Play in Russian Style

Время публикации: 16.06.2013 11:00 | Последнее обновление: 16.06.2013 11:04

Nakamura took revenge on Karjakin

One of the protagonists at the tournament start of the Tal Memorial became Hikaru Nakamura: after the astute knockdown in round one against Shahriyar Mamedyarov, the American beat one Russian after another- Vladimir Kramnik and Sergey Karjakin.

Yesterday Karjakin has surprised his opponent, and all of the spectators by his choice of the opening: according to the base, he has used the Gruenfeld Defense for the second time in his career. True, the first one occurred just recently - at the April Grand Prix in Zug. While commenting game for the journalists, Nakamura every now and then drew attention to the fact that the opening is new for Karjakin, and that he probably does not feel the nuances.

According to the winner, the decisive mistake by Karjakin was the wrong move

17...b6? Instead, according to Hikaru, he should have tried 17 ... Rab8 18.Qd2 Rfd8 19.Rfd1, although even then White retains the initiative. After the move in the game, Nakamura got a really serious advantage, which he implemented in a rather unexpected way: "I decided to play as a Russian, since I am in Moscow" was the phrase the American said with great pleasure, however, without specifying in details what he meant.

Ever since, as Hikaru Nakamura broke into the so-called chess elite, Russian-speaking fans thought of his as a chess player who most probably has no idea of ​​the "Soviet school of chess", its principles and traditions, and perhaps does not even know the names of some famous grandmasters of the past. Now, apparently, amateurs have additional food for thought.

Nakamura ended the "Russian discussion" by naming two of his favourite kind of sports, besides chess: tennis and ice hockey. "In fact, there are a lot of good Russian players in both. I suppose that the Russian hockey team has good chances to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sochi."

Finally, the game Nakamura - Karjakin was of fundamental importance: Sergei recently defeated Hikaru in Stavanger, and that victory was crucial in determining the winner of the tournament. Now Nakamura took revenge.  

[Event "8th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2013.06.15"] [Round "3.4"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2784"] [BlackElo "2782"] [ECO "D85"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "exchange variation"] [EventDate "2013.06.13"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bd2 Bg7 6. e4 Nxc3 7. Bxc3 c5 8. d5 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 O-O 10. Nf3 e6 11. Be2 exd5 12. exd5 Bg4 13. O-O Nd7 14. h3 Bxf3 15. Bxf3 Ne5 16. Be2 Qd6 17. Rb1 b6 18. Re1 Rfd8 19. Ba6 Rab8 20. c4 Nd7 21. Bb5 Nf6 22. Qe2 Rb7 23. Rb3 Nh5 24. Re3 Ng7 25. g4 Kf8 26. a4 f5 27. Re5 fxg4 28. hxg4 Rf7 29. Qe3 Qf6 30. Re2 Qf4 31. Qxf4 Rxf4 32. R5e4 Rxe4 33. Rxe4 h5 34. f3 Kf7 35. Kg2 Kf6 36. Re1 g5 37. Kg3 Rh8 38. Bc6 Kf7 39. d6 h4+ 40. Kh2 Kf6 41. d7 Ne6 42. Bd5 Nc7 43. Be4 Ne6 44. Bd5 Nc7 45. f4 gxf4 46. g5+ Kg6 47. Re5 Rd8 48. Be4+ Kf7 49. Bf5 Rh8 50. Kg2 a5 51. Kf2 f3 52. Re1 1-0

Contestants have their first day off, and will continue to fight tomorrow, June 17. 
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