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His Best Games of Chess

1997 - 2012
Hikaru Nakamura

His Best Games of Chess: 1997 - 2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Copyright 2012 by Chess Club Live
GM Best Games Series

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Foreword
This chess book amazes me. Firstly it is not

annotated by a human, it is annotated by Houdini


Chess Engine. It has no recommendations or

contributions from any titled chess player. What


makes it relevant is the single fact that it was

made by a group of ordinary people who love

chess and want to play chess, share chess and


discover chess with like-minded people.

This breaks the rules but for all the right reasons.
Michael Mkpadi

Chess Fan, Candidate Master & Software Engineer

July 2012

Preface
This series of books tell the story of Grandmaster
Chess in the new millennium. Chess has changed
profoundly in the age of Social Media.
These books represent the power of

conversation in chess. The discussion is

happening everywhere and anyone who picks up


this book is participating. The book is available

online free of charge and costs nothing but your


time to download. Printed copies are priced for

the cost of printing and a small donations to a few


nominated charities. Please join the conversation
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July 2012

Introduction
I make no secret about it. I love this guy Hikaru

Nakamura. He is an out and out attacker and makes no


excuses about it. I first saw his awesome powers of

attacking and calculation on the Internet Chess Club


where he beat allcomers in his own imitable style.

However he took his brand of ferocity onto the world

stage and made some experience Super Grandmasters


look ordinary.

This collection showcases some of his most inspiring


efforts at the board and is a fascinating journey into
the mind of one the worlds foremost attacking
players.

Dedication
To My Beloved Wife,Daughter and Son
My Brother and Sister
Mum and Dad
And

Caissa

Table of Contents
Foreword.......................................................................................................................................................................4
Preface ..........................................................................................................................................................................5
Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................6
Dedication .....................................................................................................................................................................7
Games .........................................................................................................................................................................10
Big Trouble in Smallville ..............................................................................................................................................11
Ferocious Talent..........................................................................................................................................................79
The H-Bomb ..............................................................................................................................................................119
INDEX ........................................................................................................................................................................198
Openings and Players............................................................................................................................................198
Selected Endgames ...............................................................................................................................................200
Selected Sacrifices.................................................................................................................................................200
Selected Strategic Themes....................................................................................................................................200
Brilliancy - showered Gold coins on the chessboard!...........................................................................................200

Games

Big Trouble in Smallville

21.Qxf2+
No matter how much theory progresses, how radically styles
change, chess play is inconceivable without tactics. - Samuel
Reshevsky

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


1

A49

Lepan,Marvin
Nakamura,Hikaru
Wch U10 Cannes (7)

1997

A49: 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 g6 3 g3: AntiKing's Indian systems


1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 g7-g6
3.b2-b3 Bf8-g7 4.Bc1-b2 0-0
5.g2-g3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 5.e2-e3
d7-d6 6.Ng1-f3 c7-c5 7.Nb1-c3 c5xd4
8.e3xd4 Nb8-c6 9.d4-d5 Nc6-e5
10.Nf3xe5 d6xe5 11.Bf1-d3 e5-e4
12.Bd3-c2 Qd8-b6 13.h2-h3 Bc8-d7
14.Qd1-d2 -0.05/14 ] 5...d7-d6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 5...c7-c5
6.d4-d5 Nb8-a6 7.Ng1-f3 b7-b5
8.c4xb5 Na6-b4 9.d5-d6 Bc8-b7
10.a2-a3 Nb4-d5 11.d6xe7 Qd8xe7
12.Nb1-d2 a7-a6 13.b5xa6 Bb7xa6
14.Nd2-c4 d7-d6 -0.42/13 ] 6.Bf1-g2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 6.Ng1-f3 c7-c5
7.Nb1-d2 Qd8-a5 8.Bf1-g2 Nf6-e4
9.e2-e3 Nb8-c6 10.0-0 Ne4-c3
11.Bb2xc3 Qa5xc3 12.Nd2-e4 Qc3-b2
13.Ra1-b1 Qb2xa2 14.d4xc5 -0.34/14
Diagram
(Diagram 1)
] 6...e7-e5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
6...c7-c5 7.Ng1-f3 Bc8-f5 8.0-0
Nb8-c6 9.Nb1-c3 Qd8-a5 10.Qd1-d2
Ra8-d8 11.d4-d5 Nc6-b4 12.Nf3-g5
Nf6-g4 13.Nc3-b5 -0.28/13 ] 7.d4xe5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 7.d4xe5 d6xe5
8.Qd1xd8 Rf8xd8 9.Bb2xe5 Rd8-e8
10.Be5-b2 Nb8-c6 11.Nb1-c3 Bc8-f5
12.Nc3-b5 Re8-e7 13.Bb2-c3 Nf6-e4
14.Bc3xg7 Kg8xg7 15.Ra1-d1 a7-a6
16.Nb5-d4 Nc6xd4 17.Rd1xd4
-0.05/15 ] 7...Nf6-d7 Diagram
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 7...d6xe5
8.Qd1xd8 Rf8xd8 9.Bb2xe5 Rd8-e8
10.Be5-b2 Nb8-c6 11.Nb1-c3 Bc8-f5

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8.Ng1-f3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
8.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6 9.0-0 d6xe5
10.Nf3-d2 Rf8-e8 11.Nb1-c3 Nd7-c5
12.Nd2-e4 Nc5xe4 13.Nc3xe4 Qd8-e7
14.Qd1-d2 Re8-d8 15.Qd2-e3 Nc6-d4
16.Ra1-d1 Bc8-f5 0.15/14 ] 8...d6xe5
9.0-0 last book move last book move
e5-e4 Black threatens to win material:
e4xf3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 9...e5-e4
10.Bb2xg7 e4xf3 11.Bg7xf8 f3xg2
12.Kg1xg2 Qd8xf8 13.Nb1-c3 Nb8-c6
14.Qd1-d2 Nd7-f6 15.f2-f3 Qf8-e7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


