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Levon Aronian vs Hikaru Nakamura
Norway Chess (2013), Sandnes NOR, rd 2, May-09
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation (D10)  ·  1-0


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May-09-13  Marmot PFL: Since Nakamura skipped the interview it isn't easy to explain 22...d4 23 Qe1 dxe3? 24 Ne4 Qe7 25 Qxe5, leaving black a vulnerable pawn on e5. After 26...Bg6 27 Bxg6 black might already be lost.
May-09-13  Marmot PFL: It's strange that so many on bookie bet this as draw, when neither is a drawish player (even if ex. Slav has drawish rep). Ever odder is that if I hadn't bet fairly big (for me) on Lev that Naka would have been the slight favorite.
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  Eyal: <Since Nakamura skipped the interview it isn't easy to explain 22...d4 23 Qe1 dxe3? 24 Ne4 Qe7 25 Qxe5, leaving black a vulnerable pawn on e5. After 26...Bg6 27 Bxg6 black might already be lost.>

Aronian, on his part, seemed to take this development in the game completely for granted - apparently he thought that if Black doesn't play dxe3 then f4 is going to be very strong, and maybe Nakamura thought the same way. Aronian took a lot of time on his 22nd move, and was very proud of finding the idea of Qd2 first before Qe1, instead of 22.Qe1 immediately - on which he gave 22...Bg6 23.f4 exf4 24.exf4 Qf6 25.f5 Bh7 as rather good for Black and was then told that 25...Qd4+ is even worse for White. On the other hand, with 22.Qd2 d4 inserted, the same sequence is much better for White, since once Black plays d4 there's no queen check on this square and e4 is secured for the knight. (Of course, an immediate 22...Bg6 just loses the d-pawn to 23.Bxg6 followed by 24.Qxd5.)

May-09-13  Jambow: I thought Nakamura looked ok until 43...g4? I thought 43...Ne6 looked much better and I saw that his eval went from -.5 to -.96 after that move. Anyone know what engines like for black on move 43 I'm at work just curious.
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