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Hikaru Nakamura vs Joshua E Friedel
US Championship 2006 (2006), San Diego, CA USA, rd 1, Mar-02
Reti Opening: General (A09)  ·  0-1



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Hikaru Nakamura vs Joshua E Friedel (2006)

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Mar-03-06  Montreal1666: 15)Nxd5 doesn't look like a sound Sac. He gives up a Knight, a Bishop and a Rook for a Queen and two pawns.
Mar-03-06  hitman84: Nakamura rating is 2774 ? :0
Mar-03-06  hitman84: or is it his USCF rating ?
Mar-03-06  Bobak Zahmat: yes it is USCF rating.
Mar-03-06  CowardlyKnight: Why put USCF rating?
Mar-03-06  acirce: 35.Qe6! Nf6 36.Qe7

Instead Nakamura blundered a won position into a probably lost with 35.Qe7+?? Following the game live it was clear how he - as only too often - kept blitzing his moves out when it was completely unnecessary. I don't know how many wins he has thrown away in that way. Particularly a pity here since he had played so well up to that point.

Mar-03-06  Bobak Zahmat: <CowardlyKnight> That way he is in the 2700+ club! :)
Mar-03-06  Bobak Zahmat: <acirce> I think playing blitz games has wounded Nakamura badly. Because a blitz game is totally different from a classical time control. Because of his fast play Nakamura doesn't play always the correct move.
Mar-03-06  CowardlyKnight: Well, a few more games like this one and he has to learn his lesson eventually...
Mar-03-06  Bobak Zahmat: I agree. To be honest I do not think more losses will learn him to play slowly, but time will learn him.
Mar-03-06  acirce: <Bobak Zahmat> I agree. I think that for most people too much blitz not only doesn't do you good, but actually harms your chess. On the other hand if you are going to have a crucial weakness it's good that it's so easily identified. Nakamura will surely get (even) better results the moment he starts working on that seriously.
Mar-03-06  CowardlyKnight: He should get another hobby, all that blitz is probably just to kill time.
Mar-03-06  Bobak Zahmat: <acire> He should perhaps take an example of Vishy Anand. Anand has been one of the leading players for the last decade in the classical time control AND he is still one of the best fast playing guys around.
Mar-03-06  Fan of Leko: An unlucky loss indeed for Nakamura! However he will pull himself together and crush one of the zero point people who don't even belong in this event (which there seem to be many of).
Mar-03-06  notyetagm: <acirce: ... Instead Nakamura blundered a won position into a probably lost with 35.Qe7+?? Following the game live it was clear how he - as only too often - kept blitzing his moves out when it was completely unnecessary.>

Anyone know how much time Nakamura spent on 35 ♕e7+???

His time management is very poor. By playing quickly early in the game, he should have time to burn during the critical moves 30-39 leading up to the first time control. Instead he tends to play his moves here like he is playing a 3 0 game on ICC.

Mar-03-06  RandomVisitor: possibly 37.Qe6 Rh2 38.b4 as a suggested improvement for White
Mar-03-06  Warrush: 16 B-e6??? Isn't that a pure blunder? N-f6 is a better move. Would R-f7 also be usable?
Mar-03-06  Warrush: 46 P-f4 is also a blunder
Mar-03-06  esticles: <Warrush> 16...Nf6 is illegal, as the knight is pinned. If 16...Rf7, then after Bxd5 white is up a clear pawn with a better position. In the game continuation 16...Be6, black gets two pieces and a rook for white's queen and and two pawns, and both sides seems to have decent chances.

As for 46. f4+, white was forced to give up the bishop to prevent mate on d1. His other options were 46. Bd2 Rdd2 and 46. Ka1 Rdd1+ 47. Ba2 Rff1, both of which lead to simplification and a winning B + 2P vs. 2P ending for black. Nakamura's choice at least prevents this simplification, although I'm sure most of would agree that his best move here would have been to resign :)

Mar-04-06  Bobak Zahmat: Nakamura's game was still winning till the 35th move. Although he had made some mistakes he could set it right if he had played the correct move. 35.Qf7+?? is clearly a blunder. After 35. ... Bg5 Black keeps both of his rooks, and White's position is falling apart. The correct move was ofcourse 35.Qf6! This move is treatening mate in one (Qg4++), Black's only try is Ne5 or Nf6 after which White plays Qf7! and Black will lose one of his rooks and the game is winning for White.

Nakamura would surely find this variation if he took his time. But because of his fast play he missed it.

Mar-22-06  outplayer: 35.Qf6 is impossible.
Apr-02-06  Bobak Zahmat: <outplayer><35.Qf6 is impossible.> Sorry, I meant to say 35.Qe6! Thanks for correction. :)
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  thegoodanarchist: I played Josh Friedel in Mass. before he was an IM. I remember that he didn't play the strongest line in our opening (Pirc), but I forgot the refutation because it had been several months since I studied it! I wound up with Q vs. 3 minors, and Josh promptly converted the win.

Anyway, I remember after the game he was more than happy to offer advice for improvement. He is one of the good guys and I wish him success in chess and life.

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  thegoodanarchist: Josh Friedel (2372) vs. Thegoodanarchist (1724)
Northeast Fall Getaway, 11/22/03

1.e4 d6
2.d4 Nf6
3.Nc3 g6
4.Bc4 (better is 4.Bg5) 4... Bg7
5.Qe2 Nc6!
6.e5 Nxd4?!

(6... Nd7 is best: 7.e6 fxe6 8.Qxe6 Nde5 9.Qd5 e6 and Black is better)

7.exf6 Nxe2
8.fxg7 Rg8
9.Ngxe2 Rxg7
10.Bh6 Rg8
11.O-O-O Be6
12.Bxe6 fxe6
13.f4 Qd7
14.Rhe1 c5
15.Ne4 Qc6
16.N2c3 O-O-O
17.Ng5 Qxg2
18.Nxe6 Rde8
19.Nd5 Qxh2
20.Bg5 h6
21.Bxe7 Kd7
22.Nec7 Kc6
23.Nxe8 Rxe8
24.Re6 1-0

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