Resistance Is Useless

Время публикации: 14.12.2014 18:38 | Последнее обновление: 15.12.2014 22:49

London: Nakamura enjoyed the game and shared it with others

The major result of London Chess Classic tournament round 4 is Hikaru Nakamura’s victory against Michael Adams. Now thanks to “three points system” the American didn’t only manage to leave his last place in the tournament but got directly to the third place, still remaining 1 point behind the tournament leaders – Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri. “The result isn’t always important to me, I prefer to have exciting games – said Nakamura in the press center. – I try to enjoy my games”.

But this time it was the case when Nakamura didn’t only enjoy the game but showed a good result as well. He played nearly an ideal game and haven’t given his opponent a mere chance. Nowadays such victories are called “Carlsen style” ones.

Try to find at least one incorrect move played by White.

Hikaru NAKAMURA - Michael ADAMS
London Chess Classic, round 4

Queen’s Gambit Declined
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Qc2. Last two moves played by Nakamura were a good try to surprise his opponent rather than to get advantage. In Queen’s gambit, it’s hard to do both things.
5...h6 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.e3 c5?! Seems like the key to all Adams’s problems in the game. It was preferrable to play 7...0-0.

8.cxd5 cxd4 9.Bb5+.

9...Bd7. Black still has problems in case of 9...Nd7 10.dxe6 Qa5+ 11.Nc3! dxc3 12.exd7+ Bxd7 13.Bxd7+ Kxd7 14.Rd1+ Ke7 15.Qe4+ Kf8 16.0-0. Perhaps the best reply was 9...Kf8, and it’s hard for White to realize the advantage: 10.0-0 exd5 (10...dxe3?! 11.Nc3) 11.Nxd4 (White could try 11.Rc1, and if 11...Be6 then 12.Qc5+) 11...Bxd4 12.exd4 g6 13.Nd2 Kg7 14.Nf3 – at least this is more preferable for Black than what was played in the game.
10.dxe6! Qa5+. Nakamura said that he only looked up 10...Bxb5 in his home analysis, but this isn’t good for Black as well: 11.exf7+ Kxf7 12.Qb3+ Ke7 13.Qxb5, with an advantage.
11.Nbd2 Qxb5. 11...Bxb5 12.Qc8+ Qd8 13.Qxb7 0-0 14.Qxb5! Nigel Short who was commenting the game entertained the audience and Hikaru himself having remembered a chess book called “Take my rooks”: 12...Ke7 (instead of 12...Qd8) 13.Qxh8 Nd7 14.Qxa8 Nc5. However, the party comes to its end when the computer is turned on. One of the possible winning variations is 15.Qc8 Nd3+ 16.Kf1 Nf4+ 17.Nc4. Nakamura: "Perhaps I would have found the winning way at the board..."
12.exd7+ Nxd7 13.Qe4+ Kf8 14.Nxd4 Qxb2 15.Rb1 Qxa2 16.Qxb7.

16...Rd8. Another chance is 16...Rb8 with a nearly forced variation to follow: 17.Qxd7 Rxb1+ 18.Nxb1 Qxb1+ 19.Ke2 Qb2+ 20.Kf3 g6 21.Qxa7 Bxd4 22.Qxd4 Qxd4 (the queens can be kept by 22...Qb8, but it is harder to fight for a draw in that case) 23.exd4 Ke7.

Extra passed pawn gives White good chances in the rook endgame, but it would still be preferrable for Adams to get this ending instead of the one he got in the game.

17.Qb4+ Kg8 18.0-0 a5 19.Qc3 Qd5 20.Qc7 Nf8 21.Rb5 Qd7 22.Qxd7 Rxd7 23.N2f3 Bxd4 24.Nxd4 Ne6 25.Nxe6 fxe6 26.Rxa5 Kf7 27.g4.

