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Hikaru Nakamura vs Anish Giri
Sinquefield Cup (2016), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Aug-06
Semi-Slav Defense: Accepted (D44)  ·  1-0
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Aug-06-16  CountryGirl: Monstrously complicated, but Naka found a path through the labyrinth. Fascinating game to watch.
Aug-06-16  Atking: The level of these guys are incredible. Good fight from both players!
Aug-06-16
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  saffuna: What is wrong with just taking the rook with 39. gxh4? I don't find any tricks for black.

39. Qf3 seems to give away the advantage and make it necessary to win the game all over again.

Aug-06-16
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  perfidious: <saffuna: What is wrong with just taking the rook with 39. gxh4?>

Probably nothing at all (at least so far as I can see); but Nakamura may have been short of time, or simply wished to avoid any swindles lurking in the position, so opted for what he judged the pragmatic course.

Aug-06-16
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  saffuna: <Probably nothing at all (at least so far as I can see); but Nakamura may have been short of time, or simply wished to avoid any swindles lurking in the position, so opted for what he judged the pragmatic course.>

And got swindled, right? As 39. Qf3 permitted 39...Rxh3 check.

Aug-07-16  Virgil A: 27...R8d7 a blander, blender, blinder and blonder.
Aug-07-16
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  HeMateMe: what a battle!

why can't black play 43...R-g5? Instead he gave away the exchange with 43...RxB.

Aug-07-16
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Was 39.Qf3 not a blunder, but a trap? Black has 3 pieces en prise after 40.Kg1, manages to swap Queens and save the Knight, but when White plays 43.Kh2 Black gives up Rook for Bishop, leaving himself down a Rook for 3 pawns.

But why not 43...Rg5? I *think* the answer is 44.Rd1,Nc5; 44.Rxd7,Nxd7; 45.axb5. White is only up a minor piece for 2 pawns, but that advanced b-pawn looks rather ill-tempered.

If my analysis is correct (big if), the game continuation is not that much worse than 39.gxh4.

Aug-07-16
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  Sokrates: Yes, a great battle, superbly played by both contestants. Last night I had to leave the game after 34...Qe3 and frankly, I thought Giri would make a devastating attack on Nakamura's king. But he managed to slip away very cleverly and even win, albeit by a iota.
Aug-07-16
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  WorstPlayerEver: Naka indeed got swindled hard. 37... Rh4 was pure bluf. It worked but a few moves later Giri bluffed himself away by not playing 41... Ng4. Simply missed perpetual check. Therefore the inconsequence of 41... Nd3 is kind of astonishing. Oh well.. solved too many puzzles ;)
Aug-07-16  Ulhumbrus: One justification for 6...c5 is that White has not played 6 e4.
Aug-08-16
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  PawnSac: < perfidious: <saffuna: What is wrong with .. 39. gxh4? >

Probably nothing .. may have been short of time, or simply wished to avoid any swindles ..the pragmatic course. >

I am quite inclined to agree. But the fact of the matter is, after 39.gxh4 Rd3 40.Rb2 b4 41.h5 Nh4 42.Bxe5 Nf3+ 43.Bxf3 Rxf3 44.Rxf2!? Rxf2+ 45. Kg3 Rd2 46.Qe4 black is out of play (i.e., Rd3+ 47. Kg2 Rd2+ 48. Kg1 Qxe4 49. Rxe4 Rxa2 50. Rxb4 ).

In this line if instead 41. ..bxc3 42.hxg6+ fxg6 43.Rbe2 Qf4+ 44.Kg1 white is up a rook and now the knight is trapped, so is forced to further simplify' thus ..Nxh3+ 45.Bxh3 Rxh3 46.Qe4 and black is stopped cold in his tracks. for example ..Qf7 47.b4 Qa7+ 48.Kg2 Rh5 49.Nxc3 Qd7 50.Re3 Rg5+ 51.Kf2 Rg4 52.Qxe5 Rg5 53.Qe4 Rg4 54.Rd1 Qf7+ 55.Rf3

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