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Hikaru Nakamura vs Anish Giri
FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, May-16
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-16-15  Marmot PFL: Disappointed in Nakamura. Most boring game of the day.
May-16-15  zoren: <Marmot PFL>

It's pretty hard to get a bombshell when you play antiquated openings - however you can sometimes reel in a full point if your opponent forgets details. Boring or not it is a valid strategy.

Here's one that comes to my mind.

Movsesian vs Adams, 2009

May-16-15  SirRuthless: Nakamura was asked in the presser after the game, why he chose this limp line and he said he looked at it for a teammate at O.R. Padova and felt that it was hard to meet practically over the board if you hadn't looked at it. I wonder about that explanation. My guess is he woke up feeling a little questionable about his ability today and decided to use something that would either win in the opening or quickly fizzle out into a draw. Giri knew the theory and we got the fast draw.
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  Penguincw: Uh, interesting game here, at least in the opening. White sacrificed 2 pawns to try to get a lead in development, but black gave them right back, and the position was dead equal.

Shouldn't be surprising, since the Giuoco Piano is normally a quiet opening anyhow.

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  cro777: Nakamura:"The most part modern day chess is all about preparation." As <SirRuthless> mentioned, Nakamura tried a sideline in the Giuoco Piano which he had looked at while preparing for one of his games at the U.S. Championship. He thought it's maybe not so easy to find the right moves over the board.

The problem is that Giri new this line very well. He explained:"There are three reasons why I know this line so well. One reason is I saw some article by GM David Smerdon. Another reason is I had this line once in an online blitz game. The third reason is that a friend of mine, Erwin l'Ami, recently recorded a video series on all these sidelines of the Italian and all these gambits. So I was up to date in all these lines."

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