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Hikaru Nakamura vs Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals (2020) (rapid), INT, rd 2, Aug-16
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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Aug-16-20  Ulhumbrus: Carlsen played a "cynical" draw in the preceding game and proceeded to lose this game just as in the previous match Nakamura had chosen to play a quick "cynical" draw and then lost the following game.

The coincidence suggests that in some way both Carlsen and Nakamura committed the same type of psychological error. .

Aug-17-20  doash: Is Carlsen making more mistakes in this match than we've ever seen him make in his whole career? 32...Kf7? is a move that most experts and perhaps even club players would reject.
Aug-17-20  MordimerChess: It looks like Hikaru got the idea of playing queenside castle - inspiration from Caruana. Or rather he pretended that he's gonna castle. And it seems that Magnus got a bit confused and played 13...b4 after 7 minutes of thinking! While 14...Nd4! was really attractive.

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