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Evgeny Najer vs Hikaru Nakamura
37th World Open (2009), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 7, Jul-04
French Defense: Rubinstein. Fort Knox Variation (C10)  ·  0-1

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Jul-06-09  tibone: can anybody tell me what the decisive mistake was?
Jul-06-09
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  OBIT: IMO, Black is already better after 16...Nd5. I don't like 16. c5. Evidently, the idea is to exchange dark-squared bishops and then drop the knight on d6, but the exchange sac definitely favors Black. In addition to getting a pawn for the exchange, Black's knights are very active, thanks in part to the d5 square being a wonderful outpost after 16. c5. This is one of those positions where I think a knight is worth as much as a rook.

So what's a better plan at move 16? My thinking is, play 16. Ne4 to set up a knight exchange, then try to prove the two bishops are good in this position. With pawns and bishops controlling the center, it seems to me White is in good shape.

Jul-08-09  goldenbear: I don't know why White avoided 15.Ne5.
Jul-14-09  aragorn69: Nakamura's comments on the game and the tournament he ended up winning:

<Overall, it is safe to say that I made the right decision playing in the World Open as I chose to play the 3-day and had only one difficult game against GM Yudasin which eventually led to a draw. In the 2 slow games which I played, I had a routinely quick draw with Black against GM Smirin in 14 moves. My goal was to score 1.5/2 in the slow games, and I figured draw with Black, take chances with White. However, in the 7th round I got a rude awakening when instead of getting White, I got Black against GM Najer from Russia. The game was extremely complicated and although I felt that I must have been close to losing at a certain point, I was able to outmanouver him with my two knights against his rooks and bishop. Although the game was not clean at all, (I haven't had a chance to analyze it in depth yet) I came out ahead at time control and was able to duly convert it without any issues. This put me on 6/7 and with my two byes in rounds 8 and 9, I figure I should get a tie of first, but who knows.>

Source: http://www.hikarunakamura.com/main/...

Aug-13-09  tibone: nakamura:<I haven't had a chance to analyze it in depth yet> does anybody if this game has been analyzed anywhere?
Aug-24-09  Knight13: <tibone: nakamura:<I haven't had a chance to analyze it in depth yet> does anybody if this game has been analyzed anywhere?> It is analyzed does not mean it is publicized.
Aug-24-09  tibone: yeah, sorry. i meant if an analysis had been published anywhere.

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