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Hikaru Nakamura vs Magnus Carlsen
"Swiss Miss" (game of the day Jan-30-2015)
Zurich Chess Challenge (2014), Zurich SUI, rd 3, Feb-01
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Kmoch Variation (E20)  ·  0-1

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Oct-09-14
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  whiteshark: Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan presented this game as final lecture before the Sinquefield Cup (2014). Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imh2...

Jan-30-15
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  Check It Out: This is indeed "The School of Hard Naka's".

Who knew 37.d6 would be the downfall.

Jan-30-15  MindCtrol9: A try would be for 47.Qxf4 exf4 48.Nxc5 f3 49.Nd3 and Keith the King to capture the pawns on the Queen Side.I don' know if it works or not because this is a quick glance to the position.I think move 15 by Nakamura leaving the Bishop alive was not a good choice.I thought 15.pxp clearing the center eliminating the Bishop which brought problems after that.
Jan-30-15  Garech: Probably the most painful game of Nakamura's career to date. Amazing defence from Carlsen; he turned the slightest glimmer of hope in an unbearably dark abyss into the glorious light of victory.

-Garech

Jan-30-15  Susan 707: Jimmi crack corn and I don`t care.
Jan-30-15
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  Penguincw: Analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RI....
Jan-30-15  Shamot: Swiss Miss is a great pun!
One of the best puns I have seen! In fact it describes the whole game and the remarkable fight on the board. I am sure this game will be referred to as swiss miss in future. May I know who is responsible for this pun?!
Thank you.
Jan-30-15  kyg16: One of the moves that impresses me the most of this game is 58... f6!!

When the game is at its most shaken, Carlsen drops such a quiet move that at first appears to do nothing. Amazing.

Jan-30-15  Shamot: <kyg16: One of the moves that impresses me the most of this game is 58... f6!! When the game is at its most shaken, Carlsen drops such a quiet move that at first appears to do nothing. Amazing. >

What does this move do? Is there something you see that I don't?!

Jan-30-15  NightKnight: About time this to be GOTD! One of the most dramatic games in recent memory.
Jan-30-15  SirRuthless: Just 37. Qh6 kills all black counterplay and wins. Q exchange is forced because now the white rook is free to hunt pawns and the move d6 is also possible without repercussions.No back rank tricks for black anymore like the game continuation... How Nakamura managed to ruin this one boggles the mind. I would have quit chess after this and possible jumped off a bridge. Thankfully he is still with us producing entertaining games. What a meltdown.
Jan-30-15  Shamot: < sir Ruthles: Just 37. Qh6 kills all black counterplay and wins. Q exchange is forced because now the white rook is free to hunt pawns>

I do not think 37.Qh6 works for white. What if black queen does not take the white queen, and rather wait for white queen to capture first, and then balck recaptures with his f pawn?

Jan-30-15  SirRuthless: Then d6 becomes available threatening nasty things with the N on e7. Run it through an engine if you'd like. White is winning and black has no counterplay at all after 37. Qh6.
Jan-30-15  Shamot: <SirRuthless: Then d6 becomes available threatening nasty things with the N on e7>

The d6 does not become available since recapturing the white queen with f pawn attacks the knight. so the knight never reaches e7 as you are saying. Please calculate yourself first.

Jan-30-15  SirRuthless: <Shamot>You are wrong with your assumptions. I wasn't planning on taking the black Q , just leaving white Q on h6. I am also threatening Qxh7# next move if black Q goes to a6 or b6. All other squares on that rank are under attack. Black Q has nowhere to go and i don't have to take her. My plan is simply 38.d6!, black has to take white Q on h6 at which point i recapture with g pawn. The problem is black is in zugzwang. He has nothing good, I am threatening d6 next move, and if black rook moves i royal fork on e7. You cant stop all of d6 , Ne7+ and Qxh7# without giving me your knight. Black has no good moves after 37.Qh6 .You push a pawn? I go d6, you move your rook, I go Ne7+ and you lose. You move your Q the other way and I Qxh7#. Black is dead, done, finished.
Jan-30-15  Shamot: <SirRuthless: My plan is simply 38.d6!, black has to take white Q on h6 at which point i recapture with g pawn. The problem is black is in zugzwang. He has nothing good, I am threatening d6 next move, and if black rook moves i royal fork on e7. You cant stop all of d6 , Ne7+ and Qxh7# without giving me your knight. Black has no good moves after 37.Qh6 .You push a pawn? I go d6, you move your rook, I go Ne7+ and you lose. You move your Q the other way and I Qxh7#. Black is dead, done, finished.>

so, according to your plan

38. d6

but, it is replied by 38...Nxd6, as it was played in the game. then if
39. Nxd6
it is met with Rd8. And now white Knight can not return to f5. otherwise white is mated in 5 moves, as has been shown by many analysts.

so nothing changes by placing the black queen on h6. we are pretty much back to the sitaution that actually happened in the game.

Jan-30-15  Steve.Patzer: So 37. d6 was the defining moment?
Jan-30-15  Shamot: <Steve.Patzer: So 37. d6 was the defining moment?>

Yes. It is a unanimous opinion of the analysts that I have seen so far, that d6 was the mistake - no matter how natural this move looks OTB.

The winning move for white is 37. Qf1

Jan-30-15  SirRuthless: No <Shamot> my plan is 37.Qh6! then 38.d6! What is blacks move 37....? The difference between my idea and the game continuation is that Now I have Qh6 guarding d6 by x-ray through your Q and if 38...Rd8 I have Nf4! or Rd2! and d6 is now double defended. If for example, 37. Qh6 b6(what else black has no good moves?) 38.d6 Nxd6 39. Nxd6 Rd8 40. Nf4 Rd1+ Kb2, now black has nothing at all and I am up a knight for the pawn. Can you provide a move for black as reply to 36. Qh6?
Jan-30-15  SirRuthless: <Shamot> 37. although a sexy idea, Qf1 is unnecessary and unnatural to spot over the board. Qh6 just continues the zugzwang, no fancy tactics, no tricks. It is an acknowledgement that black is in zugzwang and the precise tactic that black used to escape would have been unavailable. the reason Nf4 was impossible in the game continuation was because blacks Q had access to b6 and white gets mated. with the Q on h6 that is impossible, like I said Qh6 provides an x-ray protection on the 6th rank SO the line 37.d6 Nx 38.Nx Rd8 39. Nf4 Rd1+ 40. Kb2 Qb6+ and the resulting mate is impossible. d6 came a move too early, 38.d6 needed to be prepared with 37.Qh6.
Jan-30-15  Shamot: <SirRuthless:> I don't know what you are talking about. either you are not looking at the board or you have no idea about the position. How the hell can white knight land on f4 ???!!!

Please explain.

Jan-30-15  SirRuthless: I meant Nf5. You keep avoiding my question. Answer the question please. What does black do after 37. Qh6!?
Jan-30-15  disasterion: I'm with SirRuthless here. 37.Qh6 looks emphatic. There may be other ways of winning, but this seems simplest: force the queen exchange, after which black has nothing.
Feb-20-15  J.Capablanca: What about 37. Qh4?
Apr-03-15  DanielHoseano: Classic idea to stop checkmate, just break the board!
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