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Hikaru Nakamura vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek
Chess Olympiad (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, Sep-28
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Panov Attack. Main Line (E54)  ·  0-1
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Sep-28-10  bravado1: Either I missing something or I must be a really bad chess player:) Throughout the game I had a strong feeling that Nakamura had a crushing advantage and that it was enough for him to exchange bishops on move 26 and then put his knight to g5, to achieve the decisive edge (26, white: Be7, black: Oe7, 27 Ng5 and now black has to play g6, then white play knight e6 and it's practically over). Well, it cannot be as simple as that surely Naka wouldn't have missed it. Anyway, being Polish I must be happy about Wojtaszek's win:)
Sep-28-10  Marmot PFL: Black can meet 27 Ng5 with Nf6 (guarding h7) then play Qf8 offering the queen trade. 28 Nxe6 wont work now (28...fxe6 29 Rxe6 Qg7) so white's edge still seems small.
Sep-28-10  SamAtoms1980: What the HELL......
Sep-29-10  twinlark: 22. Nxe6 would have won. 32. f3 lost.
Sep-29-10  Kinghunt: <twinlark: 22. Nxe6 would have won. 32. f3 lost.>

22. Nxe6 would have given Nakamura a strong attack, yes. But I have to disagree with your claim that 32. f3 was the losing move. There were no good alternatives. Nakamura already had a losing position.

Sep-29-10  PinkPanther: Naka just overpressed and stretched his position too thin. That and the fact that it's probably disconcerting to play against a weirdo like Wojtaszek.
Sep-29-10  twinlark: <Kinghunt>

You're right. 32. f3 makes the win for Black obvious and easy, but 31. Qh4 was the losing move.

Sep-29-10  polarmis: I've included quite a bit on this game here:
http://www.chessintranslation.com/2...

One thing I'd say is that the second part of Nakamura's tweet is a little odd: <Overpressed and blew a completely winning position. Oh well, such things happen in team events.>

As GM Bartel points out Nakamura could have offered a draw that Wojtaszek would have had to accept - and the USA team would have won. Though maybe in the heat of battle it wasn't so clear how things were going on the other boards!?

Sep-29-10  Kinghunt: <One thing I'd say is that the second part of Nakamura's tweet is a little odd: <Overpressed and blew a completely winning position. Oh well, such things happen in team events.>

As GM Bartel points out Nakamura could have offered a draw that Wojtaszek would have had to accept - and the USA team would have won. Though maybe in the heat of battle it wasn't so clear how things were going on the other boards!?>

What strikes me as odd about his tweet is that he seems to be saying that he only lost because it was a team event. He was going for a win regardless, and just got outplayed. That has nothing to do with it being a team event, so it seems like he's just making excuses for this loss.

Sep-29-10  slomarko: how do you overpress a completely winning position?
Sep-30-10  NrthrnKnght: Nakamura has an excuse for all his loses.The sun was in his eyes,it was a team event(they were playing his game)etc etc it never ends.How about I got outplayed!?
Sep-30-10  Brandon plays: Being a bit of a chess patzer myself I completely understand what Nakamura is talking about. In other words, you had an advantage and you tried to collect. Then you make a mistake and things aren't looking so clear anymore. So not only did you lose the win, but you lost the easy draw as well which is frustrating especially when the other person wasn't playing very good.

I saw to hell with the anemic he won because he played better than me nonsense. All of you guys who seem to think that one should just be really humble about chess sort of gall me.

Sep-30-10  Brandon plays: Having said that I think that the other guy played a very good game of chess and he certainly deserved to win.
Oct-01-10  slomarko: <Brandon plays: Being a bit of a chess patzer myself I completely understand what Nakamura is talking about. In other words, you had an advantage and you tried to collect.>

Nakamura did not say "i had an advantage", he said he had a "completely winning position". There is a big difference.

Jun-06-15  faulty: nakamura could have saved the final 40 moves. after about move 36, only one result is possible...
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