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Hikaru Nakamura vs Alexander Onischuk
US Championship (2015), St Louis, MO USA, rd 11, Apr-12
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. Advance Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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Apr-12-15  chessdgc2: Sorry, I don't see a blunder from Onis...(FSR) can you tell me where that occurred?
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  Penguincw: Game, set, match. Congrats to Nakamura for become U.S. Champion without the need of a playoff.

Robson's gonna have a <long> talk with Onischuk after this one...

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  Domdaniel: Looks like Nakamura wins ... you're right, <FSR>.
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  chancho: Nakamura, still the top dog in the USA.
Apr-12-15  Marmot PFL: Strange that a decent GM with so much time could blunder this. Somehow he must have forgotton that the king could go to g2.
Apr-12-15  lost in space: Boring
Apr-12-15  Strongest Force: Congrats Mr. Nak!
Apr-12-15  bobthebob: <Robson's gonna have a <long> talk with Onischuk after this one...>

Yeah, right after the conversations about B4 in the Robson game. LOL.

Apr-12-15  Tomlinsky: *sigh* Silly mistake to show GM's are human too.
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  perfidious: Lest certain kibitzers forget.
Apr-12-15  chessdgc2: How true, I certainly missed the error...when FSR mentioned it, I died not see it, but of course it didn't take long!
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  FSR: <chessdgc2> It was very difficult for Onischuk before 27...Nxf2, but Black is losing by force after that move, e.g. 28.Nd4 Nh3+ 29.Kh1 Rd2 30.Rd8+ Kg7 31.Ne6+ fxe6 32.Rxd2. 29...Nf2+ 30.Kg2 makes it even worse, since then White has 30...Rd2 31.Nxb5 Rxd7 32.Kxf2.
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  paulalbert: Congratulations , Hikaru.
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  FSR: I had the benefit of watching the live GM (assisted by computers) commentary), or I might not have realized what was going on either.
Apr-12-15  haydn20: The better player kept the pressure, set a trap when opponent is feeling time stress. Naka says position was drawn but sees 18...a5 as a careless move which leads to trouble tho' it is not immediately losing.
Apr-12-15  Marmot PFL: Naka makes it look pretty easy. Undefeated, and saves his real opening prep for Carlsen et al
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  Penguincw: I'm guessing the next broadcast will be the Gashimov Memorial, which starts in a few days.
Apr-12-15  Marmot PFL: Wonder why they invited So instead of Nakamura?
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  Penguincw: (anyone still here???)

Looks like Robson beats Gareev and finishes half a point behind Nakamura...

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  chancho: Naka probably refused so he could prepare for the Grand Prix series.

Next one is May 13 - 27.

Apr-12-15  SirRuthless: Nakamura is good with those organizers. They invited him but he refused so he could prepare for the most important event of his career. These three tournament wins will mean little to him if he doesn't qualify for Candidates. Priorities.
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  FSR: <Penguincw> Yup. Must be very deflating for Robson.
Apr-12-15  bobthebob: Dobson can't be that deflated because he wasn't counting on a move like b4 so early in his game to make it such an easy win
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  FSR: I just mean that he was surely hoping that Onischuk would hold so that he (Robson) could tie Nakamura for first. Nakamura freely admitted that Onischuk could have held the draw.
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  keypusher: <keypusher: First! (I put all of you on ignore.) But Sir Ruthless, I think you're wrong. I expect Nakamura to play for a win, and get it.>

Oh, I do love being right.

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