Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Hikaru Nakamura vs Alexander Shabalov
7th Foxwoods Open (2005), Connecticut, rd 3, Mar-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0


Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 15 times; par: 49 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 7 more Nakamura/Shabalov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: All games have a Kibitzer's Corner provided for community discussion. If you have a question or comment about this game, register a free account so you can post there.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-14-05  ashalpha: 20. f4 is a deep move visualizing the eventual Queen trap while threatening mate along the g file. 21..gxh4? 22. e5 gives the piece back with initiative.
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: Bravo Nakamura! With an impressive 1. c4! repertoire under development, he shows a level of maturity and skill in the handling of the opening that compliments his already well developed tactical skills and abilities. If he can continue to get such big advantages out of the opening against strong GMs, Nakamura! may soon earn a place among the 2700+ rated GM elite.

With 21. f4! Nakamura puts decisive pressure on the pinned pawn. After the practically forced reply 21...Ng6, his 22. Be1! creates a decisive double attack, threatening to win the Queen as in the game or to win the exchange after 22... Rxd4 23. Bxf7! Nxf4 24. Ne2! Qe5 25. Nxf4! Qxf4 26. Bxg8 Kxg8 .

In addition to 22. Be1!, Fritz 8, at 12 depth, indicates White can also win with 22. fxg5! Nxh4 23. gxf6 Bxf6 24. Rxg8+ Rxg8 25. Rxg8+ Kxg8 26. e5 Qb4 27. Qe2 Bg7 28. a3 Qe7 29. Qg4 b5 30. Bb3 Qg5 31. Qc8+ Kh7 32. Qe8 b4 33. axb4 Qg1+ 34. Ka2 h5 35. Bc2+ Kh6 36. Qg8 Ng6 37. Ne4 Qxd4 38. Nd6 Qd5+ 39. b3 Kg5 40. Nxf7+ Kh4 41. Qxg7 .

As a followup to 22. Be1!, White's discovered attack 23. Nd5! snares the trapped Queen after 23...Qxe1+ 24. Rxe1 . If Black tries to complicate with 24... Nxg2, then 25. Nxf6! Nxe1 26. Qf2 Rg6 27. Nh5 f6 28. Qxe1 Rxd4 29. Qf2!! Rxc4 30. Qf5! Rg8 31. Nxf6! Bxf6 32. Qxf6+ Kh7 33. Qf7+ Rg7 34. Qxc4 is decisive.

Premium Chessgames Member
  beenthere240: Actually I think if Black tries to complicate with 24. ...Nxg2 then Bxa5 is good enough. Black is busted.
Jun-16-05  Grunfeld: How come the scorecard shows Nakamura's rating as 2752? Is that his USCF rating? His Fide rating can't be that high (yet).
Sep-24-05  tiburon92: That is his USCF rating
Feb-10-06  Shamtesticle: Who is this kid, man? These games
are unbelievable! Actually, after
21...gxh4?, I was looking at 22 Rxg8+
Nxg8 23 Qg2 Ng6 24 Bxf7! when Black
really gets raped. His knights can't
connect! I guess there's often more
than one way to win.
Apr-10-09  computer chess guy: Rybka prefers 21. ♗xf7 ♖g7 22. f4 ♖xf7 23. fxg5 hxg5 24. ♖xg5: Black must move the Queen then White will play e5 .
Aug-03-10  sevenseaman: I strongly feel Hikaru is going places and soon. Every time I see his games I find he is no ordinary GM. There is a vibrancy to his play.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
english opening
from benjobench's favorite games by benjobench
Best Chess Games of All Time
by JoseTigranTalFischer
Notable Nakamura Games
by iron maiden
Its a Ghetto for Black
from sevenseaman's favorite games by sevenseaman
21. f4!
from Hikaru! by larrewl
22. Be1! threatens to win the Queen or the exchange
from Double Attack by patzer2
Best Chess Games of All Time
by Timothy Glenn Forney
Certainly not shabby.
from Nakamura's Noteables voted by members 1/26/08+ by ffpainz
Best Chess Games of All Time
by 3sun3moon
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)
from Carty's white wins queen's gambit declined by Carty
d line
by Tim Walsh
21. f4!
from Pinning by patzer2
SpaceCowboy's favorite games
by SpaceCowboy
good tactic
by hartkoka
Notable Nakamura Games
by caracas1970
Nakamura Games
by fredthebear
This "kid" is very very good. with a 2700+ USCF rating
from kennel46's favorite games by kennel46
pawnstar3's favorite games
by pawnstar3

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC