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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
Norway Chess (2017), Stavanger NOR, rd 3, Jun-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  HeMateMe: a draw then. White's Bishop was a spectator in this middlegame.
Jun-08-17  offramp: Black has settled for a draw. Good game, good game!
Jun-08-17  not not: Naka lucky escapes to be continued...
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  ChessHigherCat: if 41. Kh2 Qh4+ Bh3 Rxf2 and white is sunk.
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  ChessHigherCat: So white just keeps playing Kg1-h1 of course
Jun-08-17  Ulhumbrus: One justification for 31 d6 instead of 31 Rc7 is that it prepares Rc7. If Black then takes the rook, the recapture dxc7 gains a pawn on the seventh rank.
Jun-08-17  Absentee: Kramnik-So looks interesting now.
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  ChessHigherCat: What does Stockfish say about the exchange sack on move 22?
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  OhioChessFan: In the Moves Prediction Contest, I changed this from a 40 move to 48 move draw at the last second.
Jun-08-17  offramp: <OhioChessFan: In the Moves Prediction Contest, I changed this from a 40 move to 48 move draw at the last second.>


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  AylerKupp: <<OhioChessFan> I could lose this from either side, in one move, for the next 10 plies.>

Perhaps, but you would have gone down singing. And you would have been in good company:

Jun-08-17  thesiby: Why stopped broadcasting? 2 games still goes on. and maye we have some words for these games?
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  OhioChessFan: Thanks for the live game cg.c
Jun-08-17  cormier: Houdini

0.60 30. Qg3 Qxg3 31. fxg3 Ra2 32. b5 Rb2 33. Re6 Nh5 34. g4 Ng3+ 35. Kg1 Nxf1 36. Kxf1 Rxb5 37. d6 Rb2 38. Rc7 Rd2 39. h4 Rd1+ 40. Kf2 Rd2+ 41. Kg3 Rg2+ 42. Kh3

depth: 13 ply

Jun-08-17  whiteshark: Iwas so wromg: not a single push w/ b4/d5 passer!
Jun-08-17  Mirovsk: This bishop reminds me Karjakin victory in the worldchampionship last year..,
Jun-08-17  Marmot PFL: analysis by Svidler-
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  ChessHigherCat: Svidler didn't even think the exchange sacrifice (RxN) was worth considering and said f4 was excellent. His evaluations have to be taken with a grain of salt, however, since the guy impersonating him on youtube is obviously an illegitimate son of Paul McCartney with a fake Russian eksent (his dad must have used his show-biz connections to get him that gig).
Jun-09-17  Calli: I agree with Nigel Short, Naka's opening was bad. I'll bet he never repeats it, no matter what he said in the interview. What Peter is saying? Magnus was surely right about this position:

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After 24.b5, if Black plays Nc5, then 25. RxN dxc 26.Qxe5 leads to a position that, if it is not a win, it is extremely difficult to defend and White is at no risk of losing this:

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Carlsen was at loss to explain why he didn't play the line.

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  ChessHigherCat: <Calli> That exchange variation was what most of the kibitzers here wanted (with Qxe5, as in the diagram), so I was surprised Svidler didn't even mention it (it had to occur to a player of his caliber)
Jun-10-17  Ulhumbrus: <Calli: I agree with Nigel Short, Naka's opening was bad> Looking at the position you have given in the diagram after 24 b5, if Nakamura's opening was bad, why was it bad? One example of a guess as to an answer is that Black's king side attack has not advanced enough and this suggests that White is able to carry out White's queen side threats first. This suggests that White has a lead in development and that this is what made Nakamura's opening bad.
Jun-10-17  SirRuthless: I don't think the opening was bad. 19....a5 was perhaps a bit mistimed and 19....f5 should have been played. White gained a tempo from that decision but nothing more. At that point the machine says white was about half a pawn to the good and Sesse/stockfish tends to overestimate an edge in space while underestimating counterplay. Black won his tempo back and then some when white rushed 28.Kh1 and 30.Qe6. It was a nice position for white at one point but always within the margin of reasonable for black.
Nov-21-22  generror: The ending position was used in a ridiculous advertisement by Louis Vuitton, where Rinaldo plays against Messi.

Carlsen's comment: "Second greatest rivalry of our time mimicking the greatest." XD

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  perfidious: Carlsen v the opponent he has styled <udugelig>?


Nov-28-22  VerySeriousExpert: Lionel Messi! Cristiano Ronaldo! Magnus Carlsen's comments etc.! The whole non-chess and chess world started to discuss it immediately! And here is a beautiful idea by Yury V. Bukayev: !
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