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  • Nakamura stepping at World Teams

    The World Team Championship is happening in Bursa, Turkey. Hikaru is now 3.5/4, including this gem yesterday against Gelfand

    [Event "WTCC 2009"]
    [Site "Bursa"]
    [Date "2010.01.09"]
    [Round "1"]
    [White "GM Gelfand Boris 2761 (ISR)"]
    [Black "GM Nakamura Hikaru 2708 (USA)"]
    [Result "*"]
    [Remark "Canli"]
    [PresId "1004020211"]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6
    8.d5 Ne7 9.Nd2 Ne8 10.b4 f5 11.c5 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.Nc4 g5 14.a4 Ng6
    15.Ba3 Rf7 16.b5 dxc5 17.Bxc5 h5 18.a5 g4 19.b6 g3 20.Kh1 Bf8 21.d6 axb6
    22.Bg1 Nh4 23.Re1 Nxg2 24.dxc7 Nxe1 25.Qxe1 g2+ 26.Kxg2 Rg7+ 27.Kh1 Bh3
    28.Bf1 Qd3 29.Nxe5 Bxf1 30.Qxf1 Qxc3 31.Rc1 Qxe5 32.c8Q Rxc8 33.Rxc8 Qe6 0-1

  • #2
    Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

    Congratulations Hikaru for this very smoothly won game! Bravo! I know you are on the line right now.

    :)

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    • #3
      Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

      Nice aggressive play by Hikaru, of course you wouldn't expect someone of Boris's stature to make too many blunders such as 24. dxc7?? After the normal Kxg2 the position would be very unclear.

      Originally posted by Hal Bond View Post
      The World Team Championship is happening in Bursa, Turkey. Hikaru is now 3.5/4, including this gem yesterday against Gelfand

      [Event "WTCC 2009"]
      [Site "Bursa"]
      [Date "2010.01.09"]
      [Round "1"]
      [White "GM Gelfand Boris 2761 (ISR)"]
      [Black "GM Nakamura Hikaru 2708 (USA)"]
      [Result "*"]
      [Remark "Canli"]
      [PresId "1004020211"]

      1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6
      8.d5 Ne7 9.Nd2 Ne8 10.b4 f5 11.c5 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.Nc4 g5 14.a4 Ng6
      15.Ba3 Rf7 16.b5 dxc5 17.Bxc5 h5 18.a5 g4 19.b6 g3 20.Kh1 Bf8 21.d6 axb6
      22.Bg1 Nh4 23.Re1 Nxg2 24.dxc7 Nxe1 25.Qxe1 g2+ 26.Kxg2 Rg7+ 27.Kh1 Bh3
      28.Bf1 Qd3 29.Nxe5 Bxf1 30.Qxf1 Qxc3 31.Rc1 Qxe5 32.c8Q Rxc8 33.Rxc8 Qe6 0-1

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      • #4
        Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

        Israel vs the US, with the fateful game Gelfand vs Nakamura in the foreground.

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        • #5
          Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

          Hikaru Nakamura, USA, has so far scored 4.5/5, with a surreal rating performance of 3035.

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          • #6
            Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

            To be fair, The Three Musketeers (Jack Yoos, Pascal Charbonneau and myself) have all played this variation with some success. Therefore, I don't deserve all the credit for this game. :)

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            • #7
              Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

              Originally posted by Hal Bond View Post
              The World Team Championship is happening in Bursa, Turkey.
              Greece showing entertaining results by beating Russia (2.5-1.5) and Armenia (3:1) :D

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              • #8
                Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

                Originally posted by Hikaru Nakamura View Post
                Pascal Charbonneau and myself) have all played this variation

                [Event "Montreal"]
                [Site "Montreal CAN"]
                [Date "2008.08.24"]
                [EventDate "2008.08.24"]
                [Round "1"]
                [Result "0-1"]
                [White "Thomas Roussel Roozmon"]
                [Black "Pascal Charbonneau"]
                [ECO "E97"]
                [WhiteElo "2486"]
                [BlackElo "2499"]

                1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. d4 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Ne8 10. c5 f5 11. Nd2 Nf6 12. f3 f4 13. Nc4 g5 14. a4 Ng6 15. Ba3 Rf7 16. b5 dxc5 17. Bxc5 h5 18. a5 g4 19. b6 g3 20. Kh1 Bf8 21. Bg1 Nh4 22. Re1 Nxg2 23. Kxg2 Rg7 24. Nxe5 gxh2+ 25. Kh1 Nxe4 0-1

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                • #9
                  Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

