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Georg Meier vs Hikaru Nakamura
Dortmund (2011), Dortmund GER, rd 5, Jul-25
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Neo-Classsical Line (E99)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jul-25-11  scormus: <No, my name is Gordon> Only joking, with a certain uncertainty ;)
Jul-25-11  DrMAL: thanx. IDK, the position kept changing when i got back to the game. it had first looked at 111 but i think it was 113 and then when i typed it, it was a few moves after that. anyways, its really odd Meier missed that he must be really exhausted
Jul-25-11  M.Hassan: What a game. Draw at last
Jul-25-11  karnak64: Well, they've taken it out to a draw by rule. How often does that happen at this level?
Jul-25-11  scormus: what can I say? people are posting all over the forum, they think its all over .... it is now
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  Gypsy: <hms123 at all> Thx guys! I will have a closer look later.
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  tpstar: What a marathon!

Congratulations to Nakamura for holding the draw.

Jul-25-11  hms123: <Gypsy> <113.h5 Kf6 114.Bh4+ Kg7 <<115.Kg2>> Kf7 116. Kh3 Kg7 117.Bg5 Ng8 118. Kg4 Nh6+ 119.Bxh6+ Kxh6 120.Kf5>

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Jul-25-11  DrMAL: Very happy H-bomb managed a draw, he has certainly sustained enough self-punishment
Jul-25-11  TheBB: <Gypsy> <113.h5 Kg7 114.Bb4 Nf7 115... Kh6 ... seems to be OK.>

What about 114. Kg2?

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  cro777: Meier,G - Nakamura,H

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113.h5 Ng8 114.Bb4 Ke7 115.Kg2 Nh6 116.Kh3 Nf7 117.Be1 Kf8 118.Bh4 Kg7 119.Be7 Nh6 120.Bxd6

Jul-25-11  DrMAL: yes, it was 113.h5! indeed, thanx
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  Gypsy: <TheBB: <Gypsy> <113.h5 Kg7 114.Bb4 Nf7 115... Kh6 ... seems to be OK.> What about 114. Kg2?> Yes the timely switch with Kg2 changes things:

113.h5 Kf6 114.Bh4+ Kg7 115.Kg2! Nf7 116.Kh3 Kh6 117.Kg4... 1-0

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  ajile: 40.Nc6


Jul-25-11  Shams: Meier probably has a better appreciation now of what Kasparov said years ago: it's hard to win against the top ten players, even when you're winning.
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  al wazir: If Nakamura had been playing for a draw he could have traded ♕s with 64...Qxf2 and gotten the same blocked position that they reached in the game on move 102. He must have seen that. (I did.) But he didn't play it, so apparently he wasn't playing for a draw. He was trying to *win*.

But objectively speaking, he had no winning chances. He was a ♙ down. The only way he could have won is if Meier had made a mistake. So he must have been hoping for a blunder on Meier's part.

That sort of strategy is okay in speed chess, but in tournament chess at the GM level it's rather insulting.

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  lost in space: finally a draw in this marathon. Meier ess not able to win even though the position was won and that there were a lot of winnings moves during the session. The missed them all.

Reminds me perfectly on my way to play chess

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <al wazir>--I disagree with your opinion that Nakamura avoided the exchange of queens on move 64 because he was playing for a win. In this type of position, I think the drawing chances for black are greater if he can keep queens on the board. He was forced to trade queens on move 102 only because of the double threat against the d-pawn.

Nakamura had been successfully avoiding the exchange of queens for many moves, and I wonder if he made a mistake shortly before move 102 (maybe when he played 94 Qf8) that allowed white to force the queen trade.

Jul-26-11  scormus: This will be a bitter experience for Georg. Twice at least he could have won with h5, and when he did play it it was probably the one time he sacrificed any winning chance. Bears out Shams/GK comment perfectly
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  kdogphs: 150 move draw??? Now that's persistence..
Jul-26-11  jaguarz: Naka can win this earlier!! he just don't like it..
Jul-26-11  DrMAL: <ajile: 40.Nc6 1-0> Yes, this or the other obvious moves 40.Nc8 or 40.Kxh2 all win, if I had been watching here I am very sure I would have typed this (in addition to 113.h5! when I was). Seems Meier simply did not want to win LOL.
Jul-26-11  tonsillolith: Draworg Meier vs Hikaru Nadrawmura
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  al wazir: From move 62 to move 101 (39 moves) there were no captures or pawn moves. The same for the next 24 moves. Then another 22 moves passed likewise before the players finally decided to pack it in.
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