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Hikaru Nakamura vs Ding Liren
Sinquefield Cup (2016), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 9, Aug-14
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0


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  SirRuthless: Those losses to Carlsen and Aronian with black time after time are worth the games like this that seem to surround them. Moscow gambit lives!
Aug-14-16  Everett: Holy moley! Naka drops a 28-mover on a great player's head. Interesting stab with d5 in the center. Massive development issues for Liren.
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  Keyser Soze: Probably The best game of The tourney.23.c8! was a bomb.
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  Marmot PFL: Always liked this gambit even though objectively black's chances are probably not worse. Usually the better prepared player wins, sometimes very quickly.
Aug-14-16  Fish55: Under pressure from Naka, Ding collapsed.
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  Ulhumbrus: One of Nakamura's comments suggests that 16...Rg8?! is Black's main mistake because after this the black king cannot find safety in any part of the board, and this is a serious liability indeed, one whose value to the opponent can approach that of a queen on occasion. In reply Nakamura first castles into safety by 17 0-0 and then smashes it up by 18 d5!
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  Felipe38: I don't know why Ding did not played 11-...h5
Aug-15-16  scholes: why not 24 ..Bg7
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  SirRuthless: because Qc5+ together with Rd6 looks like it forces black to give the Q and get checkmated very soon is why.

25.Qc5+ Kd8 26.Rd6+ and all black has is Qx (or Ke8) then 27.Qxd6# if black wants to run with 26...Ke8 then 27.Bxb5+ is coming either driving him to d8 where Rd6+ is on again or getting mated if the R is already on d6. All these little lines will eventually meet in the same place.

Aug-15-16  1971: The first "active" defense with the black pieces in this tourney gets quickly crushed. Good reminder why they played so cautiously.
Aug-17-16  Moszkowski012273: It doesn't matter that much but 28.Qc7+... is correct not what was played.
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