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Hikaru Nakamura vs Sergei Tiviakov
Corus Group A (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-31
Scandinavian Defense: General (B01)  ·  1-0

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Jan-31-10
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  beenthere240: 45...e4 looks strong, winning a pawn, but it backfired as Nakamura was able to invade on the queenside. wild game.
Jan-31-10  Marmot PFL: White didn't get much out of the opening but persistence pays off. Many players or even most would have given this up as a draw. The ending was very well played, keeping the bishop pair and making passed pawns on both sides.
Jan-31-10  Sem: Watching the game go towards its end I thought that Black should have played 69. ... Bxe5 plus 70. ... Kxh5.
Jan-31-10  dzhafner: why not ...23 Nxd3 before ...24 hxg5?

wouldn't winning the d-pawn make the game easier?

If white moves his knight instead of taking on d3 then black could also take the b pawn.

Jan-31-10  chillowack: I agree with Marmot, White's position didn't look all that spectacular in the opening. But it is characteristic of Nakamura that he took that and eventually made it into a win. A nice finish to Corus 2010 for Naka, and probably his best result ever, given the level of the comptetition.
Jan-31-10  PeterB: Last year in July of 2009 Nakamura created a sensation at the World Open in Philadelphia when, after leading after 7 rounds, he took a final two byes and still tied for first!
Feb-01-10  ajile: At move 26 Black had the chance to bring the attack to White with 26..R7h7 and then follow up with g4. It's fast and takes advantage of the open h file and Black's ability to instantly double rooks.
Feb-02-10  Riverbeast: This was a nice game
Feb-02-10  kingsindian2006: Didn't expect to see a grind out win from naka since he plays alot of blitz chess. Nice to see him polishing his overall game.
Feb-03-10  timhortons: this is the 51st scandinavian of tiviakov in the database.hes the only GM who got the most number of game in this defense.

naka must have sensed tiviakov is playing scandinavian in that fatefull game, at least a win by naka in that last round will increase his prestige.

if he want to draw or beat naka in that game he should have chose another defense.all his move here must be predictable to naka.

Feb-03-10
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  sfm: <beenthere240: 45...e4 looks strong, winning a pawn, but it backfired as Nakamura was able to invade on the queenside. wild game.> Right - it may be the decisive mistake, opening the position for the bishops and giving white a passed a-pawn that eventually decided.
Feb-09-10  chillowack: <ajile: At move 26 Black had the chance to bring the attack to White with 26..R7h7 and then follow up with g4. It's fast and takes advantage of the open h file and Black's ability to instantly double rooks.> It seems like White still has the edge after 27.Kf1 g4 28.hg Rh1+ 29.Ke2 Rd1 30.Rd1 fg 31.d4, when the g-pawn is attacked, and White also has threats like Be4 and d5; but I haven't analyzed it very thoroughly.

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