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Hikaru Nakamura vs Wang Hao
FIDE Grand Prix London (2012), London ENG, rd 6, Sep-26
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  0-1

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Sep-27-12  lost in space: Hammer game! Naka lost in a way he normally wins.
Sep-27-12
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  Peligroso Patzer: It is curious to me that the caption by the dancing rook reads, "Hao Wins!", rather than "Wang Wins!", since Wang is that player's eqivalent of a western last name.

Regardless of how common that name may be among Chinese, we all know this game did not involve Wang Yue, so there really would be no confusion. If this page ever covered a game by Gawain Jones in which he emerged the winner, I would not expect the caption to read, "Gawain Wins!"

Sep-27-12  master of defence: What´s the finish?
Sep-27-12  rapidcitychess: <master of defense>

Black threatens Rf1# if the queen stops protecting, and if it continues protecting, he wins the queen. And after he wins his queen, he still has the attack.

Sep-27-12  hellopolgar: Classical games: Wang Hao beat Hikaru Nakamura 4 to 0, with 3 draws.

So Wang Hao owns Nakamura almost as hard as Peter Svidler...

Classical games: Peter Svidler beat Hikaru Nakamura 6 to 0, with 2 draws.

Sep-27-12  messachess: I guess these two chess styles should be termed the 'anti-Carlsen.'
Sep-27-12  messachess: What a relief.
Sep-27-12  hellopolgar: games like this show Nakamura's weakness: there is a gap in his chess understanding. this gap is a direct result of his years and years of online blitz games.
Sep-27-12  arnaud1959: <master of defense> After any Q move Black plays 48.-Nf3 and there's no defence against mate on h2.
Sep-27-12  PinnedPiece: Would 44.Nd2 have made any difference?


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Sep-27-12
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  Eyal: <Would 44.Nd2 have made any difference?>

44.Nd2 defends against Ng4, but it allows Black a forced win with 44...Nxg5! e.g. 45.Rxf7 Nxh3 46.Rxf8+ Qxf8 47.Qe2 Qh6 (made possible by the knight being on d2) where one nice finish is 48.Qh2 Nf2+ 49.Kg1 Qxh2+ 50.Kxh2 Nfd3 winning the bishop.

Sep-27-12  akatombo: <Peligroso Patzer: It is curious to me that the caption by the dancing rook reads, "Hao Wins!", rather than "Wang Wins!", since Wang is that player's eqivalent of a western last name.>

By the same token, Japanese names adhere to the same methodology, so why not Nakamura Hikaru vs Wang Hao, or turn them both around?

Sep-27-12  messachess: <<akatombo: <Peligroso Patzer...>> You two realize, of course, that this is all entirely silly.
Sep-27-12  solskytz: Before taking on e4, probably 38. Bf4 should have been interpolated.

Aesthetic, as the bishop, fearing... f4, has just retired to c1 - but after 37...e4, suddenly, for just a fleeting moment, this special square opens for him - quick, seize it!!

Sep-27-12  akatombo: <<messachess: <<akatombo: <Peligroso Patzer...>> You two realize, of course, that this is all entirely silly.>>

Yes, I do. I could even provide the answer to the poser. That was my semiannual post to this forum. Happy New Year.

Sep-27-12  waustad: Alejandro Ramirez analyses this on chessbase: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...
Sep-27-12
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  Peligroso Patzer: <messachess: <<akatombo: <Peligroso Patzer...>> You two realize, of course, that this is all entirely silly.>>

As a matter of fact, I don’t agree it is silly (albeit not of enormous significance). Showing proper respect to a player by following the conventions of his culture when referring to him by name is not “silly”.

<akatombo: *** By the same token, Japanese names adhere to the same methodology, so why not Nakamura Hikaru vs Wang Hao, or turn them both around?>

Mr. Nakamura is an American with a Japanese name. He chooses to go by “Hikaru Nakamura” (putting his family name second), so, of course, the above comment posted by <akatombo> in reply to my post was indeed silly, to say the least.

Sep-28-12  twinlark: Looks like Naka made his critical mistake at move 40 (time control problem?). After Black plays <39...f3>:


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White played <40. Bxf3> which loses. It seems <40. Bh3> holds, eg:

<40...Ne5 41.Nc3 Nb3> is great for Black, even if it's not a forced win.

Or <40...Ne5 41. Kh1 Kh8 (avoiding the pin) 42. Nc3 Ra8 43. Rg1 Nxc4 44. Ne5 Nxa4 c4 45. Nb2 Nxb5 46. Nxc4 Nxc4 47. Bxc4 Qc5 48. Rc2 f2 49. Rf1 Nd4 50. d6 Rd7 51. Rc3> and White's game sucks without being a forced loss:


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Black has a couple of pleasant choices, between <51...Rxd6> or <51...Rf8>.

In the variation leading to the last diagram, White could sac the exchange with <52. Rfxf2 Rxd6 53. Bd5 Nxc2 54. Rxc2>


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which looks defensible as the two bishops are quite strong.

Most of this is a reasonably forcing sequence although black could just as easily play <44...Nb6>.

Sep-28-12
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  HeMateMe: Pretty sexy combination for Wang.

Black seems to break the rules--don't push to early for the center, as black. I guess Wang didn't get the memo...

Sep-28-12  twinlark: Nakamura's <37. Bc1> was a mystery to GM Ramirez, and I can see why. Retreating the Bishop to c1 we have this position:


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Compare the position following <37. Nc3>:


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Moreover, White wins Black's a-pawn, giving White at least an equal game. If Black now plays <37...e4>, the move that was so effective in the actual game in creating the launch platform for Black's pieces at e5, White has <38. gxf5 gxf5 39. Bf4 (39. dxe4 f4) Ne5 40. dxe4> and Black doesn't seem to have anything better than <40...Qg6>:


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which is about equal.

Sep-28-12  Alesavio: All this variations are probably important but the question is another: Nakamura is playing very dubious openings, playable sure but "dubious" at this level. Maybe idoneus to rapid or blitz games but rather "naive" in classical games against top level grandmasters. The Cozio defence, The Benko gambit reversed, I don't understand this choice. Why to search complications to yourself to confuse opponents? Hikaru doesn't need them: he is a 2800 player (now or in a short time), not a meteora!
Sep-28-12  master of defence: <Eyal: <Would 44.Nd2 have made any difference?> 44.Nd2 defends against Ng4, but it allows Black a forced win with 44...Nxg5! e.g. 45.Rxf7 Nxh3 46.Rxf8+ Qxf8 47.Qe2 Qh6 (made possible by the knight being on d2) where one nice finish is 48.Qh2 Nf2+ 49.Kg1 Qxh2+ 50.Kxh2 Nfd3 winning the bishop.> Well, Eyal, What's wrong with 48.Nb3? If 48...Qh4 49.Nxc5. Or 48...Nf4+ 49.Qh2.
Sep-28-12
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  Eyal: <Well, Eyal, What's wrong with 48.Nb3? If 48...Qh4 49.Nxc5. Or 48...Nf4+ 49.Qh2.> In the second line Black wins easily after a queen exchange on h2 and axb3 (if Bxf4 the b-pawn obviously queens).
Sep-28-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Damn. Wang just owns Naka.
Oct-30-16  Dave12: the 39..f3 idea is nice
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