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|Feb-02-10|| ||TheMacMan: if Kxg2, ...Qd7 and its all over for white, if Kh1? g2+!|
|Feb-16-10|| ||gaetano07: What about 22.Bxb6 with the idea of playing 23.Nxb6 and 24.Bc4?|
|Mar-31-10|| ||DiscoJew: "Gelfand-Nakamura was definitely the game of the month, played in the sharp line 9. Nd2!? Ne8 10. b4 f5 11. c5 Nf6 12. f3 f4 13. Nc4 g5
And featuring multiple pseudo queen sacrifices from the young American star."|
From King's Indian-Chesspublishing.com
Update January 2010
GM Mikhail Golubev
Great game from Hik
|Apr-01-10|| ||ycbaywtb: oh yeah!
<<<<A Nakamare. :-)>>>>
|Apr-01-10|| ||Gilmoy: <notyetagm: I just love how Nakamura leaves his Black d8-queen <EN PRISE> for 4 moves after 24 d6xc7.> Nimzowitsch hung his Q for six moves once (Qh7 staring down an Rh8? -- a reincarnation threat). Black didn't want her, and she retreated just in time (and Nimzo won, of course).|
<mrbasso: Black played typical KI moves. I'm not impressed at all.>
<keypusher: Yes, of course, sacrificing your knight and leaving your queen hanging are just bog-standard stuff.> My patzer understanding is that Black's KID pawn storm presumes one piece sac regardless -- it's just the price of doing business in these lines. White has learned to never play h3 (Bxh3), hence Black's piece offer keeps evolving to new heights of creativity. If the pawn will not step forward to Mohammura, then Mohammura will insist.
KID is a unique opening in this regard, tho -- normally, Black doesn't recognize by move 2 that his home-prepped sac around move 20 is still on. Naka's feat wasn't so much to <see> the sac in the first place -- it's a matter of calculating if it <works yet>, or <still works>. (Then he freelanced a bit when the sac wasn't entirely sound -- but his aggressiveness paid off with complications too deep to navigate.)
I think Gelfand saw the blizzard of shots after <24.dxc7> -- they're not that hard to calculate. He just assessed it as less fatal than an immediate 24.Kxg2. "Putting the question" to the Q does eliminate all (very nasty) lines that need a Black tempo, e.g. Nxe4 clearance for a Qh4 entry.
|May-16-10|| ||alexrawlings: I agree with previous posters that this should be a GOTD.|
I also think Black's 28th move would make an excellent Thursday or Friday puzzle.
|Jul-11-10|| ||SpiritedReposte: Who wouldn't want to play the KID after seeing this game?!|
|Aug-17-10|| ||Kazzak: <SpiritedReposte: Who wouldn't want to play the KID after seeing this game?!>|
Maybe someone who saw this game, played by Nakamura the following day, against Aronian.
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2010
|Sep-13-10|| ||freakclub: I wonder why this wasn't chosen as GOTD yet...|
|Oct-01-10|| ||ForeverYoung: its games like this that keep the Kings Indian being played. It was up to Gelfand to call Naka's bluff by taking the knight. Splendid display of pyrotechnics by the American grandmaster!|
|Oct-19-10|| ||SpiritedReposte: <Kazzak> Yea thats a crushing defeat by White. Ironically the next day lol. Personally I think Naka's win is better though, biased of course I love the KID.|
|Nov-28-10|| ||notyetagm: https://webcast.chessclub.com/icc/i...|
|Jan-02-11|| ||Chessmensch: McClain recommends this as one of the best games of 2010 in his January 2, 2011 NY Times chess column.|
|May-11-11|| ||bronkenstein: <McClain recommends this as one of the best games of 2010 in his January 2, 2011 NY Times chess column.> |
I dont believe that Gelfand would agree , his POW is prolly closer to ´What a blunderfest junk ! Damn kid blitzed me out!´ :)
|Jun-16-11|| ||DrMAL: I think this game was one of the best of 2010. 21.d6 tries to improve over 21.Bg1 at some risk, and 22...Nh4 (instead of 22...gxh2 or 22...h4) is an even riskier counter to sac on g2.
At this point 23.hxg3 limits black to 23...fxg3 where 24.Be3 afterwards gets some advantage for white. Like many times in chess the threat of a sac is met by "be my guest" and 23.Re1 white's second best move invites it.|
However, instead of playing mandatory 24.Kxg2 for some small advantage, white gets greedy with 24.dxc7 a losing mistake (24.hxg3 also loses). Black's advance on white's king is simply much more meaningful than material gain.
