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Hikaru Nakamura vs Ruslan Ponomariov
FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013), Elancourt FRA, rd 9, Oct-02
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E37)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-02-13  chessdgc2: tamar: 1. Rg4 is just as daring as it is tricky since Black can attack it with h5
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  NM JRousselle: I don't have an engine going, but how about h5 for Black? That seems to lead to an even material ending. White will have a passed h pawn and Black will have a passed b pawn.
Oct-02-13  Strongest Force: Thinking about the snickers-pizza almost kills me and i have thus ordered some sane food.
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  Tiggler: This game appears to be burning out to a quick draw. They are running out of pawns.
Oct-02-13  chessdgc2: After 1. Rh4, Black must justify ...h5 with ...g5 here...if he retreats the B, then ...h5 would not make sense
Oct-02-13  Marmot PFL: Maybe white is a little better now. Bxg2 let his rook into the game although it's probably a draw in the rook ending
Oct-02-13  Marmot PFL: Actually it looks totally drawn as black has good king side pawns and if 26 cb5 Rc1+ 27 Ke2 Ra1.
Oct-02-13  chessdgc2: Nak needs to keep things complicated and scoop up one more foot-soldier before turning to simplification
Oct-02-13  boz: White seems to be winning a pawn but probably not enough to win in this R+P ending.
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  tamar: Where are Smyslov and Levenfish when you need them?
Oct-02-13  talisman: time for QuickDraw McGraw.
Oct-02-13  boz: <Where are Smyslov and Levenfish when you need them?>

They would draw this game even in a coma.

Oct-02-13  chessdgc2: It's virtually pointless to continue, the game is clearly drawn
Oct-02-13  boz: Assuming a draw here, could we switch to Giri-Caruana?
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  PawnSac: chessdgc2: It's virtually pointless to continue, the game is clearly drawn

well u know Naka, he wants to get that pawn to the 7th.. just because. and he will.

Oct-02-13  Strongest Force: Nak better offer a draw with a smile and hope Pono is in the mood.
Oct-02-13  talisman: thanks cg enjoyed it....
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  tamar: 19 Rc3 is probably where White lost any chance to win 19 Rxc8 Rxc8 20 Kd1 puts the pressure on Black to show compensation for the pawn.

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Oct-02-13  boz: Caruana has serious winning chances with black against Giri.
Oct-02-13  haydn20: I thought 34...Kd6 was marginally better, but a draw looks likely anyway.
Oct-02-13  chessdgc2: It's amazing how much pawn-sac'ing Black did throughout this game only to finish a pawn up!
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  Domdaniel: A *draw*? You mean Naka isn't going to try to head-butt Pono's King?
Oct-02-13  chessdgc2: Thanks CG, will there be anymore broadcasts today? If no, see you tomjorrow
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  tamar: "Snickers" was a reasonable candy bar choice, avoiding the risky "Butterfingers" or "ZERObar"

Pono responded with just water.

A draw was the result.

Oct-02-13  SirRuthless: Funny how naka saw the Rc8 Ke2 RxB!? Idea said that as soon as they sat down in the presser. Pono laughed out loud.
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