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Rafael Vaganian vs Hikaru Nakamura
Casino de Barcelona (2007), Barcelona ESP, rd 4, Oct-21
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Modern System (E97)  ·  0-1



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Oct-21-07  Strongest Force: We need clarification on what happened shortly before the 44th moves for both players. Other than that, i liked the way Nak stabilized his q-side with a5 and c5. In some of my games against comps, i often played a5 but didn't follow-up with the correct c5. After c5 white should take the c-pawn off "ep", as i'm certain a comp would do in a nano-second.
Oct-21-07  CHESSDOCTER: 44...c1/Q 45.Qxc1 Qxe8 ..
Oct-21-07  Marmot PFL: A US champ beats a former Soviet champ. Looked like black's edge was very small until white let the c pawn go. Not sure if that was planned to get activity or just a time shortage mistake.
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  Calli: Looks like 33.Qe2? was the mistake. He had to avoid Nxd2, so 33.Bc1 was correct and only then Qe2.
Oct-21-07  Confuse: i dont understand!!! moves 44 onward confuse me : (
Oct-21-07  posoo: something is wrong. terribly terribly wrong. 45. d6???

why no 46. QxQ?

Oct-21-07  Strongest Force: The mysterious CHESSDOCTOR seems to have given us the obvious answer to how Nakamura's 4th round game ended... hmm... he's only posted this once and only time. He must really be a chess doctor. ;)
Oct-21-07  dfelix: Here's the correct ending:

44...c1=Q 45.Qxc1 Qxe8 46.d6 Qe6 47.Qc7 Bf6 48.d7 Qd5 49. Qc8+ Kg7 50.Qe8 e4 51.Kh3 Bg5 52.Kg4 e3 53.Kh3 Qh1+ 54.Kg4 Qd1+ 0-1

Oct-22-07  Strongest Force: Thx for the concluding moves, dfelix. You rock. ;)
Oct-22-07  newton296: white doesn't seem to have a good plan here. I agree blacks game is = until c5 goes unchallenged. white does need cxd there .

white's plays it to slow with a3 b4 etc and white's Q side pieces dont have time to raid the Q side and turn the corner to attack , and end up just retreating to defend his kingside? ( waste of time )

This game is a reminder of how tough the ki is positionally for both sides!

Oct-22-07  Strongest Force: After black plays 10... c5, 11.dc(ep)..bc, interesting would be 12.c5!

White seems to have active play and white's play flies in-the-face of the q-side stability that black wanted to have.

Both 12... dc and 12... d5 are interesting.

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  patzer2: The move 26...g4! sets up the deflection 29...Bh3 which allows Nakamura to remove the guard and win what proves to be a decisive pawn.
Oct-22-07  malthrope: <dfelix: Here's the correct ending: [...]>

Thanks <dfelix> and to the good <CHESSDOCTER> too! :-) _______________________________________________

Rafael Vaganian vs Hikaru Nakamura

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The final position after 54... Qd1+ 0-1

Go Naka! ;-)

Oct-23-07  Chess Addict: Somebody please clarify why 45. Qxe8+! is not a good move?

Instead, 45.d6?? when 45...Qxc8 and wins.

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  tamar: I'll repost this, since the score needs to be corrected.

<dfelix: Here's the correct ending:

44...c1=Q 45.Qxc1 Qxe8 46.d6 Qe6 47.Qc7 Bf6 48.d7 Qd5 49. Qc8+ Kg7 50.Qe8 e4 51.Kh3 Bg5 52.Kg4 e3 53.Kh3 Qh1+ 54.Kg4 Qd1+ 0-1>

Jul-03-08  Confuse: thank god. i thought i was going mad. correct endings are important!
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