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Hikaru Nakamura vs Viswanathan Anand
London Chess Classic (2014), London ENG, rd 3, Dec-12
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Tartakower Attack (C52)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Penguincw: Wow. The Evans Gambit. Still played nowadays, just not very popular.

I'm pretty sure Nakamura played it to try to get back into the tournament with an even score, but on the bright side, he's continued his streak to 13 classical games without a loss to Anand.

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  chancho: Nakamura and Caruana both with a 2576 TPR in this event thus far.
Dec-12-14  visayanbraindoctor: Refreshing to see Naka play such an opening.

In Qatar open, GM Halkias held Kramnik to a draw.

S Halkias vs Kramnik, 2014

Two former world champions could not beat this old romantic era gambit. And Anand must have studied it after Kasparov squashed him in this miniature Kasparov vs Anand, 1995

These indicate that the Evans is not an unsound opening. Perhaps we will see more of the Evans in top level tournaments in the near future.

If one goes back to games played in the 19th century, the Evans was in some kind of vogue for several years, even decades, in the top chess events. The gambits then tell us that the masters of that time placed great emphasis on tempo, open lines, initiative, attack, and the sacs and combinations that can secure such advantages. I find it puzzling why there are comments by kibitzers that pawn and and exchange sacrifices were not well understood in the past. The masters of the romantic era certainly knew (and frequently applied) the art of sacrifice, combination, and attack.

Naka should do more of this stuff. Will be interesting if other top GMs would add the Evans to their repertoire, even if only as a surprise opening.

Dec-13-14  RookFile: I think the comments regarding the past are more related to how black played defense. A shining exception to that rule was Morphy - he was outstanding at defusing gambits.
Dec-13-14  SirRuthless: Yes openings like this suit Nakamura who needs and loves piece activity over structure. For him pawns simply get in the way until they become necessary pieces. Pawns structure be damned! Personally I think it has to be unsound but it is a nice surprise weapon for when you are willing to take some measure of risk to try and sidestep preparation and win with white.
Dec-13-14  Ulhumbrus: <visayanbraindoctor> It remains to be seen whether 5...Be7 ( eg 6 Nxe5 Nxc4 7 Nxc4 d5) will not be found to be better than 5...Ba5 after theory has progressed far enough, although as you indicate Kasparov won the famous game Kasparov vs Anand, 1995
Dec-16-14  KingchecksQueen: Garry -a chess scientist! Creating successful experiments on the board. Nobody does it better.
Feb-26-15  Cactusjuice: LoL Hikaru play evans gambit he use his lightning calculating ability for fearless attack...
Jun-19-15  Rama: Their most recent classical encounter? They meet again tomorrow in Norway, big game for both.

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