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Wesley So vs Hikaru Nakamura
US Championship (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 8, Apr-06
Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-06-17  john barleycorn: < offramp: The depth is there, it is always 96,000,000 positions.>

out of that 96,000,000 positions it may be white or black to move. so we have 48,000,000 positions.
that can happen on 300 days a year which leaves 160,000. a day has 24 hours and assume the players need an 8 hours rest while their seconds or thirds do all the work that brings it to 1,666 per hour. an hour has 3600 seconds. So, (not So the player) we may see only one position in every 2 seconds. That looks like a leisure game. What was the problem again?

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  ChessHigherCat: I don't understand Rd1, either. He can't open the d file and the d4 pawn isn't under attack, although I guess IF black plays d5xc4 the rook would support the push to d5.
Apr-06-17  JimNorCal: "no clue why he moved the rook."

Is f3 then e4 out of the question?
Whit has amassed power directed at e4

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  technical draw: Zherebukh is losing. Wesley might just win this.
Apr-06-17  JimNorCal: Black will want to hold on to his dark sq bishop if at all possible. I wonder if he is calculating whether c5 can be made to work.
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  ChessHigherCat: <JimNorCal: "no clue why he moved the rook." Is f3 then e4 out of the question?>

Yeah but now that So has telegraphed that intention black can block it with g5

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  technical draw: Possible winners today: Onitschuk, Caruana, and Akobian,
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  ChessHigherCat: What's to think about here? QxB
Apr-06-17  offramp: <BOSTER: Black will begin an attack on the king side before So .> He will. But White might try to attack on the queenside.
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  ChessHigherCat: b5 was pretty good because now Black's bishop looks deader than a door-nail.
Apr-06-17  BOSTER: "Who gave a permission to play g4?" asked the bishop on b7.
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  moronovich: ½-½ Draw officially
Apr-06-17  Marmot PFL: 30 moves and a draw.
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  technical draw: Ok, let's go to the Caruana game. It looks interesting.
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  ChessHigherCat: Not even the most brilliant minds can hope to memorize all 69,000,000 positions of the Fishstick Kama Sutra.
Apr-06-17  SirRuthless: A potentially interesting game and both sides get the pucker and agree to peace. Meh.
Apr-06-17  offramp: <BOSTER: "Who gave a permission to play g4?" asked the bishop on b7.>

LOL! Very true!

Apr-06-17  offramp: There are 96,000,000 stories in the Naka-So iteration.
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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: There are 96,000,000 stories in the Naka-So iteration.>

Somehow I found 69 more (in)appropriate. Anyway, do you have any idea who you are quibbling with?

Apr-07-17  RookFile: Brave play by Nakamura. I'm sure it's not completely sound, but it's interesting.
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  beenthere240: I could lose either side of that position in 7 moves.
Apr-07-17  ajile: Very clever opening transposition by Naka. He gets a good Dutch Stonewall setup with at least one extra tempo. 10..g5 is a classic Dutch move and at the same time blasts back White's DSB to c1.
Apr-07-17  protonchess: I don't know what is brave about Black play here. @RookFile: explain. You do understand that f5 and g5-g4 is a _defensive_ idea, right?
Apr-07-17  RookFile: There was a game where I know Capa did roughly the same thing by constructing a light squared stone wall with black. It's positionally risky play - it either works or you get crushed.
Apr-08-17  protonchess: Well, I have a hard time calling something brave which, if it succeeds (as it id here), leads to a statically equal, boring, and (IMO) ugly game. But then English is not my mother tongue.
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