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Alexander Grischuk vs Hikaru Nakamura
Tal Memorial (2010), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Nov-14
Dutch Defense: Semi-Leningrad Variation (A81)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Nov-15-10  Kazzak: In Nakamura's defence, it should be said that the win he missed against Kramnik, while definitely there, was not easy to find. What Nakamura has to convince himself now is that he actually does have won positions against the top players - you have to:

1. See the win
2. Put aside the fact that it is Kramnik on the other side of the board. 3. Capitalize

Moving from 1 to 2 is very hard.
Look at Grischuk on the video after Nakamura's mistake in their game. He can't believe it, though it's obvious. He makes to move, pauses, checks again, and finally moves because the clock is pressing him to do so.

"Kramnik vulnerable? About to lose? Can't be."

That's what Nakamura has to work on now - he's actually getting these players on the ropes, and needs to convince himself that all that is needed is a little tap with the glove against their chins.

Can't wait to see Nakamura in the London Classic. The Blitz will be entertainment - the London Classic could be where he actually places 1st in front of the elite. And I'm not writing as a Nakamura fanboy - his game is where this is possible.

He had two wins in hand at the TAL. He could have been two points ahead of the rest of the field at TAL ...

Nov-15-10  polarmis: The real reason for Grischuk surviving... his daughter:

<Evgeny Surov: "At exactly ten o’clock (seven hours after play began) Grischuk and Nakamura shook hands. Your correspondent was a witness to how his daughter saved the game for her father. When Alexander’s position was completely hopeless Masha loudly repeated about 100 times: “Daddy won’t lose!” And then another 50 times: “Daddy will win!” Masha was the first person after Nakamura to congratulate Grischuk on the game's successful outcome.">

I added that to the bottom of Shipov's report on the round (see also the other photo reports mentioned where Grischuk's daughter is e.g. at the demonstration board!): http://www.chessintranslation.com/2...

Shipov wasn't overly impressed with the game, but I guess it's just the final round after a tiring tournament: <A game of woefully poor quality.>

Nov-15-10  kellmano: http://video.russiachess.org/browse...

Just in case anyone hasn't seen it, from 21-53 until the end, this is brilliant from both players. Two of my favourites.

Nov-15-10  Open Defence: < Kazzak: In Nakamura's defence, it should be said that the win he missed against Kramnik, while definitely there, was not easy to find. What Nakamura has to convince himself now is that he actually does have won positions against the top players - you have to: 1. See the win
2. Put aside the fact that it is Kramnik on the other side of the board. 3. Capitalize

Moving from 1 to 2 is very hard.
Look at Grischuk on the video after Nakamura's mistake in their game. He can't believe it, though it's obvious. He makes to move, pauses, checks again, and finally moves because the clock is pressing him to do so.

"Kramnik vulnerable? About to lose? Can't be."

That's what Nakamura has to work on now - he's actually getting these players on the ropes, and needs to convince himself that all that is needed is a little tap with the glove against their chins.

Can't wait to see Nakamura in the London Classic. The Blitz will be entertainment - the London Classic could be where he actually places 1st in front of the elite. And I'm not writing as a Nakamura fanboy - his game is where this is possible.

He had two wins in hand at the TAL. He could have been two points ahead of the rest of the field at TAL ...> i see a progression in Nakamura's play, he is getting better, I didnt like Grischuk's opening and middle game play in this game... but Grischuk showed some superb defending, he set a lot of traps and it was easy to go wrong, but Nakamura navigated all of them to falter at the very end...

Nov-15-10  frogbert: <Nakamura does not cheat on ICC. >

not even when he plays on playchess? a good us citizen should be faithful to good us playing sites like icc, i think. going over to a german site to play chess must be some kind of cheating... ;o)

Nov-15-10
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  nezhmet: What the heck is 6. b3 and then Nbd2? Just play normally with c4 and Nc3.
Nov-15-10  frogbert: <even up until a couple years ago I might have said disagreed with you and suggested that maybe Nakamura <did> need to retool his game>

shams, you aren't seriously suggesting that you are unable to see major differences between how naka played in tal memorial 2010 compared to his games in early 2008 (and more so if compared to 2007)?

there have been major changes, believe me...

