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Hikaru Nakamura
Number of games in database: 1,239
Years covered: 1995 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2787 (2800 rapid, 2906 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2789
Overall record: +407 -174 =350 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      308 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (97) 
    B90 B42 B30 B23 B33
 Queen's Pawn Game (47) 
    A45 D00 E00 A50 D05
 French Defense (35) 
    C02 C11 C10 C16 C00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (34) 
    D31 D37 D38 D30 D35
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E21 E44 E46 E20 E32
 Grunfeld (28) 
    D85 D91 D70 D86 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (136) 
    B90 B92 B30 B42 B23
 King's Indian (68) 
    E97 E90 E63 E94 E92
 Sicilian Najdorf (46) 
    B90 B92 B99 B94 B96
 French Defense (40) 
    C11 C03 C12 C10 C04
 Ruy Lopez (37) 
    C67 C78 C80 C65 C60
 Slav (30) 
    D10 D17 D11 D15 D12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 0-1
   Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008 0-1
   Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 0-1
   G Sagalchik vs Nakamura, 2003 0-1
   Nakamura vs Robson, 2012 1-0
   Anand vs Nakamura, 2011 0-1
   Beliavsky vs Nakamura, 2009 0-1
   Nakamura vs T Hillarp Persson, 2005 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corsica Masters (2007)
   US Championship (2012)
   Cap d'Agde (2010)
   Casino de Barcelona (2007)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Tata Steel (2011)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Geneva Chess Masters (2013)
   34th World Open (2006)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)

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HIKARU NAKAMURA
(born Dec-09-1987, 26 years old) Japan (citizen of United States of America)

[what is this?]
IM (2001); GM (2003); 3-time US Champion (2004, 2009 and 2012); world #1 rapid, blitz and bullet player, world #5 player (of the standard time game - August 2014).

Prodigy

Christopher Hikaru Nakamura was born December 9, 1987 in Hirakata in Osaka, Japan, and is the younger brother of Asuka Nakamura. When he was two years old he and his family moved to the United States. He started playing chess when he was four, coached by his stepfather, Sunil Weeramantry. He was the youngest player in US history to defeat an International Master (Jay R Bonin) in a USCF-rated game (10 years, 0 months), to become a National Master (USCF) (10 years 79 days), to defeat a Grandmaster (Arthur Bisguier) in a USCF-rated game (10 years, 117 days), and to become an IM (13 years 2 months), although most of these records have subsequently been surpassed. In 2003 he became the USA's youngest-ever grandmaster (15 years 2 months and 19 days), a record later broken by Fabiano Caruana and Ray Robson.

Championships

<Youth> In 2001 he won the World U14 championship.

<National> When he won the Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004) (on tiebreak from Alexander Stripunsky), he was the youngest player to win the US championship since Robert James Fischer. He also won the US Championship (2009) outright by half a point ahead of the joint runners-up Robert Lee Hess and Alexander Onischuk, and the US Championship (2012) outright by a full point ahead of the winner of the 2010 and 2011 events, Gata Kamsky.

<World championship cycle> Seeded number 87 and aged 16, Nakamura reached the final 16 in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), defeating 46th seed Sergey Volkov, 19th seeded Alexey Aleksandrov, and 51st seed Alexander Lastin in the preliminary rounds before bowing out to number 3 seed and finalist Michael Adams in the round of 16. He qualified to play in the World Cup (2013) through his rating, and defeated Peruvian WGM Deysi Estela Cori Tello in the first round, Azeri GM Eltaj Safarli in the second round and Indian GM Baskaran Adhiban in the third round, but was eliminated in the Round of 16 (fourth round) by Ukrainian GM Anton Korobov.

<Grand Prix Series 2012-2013> He started the Grand Prix series with last at the FIDE Grand Prix London (2012). After bouncing back into contention with outright second in the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), a poor showing at the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013) eliminated him from contention for the top 2 spots that will qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. (1) He did however place 3rd behind Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand in the FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013) to accumulate 300 GP points and place 6th in the 2012-13 Grand Prix series. Subsequently, his only chance to play in the 2014 Candidates Tournament was to be nominated as the Organizer's wild card once the venue was settled, however this did not eventuate.

