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Surya Shekhar Ganguly vs Hikaru Nakamura
VII Dos Hermanas Internet (2006) (rapid), ICC INT, rd 2, Mar-24
French Defense: McCutcheon. Janowski Variation (C12)  ·  1-0


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  Jim Bartle: Any help on understanding this game appreciated, as Nakamura gets mated in 23. (Also, what were the time controls?)
Jun-09-06  jamaicanNM: standard time controls...and Naka had a tough game the queen sack applied continuos pressure that got the best of nakamura..the double threat of mate and the two passed pawns were jus too naka lacked development
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  IMlday: Time control was 90 minutes plus a 30 second increment. Hikaru's opening was unsound and Ganguly call him on it. Once Nakamura learns some sound defences he will be really really scary.
Jun-10-06  Shajmaty: <IMlday: Hikaru's opening was unsound and Ganguly call him on it.> Well, Lawrence, I believe Hikaru's MacCutheon was O.K. till 8. h4 (a novelty?). Then 9 hxg5 should have been really unforeseen! Brave play by Ganguly!

<Jim Bartle: Any help on understanding this game appreciated> Black's position looks lost after 13. 0-0-0.

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  IMlday: 7..g5 looks spectacularly radical to me! I'm not surprised that it didn't work.
Jun-10-06  euripides: The novelty in this database is 12...Kd7: see Shirov vs S Volkov, 2003. Of course, this doesn't mean the line's sound :-)
Jun-10-06  cotdt: The queen sacrifice was unsound, but it allowed Gangula to put up pressure and Nakamura played so bad and lost anyway.

12...Kd7? Getting the Queenside knight, bishop, and queen into action ASAP would be essential. Then queenside castle, and with a massive material advantage would win the game for sure. With Kd7 black king can't be safe no matter what. However even after this black can still defend.

13...c6? Getting the queen into action would have releived the pressure and set up a counterattack, ie. Qe7. c6 does nothing against white's knight coming in to swoop the pawn and then become a powerful force in the attack.

22...Nxf6? Allows immediate checkmate. Any 1000-player would have seen this. Advancing the a-pawn (ie. a5 or a6) would free the safe square a7 for the next move Ka7.

I don't know how Nakamura became US. Chess Champion. Onischuk and Kamsky plays way better IMHO.

Jun-20-06  Shajmaty: <IMlday: 7..g5 looks spectacularly radical to me! I'm not surprised that it didn't work.> I found the risky 7...g5 11 times in my database, with an overall score of +5=3-3 (41% for Black... not too bad). White mostly chose 8. a3 instead of 8. h4!, played at Shirov-Volkov (thanks, <euripides>) and Karlovich-Mokriak (Ukraine Women Championship) a year later. Both games saw 12...c5(!) instead of 12...Kd7? where White has compensation for the sacrified Queen.
Jun-20-06  goldenbear: I think 10.Ke7 is a won endgame for Black.
Jun-25-06  Shajmaty: <goldenbear: I think 10.Ke7 is a won endgame for Black.> After 10...Ke7; 11. Rxe7, Kxd8; 12. Nge2 White is a full pawn up: where's Black compensation?
Jul-15-06  goldenbear: <Shajmaty> I don't know what I was seeing. Black is lost.
Nov-01-06  I3illieJoe: the final position is actually mate
Nov-03-08  VaselineTopLove: Hahaha Naka got a taste of his own medicine...
Nov-22-08  hitman84: WAX!!!!
Jan-31-10  jrlepage: 22... Nxf6 LOL. Typical Nakamura. Always underestimating opponents. Come on, this is classical time control, not bullet chess...
Mar-19-10  corbulo: this game is unbelievable... i have a ridiculous smile on my face after looking through it...
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  thegoodanarchist: Fantastic Game! Shocking queen sacrifice and nice follow up by White. I kept thinking "Why doesn't Hikaru develop his pieces?"
Aug-21-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Ganguly vs Nakamura, 2006.
Your score: 34 (par = 29)


Oct-27-13  MOLLOYCHESS: In fact, I'm not sure the queen sac IS unsound. At first the computers don't like it and give black an advantage in many lines but the deeper it analyses the closer to equality it tends. Extraordinary!
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  iking: GOTD material,<Ganguly skewered Knockamura> yayks


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  FSR: Nak Down. (Before submitting that, I tried <Nak Out>, but someone had beaten me to the punch.)
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