Once Upon a Time in London

Время публикации: 16.12.2013 00:53 | Последнее обновление: 16.12.2013 01:48

GM Nakamura wins rapid London Chess Classic

This definitely was Nakamura's day. After beating Vladimir Kramnik in the semifinal of the rapid London Chess Classic (where he was lucky to some extent), American GM continued his victorious way in the final by defeating 1.5 - 0.5 Boris Gelfand.

The drawing was done right before the games, Nakamura got white in Game 1. Grunfeld defence took place and it seemed that black was standing better after the opening.  

NAKAMURA - GELFAND

"A simple" 17...Nce6 kept better position for Boris. The computer suggestions 17...Rd8 or 17...Qe6 can hardly be taken seriously, especially in terms of rapid game and despite the machine giving black even bigger advantage after those moves. Gelfand preferred 17...Ne4?! which let white to consolidate forces: 18.Nxe4 Bxe4 19.f3 Bf5 20.Qd2 Rd8 21.Kf2 Kxf7 22.Be2. Here the former challenger either blundered a pawn or miscalculated variations: 
22...Qf6? 23.Rxc7 Ne6 24.Rd7. Black is left without an exchange and NAkamura used his advanatge.

In quarterfinal Gelfand was usually leading the score; this time he could feel what his rivals Adams and Caruana have felt once they had tosave the match against him - Boris, however, failed to recoup himself in Game 2: Nakamura's King's Indian wasn't an easy thing todeal with. 

The 5th edition of London Chess Classic was played in rapid format for the first time and maybe for the last: before the final match the organizer of the event Mr. Pein announced they plan to bring the event to the usual format already next year.  
Information on the competition

