Hikaru Nakamura’s Rapid Chess Rampage! – London Classic Super Rapid Open – Round 4 game

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[Event “London Chess Classic (Rapid Open)”]
[Site “London ENG”]
[Date “2014.12.06”]
[Round “4.1”]
[White “James R Adair”]
[Black “Hikaru Nakamura”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B01”]
[WhiteElo “2420”]
[BlackElo “2767”]
[PlyCount “86”]
[EventDate “2014.12.06”]

{“It doesn’t matter what the result should be on paper, if you play a good
game they are only human and can’t do anything to stop you.†University of
York chess star James Adair was crowned British Under 21 Champion yesterday
after finishing 14th at the 2012 British Chess Championships.} 1. e4 d5 2. exd5
Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 c6 5. Nf3 Bf5 (5… Nf6 6. Bc4 Bf5 7. Ne5 e6 8. g4 Bg6 9.
h4 Nbd7 10. Nxd7 Nxd7 11. h5 Be4) 6. Ne5 e6 (6… Nf6 7. g4) 7. g4 Bg6 8. h4
Nd7 (8… Be4 9. Nc4 Qb4 10. a3 Qe7 11. Nxe4) (8… h6 9. Qf3 Qd8 10. Nxg6 fxg6
11. Bf4) 9. Nc4 Qc7 10. h5 Bxc2 11. Qxc2 Ngf6 12. g5 Nd5 13. Bd2 Be7 14. Qe4
O-O-O 15. f4 (15. g6 hxg6 16. hxg6 f5 17. Qf3 Rxh1 18. Qxh1 Bf6) 15… Rhe8 16.
O-O-O h6 17. gxh6 gxh6 18. Ne5 f5 19. Nxd5 (19. Qd3 Kb8 20. Kb1) (19. Qf3)
19… cxd5+ 20. Qc2 Nf6 21. Ba5 Qxc2+ 22. Kxc2 b6 23. Be1 (23. Ba6+ Kc7 24. Bd2
) 23… Kb7 (23… Ne4 24. Ba6+ Kb8 25. Nc6+) 24. Ng6 (24. Bb5 Rf8 25. Bh4) (
24. Bh4) 24… Bd6 25. Kd3 (25. Kb1 Rc8) 25… Rc8 26. Be2 Ne4 27. Bf3 Rc7 28.
Rh2 Rec8 29. Bxe4 (29. Ne5 Bxe5 30. dxe5) 29… dxe4+ 30. Ke3 Rc1 31. Rxc1 Rxc1
32. Bh4 (32. Rh1 Bb4 33. Ke2 Rc2+ 34. Ke3 Rc1) 32… Rf1 33. Be7 Rf3+ 34. Ke2
Kc7 (34… Bxf4 35. Nxf4 Rxf4 36. Bf8 Rf3 37. Bxh6 f4 38. Bg5 Re3+ 39. Kd1) 35.
Bg5 (35. Bxd6+ Kxd6 36. Ne5 Rxf4 37. Nf7+) 35… hxg5 36. h6 gxf4 (36… Bxf4
37. Nxf4 gxf4 38. h7 Rg3) 37. h7 Rd3 38. Nxf4 (38. h8=Q f3+ 39. Ke1 (39. Kf1
Rd1+ 40. Kf2 Rd2+ 41. Ke3 Rxh2 42. Qg7+ Kb8 43. Ne5 Re2+ 44. Kf4 f2 45. Qg2
Rxb2) 39… Bg3+ 40. Rf2 e3 41. Qg7+ Kb8 42. Qf8+ Kb7 43. Qe7+ Ka6) (38. Ne5
f3+ 39. Nxf3 (39. Kf2 Rd2+ 40. Kg3 Bxe5+ 41. dxe5 f4+ 42. Kh3 Rd8 43. Kg4 Rh8
44. Kxf4 f2 45. Rxf2 Rxh7) (39. Ke1 Bb4+ 40. Kf2 Rd2+ 41. Kg3 f4+ 42. Kh3 f2
43. Rh1) 39… Bxh2 40. Ng5 Bf4 41. Nxe6+ Kd7 42. Nxf4 Rf3) (38. Nh4 f3+ 39.
Nxf3 exf3+ (39… Bxh2 40. h8=Q Bf4 41. Qg7+ Kd6 42. Ne5 Rd2+ 43. Ke1 Rxd4 44.
Ng6 Bg3+ 45. Ke2 Rd3 46. Qxa7) 40. Kxd3 Bxh2) 38… Bxf4 39. Rh4 (39. h8=Q Rd2+
40. Ke1 Rxh2 41. Qe8 Bg3+ (41… Rh6 42. Ke2 Bd6) 42. Kf1) 39… Rd2+ 40. Ke1 (
40. Kf1 e3 41. h8=Q Rd1+ 42. Ke2 Rd2+ 43. Kf1 (43. Ke1 Bg3+ 44. Kf1 e2+ 45. Kg2
e1=Q+ 46. Kh3 Rh2#)) 40… e3 41. Rh3 (41. h8=Q Bg3+ 42. Kf1 e2+ 43. Kg2 e1=Q+)
41… Bg3+ 42. Rxg3 (42. Kf1) 42… Rh2 43. d5 (43. Rxe3 Kd6) 43… f4 0-1

