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Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Altibox Norway (2017), Stavanger NOR, rd 4, Jun-09
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0
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Jun-10-17
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  ChessHigherCat: fxe3 g3!
Jun-10-17  Absentee: Kindly keep it on topic, lads.
Jun-10-17
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  PawnSac: some really interesting games this round! a few real slugfests!
Jun-10-17
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Rather unpleasant turn to the conversation. Thought we had the Ken Rogoff forum for these sorts of posts.
Jun-10-17
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  ChessHigherCat: g3 anyway. Now, now, gentlemen, that's what the Rogoff forum is for.
Jun-10-17
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  tim butler: Shake that "Boody" Naka!
Jun-10-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <An Englshman> Small minds run in the same ruts, I mean, Great minds have the same thoughts!
Jun-10-17
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  ChessHigherCat: All I have to say here is F...!!!!!!!
Jun-10-17
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  SirRuthless: Good game. MVL's Najdorf is broken again and again. He needs to shelve it and make some changes. It's no longer sound at this level.
Jun-10-17
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  ChessHigherCat: I don't even understand why he resigned Qh1+ Ke2 Qg2+ and what?
Jun-10-17
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  SirRuthless: Blocked. Go play some golf grandpa.
Jun-10-17
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  Marmot PFL: <SirRuthless> easy to prepare against a one-opening player and nakamura is pretty good at preparing sharp lines.
Jun-10-17  Ulhumbrus: Aronian's game appears worthy of a brilliancy prize if he wins it, which it appears he may do very soon
Jun-10-17
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  PawnSac: yes! magnus just resigned
Jun-10-17
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  SirRuthless: It's not just Naka though I have seen other players destroy it recently as well. He needs something else. He appears to have no neutral or backward gear it's win or bust and that's not good enough to win candidates. He's still very young though so perhaps he will solidify his play in the next 5 years before he reaches his best chess years.
Jun-10-17
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  Marmot PFL: <SR> Kramnik looks unbeatable in the Berlin too for a while but has taken some losses and might get another today.
Jun-10-17  Absentee: <Marmot PFL: <SirRuthless> easy to prepare against a one-opening player and nakamura is pretty good at preparing sharp lines.>

I'm not so sure it was preparation at all. Nakamura was already thinking by move 12 and in the end used only a little less time than Lagrave.

Jun-10-17
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  offramp: Don't play ...f5!
Jun-10-17
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  PawnSac: < Absentee: <Marmot PFL: <SirRuthless> easy to prepare against a one-opening player and nakamura is pretty good at preparing sharp lines.> I'm not so sure it was preparation at all. Nakamura was already thinking by move 12 and in the end used only a little less time than Lagrave. >

In the post-game interview they both agreed that the idea Nd4-e2-g3 instead of Nb3 is new territory.

Jun-10-17
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  PawnSac: white has won in 3 games so far today, and Fab appears to be winning against Kramnik. So-Karjakin is completely = .
Jun-10-17
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  SirRuthless: There is a mutually assured destruction scenario with the Qs on So-Karjakin. Neither can capture without being much worse. A brilliant game.
Jun-10-17  Ulhumbrus: This looks a bit like a repeat of the Carlsen-Nakamura game from the previous round but with colours reversed. This time Nakamura makes count his lead in development and carries out his threats on the queen side before Vachier-KLagtrave can carry out Black's threats on the king side.
Jun-10-17
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  SirRuthless: I think the difference here is that black never equalized and his attack always carried some potential but never had real teeth unless white voluntarily gives him additional tempos. White rolled him off the board from the opening. In the game you reference black equalized first and only then made the break for it on the f-file. He had dried out the position with early minor exchanges and then sacrificed a pawn for some positional compensation, namely the bad g2 Bishop, such that his counter attack made sense. Black never had his feet set in this one.
Jun-10-17
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  Marmot PFL: Could be that Carlsen also missed some serious winning chances. Even at my low level it seems hard to play the Najdorf against strong players who face it frequently, and I seem to do better with other Sicilian lines.
Jun-11-17  ex0duz: <PawnSac:In the post-game interview they both agreed that the idea Nd4-e2-g3 instead of Nb3 is new territory.>

Yeah.. I really liked this opening knight maneuver when i saw it being played in the game. I might 'borrow' this for use in my own games now instead of just 'naturally' returning to Nf3 or Nb3, heh heh =)

Just need to remember to go Bd3 instead of Be2 which i also like to play half the time in certain sicilian lines.

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