16.Qd2-g5 Bc8-f5 17.g3-g4 Bf5-e6
18.e2-e4 Ra8-e8 19.Rf1-d1 a7-a6
20.e4-e5 Qe7-b4 -0.17/17 ]
10.Bb2xg7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
10.Bb2xg7 e4xf3 11.Bg7xf8 f3xg2
12.Kg1xg2 Qd8xf8 13.Nb1-c3 Nb8-c6
14.Qd1-d2 Nd7-f6 15.f2-f3 Qf8-e7
16.Qd2-g5 Bc8-f5 17.g3-g4 Bf5-e6
18.e2-e4 Ra8-e8 19.Rf1-d1 a7-a6
20.e4-e5 Qe7-b4 -0.41/18 ] 10...e4xf3
[Less advisable is 10...Kg8xg7
11.Nf3-d4 Rf8-e8 12.Qd1-d2 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 10...e4xf3
11.Bg7xf8 f3xg2 12.Kg1xg2 Qd8xf8
13.Nb1-c3 Nb8-c6 14.Qd1-d2 Nd7-f6
15.Ra1-d1 Qf8-e7 16.Nc3-d5 Nf6xd5
17.c4xd5 Nc6-b4 18.f2-f3 a7-a5
19.e2-e4 Qe7-e5 20.a2-a3 Nb4-a6
21.Rd1-c1 Bc8-d7 22.Kg2-g1 -0.22/17
] 11.Bg7xf8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
11.Bg7xf8 f3xg2 12.Kg1xg2 Qd8xf8
13.Nb1-c3 Nb8-c6 14.f2-f3 Nd7-c5
15.Qd1-d2 Bc8-e6 16.Qd2-f4 Qf8-e7
17.Ra1-d1 a7-a6 18.Rf1-e1 Ra8-e8
19.Nc3-d5 Be6xd5 20.c4xd5 g6-g5
21.Qf4-f5 -0.41/17 ] 11...f3xg2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 11...f3xg2
12.Kg1xg2 Qd8xf8 13.Nb1-c3 Nb8-c6
14.Nc3-b5 Nd7-c5 15.Nb5xc7
Bc8-h3+ 16.Kg2xh3 Qf8-c8+
17.Kh3-g2 Qc8xc7 18.Qd1-d5 Qc7-e7
Diagram
(Diagram 3)
19.Rf1-d1 Ra8-d8 20.Qd5-f3 Nc6-d4
21.Qf3-e3 Qe7-d6 22.Qe3-f4 Qd6-d7
23.Qf4-e5 -0.33/16 ] 12.Kg1xg2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 12.Kg1xg2
Qd8xf8 13.Nb1-c3 Nb8-c6 14.Qd1-d2
Nd7-f6 15.Ra1-c1 Bc8-e6 16.Qd2-g5
Qf8-e7 17.f2-f3 Ra8-e8 18.Rf1-d1
Nf6-g4 19.Qg5-f4 Ng4-e5 20.Nc3-d5
Be6xd5 21.c4xd5 g6-g5 22.Qf4-e4
-0.31/17 ] 12...Qd8xf8 Black wins the

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exchange [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
12...Qd8xf8 13.f2-f3 Nd7-f6 14.Nb1-c3
Bc8-e6 15.Qd1-d4 Nb8-d7 16.Ra1-d1
Qf8-h6 17.h2-h4 c7-c6 18.Rf1-h1
a7-a5 19.g3-g4 Qh6-g7 20.g4-g5
Nf6-h5 21.Qd4xg7+ Kg8xg7 -0.34/16 ]
13.Nb1-c3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
13.f2-f3 Nd7-f6 14.Qd1-d2 Bc8-e6
15.Qd2-f4 Qf8-e7 16.Rf1-d1 Nf6-h5
17.Qf4-e4 Nb8-c6 18.Nb1-c3 a7-a6
19.Ra1-c1 Nh5-f6 20.Qe4-f4 Ra8-e8
21.g3-g4 b7-b6 -0.37/14 ] 13...Nd7-f6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 13...Nb8-c6
14.Nc3-b5 Nd7-c5 15.Nb5xc7
Bc8-h3+ 16.Kg2xh3 Qf8-c8+
17.Kh3-g2 Qc8xc7 18.Qd1-d5 Qc7-b6
19.Rf1-d1 Ra8-d8 20.Qd5-g5 Rd8-e8
21.Qg5-d2 Nc5-e4 22.Qd2-f4 Nc6-d4
23.e2-e3 -0.35/14 ] 14.f2-f3
Secures e4+g4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
14.Qd1-d2 Nb8-c6 15.Ra1-c1 Bc8-e6
16.Qd2-g5 Qf8-e7 17.f2-f3 Ra8-e8
18.Rf1-d1 Nf6-g4 19.Qg5-f4 Ng4-e5
20.Nc3-d5 Be6xd5 21.c4xd5 g6-g5
22.Qf4-e4 -0.29/14 ] 14...Nb8-c6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 14...Bc8-e6
15.Qd1-d4 Nb8-d7 16.Ra1-d1 a7-a6
17.e2-e4 Ra8-e8 18.g3-g4 c7-c5
19.Qd4-d6 Qf8-h6 20.Qd6-d2 Qh6-h4
21.Qd2-f2 Qh4-g5 -0.28/15 ] 15.e2-e4

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 15.Qd1-d2
Qf8-e7 16.Ra1-c1 Qe7-e5 17.Qd2-f4
Qe5xf4 18.g3xf4 Bc8-e6 19.Rf1-d1
Ra8-e8 20.Rd1-d2 Kg8-g7 21.Rc1-d1
a7-a6 22.e2-e4 Nc6-b4 -0.34/14 ]
15...Qf8-h6 White king safety dropped
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 15...Kg8-g7
16.Qd1-e1 Bc8-e6 17.Nc3-d5 Be6xd5
18.c4xd5 Nc6-e5 19.Qe1-a5 Qf8-e7
20.Ra1-c1 b7-b6 21.Qa5-c3 Ra8-c8
22.Qc3-d4 -0.38/13 ] 16.Rf1-f2
[ 16.g3-g4 Bc8-e6 17.Nc3-d5 Qh6-g5
18.Nd5xc7 Ra8-d8 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 16.g3-g4 Bc8-e6 17.Nc3-d5
Nf6-e8 18.Qd1-c1 Qh6-g7 19.Qc1-c3
Ra8-d8 20.Ra1-c1 Qg7xc3 21.Rc1xc3
Nc6-e5 22.Rf1-d1 Be6xd5
23.Rd1xd5 -0.27/13 ] 16...Bc8-h3+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 16...Qh6-h5
17.Qd1-d2 Bc8-h3+ 18.Kg2-g1
Qh5-e5 19.Ra1-d1 Ra8-d8 20.Nc3-d5
Kg8-g7 21.Rf2-e2 b7-b6 22.a2-a3
Nc6-a5 23.Qd2-c2 Bh3-d7 24.Re2-d2
Nf6xd5 25.Rd2xd5 -0.46/12 ]
17.Kg2-g1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17.Kg2-h1 Qh6-h5 18.Nc3-d5 Qh5-e5
19.Rf2-d2 Ra8-e8 20.a2-a3 Bh3-e6
21.Ra1-c1 Kg8-g7 22.b3-b4 a7-a6
23.Kh1-g1 Be6xd5 24.c4xd5 -0.43/13 ]
17...Qh6-e3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17...Nc6-e5 18.Qd1-d4 Qh6-h5
19.Qd4-e3 Bh3-e6 20.Ra1-d1 a7-a6
21.Nc3-e2 Nf6-d7 22.Ne2-f4 Qh5-g5
23.Qe3-c3 Qg5-e7 24.Nf4xe6
Qe7xe6 -0.51/14 ] 18.Qd1-e1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18.Qd1-d2
Qe3-c5 19.Ra1-d1 Nc6-e5 20.Qd2-d4
Qc5xd4 21.Rd1xd4 Kg8-g7 22.g3-g4
c7-c6 23.g4-g5 Nf6-h5 24.f3-f4
Ne5-d7 25.Rd4-d3 Bh3-g4 26.Kg1-g2
Ra8-d8 -0.41/16 ] 18...Qe3xe1+
[ 18...Qe3-c5!? 19.Nc3-a4 Qc5-e7 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18...Qe3-c5
Diagram
19.Nc3-a4 Qc5-e7 20.Ra1-d1 Nc6-e5

