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Alexander Stripunsky vs Hikaru Nakamura
United States Championship (2012), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 8, May-16
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Guimard Defense Main Line (C04)  ·  0-1



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May-16-12  solskytz: <blunderdome> not to mention a quite recent Gelfand win, against a really strong opponent - but I don't remember exactly who, where and when...

I'm sure someone here does though - Frogbert?

in that case it was the pawns prevailing over a material deficiency greater than a rook

May-16-12  Blunderdome: There's Mamedyarov vs Gelfand, 2011, but the player with the extra pawns won, not the rook.
May-16-12  Blunderdome: Oh, I didn't see your last sentence at first. Yes, that's probably the game you were thinking of then.
May-16-12  solskytz: yeah, right, mamedyarov - that famous player from the book "The rise and fall of Mamedyarov" - I remember buying it right after that golden Gelfand defeat
May-16-12  solskytz: You didn't see it because I wrote my original post without it - then deleted, then added and reposted :-]
May-16-12  Blunderdome: The official site shows the game ending after 71. Kc6. I'm guessing 72. Kd4 is the electronic board picking up a move that wasn't played, probably because the kings were placed in the center after the game.
May-16-12  Il Palazzo: On move 62 if the pawn was on g5, rather than g4, the exchange sacrifice would have been winning.
May-16-12  Blunderdome: <solskytz> Haha, you got me. That's a great game, though.
May-16-12  solskytz: <blunderdome> definitely!!

By the way - how do you like my last couple of posts in page

Anand-Gelfand World Chess Championship (2012)

? (that's the WC page)

Premium Chessgames Member By popular demand we now provide to you, the dancing Nakamura rook:
May-16-12  Blunderdome: A nightmare scenario reminiscent of Radjabov vs J Smeets, 2009. Also, in Aronian vs Kramnik, 2010, which was an Armageddon game to qualify for Bilbao, I thought Aronian might issue a formal complaint about Kramnik knocking his king over in the flurry of moves at the end.

(Speaking of deleting and reposting -- linked to the wrong game initially).

May-16-12  solskytz: <blunderdome> funny. Your last comment makes it look like you're already replying to my last post on the WC page..

on a funnier note, I just came to realize that 'the WC match' would be an especially suitable title for the well known 2006 Kramnik-Topalov match, don't you think?

May-16-12  SamAtoms1980: <> Beat me to it...... :-P
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  Shams: Masterful work on the dancing rook. I love how his head jauntily moves in counterpoint to the "body" of the rook.
May-16-12  Blunderdome: Hokay, good point, I'll reply at the Anand-Gelfand page.
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  weisyschwarz: <kb2ct> you have the right to be wrong! Hope all is well with you.
May-16-12  solskytz: <Blunderdome> Amazing! I didn't know of that unfriendly ending to the Kramnik - Aronian 2010 game.

I now used your link to bolster my point in the WC page.

Good to see that there were no lasting bad feelings between these two players, as the 2012 duel showed.

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  HeMateMe: Its look some new life has been breathed into the CG admin guy(s) New breakfast cereal?
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  Check It Out: Perhaps a low(no)-payed intern?
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  Check It Out: This game is killer to review!

After a somewhat strange French <4.Ngf3>, white locks himself in to a squeeze play <17.c4> & <33.f3> and has to break out with a speculative double sacrifice <41.Bxd4>, and after the LSB freeing <43.c5> (finally!), then <44.Rd6>, guarding the camp but going down a rook for 2 pawns. The exchange is won back quickly with <46.Bd3> leaving the battle field primed for late-term war, Nakamura with a bishop and Stripunsky with two protected passed pawns. The battle wages on with white gaining a pawn, and after a few pawn exchanges his four passed pawns are looking threatening indeed <61...Rh8>. Whether by time trouble are simple panic, white throws it all away with the *almost* understandable <62.Rxd5>. This crazy exchange sac takes us to the inevitable (and beautiful) denouement <69.d7>, and, with Nakamura fully in control, zugzwang rears it's ugly head <72.Kd4>, forcing resignation from Stripunsky.


May-17-12  Llawdogg: LOL @ the dancing Naka rook.
May-17-12  beenthere240: White's position is hopeless even without 62. Rxd5. There's no defense that I can see to Rh2+, Ra2, f2, followed by Bc4 and then f1.
May-17-12  izimbra: <White's position is hopeless even without 62. Rxd5. There's no defense that I can see to Rh2+, Ra2, f2, followed by Bc4 and then f1.>

It's not easy to see, but it's black that needs to draw by a perpetual there (e.g.<62.Rc5 Rh2+ 63.Kf1 Ra2 64. Rc7+ Kd8 65.a7 Be4 66. Rf7 Ke8 67.d7+ Kd8 68.b5 Bd3+ 69. Ke1 Re2+ 70.Kf1 Rg2+...>

May-18-12  DanielBryant: I believe it was John Nunn who wrote that playing Nc6 in the French seemed like "swearing in church".
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