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Hikaru Nakamura vs Boris Gelfand
FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013), Elancourt FRA, rd 10, Oct-03
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  0-1
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Oct-04-13  ChessYouGood: "sir ruthless" - if your entire perspective on this game is due to following "it closely with an engine", I doubt your perspective has much, or any, value. Of course, watching it live on chess bomb, where you can't avoid houdini's, often misleading, analysis, I did notice Gelfand not only outplaying Nakamura, but the pesky engine too - most notably 20. ...Rc6 was not even in Houdini's top 4 moves, but was clearly the best move. Your statement that "Naka simply fell into prep and gelfand tried to throw the game away" is absolute garbage and actually laughable, especially when your only touchstone is your "engine's" evaluation numbers. In your obviously subjective and obviously ill-informed view: "objectively [Nakamura] was correct"! Total rubbish. Gelfand blew Nakamura off the board in this game; Nakamura outclassed and outplayed; that's all.
Oct-04-13
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  AylerKupp: <patzer2> I caution you against reaching any definite conclusions after running an engine, any engine, to a search depth of only 22 ply, particularly with such a long line.

For instance, in the Fritz 12 line you give, 20...b5 seems somewhat slow. I think that perhaps Gelfand's (and others') 20...Rc6 with the idea of bringing the other rook to the c-file as quickly as possible, might be better. And after 22.Bxc4, 22...Bxd4 allowing 23.Rxd4 Rxc3 24.Rxc4 Bxc4 blocking the c-file looks questionable.

And I think that Fritz's [+1.48] evaluation after 34.Nxe7 is due to the horizon effect (that's as far as Fritz could calculate at low ply) since after 34...Re8 35.Nd5 (what else? It's the knight's only viable square) 35...Rxe4 the evaluation of White's position hardly warrants almost a one and a half pawn advantage. Then again, I might be missing something.


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Having said all that I do agree that 20.Qe3 was probably a better move than 20.Qf2.

Oct-04-13  SirRuthless: <Chess> at least I admit to looking at computer evaluations to help try and grasp some shadow of what is happening in these games. Many around these part provide computer lines with their own analysis but pretend that they found these lines themselves. I do no such thing. I will mention that the early grip that gelfand had was slipping and nakamura missed Kc1 which the houdini says was holding at depth 28.
Oct-04-13  ChessYouGood: Great point again "sir ruthless" - I actually just noticed some sage analysis on youtube that makes some similar points to yours, and just as insightfully: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyV2...
Oct-04-13
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB48...

Cheers, K

Oct-04-13  notyetagm: <csmath: <<<My impression is that Garry Kasparov had a tremendeous "bad impact" on a couple of elite players, in particular on Gelfand, Anand, Adams, and Short.>>> The first two only recovered recently (after Kasparov's retirement) from that beating, the last two never recovered completely.>

Kasparov vs Gelfand was a 13-0(!!!) Kasparov whitewash:

<+13 =8 -0>.

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http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Oct-04-13  Marmot PFL: My recollection of the interview was that there nothing wrong with 20 Qf2. 22 Qg3 was the first of white's few mistakes, and that 22 f5 was or maybe unclear. It does not take many mistakes to lose such a sharp position.
Oct-04-13  Marmot PFL: Chess base for example only criticizes 2 white moves - 22 & 33.

<22.f5 seems to be best, with a very unclear position: c4 23.xc4 xc4 24.d5 24.xg7 xg7 25.f6+ g8! is given as a draw by Houdini, for example: 26.f4 exf6 27.d5 xa3 28.e7+ f8 29.xc6 xc6 30.bxa3 xa3+ 31.d2 b4 24...xb2! 25.xe7+ h7 26.xc6 xa3 27.d2 xc6 28.f6 a5+ 29.e3 xd1+ 30.xd1 f8>

Oct-04-13  dumbgai: <Gelfand is much easier to like I have to say.>

Replace "Gelfand" with just about any chess player and that statement is still true, relative to Nakamura.

Oct-04-13  Jambow: Ok the answer to the question is Boris Gelfand now or in the past a <"Beast"> with the Najdorf? The answer is clearly no. Notice not having a <"bad record"> and being some sort of monster are all together different things.

I already demonstrated that he is below 50% win vs. losses considered. Ipso facto then he will be closer but still below if draws are included. Now let's consider Kasparov under the same criteria using decided games, every format included.

42 wins vs. 15 losses or 74%, eeeech that is much more looking like a scary monster to me.

Then if Sasquatch wasn't scary enough Fischer had 43 wins vs. 8 losses or an utterly frightening 84% grim reaper like record, Soiled myself just thinking about it. He also has much fewer draws but I'm to lazy to do the math and apples compared to apples keeps it simple.

Bottom line is Boris is a great player, but if you want to play the Najdorf look to Fischer or Kasparov.

Oct-04-13  Jambow: <<Gelfand is much easier to like I have to say.> Replace "Gelfand" with just about any chess player and that statement is still true, relative to Nakamura.>

BTW Nakamura is likable to me, he is polite and honest. Boris can be grumpy but I'm not obsessed with such silliness. I think many of Nakamura's haters are much less polite or likable than he is. He seems to get mistreated and disrespected in press conferences, like he was after the Ivanchuk game. Really can't imaging Sergey Tiviakov informing other players over 100pts higher than he is they need to study his lessons? Truly Nakamura was a gentlemen for not saying ok we will play a ten game public match and you can give me lessons OTB. Sergey sounded like what Nimzowitsch might have said in such a situation. Ivanchuk was the one who should have been criticized he was rude and just as wrong as I saw it.

