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Hikaru Nakamura vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2020) (rapid), lichess.org INT, rd 6, Sep-16
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B50)  ·  0-1

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Sep-17-20
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  offramp: You move both RPs in the opening? That's what people do nowadays? That's a thing to do?


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Nepo started playing the Sicilain Dragon, but Nakamura was happier playing the Ragozin.


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Here is an example of how far ahead these GMs can think (this was a rapid game).


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17...Ne5. This invites White to play
18.f4 Nd7
19.f5. This wins the bishop.
19...Bxf5
20.exf5 Nxb6. This regains the piece, owing to the loose knight on b3.
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The game ended in a ♖♖ v ♕ ending, and that ended in a venerable mate with two rooks.

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