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Leinier Dominguez Perez vs Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, May-17
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-17-15  SirRuthless: Play a sicilian and get a quick draw with black...
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  Pulo y Gata: The back to back draws are disappointing for me, but maybe I just don't understand Nakamura's strategy in this event.
May-17-15  Marmot PFL: I didn't like Nakamura's opening yesterday, but he has had three blacks in four games.
May-17-15  Mr. V: 11. Nxc8 seems to lose the initiative for White, though it doesn't change the game's outcome. Maybe 11. Nbd5?
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  Penguincw: This game actually followed Caruana vs Akash G, 2013 1/2-1/2 up to 16...Nxb4 (and also an old FIDE Grand Prix game, Morozevich vs Radjabov, 2013, up to 15...Bd8, which was 1-0).
May-18-15  paavoh: <...maybe I just don't understand Nakamura's strategy in this event>.

Perhaps the strategy is not to risk anything major, just cruise along and protect the high rating. He is likely to qualify for the Candidates based on his rating.

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  Pulo y Gata: <paavoh> You might be right. But if that's the case maybe one should not participate anymore to maintain the high rating. But that's just me, and why I am no elite chesser. :-)
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  HeMateMe: The onus is on Perez to try and win with white, do something besides chase black's Queen into a repetition of moves.
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  cro777: Nakamura surprised Dominguez with the Kalashnikov Sicilian. "I was not expecting to get this opening at all. I couldn't remember much during the game." (Dominguez).

The game was theoretical. Dominguez introduced a novelty on move 17.

Position after 16…Nxb4

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The diagram position had occurred in two games in 2013: Caruana-Akash (FIDE World Cup Tromsoe), mentioned by <Penguincw>, and Shomoev-Shariyazdanov (Khanty Mansiysk Governor Cup).

Here, Caruana chose 17.c3 (Shariyazdanov opted for 17.Ra4)

Dominguez didn't like this move because of the variation:

17.c3 Nxd5 18.Qxd5 Rxb2 19.Bxa6 Nxc3 20.Qd3 e4! (Instead of 20.Qd3 Caruana had chosen 20.Qxd6)

He decided to play differently, introducing a new move 17.Nxb4, but could not retain an advantage and decided to force a perpetual.

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