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Wang Hao vs Hikaru Nakamura
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-30
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-30-11  The End: Anand in deep thinking mode. Must be a draw.
So congrats Nakamura! Great achievement, indeed.
Jan-30-11  Texas Skybear: Congratulations! Impressive showing.
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  Penguincw: Can we switch to Anand's game now , if it's still on.
Jan-30-11  redorc19: wait why did naka draw? can someone explain to me this thing with anand and how his game relates to this one?
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  ketchuplover: <crosses fingers>
Jan-30-11  botvinnik64: Congratulations to Hikaru Nakamaura, who, by any standard,played a magnificent, risk-taking tournament that provided us, the chess-playing, chess - loving public, with some exciting games. He deserves this victory - it was earned the old fashioned way!
Jan-30-11  Ulhumbrus: It is conceivable that Nakamura thinks that he stands worse after the move 23 Qa1, while Wang Hao is not sure whether he stands better or worse after 23 Qa1.
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  FSR: Yes, I think Naka is anticipating a draw in Nepo-Anand, where Anand is up the exchange for a pawn. The extra pawn is a protected passer on d5. Nepo will get a monster knight on c6, blocking Black's only open file, and whether Anand sacks for it or leaves it there, it's a draw. So it looks like clear first for Nakamura!
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  swordfish: Congrats to Nakamura! He's got at least shared first in an extremely strong tournament. Anand is up the exchange against Nepo, so we'll see if he grabs a share also.
Jan-30-11  Landman: <botvinnik64> Here, here!
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  patzer2: <redorc19> Even if Anand wins, Naka is still tied for first place. His position here is level and if he pushes too hard in an even position and makes a blunder he falls to second place.
Jan-30-11  Marmot PFL: Most interesting remaining game is possibly Navara-McShane to decide group B, although they too could draw at any time.
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  Domdaniel: If they'd played on, say something like 23.Qa1 a4 24.Bxe5 dxe5 25.f4 f6 26.Ra2 Qd6 -- just an illustration, not necessarily the best moves -- the position would still be full of tension. Dynamically equal, with chances for both sides, and no obvious way to take a draw by repetition.

Maybe neither player wanted that. Can't blame 'em, I suppose.

Premium Chessgames Member Congratulations to Nakamura! Now we'll switch over to the Anand game in just a moment.
Jan-30-11  Ulhumbrus: <> Are you going to switch to another game? If you are going to switch to the first game which gains five votes, I vote for the Nepomniachtchi - Anand game.
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  moronovich: Really impressive play by Nakamura in this last round for all the marbles. Kudos Naka !
And it seems that Anand canīt convert his small plus to more than a draw!
Jan-30-11  Ulhumbrus: <> I saw your message after having sent mine.
Jan-30-11  Eduardo Bermudez: ...and Nakamura won the tournement !!!
Jan-30-11  BobCrisp: Why is this <Uncommon Opening>?
Jan-30-11  ajile: The Benoni is not "Uncommon".
Jan-30-11  cormier: <11...Nbd7 12.e4,Ng4 13.Bg5:>

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Analysis by Fritz 12:dpa

13...Bf6 14.Bf4 Nde5 15.Qe2 Bd7 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.a5 Qc7 18.Red1 Bg4 = (-0.03) Depth: 10/25 00:00:04 223kN
13...Bf6 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.Qe2 Nde5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.f4 Ng4 18.Red1 Bd7 19.h3 Nh6 = (0.23) Depth: 11/26 00:00:06 369kN

13...Qa5 14.Bd2 Nde5 15.h3 Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 Ne5 17.Qe2 c4 18.Nb5 Qd8 19.Nd4 Bd7 = (-0.01) Depth: 12/29 00:00:11 2127kN
13...Qa5 14.Bf1 Nde5 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.Be2 Bh3 17.Bf4 Bf6 18.Qd2 Bd7 19.Qc2 Kg7 20.Bd2 (-0.33) Depth: 13/32 00:00:16 6839kN

13...Qa5 14.Qe2 Nde5 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.f4 Bg4 17.Qf1 h6 18.fxe5 hxg5 19.exd6 Qb6 20.Bf3 Bd7 21.Qf2 Qxd6 = (-0.22) Depth: 15/37 00:00:23 14528kN

13...Qa5 14.Nd2 Nde5 15.Qc2 Qb4 16.Bf4 Bf6 17.a5 c4 18.h3 g5 19.hxg4 gxf4 20.Ra4 Qc5 21.gxf4 Nxg4 22.Rf1 = (-0.11) Depth: 20/45 00:05:13 340mN

Jan-30-11  ajile: It's interesting that White was not interested in gaining an exchange in return for giving Black two connected passers.
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  perfidious: <ajile> In the position which arises after the 'win' of the exchange, where's White's play? He's just given up his best piece.
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  Eyal: On move 21 it seems rather bad to take the exchange: 21.Bxb4 cxb4 22.Ra2 and now, besides the strategic compensation of connected passers and a strong hold over the dark squares, Black might win the c4 pawn: 22...Bg4 (not 22...Nxc4 immediately because of 23.Rc2 Bc3 24.Rxc3! bxc3 25.Qa4 with a double attack on c4 and e8) 23.Be2 Nxc4, and now 24.Rc2 Bc3 25.Rxc3 bxc3 26.Qa4 doesn't work - 26...Rxe4.

On move 22 White could take the exchange on somewhat different terms, breaking the pair of black pawns due to another Qa4-related tactics - 22.Bxb4 cxb4 23.Qa4 bxa3 24.Qxe8+ Kg7 25.Qa4 Bb2, but with Bd7 and Qc5 coming it still looks rather dangerous for him. At any rate, Once Black plays 22...Bd7 this possibility is gone, and 23.Bxb4 cxb4 24.Ra2 Rb8, preparing ...a4, looks awful for White.

If Wang Hao had some interest left in the tournament, then instead of accepting Nakamura's draw offer he could have tried for some interesting active play in the spirit of the Benoni (or anti-Benoni...) with a central break: 23.Bxe5 Rxe5 24.f4 Re8 25.e5 (or 25.Rae3 first) 25...dxe5 26.d6 followed by 27.fxe5.

Feb-01-11  Eduardo Bermudez: Congrats for Nakamura !!
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