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Hikaru Nakamura vs Peter Svidler
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 11, Jun-03
English Opening: Adorjan Defense (A10)  ·  1-0

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Jun-03-13  SirRuthless: Nice finish. Draw? What draw? how did Svidler manage to miss 53....Rc5+?
Jun-03-13  Marmot PFL: How did Svidler manage to lose an ending 2 pawns ahead?
Jun-03-13  SirRuthless: Nakamura found dynamic equality... The White R on c8 was a beast. The endgame should have been a draw though with correct play from both sides.I just don't understand how he didn't find the perp check to save a draw once he allowed Bxf6+
Jun-03-13  Dr. Funkenstein: white will play e7 and the threats of e8=Q and exf8Q are unstoppable in the final position
Jun-03-13
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  tamar: You could see on the live stream Nakamura saw 48 Bc3 and played it relatively quickly. Got a little pizzazz back in his step as he left the board, and Peter returned.

Svidler looked like it put him into a funk. Probably he thought he was going into a safe endgame after 48 Bh6 Rxe5 49 Bxf8 Rxf5 with five pawns for the piece. Not real winning chances but hard to lose.

Houdini onsite gave 0.00 for a long time even after 53...Rxf5, then the assessment shot to +4.67 It gives 53...Rc5+ as the only move to draw.

Jun-03-13
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  andrewjsacks: Swindle.
Jun-03-13
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  HeMateMe: Nice save by Nak. It didn't look too good for him, coming out of the middlegame.

The finchettoed bishop sometimes turns into a trap.

Jun-03-13  SirRuthless: <andrewjsacks> generating play instead of settling for a draw and creating situations where your opponent is forced into only moves is in no way a swindle. This is just something that Nakamura haters and haters of dynamic play use to minimize the players accomplishments.
Jun-03-13
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  Eyal: <tamar: It [Houdini] gives 53...Rc5+ as the only move to draw.>


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Yes - the point is that the black rook can give perpetual check, because the white king is "trapped" on the Q-side and can't cross the e-file: 53...Rc5+ 54.Kd3 Rd5+ 55.Ke3 Rxf5! and now the 56.Rc8 idea doesn't work because of 56...Rxf6 57.e7 Re6+; or 55.Ke4 h3! 56.Rc8 h2 and again the idea doesn't work, this time because the h-pawn queens with check and White would get mated.

Jun-03-13  csmath: Actually the whole position on diagram is difficult to play for black and clearly easy for white.

To elect to go into this kind of position is stupid. God only knows why Svidler broke the blockade without a clear plan. Note that attempt when checking goes on and white king attempts to approach black rook on c-file is also tricky for black since he needs to move pawn on b-file.

If you do not have a plan to win do not try to break a blockade, more often than not it will be your own defeat! This is a lesson for every patzer. Svidler is not a patzer so this defeat is purely psychological. When Naka started doing Kc2 on checking that was like a slap in the face "try something to win" to Svidler. And Svidler does stupid thing, he "tries."

Very silly loss.

Jun-03-13
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  andrewjsacks: <SirRuthless> Remarkable comment. I am no Naka hater. I like his style and often root for him. Yet this game can be termed a swindle.
Jun-03-13  TheFocus: Svidler was svindled?
Jun-03-13
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  andrewjsacks: Oops. I meant a svindle.
Jun-03-13  SirRuthless: <andrewsjacks> Nakamura was at no point losing ==> Not a swindle. Even though his situation was unpleasant it was not a swindle. Was what Magnus did to Karjakin in Norway a swindle? No one called that a swindle. I find the term insulting but no matter. We agree to disagree.
Jun-03-13  csmath: I am not Naka hater and I do appreciate some of his "in your face" wins which are "high energy" chess, I was just analizing his 2007 game against Poyatos in Barcelona which is a great example of "in your face" chess he plays.

But in this game Svidler self-destructed in a silly way. Yes the ending kill is nice but it is nothing particularly creative, it is simply a kill exploiting opponent's blunder. The more important thing is that Svidler started very stupid blockade break that led him into poor calculations few moves later.

Knowing for the fact that Svidler is one of the most original and educated players I wonder what caused him to play this stupid in this game. Svidler is the highest talent in chess, like Anand and yet there are so many games where he quits, self-destroys himself, or otherwise does something strange.

Jun-03-13  Hesam7: Even when he wins with White Nakamura has to have a losing position out of the opening first.

