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Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, May-21
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  1-0


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May-21-15  notyetagm: Nakamura vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015

Damn, when it rains it pours. Poor MVL. :-(

Is MVL even going to be in the 2700 club when this tournament is over???

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  luzhin: 19.Nc5! is most elegant. Though Black made things easier for Naka with the blunder 25...Rd4??.
May-21-15  SirRuthless: This was a total crush combined with a self immolation in the QGD. I hope MVL rethinks his decision to play the golden league. If he is getting tossed around the frat like this in a 2750 event, what will happen to him in the big leagues? Godspeed, MVL.
May-21-15  EhsanBalani: 4th loss in a row by strongest GM in France! LOL
May-21-15  supertimchan: MVL doesn't belong in the top group.
May-21-15  dx9293: “Man, in those top events … when they really smell blood and you are the bitten dog, then they’ll go for your throat."

-Loek Van Wely

May-21-15  morfishine: This is how I lose: crushed
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  chancho: Four losses.

It looks to me like a huge drop in form for MVL.

And at the worst possible moment to boot.

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  perfidious: <supertimchan: MVL doesn't belong in the top group.>

Tell you what, Mr supe: the man who 'doesn't belong', or anyone else from this lot, would smash you without trace, so put a sock in it, just for a while.

May-21-15  notyetagm: <morfishine: This is how I lose: crushed>



May-21-15  JohnDMaster: I would have to agree with Perf, sometimes a world class GM just has a bad tournament.
May-21-15  Jambow: <JohnDMaster> Not sure that is what he was saying actually, but I agree with you that any top GM can have a terrible tournament and my heart goes out for Max. Time will tell where he belongs but he didn't get his rating by drawing it out of a hat.
May-21-15  blackdranzer: His blunders seems to be 2000ish!...he really is in bad shape..
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  Sokrates: I feel sad playing over this game. Maxime seems to have lost all self-confidence, and no wonder. He has had some miserable defeats of late. This game seems packed with moves far below the level you should expect from a top GM, and Nakamura's position almost played itself. A suicidal game from MVL. I hope he soon regains his trust in himself and his former standards.
May-22-15  thunderbreizh: I am an MVL fan (for his flamboyant syle and tactical genius) and feel very bad for him for this losing streak. In answer to those who say he doesn't belong in the Golden League, I would point out that he placed second in the Tata Steel (Wijk an Zee) a half a point behind winner Magnus Carlsen - so yes, please put a sock in it!
May-22-15  Steve.Patzer: Was MVL fearful of losing a pawn on move 10? Would 10....Bc6 have been better?
May-22-15  latvalatvian: Lagrave could defeat Naka any day of the week. I think what happened is Lagrave got sleepy which meant his playing strength was cut in half. Around round 7 or 8 sleepiness becomes an ecodemic (you know what I mean).
May-22-15  SirRuthless: <<<latvalatvian: Lagrave <hopes to> defeat Naka <in classical chess someday>. I think what happened is Lagrave got sleepy which meant his playing strength was cut in half. Around round 7 or 8 sleepiness becomes an ecodemic (you know what I mean).> FTFY>

Classical games: Hikaru Nakamura beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 3 to 0, with 3 draws >

May-22-15  Rookiepawn: What happens to MVL? Hope nothing too long. After the magic tactics he displayed now Rd4 is almost painful to see.

Nakamura beating MVL can happen, but not this way.

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  PawnSac: Many of the top players have suffered bad tourneys like this. Getting knocked around can be what is necessary to spurn him on to greater heights. MVL will be ok. He will go home and lick his wounds then should buckle down to the long hard grind needed to rise to a new level with deeper preparation, etc.
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