Nov-15-10  Shams: <frogbert> Precisely my point. I see major changes, therefore while a couple years ago I would have wished a trainer to rebuild his game from the ground up, I no longer think that necessary.
Nov-15-10  frogbert: ah, ok! i simply misunderstood what you were saying, then.
Nov-15-10  BobCrisp: <<A game of woefully poor quality.>

That's a bit harsh.

<Grischuk took great risks to play for a win, groundlessly sacrificing the b3-pawn and ending up in a lost position.>

Pawn-sac, my arse!

Thanks for the heads-up on the pics of <Grischuk>'s little girl. You can see she's the apple of his eye.

Nov-15-10  Ulhumbrus: After 33...Qc3 attacking the e3 pawn a second time, both of White's Rooks are overworked. The Rook on b1 cannot come to e1 to defend the e3 pawn if it has to defend the b3 pawn, and the Rook on f1 cannot come to e1 to defend the e3 pawn as it has to defend the N on f3. It is at this point that White's pawns start to fall, beginning with the b3 pawn.
Nov-16-10
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  HeMateMe: I was just looking at this for the first time. Is 84...Q-e1 a forced win for black?
Nov-16-10  JohnBoy: <cancho: Naka after realizing that he blew the game...> - what a stupid comment! Naka handled it quite well after realizing he'd blown the game. Haven't you ever worked hard on a tough win for a long time only to err when completion of the task was near at hand? I have - and it is very disconcerting.
Nov-16-10
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  chancho: <JohnBoy: I have - and it is very disconcerting.>

So you reacted just like Naka :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS7n...

Dude, get yourself a sense of humor...

Nov-16-10  soldal: Here's Macauley Peterson's footage of the last five minutes, starting with Naka's blunder and Grischuk's repeated glances at him before making his move:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bsO...

Nov-16-10  BobCrisp: At least he wore a decent jacket for the game. My words obviously had the desired effect.
Nov-16-10  JohnBoy: <chancho: So you reacted just like Naka :-) > - hardly. I just find your insipid comments exactly that.
Nov-16-10
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  chancho: <JohnBoy> Ooooh, that hurts. :-)
Nov-16-10  blueofnoon: Dude, show respect to chancho... He has kibitzed on chessgames.com over 20,000 times according to his profile... which is approximately same as the number of blitz games played by Nakamura on the ICC.

chancho on chessgames.com is what Nakamura is on the ICC. his kibitz rating I would imagine is over 3,000.

Of course, there is a life outside of chessgames.com, but that's another story.

Nov-16-10
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  chancho: <blueofnoon>
Well, yes, it is a lot of comments for 5 and a half years, but I still find time for other things. Thanks for your concern. :-) There are people with far less comments who may or may not be miserable. It is what is.
Nov-16-10  Jim Bartle: That last video posted by soldal shows more than the official video. Nakamura really looks like he'd like to find a window to jump out of. I guess most of us have known the same feeling, for lower stakes.
Nov-16-10
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  chancho: <Naka> made a mistake, it happens. It's happened to me, and it will continue to happen to anyone playing Chess. I remember people overjoyed after Kramnik got mated in one move when he played Deep Fritz.
Nov-16-10  BobCrisp: Yes, it shows windows. Frankly, I'm suprised given the potential for signalling from adjacent buildings that drapes or blinds weren't employed.
Nov-17-10  ounos: Hardly believable, but Naka actually tried and almost played 87. ...h5+. He rightfully hated himself at that moment.
Nov-17-10
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  chancho: I wonder why Naka did not play 84...Qf1+.
If Grischuk plays 85.Kg4?? then it's mate in one, so 85.Kh2 hxg3+ 86.Kxg3 Qe1+ Guarding the e pawn and with two pawns to White's none, Naka is still winning.
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