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23.Kg1-g2 Ra8-d8 24.Rf2-d2 b7-b6
25.g3-g4 Kg8-g7 26.Qe3-f4 h7-h6
-0.53/15 ] 19.Ra1xe1 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 19.Ra1xe1 Kg8-g7 20.Rf2-d2
h7-h5 21.Kg1-f2 Ra8-e8 22.Re1-d1
Re8-e7 23.Nc3-e2 Nc6-e5 24.Rd2-d8
Nf6-d7 25.Ne2-f4 Bh3-e6 26.Nf4xe6+
f7xe6 -0.32/13 ] 19...Nc6-e5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19...Kg8-g7
20.Rf2-d2 h7-h5 21.Kg1-f2 Ra8-e8
22.Re1-d1 Re8-e7 23.Nc3-e2 Nc6-e5
24.Rd2-d8 g6-g5 25.Rd8-a8 a7-a6
26.Ra8-a7 -0.22/14 ] 20.Re1-d1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20.Re1-d1
Ra8-c8 21.Nc3-b5 a7-a6 22.Nb5-c3
Kg8-g7 23.f3-f4 Ne5-d7 24.e4-e5
Nf6-g4 25.Rf2-d2 Nd7-c5 26.Rd2-d5
Nc5-e6 27.Rd5-d7 Ng4-e3 28.Rd1-e1
Ne6-c5 29.Rd7-e7 Ne3-f5 -0.25/15 ]
20...Bh3-d7 [ 20...c7-c5!?=
is interesting ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20...Ra8-c8 21.f3-f4 Ne5-c6 22.e4-e5
Nf6-d7 23.Nc3-d5 Kg8-g7 24.Rf2-d2
Bh3-g4 25.Rd1-e1 Bg4-f3 26.Kg1-f2
Bf3xd5 27.Rd2xd5 Rc8-d8
28.Re1-d1 -0.27/15 ] 21.Nc3-d5
[ 21.f3-f4 Ne5-g4 22.Rf2-d2 Bd7-c6
23.Rd2-d8+ Ra8xd8 24.Rd1xd8+
Kg8-g7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

21.f3-f4 Bd7-g4 22.f4xe5 Nf6xe4


Rf5-f2 37.Rc6xa6 Rf2-e2+
23.Nc3xe4 Bg4xd1 24.Ne4-f6+
38.Ke4-d3 0.35/18 ] 23.Kg1-g2
Kg8-g7 25.Rf2-d2 Bd1-f3 26.b3-b4
Loses material [ 23.f3-f4 Bd7-e6
h7-h5 27.h2-h3 Bf3-c6 28.b4-b5
24.f4xe5 Be6xd5 25.e4xd5 f6xe5
Bc6-e8 29.Kg1-f2 a7-a6 30.a2-a4
26.Rf2-e2 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
a6xb5 31.c4xb5 c7-c6 32.b5-b6
23.f3-f4 Bd7-c6 24.f4xe5 Bc6xd5
25.e4xd5 f6xe5 26.Rf2-e2 Ra8-e8
0.55/16 ] 21...Nf6xd5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 21...Nf6-e8 22.Kg1-g2 c7-c6
27.Kg1-g2 b7-b6 28.Kg2-f3 Kg8-g7
23.Nd5-b4 a7-a5 24.Nb4-d3 Ne5xd3
29.Kf3-e4 h7-h5 30.Re2-f2 Re8-e7
25.Rd1xd3 Bd7-c8 26.Rf2-d2 Ne8-c7
31.Rf2-f1 Re7-e8 32.h2-h4 a7-a6
27.Rd3-d8+ Kg8-g7 28.h2-h4 Nc7-e6
33.b3-b4 b6-b5 34.c4-c5 0.42/16 ]
23...Bd7-c6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29.Rd8-d6 Ne6-c5 30.Rd2-d1 h7-h6
31.Rd6-d8 Nc5-e6 32.Rd8-d6 0.01/15 ] 23...Bd7-c6 24.Rd5-d1 Ra8-e8
22.Rd1xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25.Rf2-d2 Kg8-g7 26.Rd2-d8 Re8-e7
22.Rd1xd5 f7-f6 23.f3-f4 Bd7-c6
27.Kg2-f2 f6-f5 28.e4xf5 Bc6xf3
24.f4xe5 Bc6xd5 25.e4xd5 f6xe5
29.f5-f6+ Kg7xf6 30.Rd8-f8+ Re7-f7
26.Kg1-f1 a7-a5 27.Rf2-e2 Ra8-f8+
31.Rd1-d8 c7-c5 32.Rf8xf7+ Kf6xf7
28.Kf1-g2 Rf8-f5 29.g3-g4 Rf5-g5
33.Rd8-h8 h7-h5 34.Rh8-h7+ Kf7-f6
30.Kg2-f3 h7-h5 31.g4xh5 Rg5xh5
35.Kf2-e3 Bf3-c6 36.h2-h3 Kf6-f5
32.Kf3-e4 Kg8-f7 33.Re2-f2+ Kf7-e7
-0.43/16 ] 24.Rd5-d4 [Houdini 2.0c
34.c4-c5 b7-b5 35.c5xb6 c7xb6
Pro x64: 24.Rd5-d1 Ra8-e8 25.Rf2-d2
0.38/18 Diagram
Kg8-g7 26.Rd2-d8 Re8-e7 27.Rd1-f1
f6-f5 28.e4xf5 g6xf5 29.Rd8-d2
Re7-e8 30.Rd2-e2 Ne5xf3 31.Re2xe8
Nf3-d4+ 32.Kg2-f2 Bc6xe8 33.h2-h4
Nd4-c2 34.Kf2-f3 Kg7-f6 35.g3-g4
5
Nc2-d4+ 36.Kf3-e3 -0.47/15 ]
24...Ra8-e8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24...Kg8-g7 25.h2-h3 a7-a5 26.Rf2-f1
b7-b6 27.g3-g4 a5-a4 28.b3-b4
Bc6-b7 29.Rf1-d1 Ra8-e8 30.b4-b5
a4-a3 31.Rd4-d2 -0.44/14 ] 25.h2-h3
Consolidates g4 [ 25.g3-g4 Kg8-f7 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25.g3-g4 f6-f5
26.e4xf5 g6xf5 27.Kg2-g3 f5xg4
28.f3xg4 Ne5-f7 29.Kg3-h4 Kg8-g7
30.Rd4-f4 Nf7-e5 31.Kh4-g3 Re8-d8
32.Rf2-e2 Rd8-d3+ 33.Kg3-f2 Ne5-g6
] 22...f7-f6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22...f7-f6 23.f3-f4 Bd7-c6 24.f4xe5
34.Rf4-f5 -0.33/13 ] 25...Kg8-g7
[ 25...f6-f5 26.Rf2-e2 ;Houdini 2.0c
Bc6xd5 25.e4xd5 f6xe5 26.Rf2-e2
Pro x64: 25...f6-f5 26.Rf2-e2 f5xe4
Ra8-e8 27.Kg1-f2 Re8-f8+ 28.Kf2-e3
27.f3xe4 Kg8-g7 28.a2-a3 Ne5-f7
Rf8-f5 29.Ke3-e4 Kg8-f7 30.c4-c5
29.h3-h4 Nf7-d6 30.Kg2-f3 b7-b6
Kf7-e7 31.Re2-d2 b7-b6 32.c5xb6
31.Re2-e1 Bc6-b7 32.g3-g4 h7-h6
c7xb6 33.Rd2-c2 Ke7-d7 34.h2-h4
33.Kf3-f4 Re8-f8+ 34.Kf4-g3 -0.71/15 ]
b6-b5 35.b3-b4 a7-a6 36.Rc2-c6