Standard tournaments

In 2005, he won the 7th Foxwoods Open (2005).

In 2007, he won both the National Open (2007) that was held in Las Vegas and the Casino de Barcelona (2007).

The following year, he beat Bu Xiangzhi in the play-off to win the Gibraltar (2008) Masters Open with 8.0/10.

Nakamura tied for first with Evgeny Najer at the World Open (2009) after taking two last-day byes, each worth half a point and won the Donostia Chess Festival (2009) in tiebreak over Ruslan Ponomariov.

In 2010, he came =4th at Corus (2010), and was equal top scorer in the victorious Rising Stars team in the Rising Stars - Experience (2010) tournament. He scored 5/9 (+1 -0 =8) at the Tal Memorial (2010), placing =4th, and finished the year with =4th place in the London Chess Classic (2010).

Nakamura began 2011 by taking clear first place at the A-Group of the prestigious category 20 Tata Steel (2011) (formerly Corus) with a 9/13 score (+6 -1 =6) and a 2880 performance rating, ahead of a powerful field including the world's top four players: World Champion Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. In June 2011, Nakamura placed =3rd in the Bazna King's Tournament (2011), in July he scored 4.5/10 at Dortmund (2011), in August he came =1st in the 2011 US Open Championship with 7.5/9 and in October he came =3rd in the 4th Bilbao Masters (2011) with 5/10. The following month, he suffered a lapse in form at the category 22 Tal Memorial (2011), scoring 3/9 and coming last but recovered to finish 2011 with second place behind Kramnik at the category 20 London Chess Classic (2011), scoring +4 -1 =3 (TPR of 2887).

He started 2012 by coming =2nd (4th on count back) at the Reggio Emilia (2011), half a point behind Anish Giri, and then came =5th at Tata Steel (2012), scoring 7.5/13 (+3 -1 =9). He followed up in April 2012 with 1st at the 6th Annual Grand Pacific Open held in British Columbia. He competed in the Tal Memorial (2012) held in June, scoring 4/9. In July/August 2012, Nakamura placed a solid =3rd at the Biel Chess Festival (2012), but underperformed at the 28th European Club Cup (2012), although in October 2012, he recovered to some extent by winning the 4 player double round robin 16th Unive Tournament (2012) (crown group) with 4.5/6 (+3 -0 =3). Nakamura finished 2012 with a strong 3rd placement in the London Chess Classic (2012) behind Carlsen and Kramnik, adding enough rating points to restore him to the top 10.

2013 started with a modest 7/13 result for outright 6th at the Tata Steel (2013) event. He then followed up in May 2013 with equal 2nd at the Norway Chess Tournament (2013) with 5.5/9, half a point behind Sergey Karjakin and 3rd on tiebreak behind Carlsen; he also placed =2nd with 6/9 at the preliminary Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz) (2013) held to determine the draw for the main tournament, and earned the right to play with the White pieces in 5 games out of 9. In June 2013, he contested the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013), and was outright leader after 6 rounds. However, he lost the last 3 game to place 6th with 4.5/9, winning more games (4) and losing more games (4) than any other player in the tournament. Soon after, he came =3rd in the Houston Open in July 2013. In September he played in the quadrangular double round robin category 22 Sinquefield Cup (2013), and was in contention for first place until the last round, when he drew against Gata Kamsky finishing second with 3.5/6 (+2 -1 =3; TPR 2863) behind Magnus Carlsen.

Nakamura's first event in 2014 was the category 20 Tata Steel (2014) where he scored 5/11 (+2 -3 =6) to shed a few rating points for FIDE's February rating list. He next competed in the category 23 Zurich Chess Challenge (2014) in which he placed 4th with 2/5 after coming agonisingly close to defeating World Champion Magnus Carlsen. He came 2nd with 3.5/5 in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2014) which followed the standard time event, to remain in 4th in the overall event with the results of the standard and rapid events combined. In April, he participated in the inaugural Gashimov Memorial (2014), a category XXII 6-player DRR event inaugurated in honor of the late Azeri grandmaster, scoring 5/10 and placing =3rd behind Carlsen and Caruana.

