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Levon Aronian vs Hikaru Nakamura
Sinquefield Cup (2013), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 4, Sep-13
King's Indian Defense: Makagonov Variation (E71)  ·  1-0



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Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to everybody for participating in today's live broadcast. We'll switch over to the end of Carlsen-Kamsky game in a few minutes, if it's still going on.
Sep-13-13  MarkusKann: here is Kamsky - Carlsen, is a win for Magnus
Sep-13-13  MrSpock: Strange finish
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  AylerKupp: According to Critter 59...Bf6 resulted in an equal game.
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  offramp: Thanks for the coverage <chessgames>.
Sep-13-13  MarkusKann: Magnus Wins, 0 - 1
Sep-13-13  ajile: <Marmot PFL: <If Naka goes down in flames I lose another 200 chessbucks.>

As I said, whenever Naka leads tournament or his rating closes in on top 3 it's time to bet against him.>

lol Really? OK I better win next time voting against him.

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  Sokrates: Kamsky resigned.
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  AylerKupp: And yet Kamsky resigned!
Sep-13-13  chessdgc2: camath: I agree with you...players do often choose endings they feel they will do best in, but it's hard to believe Aronian foresaw this and preferred it!!
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  plang: <csmath: Aronian went for ending as a practical decision because he knew he was likely winning and that Nakamura would make mistake.>

I think tbat Aronian was confident of winning however Nakamura played.

Also, no reason to play for pretty middlegame if he has a winning endgame. Even Tal didn't turn down winning endgames

Sep-13-13  Appaz: Naka has been lost for many, many moves now - but he put up a defense worthy of a 2800+. I'm happy for Aronian though, one of the strongest and most likable players in the circus.
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  chancho: <Appaz> Agreed.
Sep-13-13  csmath: Nakamura threw the game away with that fast stinker 20. ...c4? completely ignoring devastating attack Aronian was preparing. When Naka realized he had lost position he started fishy tactics which Aronian reduced to a practical ending where black had only bleak hopes and it was not to be.

I personally don't like this game since it was all practical.

I think Nakamura exhibited his "blitz" problems. I do not think he spent any time thinking about 20. ...c4? ignoring the ominous signs on the kingside. This is "blitzing" Nakamura in a bad way.

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  AylerKupp: Ooops! I had Kamsky's White's king on e2 instead of f3. I apologize.
Sep-13-13  peristilo: Naka playing Naka and losing the lead like a moron!
Sep-13-13  hemsley: Naka should play 60..Bh5 instead of h5
Sep-13-13  cormier:

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Analysis d 27

1. (4.87): 61.Nf7+ Ke7 62.Ng5 h4 63.Nxe6 h3 64.Kf2 h2 65.Kg2 h1R 66.Kxh1 Bf3+ 67.Kg1 Bb7 68.Kf2 Bc8 69.Nc5 Kd6 70.Nd3 Bb7 71.Bc2 Be4 72.Nb4 Bb7 73.Bxf5 Kc5 74.Nc2 Kd6 75.Nd4 Kc7 76.Be6 Kd8 77.Nf5 Bc6 78.Kg3 Be8 79.Bb3 Bd7 80.Bc2 Bb5 81.Nd4 Ba6 82.f5 Bb7 83.f6 Bd5 84.Kf4 Kd7 85.Ke5

Sep-13-13  SirRuthless: c4 was trash. Another sharp position with black just thrown away by naka. Then exchanged down into a bad endgame adding insult to injury. Might as well just go home.
Sep-14-13  Ulhumbrus: After 19...Rc8 White's bishop and knights are far ahead of Black's bishop and knights with reapect to the king side, while Black's knights and bishop do little on the queen side. In addition to this White's king's rook is ahead of Black's king's rook and owing to his central pawn chain White has greater space. If White can make his assets count and other things are equal, White has an overwhelming positional advantage.

As the move 20 h4! begins a attack on the basis of an overwhelming positional advantage, that makes it a sound attack, one which is likely to succeed against any defence. That means Black is lost already at this point.

61 Nh7+ forces Black's king away from its cover of the point e5 so that Black can't answer the move Ng5 with ...e5

Perhaps Nakamura's decisive error was to omit to attack White's pawn centre by the move ...e6. Perhaps he made a plan which had a flaw somewhere, a flaw which he saw too late.

Sep-14-13  framsey: 5 of 8 decisive games so far!

One reason Carlsen, Aronian, and Nakamura are three of my favorite players.

Sep-14-13  oldroman: A HOT COMMENT FOR NAKA : Naka made some mistakes to avoid semi-closed positions. (1) Sometimes it is good for us to break our "pawn tree" (by advancing a pawn for exchange/sacrifice) first when we have more (potentially) active pieces and sometimes it is better for us to wait until our opponent break his "pawn tree". (2) Be aggressive but do not bluff. Naka offered to sacrifice his b5 pawn in 3 occasions - too long, why didn't play 10 ... b4? (3) 10 ... h6 in this game weakened the pawn tree in K-side, which made Aronian smiled (4) Always keep enough pieces to guard the king if we want to do counter attact in Q-side. (5) Once we get a balanced position, the game becomes a mind war - who wants to take more risk then? PLAYING AGAINST CARLSEN : If we want to get a draw against a strong player, please don't give a draw so easily (like Gata Kamsky did yesterday by exchanging pieces so fast) - maintain a pressure/tension in the center or somewhere else as long as possible and if our opponent plays accurately then we begin to exchange pieces gradually ... not too fast. Check Wei Yi's games. GOOD LUCK NAKA!
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  chancho: Aronian needed a win and he delivered.
Sep-15-13  DcGentle: Already during the game I suspected that Black had constructed a fortress and did not really see it.

Black should have played <53... Ke7!>.

After <54. Bc6 Bf7> White must not trade his knight e5 with Black's bishop, because Black can then advance pawn e6 to e5 and the ensuing pawn swap leaves White with a king and bishop only, not enough material to checkmate.

I tried: <53... Ke7 54. Bc6 Bf7 55. Ba4 Kf6 56. Kg3 Bh5 57. Bd7 Ke7 58. Kh4 Bf7 59. Bb5 Kf6> but White cannot infiltrate or make any other progress. It's a draw.

Sep-15-13  John Abraham: A very deep and fascinating game
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