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Levon Aronian vs Hikaru Nakamura
"Punching the Clock" (game of the day Feb-16-2017)
World Blitz Championship (2010) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 33, Nov-18
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  1-0

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Nov-19-10  Kwesi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3qX...
Nov-20-10  nikolajewitsch: Thx for the video, it is really interesting to see the players during such a dramatic game, especially because you can see how much time they take for certain moves.

Nakamura plays more or less a tempo and has more than the initial 3 minutes on his clock until 17.Rxd6. He then thinks for approx 90 seconds, half of his initial time, comparable to thinking for an hour in a classical game!

Aronian spends more time throughout the game and is down to less than 10 seconds after 25.Qg2, playing the game essentially on increments from that point on!

I also was surprised to see how Nakamura doesn't even try to keep a pokerface. Throughout the game you can tell what he thinks about his own position and after 17.Rxd6 he keeps shaking his head in disbelief...

Nov-20-10  Oxnard: That's because he's arrogant to the point that he thinks no one could legitimately beat him.
Nov-21-10  A.G. Argent: As to 17.Rxd6, it is that if 17...Qxd6, 18.Be5 regains the Rook and eventually leads to snagging another pawn or two at c5 and b4, isn't it? Which would be a huge manner of bother for Black. And is that really true about Nakamura and arrogance? Isn't Aronian the one known for a bit of haughtiness? But don't they all have to be a bit cocky to play at that level?
Nov-21-10  falso contacto: smile for the photo!
Nov-22-10  splatty: Aronian is such a tactical monster to see moves like 17.Rxd6 so easily; it took me a while to see how it was playable. Watching video's of Nakamura in this tournament, he comes across so arroagant and trying to intimidate his opponents by gaining time on the clock and playing moves instantly, I'm glad he only came 5th. I used to think Nakamura was the best blitz player in the world, and maybe he is when at a computed being able to pre-move etc and click the buttons the fastest, but not at a chess board against the world's best players.
Nov-22-10
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  Everett: He seems confident he's going to win, and expects himself to do so, just like every other top chess-player. He frowns a lot and does not have a poker face. So what? Kasparov never kept a straight face in his life.
Nov-22-10  nikolajewitsch: <Everett> Yes, I had to think of Kasparov too. I recall Kramnik talking about it; he said that e.g. Leko ist actually more unpleasant to play, as he never shows any emotion, whereas Kasparov couldn't hide his. In certain situations this can be a disadvantage for a player. Your opponent might think he has a better position but is uncertain; if your body language tells him you think the same, he will play for a win more aggressively.

So I didn't take this as a sign for any character flaws of Naka, I just thought it doesn't serve him well...

Nov-28-10  notyetagm: Aronian vs Nakamura, 2010

Game Collection: DECOYS: ALIGNMENT:SAFETY IS NOT JUST COUNTING 17 Rd1xd6!, 66 ... Bf2xg3! create alignments for skewer, pin

Nov-29-10  A.G. Argent: <...emotion....Kasparov couldn't hide his.> If you haven't seen this before and you want an excellent example of Kasparov's emotions, check this out. Talk about being demonstrative: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZqc... - What did you really think about that move, Garry?
Feb-17-11
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  Penguincw: I think Nakamura missed 38...♖d3 which wins material .


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Feb-17-11  Kinghunt: <I think Nakamura missed 38...Rd3 which wins material .>

It doesn't directly win material. After 39. Be3 black has no way to win a piece, and so has his best winning chances trying to push the b pawn. I imagine Nakamura saw that and just figured why bother, might as well just push the b pawn immediately. If not exactly difficult to calculate that it's better to divert the bishop first, it's still quite easy to look, dismiss, and move something else in blitz.

Feb-18-11
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  Penguincw: < Kinghunt: <I think Nakamura missed 38...Rd3 which wins material .> It doesn't directly win material. After 39. Be3 black has no way to win a piece, and so has his best winning chances trying to push the b pawn. I imagine Nakamura saw that and just figured why bother, might as well just push the b pawn immediately. If not exactly difficult to calculate that it's better to divert the bishop first, it's still quite easy to look, dismiss, and move something else in blitz. > After 39.Be3 b3 the knight will eventually be given up for the pawn and white will be down the exchange.
Mar-04-11  notyetagm: Here is a tactical shot identical to Aronian's 17 ♖d1xd6! that I just saw in an ICC blitz game.

<libann %03 DECOY: ALIGNMENT 14 Re1xe6! Qf6xRe6?? 15 Bc2-b3 PINS Black e6-queen to g8-king>

14 ?


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14 ♖e1xe6!


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14 ... ♕f6x♖e6?? <decoy: e6>


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15 ♗c2-b3 <pin: e6,g8>


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[Event "ICC 3 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2011.03.04"]
[Round "-"]
[White "szmetan"]
[Black "AllGunsBlazing"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[WhiteElo "2679"]
[BlackElo "2760"]
[Opening "QGD semi-Slav: Chigorin defense"]
[ECO "D46"]
[NIC "SL.08"]
[Time "21:28:02"]
[TimeControl "180+0"]

1. Nf3 c6 2. c4 d5 3. d4 e6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. e4 Nxe4 9. Nxe4 dxe4 10. Bxe4 h6 11. Bc2 f5 12. Re1 Qf6 13. c5 Bc7 <14. Rxe6 Qxe6 15. Bb3> Qxb3 16. Qxb3+ Kh7 17. Bd2 Nf6 18. Re1 Nd5 19. Ne5 Bxe5 20. Rxe5 Bd7 21. Qxb7 1-0

Mar-04-11  notyetagm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3qX...
Mar-04-11  notyetagm: <TODO>

Aronian vs Nakamura, 2010

Game Collection: DECOYS: ALIGNMENT:SAFETY IS NOT JUST COUNTING 17 Rd1xd6!, 66 ... Bf2xg3! create alignments for skewer, pin

Mar-20-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: DECOYS: UNDEFENDED PIECES RADIATE MINED SQUARES
Jun-17-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: UNDEFENDED PIECES ARE THE BASIS OF COMBINATIONS
Jan-02-12
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  Penguincw: Nakamura thought some time after 17.Rxd6.
Jan-10-12  dumbgai: 30. Qc2! keeps the queen.
Jan-10-12
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  kamalakanta: I don't quite understand how people judge Nakamura so harshly.

First of all, he is a young man. Second of all, we can't judge people by how they look "he looks so arrogant". How do you know he is not a great guy?

Third of all, so what? Would any of us be less arrogant if we had his talent?

He is not Mother Theresa, for sure, but he is not a monster, either. He seems to me to be a nice, normal human being.

Jan-13-12  dumbgai: Fair or not, reputations last a long time. Nakamura built up a reputation as a big jerk with his unsportsmanlike (and sometimes downright pathetic) behavior on ICC. Based on body language, he doesn't exactly seem like a classy player OTB either.
Jan-13-12  M.D. Wilson: <nikolajewitsch: <Everett> Yes, I had to think of Kasparov too. I recall Kramnik talking about it; he said that e.g. Leko ist actually more unpleasant to play, as he never shows any emotion, whereas Kasparov couldn't hide his. In certain situations this can be a disadvantage for a player. Your opponent might think he has a better position but is uncertain; if your body language tells him you think the same, he will play for a win more aggressively. So I didn't take this as a sign for any character flaws of Naka, I just thought it doesn't serve him well... >

Only Spassky was more deadpan.

Jan-13-12  King Death: Keres had quite a reputation for showing no emotion too.
May-23-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Everett: And Karpov... But I thought most of the players were pretty reserved and tried to limit their "tells," no?
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