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His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


26.h3-h4 [ 26.g3-g4!? ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 26.g3-g4 f6-f5 27.e4xf5
g6xf5 28.Kg2-g3 f5-f4+ 29.Kg3xf4
Ne5xf3 30.Rd4-d3 Nf3-e5 31.Rd3-c3
h7-h6 32.Rf2-d2 Ne5-g6+ 33.Kf4-g3
Re8-e1 34.Rc3-d3 Ng6-e5 35.Rd3-d8
Re1-e3+ 36.Kg3-f4 -0.40/14 ]
26...f6-f5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...f6-f5 27.Rf2-d2 f5xe4 28.f3xe4
Ne5-g4 29.Rd2-e2 h7-h5 30.b3-b4
Ng4-f6 31.Kg2-f3 a7-a6 32.a2-a3
Nf6-g4 33.Kf3-g2 Kg7-f6 34.Kg2-f3
Kf6-e6 35.Kf3-f4 Re8-f8+ 36.Kf4-g5
Rf8-f3 37.Kg5xg6 Bc6-e8+ 38.Kg6-g5
Rf3xg3 -0.91/14 ] 27.Kg2-h3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.e4xf5 g6xf5
28.Rd4-d2 Kg7-f6 29.Rf2-f1 Re8-g8
30.Rd2-d4 Rg8-g4 31.Rd4-f4 Ne5-d3
32.Kg2-h2 Rg4xf4 33.g3xf4 Nd3xf4
34.Kh2-g3 Nf4-e2+ 35.Kg3-f2 Ne2-c3
36.a2-a3 f5-f4 37.Rf1-e1 Bc6-d7
-0.80/13 ] 27...Re8-e7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 27...h7-h5 28.Kh3-g2 g6-g5
29.h4xg5 f5xe4 30.f3xe4 Ne5-f7
31.g3-g4 h5xg4 32.Kg2-g3 Nf7xg5
33.Kg3xg4 Ng5xe4 34.Rf2-f5 Re8-e7
35.Rf5-a5 a7-a6 36.Kg4-f4 Kg7-g6
37.Ra5-e5 Re7-f7+ 38.Kf4-g4
-1.02/13 ] 28.b3-b4? [ 28.Kh3-g2
f5xe4 29.f3xe4 Ne5-d7-+ ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 28.Rf2-f1 f5xe4 29.f3xe4
Ne5-d7 30.Rf1-e1 h7-h5 31.Re1-e2
Kg7-f6 32.g3-g4 Kf6-e5 33.Rd4-d1
Nd7-c5 34.g4xh5 g6xh5 35.b3-b4
Nc5xe4 36.b4-b5 Bc6-d7+ 37.Kh3-g2
Re7-g7+ 38.Kg2-f3 -1.02/13 ]
28...a7-a6 [ 28...f5xe4 29.f3xe4
Bc6-d7+ 30.Kh3-g2-+ ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 28...f5xe4 29.f3xe4 Bc6-d7+
30.Kh3-g2 Ne5-c6 31.Rd4-d1 Bd7-g4
32.Rd1-d3 Re7xe4 33.b4-b5 Nc6-a5
34.c4-c5 Na5-c4 35.c5-c6 b7-b6
36.Rd3-d8 Nc4-e3+ 37.Kg2-h2
-1.61/13 ] 29.c4-c5 [ 29.Kh3-g2 f5xe4
30.f3xe4 Bc6-e8 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro

