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Hikaru Nakamura vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Nakamura-Ponomariov Match (Rapid) (2011), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, May-24
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  1-0


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  Garech: Very interesting game with aesthetic positions all the way through. Well done Naka for defeating the great Ponomariov so convincingly.


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  Gilmoy: <42..Qc3 43.Qc4> is a pretty picture.

<44..Bc5> looks like an aesthetic requirement. The fact that it's <forced> (to defend d4) is sublime bordering on a composition.

<47.Qf7!> is an amazing concept. When can White afford to drop a pawn <with check>? Naka has already seen that:

(a) <48.Nd2> gives him an <adjacent N> pattern, which is the most annoying defender to stymie a Q;

(b) Black's Q is now hanging, and furthermore has trapped herself on really lousy diagonals;

(c) the flying staircase pattern wins two pawns back. Lawnmower man!

May-26-11  belgradegambit: Had Naka lost with 1. b3 they would be coming out of the woodwork saying he's back to his old habits (ie Qh5). But since he won I suspect there will be no criticism of Larsen's opening.
May-26-11  Shams: <Gilmoy><gives him an <adjacent N> pattern, which is the most annoying defender to stymie a Q>

My buddy and I call this the 'stalking horse'. Such a great defender.

May-26-11  haydn20: Doesn't the plain vanilla 45...Qxd4; 46. dxc4 Ke7; 47. Ke2 lead to an even position?
May-27-11  Shams: <haydn20> Your line makes no sense.
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  Check It Out: I think he meant 45...Qxc4
May-27-11  haydn20: sorry for the typo: 45...Qxc4
May-27-11  Shams: 45...Qxc4 46.dxc4:

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The d4 pawn is dead and white's knight can protect h4 against a bishop raid. White will play c2-c3 and the connected rabbits will romp.

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  Check It Out: Right, so

46...Ke7 47.Ke2 Kd6 48.Kd3 Ke6 49.Nxd4 of course black can't get rid of his bishop.

Then, black attacks the kingside with his king but white pushes his queenside pawns with knight support and wins.

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