Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Hikaru Nakamura vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007), rd 1, Jan-23
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  0-1



explore this opening
find similar games 1 more Nakamura/K Arakhamia-Grant game
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Some games have annotation. These are denoted in the game list with the icon.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-24-07  Chuckles: Maybe 18.Rf5 Bxf5 19.h4 Qh5 20.Nf4? Not sure how that ends up.
Jan-24-07  AVA: It seems that Hikaru is weaker in rook endgames after that blunder in Odessa against gelfand (even though it was rapid) and now this rook endgame. Where did Hikaru go wrong in the Queen endgame? It is a theoretical draw
Jan-24-07  AVA: I also like the cheapo Hikaru tries at the end with 100. Qd5+ , hoping for 100...Q(a8)xQd5 resulting in a stalemate hahaha.
Jan-24-07  euripides: <ava> I believe the defending king should stay in the opposite corner to the pawn if it can't get in front of it. There has been at least one other GM game recently where this was not understood.

I wonder if 46...Re3+ is a mistake; Black might win more easily if she kept the white king away from the pawns.

Jan-24-07  Bishops r power: AAAAAMMMMAAAAZZZIIINNNNGGGG!!!! ending
Jan-24-07  ianD: The BOY got cheeky and the girl slapped him

This is vintage Nakamura (this in not Blitz chess on the playchess server)


Jan-24-07  ianD: One more thing:

Always play the best move!

Jan-24-07  euripides: The Nalimov tablebase confirms that the king should stay in the corner. 80.Kd6 loses from a drawn position.
Jan-24-07  euripides: Gelfand vs Jobava, 2006 was the other game I was thinking of.
Jan-24-07  mack: Delightful final position.
Jan-24-07  ianD: You can play the Gelfand game plus analysis thru here:

Jan-24-07  ianD: Who is going to annotate the Nakamura endgame??
Jan-25-07  notyetagm: <euripides: The Nalimov tablebase confirms that the king should stay in the corner. 80.Kd6 loses from a drawn position.>

Damn. I am a big Nakamura fan but he seems to lack basic endgame knowledge. Even I know that in these types of queen endings your king should go to the corner and -stay- there.

Jan-25-07  WarmasterKron: Perhaps he should - God forbid - read a book!
Jan-29-07  Paul123: I'm not fan....I love it when this guy loses
Jan-29-07  VinnyRoo2002: I realize that Nakamura didn't play this endgame perfectly or even up to his skill level, but I just want to point out that his opponent is trying too. He can't win em all. The rest of the tournament his results have been good. Nakamura risks losing to win a lot of his games, that's just his style of play.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: For any one who might be interested, I just checked the final stage of this game against a tablebase ( In the position after 80. … Qa6+ White's only drawing move would have been 81. Kc7, so 81. Kc5 left White theoretically lost.

Black’s 81. … Qa5+ was inaccurate, however, and after 82. Kc6, the position was again theoretically drawn. After 82. … Qc3+, the only drawing move was 83. Kb6, which Nakamura failed to find. After his inaccurate 83. Kd6, the position was winning for Black for the remainder of the game. After 86. Kg5, Arakhamia-Grant found the unique winning move (86. … Kh1!) The only other unique winning move through the remainder of the game was 100. … Qg2 (since 100. … Qxd5? would have been stalemate).

Considering the extreme difficulty of Queen-plus-pawn versus Queen endgames -- Compare Carlsen vs Aronian, 2007 [admittedly, played at a rapid time control] -- I certainly do not think either player should criticized for the few inaccuracies that occurred during the last twenty-or-so moves of this game.

May-28-12  vinidivici: GOTD please... a woman beat nakamura....what the hell in the world???
May-29-12  Cibator: Slightly reminiscent of

Bronstein vs C H Alexander, 1953

especially the last-move stalemate try.

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <vinidivici... a woman beat nakamura....what the hell in the world???>

Seven years on and the world has not yet come to an end--amazing but true.

Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <vinidivici
... a woman beat nakamura....what the hell in the world???>

...was she going out with Borislav Ivanov?

Jan-27-16  SimplicityRichard: <vinidivi: a woman beat Nakamura.... What the hell in the world???>

It is amazing that such a view prevails in the mind of some. Aren't you aware that Maggie Thatcher was a woman? The Maggie was for "Margaret", a woman's name; not Magellan, as in Ferdinand Magellan, a man.#

Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: <Aren't you aware that Maggie Thatcher was a woman?>


Jul-19-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

The question is, was Maggie Thatcher aware that Maggie Thatcher was a woman?

Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: ***

Final position after exactly 100 moves. 0-1.

click for larger view

Something aesthetically pleasing about it.

Back one move

click for larger view

Nakamura has just played 100.Qd5+

You can just imagine a player thinking. 100...Qxd5 Stalemate! I'm not falling for that and quickly playing 100...Kh2. (OOPS!).


NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
214-point difference
from Beat the Elite with Black by nakul1964
Queen Queen Queen
from JonathanJ's favorite games 2 by JonathanJ
by Gottschalk
5th Gibraltar, Gibraltar 2007 (Quite the Upset)
from Women's Chess Games (1928-2007) by wanabe2000
other games
by truepacifism
214-point difference
from Beat the Elite with Black by nakul1964
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant 7/19/16
from Player of the day by truepacifism
214-point difference
from Beat the Elite with Black by Whitehat1963
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30) 0-1 upset
from Sicilian Old Accelerated Hype Binders by fredthebear

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC