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Vladislav Artemiev vs Hikaru Nakamura
Gibraltar Masters (2019), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 7, Jan-28
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Neo Catalan Declined (A14)  ·  1-0



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Jan-29-19  actinia: stockfish recommends 21. ... Bd4+! as giving black a small advantage instead of 21. ... Nxe4 as in the game, which gives white a +1.00 advantage. the losing move is 30. ... Nc6??, when 30. ... Nd3 is recommended.

It would be hard for a human to give up the dark-square bishop with 21. ... Bd4+. Still, 30. ... Nd3?? is hard to explain, as it loses to a one-move shot. Maybe Naka was short on time.

Jan-29-19  Robyn Hode: That's Nakamura relying on tactics rather than solid positional play.
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  tpstar: White to Play and Win after 30 ... Nc6.

Black looked fine until 17 ... f5 creating a backward Pawn at e6 which weakened his position. Nicely done by White to break it open with 19. g4 & 20. e4.

Jan-29-19  5hrsolver: Nakamura blunders with 30...Nc6 but the recommended move 30...Nd3 is hard to find. It would have been interesting to see how the game would continue if Naka found 30...Nd3

30...Nd3 31. Qxd3 Rxe6


30...Nd3 31. Rxd3 Qxc4 wins the pinned Knight on e6. If white plays 32. Re3 then 32...Qc1+ wins the Rook on e3

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  Troller: They were both short on time. Indeed 21..Nxe4 is the beginning of all Black's troubles. Black was dead lost after 29..Kh8, but 30.Bxf3 enables the engine-move 30..Nd3! It is no surprise that both players missed this shot in mutual time trouble. Everything else loses, even if Nc6? does so instantly.
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  OrangeTulip: Promising player, this Arte fellow
Feb-01-19  Xeroxx: He beat him like a rented mule.
Feb-01-19  Swapmeet: Quite an odd looking position from moves 10-20, with no pieces occupying the central squares.
Feb-19-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro w32: d 23 dpa done

1. + / = (0.64): 25...Rfe8 26.Nxe6 Qf7 27.f5 Rc6 28.Rb3 Rexe6 29.fxe6 Rxe6 30.Qf3 Qe7 31.Qa8+ Kg7 32.Rf3 Qe8 33.Qxe8 Rxe8 34.Rdf1 Re7 35.Rf8 Kh6 36.R8f7 Re6 37.h4 g5 38.Kh2 Nd3 39.hxg5+ Kxg5 40.R1f5+ Kg6 41.Rf8 Bg7 42.Rg8 Ne5 43.Bd5 Nxg4+ 44.Kg3

2. + / = (0.65): 25...Rce8 26.Nxe6 Rf6 27.f5 Qe5 28.Qd2 gxf5 29.gxf5 Kh8 30.Re1 Qd6 31.Re4 Nc6 32.Nxc5 Re5 33.Nb7 Qd7 34.Rxe5 Nxe5 35.Rf4 Ba1 36.Qxd7 Nxd7 37.Rf1 Be5 38.Rd1 Nc5 39.Nxc5 bxc5 40.Rd5 Bd4 41.Be4 Rf7 42.Rd6 a5 43.Ra6 Kg7

3. + / = (0.65): 25...Rf6 26.Nxe6 Re8 27.f5 Qe5 28.Qd2 gxf5 29.gxf5 Kh8 30.Re1 Qd6 31.Re4 Nc6 32.Nxc5 Re5 33.Nb7 Qd7 34.Rxe5 Nxe5 35.Rf4 Ba1 36.Qxd7 Nxd7 37.Rf1 Be5 38.Rd1 Nc5 39.Nxc5 bxc5 40.Rd5 Bd4 41.Be4 Rf7 42.Rd6 a5 43.Ra6 Kg7 44.Rxa5 Re7

Feb-19-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. = (0.19): 21...Bd4+ 22.Kh2 Ne8 23.Nxd4 cxd4 24.Rxd4 Rxf4 25.Rxf4 Qxf4+ 26.Kh1 Nd6 27.Qf1 Qxf1+ 28.Bxf1 Nf7 29.Rd7 Bc6 30.Re7 Ng5 31.Kg2 Rd8 32.Kg3 Nd3 33.h4 Nxb2 34.hxg5 Re8 35.Ra7 Rf8 36.Be2 Ra8 37.Rc7 Nxa4 38.Nxa4 Bxa4 39.c5 bxc5 40.Bc4 Re8 41.Bxa6 Bc2 42.e5 Bb3 43.Rxc5 Rb8 44.Rc7 Bd5 45.Bf1

2. + / = (0.33): 21...Nf7 22.e5 Bg7 23.Ne4 Bxe4 24.Qxe4 Rcd8 25.Qe2 Rxd1 26.Rxd1 Rd8 27.Rd2 Qe7 28.Qd1 Bh6 29.g5 Bf8 30.Kf2 Rxd2+ 31.Qxd2 Nd8 32.Nh2 Ndc6 33.Kg3 Na5 34.Qc3 Na2 35.Qd3 Nb4

Apr-03-19  YesChess1010: This game is freaking insane.

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