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Hikaru Nakamura vs Gregory Kaidanov
US Championship (2012), St Louis, MO USA, rd 5, May-12
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0


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May-12-12  SamAtoms1980: Kaidanov can kiss this game good-bye now.
May-12-12  King Death: White's playing with an extra king now.
May-12-12  Ulhumbrus: Black's rook is overworked. It cannot both defend the bishop and help to defend the a pawn
May-12-12  Shams: Bishops don't get to looking much uglier than that.
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  tamar: Cue the Rook!
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  fm avari viraf: It's time to say goodnight & Congrats to Hikaru for this lovely game.
May-12-12  King Death: Just about time for 1-0 here.
May-12-12  Ulhumbrus: An instructive piece of technique on the part of Nakamura. One can learn something from the concluding part of this game.
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  ajile: Hmm what happens after ..Kb6?
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  miamihurricane: Hikaru dominated the entire game!
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May-12-12  King Death: The final curtain on a well played ending by Nakamura, all of his pieces were better than Black's.
May-12-12  King Death: <ajile> After ...Kb6 White takes on a5 anyhow and this wins.
May-12-12  Ulhumbrus: <ajile: Hmm what happens after ..Kb6?> One sequence is 70...Kb6 71 Rxa5! Rxa5 72 Bxa5+ Kxa5 73 Kxe8 Kb4 74 Kxf7 Kxb3 75 Kxe6 Kxa4 76 f7 and wins
May-12-12  Papagambit: Pretty Zugswang A Steinitz King rules; compare Bishops!
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  ajile: Yes I see it now.

Rxa5 Rxa5
Bxa5 Kxa5
Kxe8 and White wins.

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  Calli: In honor of Nakamura's king:
May-12-12  Shams: <Calli> Nice. This one is for Black's LSB:
May-12-12  parisattack: Showing a lot of maturity being able to grind out a pretty positional win from a small early advantage.
May-12-12  5hrsolver: Nakamura becomes Capablanca.
May-13-12  WiseWizard: Very nice Hikaru, you've been studying. I salute your ambition.
May-13-12  Ulhumbrus: 13...Bxd4 concedes the bishop pair. In compensation Black gains a fine post for his knight at d5 but his queen's bishop needs to find a good post as well, perhaps via a6.

An alternative to 15...Rfd8 is 15...Rfc8 defending the c6 pawn so as to free Black's queen's bishop to develop to a6.

After 23...a5 24 Bd2 Black's rook is tied to the defence of the a5 pawn and so Black's QB is unable to enter the game by going to a6.

May-14-12  paavoh: Very impressive, very controlled game by Nakamura. Looking forward to similar displays of positional play in the future.
Jun-07-12  Everett: <5hrsolver: Nakamura becomes Capablanca.>

Or Karpov. Too bad Nakamura usually has about 10% of the former champion's patience in most games. Sometimes I wish he would just slow down.

May-16-18  Dave12: Nce king play. somehow it reminds me the fameous Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963
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