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Hikaru Nakamura vs Mikhael Mchedlishvili
Chess Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 10, Sep-12
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11)  ·  0-1



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Sep-12-16  Marmot PFL: White goes wrong with a badly timed 12 e4 13 d5 and never recovers. Possibly Nakamura just wanted to complicate and force a mistake, but black never made that mistake.
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  perfidious: Hmmm...Naka got taken to valuetowm; population, him.
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  perfidious: Hmmm...Naka got taken to valuetowm; population, him.
Sep-12-16  Chesstorian72: Why isn't this guy in the top ten if he can beat Nakamura? Are they all the same level of chess, doesn't make any sense.
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  chancho: Exhaustion played a part in Naka's defeat, but nonetheless a very huge win for Mchedilishvili.
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  Calli: 15...d4! shows the White's scheme to be faulty i.e., if 16.Rxd4 Qb6 holds the pawn.
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  patzer2: Instead of the <badly timed> 12. e4 =, the computers slightly prefer 12. f4 a4 f5 (12...Qd7 13. e4 = to ) = to (0.24 @ 24 depth, Komodo 10)

After 15. Rfd1?, allowing 15...d4 (-0.98 @ 26 depth, Stockfish 6), the game turns strongly in Black's favor.

Instead, 15. exd5 c3 16. Qxc3 Bd5 = (0.00 @ 33 depth, Stockfish 7) would have kept it level.

Black, however, did not fully exploit the advantage. So later in the game 21...d3 =, instead of 21...Qc7 to , gave White a missed opportunity for a defensible position with 22. e5 Rc7 23. Bxc6 = to (-0.24 @ 21 depth, Komodo 10).

Perhaps 23.Rb6?, allowing 23...Nd4 (-1.65 @ 28 depth, Komodo 10.1), was the final decisive mistake. The computer alternative 23. Bf1 Bg4 24. Rdc1 Nd4 (-0.71 @ 20 depth) leaves White with an ugly position, but a Super GM like Nakamura might have been able to hold it.

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  patzer2: <Chesstorian72> Nakamura just got caught off guard in the opening with a questionable 12. e4?! and a weak 15. Rfd1? Opening errors happen to the very best players, even world champions.

Such mistakes are not typical of Nakamura's play, as his 2789 rating and number 6 world ranking attest.

Sep-12-16  SirRuthless: Was Hikaru smoking some grass before this game? What a disaster. Yeah it happens to everyone but he could have groveled for a draw instead of putting the team in jeopardy. Good clean game for black. This is probably going to be the highlight of his career so small consolation for the Georgian I guess.
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  patzer2: Perhaps 12. e4 wasn't so questionable afterall. The computers give 12. e4 (0.00 @ 29 depth, Stockfish 7) as equal. According to the Opening Explorer 12. e4 was played three times previously with a win for White in Timman vs E Scholl, 1969, a draw in Stein vs Benko, 1962 and a loss in Andrew Jonathan Whiteley.

However, what does not appear in the opening explorer is Black's solid reply 12...dxc4 =. It's a computer first choice, but may not have been played previously.

So I wonder if this didn't involve a little opening preparation on Black's part, involving springing a small novelty with 12...dxc4 = in the hope Nakamura would become overly aggressive in trying to refute it.

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  patzer2: The previous loss in the OE after 12. e4 was in A J Whiteley vs A Ledger, 1994.
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  patzer2: <SirRuthless: Was Hikaru smoking some grass before this game? What a disaster.> I think Nakamura simply got surprised by the strong 15...d4!, which creates great difficulty for White.

With 15. Rd1? White appeared to set a pin that put Black under pressure. However, after 15...d4! Black turns the tables. If White tries 16. Rxd4? and captures the poisoned pawn, then 16. Qb3 to sets a pin that puts White under near decisive pressure.

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