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Hikaru Nakamura vs Magnus Carlsen
Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2014) (blitz), Zurich SUI, rd 5, Jan-29
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  0-1

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Jan-29-14  SirRuthless: Totally outplayed from move one. One saving chance,31 Nc3 probably draws but alas. These repeated shellackings must hurt.
Jan-29-14  chessguru1: what's happening with naka? bltz is supposed to be his "playground"..
Jan-29-14
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  OhioChessFan: 11. Na4? Seriously?
Jan-29-14  ChessMan94: <chessguru1> What happened? He played Carlsen. :)
Jan-29-14  jdc2: Looks like 31. Re1 was the big mistake.
Stockfish says 31.Nc3 Qxc3 32.Qxf4 Re8=.
Jan-30-14  ajile: <SirRuthless: Totally outplayed from move one. One saving chance,31 Nc3 probably draws but alas. These repeated shellackings must hurt.>


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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. = (0.00): 31.Nc3 Qxc3 32.Qxf4 Qb3 33.Kg2 a5 34.Ra1 Qc2+ 35.Kh3 Rb2 36.Rxa5 Qg2+ 37.Kh4 f6 38.Ra8+ Kf7 39.Ra7+ Kg8 40.Ra8+ Kf7 41.Ra7+ Kg8 42.Ra8+ Kf7 43.Ra7+ Kg8 44.Ra8+ Kf7 45.Ra7+ Kg8 46.Ra8+

2. (-0.99): 31.Ra1 g5 32.Nc5 Qc3 33.Rg1 Rd8 34.h4 h6 35.hxg5 hxg5 36.Rg3 Qxd4 37.Qxd4 Rxd4 38.Ne4 Kg7 39.Rg1 Rd5

Jan-30-14
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  morfishine: I don't know whats worse for Naka: Losing to Carlen (again) or losing at blitz
Jan-30-14
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  kingscrusher: <OhioChessfan> I'm preparing to video annotate this, and I notice on Livebook that 11.Na4 is the second most popular move to 11.Qf3

Qf3 911 games
Na4 423 games

The evaluation on both of them is meant to be equal

Cheers, K

Jan-30-14  SirRuthless: <morfishine> Well naka secured the extra white which is what this blitz exhibition was all about anyway so I doubt he is too upset. There is no shame in losing to the best player in the world.
Jan-30-14  Rolfo: <Well naka secured the extra white which is what this blitz exhibition was all about anyway so I doubt he is too upset.>

I think he is upset due to ongoing rivalry. He is up to take down the Sauron you know

Jan-30-14  Pulo y Gata: <kingscrusher: <OhioChessfan> I'm preparing to video annotate this, and I notice on Livebook that 11.Na4 is the second most popular move to 11.Qf3 Qf3 911 games
Na4 423 games

The evaluation on both of them is meant to be equal

Cheers, K>

Interesting, I thought Na4 must be a rare sideline, Ne2 more common, and Qf3 a primary choice. Naka's choice looked really bad in this game.

Jan-30-14
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  OhioChessFan: <kingscrusher> wow. The move just looks positionally awful. Maybe it's the followup c3 taking away about the only useful escape square that is the problem?
Jan-30-14
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  kingscrusher: Yes I think the follow up of c3 with the idea of Qc2 to defend h2 laterally after g4 is all a bit suspect.

It might have been rewarded if Magnus had been greedy with something Like Bxd3 and Bxh2 later giving White h-file pressure for the pawn. But the worse aspect of the position from my perspecitve was the f4 hole.

I have done a video annotation here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUAL...

Cheers, K

Jan-30-14  SirRuthless: <Rolfo> Rivalry? Lol. There is no rivalry. Carlsen has no equals on the 64 squares. I'm not even sure Nakamura could deal with him in a 1 0 bullet game these days. That is coming from a nakamura fan.
Jan-30-14  Rolfo: < There is no rivalry. Carlsen has no equals on the 64 squares. >

Well, you may be right, but nevertheless they compete in the same tourneys and Nakamura himself says he will beat Magnus on a sunny day :)

Jan-30-14
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  diceman: <SirRuthless: <Rolfo> Rivalry? Lol. There is no rivalry.

Carlsen has no equals on the 64 squares. >

Winning this Blitz and the Candidates tournament on tie-breaks shows a dominance not seen since Fischer.

Jan-30-14  Mudphudder: Good grief, Naka got steam rolled!
Jan-30-14
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  keypusher: <diceman: <SirRuthless: <Rolfo> Rivalry? Lol. There is no rivalry.

Carlsen has no equals on the 64 squares. >

Winning this Blitz and the Candidates tournament on tie-breaks shows a dominance not seen since Fischer.>

Carlsen's also continuing the streak of every world champion but one of not being too chickenshit to play chess after he wins the title.

Jan-30-14  ChessMan94: According to this web site "Classical games: Magnus Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura 7 to 0, with 15 draws.".

Naka has a lot of catching up to do before he "beats Magnus on a sunny day".

Jan-30-14  MarkFinan: Last week or so a fairly well known kibitzing doctorstar called me a "Carlsen fanboy". Well if that's the case then I'm also a Nakamura fanboy because I like his chess too (even though I really don't like *him*!!) but I know chess well enough to see when im seeing something or someone special. I don't go back as far as Fischer and the other players of the 60's and 70's but I do remember Kasparov, and I remember being wowed by him and his chess too. There's just something very different and very special about him compared to all the other top players of today, and I know this is blitz but you can just tell he's put more time and work in than any of the others.. But having that natural gift sure helps too, lol. That game today with Anand!?! #brilliant
Jan-30-14
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  diceman: <keypusher:
Carlsen's also continuing the streak of every world champion but one of not being too chickenshit to play chess after he wins the title.>

Maybe if he achieves Fischer's win rates he'll get bored too.

(fortunately, tiebreaks are keeping things spicy)

(will he, wont he, we dont know)

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