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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
"Garry's Kids" (game of the day Jan-17-12)
London Chess Classic (2011)  ·  Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1-0
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Dec-07-11  pircdefence1973: Nakamura could have tried 12...Rfe8
Dec-07-11  psmith: <www.CharlieChess.com>

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Dec-07-11  Ulhumbrus: It may be that with best play White has by no means such an overwhelming advantage as some remarks of a one sided win may suggest. In fact with best play White may have little or no advantage at all.

It may take no more than a few tiny adjustments to Black's play to transform the evaluation of the position from a one sided looking win for White into little or no advantage for White.

After the move 13 Nh4 it is true that it seems much easier for White to play the pawn advance f2-f4 than it seems easy for Black to play the pawn advance ...f7-f5.

This is because it is much easier for White to free his f2 pawn by playing the move Nh4 than it is easy for Black to free the f7 pawn to move by playing the move ...Nh5.

However can Black do nothing else that is useful with his king's knight?

One answer is that the N on f6 supports the counter-advance 13...d5! If Black can play safely this advance this may defuse any prospects for a successful White king side attack arising out of the pawn advance f2-f4.

This suggests that the move 13 Nh4 does make one concession to Black: it takes pressure off Black's e5 pawn.

Dec-08-11  Kiril Simeonovski: This should be game of the day and not Anand's poor game against Nakamura. Very instructive game with simple line in the opening, clear plan in the middlegame, and a beautiful sacrifice to rip up black's King position.
Dec-09-11  bunsodadi: no comment, still i go for magnus, his generation is the generation of scientific players...! Power Magnus...!!
Dec-12-11
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  James D Flynn: On move 15 my first thought was Nh5 offering a pawn by Bxf5 16.Nf6ch g7xf6 17.e4xf5 Nxf5 18.Qg4ch Kh7 19.d4 threat Bc2 and black's position is difficult, but 15.Nh5 Nxh5 and 16 Nh6ch g7xh6 17,Qxh5 Bxe3 18.f2xe3 Kg7 Rf3 Ng8 and black is winning. If 16.Qh5 Bxf5 17.e4xf5 Qxf5 and black is a pawn up, therefore 16.Nxe7ch Qxe7 and white has one fewer piece for the attack.
Dec-15-11  WiseWizard: In his commentary of this game Magnus said that after black plays h6 he normally doesnt want to play BxBe3 and open the f- file for white and give the possibility of an exchange sac.

So Carlsen played 18. Bc2 so that he could play Qd2 so that he could connect his rooks so that he could double the Rooks on the f-file, so that he could exchange sac on f6 because of the weakened h6 pawn and attack the king. Black's queenside counterplay was harmless against this plan.

This is an interesting way to chunk (learn) chess positions. Carlsen already told himself that after black plays h6, exchanging on f6 permanently weakens the king. In the game he systematically went about making this happen. The way he focused on h6 is a sort of "solution" to this piece/pawn configuration. Nakamura obviously didm't have this pattern at the forefront of his thinking when evaluating this position.

Dec-15-11  visayanbraindoctor: <WiseWizard: Carlsen played 18. Bc2 so that he could play Qd2 so that he could connect his rooks so that he could double the Rooks on the f-file, so that he could exchange sac on f6 because of the weakened h6 pawn and attack the king. Black's queenside counterplay was harmless against this plan.>

Nice observation. This game witnessed white controlling the center, opening the f-file, sacking on f6, and attacking the exposed King; meanwhile prophylactically allowing no significant counter-play.

Peculiarly enough Nakamura, who is a very strong tactician, seemed clueless at first on what was happening. He never did make an effective counter-plan. One reason why Carlsen won so smoothly; and made Naka look so hapless.

Many of Carlsen's games feature this characteristic fluidity of play, a hallmark of the great positional player.

Dec-28-11  IAMNOPATZER: Would be better if Nakamura hides his arrogance.

He's no Fischer.

Jan-14-12
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: WEAK PAWNS


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Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 31 Rf4xNf6! g7xRf6 creates weak Black pawns on d6, f6, and h6

Jan-17-12
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  waustad: Great title.
Jan-17-12
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  waustad: While watching the opening at the time I so much wanted to see an Evans, but one needs to look at < 2400 it seems for such goodies. The exchange sac was fun too.
Jan-17-12
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  TheBish: <waustad: While watching the opening at the time I so much wanted to see an Evans, but one needs to look at [less than] 2400 it seems for such goodies.>

Kasparov played it against Short in 1993 (drawing) and twice in 1995 against Anand and Piket, winning both of these contests in 25 and 29 moves respectively!

Jan-17-12
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  HeMateMe: It's a great pun.
Jan-17-12  JamesT Kirk: 32.Qf4 / Rb3; 33.Bh5 / Rg3?!
Jan-17-12
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  jakaiden: Oh! Like Jerry's kid's LOL!
Jan-17-12  Memethecat: The position seems equal until <28Rxf7>! Destroying blacks pawn structure & taking the initiative. With a bit more study & hard work Carlson might be able to eke out a career as a pro chess player.
Jan-17-12  erniecohen: <<Pawn and Two>: <psmith> After 29...Ra8 30.h4 Qa5, 31.Qf2 appears to be White's best try for an advantage. Fritz 13 indicates Black should respond to 31.Qf2 with 31...Qd8. If White continues by 32.Rxf6 Qxf6, or 32.d5 Bc8 33.Rxf6 Qxf6, then Fritz's evaluation is in the equal range, just slightly above .00 in favor of White.>

Another try is 33. Nh5 Nxh5 34. Bxh5 f6 35. Qg3, but I think this is going to draw also.

Jan-17-12  Penguincw: I believe at some point Carlsen and Nakamura had a close record between each other. But now, it's a different story.

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Jan-17-12  erniecohen: <visayanbraindoctor> Just to reemphasize what was pointed out above, White has nothing after 29...Ra8. So Nakamura wasn't helpless at all until 29...Rfb8.
Jan-17-12  visayanbraindoctor: <erniecohen> That's right, but at this point, black's survival depended on stopping white's plan as explained above. Unfortunately for him, Naka did not seem to realize what was going on, or underestimated it. The 29...Ra8 plan is based on an attempt to liquidate Queens of the board, and failing in that to regroup a better defense to the Rxf6 threat. These are positional decisions in order to effect a counter-plan. As mentioned above <Peculiarly enough Nakamura, who is a very strong tactician, seemed clueless at first on what was happening. He never did make an effective counter-plan. One reason why Carlsen won so smoothly; and made Naka look so hapless.>
Jan-17-12
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  kevin86: The win comes quickly-if the pawn interposes,the rook come in from the left wing.
Jan-17-12  sshhhh: <Penguincw> If that list is complete then Nakamura has never beaten Carlsen in classic time controls. A couple of draws initially then total domination by Carlsen. +5=4-0 in recent years.
Jan-17-12  Siksika: Top 5 pun of all time.
Feb-22-14  PJs Studio: 31.Rxf6!! What a balsey sac by by Carlsen. He is exceptional.
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