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Teimour Radjabov vs Hikaru Nakamura
Bazna King's Tournament (2011), Medias ROU, rd 5, Jun-15
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-15-11  capafan: Clearly the WN posted on f5 needs to go...however, 13...g6 weakens the kingside and allows White to offer an exchange sacrifice that gives White substantial initiative, control over space, and generally makes life difficult for Black. Good job by Nakamura of defending and securing the 1/2 point; however, the game is worthy of some deeper analysis for White.
Jun-15-11  Jambow: <capafan> Agreed I felt Radjabov had all the pressure and tacticts were hanging everywhere, Naka's king looked like a sitting duck, I was suprised Naka was able to hold the draw. Unpleasant game for black no doubt.

My feeling is that white had a win or two along the way and Nakamura was dancing through a mine field.

Jun-16-11  Shams: GM Dorian Rogozenco feels it was White who did well to defend accurately:

<Radjabov-Nakamura displayed a very sharp line in Sicilian Najdorf, which looked like anything but a draw. Nakamura’s opening preparation was impressive once again and Radjabov had a difficult task to find many precise moves over the board in a wild position. He managed it very well, but obviously was consuming more time than his opponent. The players entered an endgame with slightly better chances for Black, which Radjabov succeeded to hold rather confidently.>

Jun-16-11  fischer2009: Unbelievable opening preparation by NAKAMURA,extending well to 35 moves in some lines.He sure wasnt skipping the US championship to drink beer.But then CARLSEN,he is indeed the beast!!!POWERFUL CHESS is the name of the game and its MAGNUS CARLSEN.
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  Chessical: Nakamura rejected <14... gxf5> 15. Rxf5 b5 16. Rxf6 (<16...Nxf6> 17. Bxf6 Rg8 18. Nd5) <16...Be7> 17. Rb3 Qc5+ 18. Bf2 Qg5 19. Rf4 Rg8 20. g3 Nc5

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Jun-16-11  Rook e2: 7.. e5 a novelty?
Jun-20-11  parmetd: no, 13. 0-0 is Novelty (13. Bf2 is old move).

Although Nakamura was still in preparation(!) until move 23. Bd4 ... one has to wonder why he didn't like 22... Nc5 (since he looked at it at home...) looks pretty convincing to me.

FM Dennis Monokroussos gives [27...b4 28.Rxb4 Bxe2 29.Kxe2 Ra3 30.Rb3 Rxb3 31.axb3 Nc5 ]

GM Dorian Rogozenco gives 27... Nc5 as

Jun-25-11  ReikiMaster: 27...Nc5 looks interesting.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Sensational game. Would not surprise me at all if both sides started avoiding this variation out of sheer fear.

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