[Event "5th London Chess Classics KO"] [Site "London"] [Date "2013.12.15"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D97"] [WhiteElo "2786"] [BlackElo "2777"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "1500+10"] 1. d4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 2. c4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} g6 {[%emt 0: 00:00]} 3. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} d5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 4. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Bg7 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 5. Qb3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} dxc4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 6. Qxc4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:02]} 7. e4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} a6 {[%emt 0:00:07]} 8. e5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} b5 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 9. Qb3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Nfd7 {[%emt 0:00: 00]} 10. Ng5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:00:18]} 11. Nxf7 {[%emt 0:02:09]} Rxf7 {[%emt 0:00:59]} 12. e6 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Nxd4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 13. exf7+ { [%emt 0:00:01]} Kf8 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 14. Qd1 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Nc5 {[%emt 0:01: 29]} 15. Be3 {[%emt 0:01:53]} Bf5 {[%emt 0:03:15]} 16. Rc1 {[%emt 0:09:02]} Qd6 {[%emt 0:02:37]} 17. b4 {[%emt 0:03:35]} Ne4 {[%emt 0:02:14]} 18. Nxe4 {[%emt 0:00:24]} Bxe4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 19. f3 {[%emt 0:00:05]} Bf5 {[%emt 0:01:31]} 20. Qd2 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Rd8 {[%emt 0:03:24]} 21. Kf2 {[%emt 0:00:54]} Kxf7 { [%emt 0:02:14]} 22. Be2 {[%emt 0:00:48]} Qf6 {[%emt 0:01:36]} 23. Rxc7 {[%emt 0:01:36]} Ne6 {[%emt 0:01:18]} 24. Rd7 {[%emt 0:00:34]} Rc8 {[%emt 0:01:10]} 25. Bd3 {[%emt 0:00:13]} Rc3 {[%emt 0:02:58]} 26. Bxf5 {[%emt 0:01:42]} gxf5 { [%emt 0:00:32]} 27. f4 {[%emt 0:00:05]} Rc4 {[%emt 0:00:33]} 28. Rc1 {[%emt 0: 00:41]} Re4 {[%emt 0:00:33]} 29. g3 {[%emt 0:00:16]} h5 {[%emt 0:00:35]} 30. h4 {[%emt 0:00:36]} Qg6 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 31. Bc5 {[%emt 0:00:23]} Bf6 {[%emt 0:00: 30]} 32. Re1 {[%emt 0:00:17]} Qg4 {[%emt 0:01:36]} 33. Rxe4 {[%emt 0:00:57]} fxe4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 34. Qd1 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Qf5 {[%emt 0:00:29]} 35. Rd5 { [%emt 0:01:01]} Qh3 {[%emt 0:00:06]} 36. Qf1 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 1-0 [Event "5th London Chess Classics KO"] [Site "London"] [Date "2013.12.15"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E74"] [WhiteElo "2777"] [BlackElo "2786"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "123"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "1500+10"] 1. d4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nf6 2. c4 g6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 3. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Bg7 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 4. e4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} d6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 5. Be2 {[%emt 0:00:00]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:00]} 6. Bg5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 7. d5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} a6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 8. a4 {[%emt 0:00:51]} Qa5 {[%emt 0:00: 00]} 9. Bd2 {[%emt 0:00:17]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 10. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:17]} exd5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 11. exd5 {[%emt 0:00:39]} Bg4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 12. O-O {[%emt 0:01:02]} Nbd7 {[%emt 0:00:24]} 13. h3 {[%emt 0:00:46]} Bxf3 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 14. Bxf3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Qc7 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 15. Qc2 {[%emt 0:00:52]} Ne8 { [%emt 0:00:58]} 16. Rae1 {[%emt 0:01:42]} Be5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 17. Bd1 {[%emt 0:00:57]} Ng7 {[%emt 0:00:32]} 18. f4 {[%emt 0:00:51]} Bd4+ {[%emt 0:00:01]} 19. Kh2 {[%emt 0:00:01]} f5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 20. Ne2 {[%emt 0:01:56]} Bf6 { [%emt 0:00:01]} 21. Ng1 {[%emt 0:00:01]} b5 {[%emt 0:01:01]} 22. cxb5 {[%emt 0: 00:53]} axb5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 23. axb5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Qb7 {[%emt 0:00:22]} 24. Be2 {[%emt 0:01:53]} Ra2 {[%emt 0:02:15]} 25. Bc3 {[%emt 0:00:18]} Bxc3 { [%emt 0:00:04]} 26. Qxc3 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Nb6 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 27. Nf3 {[%emt 0:02:35]} Ra4 {[%emt 0:05:06]} 28. Ng5 {[%emt 0:00:34]} h6 {[%emt 0:04:58]} 29. Ne6 {[%emt 0:02:33]} Nxd5 {[%emt 0:00:26]} 30. Bf3 {[%emt 0:00:14]} Nxc3 { [%emt 0:01:04]} 31. Bxb7 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Rb8 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 32. Bc6 {[%emt 0:03:38]} Nxb5 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 33. Nc7 {[%emt 0:00:24]} Nxc7 {[%emt 0:00:31]} 34. Bxa4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Rxb2 {[%emt 0:00:33]} 35. Rf3 {[%emt 0:01:16]} Rb4 { [%emt 0:01:24]} 36. Bd7 {[%emt 0:00:28]} Kf7 {[%emt 0:00:47]} 37. g3 {[%emt 0: 01:31]} Kf6 {[%emt 0:00:28]} 38. Ra3 {[%emt 0:00:31]} Rb6 {[%emt 0:00:28]} 39. h4 {[%emt 0:00:47]} d5 {[%emt 0:00:26]} 40. Ra7 {[%emt 0:00:31]} Nge6 {[%emt 0: 00:10]} 41. Rea1 {[%emt 0:00:49]} c4 {[%emt 0:00:32]} 42. Bxe6 {[%emt 0:00:24]} Nxe6 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 43. Rd7 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Rb2+ {[%emt 0:03:45]} 44. Kg1 { [%emt 0:00:01]} c3 {[%emt 0:02:06]} 45. Re1 {[%emt 0:01:06]} Rb6 {[%emt 0:00: 14]} 46. Rxd5 {[%emt 0:00:32]} c2 {[%emt 0:00:18]} 47. Rde5 {[%emt 0:00:37]} Nd4 {[%emt 0:00:11]} 48. Rc5 {[%emt 0:00:17]} Nf3+ {[%emt 0:00:18]} 49. Kf2 { [%emt 0:00:01]} Nxe1 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 50. Kxe1 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Rb3 {[%emt 0: 00:17]} 51. Rc6+ {[%emt 0:00:22]} Kf7 {[%emt 0:00:15]} 52. Kf2 {[%emt 0:00:08]} Rb2 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 53. Ke3 {[%emt 0:00:04]} h5 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 54. Kd4 { [%emt 0:00:23]} Rb3 {[%emt 0:02:08]} 55. Rxc2 {[%emt 0:00:22]} Rxg3 {[%emt 0: 00:02]} 56. Rc7+ {[%emt 0:00:07]} Kf6 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 57. Rc6+ {[%emt 0:00:01] } Ke7 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 58. Ra6 {[%emt 0:00:10]} Rg1 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 59. Ra7+ { [%emt 0:00:19]} Ke6 {[%emt 0:00:15]} 60. Ra6+ {[%emt 0:00:01]} Ke7 {[%emt 0:00: 00]} 61. Ra7+ {[%emt 0:00:01]} Ke6 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 62. Ra6+ {[%emt 0:00:01] Kd5} 1/2-1/2

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