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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
"Car-Nak the Magnificent" (game of the day Mar-19-12)
Bazna King's Tournament (2011)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0
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  perfidious: Poor <TheMaddHatter>-five posts only, and he has ascended to that wonderful club to join some of us who've been around a while longer and have no tolerance for what has gone either for all these years.

How many spots are allotted to The Chosen? Is it 40, as I've seen claimed? 100? Infinite?

The truce has been nice, but I sense someone here coming to the end of their tether.

Dear fellow kibitzers, I wish all of you luck when this reaches its likely end.

Jun-24-11  DrMAL: <LIFE Master AJ: The trick is to avoid those moves like 18...Nd5? (??)>

18...Nd5 alone was not particularly bad, just rather dubious (perhaps inaccurate is a better term), but it also defined black's theme for later inaccuracies all centered around the same theme of attacking without sufficient prophylaxis. Naka's decisions on moves 21 and 26 underlined this theme, whereas Carlsen's prophylaxis with 21.Bc1 went the opposite way, losing tempo.

Jun-24-11  LIFE Master AJ: I won't argue with you - nor do I really disagree.

At this level - it usually takes more than one bad move to lose, unless the move in question is just a flat out blunder.

Jul-14-11  Ulhumbrus: On 33 gxf5 Re5xg5 34 Rxf5 gxf5 35 h7+ Kg7 36 b3 Nac3+ 37 Ka1 Rh8 38 Bb2 Kg6 Black is still hanging on. This may be worth looking at further. One thing suggested by the resource of b3 and Bb2 is that White's bishop becomes a very powerful piece with White's pawn on h7.
Jul-14-11  timhortons: <Engine analysis is always different than analysis by a human.>

your analysis is better than that of an engine you mean?

Aug-03-11  cludi: This is my video analysis of the game
Mar-19-12  LoveThatJoker: 39. Rxg7 Ne7 40. Bg5 Rg8 41. Bxe7 Rxg7 42. Bf6! is an easy win.


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  sevenseaman: I liked 22. Nc5, a good thinking move. (I was a little stuck here).
Mar-19-12  HeMateMe: Inspired pun! Of course, you had to know that <Karnak> was a Johnny Carson creation, which ended around 1990.

Ed McMahon: Oh Karnak the magificent! In this hermetically sealed (always) envelope, [the after/before clue for Karnak] it reads "A Pasadena Wacko Jacko Sacko."

Johnny Carson: What happens when Bobby Fischer and Michael Jackson tackle a quaterback?

Ed: You are corret Sir! Hyoooooooooo...

Johnny: Ed, what do we have for these nice audience members?

Ed: A hot dog-for-one!

Mar-19-12  AVRO38: Carnac was great but my favorite Carson character was Art Fern the Tea Time movie announcer who would always get caught making out with the Matinée Lady.

Carson will always be the king of late night, in a class by himself.

Mar-19-12  LoveThatJoker: For the sake of completion, it should be noted that 39. Rxg7 Re6 40. Ng6 Rxg6 41. Rxg6 is also a straight-foward win for White.


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  Felipe38: I think after 39-Rxg7 if black respond 39-...Ne7 the best answer for white is 40-Rxe7!Rxe741-Ng6+ winning a piece and the end will be easy for white to win.
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  Penguincw: Just like how he always does it. Wait for his opponent to go wrong, and boom. Gets the full point. In this case, Nakamura captured the rook.
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  Garech: Fantastic game by Magnus; as always everything flows beautifully and works harmoniously; in my opinion he is the new Capablanca and it is only a matter of time before he is World Champion.



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  kevin86: The rooks take over this one.
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  Diademas: Nice!
Its the first time they have used a pun of mine.
Hope you liked it.
Mar-19-12  LoveThatJoker: <Felipe38> Your line is nice and original! Note that my line of 39. Rxg7 Ne7 40. Bg5 Rg8 41. Bxe7 Rxg7 42. Bf6! also wins a piece though!


Mar-19-12  Llawdogg: 26 ... Re2? Is this where Nakamura lost the game? Should he have dropped back to e7 with the rook instead?
Mar-19-12  karnak64: How can I not like today's pun? Oh, good game, too ...
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  Shams: <Diademas> Splendidly done. You should just retire now with an unblemished record as a punster.
Mar-19-12  galdur: Nice skirmish. As for the pun, Karnak was a temple to a masturbating Egyptian deity whose name escapes me at the moment.
Mar-19-12  BlackSheep: The squabbling here amuses me .
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  YouRang: A super-strong game by Carlsen. The losing move for Nakamura (black) may have been facing this position after Carlsen attacked his rook with 26.Nf3 [diagram:black to move]

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Where to move the rook? Nakamura went with the over-agressive 26...Re2, which presents no real threats to white while ignoring his own defensive weakness with the passed h-pawn, the highly vulnerable Pf7, open files on f and h, and the soon-to-be Nxg5.

After 26...Rf2 27.Nxg5, white threatens 28...h2+ and 29.Nxf7+. Black has to scramble to defend Pf7, but white has the resources to pile on Pf7 while applying pressure on black's K with the h-pawn. Things went downhill for black pretty rapidly from here.

Better would have been the more defensive 26...Rf5, protecting the f-file with potential (if the N moves) to play Rh5 and cut off the defense of the h-pawn. A likely continuation: 27.Nxg5 (attacking Pf7) Qc4 (cutting off white Q angle on Pf7 and threatening to exchange Qs to neutralize attack).

Mar-20-12  cormier: 7...Bd6
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  thegoodanarchist: Awesome game and an appropriate pun. If you don't enjoy this game then you don't like modern chess!
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