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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
Grand Chess Tour Paris Blitz (2016) (blitz), Paris FRA, rd 18, Jun-12
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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Jun-13-16  Oxnard: The curse continues. Nakamura hasn't beaten Carlsen in any time control since November 2010.
Jun-13-16  SirRuthless: At least until next weekend, not that head to head is going to win the trophy then either.
Jun-13-16
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  rogge: <not that head to head is going to win the trophy then either>

Head to head decides who's the World Champion.

Unfortunately, Carlsen and Nakamura will never face each other in a World Championship match :)

Jun-13-16  SirRuthless: That won't help Carlsen win next week either. You have to beat the field, not just harvest all your points from one player.
Jun-13-16
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  rogge: <You have to beat the field>

Sure, and history tells us no one does it better than Carlsen :)

Jun-13-16  SirRuthless: History just told yesterday and he collapsed.
Jun-13-16  beenthere240: I've studied this game for a while. I think that 34...Rc7 was an error.
Jun-13-16  Oxnard: <SirRuthless> The height of pettiness. How many countless times has Carlsen obliterated the field in the last 10 years? Few players in the history of chess have matched his dominance.
Jun-13-16  notyetagm: <SirRuthless: History just told yesterday and he collapsed.>

Yes, it was *shocking* to see Carlsen lose to Topalov, who is far and away the worst blitz player among the eilte.

Jun-13-16
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  keypusher: <notyetagm: <SirRuthless: History just told yesterday and he collapsed.> Yes, it was *shocking* to see Carlsen lose to Topalov, who is far and away the worst blitz player among the eilte.>

There is no such thing as a shocking result in a blitz game. Surprising, maybe.

Congratulations to Nakamura for winning the event.

<beenthere240: I've studied this game for a while. I think that 34...Rc7 was an error.>

Black had no answer to 35.Ng6. Nakamura's big blunder was on move 32.

In the game, Stockfish evaluates 35.Ng6 (which wins a rook) as stronger than 35.Rxd6.

Jun-13-16
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  chancho: Carlsen had won 4 straight top level events and he was bound to lose sooner or later.

That being said, congrats to Naka on winning the rapid and blitz.

It must be gratifying for him after his dismal performance in the candidates tourney. ;-)

Jun-13-16  ALESSANDRORAMOS: why dont 30 knight e7? then the black move the king and white move 31 knight g6, menacing both rooks...
Jun-14-16
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  keypusher: <ALESSANDRORAMOS: why dont 30 knight e7? then the black move the king and white move 31 knight g6, menacing both rooks...>

30.Ne7+ Kf7 31.Ng3 Nf3+ 32.Kf2 Nxe1+ Nxf4 33.Nxg2.

Jun-15-16  Moszkowski012273: 35.Ng6... is actually stronger than 35.Rxd6...
Jun-16-16  tonsillolith: <Carlsen had won 4 straight top level events and he was bound to lose sooner or later.>

You know you have high standards to meet when a close second counts as a lost tournament.

Jul-01-16  Ayaend: 35.Ng6 answer by Nf7 but anyway white should win
Jul-06-16  Moszkowski012273: 35.Ng6,Nf7 36.Nf8+... wins a whole rook.
Sep-19-16
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Oct-16-16  tonsillolith: <keypusher: <notyetagm: Yes, it was *shocking* to see Carlsen lose to Topalov, who is far and away the worst blitz player among the eilte.>

There is no such thing as a shocking result in a blitz game. Surprising, maybe.>

Surprising, maybe. Astounding, perhaps. Flabbergasting, perchance. But not shocking.

And not startling or unnerving. But possibly unexpected.

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