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Hikaru Nakamura vs Sergey Karjakin
Bazna King's Tournament (2011), Medias ROU, rd 8, Jun-19
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Kasparov Attack (E12)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jun-19-11  pulsar: Thanks, CG!
Jun-19-11  Open Defence: finally the elite seem to think the Petrosyan variation has some bite!
Jun-19-11
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  watwinc: A bit difficult for both black's rooks to occupy the b file, surely?
Jun-19-11  Ulhumbrus: Although Black may seem to have no counterplay against the attack a5, White's King is exposed to the check ...Qh4 from Black's Queen.

Now suppose that because of this White's King's Rook is tied to the h file. In that case both of Black's Rooks can try to occupy the b file whereas White's Queen's Rook has to contest possession of it on its own.

In that case Black instead of White may benefit from an opened b file.

Nakamura will probably try to free his King's Rook to come into play by playing his King to safety eg to g2 before trying to open the Queen side.

Jun-19-11
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  Domdaniel: Like some of Nakamura's games with computers ... they could edge around for another 100 moves before somebody provokes a crisis ...
Jun-19-11  Strongest Force: There was a funny interview of carjack telling how he had to censor Nak on icc
Jun-19-11
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  watwinc: White plays a5, ba seems forced, and white piles up on the a pawn. If the black night goes to c8 to hold the a pawn, the black c pawn falls ...
Jun-19-11  Open Defence: does Black have any long term resources giving up a piece for a few pawns in the chain ?
Jun-19-11
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  watwinc: Maybe hopes of a perpetual after Qh2 42 Qf2 Qf4?
Jun-19-11
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  tamar: Now 44 a5 would be a blunder because of 44... Rxc6 45 dxc6 Nxe4

Maybe Karjakin was taking notes from Magnus game

Jun-19-11  Ulhumbrus: One plan for Black is ...Rh8, ...Kg8, ...Rh7,...Kh8,...Rc8, ...Rg8, ..Qe7, ..Qf8, ...g6 and ...f5. All that White has to do is to do nothing. However he is unlikely to say "pass" to Black for even one single move.

Black may consider ..Rf8 and ..Re7 followed by smashing White's pawn structure by ...f5 and ....Nxf5 in reply to exf5.

Jun-19-11
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  wordfunph: only one page after 42 moves? :(

maybe CG will cover Magnus game tomorrow..

Jun-19-11
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  watwinc: Black has a few tactical threats with Nxe4, possibly opening the d file with Rxc6
Jun-19-11  achieve: Cg covered Magnus game all afternoon, <wordf>
Jun-19-11  waustad: perps are better than quick draws where nobody tried
Jun-19-11
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  wordfunph: it's official 1/2 from chessbomb..
Jun-19-11
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  Jack Kerouac: QxQ drawish. What would Bobby do Chess community?
Jun-19-11  Ulhumbrus: One way for White to lose is 46...Qh2+ 47 Qf2 Qf4 48 Rb4 Re7 49 a5 Rf8 50 axb6 axb6 51 Rxb6 f5 52 exf5 Nxf5 53 gxf5 e4 54 fxe4 Rxe4+
Jun-19-11
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  Jack Kerouac: Okay, then.
Jun-19-11  Gordon1306: Three draws today
Jun-19-11  Strongest Force: Nak has a funky king but nothing matters when Nak has his wild must win at all cost look
Jun-19-11
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  Administrator: Thanks to everyone for being with us today. The tournament resumes tomorrow at 8:30 AM USA/Eastern time. Hope to see you then.
Jun-19-11  turbo231: That was short and sour.
Jun-19-11
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  perfidious: <Open Defence: finally the elite seem to think the Petrosyan variation has some bite!>

After Kasparov played it with great success in the 1980s, it was all the rage, though most players used the move order 4.Nc3 Bb7 5.a3 to avoid 4.a3 c5 5.d5 Ba6. This may have been due in part to the following game: Kasparov vs Fedorowicz, 1981.

Jun-19-11  Riverbeast: I really didn't understand Nakamura's Ke1-d1-e2 on moves 37-39...Especially since, accoprding to the clock on the ICC, Karjakin was in time pressure at that point

Didn't the king belong on g3 anyway?

Then white can play for Ra2 and a5, without worrying about the queen checks

Kind of a waste of a white for Nakamura today...I really thought he could have done more with the position

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