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Hikaru Nakamura vs Benjamin Bok
"Bok and Roll" (game of the day Oct-09-2016)
Isle of Man Masters (2016), Douglas IMN, rd 5, Oct-03
Indian Game: Anti-Grünfeld. Alekhine Variation (D70)  ·  0-1



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Oct-05-16  Marmot PFL: Nakamura used to play the King's Indian, and probably wished he was playing black here. White's QN stays home until move 24 - that can't be good.
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  MissScarlett: <Naka-Bok-oh-glory>
Oct-05-16  Marmot PFL: 20...Nfg4! was a good sacrifice. I didn't see all the video analysis but 21 fg4 hg4 looks very tough for white to defend.

Bok said later that Naka told him he should play 22 Nb1-c3 but still liked black. 22 Nf6+? was a mistake - 24 Bxf6 Nf2# and 24 Qe1 Re8 are both bad for white and giving up the bishop was also hopeless.

Oct-05-16  Xeroxx: Benjamin Bok, wow. Great game, man.
Oct-05-16  WorstPlayerEver: Revanche of the Bokster
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  HeMateMe: wild game. Congrats to Bok.
Oct-05-16  dumbgai: Naka got totally outplayed by Bok, straight up. Masterful play by black.
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  perfidious: It would seem that in this game Naka was served a rather large helping of his speciality: killtown to go.
Oct-05-16  transpose: <perfidious> is correct. When I first saw this game, I was certain Nakamura was black, and so I was confused as I knew Nakamura had lost. It took me a moment to realize Nakamura was white, and got a dose of his own medicine. Congrats to Bok for playing a magnificent attack.
Oct-06-16  Pulo y Gata: What a win, against the world's foremost KID practitioner today no less. This is the type of win that reminds us why we play the King's Indian. Bravo!
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  whiteshark: CB round report w/ games annotated (+tests):
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  wordfunph: The article, however, says this was not a King's Indian but a Benoni.

Must be why Nakamura lost his way.

Oct-06-16  Pulo y Gata: It looks,truly, like the son of sorrow early on. But such is truth that it transmogrifies to tantalize tellers of tales. A good win, in any case.
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  patzer2: The computers indicate 16. g4 Ne5 = to (-0.47 @ 31 depth, Stockfish 160715) loses the White advantage and turns the game slightly in Black's favor.

Instead, 16. Ne4 Qg6 17. Kh1 = (0.10 @ 27 depth, Komodo 8) appears to give White even or better chances.

Oct-08-16  Chesstorian72: Garbagemura needs to quit already, he gets destroyed by an old bum Kasparov then he draws against a patzer at the Olympiad and now he gets his butt kicked by some nobody bum Gm, what an embarrassment to chess.
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  thegoodanarchist: Why not 33.Rxh4 Bd4+ 34. Rxd4?
Oct-09-16  scormus: I confess to being confused as I played through. I hadnt checked the result and I imagined Naka was going to win, but at about move 16 I was thinking "he's sure goes about it in a funny way .... but that's Naka for you."

The more it went on the less convincing his gme looked.

<patzer2 16 g4> I thought it looked rather dubiuos at the time, especially with Ne4 looking the natural move.

Later <22 Nf6+?> is even worse. The Ne4 was W's most active piece, it couldnt be attacked by a pawn so why not support it with Nbc3 and connect the Rs as well? Insted he gives it up for modest material gain

Oct-09-16  7he5haman: <<thegoodanarchist>> 33.Rxh4 Nxh4 34.Rg5+ Bg7 35.Kh2 Rf8 36.Kh3 Nf5 and Black is a piece up
Oct-09-16  goodevans: <MissScarlett: <Naka-Bok-oh-glory>>

So much better than the chosen pun!

Oct-09-16  WorstPlayerEver: If one plays 3. f3 what *ambitions* should one have to win the game? Like: "I really couldn't find a lazier move to secure the draw."
Oct-09-16  savagerules: 3 f3 is to avoid the regular Gruenfeld and try to get a Saemish King's Indian. I wonder if Black thought about 4...Nxe4!? two pawns for the piece and White's king in the open.
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  MissScarlett: <So much better than the chosen pun!>

Yes, that would've been the cherry on top. This problem with this site is i) it's too American, and ii)there are too many foreigners.

Oct-09-16  morphynoman2: 16. g4? is unsound and nonsense.
Oct-09-16  not not: yeah 16. Ne4 gains an extra move by attacking black queen

16. g4 just weakens king's shelter; move in a spirit of Alekhine: super-aggressive, bullying attitude yet deeply flawed

MissScarlet's comment

"it's too American, and there are too many foreigners"

sounds like a definition of planet Earth - out of Texas' school handbook

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  perfidious: <not not> What is worse is that the <Divine Miss S> is not even American: he is simply a bigot who would be rid of all those who are not like himself.
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