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Hikaru Nakamura vs Vidmantas Malisauskas
Istanbul Olympiad (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 2, Aug-29
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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Aug-29-12  Jim Bartle: Routine win in the US #1's first game.
Aug-29-12  frogbert: a win is a win. :o)
Aug-30-12  SamAtoms1980: Yo Hikaru, you needed 107 moves to beat this guy from Jordan?

Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk.....

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  whiteshark: game related picture:
Aug-30-12  Marmot PFL: Jordan?
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  whiteshark: ... only if Lithuania is the new Jordan.
Aug-30-12  stanleys: Quite a lucky win for Nakamura...
Aug-30-12  master of defence: Why not 72...h4?
Aug-30-12  jsy: It was not a "lucky" win in the sense that Naka continued shuffling pieces in a "drawn" position - counting on the fact that someone rated 300 points lower with little time left would eventually crack. If you followed the game live, the result would not seem so surprising.
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  HeMateMe: Funny, the guy hung in there when there was a full board of pieces. Then, in a Qa+p endgame, when calculations should have been more straight forward, he blew it.

Nice win by Naka.

Aug-30-12  Everett: Queen and pawn endgames make my hairs turn gray.
Aug-31-12  SamAtoms1980: **FACEPALM**

Jordan was our first opponent and this was Nakamura's first game, so that's where I thought he was from. My apologies.

It sounds better to need a long endgame to win over a Lithuanian...

Aug-31-12  nipas: why not 38...Bc1 ?
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  Jambow: Interesting game glad Nakamura didn't take the draw and waited for his opponent to make a mistake. Carlsen would be proud.
Sep-08-12  Resignation Trap: According to Shredder Tablebase, 100...Qg1+? was the loser. 100...Ke6! still holds.

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