x64: 29.Rf2-f1 f5xe4 30.f3xe4 Re7-d7


31.Rd4xd7+ Bc6xd7+ 32.Kh3-g2
Bd7-c6 33.c4-c5 Bc6xe4+ 34.Kg2-h3
Be4-d5 35.a2-a3 Bd5-e6+ 36.Kh3-g2
Ne5-g4 37.Rf1-f4 Be6-d5+ 38.Kg2-h3
Ng4-e3 -1.14/14 ] 29...h7-h5
[ 29...f5xe4 30.f3xe4 Bc6-d7+
31.Kh3-g2-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29...f5xe4 30.f3xe4 Bc6-d7+
31.Kh3-g2 Ne5-c6 32.Rd4-c4 Bd7-e6
33.Rc4-c3 Be6-g8 34.Rc3-e3 Nc6xb4
35.Rf2-b2 a6-a5 36.Kg2-f3 Bg8xa2
37.Re3-a3 Ba2-c4 38.Ra3xa5 Nb4-c6
39.Ra5-a1 Nc6-e5+ 40.Kf3-g2 Bc4-d3
41.Ra1-e1 Bd3-a6 42.Re1-d1
Ne5-d3 -1.43/15 ] 30.a2-a3?
[ 30.Kh3-g2-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.Kh3-g2 f5xe4 31.f3xe4 Bc6-b5
32.a2-a3 Ne5-g4 33.Rf2-f3 Re7-e8
34.Rf3-f4 Ng4-e3+ 35.Kg2-h2 Ne3-c2
36.Rd4-d2 Nc2xa3 37.Rd2-f2 Re8-e7
38.g3-g4 h5xg4 39.Rf4xg4 Bb5-c6
40.Rf2-e2 Na3-c4 41.Kh2-g3 -1.32/14 ]
30...f5xe4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30...f5xe4 31.f3xe4 Ne5-g4 32.Rf2-f1
Bc6xe4 33.Rd4-d2 Be4-f5 34.Rf1-a1
Re7-e3 35.Kh3-g2 Ng4-f6 36.Kg2-h2
Nf6-e4 37.Rd2-g2 Bf5-e6 38.Ra1-c1
Ne4-f6 39.a3-a4 Be6-b3 40.c5-c6
Nf6-g4+ 41.Kh2-h3 -2.39/14 ] 31.f3xe4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31.f3xe4
Ne5-g4 32.Rf2-f1 Bc6xe4 33.Rd4-d2
Be4-f5 34.Rf1-a1 Re7-e3 35.Kh3-g2
Ng4-f6 36.Kg2-h2 Nf6-e4 37.Rd2-g2
Bf5-e6 38.Ra1-c1 Be6-d7 39.Rc1-a1
Bd7-g4 40.Ra1-a2 Re3-d3 41.Rg2-g1
Kg7-h6 42.Rg1-g2 -2.53/15 ]
31...Ne5-g4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31...Ne5-g4 32.Rf2-f1 Bc6xe4
33.Rf1-e1 Kg7-h6 34.Rd4-d2 Be4-g2+
35.Kh3xg2 Re7xe1 36.Rd2-d7 c7-c6
37.Rd7xb7 Re1-e2+ 38.Kg2-f1
Re2-f2+ 39.Kf1-e1 Rf2-g2 40.Rb7-b6
Ng4-e5 41.Rb6xa6 Rg2xg3 42.a3-a4
Ne5-d3+ 43.Ke1-e2 Nd3xb4

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


44.Ra6-b6 Rg3-b3 -2.54/15 ]
32.Rf2-e2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32.Rf2-f1 Bc6xe4 33.Rf1-e1 Kg7-h6
34.Rd4-d2 Be4-g2+ 35.Kh3xg2
Re7xe1 36.Rd2-d7 c7-c6 37.Rd7xb7
Re1-e2+ 38.Kg2-f1 Re2-f2+ 39.Kf1-e1
Rf2-g2 40.Rb7-b6 Ng4-e5 41.Rb6xa6
Rg2xg3 42.a3-a4 Ne5-d3+ 43.Ke1-e2
Nd3xb4 44.Ra6-b6 Rg3-b3 -2.52/15 ]
32...Bc6xe4! Decoy: e4. [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 32...Bc6-b5 33.Re2-e1
Re7-f7 34.Kh3-g2 Rf7-f2+ 35.Kg2-g1
Rf2-a2 36.c5-c6 Bb5xc6 37.Rd4-d3
Kg7-f6 38.Rd3-c3 Kf6-e6 39.Rc3-d3
Ke6-e5 40.Re1-d1 Ra2-f2 41.Rd1-d2
Rf2-f7 42.Rd3-d4 Rf7-f3 43.Rd2-d3
Ng4-e3 44.Kg1-h2 Bc6xe4 -2.80/17 ]
33.a3-a4?! cannot solve the problems
of the position [ 33.Rd4xe4 Re7xe4
34.Re2xe4 Ng4-f2+ Decoy Double
attack ; 33.Re2xe4 Ng4-f2+
Decoy Double attack ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 33.c5-c6 b7-b6 34.Rd4-d7
Re7-f7 35.a3-a4 Be4xc6 36.Rd7xf7+
Kg7xf7 37.Re2-c2 Ng4-e5 38.a4-a5
Kf7-e6 39.Rc2-c1 Ke6-d5 40.Rc1-a1
b6xa5 41.b4xa5 Ne5-d3 42.Kh3-h2
Kd5-c4 43.Ra1-d1 -2.14/16 ]
33...Ng4-e3! Decoy: g4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 33...Ng4-e3 34.Rd4-d2
Kg7-f6 35.Re2-e1 Be4-f5+ 36.g3-g4
Bf5xg4+ 37.Kh3-h2 Ne3-f5 38.Re1xe7
Kf6xe7 39.c5-c6 b7xc6 40.Rd2-c2
Ke7-d7 41.Rc2-d2+ Kd7-c8 42.Rd2-f2
Kc8-b7 43.Rf2-f1 Nf5xh4 44.Rf1-f6
Nh4-f3+ 45.Kh2-g3 Nf3-e5 -3.00/16 ]
34.Kh3-h2 [ 34.Re2xe3 Be4-f5+
Decoy ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34.Re2-e1 Be4-f5+ 35.g3-g4 Bf5xg4+
36.Kh3-h2 Bg4-f3 37.Kh2-g1 Bf3-c6
38.a4-a5 Kg7-f6 39.Rd4-d3 Ne3-f5
40.Re1xe7 Kf6xe7 41.Rd3-h3 Ke7-f6
42.Kg1-f2 Kf6-e5 43.Kf2-e2 Bc6-b5+
44.Ke2-d2 Ke5-e4 45.Kd2-c3 -2.57/14
] 34...Be4-f3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