27...Rc8. After the game Nakamura called this move a mistake that made White’s victory obvious. Instead, he suggested 27...Rhd8 with the idea of exchanging a pair of rooks. However, the analysis clearly shows that this doesn’t make Black’s defence easier. White would push the pawns forward and eventually create a passed pawn combining it with a threat against the e-pawn. This endgame is hard for Black.
28.Rb1 Rc2 29.Ra8 Rc4 30.h3 h5? (hastens the end) 31.gxh5 Rh4 32.Rh8 Kf6 33.Kh2 Rd5 34.Rf8+ Ke7 35.Rf3 Rf5 36.Rxf5 exf5 37.Rg1 Kf6 38.Rg6+ Kf7 39.Rg5 Kf6 40.f4 1-0

[Event "6th London Classic 2014"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2014.12.13"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Adams, Michael"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D30"] [Opening "QGD"] [EventDate "2014.12.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Qc2 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. e3 c5 8. cxd5 cxd4 9. Bb5+ Bd7 10. dxe6 Qa5+ 11. Nbd2 Qxb5 12. exd7+ Nxd7 13. Qe4+ Kf8 14. Nxd4 Qxb2 15. Rb1 Qxa2 16. Qxb7 Rd8 17. Qb4+ Kg8 18. O-O a5 19. Qc3 Qd5 20. Qc7 Nf8 21. Rb5 Qd7 22. Qxd7 Rxd7 23. N2f3 Bxd4 24. Nxd4 Ne6 25. Nxe6 fxe6 26. Rxa5 Kf7 27. g4 Rc8 28. Rb1 Rc2 29. Ra8 Rc4 30. h3 h5 31. gxh5 Rh4 32. Rh8 Kf6 33. Kh2 Rd5 34. Rf8+ Ke7 35. Rf3 Rf5 36. Rxf5 exf5 37. Rg1 Kf6 38. Rg6+ Kf7 39. Rg5 Kf6 40. f4 1-0[Event "6th London Classic 2014"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2014.12.13"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D37"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "4.Nf3"] [EventDate "2014.12.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 Bb4 6. Bxc4 Nxe4 7. O-O Nxc3 8. bxc3 Be7 9. Ne5 O-O 10. Qg4 Nc6 11. Re1 f5 12. Qf3 Nxe5 13. Rxe5 Kh8 14. h3 Bd6 15. Re2 h6 16. Bd2 Qe7 17. Rae1 Rf6 18. Bb3 a5 19. c4 a4 20. Bc2 Bb4 21. Bc3 Bxc3 22. Qxc3 Bd7 23. d5 Qd6 24. Re5 exd5 25. Rxd5 Qc6 26. Qb4 Be6 27. Rc5 Qb6 28. Rb1 Bg8 29. Rxf5 Qxb4 30. Rxb4 Rxf5 31. Bxf5 a3 32. Bd3 Rd8 33. Rb3 b5 34. Rxa3 Bxc4 35. Bxc4 bxc4 36. Rc3 Rd1+ 37. Kh2 Rd2 38. a4 Rxf2 39. Rxc4 Ra2 40. Kg3 Kh7 41. Kf3 Kg6 42. h4 c5 43. Rxc5 Rxa4 1/2-1/2 [Event "6th London Classic 2014"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2014.12.13"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D91"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "5.Bg5"] [EventDate "2014.12.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bg5 Ne4 6. Bf4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 c5 8. cxd5 Qxd5 9. e3 cxd4 10. cxd4 O-O 11. Be2 Qa5+ 12. Qd2 Qxd2+ 13. Kxd2 Nc6 14. Rhc1 Rd8 15. Rc5 Bf5 16. Rac1 Be4 17. Bd3 Bd5 18. Bc4 Bxf3 19. gxf3 Nxd4 20. exd4 Rxd4+ 21. Ke3 Rxf4 22. Kxf4 Bh6+ 23. Rg5 Kf8 24. Kg4 f6 25. f4 fxg5 26. fxg5 Bg7 27. Be6 Be5 28. h4 Kg7 29. h5 gxh5+ 30. Kxh5 Rf8 31. Rc8 Rxc8 32. Bxc8 b5 33. Ba6 b4 34. Kg4 h6 35. gxh6+ 1/2-1/2 

The London tournament is finishing today, on December 14. Last round pairs are the following: Giri-Kramnik, Caruana – Nakamura, Adams - Anand.
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