Someone should tell Nakamura that he does not have Carlsen's talent and therefore can not play his openings like Magnus. Also Nakamura's openings have been worse than usual in this tournament, Carlsen usually gets no advantage out of the opening not a losing position.

Jun-03-13  Hesam7: A cursory analysis with an engine reveals a number of wins that Svidler missed. For example 20...c6!, 23...Qh6! or even 37...b6!.

It seems to me that right up to the time control Svidler was winning then he squandered his advantage (I assume in severe time trouble) and after the time control he had a hard time to adjust to the new situation.

Jun-03-13  SirRuthless: <Hesam7> Nakamura's talent level is a Matter of opinion but you make statements as though they are factual. The fact that Naka is the worst opening player in the elite and still maintains a spot in the top ten tells me he has much untapped potential. Will he ever allow his ego to play more solidly in the opening? Who knows? I will say that his calculation skills are his greatest strength. Not his judgement.
Jun-03-13
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  tamar: <Eyal> Yes the King cannot cross over the e file. Hard to think Svidler missed that.

More likely I think, Svidler, looking for a last way to preserve winning chances may have thought there were two perpetuals, one horizontally with 48...Rc5+, but another one vertically after 48...Rxf5 with ...Rf2+ and ...Rf3+.

The "advantage" of Svidler's variation is that if 55 Ke4 Rxf6 Black wins instead of "only" drawing after 48...Rc5+ 49 Kd3 Rd5+ 50 Ke4 h3.

But of course with no rook on the fifth rank, White can march to e5 and then it is all over.

Jun-04-13  csmath: If you analize Nakamura's games you will not be impressed with his tactics. Many times it is fairly blind similar to what Moro does. Some outrageous ideas not followed precisely.

I do not consider him a great tactician (like Geller, Tal, Kasparov ...), only the one that likes to play tactically. His originality is not well founded. It is this egotistic blitz mentality that is hindering him from becoming a better player. That is sad because I think he has exceptional talent that has not been properly trained nor developed.

He has a great psychological trait that provokes opponents and whenever they allow that to happen Nakamura gets what he wants.

Svidler on the other hand is supreme talent that lacks strong psyche or maybe even energy. That is sad to see but that is who he is and no escaping from that.

Jun-04-13  Hesam7: 20...c6!


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Black's idea is very simple: continue the Q-side attack that started with 18...a6.

<1> 21 Bd3? cb5 22 cb5 Be6 23 Bc2 Rfc8 24 Rhe1 (defending against ...Bf5) 24...Bh6 25 Ne4 Qf5 26 Rd8 (the last trick) 26...Kg7 (26...Rd8? 27 Nf6 Kh8 28 Bf5 Nf5 29 Qf2 Rdc8 should still win but it will take longer)

<2> 21 b6 (trying to keep the game closed) 21...Rd8 22 Re1 Nf5 23 Qf2 (23 Qg5 Qg5 24 fg5 Nd4 looks even worse since now e5 is added to the list of weaknesses) 23...Qh4 24 Qh4 Nh4 25 Ne4 Bf5 26 Re3 (White has no good moves here, for example 26 Bc3?! Ra2 27 Kb1 Rf2) 26...Bh6 27 Ng5 Ra6 28 Rb3 (28 c5? Ra5) 28...Bg5 29 fg5 Be4 30 Rg1 Nf3

<3> 21 bc6 bc6 (better than 21...Nc6? 22 Ne4 Bf5 23 Nd6 Nb4 24 Rd4 which enables White to defend) 22 Ne4 Bf5 23 Nf6?! Bf6 24 ef6 Nd5! 25 cd5 (there is not much else) 25...cd5


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White won't survive. 23 Bd3 is a better defense, however after 23...Be4 24 Be4 Rfb8


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despite the engines' evaluations White is still losing due to weakness of c4 & f4 and the unsafe King. Black has a number of concrete threats: ...Ra4, ...Bh6 & ...Qe2.

Jun-06-13  Ulhumbrus: 7 Nbd2 obstructs White's queen's bishop. This suggests 7 Nc3.

10...dxe5 improves White's pawn structure. This suggests an alternative eg 10...Bf5

After 27 Rg2 Black's worst placed piece is his king's bishop. This suggests 27...Bf8 to be followed by ...Bc5

Jun-13-13  The Chess Express: One of the best games I've seen in recent memory. An original masterpiece.
Jun-13-13  Shams: <The Chess Express> Good to see you around here again!
Jun-16-13  The Chess Express: Thanks buddy. It's good to be back and be remembered. I hope all is well with you.

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