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Luke McShane vs Hikaru Nakamura
London Chess Classic (2010), London ENG, rd 6, Dec-14
Hungarian Opening: General (A00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-14-10  James Bowman: Seems Nakamura's king is a bit to loose with the queens on the board I go completely different directions penetrating with the rook and it turns out he same. Thats with five min patzer analysis of course, let's here what the chess engines think.

Nice save by Luke and nice advantage by Hikaru a shame he couldn't convert it to a win.

Dec-14-10  Marmot PFL: 34 e3? should lose, de3 and rook can't take as Qa1 is not guarded, 35 Qa3+ Qb4 is a winning ending as white can't retake e3 and stop Bxa4. Even in the game 36...Qb4 was a better chance, although the pawn on d4 helps white.
Dec-14-10  bondll: Thats with five min patzer analysis of course, let's here (sic) what the chess engines think.

James Bowman:

You and I suffer from the same problem. When writing or typing, I silently "hear" the word I'm about to type and I type its homonym.

Here -> hear


Dec-14-10  bondll: Marmot PFL: "34 e3? should lose, de3 and rook can't take as Qa1 is not guarded, 35 Qa3+ Qb4 is a winning ending as white can't retake e3 and stop Bxa4."

What about 36 Qxb4 axb4 37 Rb1?

If 37...Bxa4, then 37 Rxb4 38...b5 39 fe3.
Or, alternatively, 38...ef2 39 Rxb6

Are these variations won for Black?


Dec-14-10  James Bowman: Lol yes <Bondll> and I'm spelling impaired to boot.

When given one of those paragraphs with the letters in each word all juxtaposed I can read it with almost no detrimental effects. I credit it with some sort of genius as it's gentler on the ego, plus it's easier to find a list of great minds that couldn't spell either than to actually learn all the words in the english language. ;o]

Dec-14-10  Marmot PFL: <What about 36 Qxb4 axb4 37 Rb1?>

37...Bc2 38 Rxb4 Bxd3+ 39 Kg2 Rc2, or 39 Be2 Rc1+

Dec-14-10  Marmot PFL: <Yet another perfectly fine game blown by my inability to remember how to play good blitz chess...sigh.>
Dec-14-10  Blunderdome: In the post-mortem, McShane said he should have played 19. Qa4.

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