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Hikaru Nakamura vs Anish Giri
16th Unive Tournament (2012), Hoogeveen NED, rd 1, Oct-21
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: Here we go. Naka has found his winning attempt.
Oct-21-12  bubuli55: There they go but I don't see it. Playing out the draw?
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  whiteshark: Well, why not try to create a passer on the g-file.
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  tamar: Probably a draw now. 54 Kg2 was too slow.
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  tamar: 59 f4 Forward Nakamirich!

But it would have been more dangerous on move 54.

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  tamar: No time, but Naka will kick himself for missing 61 g6! if he draws this game.
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  tamar: Wow. 61...Be7 allows 62 g6 again. Nakamura plays it!
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  tamar: How tweet it is!
Oct-21-12  achieve: Jeezz...
Oct-21-12  achieve: Did Giri lose on time?

Or did he resign?

Oct-21-12  SCUBA diver: The g pawn cannot be stopped. g7, R-h8, g8=Q
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  tamar: Giri collapsed after 59 f4, but 59...Rh4 likely would have held, as he gains a tempo before capturing on f4.

Players did a 5 minute or so postmortem, but no sound. Lipreaders, anyone?

Oct-21-12  achieve: Lesson: Never offer a draw, even super-talents like Giri can just hand the game to you in just about any position, when put under pressure.

Originally signed,

M. Carlsen

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  whiteshark: It ain't easy
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  HeMateMe: 60.g5 is nice, the winning move.
Oct-21-12  King Sacrificer: Here's Black's best try for patzers like me (from Fritz 6):

<64... Rf5+ 65. Ke2 Rf8 66. Rxf8 Bxf8 67. g7 Bxg7 68. Bxg7>

and White has all the time to grab the black pawns with his king and promote.

<64... Bf6> leads to an easier win for White after;

<65. Bxf6 Rf5+ 66. Ke2 Rxf6 67. g7 Rg6 68. Ra8>

and Black sacs his rook for the pawn.

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  andrewjsacks: Typical Naka win, and a good one. Here's hoping his little slump is over.
Oct-21-12  messachess: Did you guys get all the tricks and traps in that? Personally, I can't wait for my next Ruy!
Oct-21-12  braimondi: Coffee-house play by Giri.
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  tamar: 6 hours ago

<Hikaru Nakamura ‏@GMHikaru

When the going gets tough, the tough get going!>

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  HeMateMe: I wish I'd thought of that!
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  diceman: <HeMateMe: 60.g5 is nice, the winning move.>

Whats funny is g5 was the winner last
time they played.

Oct-23-12  blitzpatzer: What if Giri played 61. ... Rf7 ?
Oct-24-12  King Sacrificer: <blitzpatzer: What if Giri played 61. ... Rf7 ?>

<62. Kf3> now what?

<62... Rf8 63. Rxf8 Bxf8 64. g6> and Black has to sac his bishop.

Any other Black move at 62 will make White push the pawn.

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  Stonehenge: He should have tried 61...f3+ 62. Kxf3 Rh4.
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