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Hikaru Nakamura vs Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian
US Championship (2018), St Louis, MO USA, rd 10, Apr-28
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation Armenian Line (C18)  ·  1-0


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Apr-28-18  Dave12: Beautiful game, worth a second look.
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  Marmot PFL: 15...a5 might be better than a6, to stop the little critters before they get too far.
Apr-28-18  csmath: 14. ...Nf5
15. a4 a6?!

(this move is too weak)

16. a5! Ba7?

(make sense based on previous move of black but Nakamura will immediately demonstrate the weakness of this) is a new continuation, probably found over the board because it is not a good one.

Nakamura has demonstrated that immediately with

17. Bxf5 exf5
18. Ba3!

(now you see that black bishop on a7 is sorely needed on e7)

and white has permanent advantage since black king is stuck in the middle of the board.

22. e6!

Great blow in Nakamura style. The game ends with fork threats.

It all seems Nakamura is playing much weaker opponent, which is really not the case.

Apr-28-18  csmath: Finally a forcefull and good game of Nakamura after a nightmare tournament in the first 9 rounds. Too little too late?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Am I the only person who has never seen that U-shaped pawn structure after 26...gf4 before this game?
Apr-29-18  RookFile: It has been a lousy tournament for Naka but it's not the worst thing ever. He'll bounce back.
Apr-29-18  csmath: After 18 moves he had a persistent advantage. He could have played better but this is one of those games where black makes a conceptual error (bishop on a7) and after that there is no recovery. White kept this advantage throughout and eventually got an exchange out of that.

Yup, that U-shaped structure looks funny but more importantly it is a bad king behind it that is under attack.

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  moronovich: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Am I the only person who has never seen that U-shaped pawn structure after 26...gf4 before this game?>

No,me neither.A very pictoresque formation.Or funnny.

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  Domdaniel: <Dave> Yeh, a really beautiful game.

I used to play the Swiss-Armenian line of the Winawer French (...Ba5) until a couple of years ago. Then it seemed to be under pressure, so I quit. But I may return now.

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