Team Events

<Olympiads> Nakamura has represented the U.S. in the Olympiads of 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, helping his country to the bronze medal in 2006 and 2008. He scored 6/10 during the Chess Olympiad (2010) on top board for the USA and a performance rating of 2741 and 6/9 in the Chess Olympiad (2012), coming in fourth on top board. His overall score in Olympiads is 30.5 points accumulated in 48 games played.

<World Team Championship> Nakamura played board 1 for the USA at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), winning individual silver and helping his team to 4th place in the event.

<European Club Cup> In October 2013, he played top board for the Italian team O.R. Padova in the European Club Cup (2013), and won individual bronze, his team placing 10th.

Rapids

Nakamura is one of the world's best rapid and blitz players, and the world's best bullet (one-minute) player. He regularly plays on the internet, usually at the ICC where he is the highest rated player (userid <Smallville>), and at Playchess, where he is known as <Star Wars>. He has set many rating records under different categories. In 2008, he challenged and broke blitz king Alexander Grischuk ’s record at ICC of 3737, reaching 3750. Grischuk subsequently challenged Nakamura to a 20 game 3 minutes blitz match, which Nakamura took out convincingly by 14.5-5.5. (2) He also won the first ICC Open in 2011 ahead of over 2000 other contestants. (3)

In 2007, he won the annual Corsica Masters (2007), defeating Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the final. One of the most convincing demonstrations of Nakamura’s ability as a rapid player was when he won the Cap d'Agde (2008), defeating Bu Xiangzhi, Anatoly Karpov and Vassily Ivanchuk in the playoff matches to take first prize in a field that included Carlsen. Nakamura also defeated Carlsen to take out the BNbank Blitz (2009). He was runner-up to Ivanchuk at the Cap d'Agde (2010) in the playoff. He also defeated Rising Stars team mate Anish Giri for the right to play at Amber 2011.

In 2012, Nakamura won the trifecta of silver medals at the SportAccord World Mind Games (Men's Rapid) (2012), the World Mind Games (Men's Blitz) and the World Mind Games (Men's Blindfold) events. He closed out 2013 by winning the London Chess Classic (Knockout) (2013), defeating Gelfand in the final by 1.5-0.5, after qualifying for the final by winning the preliminary London Chess Classic (Group C) (2013).

In June 2014, he competed in both the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) and the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014) that were held in Dubai. In the former, he scored a relatively meager 8.5/15, losing 40 rapid rating points, while he was much more successful in the latter, scoring 16/21, being the runner up by a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen. His blitz rating skyrocketed to over 2900.

He authored the book Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate.

Matches

In December 2004, Nakamura played the best-of-six game Karjakin - Nakamura Match (2004) in the "Duelo de los Jovenes Prodigios" (Duel of the Wonder Boys) in Cuernavaca, Estado de Morelos, Mexico, winning 4.5-1.5 (+4 -1 =1). In May 2011 at the St Louis chess club, he won the Nakamura - Ponomariov Match (2011) by 3.5-2.5 (+2 =3 -1). In June 2014, he played for the Cez Trophy Navara - Nakamura Match (2014) in Praha, Czechia, which involved a 4-game standard time match against David Navara. He won the match by 3.5-0.5.

960 Chess

In August 2009, Nakamura defeated Aronian in Mainz, Germany to become the 960 World Champion and remains unchallenged as such.

Ratings and rankings

As of 1 August 2014, Nakamura's ratings were:

<Standard> 2787, maintaining his position as the top ranking player in the Americas. He is the #5 player in the world;

<Rapid> 2800 (world #8); and

<Blitz> 2906 (world #2).

