Nimzo-Larsen Attack : Hikaru Nakamura vs Kingscrusher – Live Rapid (Speed) Chess Game #142

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Nakamura is also known as Smallville as well as CapilanoBridge


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Chess Kingscrusher gets to play Nakamura on the 15 minute ICC time control!

[Event “ICC 15 0”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2012.07.01”]
[Round “-“]
[White “KingsCrusher”]
[Black “CapilanoBridge”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ICCResult “White resigns”]
[WhiteElo “2169”]
[BlackElo “2210”]
[Opening “Nimzovich-Larsen attack”]
[ECO “A01”]
[NIC “VO.08”]
[Time “02:48:21”]
[TimeControl “900+0″]

1. b3 Nh6 2. Bb2 f6 3. e3 Nf7 4. f4 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. g3 O-O 7. Bg2 e5 8. O-O
d5 9. c4 e4 10. Nd4 f5 11. cxd5 Qxd5 12. Nc3 Qd8 13. Kh1 c5 14. Nde2 Nc6 15.
a3 Be6 16. Rb1 Qd7 17. Na4 b6 18. Bxg7 Kxg7 19. Qc1 Rfd8 20. Qc3+ Kg8 21.
Rfd1 Qd3 22. Qxd3 Rxd3 23. b4 Rxa3 24. Nac3 cxb4 25. Nb5 Ra5 26. Nbd4 Nxd4
27. Nxd4 Bd5 28. Rxb4 Rc8 29. d3 exd3 30. Bxd5 Rxd5 31. Rxd3 Nd6 32. Ra3 a5
33. Rxb6 Nc4 {White resigns} 0-1

There is some controversy surrounding this game. A takeback offer was made by Nakamura after not playing 26.Nc7. It turns out in post-mortem analysis that this Knight fork is not in fact the best move as this Houdini analysis shows:

r5k1/p4n1p/1pn1b1p1/rN3p2/1p2pP2/4P1P1/3PN1BP/1R1R3K w – – 0 1

Analysis by Houdini 2.0c x64:

1. -/+ (-1.23): 26.Ned4 Ba2 27.Rb2 Nxd4 28.Nxd4 Ra4 29.Ra1 Rc8 30.Bf1 b3 31.Bb5 Rb4 32.Bd7 Rc7 33.Be6 a5 34.Nxb3 Bxb3 35.Bxb3 Kg7 36.Kg1 Nd8 37.Kg2 Ne6 38.Rbb1 Nc5 39.Bd5 Nd3 40.Rxb4 Nxb4
(, Microsoft 10.10.2012)

As you can see Nc7 is the 3rd best choice. During the game the takeback offer was accepted as it was a 15 minute game, which both Kingscrusher and Nakamura do not usually play. Usually both stick to the 5-minute autopairing.

After Nc7 was played and revealed the resource Bc4 Kingscrusher asked to go back to what he wanted to originally play – hence a takeback request was made to go back to the original planned and analysed move. Playing a move with no clue how to follow it up is probably worse than playing an inferior move with the means to at least understand potentially useful followups.

In the game continuation, another knight fork occured but unfortunately forking both of Kingscrusher’s rooks compelling resignation.

An amusing encounter and an unusually rare one since Nakamura aka Smallville aka CapilanoBridge usually plays just on the ICC 5-minute autopairing – not the 15 minute autopairing.

In case you have been living on a rock in the last few years, or are not an avid chess player, here is some information about Hikaru Nakumara from Wiki:

Hikaru Nakamura (中村光 Nakamura Hikaru?) (born December 9, 1987) is a Japanese-born American chess grandmaster. He is ranked fifth in the world by FIDE as of October 2012, and is the current United States Chess Champion.
Nakamura’s first supertournament victory came at Wijk aan Zee 2011, finishing clear first ahead of the four top-rated players in the world in a performance described by former World Champion Garry Kasparov as better than any tournament result of Bobby Fischer’s, and the best by an American in more than 100 years.[1]
Nakamura is the top United States Chess Federation (USCF) rated player at 2876, as published on June 1, 2012. As of October 2012, he has reached a FIDE rating of 2786; 5th in the world and the highest of his career.

And here is the relevant section about his blitz chess abilities:

Nakamura is very skilled at blitz chess, and has been called “easily the best blitz player in America”[2] and “one of the best blitz players in the world”.[53]
Nakamura is well known in the chess community for playing on the Internet regularly. He plays primarily on two chess sites: Internet Chess Club (‘Smallville'(Which he does not use)) (‘Capilanobridge'(His current account)) and Playchess (‘Star Wars’). He is the strongest bullet, blitz and standard player on the server and he has set many rating records under different categories.[54]

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  1. How about talking the microphone off the same table where the keyboard is?

  2. bro you missed the fork with knight c7.. thats why he took so much time after move 25.. you would have won against naka..

  3. the knight would not have been stranded… you could have got him free easily

  4. tell u this: the correct pronunciation is fianketto. in Italian, "ch" is "k", quite differently from most languages.

  5. Maybe could have brought that white Bishop back to f1 and maybe trade it off. At least get rid of it if it's no use to you. I also wonder about moving that queen up to f6 and maybe grabbing his white Bishop in exchange for your Knight. Anyway, good game.

  6. Ur way too hesitant ur clock runs down ur only looking at his plan

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