                  Originally posted by Hikaru Nakamura View Post
                  To be fair, The Three Musketeers (Jack Yoos, Pascal Charbonneau and myself) have all played this variation with some success. Therefore, I don't deserve all the credit for this game. :)
                  Congratulations on a nice win! I feel another book in the works: "Chess with Balls" (nothing to do with gymnastics). It is one thing to analyze in the comfort of one's study with access to databases and computer engines, but quite another to deal with things over the board...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

                    Originally posted by Hal Bond View Post
                    The World Team Championship is happening in Bursa, Turkey. Hikaru is now 3.5/4, including this gem yesterday against Gelfand

                    [Event "WTCC 2009"]
                    [Site "Bursa"]
                    [Date "2010.01.09"]
                    [Round "1"]
                    [White "GM Gelfand Boris 2761 (ISR)"]
                    [Black "GM Nakamura Hikaru 2708 (USA)"]
                    [Result "*"]
                    [Remark "Canli"]
                    [PresId "1004020211"]

                    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6
                    8.d5 Ne7 9.Nd2 Ne8 10.b4 f5 11.c5 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.Nc4 g5 14.a4 Ng6
                    15.Ba3 Rf7 16.b5 dxc5 17.Bxc5 h5 18.a5 g4 19.b6 g3 20.Kh1 Bf8 21.d6 axb6
                    22.Bg1 Nh4 23.Re1 Nxg2 24.dxc7 Nxe1 25.Qxe1 g2+ 26.Kxg2 Rg7+ 27.Kh1 Bh3
                    28.Bf1 Qd3 29.Nxe5 Bxf1 30.Qxf1 Qxc3 31.Rc1 Qxe5 32.c8Q Rxc8 33.Rxc8 Qe6 0-1
                    After playing through this brilliant game by Nakamura, i believe that he should have played in the Khanty tournament....His 1 move mating threats against Gelfand is certainly a gem which makes his game a candidate for the game of the year award!!!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

                      what a great game! we'll be seeing this one in future King's Indian anthologies methinks...

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                      • #12
                        Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

                        Aronian,L (2781) - Nakamura,Hi (2708) [E98]
                        7th World Team Championship Bursa TUR (8), 12.01.2010

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.cxd6 cxd6 15.Nf2 Ng6 16.Qc2 Rf7 17.Rfc1 Ne8 18.a4 h5 19.Ncd1 Bf8 20.Ra3 a6 21.Qc3 Bd7 22.Qa5 b6 23.Qb4 Rg7 24.Rac3 Nh4 25.h3 Be7 26.Be1 Qb8 27.Kf1 Bd8 28.Rb3 Bc7 29.Qa3 Qd8 30.Rbc3 Bb8 31.b4 Ra7 32.Rc6 b5 33.axb5 axb5 34.Ra6 Rb7 35.Rcc6 Bxc6 36.dxc6 Ra7 37.Nc3 d5 38.Nxd5 Nf5 39.exf5 Qxd5 40.Ne4 Rgc7 41.Nxg5 Ng7 42.Rb6 Nxf5 43.Rxb8+ Kg7 44.Qb2 Ra2 45.Qb1 Rc2 46.Rxb5 Qd6 47.Rb7 Kh6 48.Kg1 Qxc6 49.Nf7+ Rxf7 50.Rxf7 Ne3 51.Ra7 Qd5 52.Qa1 Nxg2 53.Qa6+ 1-0

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                        • #13
                          Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

                          Armenian captain Arshak Petrosian anxiously follows the game Aronian-Nakamura.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Nakamura stepping at World Teams

                            Originally posted by Caesar Posylek View Post
                            Aronian,L (2781) - Nakamura,Hi (2708) [E98]
                            What an entertaining game! The opening seemed a bit main line for two such original thinkers, but then Aronian starts teasing with moves like Qa5. Naka attempts a Suttles manoeuvre to bring the g7-B to a7. Then Aronian's Rb6!?!?. That's impossible! Well, he just played it. It's still impossible. Disappointing result to North Americans, but what a battle!

                            Note: this note has not been vetted by Rybka, nor by any of the Rybyonki.

                            An Akopian - Akobian matchup was unlikely, USA would have had to rest 2 of their top 3 boards. As I understand it, the names are the same, they just look different because of variations between the Eastern and Western variants of the Armenian language. Another example: (Steve) Bedrosian (retired baseball pitcher) and Tigran Petrosian (more than one great chess player).
                            Last edited by Jonathan Berry; Tuesday, 12th January, 2010, 07:59 PM.

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