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Hikaru Nakamura vs Yannick Pelletier
38th Biel Chess Festival (2005), Biel SUI, rd 5, Jul-21
French Defense: Advance Variation. Main Line (C02)  ·  1-0


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Jul-21-05  cade: I love the position of Whites king after 37.Ng1

Defend the King!

Jul-21-05  Montreal1666: This game is a good model for anti-computer chess. It is probably resulted from Nakamura beating computers often.
Jul-21-05  kookykrumbs: I'm a bit of a newbie. I'm not sure who won, can anyone explain to me?
Jul-21-05  Montreal1666: <kookykrumbs:> Welcomed to this site.

In the results of the chess games:

1-0 white won
0-1 Black won
1/2-1/2 draw

Jul-21-05  kookykrumbs: Thanks for the result, and the explanation :) But how did white win when the black king wasn't checkmated?
Jul-21-05  nsteinme: <kookykrumbs> Usually in games between players that are as good as these two players are, the game will not progress all the way to the checkmate. Instead, one of the players will realize that his position is hopeless or see that he is unable to avoid checkmate in a few moves and will "resign". In this case, Pelletier resigned, probably seeing that he would soon have two less pawns than Nakamura, and have no good ways to recover and defend against Nakamura's upcoming attack. Maybe someone more skilled than I am could point out some possible continuations showing exactly how white could acheive checkmate.
Jul-21-05  FinKing: <nsteinme> White´s plan could be follow: his king is dealing with g-pawn, so that is not threat.

1. He is going to play Ng5, attacking f7 and supporting f6,e6.

2. Pin black´s knight with Rh8.

3. Create a passed-pawn with f6 followed by e6.

Jul-27-05  euripides: A critical line is 49...Rb6 50 Rh8 Nc6 51 fxe6 fxe6 52 Nexd5 exd5 53 e6 Rxb2 54 Rxd8+ Nxd8 55 e7 winning.
Jul-27-05  euripides: <kk, ns> In the final position, White can win the g pawn and Black's pieces have virtually no active moves. White is also threatening to win the d pawn by undermining the knight with f6. I don't think black can stop this. If Black plays 52...Rc7 to protect the pawn by Rd7, then White has 53 Nf8 after which Black cannot play Rd7. One line is 52...Rc7 53 Nf8 Rc8 54 f6 Ng6 55 Nxg6 fxg6 56 Nxd5. Once White has won the d and g pawns he will be two pawns up with the better position, when a grandmaster will usually resign. The winning plan would involve creating and queening a passed pawn as <FinKing> indicates. Pelletier may have analysed the lines where the d pawn falls or just felt the whole thing was hopeless.

White must avoid a trap like 52...Kb7 53 Rxg4 ?? Rh6+ winning the knight; this sort of trap is worth playing for if your opponent is short of time.

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