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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
"Twelfth Night" (game of the day Feb-08-2016)
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 7, Dec-11
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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  ketchuplover: Hope U R right
Dec-16-15  beenthere240: What a devil that Nakamura is -- throwing 12 games just to get his future opponent off guard. It reminds me of how Kasparov is toying with Putin.
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  chancho: That sounds like something straight out of the <Odd lie> page:


Dec-16-15  Petrosianic: <nyquil: Naka is just giving Magnus false hope. When all that matters, after Naka wins the candidates, he will squash Magnus like a fly. You will all are in for a big surprise.>

Sigh, even Naka's best friends don't think he's good enough to win without tricks. That's a bad sign if all we're discussing is whether or not the tricks will work.

Dec-17-15  beenthere240: I love going back to move 54 and playing it out again...and again. What a sweet game.
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  chancho: Ecclesiastical Massacre.
Dec-17-15  beenthere240: Anaconda assault.
Dec-25-15  The Boomerang: No shame in being 12-0 down against perhaps the strongest player ever...
Dec-25-15  john barleycorn: <The Boomerang: No shame in being 12-0 down...>

Is there any other player with a similar score against Carlsen?

Dec-25-15  Pulo y Gata: If we are given the chance to play a match vs Carlsen, we'll easily score like Naka in a zip.
Dec-25-15  epistle: Carlsen had transcended all other players so that he is now the measure of chess success: the greatest player now is one who had played the most otb games against Carlsen regardless of what the score was.
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  beatgiant: <john barleycorn>
Off the top of my head, Adams is 8-1 down, having played Carlsen only half as many times as Nakamura.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: About the 14-2 win ratio, Spassky said around the time of one of the K-K epic battles that he didn't like Karpov as a person, "But I do like his chess, very much." Spassky was enough of a gentleman not to make excuses, and instead give full credit where credit is due.

I agree with Kasparov and <visayanbraindoctor> that the on-form and superbly prepared excellent technician Karpov could have beaten the inactive Fischer in 1975.

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  Penguincw: Yeah, this is the 12th time Carlsen beat Nakamura in classical time control, hence, "12th" night.

As a bonus, this game was played in London. The writer of the play, William Shakespeare, was born in the same country (born in Stratsford-upon-Avon, about 100 mi away).

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  al wazir: This game ought to have been a draw. I don't know which is more baffling: how Carlsen could have thought that a win was possible (and so kept playing), or how Nakamura managed to lose.
Feb-08-16  schnarre: ...Despite active Knight use, Black was far too passive here.
Feb-08-16  Trailblazers1975: Game by Carlsen is reminiscence of Capablanca signature genius. Simple moves making wins seems like magic! Many great chess Champions had a nemesis in their career. Fisher had trouble with the great Tal. Tal's style of play (aggressive, attacking creative style) had troubled Fisher. Fisher knew and understood Tal's genius. Similarly, Naka understood Carlson strengths and genius (as every GM in the world)and just unable to make any headway against Carlson. Naka is a fierce fighter and competitor and would not be surprised if one day he will win the Candidates and challenge for the Crown!
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  profK: On a half open board give me the 2 bishops anytime. Polugaevsky had several great examples. There was the old joke from Alekhine in Paris...a guy was explaining how he lost with a bishop pair vs a knight pair. (In French the Bishop is le Fou - the fool..) Alekhine retorted..two Fou always wins but three Fou don't !!!!
Feb-08-16  The Kings Domain: Skillful endgame by Carlsen, Capablanca would have been pleased. Love the foresight and depth of the sacrifice towards the endgame.
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  offramp: Nakamura's record might look bad - well, it is bad, but I think Alekhine hadn't beaten Capablanca before their 1927 match, while he had lost about 5. Yet he won the match by a clear score: 6-3.

of course, Alekhine was younger than Capablanca...

Feb-08-16  QueensConquerer: Carlsen is a nightmare to play, he comes at you like a computer.
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  kevin86: The knight will be lost and white's last pawn will queen.
Feb-08-16  mruknowwho: While Nakumura lost, I never thought I'd see knights fair that well in such an open position.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: One of the few cases where knights are strong protecting each other was this classic endgame G Marco vs Maroczy, 1899. Neither could be undermined in that game, but in most cases, including this one, the co-dependent knights are very vulnerable.
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