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Peter Svidler vs Hikaru Nakamura
European Club Cup (2013), Rhodes GRE, rd 5, Oct-24
King's Indian Defense: Makagonov Variation (E71)  ·  0-1



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Oct-24-13  Jambow: Pretty lopsided game imho, Svidler realized he was going to be down material and tried to attack which only exasperated the problems on his side. Nice Game Nakamura!!!
Oct-24-13  Jambow: Also Nakamura created problems on both sides of the board, which is how Kasparov tended to play the KID. Nakamura never allowed Svidler to have too much real estate which has gotten him punished in the past against Svidler.
Oct-24-13  SirRuthless: Yes in the past Svidler has pasted Nakamura especially with the white pieces. The 7. f4 move caused Nakamura to spend approximately 1 hour to play 7...Nh5. Then the follow up 8.Nge2 caused Nakamura to spend another 15 minutes on 8...c5. After that he was almost in rapid mode. The only other point where he spent any appreciable amount of time was on the reply to the provocative and probably losing 18.e5?! He spent about 10 minutes more deciding to grab the b4 pawn after calculating that e5 wasn't a serious threat.

Not sure if Svidler thought he could bully Naka around or he wanted to get even for losing in the endgame after being better for most of their encounter in their last meeting but the four pawns setup out of the opening was an odd sight to see.

He could have gone wrong at a few critical points in the game but surprisingly he played flawlessly in the middlegame according to houdini. Not a great effort from Svidler. Now that Nakamura is chewing into his score over these past few meetings perhaps Peter will play a bit more conservatively against him. 2010 was a while ago. Nakamura has become a better player since then.

Oct-24-13  csmath: What I see in this game is overly committal approach of white and then not being able to play precisely.

This simply looks to me as somebody (Svidler) trying to attack so hard that he forgets his own safety. And eventually starting to make unforced mistakes as it is usually the case when all your pieces are exposed.

Look at the position after 15 moves!
No matter what your engine says I can say this is a position where to play white is difficult and to play black is easy. White has no way to make a progress and yet all of his pawns are exposed. This cannot be good position for white. This is a typical position when one side is lured to move forward without actually achieving anything.

The "engine" course of action is:

16. e5!
[who would actually play that?]

16. ... dxe5
17. Nge4 exf4
18. d6
[that is the point - white queen is under pin.]

And even this is not great when black is ready to sacrifice

18. ...Ng5!
19. dxc7 Qxc7
20. Bxg5 hxg5
21. Bg2 Bd4

and now where to put white king? Black has compensation for the piece.

Svidler shot himself in the foot naively rushing into all out attack.

Oct-24-13  csmath: <Not sure if Svidler thought he could bully Naka around>

That is almost certainly the case. Peter has gotten a lesson here. He needs to consider Nakamura from now on differently. Not "everything goes" but solid chess all around if he wants to win in the future.

Oct-24-13  SirRuthless: Garry Kasparov ‏@Kasparov63 3h

Great win by Nakamura in the King's Indian today. ..Nh7, ..a6, the queen to e8 then back to d8, typical Hikaru, very nice game! Collapse


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Oct-24-13  SirRuthless: Dude Johnson ‏@chess_stats 4h

@Kasparov63 Garry, your opinion on Nakamura's quick victory vs Svidler? @GMHikaru seems to have a ridiculous Black score w/ KID historically Expand

Garry Kasparov ‏@Kasparov63 3h

King's Indian is a great opening for players with preparation, calculation & determination! Bullets fear the brave. @chess_stats @GMHikaru

Oct-24-13  SirRuthless: <csmath> The suprising thing to me is how anti positional black looked after 7...Nh5. His Knights on the side of the board, his LSB on it's home square doing little, no presence in the center... Svidler must have had better options after 8.Nge2 ...c5. Black was able to reroute his Knights to productive outposts, develop play on the queenside and assess the central threats as null. Perhaps an earlier e5 push would have been better for white.
Oct-24-13  Everett: <16. e5!
[who would actually play that?] >

Bronstein. He has quite a few "mad pawn-pusher" games as White.

