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Conrad Holt vs Hikaru Nakamura
US Championship (2015), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Apr-01
King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Rare Defenses (E90)  ·  0-1



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  HeMateMe: Wow! nice tactics. Good opening prep here?
Apr-01-15  luzhin: The exquisite point that 27 Nh4 is no defence as 27...Qg2+ 28.Nxg2 Nf3 is mate.
Apr-01-15  crystalpauper: Alright, patzer question here: The computers had Holt winning prior to 22.Bf1. Is this a case of a lesser GM struggling in the deep water of complications, or is 22.Ng2 a straightforward move that he should have seen to bring this one home?
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  plang: Nakamura likes playing messy positions - not first time he won a game where he was worse
Apr-01-15  SirRuthless: Nakamura said in the post game he didn't know what was going on but knew he was worse. He said this was the worst game he played in 4 to 5 months and even the Anand games was better. He said if this is going to be his standard he won't win anything. I believe it.
Apr-01-15  Marmot PFL: White had problems to develop the queen side, but black's open king was even more serious. Better tactics and time management decided the game.
Apr-01-15  detritus: I think Holt just missed that interposing the rook on f7 snuffed out his attack long enough for Black's tactics in the vicinity of the White king to take hold. Probably a combination of Holt's time trouble and Naka's superior tactical acumen.
Apr-01-15  ToTheDeath: Nice scrap, Holt definitely burned too much time on 14.exf5 and other moves, but the position was right up Nakamura's alley.
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  perfidious: <ToTheDeath....the position was right up Nakamura's alley.>

Those who wish to denigrate Naka's play have a field day with such positions as those he reaches from the Black side of the KID; one need only see the cries of 'he was losing till so-and-so screwed up', but this remains OTB chess and the very top players are there for more than one reason: great resourcefulness in difficult positions is merely one facet of their armoury.

Apr-01-15  1d410: <HMM> Naka just made it up on the spot. No prep except by Conrad.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I knew a strong player who always selected a King's Indian formation vs. 1.c4 or 1.d4, and he would always sacrifice something at the earliest possible opportunity without even thinking about the move. He sometimes lost, but he usually won.

So one day, after he had speculatively sacrificed first a pawn and then a piece against me and then administered a comprehensive walloping, I asked him, "Did you think either of those sacrifices were sound?!"

"Oh, I don't even bother to analyze my sacrifices before playing them. I've learned that if my sacrifices are sound, I lose, but when they're unsound, I win. Since I usually win, I must play a lot of bad moves."

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

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  whiteshark: cb r1 report w/ analysis of this game:
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  perfidious: <An Englishman> Delicious.
Apr-02-15  RookFile: From what the experts say, if white had found 22. Ng2 with the idea of Rh4, we might have been talking about a white victory for this game.
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  Karne: Nakamura is another tactical juggernaut, whose ideology is antique. Ofcourse, playing like Tal against worthless patzers like Holt may endow him with a win, but not against Carlsen or any other respectable player in this matter.
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  plang: Where I come from referring to a GM as a "worthless patzer" is just plain rude.
Apr-02-15  RookFile: Holt had a very good opening concept and deserved a better fate in this game.
Apr-02-15  Conrad93: Nakamura rewarded for his childish tactics.
A common theme in most of his games.
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  perfidious: All those so-called worthless patzers actually have a great understanding of the game and it is clear that those who comment thus regarding GMs haven't got a clue how difficult it is to play well, much less at that august level.
Apr-02-15  Conrad93: No one is calling him a patzer, but it's not fun seeing bad play rewarded.
Apr-02-15  Conrad93: Now a thousand other players are going to try and play this exact line...

Just great.

Apr-03-15  breaker90: Conrad93, the worthless players they were talking about was Holt, not Nakamura.
Apr-03-15  Conrad93: Meh. I wouldn't take the insults seriously.

Dubious moves are really difficult to play against.

Apr-03-15  ToTheDeath: <Where I come from referring to a GM as a "worthless patzer" is just plain rude...>

Yes, what a stupid and ignorant comment. Quite pretentious as well.

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