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Hikaru Nakamura vs Boris Gelfand
London Chess Classic (Knockout) (2013) (rapid), London ENG, rd 3, Dec-15
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Hungarian Variation (D97)  ·  1-0



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Dec-15-13  Marmot PFL: The 11 Nxf7 line does not look so great but takes black out of preparation and succeeds in rapid chess.
Dec-15-13  Marmot PFL: Losing c6 was a blunder but Gelfand must have missed that 24 Rd7 was possible. Maybe age and a long event finally caught up with Boris.
Dec-15-13  csmath: 11. Nxf7!

is very much a tactical weapon, exactly to throw off guys like Gelfand that are not going to be able to calculate as good as Nakamura in a fast game. Move like 12. ...Rxf2 (Gelfand did not play) are not so often to see and you have to find it by sheer calculation. Nakamura simply outcalculated Gelfand further in the game. Younger brain works faster.

Dec-15-13  Marmot PFL: What black played looks good. Gives up exchange but gets lead in development and white's center is gone. It will be interesting to see if the line gets repeated of if white just plays 11 Be3, which to me looks better for a classical game.
Dec-24-13  Boris Schipkov: This game in Chess Siberia with my commentary

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