25.Bxb6 is slightly better than 25.Qxe1 but this does not matter, it is all over in the hands of Nakamura who brilliantly plays the absolute best move from then on. The game is very instructive for lower level players as well as for Gelfand!
|Jun-16-11|| ||sevenseaman: Amazing good play by Naka. Naka - Carlsen is coming up in the Bazna Kings tournament. If Naka can come up with something similar to what he cameoed in this game, he has a chance.|
|Jun-21-11|| ||DrMAL: Seems Naka got a bit overly ambitious and imprudent in the game he lost. Great play by Carlsen, exciting chess! :-)|
|Jul-14-11|| ||piltdown man: A Grandmasterly performance.|
|Jul-16-11|| ||qqdos: The position after Naka played 19...g3 - Isn't that a sight to gladden the heart (for sore eyes) of the most ardent KID addict. Those menacing K-side pawns with lurking Knights, Queen, KR and QB all lined up for the attack! What more could you ask? Who agrees that the WK is irredeemably vulnerable here.|
|Jul-18-11|| ||qqdos: <DrMAL> I agree that 21.Bg1 is safer (and better?!) than 21.d6. When Gelfand did play 22.Bg1 Nh4! may have unnerved him, then 23.Re1 Nxg2! provoked the losing move 24.dxc7?? <Gilmoy's> comments are spot on. Naka (win, lose or draw) certainly gives outstanding value in the KID - see, also in this line, his "overly ambitious" 2009 victory against Beliavsky, Amsterdam (Rising Stars).|
|Jul-19-11|| ||DrMAL: I think it's worth mentioning how little this opening variation has been explored and how many different good possibilities there are. Top GMs often follow their own chosen variations for awhile, making innovations as they get popular and others tend to imitate them, usually quite blindly.|
For example, on move 11 for black, the CG database has only 84 games. 64 of these choose 11...Nf6 which, after 10...f5 seems consistent and has produced OK results statistically. Yet, there are many choices here and the top engine does not even evaluate it within best 8 after 39 billion positions are computed:
Houdini_15a_x64: 24/67 3:00:38 39,009,128,577
-0.29 11. ... a5 12.cxd6 Nxd6 13.b5 Bd7
-0.33 11. ... Bh6 12.Rb1 a6 13.Nc4 Bxc1
-0.36 11. ... fxe4 12.Ndxe4 Nf6 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6
-0.40 11. ... Kh8 12.f3 a5 13.bxa5 dxc5
-0.40 11. ... b6 12.f3 a5 13.cxd6 Nxd6
-0.42 11. ... h6 12.f3 fxe4 13.fxe4 Rxf1+
-0.43 11. ... Bd7 12.Rb1 fxe4 13.Ndxe4 Nf5
-0.47 11. ... Rf7 12.f3 c6 13.Nc4 cxd5
Interesting how 11...Kh8 second most popular is in here but another choice that may also look promising 11...f4 is not either. Good reason to be creative instead of merely following top GMs. It seems the position is best served by some prophylaxis.
This game follows the line most popular among top GMs today, until move 16, where H-bomb chooses the second most popular move 16...dxc5 with only four other games in the GC database (nine for 16...Bf8 and one for 16...Ne8). For grins, I checked with Houdini which evaluates 16...Bf8 and 16...dxc5 at around -0.7 and 16...Ne8 at around -0.9 as the three best for black all with fairly solid advantage to white.
Both players focus consistently on their plans and white remains ahead. 23.hxg3 would have maintained this but 23.Re1 was played now the game is even. I kibitzed about the rest.
<qqdos> I agree about Gelfand reacting, but doubt he saw all the ramifications of 24.dxc7 or he would not have played it. As far as "the WK is irredeemably vulnerable" after 19...g3 I disagree. White is still ahead here. Even after his mistake 23.Re1 the game still evaluates after 24.Kxg2 as equal. Of course, it's a LOT easier with no clock running, no crowd watching and a computer to bring in for help LOL.
|Oct-31-11|| ||KingsGambit73: @elohah,
this is certainly not rubbish. Even computers nowadays fail to understand kings indian structures completely.
After 24. Kxg2? Rg7 25. dxc7 Qe7 and black is better.
|Mar-19-12|| ||Kinghunt: I've done quite a bit of analysis on this game, and I have to say, I think Nakamura's sac is actually sound. I've seen a lot of posts saying that Gelfand missed lines to refute it, but I challenge anyone to give a line yielding better than equality for white.|
|Jan-19-13|| ||Ss17405168: What about 29.Nxb6?|
|Jan-19-13|| ||Ss17405168: Nevermind, I got it. Tarrasch(Rybka)
explained it. 29.Nxb6 is answered by
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