all intents and purposes initiates a pawn-storm vs a true "bayonet" attack


Oct-31-17  ajile: I admit I'm not an expert on this opening but I've always heard the key defining "bayonet" move in modern times is b4.

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