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Hikaru Nakamura vs Etienne Bacrot
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 3, May-24
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid. Spielmann Attack (C26)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-24-13  haydn20: 47...Ke6 prevents a possible Qxc7, Qxd6+ and then the threat of ...Qxc2 should draw.
May-24-13  chessdgc2: Anyone have an engine eval? For a long time, I thought this game was drawn, but there seems to be some potential for a win ...although potential is all ...errors are key here
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  whiteshark: Go Bacrot, ftw!
May-24-13  DcGentle: Houdini says 0.00
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  norami: We could have both sides promote their passed pawns and then FOUR QUEENS! . . . probably not.
May-24-13  chessdgc2: Do you really think Black can force the win? It appears to me that after 1. Kh2 d5 2. Q moves then ...Qe1, a forced draw is most likely
May-24-13  DcGentle: White has perpetual check likely.
May-24-13  chessdgc2: DcGentle: It seems like if Black tries anything else, he'll risk losing
May-24-13  doublemint: I think Qa7 here...
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  whiteshark: We're all here to do what we're all here to do.
May-24-13  haydn20: I believe 64. Qa7+ leads to a perp.
May-24-13  doublemint: ya.. Naka should play Qa7 followed by Qa3 etc... looks drawish...
May-24-13  DcGentle: I am a bit distracted, because the bishop endgame I am just analyzing is more interesting, it's not a draw. ;-)
May-24-13  doublemint: i wonder if h4 is possible here...
May-24-13  chessdgc2: haydn20: It would...White can also play 1. Qxd6 just to see how black responds, but Black would likely go for perp+...
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  Sneaky: Clearly they are playing on so they can keep receiving free baklava from the snack bar.
May-24-13  suenteus po 147: <Sneaky: Clearly they are playing on so they can keep receiving free baklava from the snack bar.> That's actually a genius idea! Imagine if it was like a casino: all the free cocktails and cigarettes you wanted, so long as gameplay continues. We'd have much fewer short draws.
May-24-13  ajile: I thought the Vienna has White playing an early f4.
May-24-13  beenthere240: The Vienna begins with 2. Nc3. and is usually followed by 3. Bc4. When there's also an early f4, it's the Vienna gambit. 1. e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3. f4. The move order in this game transposes from the Bishop's opening to the Vienna. 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nc3. (and now we all know that after 3...Nxe5 we can play the Dracula Wolfman or whatever it is.)
May-24-13  Illogic: Hikaru on his Twitter said the relevant theoretical game was Alekhine-Lasker from 1913!!
May-24-13  Eyal: <It helps to know games like Alekhine-Lasker from 1913, but it is annoying when your opponent improves on a game from 100 years ago...> (

Can't see any such Alekhine-Lasker game in the databases, though; he's probably thinking of Alekhine vs S Levitsky, 1913 (from which Bacrot deviated with 7...Be6 instead of Nc6 - not that it's a new move).

May-24-13  dekko: carlsen should watch out for anand's affinity for his pawn thrusts to b5! norway he made 3 ballistic b5 pawn moves with the black piece-very memorable
May-24-13  Illogic: It's this game (it transposes) - Alekhine vs Ed Lasker, 1913
May-24-13  Eyal: <Illogic> Ah, thanks - I was thinking only of Emanuel Lasker. Anyway, I see it was a hot line back then...
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