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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
"Car-Nak the Magnificent" (game of the day Mar-19-2012)
Bazna King's Tournament (2011), Medias ROU, rd 1, Jun-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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Jul-14-11  Ulhumbrus: On 33 gxf5 Re5xg5 34 Rxf5 gxf5 35 h7+ Kg7 36 b3 Nac3+ 37 Ka1 Rh8 38 Bb2 Kg6 Black is still hanging on. This may be worth looking at further. One thing suggested by the resource of b3 and Bb2 is that White's bishop becomes a very powerful piece with White's pawn on h7.
Jul-14-11  timhortons: <Engine analysis is always different than analysis by a human.>

your analysis is better than that of an engine you mean?

Aug-03-11  cludi: This is my video analysis of the game
Mar-19-12  LoveThatJoker: 39. Rxg7 Ne7 40. Bg5 Rg8 41. Bxe7 Rxg7 42. Bf6! is an easy win.


Mar-19-12  sevenseaman: I liked 22. Nc5, a good thinking move. (I was a little stuck here).
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  HeMateMe: Inspired pun! Of course, you had to know that <Karnak> was a Johnny Carson creation, which ended around 1990.

Ed McMahon: Oh Karnak the magificent! In this hermetically sealed (always) envelope, [the after/before clue for Karnak] it reads "A Pasadena Wacko Jacko Sacko."

Johnny Carson: What happens when Bobby Fischer and Michael Jackson tackle a quaterback?

Ed: You are corret Sir! Hyoooooooooo...

Johnny: Ed, what do we have for these nice audience members?

Ed: A hot dog-for-one!

Mar-19-12  AVRO38: Carnac was great but my favorite Carson character was Art Fern the Tea Time movie announcer who would always get caught making out with the MatinĂ©e Lady.

Carson will always be the king of late night, in a class by himself.

Mar-19-12  LoveThatJoker: For the sake of completion, it should be noted that 39. Rxg7 Re6 40. Ng6 Rxg6 41. Rxg6 is also a straight-foward win for White.


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  Felipe38: I think after 39-Rxg7 if black respond 39-...Ne7 the best answer for white is 40-Rxe7!Rxe741-Ng6+ winning a piece and the end will be easy for white to win.
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  Penguincw: Just like how he always does it. Wait for his opponent to go wrong, and boom. Gets the full point. In this case, Nakamura captured the rook.
Mar-19-12  Garech: Fantastic game by Magnus; as always everything flows beautifully and works harmoniously; in my opinion he is the new Capablanca and it is only a matter of time before he is World Champion.



Mar-19-12  kevin86: The rooks take over this one.
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  Diademas: Nice!
Its the first time they have used a pun of mine.
Hope you liked it.
Mar-19-12  LoveThatJoker: <Felipe38> Your line is nice and original! Note that my line of 39. Rxg7 Ne7 40. Bg5 Rg8 41. Bxe7 Rxg7 42. Bf6! also wins a piece though!


Mar-19-12  Llawdogg: 26 ... Re2? Is this where Nakamura lost the game? Should he have dropped back to e7 with the rook instead?
Mar-19-12  karnak64: How can I not like today's pun? Oh, good game, too ...
Mar-19-12  Shams: <Diademas> Splendidly done. You should just retire now with an unblemished record as a punster.
Mar-19-12  galdur: Nice skirmish. As for the pun, Karnak was a temple to a masturbating Egyptian deity whose name escapes me at the moment.
Mar-19-12  BlackSheep: The squabbling here amuses me .
Mar-19-12  YouRang: A super-strong game by Carlsen. The losing move for Nakamura (black) may have been facing this position after Carlsen attacked his rook with 26.Nf3 [diagram:black to move]

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Where to move the rook? Nakamura went with the over-agressive 26...Re2, which presents no real threats to white while ignoring his own defensive weakness with the passed h-pawn, the highly vulnerable Pf7, open files on f and h, and the soon-to-be Nxg5.

After 26...Rf2 27.Nxg5, white threatens 28...h2+ and 29.Nxf7+. Black has to scramble to defend Pf7, but white has the resources to pile on Pf7 while applying pressure on black's K with the h-pawn. Things went downhill for black pretty rapidly from here.

Better would have been the more defensive 26...Rf5, protecting the f-file with potential (if the N moves) to play Rh5 and cut off the defense of the h-pawn. A likely continuation: 27.Nxg5 (attacking Pf7) Qc4 (cutting off white Q angle on Pf7 and threatening to exchange Qs to neutralize attack).

Mar-20-12  cormier: 7...Bd6
Nov-29-13  thegoodanarchist: Awesome game and an appropriate pun. If you don't enjoy this game then you don't like modern chess!
Apr-15-15  SpiritedReposte: I would disagree <AJ> at this level one mistake is all it takes.
Apr-16-15  haydn20: White's dark Bishop sallies out to f4, tempts a pawn advance, sidles back to c1, and rules the game from afar. Nice.
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  Diademas: <Shams: <Diademas> Splendidly done. You should just retire now with an unblemished record as a punster.>

I took <Shams> advice, and has never submitted a pun again. If you're out there <Shams> - We miss you!

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