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  1. I think White was trying to protect his advantage more than he would normally do against lesser opposition. I'd imagine he would have converted this at a classical time limit, although surely Naka would not have gone so wrong at a longer time control.

  2. This hurt to watch. I surely couldn't do any better against Naka, particularly in rapid, but I just can't believe white lost this game D,:

  3. Splendid scenario of this game. Nakamura showed determination and class Super GM. Great analysis Thanks KC.

  4. So thats why they call them super gm's…amazing stuff.

  5. I was watching Nakamura play on chess.com the other day. He played amirose (25??) ten  bullet games and it was never a contest. 

  6. Just watched your 5,000 videos celebration and can notice, now more than ever, you're slowly climbing to 6,000. Will you be making a video to celebrate?

  7. What about fxg5 for white after black tool the sacrificed bishop? It should be winning with 2 connected passed pawns and 1 less pawn for black in the center.

  8. It seems there is at least a possibility that White can draw @ 26.25 after Ke1 with:
    Ke1 e3, Rh3

    Anyway, brilliant game!

  9. A classic example of psychology in chess
    He realised he was a piece up from the opening, but also remembered he was playing Naka, give these super Gms the slightest of a sniff they pounce, just like a Tiger on its prey.
    There is no hiding place on a chess board, Winning a won position against a much stronger player can be so difficult.

  10. Naka got 44 rapid Elo points from this tournament. Pretty good.

  11. I feel bad for this guy, he must be sick… he did seem to make the positing more complicated than it needed to be though

  12. To some extent this is exactly what happens to Naka when he loses to Carlsen no matter how winning his position looks. Don't you think?! 

  13. Nakamura is amazingly resourceful and also psychologically intimidating.  I don't think all super GM's could manage to win a rapid game with black with a bishop down against a solid player like this.

  14. Strangely enough Nxf4 was my thought for the position on the board @ 23:28 after looking at it for about 30 seconds or so; (this was earlier in the video in my defense before being shown Nh4 or Ne5). Ok so when a 2400 GM plays my top move vs Naka.., well it cannot be a good thing. As it turns out it turned out to be a huge blunder.

    Anyhow amazing game. Huge position for white out of the opening.

  15. That's disappointing to have a dominant position and lose the game.

  16. Splendid comments as usual. Thank you very much. What an amazing game!

  17. The key position was way too tough!! I'd hav queened

  18. Really shocking, the resources that Nakamura found in this one.   Those lines with white up a queen and still losing were quite something.

  19. Nakamura!! He could play any opening even the Blackmar Diemer gambit and win!! He is extremely good at blitz/rapid chess. 

  20. An international master really ought to be able to convert this massive advantage. Pretty shocking that not only did he blow the win, he wasn't even able to draw!

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