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Daniil Dubov vs Hikaru Nakamura
Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals (2020) (rapid), INT, rd 1, Aug-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0



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  Check It Out: Mini-atura
Aug-11-20  Ulhumbrus: It may be that Nakamura omitted to consider or saw too late at least one move on the part of White which merits two exclamation marks.

One question is how many of such moves nowadays get thrown up by the computer and how many the player has to find over the board.

Aug-12-20  sfm: <Ulhumbrus: It may be that Nakamura omitted to consider or saw too late ...> Certainly. Is it just me, or has it become more popular among masters to throw the g-pawn forward, even if they are castling to the K-side?

With the knight on f6 having gone elsewhere the move 14.Qh5 is screaming to be played. Black dies instantly if the h-pawn goes, and after 14.-.Bf8 15.Rxc3 Black has no material advantage, is miles behind in development, king-side a swiss cheese, f2-f4 is a murderous threat, with tactics like Rxc8 possible, removing the last white-square defender.

You are right with the computer considerations - but in this case, to see this these players need no computer.

Nakamura just had a very bad day, which happens to all.

Well, with one exception, according to the the Danish writer Jens Enevoldsen, who once wrote. "...he had one of those days where he played with his hands, not with his head. That happens to all players, except for Lasker. His schooling had been too hard."

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  Breunor: Well the computer can tell us where black went wrong.

Two moves it really doesn't like.

First is 10 ... N x d5. Computer likes Q X d5

1) =0.00 (23 ply) 10...Qxd5 11.a3 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 Ne4 13.f3 Nxg3 14.hxg3 Kg7 15.e3 Nd7 16.Nb5 Qxd1+ 17.Rxd1 Ne5 18.Nd6 Bd7 19.Kf2 Bc6 20.g4 Rad8 21.Be2 Ba4 22.Rd4 Nc6 23.Rd2 Ne5 24.Rd4

After 10 .. N x d5 11 e3 computer scores it at 0.95

Real losing move though is the 12th move, ... R d8.

An immediate e5 hods:

1) +0.68 (23 ply) 12...e5 13.Nb5 Nc6 14.O-O Nxc3 15.Nxc3 Rd8 16.Qe2 Be6 17.h4 Be7 18.hxg5 hxg5 19.a3 Kg7 20.Bc4 Bxc4 21.Qxc4 f6 22.Qe6 Rd6 23.Qf5 Rdd8 24.Ne4

After 12 ... R d8 we have:

1) +3.17 (21 ply) 13.O-O Bf8 14.Nb3 Qb6 15.Nxd5 exd5 16.Bc7 Qf6 17.Bxd8 Qxd8 18.Bc4 Be6 19.e4 Bg7 20.Bxd5 Bxd5 21.Rc5 Nc6 22.exd5 Ne7 23.d6 Nc8 24.f4 Nxd6 25.fxg5 Ne4 26.Qxd8+ Rxd8 27.Rc7 Nxg5 28.Rxb7

although even with a computer I'm not sure why it is Ok to play e5 on move 12 but not on move 13. But the computer does give that it is a disaster:

1) +8.58 (22 ply) 14.Qh5 exd4 15.Qxh6 Nf6 16.Nb5 Be7 17.Qxg5+ Kf8 18.Qh6+ Kg8 19.Bc7 Qxb5 20.Bxb5 Rd5 21.Bd6 Rxd6 22.Rxc8+ Rd8 23.Rc7 Nbd7 24.Qf4 Kf8 25.exd4 a5 26.Qh6+ Kg8 27.Qh3 Bd6 28.Rxd7 Nxd7 29.Qg4+ Kf8 30.Bxd7

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