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Hikaru Nakamura vs Anish Giri
FIDE Grand Prix London (2012)  ·  Russian Game: Cozio (Lasker) Attack (C42)  ·  1-0
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  tpstar: After 58 ... e4 59. dxe4 h2 60. Kg2 d3 61. Be1 g3:

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White wins with 62. Bb4 Ke6 63. c5 and now Black cannot play 63 ... Ke5 due to the Breakthrough 64. c6! bxc6 65. a6 and Queens.

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  Check It Out: "Apparently I CAN still play brilliant chess"
Oct-02-12  drmariogodrob: <Eggman> Mmm. Yes, I see. Amusing.
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  tamar: chessgames frantically trying to fit bespectacled image of Nakamura on Dancing Rook...
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  Eyal: <Check It Out: It seems like Naka could have played 56.Kf3 first to stop g4s. Then the bishop could have mopped up the g and h pawns.>

I think that would have actually been a mistake - Black would play 56...h3! and then g4; White wouldn't be able to take the g-pawn (since the h-pawn queens) and he would have to place his king - rather than bishop - at g3.

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  Check It Out: <Eyal> yes, that looks like it would still be winnable, but more difficult.
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  SCUBA diver: Does everybody see now that it is hopeless.
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  plang: Very nice effort by Nakamura
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  Check It Out: Nakamura took a lesson out of Carlsen's playbook and won a seemingly drawn endgame.
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  MarkFinan: Yes, 20 plys later I now see It Is hopeless!
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  tpstar: <It's all over but the tweeting>

"That dancing Rook makes me look fat#"

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  tamar: <Eyal> There is a study like win after 56 Kf3 by going to g7 with the bishop and capturing on e5, and attaining this tablebase position

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Kg2 (only move to win in 39)

But Nakamura's way was better.

Had to repost as I gave the wrong move to win.

Naka and Giri are discussing the game now.

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  Eggman: I feel happy for Nakamura. I know he comes across as arrogant, but I can't help but feel bad when I see people tearing into a guy who has worked so hard to achieve so much in his young life. Good for him!
Oct-02-12  Jim Bartle: What about 53...Kxc7?
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  Eyal: 53...Kxc7 is impossible. I thought at first that 52...Kxf7 (instead of Kxd7) might hold, but it looks like after 53.Bf5! (to put the bishop at e4) Black's pawns start to fall and his position collapses eventually. If that's true, then the decisive mistake by Giri was probably 46...Be5, which allowed the 47.g5!! breakthrough.
Oct-02-12  Jim Bartle: Sorry for the error, I meant f7. Thanks, Eyal. I fooled around with it a little and it seems that after 53...Kxf7, eventually black can't defend the b7 pawn without giving up the rook.
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  Bobby Fiske: All the bishops rubbing shoulders after 40.Be6: "6th Avenue Bishop Gay Club".

Awesome endgame squeeze by Nakamura, BTW. Material balanced, position locked up seemingly, no way to do trickery left on the a/b-files and kibitzers on ChessBomb starting to mock Drawamura. ...And then *BANG* 47. g5!

That was world class, no less.

Oct-02-12  Jim Bartle: Eyal looked at that above. and I added a comment three posts above. Basically black can't defend the b7 pawn if he captures on f7. At least that's what I see.
Oct-02-12  Riverbeast: Beautiful game from Nakamura

Way to bounce back...

(Objectively speaking though, 46...Be5 has to be the losing blunder

If black just plays passively and returns with 46...Kf8, I don't see a realistic way for white to break through)

Oct-02-12  hellopolgar: this shows the difference between Hikaru Nakamura and Alexander Morozevich
Oct-03-12  vinidivici: If i have time maybe i will try to know, is it 47.g5 sound...

It looks promising.

Oct-03-12  vinidivici: ooops, i think that sound. its good line i was thinking until black had to sacrifice the rook. So if we get there, its a win.
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  FSR: Lasker would be proud. I would never have imagined that one could beat a 2700-plus GM in this day and age by playing 5.Qe2 and going into the ending.
Jan-11-15  vikram2791: How about Rxe5 first and then only g5?
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