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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Hikaru Nakamura
Nakamura - Ponomariov Match (2011)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Glek Defense (E94)  ·  0-1
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May-19-11
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  Penguincw: So 42.Kh4 must be the only move.
May-19-11  unferth: Qg5+ wins, does it not?
May-19-11  Marmot PFL: I see...black forced him to the f-file or to h3. I thought it would go much longer.
May-19-11
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  SteinitzLives: The Q trade was forced after Qg5+
May-19-11
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  Penguincw: < TIME CONTROL: 90 min for 40 moves then add 30 minutes also 30s/move starting at move 1 >

So where's the thirty minutes?

May-19-11
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  Gypsy: <unferth: Qg5+ wins, does it not?> Looks like a win to me. Once the queens are off, White has nothing to play for.
May-19-11
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  Penguincw: Oh wait. It was just added. Nvm.
May-19-11
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  SteinitzLives: Sorry to spoil it for those glued only to this website, but white did resign.
May-19-11
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  Penguincw: And Ponomariov resigns. It is now 8:16PM so that mean they have been playing for 3 hours and 46 minutes.
May-19-11
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  Gypsy: The fact that Naka turned this game around is hard to fathom. Congrats!

(And better not play this opening variation again.)

May-19-11
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  Travis Bickle: naka naka naka!!
May-19-11
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  SteinitzLives: Weasel, Weasel, Weasel! And Winner!
May-19-11
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  Administrator: Thanks to everyone for watching and commenting on today's game. Our next scheduled broadcast will be game 2 of the Gelfand-Grischuk FIDE Candidates final match, tomorrow at 7:am USA Eastern time. Hope you can be here with us.
May-19-11  turbo231: And to think I gave up on Naka in this game. I thought how can he get a draw?!
May-19-11
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  Penguincw: It looks like any legal move (44.♔f2, 44.♔f3, 44.♔h3) will run into 44...♕f5+ 45.♕xf5+ gxf5 and it will be a fairly easy win.

Endgame Statistics

♔♙♙♙ vs. ♔♙♙♙♙

The superior side (in this case black) wins 79.1% of the time

A draw occurs 15.1% of the time.

The inferior side (in this case white) 5.9% of the time.

Nice game by Nakamura. He needed to score the full point some time in the remaining four games and he went for it immidieatly. Match now tied 1 1/2-1 1/2.

May-19-11
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  Penguincw: < Administrator: Thanks to everyone for watching and commenting on today's game. Our next scheduled broadcast will be game 2 of the Gelfand-Grischuk FIDE Candidates final match, tomorrow at 7:am USA Eastern time. Hope you can be here with us. >

Sure.

Also, this is the second time this year that someone has won with black in 43 moves in a King's Indian, Orthodox (E94). The other time, Claude Maruejols vs M Apicella, 2011.

May-19-11  turbo231: In my patzer's eye, at move 26, it looked impossible for Naka. He played like Houdini from that point on.
May-19-11
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  parisattack: <SteinitzLives: Weasel, Weasel, Weasel! And Winner!>

Yes. But at the least Nakamura shakes it up a bit at the top; and classical chess needs that right now.

May-19-11
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  HeMateMe: Pretty slick, often its hard to pull out the Q + P ending. Well done. Maybe Chuck Berry will write a song about Nak?
May-19-11
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  Check It Out: This is the type of game that points out the problem with those 8 or 16 move theoretical draws: the decisive play most often occurs in the 3rd-5th hour of play due to fatigue, time pressure and just plain old weak moves.

One thing I liked about the Topalov camp's decision to play all games out to the end in the recent WC match: those were fighting draws, and even patzers knew it was a draw after the game.

May-20-11  rilkefan: Nice to see Nakamura and the KID winning - but I'd be surprised if there was even a draw for black earlier. I certainly wouldn't intentionally enter this line.
May-20-11  TheMacMan: Chess is about Proving your opponent wrong, or your opponent proving you wrong, in this case naka proved pono wrong with Rxf6! pono thought it was safe to keep his bishop on that square, nope.
May-20-11
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  wordfunph: Ponomariov - Nakamura

after 7...♘a6


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"I spent all day preparing a line - but at the last minute decided to play Na6."

- GM Hikaru Nakamura (after the game)

http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/chessne...

May-21-11
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gT_...

May-27-11  onlinechesslessons: I made a video analyzing this game at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPI_... - please let me know what you think.

Thanks!

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