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Jovana Rapport vs Hikaru Nakamura
Tradewise Gibraltar (2015), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 1, Jan-27
Dutch Defense: Hopton Attack (A80)  ·  0-1

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Jan-28-15  Bobsterman3000: Nakamura smashes his own record for "most chess opening principles ignored during a victory".
Jan-28-15  psmith: It seems to me that 11. Nf4 might be superior to the game move.
Jan-28-15  Cedroke: hahaha 6 queen moves by black in the first 8 moves
Jan-28-15
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  beenthere240: People who say there is no creativity in chess should look at this game.
Jan-28-15
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  Sally Simpson: Hi beenthere240,

There is plenty of room for creativity in chess but it's not a prime requisite for being a good chess player. (sometimes in can do more harm than good!)

Fortunatley for us Nakamura is not bogged down with principles and rules of thumb.

Sometimes he like to test his opponents by producing these obscure and messy positions on the board where his skill for threading his way through the complications usually sees him victorious.

Having said that, the first original move was Vojinovic's interesting 6.g4. (though this 6.g4 may belurking on a more up to date and complete data base.)

Godart (2045) - Van Dooren,D (2331) Rochefort, 2009

1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 c6 3.e3 Qb6 4.Nd2 Qxb2 5.Rb1 Qc3 6.Bd3 d6 7.Ne2 Qa5 8.Nf4 g6 9.h4 Bg7 10.h5 Kf7 11.hxg6+ hxg6 12.Rxh8 Bxh8 13.Ke2 Bf6 14.Qh1 Kg7 15.Qh4 Qd8 16.Rh1 Bxg5 17.Qh7+ Kf8 18.Bc4 e6 19.Nxg6+ Ke8 20.Qxg8+ Kd7 21.Rh7+ 1-0

The IM sister, Anita Gara and Ticia Gara played this line when they both under 14 and produced this draw.

A. Gara - T.Gara (Wch U14 Girls Cannes, 1997

1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 c6 3.e3 Qb6 4.Nd2 Qxb2 5.Rb1 Qc3 6.Ne2 Qa5 7.Nf4 g6 8.h4 Nf6 9.h5 Ne4 10.hxg6 Nxg5 11.Qh5 Ne4 12.g7+ Kd8 13.gxf8Q+ Rxf8 14.Rd1 Nxd2 15.Rxd2 Qxa2 16.c4 Qa1+ 17.Rd1 Qc3+ 18.Rd2 Qc1+ 19.Rd1 Qc3+ 20.Rd2 -

This one have some fight init and differs from a couple of other draws between these two.

A Gara vs T Gara, 1999

T Gara vs A Gara, 2008

Jan-29-15
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  PawnSac: guys, this is typical cocky Naka. I say cocky because he plays in the same style as on ICC blitz. I watched a bunch of games that started 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 taunting his opponent to get "attack the queen" crazy until he could get a positional edge. Completely out of book and completely crazy.

The point is there is a vast difference of playing strength between the two on the board here. He can afford to waste a few tempi to take them far from the beaten path, then do his chess kung fu.

Jan-29-15  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Sally Simpson>

Thx for quoting those games. Didn't surprise me there has been a game which employed Seirawan's suggestion of 6. Bd3 with Ng1-e2-f4.

Jan-31-15  ajile: As a Dutch player I love seeing these marginal White anti Dutch systems demolished by a GM. Plus the games are usually interesting with kings going everywhere and chaos reigning supreme.
Jan-31-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <ajile: As a Dutch player I love seeing these marginal White anti Dutch systems demolished by a GM. Plus the games are usually interesting with kings going everywhere and chaos reigning supreme.>

I am of Dutch ancestry but when it comes to the Dutch Opening in chess, I hate it above all others, even above the French defense. It is ugly and antithetical to established chess principles.

I prefer chess that is free of chaos and played in accordance with long-accepted principles, such as not weakening the castled king's pawn phalanx with ugly moves such as ...f5, and occupying the central squares with moves such as d4/d5 or e4/e5.

Plus, Botvinnik played it and he was the darling of Soviet communists. So bleah!

Jan-31-15
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  Domdaniel: I like it. It's surprising that Black can get away with all those early Queen moves, in contravention of countless maxims. Yet he does: specifics and concreteness outweigh generalities.
Jan-31-15
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  Domdaniel: <thegoodanarchist> Call yourself an anarchist? Following 'long accepted principles' is not a very anarchistic thing to do. The French and Dutch are my favourite openings -- precisely because of the way that they can undermine superficial maxims.
Jan-31-15
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  Domdaniel: <PawnSac> -- < Completely out of book and completely crazy. > I disagree. What's crazy, I think, is playing 20+ moves of a mainline Spanish or Slav, inviting your opponent to unleash their home analysis. But playing a relatively unexplored line, like this, forces both players to think.
Jan-31-15  kingfu: The Hopton presents black with immediate problems, especially if black is wanting a mainline Dutch Leningrad. c6 is going in my opening bag today!
Jan-31-15  kingfu: Hey, Dom, what do you think of 4...Be6 in the Monte Carlo French?
Jan-31-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <Domdaniel: <thegoodanarchist> Call yourself an anarchist? >

Most people realize that the term anarchy is applied to society/government, not board games :)

Jan-31-15  ajile: Nobody is going to scare Naka with any of these crazy h3, g4, h4 or early q-bishop variations. He thrives on unorthodox and his king can go anywhere if needed. I just saw a video on youtube where Morozevich played one of these lines and Naka was "ho hum" about the whole thing. lol!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxb...

cg.com has the game here also since the youtube video was filmed at a stupid angle.

Morozevich vs Nakamura, 2014

Feb-01-15  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps there is no need for White to play a move like 6 g4 after Black has - against Marshall's advice - taken the opposing b2 pawn with his queen. Development by 6 Ngf3 may be good enough.
Feb-02-15
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  al wazir: 5...Qxa2 6. Bc4 Qa3 7. Bxg7 Rxg7 8. Qh5+ g6 (8...Kd8 Qxh7, winning the ♖) 9. Qxa7 Rg7.
Feb-02-15
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  Domdaniel: <kingfu> -- < Hey, Dom, what do you think of 4...Be6 in the Monte Carlo French?> I think it's an interesting move. I've actually played it once or twice, and got a fairly good position. But I still think the Monte Carlo can be dangerous for Black - more so than other lines in the Exchange French.
Feb-02-15
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  Domdaniel: <thegoodanarchist> -- <Most people realize that the term anarchy is applied to society/government, not board games :)>

Very true. And most anarchists also try to apply their beliefs to systems other than society/government.

Feb-02-15  ajile: <al wazir: 5...Qxa2 6. Bc4 Qa3 7. Bxg7 Rxg7 8. Qh5+ g6 (8...Kd8 Qxh7, winning the ♖) 9. Qxa7 Rg7.>

I think you must have meant 7.Bxg8 Rxg8 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Qxh7 Rg7 since 7.Bxg7 is not possible with the bishop on g5.

Feb-02-15
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  al wazir: <ajile: I think you must have meant 7.Bxg8>> Yes, of course. Thanks.
Feb-03-15
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  FSR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK-...
Feb-06-15  kingfu: Thank Dom and ajile for all your educational posts for the French and Dutch defenses.

So, I guess the Monte Carlo French has similarities to the Panov-Botvinnik attack in the Caro-Karpov-Kann?

Aug-02-15  ToTheDeath: A real rope a dope game from hikaru. You can't hit what you can't see!
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