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Hikaru Nakamura vs Viswanathan Anand
Sinquefield Cup (2015), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Aug-23
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0

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Aug-23-15  dusk: 36... Nb8 is a big blunder. As Anand said, a one-move game it was.
Aug-23-15
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  MissScarlett: Yes, but Vishy claimed the blunder was 35...f5, 'I just forgot the Bishop could go to d3; for some reason I kept putting it on the long diagonal, and that was it, a game of one move.'
Aug-23-15  fisayo123: He probably missed that 36...♖b8 as suggested by the engines, and he can at least play on.
Aug-23-15
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  Penguincw: Ha, 21...g5. Too be honest, this game was kinda boring, but Anand saw that 2 other games had black play 1...g5 and they were getting attention, so <he> decided to play g5 to get some attention (well that's what Maurice Ashley said). :P
Aug-23-15  dusk: <MissScarlett> Thank you for the correction. Is a bit weird since engines think that after f5 white is only slighly better (like 0,50) while after Nb8 white is like two and a half pawns ahead.
Aug-24-15  1971: Anand! Why did you develop sooner?? What's with all the pawn moves? He blundered from being under pressure all game and cracked at the first provocation, f4.
Aug-24-15  Ulhumbrus: < 'I just forgot the Bishop could go to d3; for some reason I kept putting it on the long diagonal, and that was it, a game of one move.'>

Alternatively what Anand overlooked in place of eg 36 Bf3 was not just 36 Bd3 but 36 Bd3!! switching the bishop from its attack upon the knight on c6 to an attack upon the a6 pawn.

One of the commentators may have said that at move 34 Anand missed the zwischenzug 34...Ba3! eg 35 Ra1 and only now 35...Bd6 after having made the rook on c1 lose time.

Aug-24-15
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  whiteshark: No tournament for old men?
Aug-24-15  nasher: Is there a clear win here ? Crafty gives white a +2 advantage, but with only 3 pawns left, I would think there might be some chance for a draw.
Aug-24-15  Marmot PFL: Seems a bit early to resign but Anand was discouraged and Nakamura has very good technique in such positions.
Aug-24-15  Nerwal: It is strategically completely lost, the ♗c3 will support the push of the passed h pawn, and e4 will create a second connected passed pawn if needed.
Aug-24-15  Ulhumbrus: One way for Black to lose is 43...Nc6 44 h4 a5 45 h5 a4 46 h6 a3 47 h7+ Kf8 48 h7-h8/Q+ winning
Aug-24-15  dusk: <1971> Their clocks were pretty similar, around 8 minutes each if I am not mistaken. They could easily reach the time control for they are both strong blitz players (well who is not at that level).
Aug-24-15
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  Fusilli: <whiteshark: No tournament for old men?>

Were you dying to use that line? :)

Topalov is older than Carlsen, MVL is older than So, and Aronian is older than Caruana. If you had bet on the older players in round 1, you would have won!

Aug-24-15  1971: I think Anand was playing for a win, he might have gone off the deep end and and is in an irrational fighting mood. He mustve thought simple development would've easily equalized and petered out to a short draw and wanted to try his luck against this patz.
Aug-24-15  haydn20: < Nerwal: It is strategically completely lost, the ♗c3 will support the push of the passed h pawn, and e4 will create a second connected passed pawn if needed.> Not to mention the sickly a-pawn which will need constant nursing
Aug-24-15
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  whiteshark: <Fusilli: <whiteshark: No tournament for old men?> Were you dying to use that line? :) > Exactly! It was a rather spontaneous (quote) idea, aside of facts, beyond reality. ;)
Aug-24-15  ndg2: Complicated game. I'm impressed by Naka who seems to have gained a lot of knowledge recently how to keep pressure in a positional way in seemingly drawish positions.
Nov-30-15  chicandoful: I am just beginning to appreciate the catalan.
Mar-24-16  Rama: Should we expect a Catalan tomorrow?
Mar-24-16  SirRuthless: You should expect 0-1. Nakamura has a gift for his old client. 0__-
Mar-24-16  john barleycorn: I expect Nakamura to play 1.e4 just to see how Anand plays against the Ruy Lopez. But Nakamura will be in for a surprise 1.e4 d5.
Mar-12-19  John Abraham: White managed to keep applying positional pressure and inevitably cracked his opponent into playing inaccurately. Great game

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