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Jorge Baules vs Hikaru Nakamura
Batumi Olympiad (2018), Batumi GEO, rd 1, Sep-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1



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Oct-02-18  gokusano: Jorge Baules is the one aggressive here.
Oct-05-18  notyetagm: This is the only game that Naka won at the Olympiad.

+1 =7 -1

+0 for Naka. Unbelievable.

Oct-05-18  dumbgai: To be fair Naka faced some pretty strong opponents, even on board 3. Aside from this game, his opponents had an average rating of 2631. Still definitely a bad tournament for him, though.
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  perfidious: To finish minus over eight games, against opposition averaging 2631, is unimpressive for a putative world title challenger and perennial top ten player.
Oct-12-18  sakredkow: Looks like the wheels started to come off after 14. Qe4. Maybe white should have called black's bluff with14. Rxg7 Nf5 15. Rg4. A pawn is a pawn is a pawn - even if it's Naka who offers it.
Nov-20-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice easy puzzle at Move 23.
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  Predrag3141: About right for a Tuesday. It took me about a minute to notice 25 ... Qe1.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: An aesthetically delightful puzzle, but can you imagine how hard 22...Black to Play would have been?
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  al wazir: 23...Nxe7 would have won, but it would have been a lot less elegant: 24. Qxe7 Rd1+ 25. Kg2 Rxg1+ 26. Kxg1 Qe1+ 27. Bf1 Qxc1 28. Qxa7 c3.
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  agb2002: Black has a knight and two pawns for the bishop pair.

White threatens Rxd1.

The rook on g1 is defenseless and the knight controls g2. Therefore, 25... Qe1 and mate in two.

Oct-06-20  BxChess: <alwazir:> In your line23...Nxe7 24. Qxe7 Qxh2 threatens 25...Rd1+ and wins the rook on g1
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  murkia: I love Tuesday.
Oct-06-20  saturn2: Black wins by

25...Qe1 26. Bf1 Qxf1 27. Rxf1 Rxf1 mate

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  WorstPlayerEver: Bam! 25... Qe1 game's getting too easy for me.
Oct-06-20  Walter Glattke: Black wins a bishop with 25.-Rxg1+ 26.Kxg1 Qe1+ but 25.-Qe1 forces 26.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 27.Bf1 Rxf1# 26.Rf1 Qxf1+ 27.Bxf1 Rxf1# Al wazir:23.-Nxe7+ 24.Qxe7 Qxh2? (other advice) 25.Rxg7+ Kxg7 26.Bb2+ Kg6 27.Qf6+ Kh6 28.Bg4# 25.-Kh8 26.Bb2 white wins. Black wins then with 23.-Nxe7+ 24.Qxe7 Rd1+ 25.Kg2 Rxg1+ 26.Kxg1 Qe1+ 27.Kg2 Qxc1 "mate in 100"
Oct-06-20  SugarDom: Rxg8?
Oct-06-20  Brenin: If a player of Nakamura's class offers you 2N for R, think carefully before accepting: after 23 Rxe7?? mate was inevitable. In the puzzle position, it took a few seconds each to reject 25 ... Rxg1+, Qxh2+ and Nxf3, and then to realise that there is no answer to 25 ... Qe1. A good Tuesday puzzle.
Oct-06-20  mel gibson: So easy - it's a Monday puzzle on Tuesday.
Oct-06-20  Nullifidian: This is easier than yesterday's puzzle.

25. ♕e1 overloads white's defenses. If you ignore it, it's just mate in 1, and if you try to block or capture then black will just capture back and mate.

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  gawain: First I tried 25... Rxg1+ but this fails. That's just as well, anyway, since a rook capturing a rook is not a Tuesday sort of move. Needs something more dramatic such as giving up a queen.

Looking at queen moves. . . and 25...Qe1 does it.

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  thegoodanarchist: I did not "solve" this one, I "remembered" this one. Solved it on back in July
Oct-06-20  TheaN: <25....Qe1> does it, at the unavoidable mercy of <26.Bf1 (Rxe1 Rxe1+ 27.Bf1 Rxf1#, else Qxg1#) Qxf1 27.Rxf1 (else Qxg1#) Rxf1#>.

<An Englishman: Good Evening: An aesthetically delightful puzzle, but can you imagine how hard 22...Black to Play would have been?>

Relatively easy? I mean, Black is winning after 23....Nxe7, so it might as well be that Naka didn't even see the mate with 25....Qe1 when he played 22....Rcd8.

In fact, White's lost after move 22. SF gives the somewhat insane line 23.Qc7 Rxd7! 24.Qxe5 (Qxd7 Nd4! 25.Qxe7 Qe2+ 26.Kg2 Qf3+ 27.Kf1 Qxh3+ -+) Rd1+.

Now 25.Kg2 leads to a wild king hunt that doesn't end decisively but with enough material for Black: 25....Nh4+ 26.Kg3 (Kh1 Rxg1+ 27.Kxg1 Nxf3+ -+) Rxg1+ 27.Bg2 (Kxh4/Kf4 N(h)g6+ -+) Rxg2+ 28.Kh3 (Kxh4/Kf4 N(h)g6+ -+) Nef5 -+

After 25.Ke2 Black will win material immediately: 25....Rxg1 26.Bxf5 Nxf5 -+ and Black's much better coordinated, but still needs to convert.

Oct-06-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long thinking, the Japanese-American samurai finally found the mate in 2 moves with the nice queen sacrifice 25.-,Qe1! 26.Rxe1 (26.Bf1,Qxf1 27.Rxf1,Rxf1#; 26.Rf1,Qxf1+ 27.Bxf1,Rxf1#) 26.-,Rxe1+ 27.Bf1,Rxf1#. His greatest success was winning Wijk aan Zee in 2011, when he worked together with the great Garry Kasparov. He spoiled and ruined his tremendous chess talent by playing too much bullet, blitz, and rapid (online) games, where quick, playable and primarily tactical-based decisions are more important than very deep strategical concepts and profound opening preparation of main lines in classical games. This is the reason, why Gary Kasparov's immortal teacher, the "patriarch" of Soviet chess Mikhail Botvinnik, never played blitz games.
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  eternaloptimist: At first I looked at 25...♖xg1+ lines but when I couldn’t make that work, I decided to keep the ♘ on h4 to cover the g2 square & keep the white ♔ bottled up. Then I saw 25...♕e1
Oct-06-20  cormier: 13. Rg1 better is 13.Bd3 Rc8 14.h4 Nf5 15.Bxf5 exf5 16.Kf1 Na5 17.c5 bxc5 = -0.22 (23 ply) 13... Rc8 better is 13...O-O 14.d5 Na5 15.Rd1 Nf5 16.Bd3 g6 17.Rg4 Rc8 ⩱ -0.75 (24 ply)
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