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Andrei Volokitin vs Hikaru Nakamura
6th Lausanne Young Masters (2005), Lausanne SUI, rd 3, Sep-18
French Defense: Rubinstein. Fort Knox Variation (C10)  ·  1-0


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Sep-21-05  iron maiden: 19. Bxh7+! is a great little shot that Fischer or Capablanca probably could have played.
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  Sneaky: 25.b3! is a great finesse, recovering the piece without suffering the pawn damage of 25.Qxe1 Qxb2
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  tamar: 20...Rf8 looks fatalistic, but against 20...Qc6 Volokitin had 21 Re5!

Here is that easily overlooked line

20...Qc6 21 Re5 Nf6 22 Re3 Kh8 23 Rh3+ Nh7 24 Qg6 Kg8 25 Rxh7 Bf6 26 Qh5 Kf8 27 Rh8+ Ke7 28 Rxe8+ Qxe8 29 Qxc5+ with an easy win.

Up over 3.25 acc. to Shredder since either queens come off or more pawns fall.

Sep-22-05  TruthHurts: This game played by Volokitin is really beautiful, a lot of great amazing trumendous mooves. We will have to follow with this guy in the future because he's showing top class already.
Sep-22-05  roni.chessman: <We will have to follow with this guy in the future because he's showing top class already.>

Possibly...but i honestly think that 2-0 could not have been the result if Nakamura did not pull a 2 Qh5 as white. That was just ridiculous. What was he trying to pull there?!

Sep-22-05  Gazman5: As bad as 2. Qh5 was, you could also ask what was he thinking in playing 3. dxe4 here? it's always been frowned upon in the French and doesnt have nearly the same impact as in say the Caro-Kann. These two games seem to suggest that Nakamura felt that he could outplay Volokitin from even an inferior middlegame position once they'd come out of the opening. If so, it was a misjudgement, and duly punished
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  cu8sfan: Isn't that a bit rude to play on after 76.Kg5? Surely Volokitin knows his pawn endings well enough to not walk into a stalemate.
Sep-22-05  suenteus po 147: <cu8sfan> See Nakamura vs Zhu Chen, 2004.
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  acirce: I think it's rude to suggest that people are rude for playing on in lost positions. It's perfectly fine to make absolutely sure that your opponent doesn't mess up, and it shouldn't be discouraged. Maybe Volokitin was in time trouble too?
Sep-22-05  suenteus po 147: See Game Collection: Never Resign!
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  cu8sfan: I think that the position is a lot more clear than many positions in the Game Collection: Never Resign!. Of course there is no rule that states he can't play on but then again, there's no rule that forbids a weaker player to offer a draw to a much stronger opponent or to offer a draw after you've done so already (if you don't do it repeatedly) and if you do it it's still considered to be bad manners.
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  acirce: Yes, by some, but why should you allow them to impose their ethics on you when you're trying to save a game?
Sep-22-05  Raskolnikov: I agree with you, <cu8sfan>. A strong grandmaster like Nakamura (like any other chessplayer) has to know when to give up in a lost position.
Sep-22-05  azaris: It doesn't really matter here anyway since winning the pawn endgame takes literally seconds. I doubt there was any courtesy lost between these two, so it's a logical conclusion.

The Karpov and Korchnoi of the future?

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  cu8sfan: <acirce> As always, you have a point. Then again, if Volokitin still had enough time he should have just gotten up, go get a coffee, have a sandwich and let his clock tick down a little just to show him how futile this try was. Of course this might be considered to be rude... (-:
Sep-22-05  euripides: I guess Nakamura was angling for 79 g6+? Kh8=. I think they had 1 hour for the rest of the game after move 40. If Volotkin was short of time I think this was a swindle worth trying.
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  cu8sfan: That would have been very cheap, but sometimes even the best can botch a pawn ending... Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2004
Sep-24-05  alayo: Why not: 20.....Nf6?!
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  tpstar: <alayo> 20 ... Nf6 loses to 21. Re3 and now Black can't even try 21 ... Ng4 due to 22. Rh3+ Nh6 23. Rxh6#. Great combination by White.

Maybe Nakamura will investigate 2 ... Qh4!? here. ;>D

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  wordfunph: Quote of the Game:

"That's sport."

- GM Andrei Volokitin (on Naka's playing on in a K vs K+P endgame that even most of the spectators would have won)

Source: NIC Magazine 2005 07

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