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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Hikaru Nakamura
"King's Gambiteers" (game of the day Nov-05-2010)
Cap d'Agde (Knockout) (2010) (rapid), Cap d'Agde FRA, rd 3, Oct-31
King's Gambit: Declined. Miles Defense (C30)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: Here is NOT the case of the "bad bishop",it is a case of the UGLY bishop.

The win,however,is NOT easy...

Nov-05-10  kingfu: Whatever the circumstances, I always enjoy The King's Gambit. It is , perhaps, one of the best things about Chess. Dismissed and dissed, the King's Gambit keeps coming back.

I hope Boris Spassky is doing well. He once needed a victory in the last round of a Soviet Championship. He played The King's Gambit and won! I also think that Boris beat Fischer with the King's Gambit, prompting RJF, of course, to publish an article in Chess Life absolutely dooming the King's Gambit, forever, "A Bust to The King's Gambit."

Not so fast Bobby. Then of course, RJF played the King's Gambit and won!

Long live the King's Gambit!

Nov-05-10  DiscoJew: Wasn't it 30.Ne2!!? with the idea of transfering the Knight to the Queenside and the eventual c4! to have a structurally superior endgame?

I thought it was a nice idea. 34.c4 and black must concede something.

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  chrisowen: Wo chess knock to Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism?
Ivan to suck your blood drakes. Nakamura bizarro dent nd6 is the gum cavity.

Ivan saw manhole and eyeballs anesthesia gon prey it quick harmless demolition. Pick crown dynamite agent range kc4 over. A bit saucy cease on 8 fish tail symmetry packs it IN. Shoo off horse d4 chain reaction black filling estimate draw but nd6 got polonium-esque fall out.

Nov-05-10  scormus: This is a King's Gambit?
If so its not the most gripping example. Did Naka, like me, fall asleep a couple of times?
Nov-05-10  BobCrisp: In the hands of the 19th century masters, the KG was a fearsome attacking weapon that resulted in a treasure-trove of great games. Today, it's an invitation to an early bath.
Nov-05-10  Monoceros: <BobCrisp: In the hands of the 19th century masters, the KG was a fearsome attacking weapon that resulted in a treasure-trove of great games. Today, it's an invitation to an early bath.>

Whether or not the King's Gambit is ultimately sound isn't something I'm competent to judge, but I daresay I'm correct at least in saying that many lines of the King's Gambit are so razor-sharp that negotiating them safely requires making exactly the right moves at the right time. A deviation can lead within a few moves to utter ruin.

Therefore, since many of these sharp King's Gambit lines so forcibly restrict the players' choice of moves if they are to be survived, the only reasonable conclusion is that the King's Gambit, for all of its superficial complexity and activity, is actually less interesting than something like the Ruy Lopez where more feasible (if not necessarily optimal) variations are possible. Where the fun in playing dramatic-looking but rigidly prescribed variations where the only option to playing exactly the correct moves is instant death? It's like playing an "armageddon" game where the difference between a win and a loss comes down to whether you hit your clock squarely.

Nov-05-10  WhiteRook48: well, that was fairly nerve-racking
Nov-05-10  woodthrush: I looked at a single line, the g pawn is lost in about 5 moves, and its zugzwang in ten moves, black bishop tries to help guard c pawn and stop g pawn, but is compelled to give up one or the other.
Nov-05-10  waustad: I remember while watching that c4 was quite the surprise. I wish I had that sort of strategic vision, but ...
Nov-12-10  kingfu: The King's Gambit is a surprise.

BobCrisp, it is risky and a good opening for Black, IF, and only IF Black is prepared. Nobody expects The King's Gambit. It is an excellent way to catch someone UNPREPARED.

Are Fischer and Spassky and Ivanchuk in a time warp? They seem to be modern masters playing an opening that has withstood the test of time and snap judgments.

