|Jan-19-12|| ||haydn20: 18...Na6 was questionable, but 23...Qe5 walked into a pit. It's amazing how a top GM can take you apart after a misstep in a quiet opening.|
|Jan-19-12|| ||Clodhopper: 31.h4 is quicker, but congrats to Naka on a forceful win.|
|Jan-19-12|| ||timhortons: navarra become 2700 player longer than naka, but he didnt made much progress, once i read ,they propose a match between short and navarra.|
its great he was given a chance at tata.
|Jan-19-12|| ||Peligroso Patzer: <timhortons: navarra become 2700 player longer than naka, but he didnt made much progress, once i read ,they propose a match between short and navarra.|
It[‘]s great he was given a chance at tata.>
For the record, Navara <earned> a spot in the “A” Group this year by his shared first in the “B” Group in 2011. As noted in the post quoted below from page 5 of the thread on the page for the 2011 Group “B” tournament, although McShane had a better tie-break score than Navara, both were extended invitations to play in the “A” tournament this year.
<Eyal: In fact, both McShane and Navara will be invited to Group A next year:
<McShane was declared Group-B winner on Sonneborn-Berger but the tournament organizers decided both players would receive an invitation to compete in Group A next year.> [Here a link is given to a page from the 2011 official site, but the page is no longer available.]
Btw, the same thing happened when Motylev & Carlsen finished at the top of Group B with the same number of points in 2006.>
[Link to source for quote: Tata Steel (Group B) (2011)
|Jan-19-12|| ||Check It Out: I remember that. So where is McShane?|
|Jan-19-12|| ||Shams: <So where is McShane?> He could only get time off for one tourney and chose last month's London Chess Classic.|
|Jan-19-12|| ||Penguincw: Nakamura wins while Navara sinks the ship further. Tomorrow Navara gets white, but it might no help much when he has to face Carlsen.|
|Jan-19-12|| ||checkmateyourmove: Naka playing english , so is magnus alittle. maybe there onto page 8 of garrys openings.... just kidding :)|
|Jan-19-12|| ||King Death: Nakamura's move 6.e3 is new to me but I found another game where it was played with a different move order: V Zvjaginsev vs V Mikhalevski, 2011. It looks weakening though and Black's position didn't seem bad in the middlegame.|
|Jan-19-12|| ||Shams: I wonder how long Hikaru took on 25.Nxh5+! It's a forcing line and probably nothing special for an elite player to calculate, but I find it really aesthetic. 30.Qf1! and even 31.Rxb7! (the exclams are for the loveliness-- eat it) are just crushing. I'd give anything to be able to visualize six moves prior that Black has no way to save his hide after 31.Rxb7.|
|Jan-19-12|| ||HeMateMe: White's pawn structure looked ugly, three pawn islands, but after chopping lots of wood he suddenly has that nice bind on the f-file, and a winning position.|
|Jan-20-12|| ||King Death: <Shams> Very often we can only guess at how far ahead a player had to envision how he might have played but
here I think Nakamura had to foresee the end of the game after Black played 24...h5. Why do I say this? In the game White's king may not be too safe either and if he gives Navara even one tempo in some lines he gets mated himself.|
Now that I've generalized a bunch, here are some variations to back it up some: after 25.Nh5+, 25...gh was impossible because of 26.Rf7+ Rf7 27.Rf7+ Kh8 28.Rf5. In the game 30. Qf1 was the only move to guard against ...Qb1+ and threaten 31.Rf6. After 30...Qh5 31.Rb7 really does threaten Qf6+ and Black's defenses are overstretched since he isn't able to guard both critical squares f6 and f8
One thing that's easy in a way is that Black is always losing in the variations where he gives up his queen for a rook. He's down material and his pieces don't coordinate at all. This was a nice combination but I agree, at this level probably not difficult.
|Jan-24-12|| ||Calli: Lubosh analyses the game. Calls 6.e3 "Chipmunk Chess" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lubom...|