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Hikaru Nakamura vs Sergey Karjakin
Norway Chess (2018), Stavanger NOR, rd 8, Jun-06
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-06-18  Marmot PFL: On move 11...Ne4 is probably safer than dc4.
Black has to decide on move 14 where the queen goes and maybe Qg6 is better. The next move 15...Na5 looks like a serious mistake when the action is moving to the king side. After 18 Qh5 the game is practically already decided.
Jun-06-18  Marmot PFL: If black takes a show me attitude than 19... gxf6 20 Rxf6 Qf8 21 Rxh6 Qg7 22 Be4 and 23 Rh7 wins the queen.
Jun-06-18  Zibbit: Here is my coverage of this game:
Jun-06-18  dehanne: Karjakin plays negative chess.
Jun-06-18  Albanius: 11 d4! was Kasparov's TN against Ivanchuk
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1988

10 ..d5 11 cxd5 was previously tried, but
11 ..Qxd5! is good for Black, eg
12 Nd4 Qh5!
13 Nxc6 bxc6 with a dangerous kingside attack.

Jun-06-18  Albanius: 11..Qxd5! was Smyslov's TN
G Sigurjonsson vs Smyslov, 1974

an improvement on Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973 in which Smyslov got crushed after 11..Nxd5? 12 e4!

Jun-07-18  Ulhumbrus: The result of the game following the move 26 Rxe1 suggests that a rook is stronger than a knight and two pawns in an ending
Jun-09-18  docbenway: Always a pleasure to see a take down of the Putin poster boy.
Jun-09-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
18...Qf8 19.Nc5 g6 20.Nxe6 Rxe6 21.Qh4 Qe7 22.Qxh6 c5 23.Rf4 Qf8 24.Qh4 cxd4 25.Rxf7 Kxf7 26.Rf1+ Kg7 27.Rxf8 Rxf8 28.Qxd4 Rfe8 29.Qxa7 Rxe5 30.Qd4 R8e7 31.Bf3 Nc6 32.Qxc4 Rd7 33.Kg2 Rd2+ 34.Kh3 Rf5 35.Bxc6 bxc6 36.a4 Kh6 37.Qe6 Rh5+ 38.Kg4 Rg5+ 39.Kf3 Rd3+ 40.Ke4 Rxc3 41.Kd4 Rc2 42.Qf6 Rd5+ 43.Ke3 Kh7 44.h4 + / - (1.11) Depth: 21 dpa
Jun-09-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro w32: d 20 dpa done

1. + / = (0.51): 16...Be6 17.Qa4 b6 18.Bxa8 Rxa8 19.Ne4 Qd8 20.Rf4 Qd5 21.Rb1 Nc6 22.Qb5 Ne7 23.Qxd5 Nxd5 24.Rf2 a5 25.a3 Rd8 26.Rc1 Kh7 27.Re1 Kg6 28.Kg2 Re8 29.h4 a4 30.Kf3

2. + / = (0.61): 16...c6 17.Ne4 b6 18.Nd6 Rf8 19.Be4 Bh3 20.Rf4 Be6 21.Qh5 Rad8 22.Nf5 Bxf5 23.Qxf5 g6 24.Qf6 Rfe8 25.Bxc6 Nxc6 26.Qxc6 Rc8 27.Qf6 Qxf6 28.Rxf6 Re6 29.Rf2 Kg7 30.Raf1 Rf8 31.Kg2 b5

Jun-09-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4:d 22 dpa

1. + / = (0.35): 15...Rb8 16.Nxc4 Be6 17.Qe2 b5 18.Ne3 Na5 19.e5 Nc4 20.Nd5 Qd7 21.Nb4 Rb6 22.Qf2 c6 23.Nd3 Bd5 24.Nc5 Qe7 25.Rab1 Rbb8 26.Bxd5 cxd5 27.Rbe1 Rf8 28.Qf5 Rbd8 29.Kg2 Kh8 30.Re2 Rc8

2. + / = (0.36): 15...Qa3 16.Qc2 Qa6 17.Rf2 Bg4 18.e5 Rad8 19.Rb1 Be6 20.Ne4 Rd5 21.a4 b6 22.Nd2 Ne7 23.Bxd5 Nxd5 24.Ne4 Bg4 25.Rc1 Be6 26.Re1 Qa5 27.Kg2 Bd7 28.Qa2 Qxa4 29.Qxa4 Bxa4 30.Ra1 Ne3+ 31.Kf3

Jun-09-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa

<1. = (0.10): 14...Qg6> 15.Rf2 Rb8 16.Nxc4 Bf5 17.Nb2 Re3 18.Qd2 Re7 19.Nd3 Be4 20.Bxe4 Qxe4 21.Raf1 f6 22.Nf4 Rbe8 23.Rf3 Na5 24.Qd3 Qxd3 25.exd3 Nc6 26.Kg2 Kh7

2. = (0.21): 14...Qg5 15.Nxc4 Bg4 16.Rf2 Qh5 17.Qb3 Bxe2 18.Qxb7 Nxd4 19.Qd5 Qxd5 20.Bxd5 Bxc4 21.Bxc4 Ne6 22.Raf1 Ng5 23.Bxf7+ Nxf7 24.Rxf7 Re2 25.Rxc7 Rd8 26.Rf2 Rd1+ 27.Kg2 Rdd2 28.Rxe2 Rxe2+ 29.Kf3 Rxa2 30.c4 a5 31.Ra7 Rc2 32.Rxa5 Rxc4 33.Ra7 Rb4 34.Ke3 Kh7 35.Rc7 Kg6

Jun-09-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

<1. = (0.16): 12...Qd6> 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Ne5 Qh6 15.Nxc4 Bh3 16.Bxh3 Qxh3 17.Qd3 f6 18.e4 Qe6 19.Rae1 Rad8 20.a4 b6 21.Rf2 a6 22.Rf4 Ne5 23.Nxe5 fxe5 24.Rf2 Rf8 25.Ref1 Rxf2 26.Rxf2 exd4 27.cxd4

2. + / = (0.51): 12...Bg4 13.Rb1 Rb8 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.Ne5 Qg5 16.Nxg4 Qxg4 17.Bd5 Nd8 18.Bxc4 Ne6 19.Qd3 c6 20.a4 Re7 21.h4 Rbe8 22.Kg2 b6 23.e4 Rd8 24.Qf3 Qxf3+ 25.Kxf3 h5 26.e5 Nxd4+ 27.cxd4 Rxd4 28.Rbc1 Rxe5 29.Kg2

Jun-09-18  sudoplatov: I watched this one on Chess24. I thought that 15.... Na5 was going to give Black Problems. "Knight on the rim; you're in for a trim."
Jul-26-18  PJs Studio: Absolute textbook took overpowering knight and pawn in the ending. Absolutely beautiful endgame technique by Super GM Nakamura!
Aug-08-18  chessperson2222222: 15...Na5?

Knight on the rim is grim!

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