Sources and references

(1) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012–2013 (2) http://dod.ru/chess/game/Crest/Smal...; (3) Further details are at this post: Hikaru Nakamura; Live rating list: http://www.2700chess.com/; Wikipedia article: Hikaru Nakamura


 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,240  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Predescu vs Nakamura 1-064 1995 U.S. National Scholastic Grade 2 ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
2. L Au vs Nakamura 1-043 1997 Hawaii opB83 Sicilian
3. Nakamura vs B Karen 0-152 1997 Nassau FuturityB06 Robatsch
4. Nakamura vs J Bonin  1-036 1997 Marshall Chess ClubC02 French, Advance
5. B Karen vs Nakamura  0-126 1998 Nassau g/30B23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-062 1998 Cardoza US opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
7. P MacIntyre vs Nakamura  1-054 1998 US Amateur Team EastA07 King's Indian Attack
8. Stripunsky vs Nakamura 0-143 1998 Marshall Chess ClubB40 Sicilian
9. Bisguier vs Nakamura 0-121 1998 Somerset ACN Action SwissE70 King's Indian
10. Nakamura vs O Adu  1-037 1999 Washington Eastern opB54 Sicilian
11. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-095 1999 Eastern OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
12. A Hoffman vs Nakamura 0-135 1999 U.S. Open 99E61 King's Indian
13. Wang Yue vs Nakamura 1-0112 1999 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
14. Nakamura vs J Fang 0-121 1999 Eastern Class- chB06 Robatsch
15. Nakamura vs G Gaiffe 1-054 1999 U.S. Open (5)B23 Sicilian, Closed
16. Nakamura vs M Waxman 1-031 1999 Manhattan CC-chC45 Scotch Game
17. D Schneider vs Nakamura 0-153 1999 Manhattan CC-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. D Moody vs Nakamura 0-120 1999 U.S. OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
19. Wojtkiewicz vs Nakamura 1-042 1999 U.S. OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. S Kriventsov vs Nakamura  1-024 1999 Rated TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. A David vs Nakamura  1-025 1999 World opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. Nakamura vs A Aleksandrov  ½-½60 1999 U.S. OpenC47 Four Knights
23. E Levin vs Nakamura 0-196 2000 World OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
24. Nakamura vs J Friedel 1-067 2000 New Hampshire op 50thC45 Scotch Game
25. C Balogh vs Nakamura 0-1115 2000 Elekes mem IMB23 Sicilian, Closed
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Nov-14-08  timhortons: http://picasaweb.google.com/SPICECh...

susan polgar photo of naka at the site

Nov-14-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Rolfo: He has lost considerably weight :)
Nov-14-08  timhortons: <rolfo> rating also
Nov-14-08  timhortons: <rolfo>i hope ilya nyznyak and wesley so well make it in the big leaugue, together with iturrizaga he well play in corus c next year. these are the juniors who well make company with radja and karjakin.

today carjuana loss his game, wesley so had a very upsetting draw to a 2300 opponent. Wesley so beat ni hua yesterday, a 2714 player, i hope when wesley reach 16 year old he would be playing comfortably already to a 2700 plus category, wesley reach 15 year old last month. next year well be an important year in his career, already corus c and susan polgar spice tournament sent an invitation to him which his preparing to join.

lets see how it goes, i dont think theres somebody who could dominate chess in the years to come the way kasparov did during his time. the field is for everybodys grab and nobody could set comfortably on top.

Nov-14-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Rolfo: <.. i dont think theres somebody who could dominate chess in the years to come the way kasparov did during his time>

You probably is right. About those young supertalents you are counting, I think some will make it. To early to say who. As a grown up, I'm worried about the pressure these young talents have to undergo. As for Nakamura, I still think his real talent is in fast chess where he can rise to number one spot also in ch:ships if he specialises

Nov-14-08  timhortons: <rolfo>nakamura well always be a part of these generations great, as to what nigel short say he well always be a dangerous opponent in any tournament.

ivanchuk and other stalwarts for the past 15 years might be still there but i dont think they can hang on for too long, 5 to 7 more years there well be change in the line up of participants in great tournaments.

new generation of players well set in.

Nov-14-08  timhortons: <I'm worried about the pressure these young talents have to undergo>

i think those who had supporting parents well be a stabilizing factor to these juniors.

they know they had a destiny to fullfill.

henrik is there for magnus.

wesley so dad accompany him in his trips abroad.

anton kovalyov dad is there holding his bag each tournament here in montreal.

frogbert well calculate the rating of different set of players soon in his live rating list site. it wont take long.

