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Hikaru Nakamura vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Tal Memorial (2011), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Nov-23
Gruenfeld Defense: Brinckmann Attack. Grünfeld Gambit Capablanca Variation (D83)  ·  0-1



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Nov-23-11  roninmb: in the game Nakamura-Ivanchuk 8.Nb5? is ridiculous. 15...Ne4! forces white to give up his bishop's pair due to the pressure on the long black diagonal. 20.Qxa7 instead of Qa5 would give almost an equal game /"Houdini" and "Fire"/. real trouble starts with 29...Rd7! forcing white to give up the control of D-file. 35.Rc2?? leads to disaster and 40...Rxc3! is an obvious move even in a blitz game.
Nov-23-11  ScottWeatherill: Hey guys how's it goin. Please excuse the patzerness but what's chuckys reply to 9. Nc7 ? Cheers
Nov-23-11  Sularus: <ScottWeatherill: Hey guys how's it goin. Please excuse the patzerness but what's chuckys reply to 9. Nc7 ? Cheers>

9. ... Rb8

Nov-24-11  Riverbeast: If Nakamura really thought 10...e5 was impossible because of 11. Bd6, then it's possible Carlsen may have had a point when he bashed his chess understanding

Naka is a Super GM and much stronger than me, obviously, so I'm certainly in no position to bash his understanding

But I would think Naka should have known that black is usually willing to sac the Rf8 for the QB in gruenfeld and kings indian positions....

It's actually a very thematic exchange sac, and Nakamura should have also known that because he is a KID player

Nov-24-11  Riverbeast: In a sense, Ivanchuk "called Nakamura's bluff" (he he) by playing 10...e5
Nov-24-11  ScottWeatherill: Yeah 9. Nc7 Rb8 10. Ne6 Qa5 11. Qd2 QxQ 12. KxQ fxe6 13. Bxe6+ Kh8 14. Bxb8 Nxb8

Or maybe no queen exchange? Anyway does black seem better here because of the DSB?

Nov-24-11  bronkenstein: Black is simply better there , 2 pieces for a rook (with or without the queen swap). Naka`s main idea was not Nxc7 but Bc7 `preventing` e5 , due to Bd6-Bxf8 threat. OFC it failed miserably =)
Nov-28-11  whithaw: Many posters have been quick to criticize Nakamura's play and positional understanding from his results in the Tal Memorial, 2011. I'll reserve my judgment, and leave it to say that he may be revising his approach to the game in his cooperation with Kasparov. Let's see how Nakamura develops, and reserve our short term judgment until it is clear what the result is in the long run.

After all, he is among the best in the world, and it is clear that he is the most creative and ambitious player of the modern field, a real risk taker, and this is why Kasparov is willing to work with him.

Dec-03-11  LIFE Master AJ:

The ChessBase report of this round ... it features some nice annotations of this game by GM A. Ramirez. (I QUICKLY ran through the pages, I did not see the link already posted, sorry if I missed it.)

Dec-03-11  LIFE Master AJ: Very good comments on this game by everyone, especially I noted your discussion of the opening, <Domdaniel>. (Goodness!!! You post EVERYWHERE ... and a lot.)

Can we have deep discussion of the game, especially a close look at the EXCHANGE SACK that Black would have had to play after 11.Bd6!?

Dec-03-11  Everyone: Call me when you're sober.
Dec-03-11  King Death: <Everyone> But that never happens to me. I'm in a perpetual state of drunkenness. It's the way I deal with reality.
Dec-03-11  sevenseaman:
<King Death> Who needs to drink, all I want is a perpetual disdain for reality.

- Mirza Ghalib

Dec-04-11  LIFE Master AJ: Where is <RV> ... when you really need him?
Dec-12-11  LIFE Master AJ: (

This is my web page for the "Game of The Month."


I have made the YT video into THREE parts ... for better coverage.

Part #01:

Part #02:

Part #03:

Dec-17-11  LIFE Master AJ: <<Dec-05-11 LIFE Master AJ: Nakamura vs Ivanchuk, 2011

Since the Akobian game is drawn, I have an analysis task for you ... IF you are interested.

In the above game, after 10...e5!; would you care to do an analysis of 11.Bd6!? winning the exchange.

Both players by-passed this possibility, esp. White. (So I assume there might be a reason for this!?!?) <<>> >>

<< Dec-06-11 RandomVisitor: <LMAJ>after 11.Bd6 early results show <Rybka4.1> [-0.01] d=22 11...exd4 12.Bxf8 dxc3 13.Bxg7 cxb2 14.Rc2 Kxg7 15.Rxb2 b5 16.Be2 a6 17.Nf3 c5 18.0-0 roughly even.

If we slide forward to 15.Rxb2, we have [+0.00] d=27 15...b5 16.Be2 a6 17.Nf3 c5 18.0-0 Qe7 19.a4 b4 20.Qa1 Kg8 21.Rd1 Ne4 22.Rc2 Bb7 23.a5 h6 24.Bc4 Re8 25.Qb2 Nc3 26.Rxc3 Bxf3 27.gxf3, "=" <<<>>> >>

Dec-17-11  LIFE Master AJ: Either the above analysis was deleted ...

or (more likely) I simply forgot to post it.

Dec-17-11  JoergWalter: at least, it became clear to me why a decent poster and chess enthusiast like <patriot> is taking lessons from NM Dan Heisman.
Dec-17-11  Nemesistic: Andrew needs lessons himself,i just went through some of his games!

He plays and beats 1300's 1500's and 1800's,but fluffs it against most 2000's..

Webpages and video's do not make a good chess player,as Goldsby proves ..

Dec-17-11  JoergWalter: <Nemesistic: Webpages and video's do not make a good chess player,as Goldsby proves ..>

Actually, he proves the contrary, too.
He doesn't make good videos and webpages.
Sometimes he doesn't know whether it is Black or White. on 8. Nb5?! (maybe ?)
<This move costs White more than a point in the computer's evaluations. (The main problem with this move ... and the way that Nakamura followed it up ... was that Black loses several tempo AND the initiative.)>

And besides, there is nothing like <several tempo> beginners would speak about <several tempi>.

Oct-09-12  LIFE Master AJ:

This web page was somehow blanked, (perhaps in one of my many computer crashes in 2012) ... I just spent a whole week re-doing the game - pretty much from scratch ...

Oct-10-12  LIFE Master AJ: Please note that the above web page was completely re-done. All the analysis was re-checked with Fritz 13 and Houdini. Many new comments were added ... I have complete confidence that the above web page is at least as good - if not better - than the previous version.

My apologies to all the people who wrote me and first told me of this problem. Initially, I could not see that the page was blanked, I guess I was looking at an older version stored in my computer's cache. I was completely wrong - the old web page had indeed been erased, blanked or corrupted.

How this happened is not nearly as important as the fact that I finally came to grips with the problem and rectified it. Thank you for your time ... and many thanks to anyone (and everyone) who continues to be a fan of my web pages.

Oct-12-12  LIFE Master AJ: Any looks at the old/new web page?
Oct-14-12  LIFE Master AJ: From my forum -
<< Oct-13-12 <parisattack> As always, excellent work <LMAJ> - Instructive and entertaining. <<<>>> >>
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