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Hikaru Nakamura vs Wang Hao
Biel Chess Festival (2012), Biel SUI, rd 8, Jul-31
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Keres Variation (A23)  ·  0-1



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Jul-31-12  Marmot PFL: 3 decisive games. somebody must have made out on pick 3 but it wasn't me.
Jul-31-12  Cemoblanca: <chancho> I didn't mean the football star Kaka! Please don't get me wrong! :D
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  OBIT: Time control has been reached, so Hao has plenty of time to see that 41...Nxf1 threatens m1 with ...Qh2, winning on the spot.
Jul-31-12  Marmot PFL: Looks like white resigned without seeing black's next move. don't blame him.
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  chancho: The guy in time pressure was Hao all along, and he ends up having the last laugh.

Poor Naka...

Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to everybody for coming by today. The penultimate round (#9) is tomorrow morning at 8am USA/Eastern. It will be free for everybody to watch and participate. Hope to see you then!
Jul-31-12  Cemoblanca: Thanks CGman! Appreciate that! Cheers!
Jul-31-12  talisman: thanks chessgames.
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  whiteshark: payday at the Bookie
Jul-31-12  elnanes23: I got the feeling nakamura blew this on purpose. So many lowsy moves in one game you normally see playing over your own games. This is quite unfair to the other players specially carlsen.
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  chancho: No, Naka wanted to beat Hao.

(he had already lost twice before)

Jul-31-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Damn. Wang just OWNS Naka.
Jul-31-12  aporia: Another nice game by Hao, but I have to say, Nakamura seemed dominant in the opening and had the very cute: 34. Rfe1.
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  chancho: Black's piece configuration on move ...36 is interesting:

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Jul-31-12  Eyal: Although Wang Hao states at the beginning of the post-game analysis ( that he "played badly", I think this game shows what a creative attacking player he can be; I especially like the way in which after 28.e4, where it might seem that White has managed to stabilize the position, he came up with the Nc7-Re8-Nb5-Nc3 maneuver. Computers may show advantage for White at some stages of the game, but it was never completely clear-cut and it's very difficult to keep things under control in such a complicated and tactically-tricky game.

It looks like White's position really starts falling apart from move 32 – it can't be correct in such a situation to waste tempi like that, with Nb3 and then back to d2. The natural continuation to 31.Nb3 is 32.Nc5, and then after 32...d2 33.Qxd2 Bxf1 (or 33.Nxa6 d1Q) Black wins the exchange but White has extra two dangerous Q-side pawns. After 32.Nd2? Qd6! Black suddenly threatens to trap the white queen by 33...Re5 34.Qf4 Rf6 and the knight on d2 is in the way.

A couple of points where Wang Hao mentions things that he missed, which may have contributed to his dissatisfaction with this game: after 18.Qc4 he intended to play 18...Rb8 which he thought was very strong, but then noticed that it's refuted by 19.Qd4! gaining a tempo for the strong Nc4 by the threat of Qd6+, winning the rook. He also says that he missed 20.Qf4! and after that almost wanted to resign; he was considering 20.Qc3 Qxc3 21.bxc3 dxe2 22.Bxe2 Be6 which he thought was drawn. (An interesting alternative is 20.Qxd5 Bb7 21.Qd6+ Kg8 22.f3 - note that white has to defend against both 22...Bxh1 and 22...Qxd2+! followed by a knight fork on e4 - 22...h5.) Otherwise he would have gone a couple of moves earlier for 18...Be6 (instead of Nd5) 19.b4 Bxc4 20.bxa5.

Jul-31-12  PhilFeeley: This game was insane. How can anyone adequately explain it?
Aug-01-12  csmath: I think Wang played just fine without making any major error. As a matter of fact I like his play countering original play with original play. I think he just have the right antibiotics for Nakamura. Interesting how Nakamura got quite confused starting with 32nd move.
Aug-01-12  luzhin: During the game I wondered if 20.Qf4 could be answered cutely by 20...Nb3, but now I see that it would be refuted by 21.Qd6+ Kg8 22.Rd1 Nxd2 23.b4!
Aug-01-12  Eyal: <During the game I wondered if 20.Qf4 could be answered cutely by 20...Nb3, but now I see that it would be refuted by 21.Qd6+ Kg8 22.Rd1 Nxd2 23.b4!>

I thought so myself too, but after checking with Houdini I see that's yet another example of how tricky the game was... 20...Nb3 21.Qd6+ Kg8 22.Rd1 Nd4! is actually very good for Black. White <is> considerably better, though, after 21.Rd1! immediately (the queen watching d4) 21...Nxd2 (21...Qxa2?? 22.Nxb3 Qxb3 23.Qd6+ Ke8 24.Qc6+ winning the rook; or mating on d8, of course, if the king goes to g8) 22.Rxd2 Qxa2 23.Bg2.

Aug-01-12  luzhin: Oh, I see: 22...Nd4 threatens 23...Nc2 mate! Clever tactician is Mr Houdini.
Aug-01-12  QueentakesKing: Nakamura exposed by Wang. That means Nakamura will never become a world champion. Tsk tsk tsk.
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  perfidious: < QueentakesKing: Nakamura exposed by Wang. That means Nakamura will never become a world champion. Tsk tsk tsk.>

Are you paid by the word for your intelligent, insightful commentary?

Don't give up your day job.

Aug-01-12  spysfi: From my point of view, Nakamura followed a well scheduled plan and it is a pity that he went completely wrong in move 32. Nd2 ? Ι think that if they could play 100 games starting from any game position between moves e.g. 14-31, Nakamura takes 95... or at least he should if he aims the top in world chess.
Aug-01-12  Eyal: In the post-game analysis of today's game with Bacrot Nakamura was asked briefly about this game and said that he completely missed the idea of the black knight maneuver from e6 to c3, and when he saw it he freaked out.
Aug-02-12  fisayo123: Arguably the game of the tournament.
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