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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
Tal Memorial (2013), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Jun-22
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  1-0

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Jun-22-13  TheSlid: That sounds like a good offer to me, <CG>! Saturday is a busy day usually for me and I missed the games live today - but maybe tomorrow.
Jun-22-13
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  patfoley: 46 ... Bd7 loses to, for example Rxh7 with the threat of Rh8 ch followed by an advancce of the pawns.
Jun-22-13
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  PawnSac: < Eyal: 48.Rd2?? Qe1+ >

Ah yes, you are correct about that. I did not notice that from move 43. Well in that case then 48. d8=Q Qxc2 49. c7 and white will get the 2nd queen while black tried for a perpetual.. Qb3+ 50. Kf4 Qxa4+ 51. Ke5 Qa1+ 52. Qd4 Qe1+ 53. Kd6 or something along that line.

It still wins, although your original suggestion of c7 instead of Rxc2 is probably quicker. Suffice it to say black was lost in many lines. A great disappointment for Naka as he really needed to draw this game to stay in the running.

Jun-22-13  caissafan1963: <PinnedPiece: That's pretty odd. Nakamura spends 25 minutes contemplating what to do on move 46..? then resigns after Carlsen's response......>

Naka may have been angry with himself and took the extra time to calm down so he could resign with composure.

Jun-22-13
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  PawnSac: What are the pairings for round 9 ?
Jun-22-13  DeepTrouble: Magnus at the press conference after the game:

<I think e5 was a very poor move>

At around move 14-15, he said with a smile:

<I almost choked on a nut. And that should be the only dangerous moment for me>

Nobody in the audience laughed, though (perhaps because they didn't want to offend Carlsen?).

Later he commented:

<30. Re3 is just ridiculous>

He did see 31. ... Rxe5, but he'd evaluated the resulting endgame and considered it to be a win. He also said that lack of time was a factor here (otherwise he might have chosen a more effective line). All the live clocks were wrong and Magnus actually had only a few minutes left on his clock.

Jun-22-13
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  Eyal: <Later he commented: <30. Re3 is just ridiculous>>

Actually he didn't refer specifically to 30.Re3, he said "and so I went for this, which was just ridiculous" while showing the whole sequence of moves starting from 28.Qf2. I'm mentioning this since apparently he didn't notice that Rxe5 by Black on move 30, immediately after Re3, was even more problematic for White than the game continuation - 30...Rxe5! 31.Rxe5 Qxd6 32.Rf5/e4 Qxf4 33.Rxf4 <c4!> (possible since the bishop is still on d3):


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Carlsen wanted to play Nc4 and push the pawns - so first came Re3 to chase away the black bishop and then Rf1 to defend the queen, since an immediate 31.Nc4 runs into f6, and the e5-pawn is pinned along the diagonal.

<He did see 31. ... Rxe5, but he'd evaluated the resulting endgame and considered it to be a win.>

Yeah - an easier win at any rate, since he considered only 34...Nxf8 (and not Kg7, as played in the game).

Jun-22-13  csmath: 28.Qf2 is good move, of course naturally you want to move queen out of e-file when there is a chance of f7-f6 while still keep an eye on c5 pawn.

Another thing, try to reverse the board and put yourself playing as black. I get claustrophobic. :-) From black perspective the game looks absolutely horrendeous after 29 moves.

Jun-22-13  csmath: The reason why Nakamura could not find 30. ...Re5! is harder to explain other than the lack of time and that he probably did not expect 30. Re3 whence he had to recalculate everything again.
Jun-22-13  DcGentle: Too bad, that often in tournament games the most tense phase is before move 40 and players have not enough time to think about better moves.

Otherwise we might have witnessed the following beautiful combination, that would have crowned Carlsen's excellent positional play preceding move 25.

Positional play can be used in two ways, namely as preparation for tactical play and as a means in itself to reach superior endings, where a player can stick to his positional style. Here after move 24 of Black, Carlsen had the chance to switch to high gear tactical operations ending the game with checkmate!

Position after move 24.


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White to move.

[Event "8th Tal Mem, variant not played."]
[Site "Moscow RUS"]
[Date "2013.06.22"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Carlsen, M."]
[Black "Nakamura, Hi"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A13"]
[WhiteElo "2864"]
[BlackElo "2784"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "5r1k/2qnrppp/b2N4/p1pPP3/Pp3P2/1Q6/1P4BP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 25"]

{Carlsen played 25. Qe3, according to his positional style.} 25. Qh3 {with the threat 26. Qh4, attacking rook e7.} Nb6 {Now rook e7 is covered.} 26. Qh4 {with the threats 27. Be4, 27. Re3, 27. Nf5. Black might open the diagonal a7 - g1 as defense option for a possible check.} c4 27. Be4 {with the threat 28. Qh7#.} h6 28. Kh1 {clearing g1 for a rook.} Nxd5 {Black tries to get a knight to the kingside, but White doesn't care.} 29. Rg1 Re6 {This rook is too late as well.} 30. Rxg7 {Strike!} Kxg7 31. Nf5+ Kh7 32. Nxh6+ {It's a discovered check, so the rook cannot take knight h6.} Rg6 33. f5 Qd8 {Also the attack on White's queen is too late.} 34. f6 {threatening 35. Nxf7 with mate.in a few moves.} Nxf6 35. Ng4+ {Again a discovered check!} Kg8 36. Nxf6+ {And now Black must give the queen to prevent an immediate mate, because after 36... Rxf6 it's 37. Qh7# anyways. So Black would have resigned here latest.} Qxf6 37. exf6 {announcing a mate in 9.} c3 38. Bxg6 fxg6 39. Re1 Be2 40. Qh6 Rxf6 41. Rxe2 Rf1+ 42. Kg2 Kf7 43. Qh7+ Kf8 44. Re7 Rf2+ 45. Kxf2 g5 46. Qf7# 1-0

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Jun-22-13  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2013

Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2013

<DcGentle: Too bad, that often in tournament games the most tense phase is before move 40 and players have not enough time to think about better moves.

