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Richard Rapport vs Eylon Nakar
Tradewise Gibraltar (2015), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 10, Feb-05
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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Feb-05-15  patcheck: Great game!
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  keypusher: I know he would crush me, but Nakar looks like a beginner in this game.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi keypusher,

You have to give Richard the praise for making it seem so. There are some lovely in-betweeners and tricks in that game.

17.b4 here.

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I could see what the idea was the moment I saw it. Unprotected pieces on b4 and a8. It's my war cry.

You enjoy the game more if you have an idea what is going on and can see what the good guys are up to. Think Black should have played Bb6 (I'm a grandmaster in hindsight.)

Was it here where you thought the beginners move was played. 13....g5.

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It may be best. White threatens 14. Qh5+ Kd7 15.Qg4+ and Qxg7. There are checkmates patterns popping up in that position.

13...g5 stops the Queen checks and Qxg7 idea and buys a tempo by hitting the Knight to save the Bishop.


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When Black played 25...Rc8. What else can he do. White is threatening Bxb6 and Queen to the 7th mating on g7 or h7.

Rapport has some incredible games on his CV. When he gets a chance to show off his tactical skill just sit back and enjoy.

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  keypusher: <Sally Simpson>

Earlier in the game, before ...g5, I was thinking of 5....c6, 6....Qf6, and 11....f6. Not saying the first two are blunders, or even bad, but they just don't like moves a master would make.

I checked the Stockfish engine on the chessbomb website and it disliked both moves, but it hated ...Bf5 even more. Looks like Black just had a bad plan, because presumably he played ...c6 so he could play ...Qf6, and one of the ideas behind ...Qf6 was probably ...Bf5. (Not saying we should always trust the engine, but I think it was right in this case. You don't need a computer to question leaving your king in the center (especially with an open e-file), leaving your king knight at home, and developing the queen early.)

11....f6 looks so obviously horrible that I assume there must be some crushing refutation to 11....Nf6. Probably 12.Qb3. (11...Nf6 is not even one of Stockfish's top four choices, so it must be quite bad.) Anyway, you have to made some serious mistakes to be reduced to such a move so early. Pawns on h6, g7, and f6? Isn't that the sort of thing you see in "master-crushes-amateur" books?

Agree that Rapport made some wonderful in-between moves, e.g. on move 13 he ignores the fact that Black has captured on c3 and plays 13.Nh4.

Better than ...g5, though certainly not good, is ...h5.

Perhaps better than 25...Rc8 is "Resigns." :-)

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  Sally Simpson: Hi keypusher,

No problem mate, I just get a tad upset when I see some good imaginative and instructive play and it's knocked down because the loser played some bad moves and the winner appears to get no credit at all.

Morphy masterpieces are dismissed with a wave of the hand because his opponents were weak and blundered. That kind of thing.

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  keypusher: <Sally Simpson: Hi keypusher,

No problem mate, I just get a tad upset when I see some good imaginative and instructive play and it's knocked down because the loser played some bad moves and the winner appears to get no credit at all.>

Agree with you. And Rapport is wonderful, always fun to look at his games, win or lose.

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