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Hikaru Nakamura vs Lazaro Bruzon Batista
Dresden Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 6, Nov-19
Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation (D16)  ·  1-0

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Nov-19-08  Riverbeast: Nicely played by Nakamura
Nov-19-08  suenteus po 147: I thought for sure Nakamura was going to lose this game, and he probably should have according to <slomarko>'s analysis on Hikaru Nakamura Still, it was fun to watch!
Nov-19-08  Marmot PFL: Exciting game but white was never lost. Black could draw with 24...Kh8 (instead of Bg6) in the variation 25.f3 Rg8 26.Qxe5 Qd5 27.Qe7 Qb7 28.Qe5 Qd5 etc.
Nov-19-08  Eyal: White appears to be lost after 21...Qg6: 22.f3 Nf4 with a double threat on g2 and c6, or 22.Bg4 exd4 23.cxd4 a5 - White seems to have run out of tactical resources, and the advance of the Q-side pawns should be decisive.

In the Q+R ending there's material equality with pawns at opposite wings; unfortunately for Bruzon, he's the one missing all the pawns that should have protected his king...

Nov-19-08  Strongest Force: Fancy foot-work by Nakamura. Reminds me of the Ali-shuffle and the moonwalk. :)
Nov-19-08  shintaro go: <White appears to be lost after 21...Qg6> Yes, if only Bruzon played this move, it would have been a different story. I wonder what line he saw which made him not play it?
Nov-19-08  Marmot PFL: <<White appears to be lost after 21...Qg6> Yes, if only Bruzon played this move, it would have been a different story.> Maybe the position is a little more complicated than you think. Consider for instance 22.Bg4 exd4 23.cxd4 a5 24.h3 a4 25.f4 and now

25...a3? 26.f5 Qf7 (or Qe8) 27.Bh5 Qe7 (Qxc6 28.Qg5+) 28.Re6 and Qxe4 and white wins, or

25...Kh8 26.f5 Qf7 27.Re1 a3 28.Bh5 Qa7 29.Qxe4 a2 30.Rxf6 Nxf6 31.Qxf6+ Kg8 32.Rxe4 and wins.

Black can surely improve on this but it does show white has strong threats. I really doubt black can do more than draw and will need to defend well to do that.

Nov-20-08  Eyal: <Marmot PFL: Consider for instance 22.Bg4 exd4 23.cxd4 a5 24.h3 a4 25.f4 and now

25...a3? 26.f5 Qf7 (or Qe8) 27.Bh5 Qe7 (Qxc6 28.Qg5+) 28.Re6 and Qxe4 and white wins, or

25...Kh8 26.f5 Qf7 27.Re1 a3 28.Bh5 Qa7 29.Qxe4 a2 30.Rxf6 Nxf6 31.Qxf6+ Kg8 32.Rxe4 and wins.>

There's some confusion in the last line because 31.Qxf6+ is impossible after 29.Qxe4, but White should have a draw by 29.Rc5 with the idea of Rxd5 followed by Qxf6+ and perpetual. At any rate, the idea of h3-f4-f5 (not f4 immediately, because of Ne3) does seem to pose some problems for Black. Looking at it at with the help of my engine at deeper plies, it recommends [after 21...Qg6 22.Bg4 exd4 23.cxd4] <23...Kh8> (instead of the "crude" a5) 24.h3 Rac8! and now, with the king on h8, White cannot respond with Rxc8 followed by Be6+ and f3; a nice line is 25.Ra6 b4 26.f4 b3 27.f5 Qf7 28.Bh5 Rg8! 29.Rf2 Qb7 when the 30.Rxf6 idea doesn't work because of 30...b2 and there's no more rook on f1 to help the queen defend b1 after 31.Qxe4; or 28.Re6 Bxg2! 29.Kxg2 c3. So for the moment I believe that Black should be winning with 21...Qg6 after all, though it requires some very clever tactics.

Nov-20-08  Eyal: Nakamura speaking of the game: https://webcast.chessclub.com/blog/...

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