<<<Otherwise we might have witnessed the following beautiful combination, that would have crowned Carlsen's excellent positional play preceding move 25.>>>>

Damn, that's a powerful attacking line.

(VARIATION)
30 ♖g1xg7!


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Jun-22-13  csmath: <Carlsen played 25. Qe3, according to his positional style.>

I considered 25. Qe3 with engine (this is not a Houdini choice) immediately. It is a crystal clear wonderful move.

It freezes black knight, moves queen on more active position closer to black king and opens b3 square for pawn. The only drawback is that it is on e-file but it won't stay there long as it moves to f2. Black pawns and all pieces except queen are now frozen.

Every time Carlsen plays like this the game is of natural clarity and very easy to follow.

His chess is of classical textbook quality.
This kid is a natural genius like not too many.

Jun-22-13  csmath: Engine wouldn't play these types of moves but it is powerful play nevertheless.

I prefer Carlsen play up to move 30, he played clear, strong, human moves with crescendo of power. This type of chess reveals extraordinary power of this young player.

Jun-22-13
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  chancho: One beating after another...

Naka is like putty in Carlsen's hands.

Jun-22-13  DcGentle: <csmath>: I am not criticizing Carlsen for missing tactics. It's just a different style! His positional play is not really well understood by engines either, because positional operations are hard to program, at least with Alpha-Beta, and this is used in almost all chess programs.

I am just collecting positional masterworks, as you can see here:

Game Collection: Positional Masterworks

And I am not the first one on <chessgames.com> to do something like this, the positional style is human, but also not easy, but most often very beautiful!

Jun-22-13  Kinghunt: Does anyone know how bad the time trouble was in this game? All the clocks I could see during the live broadcast were significantly wrong.
Jun-22-13  notyetagm: <DcGentle: ... I am just collecting positional masterworks, as you can see here:

Game Collection: Positional Masterworks>

Here is a game for your collection, pointed out in a recent issue of Chess Evolution Weekly Newsletter (CEWN):

Bacrot vs A Wirig, 2013

28 ♘e4-d2


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"The game might look very simple, but White has shown great positional play which lead to an 'easy looking' point." -- CEWN

Jun-23-13  RookFile: Not a good game by Naka. The English looks like a good weapon to use against him.
Jun-23-13  lost in space: <<DcGentle:> Maybe the loss started as early as with <5... dxc4>. This move cannot be justified positionally.>

I disagree with this this statement. 5...dxc4 allows to activate the queen side including the Bc8 - positionally the most important piece to be activated from blacks point of view - if he decided to play e6,d5 and c6

Naka's position after 13. d5 was not that bad. He had to play 13...Bxd5 14. Bxd5 exd5 15. Qxd5 Rd8 16. a4 Be7 and he is not bad at all.


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Yes, slight advantage white, but not more.

Jun-23-13
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  Eyal: The idea of 5...dxc4 is to continue with b5, quickly followed by c5 - of course, if Black doesn't manage to follow with c5 he's clearly inferior. The basic question, according to which this system can be "justified" for Black or not, is how well his position is holding after making the c5 break. Here, the critical line is indeed taking on d5 on move 13 - 13...e5? is just a positional disaster. Another option for Black is to play 8...a6 instead of Nbd7, "threatening" c5 a move earlier.
Jun-23-13
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  perfidious: Playing through this game reminds one of Black's fate after a similar 1.a4 b4 in Alekhine vs Flohr, 1931: a queenside shot full of holes and no counterplay whatever in the face of White's central control.
Jun-23-13  DcGentle: <<lost in space>: <<DcGentle:> Maybe the loss started as early as with <5... dxc4>. This move cannot be justified positionally.>... Naka's position after 13. d5 was not that bad. He had to play 13...Bxd5 14. Bxd5 exd5 15. Qxd5 Rd8 16. a4 Be7 and he is not bad at all.>

Well, I wouldn't want to play the black side after <16. Rd1>. White is ahead in development and has the much better play. Surely there are other opening setups, that look more promising for Black.

Jun-23-13  DcGentle: <notyetagm>: Thanks for your suggestion. Bacrot for sure is a player understanding the positional style, and I have already one example by him in my collection. Could be that I'll add this one as well, but I have to first look though other candidates.

We'll see.

Jun-23-13
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  Eyal: Nakamura not being very satisfied with himself:

http://video.russiachess.org/view/1...

http://video.russiachess.org/view/1...

Apr-04-14  fgh: Is this a "copy" of this game? Sure looks like it:

http://chess-db.com/public/game.jsp...

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