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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Grand Prix London (2012), London ENG, rd 7, Sep-28
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  1-0



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Sep-28-12  whiteshark: Down goes Nakamura. Again!
Sep-28-12  Marmot PFL: Some interesting tactics. At first 17 Nf3 looks careless due to 17...Ng4+ 18 hg Bxc3 but white still has 19 Bd2 when Qxc4 loses to Rc1. Still I think black should play this with 19...Bf6 as 17...c5 didn't work so well. Black maybe hoped for something like 18 Qxd6 cb4 19 Qxb4 b5 20 cb? Ng4+ but white ignores all this and plays the strong 18 e5 de 19 Nxe5 then increases his edge by bringing the other knight to d5. 28...f5 makes a bad situation worse but it was already hard to find good moves by then.
Sep-28-12  csmath: Strong and straitforward attack, very typical of Mamedyarov. All his tactical wins are heavy blows for the opponents.
Sep-28-12  rapidcitychess: A almost unbelievably lucid game. Shak just blew right through black's position.
Sep-28-12  parisattack: 'Shak-and-Awe' at its finest here!
Sep-29-12  Eyal: <Black maybe hoped for something like 18 Qxd6 cb4 19 Qxb4 [19.axb4 Qxc4] b5 20 cb? Ng4+>

After 19...b5 in this line 20.e5! is again strong, but Black may play 19...Nc5, gaining some good squares for his pieces - that's probably the kind of thing Nakamura was hoping for when he played 17...c5. Instead, 18.e5! was indeed an excellent decision, taking over the center - a few moves later, after 24.Rbd1, the position looks like a perfect picture of centralization for White:

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