Nov-14-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Seems to me parents, coaches, fans and young players themselves should realize that it's possible to become an elite player as an adult without having been a phenom as a teenager.

I don't think Topalov, Morozevich, Aronian, for example, were in the top ten at age seventeen.

Nov-15-08  timhortons: [Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2008.11.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "IM_Kobese"]
[Black "GM_Nakamura"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2369"]
[BlackElo "2704"]
[Opening "Robatsch defense: two knights variation"]
[ECO "B07"]
[NIC "VO.17"]
[Time "08:40:29"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Nc3 a6 5. a4 Bg4 6. Bc4 e6 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Be2 Nge7 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Bxf3 O-O 11. Qd2 e5 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Nd5 Nc8 14. Bc5 Re8 15. a5 Nd4 16. Bd1 Nd6 17. Bxd6 Qxd6 18. Qc3 c6 19. Nb6 Rad8 20. O-O Qf6 21. Na4 Bf8 22. Nc5 Nb5 23. Qe3 Qf4 24. Nb3 Qxe3 25. fxe3 h5 26. Be2 Bh6 27. Rf3 Nd6 28. Nc5 h4 29. Bd3 f5 30. Ra4 f4 31. exf4 exf4 32. Rb4 Re7 33. Kf1 g5 34. Bc4+ Nxc4 35. Rxc4 Bf8 36. Rd3 Rde8 37. Rd7 Rb8 38. Rxe7 Bxe7 39. Ke2 Kf7 40. Nd3 Kf6 41. Rd4 Ke6 42. Kf3 b6 43. axb6 Rxb6 44. Ra4 c5 45. b3 Rc6 46. Nb2 Bf6 47. Nc4 Bc3 48. Ke2 Bd4 49. Kf3 Bc3 50. Kg4 Kf6 51. Na3 Bb2 52. Nc4 Bc3 53. Kf3 Kg6 54. Ke2 Bd4 55. Kd3 g4 56. c3 Bg7 57. hxg4 Kg5 58. e5 Kxg4 59. Ke4 Kg3 60. Ra2 Re6 61. Kf5 Re7 62. Re2 h3 63. gxh3 f3 64. Re4 f2 65. Nd2 Bh6 66. Rg4+ Kxh3 67. Nf1 Rxe5+ 68. Kxe5 Kxg4 69. Ke4 Bf4 70. c4 a5 Black wins
0-1


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wKe4,Nf1,Pb3,c4/bKg4,Bf4,Pa5,c5,f2

white to move. zugzwang.

Nov-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  DevastatioN: Interesting game today by Naka, where one mistake from Kobese gets him completely fried.
Nov-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  stoy: The olympiad website has Nakamura losing his third round game to Kobese. It must be an error. 3:10pm EST
Nov-15-08  timhortons: <stoy>a joke at icc a while ago is that his phone rings thereby lossing these game. a joke:)
Nov-15-08  Bobsterman3000: Today's opening was a bit strange for Nakamura with his 4th move (4...a6) which seems a little passive after this:

1. e4 d6 2. d4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Nc3

According to this database, black has won 43% to 29% for white in about 150 games. I wonder if Nakamura knew those odds?

Nov-16-08  Strongest Force: The Nak-Mame game is going to be extremely hard-fought! For many years these two have been at each others' throats! Particularly amusing/entertaining have been the shouting arguements the two have had at the ICC; because Mame didn't know english, he needed help from Gashimov or Mamedov... or sometimes from both at the same time which would turn the confrontation into a 3 against 1 bashing! ;) Even i got into a arguement with Dutch GM L'aime about the two with me saying the world-junior that Nak missed might have been different hadn't Nak missed his plane; while L'amie tried to explain to an emotional Nak fan (me) that Mame was just too good. It will be a fight-to-the-death but i have mixed feelings because Gashimov and Mamedov are two of the nicest persons i have met online.
Nov-16-08  timhortons: <Strongest Force> one of the guy you mention is the one that naka accuse to have tossed rating to depressnyak/grischuk.

from eastern europe the one that i know that is naka friend is tigran petrosian, its the living not the dead.

