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Hikaru Nakamura vs Boris Gelfand
ACP Rapid (2007) (rapid), Odessa UKR, rd 1, Jan-05
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  0-1



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Jan-05-07  bane77: 47.a7? does not make any sense. 47.Rb7+ and 48.a7 would probably won because black rook is glued to a1. If black king captures on g5, then Rf7 followed with Rxf4 and Kxg3 will win. If not, then simply c3-c4-c5 will lead to promotion. This is just the idea without any calculation but probably black can resign after 47.Rb7+.
Jan-05-07  FLCLlove: This was a terribly played endgame by Nakamura. I know he can play better than this, what were the time controls for this tournament?
Jan-05-07  jmi: Up till move 63, the game was still heading for a dead draw. How Nakamura turned it into a loss inside 7 moves is unbelievable.
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  norami: Nakamura needed a win to stay in the match, so for him it was draw . . . loss . . . whatever.
Jan-06-07  alicefujimori: Under normal circumstances, Nakamura would probably had played 29.Qxe4 as 29...Qxb2 30.Qxc6 Rd8 (30...Rf8 31.Re2) 31.Re8+ Rxe8 32.Qxe8+ Kh7 33.Qxf7 and black has nothing better than going for perpetual check.
Jan-06-07  VinnyRoo2002: Yeah, it amazes me how people are criticizing Nakamura for losing this game without knowing the circumstances. If he drew the game, he'd be eliminated so he tried to complicate the game to win, and ended up losing. He easily could've drawn this game if a draw would have helped him.
Jan-07-07  dfelix: <Up till move 63, the game was still heading for a dead draw.>

Naka's position was crushing before his blunder 47.a7??

Jan-09-07  NimzoKing: < This was a terribly played endgame by Nakamura. I know he can play better than this, what were the time controls for this tournament?> Time controls were 20 minutes for game + 5 seconds a move

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