34...Be4-f3 35.Re2-f2 Ne3-g4+


36.Kh2-g1 Bf3-c6 37.Rd4xg4 h5xg4
38.Rf2-f4 Bc6xa4 39.Rf4xg4 Re7-e2
40.Rg4-f4 Ba4-c6 41.Rf4-g4 Bc6-d7
42.Rg4-f4 Re2-b2 43.Kg1-f1 Bd7-b5+
44.Kf1-e1 Rb2-e2+ 45.Ke1-d1 Bb5-d3
46.Rf4-f3 -4.01/18 ] 35.Re2-b2
[ 35.Re2-f2 doesn't get the cat off the
tree Ne3-g4+ 36.Kh2-g1 Ng4xf2
37.Kg1xf2 Bf3-g4-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 35.Re2-f2 Ne3-g4+ 36.Kh2-g1
Bf3-c6 37.Rd4xg4 h5xg4 38.Rf2-f4
Bc6xa4 39.Rf4xg4 Re7-e2 40.Kg1-f1
Ba4-b5 41.Rg4-f4 Re2-d2+ 42.Kf1-e1
Rd2-b2 43.Ke1-d1 Rb2-g2 44.Rf4-e4
Kg7-f6 45.g3-g4 Rg2-h2 -4.16/16 ]
35...Ne3-g4+ [ 35...Ne3-g4+
36.Rd4xg4 Bf3xg4-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 35...Ne3-g4+ 36.Rd4xg4 Re7-e1
37.Rg4xg6+ Kg7xg6 38.Kh2-h3
Re1-h1+ 39.Rb2-h2 Bf3-g4+
40.Kh3-g2 Rh1-b1 41.Kg2-f2 Rb1xb4
42.Rh2-h1 Rb4xa4 43.Rh1-b1 Bg4-c8
44.Rb1-e1 Ra4-a2+ 45.Kf2-e3 Bc8-d7
46.Re1-d1 Ra2-a3+ 47.Ke3-f4 Bd7-c6
48.Rd1-d8 a6-a5 49.Kf4-e5 Ra3-e3+
50.Ke5-d4 Re3-e8 51.Rd8xe8 Bc6xe8
52.Kd4-c3 Diagram
(Diagram 6)
Kg6-f5 53.Kc3-b3 -5.01/16 ]
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His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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Be8xa4 25.Bc2xa4 Rb8xb2


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C47 26.Qd5xc4 0.12/13 ] 16...c6-c5
Nakamura,Hikaru
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 16...c6-c5
Aleksandrov,Aleksej
17.Bh4xf6 c5xd4 18.Bf6xe7 Bd6xe7
US op Reno
1999 19.c3xd4 Be7-f6 20.Re1-d1 Ra8-b8
21.Bc2-b3 Rb8-b4 22.Na4-c3 Re8-d8
23.Rd1-d2 Rb4xd4 24.Rd2xd4 Bf6xd4
C47: Scotch Four Knights and Four
25.Rf1-d1 Bd4xc3 26.b2xc3 Rd8-c8
Knights with 4 g3
1.e2-e4 e7-e5 2.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6
27.Bb3xd5 Be6xd5 28.Rd1xd5
3.d2-d4 e5xd4 4.Nf3xd4 Ng8-f6
Rc8xc3 29.Rd5-d8+ Kg8-h7 0.02/13 ]
5.Nb1-c3 Bf8-b4 6.Nd4xc6 b7xc6
17.Bh4xf6 [ 17.Qd4-d3 g7-g5
7.Bf1-d3 d7-d5 8.e4xd5 c6xd5 9.0-0 18.Bh4-g3 Ra8-d8= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
0-0 10.Bc1-g5 c7-c6 11.Nc3-a4
x64: 17.Qd4-d3 g7-g5 18.Bh4-g3
h7-h6 12.Bg5-h4 Bc8-e6 13.c2-c3
Ra8-d8 19.Qd3-f3 Kg8-g7 20.h2-h3
Bb4-d6 14.Bd3-c2 Rf8-e8 15.Qd1-d4 d5-d4 21.b2-b3 Qe7-c7 22.Bg3xd6
last book move last book move Qd8-e7 Rd8xd6 23.c3xd4 c5xd4 24.Bc2-d3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 15...Ra8-b8
Rd6-c6 0.01/13 ] 17...Qe7xf6
16.Ra1-e1 c6-c5 17.Na4xc5 Rb8xb2
[ 17...c5xd4 and Black can hope to
18.Bc2-a4 Bd6xc5 19.Qd4xc5 Qd8-e7 survive 18.Bf6xe7 Bd6xe7 19.c3xd4
Be7-f6= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20.Qc5xe7 Re8xe7 21.Bh4xf6 g7xf6
17...c5xd4 18.Bf6xe7 Bd6xe7
22.Ba4-b3 Kg8-f8 23.Re1-b1 Rb2-e2
24.Rf1-d1 Be6-f5 25.Rb1-a1 Bf5-c2
19.c3xd4 Be7-f6 20.Re1-d1 Ra8-b8
26.Bb3xc2 Re2xc2 27.Rd1xd5
21.Bc2-b3 Rb8-b4 22.Na4-c3 Re8-d8
23.Rd1-d2 Rb4xd4 24.Rd2xd4 Bf6xd4
Rc2xc3 0.10/12 ] 16.Ra1-e1
25.Rf1-d1 Bd4xc3 26.b2xc3 Rd8-c8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 16.f2-f4 c6-c5
17.Qd4-d2 Ra8-b8 18.Ra1-e1 Qe7-d8 27.Bb3xd5 Be6xd5 28.Rd1xd5
Rc8xc3 29.Rd5-d8+ Kg8-h7 0.01/14 ]
19.Qd2-d3 c5-c4 20.Qd3-d4 a7-a5
21.f4-f5 Be6-d7 22.Re1xe8+ Bd7xe8
18.Na4xc5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.Bh4xf6 Qd8xf6 24.Qd4xd5
18.Na4xc5 Bd6xc5 19.Qd4xc5 Ra8-c8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


