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Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Hikaru Nakamura
"Peanu Forte" (game of the day Dec-08-2019)
World Cup (2019), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Sep-13
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1-0



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Sep-13-19  notyetagm: Wow, this is like the worst game I have ever seen Nakamura play.

And of course I picked him to win the World Cup.

Sep-13-19  dumbgai: This game looks like a GM vs an amateur. Naka got completely destroyed.
Sep-14-19  Fish55: 14...e5? would be a terrible blunder in a blitz game, let alone classical.
Sep-14-19  notyetagm: And Naka is going home after drawing his White game from a losing position.

Naka didn't even make Round 2 tiebreaks.

Really bad idea for me to pick him to win World Cup. But I thought he found his form with that great comeback against Aronian.


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  khan76: i'll bet his rating will eventually go below 2700, specially the way he's playing
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  khan76: notyetagm: you picked Shankland to go that far? don't get me wrong i like him but dam! lol
Sep-14-19  stridergene: Nisipeanu played an amazing game. Lets give him credit. Sure Naka messed up but this game is beautiful
Sep-14-19  notyetagm: <khan76: notyetagm: you picked Shankland to go that far? don't get me wrong i like him but dam! lol>

Last time Shankland wrote a book, he won the US Ch and a Continental Ch.

He just wrote another book, a follow-up to his first book.

Alas, the magic did not work this time.

Wish I had picked Firoujza to win the World Cup. He is doing fantastic!

Sep-14-19  notyetagm: <khan76: i'll bet his rating will eventually go below 2700, specially the way he's playing>

Best as I can tell from the CG.COM database, Naka has only won 2(!) classical games against 2700+-rated players since Jan 2018!!

vs Karjakin at Norway Chess 2018
vs Eljanov at Isle of Man 2018

So it has been almost a full year(!) since Naka beat a strong player in a classical game.

And Nisipeanu made him look like a USCF class player in this game.

Don't know what has happened to Naka. He cost the US team the Gold Medal at the Olympiad last year with his terrible record of +1 =7 -1 against much lower-rated opposition, with his loss costing us the match against Poland.

Sep-15-19  WorstPlayerEver: Let's look at the alternatives:

14... c3 15. bxc3 Qa5 16. Nxd6 cxd6 17. Bxd6 gxf6 18. Be7 Kg7 tough position for Black

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14... Qa5 15. Nxd6 cxd6 16. Bxd6 Bd7 17. Bxb7 Re8

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18. fxg7 Qb6 19. Bg2 Bc6 20. Bxc6 Qxc6 SF gives the position as equal, but again it's a tough pos for Bl.

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It's easy talking in hindsight, but the Q sac was well prepared. But hey, opponents won't come up with a prep Q sac every day. Naka should be better prepared. He's stingy. It's not that he can't play chess.

If only he had paid me 5k a year, then things would be fairly different by now.

Sep-15-19  patzer2: It's not unusual. Getting beat in prepared variations happens to even the best players.

In this case, Nisipeanu's 12. exf6! caught Nakamura by surprise and he faltered in defending against it after 12. exf6! Rxd1 13. Rxd1 Bd6 14. Bf4 with 14...e5? allowing 15. Nxd6 +- (+2.25 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead of 14...e5?, 14...Qa5 = or 14...gxf6 = allow Black to equalize, albeit with difficulty:

[Stockfish 10 64] (+0.00 @ 44 ply) 14...Qa5 15.Bd2 Qa6 16.Bf4 =

[Stockfish 10 64] (+0.00 @ 44 ply) 14...gxf6 15.Bxd6 cxd6 16.Nc7 Qb6 17.Nxa8 Qxb2 18.Nc7 d5 19.e3 c3 20.Nb5 c2 21.Rdc1 Bd7 22.Bf1 Bxb5 23.axb5 Qb3 24.Rxa7 Kg7 25.Ra8 Qb2 26.Raa1 Qb3 =

Sep-15-19  SChesshevsky: Does seem the lack of preparation and just getting outplayed doomed Nakamura. After him chosing a seemingly rare 7...Qd6 and ...Qa6 line, you'd think he'd have something better. Especially if he knew his opponent lost with it only last year:

G Meier vs Nisipeanu, 2018

Maybe Naka just wanted to get out of book and play chess but unluckily didn't know Nisipeanu probably looked at this setup very closely after his loss. Then realizing he was getting outplayed in a bad opening choice, Nakamura might have dispiritedly looked for complications and hoped for an opponent error. But Nisipeanu never lost control.

Sep-16-19  GrandMaesterPycelle: Nisipeanu had not prepared this, according to both what he said and his use of time during the game. It was Nakamura who was playing instantly every move up to e5.

I think e5 made sense if he had first played c3 (don't remember why) and possibly in a line after Qa5, so maybe he just forgot to play that first. Which is quite ridiculous anyway, you can't blitz out such a weird move without taking a minute to make sure.

Sep-18-19  Ulhumbrus: The queen sacrifice is a good psychological tactic if Nakamura prefers making such a sacrifice to defending it.
Dec-08-19  spingo: Today’s pun, “Peanu Forte” refers to a peanut 🥜 fort, an edifice made from jars of peanut butter.


The Italian word <forte> means LOUD.

The French word <forte> means STRONG POINT. It is pronounced exactly like the Fort in Fort Sumpter or Fort Courage.

When people talk about their strong points they mean the French word, pronounced FORT, not FORTÉ.

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  AylerKupp: <spigo> "Peanu Forte" can also refer to a pianoforte (or fortefpiano), the predecessor to the modern piano. Compared to the modern piano the pianoforte is characterized by being less uniform in its range, slightly buzzing in the low range and tinnier in the high range than the modern piano, and with a greater distinction between notes that are forced and notes that are not. The modern piano is generally more uniform in sound across its range.

So "Peanu Forte" could be a characterization of Nisipeanu's highly aggressive style, similar to Tal in the latter's prime. Or simply his strong and forceful approach, hat was certainly demonstrated in this game. Likewise it could be a characterization of Nakamura's current form, capable of playing some very fine games and yet performing poorly in games such as this one.

Only the submitter of the pun knows for sure what they meant, and for all I know we could both be wrong.

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  perfidious: That would be loud, as in:

<spelling everything in CAPS> because one feels they are unable to otherwise make their point than by shouting.

Dec-08-19  Absentee: Regardless, this is one of the few puns that made burst out laughing.
Dec-08-19  ASchultz: Love the non-isolated tripled pawns.
Dec-08-19  RandomVisitor: After 5.g3 Stockfish prefers this sequence

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<53/75 2:20:56 +0.13 5...0-0 6.Bg2 dxc4 7.Ne5 Qd6 8.Nxc4 Qa6> 9.Qb3 Nc6 10.Be3 Nd5 11.0-0 Nxe3 12.fxe3 Bd7 13.a3 Rab8 14.Ne4 Na5 15.Nxa5 Qxa5 16.Rac1 Bc6 17.Nc5 Qb6 18.Qxb6 axb6 19.Nd3 Bxg2 20.Kxg2 c6 21.Kf3 Rfd8 22.a4 Ra8 23.Ra1 Ra7 24.Rfc1 Rda8 25.b3 f6 26.Rc2 b5 27.Rca2 b6 28.Rc1 c5 29.dxc5 bxc5 30.Nxc5 Bxc5 31.Rxc5 bxa4 32.Rxa4 Rxa4 33.bxa4 Rxa4 34.Rc2 Kf7 35.h4 Kg6 36.e4 Rb4 37.Rc7 Rb3+ 38.e3 Rd3

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