Anyway I don't suppose there will ever be an objective evaluation and people are free to love hate or be indifferent about who ever they choose. I just hear a lot of broken glass.

Oct-04-13  Jambow: Anand scores about 66% with the Najdorf and Topalov is about tied with Gelfand. Gelfand does well across the board but no monster in any particular area except for upping his game in his forties.
Oct-05-13  dumbgai: <Jambow> Perhaps you are not familiar with Nakamura's antics on ICC. I personally witnessed him saying the F-word to Wang Yue after losing a blitz game, and use racial slurs against other Chinese GMs. He has also intentionally disconnected in losing positions against various GMs, including Mamedyarov, Ramirez, and Akobian. Not all of these episodes are from his teenage years either, for example see this: http://www.snakkomsjakk.com/index.p....

And then there are the moments of disrespect at OTB tournaments.

Oct-05-13  fisayo123: This is a massacre.
Oct-05-13  Jambow: @ <dumbgai> Ok first off I would agree hearing only the one players side of things that Nakamura was not being a great sport and impatient, yet his accuser even by his account is far over reacting. Another comment below his forum post a person noted Nakamura's hateful critic himself didn't have exemplary conduct on ICC. Which makes my original point perfectly doesn't it. Often time the accuser is being hypocritical and behaves worse themselves. Anyway Nakamura has to answer for his actions.

Now my point is there has been pretty gross exaggerations about his comments post game. I remember his win over Anand in London with the KID, when he made the statement that he wasn't objectively losing against a human. Clearly he was saying in complex unclear positions against humans you objectively have real chances of winning because humans aren't computers. If you isolate just one portion it sounds different than in context as a whole. This is my point you have to be trying to misconstrue what is meant and that is what often happens.

When I spoke to him face to face he was polite and unassuming, not brash or arrogant.

Last I watched his post game interview with Gelfand and they both replayed the game several different directions, and in one of them black was even lost. Nakamura was polite simply explaining his ideas, nothing like Ivanchuk had been after their game. He said he made a couple of bad moves and lost, in context and actuality he is correct the game was essentially decided at that point. He also likened this to his win over Caruana in which Caruana did the same. Is that rude or an honest assessment? You guys want a few seconds of a video clip to be the bases to draw conclusions, but if watched on the whole it is much ado about nothing.

Before my words are taken out of context I thought Boris played exceptionally well, and he had better understanding than Nakamura did. I credit Boris for playing well. He has upped his game as many are on the decline, kudos to him. As I already demonstrated he is no Najdorf monster but a great all around player. Some will take that as I'm against Boris. So ok hate if you will, and I'm critical of Nakamura at times too, he is human and not always a good one. If I had to choose the best sportsman it would be Anand, the guy is modest, honest and pleasant like few others except perhaps Aronian. Carlsen, Nakamura, Kasparov and Fischer not always so much at times but they didn't murder people either.

Oct-05-13
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  FSR: You have to give Naka credit for not wimping out with 9.Bc1 (which in retrospect would have been an exclam move).
Oct-06-13  fisayo123: <FSR> Like that variation is not just as sharp :) I think Nakamura felt more comfortable playing the white side of a line he has played recently.
Oct-06-13  RedShield: <This is a massacre.>

<The Rape of Naka's King>

Oct-06-13  RedShield: <Perhaps you are not familiar with Nakamura's antics on ICC. I personally witnessed him saying the F-word to Wang Yue after losing a blitz game, and use racial slurs against other Chinese GMs.>

Long history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-J...

Oct-09-13  tivrfoa: This is a real complex game. Well done Boris Gelfand!
Oct-10-13  cornflake: Naka's play was terrible in this game from the opening to the end.
Oct-19-13
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  Natalia Pogonina: Annotations by GM Balogh:
http://pogonina.com/index.php?optio...
Oct-20-13  tranquilsimplicity: As much as I loathe to interfere in the discussions or even perhaps a debate between persons, I am inclined to agree with Jambow's incredibly astute philosophical observations on human behaviour. It is for the same reason that I would find Jambow's explanations regarding the Nakamura-Gelfand post match analysis most reasonable, both in terms of the Chess analysis(expressed with great humour) as well as Nakamura's alleged arrogance. Mind you, I have no feeling for either player therefore one could argue that I remain an impartial observer. But once again, Jambow, in my honest view I do not see how an intelligent man or woman would be displeased by your viewpoint or make an enemy of you.#
Oct-20-13  tranquilsimplicity: As much as I loathe to interfere in the discussions or even perhaps a debate between persons, I am inclined to agree with Jambow's incredibly astute philosophical observations on human behaviour. It is for the same reason that I would find Jambow's explanations regarding the Nakamura-Gelfand post match analysis most reasonable, both in terms of the Chess analysis (expressed with great humour)as well as Nakamura's alleged arrogance. Mind you, I have no feeling for either player therefore one could argue that I remain an impartial observer. But once again, Jambow, in my honest view I do not see how an intelligent man or woman would be displeased by your viewpoint or make an enemy of you.#
Apr-03-15  ChessYouGood: This sublime game is still to be game of the day? Must be that Chessgames is rooting too much for their hometown easy beat. Anyway, I would recommend this video analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxh...
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