Nov-16-08  timhortons:


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wKe1,Qd1,Nf3,Bc1,f1,Rb1,h1,Pa2,c3,d4,e4,f2,g2,h2-
/bKe8,Qd8,Nb8,Bc8,g7,Ra8,h8,Pa7,b7,c5,e7,f7,g6,h-
7

naka-mamedyarov

Nov-16-08  timhortons:


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wKg1,Qd1,Nf3,Bc4,f4,Rb1,f1,Pa2,d5,e4,f2,g2,h2/bK-
g8,Qd8,Nd7,Bb7,g7,Ra8,f8,Pa7,b6,c5,e7,f7,g6,h7

Nov-16-08  Strongest Force: Already we have a real fighting game.

<timhortons> i also think Gashimov is a friend of Nak. However, Raufy hates him and i wouldn't be surprised if Rauf punched Nak in the head. :)

Nov-16-08  timhortons: black to move


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wKg1,Qe2,Nf3,Bc4,f4,Rb1,f1,Pa2,d5,e4,f2,g2,h2/bK-
g8,Qd8,Nd7,Bb7,g7,Ra8,f8,Pa7,b6,c5,e7,f7,g6,h7

Nov-16-08  timhortons:


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wKg1,Qe2,Nf3,Bc4,f4,Rb1,d1,Pa2,d5,e4,f2,g2,h2/bK-
g8,Qd7,Nf6,Bb7,g7,Ra8,f8,Pa7,b6,c5,e7,f7,g6,h7

white to move

Nov-16-08  cliffordgoodman: it looks like he's losing now
Nov-16-08  Strongest Force: Yeah, i dont know what the opening was but i do know that it resembled an exchange gruenfeld with the pawn sack; therefore, Nak needed the compensating k-side initiative which he never seemed to have... hmm... go figure.
Nov-16-08  timhortons:


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wKg2,Bc2,e3,Rd7,Pa2,f2,f3,h3/bKg8,Nf5,Bf6,Rc8,Pb-
6,c3,f7,g6,h7

hes fighting for a draw which im afraid he cant.
black to move

Nov-16-08  veigaman: Good game by shak and good fighting defence by naka but he was totally outplaying in the opening !
Nov-16-08  timhortons: one slovakian fide master in the early parts of the game at icc kibitz, naka just cant play a lossing position to mamed and escape with a draw the way he did yesterday against a 2369 opponent, a 2731 play a different game against a fide master.

he indeed is right.

Nakamura Hikaru (2704) - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (2731) [D85] Chess Olympiad 2008 Dresden (4.6), 16.11.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Rb1 0-0 9.Be2 b6 10.0-0 Bb7 11.d5 Bxc3 12.Bc4 Nd7 13.Bf4 Bg7 14.Qe2 Nf6 15.Rfd1 Qd7 16.h3 Rad8 17.Ne5 Qc8 18.Bb5 e6 19.Nc6 Bxc6 20.Bxc6 exd5 21.exd5 Qf5 22.Qf3 Ne4 23.Bc7 Qxf3 24.gxf3 Nc3 25.d6 Rxd6 26.Rxd6 Nxb1 27.Rd7 Bf6 28.Bg3 c4 29.Rxa7 c3 30.Ba4 Rc8 31.Bc2 Nd2 32.Kg2 Nc4 33.Bf4 Be5 34.Bh6 Nd6 35.Re7 Bf6 36.Rd7 Nf5 37.Be3 Rc6 38.Kf1 Kf8 39.Ke2 Be7 40.Kd1 Nxe3+ 41.fxe3 Rc5 42.Bb3 Rh5 43.Rb7 Rxh3 44.Rb8+ Kg7 45.Rb7 Bb4 46.Rxf7+ Kh6 47.Rf4 Rh1+ 48.Ke2 Rh2+ 49.Kf1 Ba5 50.Rc4 Kg5 51.Rg4+ Kf6 52.Rg2 Rxg2 53.Kxg2 g5 54.a3 b5 55.f4 g4 56.Kg3 h5 57.e4 Bc7 58.a4 bxa4 59.Bxa4 Ke6 60.Bd1 Kd6 61.Kf2 h4 0-1


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