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GM Svidler - GM Nakamura annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Friday, 08 November 2013

By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player, FIDE 2727

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We will see a very interesting game with a lot of strange motives. It is clear that both players were not scared of going for a real fight. In a very complex position, Svidler suddenly started panicking and made a horrible miscalculation, putting all his resources into the attack on the black king and quickly got punished by very cool play of Nakamura.

Svidler,Peter (2740) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2783) [E71]

29th ECC Open 2013 Rhodes GRE (5.4), 24.10.2013

[Arkadij Naiditsch]

Replay the game

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 The King's Indian is back! For some time only Radjabov was playing it, but now more and more players are trying it out. It remains a very sharp and fighting opening.
4.e4 d6 5.h3 Not the main move, but a very tricky line.
5...00 6.Bg5 White's idea is to act against e5 move with d5 and then g4Bg2 and Nge2, which is why White is not playing Nf3 right now.
6...Na6 A development move and Black is also keeping both options open, to play e5 and d5 in the future.
7.f4 Svidler is trying some sort of new setup. After 7.Nf3 we would be back to more or less theoretical lines. 7.g4 looks a bit premature, as Black could try to play c6 followed by d5.

Black reacts immediately. White has a very strong center and it is clear that Black needs to do something against it quickly. The question is whether White can hold the center or if Black will rush over it.
8.Nge2 The g3 square has to be protected.
8...c5 When e5 is not possible, c5 is the solution.
9.d5 b5! It is hard to say if it is a good move, but it clearly makes a lot of sense. Black's play is on the queenside and he needs to act. If White was in time to play g4 followed by Bg2 Black's position could just be bad.
10.cxb5 Nc7
Black's idea is simple, to play Rb8Bd7 or a6 next and open the b-file.
11.a4 Rb8 12.g4 Also a logical move. The bishop on f1 has to be activated.
12...Nf6 13.Ng3 h6 Checking White. Of course it is very unpleasant to give up the bishop on f6 and it is usually the wrong thing to do.

[14.Bxf6? Bxf6 With great play for Black.]
14...Nh7!? Very original play again! Black suddenly wants to play g5 and the bishop on h4 is trapped.
15.Qd2 a6
This is the first critical position of the game. What to play for White?! Should he search for some attacking ideas or try to consolidate and hold the b5 pawn?
A logical move, but I think Black is taking over now. [Maybe it was better for White to keep the extra pawn: 16.bxa6 Bxa6 17.a5 Black of course has good play here too, but a pawn is a pawn.]
16...axb5 17.axb5 Bd7
Black continues what he started, to put pressure on the b-file.
18.e5?! I guess this is what Svidler was playing for, but can it be good to open the position so much with a king on e1?! [The only chance for White was to keep the b-line closed: 18.Ra5! With a very sharp position.]
18...Bxb5 [Of course not 18...dxe5? 19.d6 and the bishop on h4 is not very useful...]
19.Nxb5 Nxb5
The black knight wants to take a great place on d4.
20.Qa5 Svidler wants to escape into a worse endgame, but Nakamura shows no mercy.

The American Super GM has a fantastic killing instinct and shows no mercy. There is no reason for Black to exchange the queens as the white king is too exposed and the bishop on h4 almost trapped. We see a perfect example of how dangerous it can get when a center starts to fall apart.
21.00 [21.Ne4 would not help White much as after 21...dxe5 22.f5 Nd6 Black is also close to be winning.]
21...g5 And the bishop on h4 is lost...
White tries his last chance, a direct attack.
22...gxh4 23.Rae1 [23.Bxb5 was not better as after 23...Qxb5 24.Nxe7+ Kh8 Black is a piece up and winning.]
Nakamura stays cool.
24.Rxe5 A Samurai attack with a machine gun! :) [To give the black knight from h7 a great square on g5 is not an option: 24.fxe5 Ng5+]
24...Bxe5 25.fxe5 Black is a full rook up, which is just too much!

25...e6! Another exact move to destroy any of White's hopes, if there were still any...
26.Nxh6+ Kg7 27.Qd2 Qd8
Black wants to play Qg5 next.
28.Rf6 Nd4 29.Nxf7 Nxf6
We saw a very instructive game and of course great play by Black. It is also clear that White's experimental idea with Bg5f4 has failed completely.


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Comments (1)
1. Written by Jason Edwards on 14:47 09 2013 .
Thanks Natalia! Really enjoyed this one.

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