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Hikaru Nakamura vs Yu Yangyi
Tradewise Gibraltar (2015), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 8, Feb-03
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense (B22)  ·  1-0



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  JonathanJ: 29. Bxa6 is quite a nasty surprise.
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  patzer2: If 29...bxa6, then the skewer 30. Rc3 looks decisive. So 29. Bxa6! neatly combines the clearance and skewer tactics.

In the final position, 39...Kf6 is met with 40. Rh6+ Rg6 41. Rxg6+ fxg6 42. Qxd5 which utilizes the deflection and pin tactics to win decisive material.

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  HeMateMe: maybe 16...K-e7 was a poor move.
Feb-03-15  Marmot PFL: Black was worse ever since giving white the B pair on move 10 (strategic blunder according to Naka). Since white has Rd1 there is no threat to d4.
Feb-03-15  Captain Hindsight: <30.Qxh4! > was even stronger.

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Feb-03-15  belgradegambit: Like the commentators I can't understand 10...Bxf3.
Why give up the 2 bishops for nothing?
Feb-03-15  Pulo y Gata: A total demolition by Nakamura.
Feb-03-15  Pulo y Gata: 21.Qf5 looks playable and strong. Or is it?
Feb-04-15  SirRuthless: 21. Qf5 is better than what he played in the game. Black was on the ropes but Nakamura gave him a glimmer of hope with 21.Qe4, allowing black to gain some time to set up his fortress. Still, white was always better after cxd4 and the result was not in doubt after the ugly 17.Ke7?! The computer liked 17.Qe7 with a nice plus for white but it is such an ugly move to play. Yu probably thought "I have to go active or go home." i also think that thought process is why he rejected Bh5 earlier and traded away his Bishop pair. The move order confused him and he spent alot of time on the first 6 moves so he probably though he was stuck in white's prep and decided to make a break for it.
Feb-04-15  mike1: 21 Qf5 ... what happens after Be5 as reply?
Feb-04-15  SirRuthless: One line is 22.Rxe5 fx 23.Qx Qd6 24.Qg5+threatening Qg7 Kd7. 25.Qg7 Qf8 and 26.Bxe6+! Kc6 and 27. Qg5!and if fxe6 28.Rx+ black is getting mated in the middle of the board. Maybe there exists some way to slither out of this but the h8 R is doing absolutely cock in this position.
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  whiteshark: Nakamura's post-mortem:

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