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Hikaru Nakamura vs Magnus Carlsen
Bazna King's Tournament (2011), Medias ROU, rd 6, Jun-17
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  tamar: Will Nakamura accept the repetition? Hope not.
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  miamihurricane: Maybe the White Rook ends up on g2 to help with the attack. And the white King hides on h2.
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  Domdaniel: They'll draw.
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  beenthere240: h4 and g5 will never come.
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  tamar: Naka looking glum. Might be a draw.
Jun-17-11  dotsamoht: Funny how on Chessbomb everyone is convinced MC is winning... Here everyone prefers Naka...
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  moronovich: Sorry,but:Draw ½-½
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  Check It Out: draw.
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  moronovich: A pitty.Lots of unplayed stuff in the position.
Jun-17-11  Ulhumbrus: It's beginning to look as if Nakamura let his advantage slip by opening the a file for Black by the capture 22 axb4
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  beenthere240: If white moves his queen away, he loses, since Carlsen will grab b2 and sink his rook in at a2.
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  Domdaniel: Rejecting the draw was simply worse for White - not necessarily lost, but not pleasant.
Jun-17-11  Kinghunt: Psychological victory for Carlsen. Despite my predictions, Nakamura did go for somewhat aggressive play (though not an all out attack), and not only was he unable to gain any advantage, he ended up worse, with the white pieces. After today's game he probably feels further from being able to beat Carlsen than ever before.
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  Gypsy: <Domdaniel: Rejecting the draw was simply worse for White - not necessarily lost, but not pleasant.> Either side could have rejected the repetition at the expense of playing somewhat inferior game from that point on.
Jun-17-11  goldenbear: If my memory serves, the unusual sequence 11.c4 c6 occurred in an Anand-Spassky game.
Jun-17-11  goldenbear: In fact, I found it: Anand vs Spassky, 1989
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  keypusher: <goldenbear>

Tal vs Unzicker, 1961

If you shake a haystack and a couple of needles fall out, there are probably a lot of needles in the haystack.

Jun-17-11  checkmateyourmove: havent seen the live footage yet but i imagine alot of headshaken from naka with white...i give anyone 4 to 1 odds he wont win another big tourney for a year from today.
Jun-17-11  goldenbear: <keypusher> Cool game, nice find. But you must understand that there are only so many needles that can fit in this old "haystack" of mine (as my acupuncturist often reminds me).
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  HeMateMe: Black doesn't seem too worried in this position. Was Naka just giving up the draw, and hoping for an easier opponent in the next round?
Jun-17-11  Kinghunt: Black was the one with all the play in the final position. Nakamura would have been a fool to refuse Carlsen's offer to draw by repetition.
Jun-18-11  wordfunph: from TWIC..

<Hikaru Nakamura has taken a step back since his win in Wijk aan Zee and he described his play as garbage after his game against Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen said he didn't sleep well and was glad of such an easy draw.>

Jun-18-11  ycbaywtb: I feel Nakamura is in a funk. Maybe when he played online blitz again recently has messed up his thinking in standard chess. He doesn't seem to be finding "his" moves.

Hope he can continue to salvage draws while he is in this funk, as opposed to losing outright. We'll see.

Jun-18-11  PokerPro: How is the final position better for black??
Jun-18-11  bronkenstein: <How is the final position better for black> Rybka suggests (instead of, lessay, 30... Qa3 ) putting the f8 knight to b6, rook on a3 , with different sacrificial motifs on b3 , c4 or maybe even d5 if white remains passive . But it`s evaluation is very (if at all) slight plus for black anyway.
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