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Joshua Paul Schmidt vs Hikaru Nakamura
BNBank Gp1 (2010), Oslo NOR, rd 6, Nov-27
Polish Opening: General (A00)  ·  0-1



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Oct-14-11  qqdos: Is this Naka's merciless mauling of the Orangutan? - going for the jugular down the h-file, after 4.e3 (better 4.d3) followed by the exceedingly unwise 5.g3?! exposing all those juicy light-coloured squares to a ferocious attack. 5.Ne2 was a safer option. White chose the wrong option with 9.Qc1 and committed 2 successive blunders at moves 11. and 12. A mis-match but Naka's play was like a knife through butter!
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  Gilmoy: <5..h5 6..h4> is the Naka we know!

Feels like he spent 3 seconds on the entire game :) Black resigns before facing <nine Knights!!>

Oct-14-11  qqdos: <Gilmoy> Yes, it feels just like that! I would have added 7...h3, with some prospects of promotion at the finish.
Nov-01-11  DrMAL: Thanx <qqdos> for game reference in Nakamura vs Smirin, 2005. As you know, 2...Bxc4 is usual response. After 2...e4! strong sharpening move best response was probably 3.a3 as in Marshall vs Reshevsky, 1934 where in that game black played 3...f5?! dubious because of 4.e3 or 4.Nh3 maybe 3...a5 4.b5 d5 gives black immediate edge. In this game 3.b5?! was weak because of 3...d5! played (or 3..a6! and others such as simple developing 3...Nf6!) it is interesting to see what happens OTB in opening that has almost no theory.

After 4.e3 Nf6 (both strong) 5.g3? was just plain awful, best was indeed to develop 5.Ne2 (to f4 or maybe d4) but 5.Nc3 was also good. 5...h5! was strong, natural response among many good developing moves, this was certainly in H-bomb's style, with 6.Bg2? (instead of same strong 6.Ne2) compounding error of bad setup, here comes h4! Naka should have loud whistle LOL. Now white finally went 7.Ne2? when it was bad, inviting 7...h3! (should one bet on what was played?). Better was to go 7.Nc3 making option for long castle while developing, now if 7...h3 then simply 8.Bf1 is OK for stable position.

With 8.Bf1 (forced) Bg4! was very strong to exploit white's checkerboard, 9.Rg1 was best and 9.Qc1?! played was probably already decisive against player like Naka. Line afterwards was best until 11.Nd4?! instead of 11.Nf4 allowing 11...Nxh2! to win much faster (11.Nf4 Nxh2! 12.Bxh3 c5! ). Type of game that gave Naka his H-bomb nickname!

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  whiteshark: Schmidt happens!
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