Oct-24-13  hellopolgar: This is not a regular victory, Naka managed to beat one of his worst enemies with black.
Oct-25-13  PhilFeeley: Wild game #3 of this tournament (find others), after Morozevich vs V Laznicka, 2013, and Sasikiran vs Shirov, 2013.
Oct-25-13  EvanTheTerrible: I do believe Nakamura is one of the top KID players in the world. Any time I see him play it, he at least pressures his opponent the whole game and at least ends in a draw.
Oct-25-13  Jambow: Nakamura has an admirable record with the KID, not to the degree of Fischer and even more so Kasparov.
Oct-25-13  hedgeh0g: What a fantastic game by Nakamura; he made it look easy.
Oct-25-13  hedgeh0g: Definitely one for the collection.
Oct-25-13  DrGridlock: <csmath> Interesting observation on, "no matter what your engine says."

There are some positions which are complex enough that the game deciding moment is going to be a tactial one rather than positional one. Many French defense positions fall into this category, with one example being:

Anand vs Shirov, 2000

An interesting feature of engine analysis that game is that after 18 moves, black (Shirov) has a decisive positional evaluation, but the tactics are sharp enough that white (Anand) ultimately wins.

This line of the Kings Indian reminds me of that type of position. John Watson writes of the French defense types of this position:

"It's now or never. That's about all you need to know about these lines when you're playing Black: if you don't sacrifice at an early stage, you'll probably never be able to sacrifice later! White will just have too many pieces covering all the key squares and then you'll die slowly, waiting around as he slowly advances on your cramped position.

If you're handling the white pieces, the sacrifices are also about all that you need to know! If you can prevent those, the rest won't be difficuilt."

Your "16 e5!" line takes the game down this route - with Black sacrificing a piece to try to break open White's space advantage, and with sharp tactics to follow.

Oct-25-13  DrGridlock: I had my engine (Komodo) take a look at the game after 15 moves. Komodo finds:

Peter Svidler - Hikaru Nakamura

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Analysis by Komodo32 3 32bit:

1. ² (0.36): 16.bxa6 Bxa6 17.Bxa6 Nxa6 18.Nge2 c4 19.0-0 Nc5 20.Ra2 Qa5 21.Qe3 Rb7 22.Nd4 Bxd4 23.Qxd4 Nb3 24.Qe3 Nc5 25.e5 Nd3 26.Be1 Qa6 27.exd6 Qxd6 28.Bg3 Nb4 29.f5 Nxd5 30.Nxd5 Qxd5 31.fxg6 fxg6

Which takes the game down more "positional" lines. Thinking about White's positional problems, his bishop is locked on the side of the board at h4, and white's queen has to prevent the bishop's demise after the pawn advance g5. White's knight on g3 is blocking the bishop's retreat, and white would like to move the knight to e2 to allow his bishop a retreat square, and free his queen. However, the bishop on f1 is also protecting the pawn on b5, and would be blocked from this if the knight is rerouted to e2.

Komodo's line solves these problems: "Let's exchange on b5, and and then I can move my knight to e2, and my queen has new options. I also preserve my space advantage, and black's pieces have trouble planning their breakout."

Oct-25-13  hellopolgar: I am a big Naka fan but he is not as good as Teimour Radjabov yet, at KID.
Oct-27-13  hedgeh0g: <hellopolgar> His results speak for themselves.
Oct-29-13  hellopolgar: BTW, Kasparov's comment only shows that he is trying to get as much support as he can for the election, trust me, he is not very fond of Nakamura!
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  Natalia Pogonina: Annotations by GM Naiditsch:
Nov-09-13  Jambow: < Svidler suddenly started panicking and made a horrible miscalculation, putting all his resources into the attack on the black king and quickly got punished by very cool play of Nakamura.>

Thanks Natalia good to see Naiditch's summary agrees with my deep patzer assessment.

Jan-15-15  jrofrano: jrofrano: This game was the number three game of 2013:

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