20.Qc5-e3 d5-d4 21.Qe3-d3 d4xc3
22.Qd3-h7+ Kg8-f8 23.b2xc3 g7-g5
24.Re1xe6 f7xe6 25.Bc2-g6 Re8-d8
26.Qh7xh6+ Kf8-g8 27.f2-f4 g5-g4
28.Qh6-h7+ Kg8-f8 29.f4-f5 e6-e5
30.Qh7-h6+ Kf8-g8 31.Rf1-b1 Rd8-d7
32.Qh6-e3 Rc8-d8 0.22/16 ]
18...Qf6xd4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18...Bd6xc5 19.Qd4xc5 Ra8-c8
20.Qc5-e3 d5-d4 21.Qe3-d3 d4xc3
22.Qd3-h7+ Kg8-f8 23.b2xc3 g7-g5
24.Re1xe6 f7xe6 25.Bc2-g6 Re8-d8
26.Qh7xh6+ Kf8-g8 27.f2-f4 g5-g4
28.Qh6-h7+ Kg8-f8 29.f4-f5 e6-e5
30.Qh7-h6+ Kf8-g8 31.Rf1-b1 Rd8-d7
32.Qh6-e3 Rc8-d8 0.21/15 ] 19.c3xd4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.c3xd4
Ra8-b8 20.Nc5xe6 Re8xe6 21.b2-b3
Bd6-b4 22.Re1xe6 f7xe6 23.Rf1-c1
Bb4-d2 24.Rc1-d1 Bd2-c3 25.Bc2-g6
Kg8-f8 26.Rd1-d3 Rb8-c8 27.g2-g4
Kf8-e7 28.Kg1-g2 Ke7-f6 29.Bg6-h5
0.26/14 ] 19...Bd6xc5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 19...Ra8-b8 20.Nc5xe6
Re8xe6 21.b2-b3 Bd6-b4 22.Re1xe6
f7xe6 23.Rf1-c1 Bb4-d2 24.Rc1-d1
Bd2-c3 25.Bc2-g6 Kg8-f8 26.Rd1-d3
Rb8-c8 27.g2-g4 Kf8-e7 28.Kg1-g2
Ke7-f6 29.Bg6-h5 0.36/15 ] 20.d4xc5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20.d4xc5
Re8-c8 21.b2-b4 a7-a5 22.a2-a3
Kg8-f8 23.Re1-e2 a5xb4 24.a3xb4
Diagram
(Diagram 8)
d5-d4 25.Rf1-d1 Rc8-b8 26.Rd1-b1
Be6-a2 27.Rb1-b2 Ba2-c4 28.Re2-e1
d4-d3 0.69/13 ] 20...Ra8-b8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20...d5-d4
21.b2-b3 Ra8-c8 22.Re1-c1 g7-g6
23.Bc2-d3 Rc8-c7 24.Rf1-d1 Re8-d8
25.Bd3-a6 Rd8-d5 26.b3-b4 Rd5-d8
27.Ba6-c4 Kg8-g7 28.Rd1-d3 Be6xc4
29.Rc1xc4 0.72/14 ] 21.Bc2-b3

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[ 21.Re1-e2!? ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.Re1-e2 d5-d4 22.a2-a3 a7-a5
23.Bc2-d3 Re8-c8 24.Rf1-c1 Rb8-b3
25.Re2-d2 Kg8-f8 26.c5-c6 Kf8-e7
27.Bd3-a6 Rc8-c7 28.Rc1-c5 Ke7-d6
0.70/13 ] 21...Re8-c8 Black threatens
to win material: Rc8xc5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 21...Re8-c8 22.f2-f4 g7-g6
23.Re1-c1 Rb8-b5 24.Rf1-d1 Rc8xc5
25.Rc1xc5 Rb5xc5 26.Kg1-f2 Kg8-g7
27.Kf2-f3 Rc5-b5 28.Rd1-c1 d5-d4
29.Bb3xe6 f7xe6 30.b2-b3 Rb5-d5
31.Rc1-c7+ Kg7-f6 32.Rc7-h7
Rd5-a5 0.20/17 ] 22.Re1-c1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.f2-f4 g7-g6
23.Re1-c1 Rb8-b5 24.c5-c6 Rb5-b6
25.g2-g4 Rb6xc6 26.Rc1xc6 Rc8xc6
27.f4-f5 g6xf5 28.g4xf5 Be6-d7
29.Bb3xd5 Rc6-d6 30.Bd5-e4 Rd6-d4
31.Be4-g2 Rd4-d2 32.Rf1-f2 Rd2-d1+
33.Bg2-f1 Kg8-g7 34.f5-f6+ Kg7-g6
35.Kg1-g2 Bd7-f5 36.Bf1-e2 Rd1-d2
0.15/16 ] 22...Rb8-b5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 22...Rb8-b5 23.c5-c6 Rb5-b6
24.f2-f4 d5-d4 25.Bb3xe6 f7xe6
26.Rf1-d1 Rc8xc6 27.Rc1xc6 Rb6xc6
28.Rd1xd4 Rc6-c1+ 29.Kg1-f2
Rc1-c2+ 30.Kf2-f3 Rc2xb2 31.Rd4-a4
Rb2-b7 32.Ra4-a6 Kg8-f7 33.h2-h4
Rb7-c7 34.Kf3-e3 Kf7-f6 35.g2-g4

