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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Hikaru Nakamura
Gashimov Memorial (2014), Shamkir AZE, rd 8, Apr-28
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11)  ·  0-1


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  beenthere240: Poor Shakh -- doomed to suffer successive poundings from a wounded Naka. Better lots next time.
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  HeMateMe: Why doesn't white just play 24. BxN?
Apr-28-14  JohnBoy: <HeMateMe: Why doesn't white just play 24.BxN?> 24...Rb4 looks like a strong response.

23...Rb8 probably caught Shark off guard. Maybe he'll be Naka's whipping boy - the go-to after yet another pounding from MC. Maybe Naka will start insisting Shark be invited to any event with MC and himself.

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  HeMateMe: My boy Nak is gonna sit Magnus down to Fischer Random or Dungeons and Dragons, and one fine haired fjord boy is gonna get schooled!

You heard it here first!

Apr-28-14  SirRuthless: I would enjoy seeing a 960 match between them but I doubt we will anytime soon.
Apr-28-14  bobthebob: "doomed to suffer successive poundings from a wounded Naka"

Losing twice to the WC while winning or drawing all your other games is hardly being wounded.

Maybe this is Karma for Marmaduke's cheating scandal.

Apr-28-14  Eusebius: Apparently white finds the position not very favorable after: 24.Bxc6 Rb4 25.Qa6 Rb6 ...or 25.Qc2 Qxc6 with strong play against white's queen side.
Apr-28-14  SirRuthless: <bobthebob> What cheating scandal? Are you referring to Mamedyarov?
Apr-28-14  bobthebob: Yeah. The Kurnosov issue. I don't know if he apologized before Kurnosov died.
Apr-28-14  csmath: 15. 0-0-0?!

[After sideline opening nobody has safe castling. 15. Bb5 was a safer alternative.]

19. ...Kf7!
[Black will attack white castling.]

21. ...bxc5

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Now Mamedyarov makes a natural but a really bad move:

22. Ba6? Qc7

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White is strategically lost since h8-a1 diagonal and b-file are all going to crosshair white king. This is one of those positions an attacker dreams about.

23. Bb5 Rab8?!
[23. ...Nxd4! 24. Bxd4 cxd4 25. Rc1 Qd6 26. Rc6 Qb4 getting two clean pawns if nothing else.]

24. Rxe6
[Bxc6 Rb4! 25. Qa6 Rb6]

28. Rd1?!
[White is down material so more exchanges is not attractive but this is not going to help either.]

28. ...Kf8
[...Bxd4 reducing material is surely better although Nakamura is only delaying the exchange.]

The rest of the game is painful to follow as it is clear that white will simply lose.

How can an attacker get himself in such a clear destructible position? Well, it happens on a bad day. Very simple win for Nakamura.

May-02-14  1d410: Thanks to csmath for his analysis. It is very helpful
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