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Hikaru Nakamura vs Vladimir Kramnik
World Blitz Championship (2010) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Nov-16
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Unzicker Attack (B09)  ·  0-1



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Nov-19-10  ajile: Pretty wild game with some accurate defense by Kramnik.
Nov-19-10  sofouuk: <Pretty wild game> lol

but a good example of single minded obsession ('wang up the h-pawn and mate the <barsteward>') coming badly unstuck - white needs to readjust psychologically after black gives up his queen, instead sheds the exchange and then a piece for nothing

Nov-19-10  slomarko: the game is incomplete.
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  perfidious: I'm surprised Kramnik didn't play 6....Nfd7, though he was most likely familiar with what Nakamura did to Ilya Smirin in that line a few years ago after the razor-sharp 7.h4.
Nov-19-10  firebyrd: End of the game can be seen at 15:25:35, entering at 22. Kf2 Nxg4, at this point Nakamura was already shaking his head.

Last moves:
31 Rxf7 Nxf7 32. Qe4 Rb8 33. b3 b6 34. Qc6 Be5 35. Qd7 a5 36. Qxe6 Bd6 37. Kf2 b5 38. g4 Be7 39. Qa6 a4 40. bxa4 bxa4 41. Qxa4 Rb4 42. Qd7 Rd4 43. Qf5 Kg7 0-1 (time)

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  Eyal: <a good example of single minded obsession ('wang up the h-pawn and mate the <barsteward>') coming badly unstuck>

Actually, Nakamura's "bluff" worked very well - after the inaccurate 13...e6 (better was 13...Nxc2+ 14.Kf1 Nxd4! [14...Nxa1 e6] which practically gains a tempo compared with the game) White got a clear advantage; of course he completely wasted it a few moves later by missing the simple fork tactics on e3.

Nov-22-10  sofouuk: <Actually, Nakamura's "bluff" worked very well> yes that was my point - if white had only stopped playing for mate and consolidated he would probably have won
Dec-31-10  Aristote: it's a shame nakamura messed up because the attack (and its resources) were really nice. If 13.Nc2+, all the lines lead to serious trouble and actually mate, and even after the move played 14.Nc2+ Kramnik had to give up his queen.

But in blitz anything can happen and he messed up by overlooking a simple fork. After that, he collapsed by doing several inaccuracies, likely because of time pressure and also - i guess knowing the man- because he was upset by himself (shaking his head saying to himself: " how the @#$% didn't I crush Kramnik there, @#$% me i wanted to crush him so bad !").

Nov-27-11  Eirik: I think Kramnik definitely deserved to win this game. Nakamura's opening was extremely agressive but a little dubious. Kramnik defended very well all the way, and in blitz it's harder to defend such an outrageous attack than actually attacking, I think, because the window of opportunity is smaller for the defender than for the attacker. Kramnik made one imprecise move with 15..Nxd4 after which he hade to give up the queen, but it's interesting to see that Houdini does not at all evaluate white as winning after getting black's queen. Nakamura's attack was over the top and was justifiably refuted by Kramnik's excellent defensive technique.
Jan-17-12  polochessmaster: This game is incomplete, the actual game went
31. Rxf7 Nxf7 32. Qe4 Rb8 33. b3 b6 34. Qc6 Be5 35. Qd7 a5 36.Qxe6 Bd6 37. Kf2 b5 38. g4 Be7 39. Qa6 a4 40. bxa4 bxa4 41. Qxa4 Rb4 42. Qd7 Rd4 43. Qf5 Kg7 44. 0-1 (Nakamura loses on time)
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  maxi: He lost his concentration for one move after Kramnik gave up his queen, and it basically cost him the game.
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  whiteshark: Secrets of the blitz by Maxim Dlugy:
Sep-27-13  Jakob52: Why not 20 ... Ne3+? And then take the rook on g4 if white doesn't take the knight with the queen?
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  JointheArmy: <whiteshark> Great video.
Sep-13-20  Landman: Full video of this game at

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