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Leinier Dominguez Perez vs Hikaru Nakamura
Corus Group A (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-27
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Gurgenidze Variation (B36)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-27-10  eleves: Drawminguez...
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  kdogphs: Games like this give chess add fuel to the fire of those who think it is a boring sport... a rare dull game by Naka...
Jan-28-10  crwynn: Yes ho hum nothing to see here.


Jan-28-10  Alphastar: <eleves>
Well, Dominguez did try to stretch the game and avoided several repetitions, but with no real success.

And I suppose Nakamura was still recovering a bit from his two earlier losses, and couldn't summon the spirit or position to fight for a win.

Jan-28-10  blueofnoon: Usually Nakamura opts for openings which are double edged, but in this game I think he was playing for a draw from the beginning.

At move 15, already it's only white who could play for a win. Dominguez tried his best while Naka just defending.

In the end Naka held his own but it's not his usual style to play like this.

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  Eyal: Position after <32...d5?>

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From Dennis Monokroussos' blog:

<Sometimes moves like this are useful, going for some counterplay and thereby preventing the opponent from focusing solely on his own plans, but sometimes they create further weaknesses and make the opponent's job easier. This looks like the latter sort of case.

33.Bd4? Letting Black off the hook. [33.Rd1! Rd8 (33...dxe4 34.Qb5 and thanks to the newly opened d-file, White has more tools in the fight to break Black's blockade - Rd7 foremost among them.) 34.f4 with the idea of e5, entombing the Bf6. 34...Bb2 35.Qc2 Bf6 (35...Bg7 36.Qc7 Rd7 37.Qxb7 Rxb7 38.exd5 exd5 39.Rxd5 ) 36.e5 Bg7 37.Rc1 ]

33...dxe4 34.Qe3 Bxd4 35.Qxd4 Rc6 Now Black has swapped off his bad bishop for White's good one while tying White down to his passer. The worst has passed for Nakamura.> (

Jan-28-10  Atking: On 33.Rd1 d4 isn't possible? 34.Bxd4 Rd8. Is there a trick I miss again?
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  Eyal: <Atking> 35.Qf3! removes the queen from the pin and pins the bishop on f6.
Jan-28-10  Atking: I was going to give myself the answer you came as quick as usual <Eyal> 35...e5 36.Be3 RxRd1+ 37.QxRd1 Qxe4 38.Qb3+
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