I played White in this correspondence game that is ECO B20 by transposition:

1. e4 c5
2. f4 e5?!
3. Nf3 exf4
4. Bc4 Nc6
5. d4 cxd
6. 0-0 Bd6?
7. Nxd4 Nf6
8. NxN dxN
9. Nc3 0-0
10. Bxf4 Q-b6+
11. Kh1 BxB
12. RxB Qxb2
13. Qe1 Qxc2??
14. Rf2! QxR

and it is over. Are my moves stellar? No. Are his moves the best defense? No. I think the main concept that kept Lasker as Champion for over two decades was the idea of finding the best moves on either side of the board. Defense became enhanced from Lasker to Steinitz to Capablanca.

I really enjoyed this game.

Long live The King's Gambit!

Feb-02-11  Lennonfan: Iv on idea about the time troubles but after looking at <david2009>diagram i think this is a slightly premature resignation,albeit advantage white its still equal material and room for blunders
Feb-02-11  M.D. Wilson: <goldenbear: Nakamura will never play for a World Championship.>


Mar-06-11  Wyatt Gwyon: Somebody should make a collection of Naka's endgame blunders.
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  FSR: Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 this ain't.
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  takchess: Watson book on Chess openings V1 gives ....f4 a !?. I don't recall seeing it before though I play the KG as white. interesting to see this game pop up.
Aug-24-11  Xeroxx: Is 3 ...f5 a real move?
Aug-24-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Xeroxx>

absolutely! The line employed by Naka was even the subject of surveys in <New In Chess Yearbook>! Issue 36 by Miles and 38 by Wahls.

A letter in YB 99 provides a game and some analysis. 4. exf5 e4 5. Ne5 or 5. Ng5 is established theory

Aug-24-11  haydn20: I'm not sure about this, but it seems to me that Black's game goes downhill after he fails to play 33...c4.
Sep-17-11  xoblivionx: It's a very reasonable resign situation in this kind of position especially with their levels. according to my analysis after 42... Kxd6, 43. Kc4 which will be followed by Bd2 - Be3 and black's position will be totally zugzwang which also enables white bishop to capture a pawn either the c5 and g5 pawn.
Sep-17-11  xoblivionx: also even black still tried to protect the both pawns, (the c5 and the g5) after the post of the bishop on e3 and the king on c4 by moving for example King to b6 will not also able to save the game for black because white's king can penetrate black's terrain by moving King to d5.
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  FSR: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 f5!? is a strong counter-gambit. There are articles on it in <New in Chess> 36 (1995), p. 95 (Miles), 38 (1995), p. 206 (Matthias Wahls), and 39 (1996), p. 10.
Mar-22-13  IndigoViolet: <However, famous Ukranian GM Vassily Ivanchuk won the Trophy by beating American GM Hikaru Nakamura 1.5 : 0.5 in the final. I had the pleasure to watch the first game of the final in the playing theatre. I was very impressed by how Ivanchuk slowly outplayed his opponent and reached a winning same colour bishop ending. When Nakamura realised he was losing he just sat there looking at the ceiling for about 3 minutes before resigning. The position still had equal material and it must have been a bit confusing for some people in the audience why Nakamura resigned, but his pawns were weak and on the same colour as his bishop, which meant that Nakamura couldn't defend all the pawns because Ivanchuk could reach zugzwang position.>

Feb-14-14  MarkFinan: I see some numptie called <Lennonfan> once raised a quite valid point on this game, lol. Okay here

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I've played blacks next logical move *if* he hadn't resigned (I'm guessing he resigned?). Now, the king can defend the a and c pawns by making its way to b5, maybe b6. And the Bishop can defend thee aand g pawns on the dark squares, right? Obviously not, lol. I guess my point is that to take that position without the benefit of an engine and being roughly the same strength as I am now.... You wouldn't think that position is anything other than a draw!

And I know I've got a good understanding of chess even if I don't play it as well as some here, because this game is pretty damned good, and I can always tell a good game of chess *WITHOUT* the benefit of an engine! Just like that lennonfan numptie 😃😃

Feb-14-14  ajile: <IndigoViolet: When Nakamura realised he was losing he just sat there looking at the ceiling for about 3 minutes before resigning.>

Life is SO hard.


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