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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
Biel Chess Festival (2012), Biel SUI, rd 1, Jul-23
Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-23-12
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  Eyal: I suppose that after 35.Qh6+ Kg8 36.e5 dxe5 37.h5 f5, 38.d6!! is easy to miss (without this resource, Black is fine).
Jul-23-12  Strongest Force: This feels drawish. It seems Nak had a game-plan but is was passive as hell. I would too see a book called "Real Men Win With Black".
Jul-23-12  okba1: Qf2 may come preparing the attack in the kings side by advancing the pions
Jul-23-12  jtd200: <okba1: the panic of naka soon will be visible>

Doesn't appear likely. Naka is playing perfectly according to engines, and it looks like a fairly routine draw for someone of his caliber.

Jul-23-12  Strongest Force: Like, even...too much lag...I am out.
Jul-23-12
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  OBIT: Looking at the possible pawn storm for Magnus, it doesn't put his own king in danger, but Naka has the key squares adequately defended. And, if the pawn storm doesn't work, I don't know what else Magnus can try. This game is starting to look like a draw.
Jul-23-12
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  Eyal: <Naka is playing perfectly according to engines> Certainly not on move 33... but now it does look drawish.
Jul-23-12  Marmot PFL: An interesting blunder trade in Moro-Giri, where both players missed Qh6+ sac, followed by Nxf7+ forking the K & Q, as also happened in the Alekhine-Euwe match.
Jul-23-12
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  Check It Out: Qg4-d7 is another thought for white but the black queen is too dangerous for that. This looks like a draw. On the other hand Magnus could slowly maneuver and keep the game alive, as long as he doesn't follow any of my suggested plans :)
Jul-23-12  Ulhumbrus: Carlsen has spent or lost two moves with his queen, two tempi which Nakamura has spent well or badly on the moves ..Bd8 and ..Qc1. Now one question is whether Carlsen can play the pawn sacrifice 40 e4-e5 fxe5 41 fxe4 dxe5 42 Bc4 (42 d6 first sllows 42...Ke6) and 43 d6+ to follow
Jul-23-12
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  benveniste: Qe2 may have been an invitation to draw since neither player is in time trouble.
Jul-23-12
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  Gypsy: < Eyal: Looks like Nakamura made a tactical mistake by trying to force the exchange of the second pair of rooks; now Black is in trouble after 35.Qh6+ Kg8 36.e5! dxe5 37.h5! (e.g. 37...f5 38.d6!! Qxd6 39.Bc4+ and mate). >

Thx! This variation is way-out beautiful.

Jul-23-12
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  moronovich: <Marmot PFL: An interesting blunder trade in Moro-Giri, where both players missed Qh6+ sac, followed by Nxf7+ forking the K & Q, as also happened in the Alekhine-Euwe match.>

You are right.A very strange thing on this level.
After all it is tuesdaypuzzle material.Or monday.

Jul-23-12
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  chancho: Draw official.
Jul-23-12  Marmot PFL: Wang Hao - Bacrot is interesting, if it is possible to switch.
Jul-23-12
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  OBIT: In Moroz-Giri, after 33. Qh6+ can't Black just play 33...Kg8?
Jul-23-12  Ulhumbrus: One way for White to lose is 40 Kf3 Qh1+ 41 Kg4 Qh5 mate
Jul-23-12  okba1: so i was wrong-happens
Jul-23-12  haydn20: <Eyal: Looks like Nakamura made a tactical mistake by trying to force the exchange of the second pair of rooks; now Black is in trouble after 35.Qh6+ Kg8 36.e5! dxe5 37.h5! (e.g. 37...f5 38.d6!! Qxd6 39.Bc4+ and mate> two steps ahead of me as usual..the 38. d6 is too deep!
Jul-23-12
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  Eyal: < moronovich: <Marmot PFL: An interesting blunder trade in Moro-Giri, where both players missed Qh6+ sac, followed by Nxf7+ forking the K & Q, as also happened in the Alekhine-Euwe match.>

You are right.A very strange thing on this level.
After all it is tuesday puzzle material.Or monday.>

True - but unfortunately for the players, nobody told them it's a puzzle:-)

Jul-23-12  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps Carlsen thinks that Black draws after 40 e5 fe 41 fe de 42 Bc4 Qe3! 43 d6+ Ke8 44 Qxe3 dxe3 45 Bg8 Bg5!
Jul-23-12  haydn20: Although after 37...Qd6, white can harass Black but not immjediately destroy him--but Black is probably losing anyway.
Jul-23-12  mrbasso: the problem in the line Qd6 is 42.Bf5 later and the pawn d5 is indirectly protected but it's not so easy. Black has e4.
Jul-23-12
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  Eyal: Yeah, it's not easy - maybe Black can actually hold, e.g. after 35.Qh6+ Kg8 36.e5 dxe5 37.h5 <Qd6> 38.hxg6 hxg6 39.Qxg6+ Kf8 40.Qh6+ Ke7 41.Qg7+ Kd8 42.Bf5 Qe7 (not 42...Qxd5?? 43.Qf8#); perhaps White should try 39.Bxg6. At any rate, it seems to give White at least better practical winning chances than the game continuation.
Jul-23-12  lost in space: Tja. draw and nothing happened during the game. Black was clever enough not to hang himself.
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