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Hikaru Nakamura vs Israel Caspi
"Naka Gibraltar" (game of the day Feb-01-2008)
Gibraltar Masters (2008), Gibraltar ENG, rd 6, Jan-27
Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense (B01)  ·  1-0



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Jan-29-08  botvinnik64: Ouch! A nice win by Naka going from a positional edge to tactical fireworks...
Feb-01-08  newzild: It's kinda cute how white keeps getting his rooks skewered.
Feb-01-08  Sularus: can someone explain the pun pls.


Feb-01-08  Ezzy: Instead of 'Rock o' Gibralter' they have 'Naka Gibralter' :-)
Feb-01-08  DarthStapler: Horrible pun
Feb-01-08  xrt999: caspi is rated 300 points less than nakamura

Feb-01-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <newzild> :) It sure is. Thanks for pointing it out!
Feb-01-08  Jim Bartle: "Horrible pun" Meaning excellent!
Feb-01-08  kevin86: There once was a mascot for the Atlanta Braves baseball team (before political correctness) called Chief Noka-homa. Actually,he sounded more Japanese than American Indian (as is our player today). Obviously,in the days of PC,the chief is now "long gone".

It is funny how the white pawn laid at f7 undefended or inadequately defended for ten moves. It is a testament to white's play (no religious jokes,please) that black never had the time to take it.

Feb-01-08  jovack: This was an excellent comeback. Caspi had some VERY strong attacks. Congrats to Nakamura for taking back control of the game. The pun was pretty bad this week imo, it was pretty out there and required some wikipedia... but it makes sense now, and I am more cultured for it haha.
Feb-01-08  patzer2: Don't know if it's all forced, but the sequence after 31. Nxb7! leads to one of the most amusing sequences of pins I've ever seen. After the final 40. Rxd4! the poor pawn on c5 is pinned as 40...cxd4 allows 40. Rc8! which allows the passed pawn to Queen with a winning advantage.
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  Bobsterman3000: <patzer2> Wait just a minute, if black were to play this out and go with 40...cxd4, then the finish should not be 41.rc8.

It should be 41. f8=Q first with the threat of 42. rc8 as white's next move.

Is that correct?

Feb-08-08  Eyal: From Nakamura's blog:

<Greetings! So today I will blog because I am not actually on the verge of committing suicide. Yesterday [Zhao Zong Yuan vs Nakamura, 2008 ] I played a perfectly solid Alekhine and simply got careless trying too hard to win. Alas, this seems to happen too often to me here in Gibraltar (Efimenko 2005). Anyway onto today where things were slightly better, I guess? I actually did not really study any chess today before my round as I wanted to clear my mind after the disaster yesterday. The opening today against Caspi was a Center Counter/Scandinavian with 3...Qd6 and 4...c6. I had a solid advantage out of the opening, but somewhere around move 20 I started to misplay it and achieved a slightly worse position! Fortunately, I had a significant time advantage and my opponent started erring around move 28. 1 win down, 4 to go!> (

Mar-01-08  Atking: Is Black opening bad? I don't think so here a piece echange by 15...Bd5 looks pretty good.

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