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Levon Aronian vs Hikaru Nakamura
"Punching the Clock" (game of the day Feb-16-2017)
World Blitz Championship (2010), Moscow RUS, rd 33, Nov-18
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  1-0


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Mar-04-11  notyetagm: <TODO>

Aronian vs Nakamura, 2010

Game Collection: DECOYS: ALIGNMENT:SAFETY IS NOT JUST COUNTING 17 Rd1xd6!, 66 ... Bf2xg3! create alignments for skewer, pin

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  Penguincw: Nakamura thought some time after 17.Rxd6.
Jan-10-12  dumbgai: 30. Qc2! keeps the queen.
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  kamalakanta: I don't quite understand how people judge Nakamura so harshly.

First of all, he is a young man. Second of all, we can't judge people by how they look "he looks so arrogant". How do you know he is not a great guy?

Third of all, so what? Would any of us be less arrogant if we had his talent?

He is not Mother Theresa, for sure, but he is not a monster, either. He seems to me to be a nice, normal human being.

Jan-13-12  dumbgai: Fair or not, reputations last a long time. Nakamura built up a reputation as a big jerk with his unsportsmanlike (and sometimes downright pathetic) behavior on ICC. Based on body language, he doesn't exactly seem like a classy player OTB either.
Jan-13-12  M.D. Wilson: <nikolajewitsch: <Everett> Yes, I had to think of Kasparov too. I recall Kramnik talking about it; he said that e.g. Leko ist actually more unpleasant to play, as he never shows any emotion, whereas Kasparov couldn't hide his. In certain situations this can be a disadvantage for a player. Your opponent might think he has a better position but is uncertain; if your body language tells him you think the same, he will play for a win more aggressively. So I didn't take this as a sign for any character flaws of Naka, I just thought it doesn't serve him well... >

Only Spassky was more deadpan.

Jan-13-12  King Death: Keres had quite a reputation for showing no emotion too.
May-23-12  Everett: And Karpov... But I thought most of the players were pretty reserved and tried to limit their "tells," no?
Jun-23-12  Juninho: Penguincw: and what about 40. Nc4?

Oh dear, this was a tremendous demonstrative game by Aronian even after his clock turn down under 10 seconds... his technic is such a brilliant one, true example to get the full point of the advantage like long immediate manouvere. Congrate!

Jun-23-12  Juninho: sorry I overlooked the variation 40. Rc3, 41. Nb2, Rc2 42. Bd4, Ba3 43. Ne3, Rxb2!! ....
Nov-29-13  ChessYouGood: Cutty Ranks has posted an instructive description of Aronian's demolition job of Nakamura, limb by limb, here:
Nov-25-14  notyetagm: Aronian vs Nakamura, 2010

17 ?

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17 ♖d1xd6!

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  chancho: Games about to start:

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  micartouse: <chancho> Thanks for the link!
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  ajile: Nakamura missed 25..Nde2+ which gives him a slight advantage instead of 25..Nce2? which was played.

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. = (-0.11): 26.Kh1 Nxc1 27.Ng4 Qd8 28.Rxd8 Rfxd8 29.Qh3 N1e2 30.Ne3 Rc6 31.Qh4 Rd7 32.f5 Bd4 33.Bxc3 Nxc3 34.Nc2 Bg7 35.Ne3 Nxa4

2. (-4.42): 26.Kf1 Nxf4 27.Ng4 Qd4 28.Rxd4 Nxg2+ 29.Kxg2 cxd4 30.Nb6 Rcd8 31.Nc4 d3 32.Nd2 h5 33.Nf2 Nxa2 34.Bxg7 Nxc1 35.Bxf8 Rxf8 36.Nh3 e5 37.Nf2 Kg7 38.g4 Rf4 39.gxh5 gxh5 40.Nd1 Kf6 41.Ne3

Also later Black is clearly better after 30.axb3??

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All White needs to do to maintain a winning position is move his queen. For example:

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. (2.24): 30.Qf1 Nxc1 31.Qxc1 c4 32.Nb6 Rc5 33.Nxc4 Bd4 34.f5 Rdc8 35.fxg6 Rxc4 36.Qh6 hxg6 37.Qxg6+

2. (2.24): 30.Qc2 Nxc1 31.Qxc1 c4 32.Nb6 Rc5 33.Nxc4 Bd4 34.f5 Rdc8 35.fxg6 Rxc4 36.Qh6 hxg6 37.Qxg6+

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  ChessHigherCat: 27. Ng4!! in blitz no less
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  Ironmanth: This would have been a wild one to view real time! Great game; thanks.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Ironmanth: This would have been a wild one to view real time! Great game; thanks.> I just watched the video (link in first post) and it was generally less animated than you might suppose. At one point Aronian made a gesture of disgust like: "Do you think we're in the playground or something?", but I'm not sure what Nakamura did to provoke it. 27. Ng4 was the move that made Nakamura start shaking his head and scratching himself (probably meaning I can't believe I missed that stupid move!).
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  Once: That's an excellent video in the first post. Fascinating to watch how both plays were able to play so well at such a speed.
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  JohnBoy: The video link on Mar-04-11 by <notyet> shows Naka's 2-handed 0-0. Aronian is less of a twit than Nepo and just goes about his business. Nice Queen trap by Levon, and nice scrounge to find play by Naka.
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  ChessHigherCat: < JohnBoy: The video link on Mar-04-11 by <notyet> shows Naka's 2-handed 0-0. Aronian is less of a twit than Nepo and just goes about his business.> Thanks for explaining that, I didn't even know 2-handed castling was illegal. In fact, somebody (who was obviously misinformed) told me years ago that touch-move was a rule only applied by patzers in the park and that what really matters is when you punch the clock. About being touchy, I don't think this was the first time Aronian was annoyed by that sort of thing: Blunder!! Touch move Aronian vs. Naku
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  kevin86: The pawns will queen!
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
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