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Vladimir Kramnik vs Hikaru Nakamura
Geneva Chess Masters (2013) (rapid), Geneve SUI, rd 1, Jun-29
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  1-0



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Jun-30-13  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2013

Here Kramnik shows us how to *destroy* the <HIPPO>. Study this well!

Jul-01-13  hellopolgar: For those that don't understand what <notyetagm> is talking about:

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  HeMateMe: I now have a greater understanding of the hippo. People use this on the internet, and I just assume they haven't played chess, don't know how to develop their pieces.
Jul-01-13  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2013

13 ♘f3xe5

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"How to beat the Hippo in 13 easy moves" -- V. Kramnik

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  Check It Out: Kramnik grubbed on those black pawns.
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  Honza Cervenka: 13....f4 would have been better than the text move. If 14.c6, then 14...Nxc6 15.dxc6 Bxc6 16.Bc4 fxe3 17.fxe3 Bb7 with unclear position but extra Pawn for black.
Jul-03-13  haydn20: < Honza Cervenka: 13....f4 would have been better than the text move. If 14.c6, then 14...Nxc6 15.dxc6 Bxc6 16.Bc4 fxe3 17.fxe3 Bb7 with unclear position but extra Pawn for black.> Absolutely! If there was a point to Black's play, f4 was it. Otherwise, White has the advantage just by playing "natural" developing moves.
Jul-03-13  haydn20: In the previous line 18. Rab1 Nb6 19.Qe2
Mar-07-14  Cooleyhigh: Why would Nakamura want to play the Hippopotamus against Kramnik anyway?
May-04-15  cyborg077: Look Nakamura position after move 9th:)

His position is like from some beginner who plays blitz game and doesnt know anything about openings:)

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  thegoodanarchist: Naka's position went downhill in a hurry. He could have resigned reasonably about 10 moves sooner than he did.
May-15-15  ToTheDeath: This stuff might work in Swiss opens and online blitz but if you play this crap against a Soviet trained killer like Kramnik he's going to tear you up.

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