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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
Carlsen-Nakamura Chess.com Blitz Battle (2016), Oct-27
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0
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Oct-27-16
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  WorstPlayerEver: 39... Nb7 and White gets nowhere.
Oct-27-16
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  tpstar: 65. Kc6 Na7+ 66. Kb7 Nb5 67. a7 wins the Knight, then White cleans up on the Kingside.

Fantastic NP vs NP endgame by Carlsen.

Oct-27-16  ninja warrior: I was thinking e7 then Nd6 wins immediately at the end.
Oct-28-16
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  beenthere240: In contrast to many players in the past, these guys have no fear of losing. I loved watching the match. I thought the addition of a few 960 games was fun. I agree that the watching experience would be improved if the commentators had a separate screen for analysis and a minute between games for a quick review.
Oct-28-16
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  scutigera: <WorstPlayerEver>: It's way too early to say that. White has an outpost, Black has none, and with both more space and a more active King, White has prospects no matter what Black plays. Black does too, of course, but it's White's game to lose, which points to a flaw in Black's earlier play.
Oct-28-16  izimbra: First pivotal game of the match...was pretty even, headed for a draw, until Nak blunders with 51..Nxc4 instead of 51...Kc6, giving away a passer on the a-file. Kind of a surprising lapse for such a strong blitz player...missing a fork at ply-depth=1. Was there any commentary on that from Nak afterwards?
Oct-28-16  izimbra: <First pivotal game of the match...was pretty even, headed for a draw, until Nak blunders with 51..Nxc4 instead of 51...Kc6, giving away a passer on the a-file. Kind of a surprising lapse for such a strong blitz player...missing a fork at ply-depth=1. Was there any commentary on that from Nak afterwards?>

Probably he just misevaluated the position after 53...Nd6. Because of white's other protected, passed pawn, white ends up playing K+N+P vs. N+P on the Queenside.

Oct-29-16  PJs Studio: High quality game for the speed with witch they were playing. I think Hikaru could hold the ending from move 40 without trouble if it was played at normal time controls. Shows the power of Magnus' skills in the ending.
Oct-29-16
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  WorstPlayerEver: <scutigera>

Yes, 39... Nc6 is probably better, 40. g4 Kf8 41. Ne4 Ne7

Oct-30-16
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  thegoodanarchist: Sparkling endgame play by the WC!
Nov-07-16
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  PawnSac: < tpstar: 65. Kc6 Na7+ 66. Kb7 Nb5 67. a7 wins the Knight, then White cleans up on the Kingside. >

< ninja warrior: I was thinking e7 then Nd6 wins immediately >

There are several ways to win. Yes,

65.Kc6 Na7+ 66.Kb7 Nb5 67.a7 Nxa7 68.Kxa7 Ke8 69.Nxg7+ Ke7 70.Kb6 Kf8 71.Nf5 mates after Ke8 72. Kc7 Kf8 73. Kd7 Kg8 74. e7 Kh7 75. Ke6 Kg8 76. e8=Q+ Kh7 77. Qg6+ Kh8 78. Qg7#

but 65.e7+ is quicker and more demoralizing. For example..

..Kf7 66. Nd6+ Nxd6 67. Kxd6 Ke8 68. Ke6 and black has stuck his head in the noose

..Nxe7+ 66.Nxe7 Kxe7 67.a7 f5 68.Ke5 g5 69.hxg6 Kf8 70.a8=Q+ Kg7 71.Qe8 h5 72.Qf7+ Kh6 73.Kxf5 h4 74.Qh7#

..Ke8 66. Ke6 Nxe7 67. Nxe7 Kd8 68. a7 Kc7 69. a8=Q Kb6 70. Qd5 Ka6 71. Nc8 f5 72. Nd6 f4 73. Qb5+ Ka7 74. Qb7#

but the simple truth is; these are basic routine wins, and no superGM would play out any of them. It's beneath their dignity.

Nov-09-16
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  tpstar: <PawnSac> Thanks for those lines.

During the game, I was amazed at Carlsen's endgame precision in blitz, as NP endings can be quite intricate. But he made it look effortless.

May-08-17  The Boomerang: "During the game, I was amazed at Carlsen's endgame precision in blitz, as NP endings can be quite intricate. But he made it look effortless."

His intuition is super strong.

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