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

g7-g6 0.17/16 ] 23.f2-f4 [ 23.c5-c6


30.Rf1-d1 Rc8-d8 31.f6xg7 Kg8xg7
Rb5-b6 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32.Bb3-c4 Ba8-c6 33.Kg1-f2 Rd8-b8
23.c5-c6 Rb5-b6 24.f2-f4 d5-d4
0.06/14 ] 26...Bd7-c6 [Houdini 2.0c
25.Bb3xe6 f7xe6 26.Rf1-d1 Rc8xc6
Pro x64: 26...Bd7xf5 27.Rd1xd5
27.Rc1xc6 Rb6xc6 28.Rd1xd4
Rc5-c1+ 28.Rd5-d1 Rc1-c7
Rc6-c1+ 29.Kg1-f2 Rc1-c2+ 30.Kf2-f3 29.Rd1-d8+ Kg8-h7 30.Kg1-f2 Kh7-g6
Rc2xb2 31.Rd4-a4 Rb2-b7 32.Ra4-a6 31.Rd8-d6+ Kg6-g5 32.Rd6-d4 Kg5-f6
Kg8-f7 33.h2-h4 Rb7-c7 34.Kf3-e3
33.Kf2-e3 Rc7-e7+ 34.Ke3-f3 Kf6-e5
Kf7-f6 35.g2-g4 Rc7-c3+ 36.Ke3-d4
35.Rd4-d5+ Ke5-f6 36.Rd5-d4
Rc3-f3 0.18/14 ] 23...Rb5xc5=
Kf6-e5 0.03/16 ] 27.g2-g4 [Houdini 2.
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23...Rb5xc5
0c Pro x64: 27.Kg1-f2 Kg8-f8
24.Rc1xc5 Rc8xc5 25.Kg1-f2 Rc5-b5
28.Kf2-e3 d5-d4+ 29.Ke3xd4 Rc5xf5
26.Kf2-f3 Rb5-b4 27.Rf1-d1 a7-a5
30.Rd1-d2 Kf8-e7 31.Bb3-c4 Ke7-d6
28.Kf3-e3 a5-a4 29.Bb3xd5 Rb4xb2
32.Kd4-c3+ Bc6-d5 33.Rd2-d4 Rf5-e5
30.Bd5xe6 f7xe6 31.Rd1-d2 a4-a3
34.b2-b3 Re5-e3+ 35.Kc3-c2 Re3-e5
32.Ke3-d3 Rb2-b4 33.g2-g3 Kg8-f7
0.10/15 ] 27...a7-a5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
0.11/16 ] 24.Rc1xc5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27...Kg8-f8 28.Kg1-f2 Kf8-e7
29.Kf2-g3 Ke7-d6 30.f5-f6 g7xf6
x64: 24.Rc1xc5 Rc8xc5 25.Kg1-f2
31.Rd1-f1 Kd6-e6 32.Rf1-e1+ Ke6-d7
Rc5-b5 26.Kf2-f3 Rb5-b4 27.Rf1-d1
33.Re1-f1 Kd7-e7 34.Rf1-e1+ Ke7-d6
a7-a5 28.Rd1-d2 a5-a4 29.Bb3-d1
g7-g5 30.f4xg5 h6xg5 31.a2-a3
35.Re1-f1 Kd6-e6 0.03/16 ] 28.a2-a4
Rb4-f4+ 32.Kf3-e3 Rf4-e4+ 33.Ke3-d3 White has a new backward pawn: b2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.Rd1-d4
Kg8-g7 0.08/16 ] 24...Rc8xc5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24...Rc8xc5
Kg8-f8 29.Kg1-f2 Kf8-e7 30.Kf2-e3
25.Kg1-f2 g7-g6 26.Rf1-d1 Kg8-g7
Ke7-d6 31.h2-h3 Rc5-c1 32.Bb3-d1
27.Kf2-e3 Rc5-b5 28.Rd1-d4 Rb5-b8
Kd6-e5 33.a2-a3 Rc1-b1 34.b2-b4
29.h2-h3 Rb8-e8 30.Ke3-d2 Re8-b8
a5xb4 35.a3xb4 Bc6-b5 36.h3-h4
31.Rd4-a4 Rb8-b7 32.Ra4-a6 Be6-f5
-0.03/14 ] 28...Kg8-f8 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 28...Kg8-f8 29.Rd1-e1 f7-f6
0.20/14 ] 25.f4-f5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
30.Kg1-f2 d5-d4 31.Re1-d1 Bc6-d5
x64: 25.Kg1-f2 g7-g6 26.Rf1-d1
Kg8-g7 27.Kf2-e3 Rc5-b5 28.Rd1-d4
32.Bb3xd5 Rc5xd5 33.Kf2-f3 Rd5-d8
Rb5-b8 29.h2-h3 Rb8-e8 30.Ke3-d2
34.h2-h4 Kf8-e7 35.Kf3-e4 Rd8-b8
36.Rd1-c1 Ke7-d6 37.Rc1-c4 Rb8xb2
Re8-b8 31.Rd4-a4 Rb8-b7 32.Ra4-a6
38.Rc4xd4+ Kd6-e7 39.Rd4-c4
Be6-f5 0.13/15 ] 25...Be6-d7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Be6-d7
Ke7-d6 40.Rc4-d4+ Kd6-e7 0.06/17 ]
29.Kg1-f2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26.h2-h3 Bd7-c6 27.g2-g4 Bc6-b5
28.Rf1-d1 Bb5-c4 29.Rd1-c1 Rc5-a5
29.Rd1-e1 Bc6-b7 30.Kg1-f2 Rc5-c6
30.Bb3xc4 d5xc4 31.Rc1xc4 Ra5xa2
31.Re1-d1 Rc6-b6 32.Bb3xd5
Rb6xb2+ 33.Kf2-g3 Kf8-e7 34.h2-h4
32.Rc4-c8+ Kg8-h7 33.Rc8-c7 f7-f6
34.b2-b4 a7-a6 35.Kg1-f1 0.06/16 ]
Bb7xd5 35.Rd1xd5 Rb2-b3+
26.Rf1-d1 Attacking the isolated pawn
36.Kg3-f2 Rb3-b2+ 37.Kf2-f3 Rb2-b3+
38.Kf3-e4 Rb3-b4+ 39.Rd5-d4 0.03/16
on d5. White threatens to win material:
Rd1xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
] 29...Kf8-e7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29...Kf8-e7 30.h2-h3 Ke7-d6
26.h2-h3 Bd7-c6 27.g2-g4 a7-a5
31.Kf2-e3 Bc6-a8 32.f5-f6 g7-g6
28.a2-a4 Bc6-a8 29.f5-f6 Rc5-c8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


33.Ke3-d4 Rc5-c8 34.Rd1-e1 Rc8-b8
35.Kd4-c3 Ba8-c6 36.Re1-e3 Rb8-c8
37.Kc3-d3 Rc8-b8 38.Kd3-c3 Rb8-c8
0.00/16 ] 30.Kf2-e3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 30.Rd1-f1 Bc6-d7 31.Rf1-d1
Ke7-d6 32.Kf2-g3 g7-g6 33.f5xg6
f7xg6 34.h2-h3 h6-h5 35.Rd1-f1
Bd7-e8 36.Rf1-f8 Kd6-e7 37.Rf8-f2
Ke7-d6 38.Rf2-e2 -0.04/15 ]
30...Ke7-d6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30...Ke7-d6 31.Rd1-e1 g7-g6
32.f5xg6 f7xg6 33.Re1-d1 Bc6-d7
34.h2-h3 h6-h5 35.Rd1-d4 h5xg4
36.h3xg4 Kd6-e5 37.Ke3-d3 Bd7-e8
38.Kd3-e3 Be8-c6 39.Rd4-d1 g6-g5
40.Rd1-e1 Ke5-d6 41.Re1-d1 Bc6-e8
42.Ke3-d4 Be8-d7 43.Rd1-g1 Bd7-e6
44.Rg1-g3 Be6-c8 45.Rg3-c3 Rc5xc3
46.b2xc3 -0.03/16 ] 31.Rd1-e1
Diagram [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31.h2-h3 Bc6-a8 32.f5-f6 g7-g6
33.Ke3-d4 Rc5-c8 34.Rd1-e1 Rc8-b8
35.Kd4-c3 Rb8-c8+ 36.Kc3-d2 Rc8-b8
37.Kd2-c3 Rb8-c8+ -0.06/15 ]

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31...Bc6-d7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31...g7-g6 32.f5xg6 f7xg6 33.Re1-d1
Bc6-d7 34.h2-h3 h6-h5 35.Ke3-f3
h5xg4+ 36.h3xg4 Bd7-e6 37.Rd1-d3
Rc5-c8 38.Bb3-d1 Rc8-b8 39.b2-b3
Rb8-f8+ 40.Kf3-e3 Kd6-e5

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41.Rd3-d2 -0.03/15 ] 32.Ke3-d3


[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32.Re1-d1
g7-g6 33.f5xg6 f7xg6 34.h2-h3 h6-h5
35.Rd1-d4 h5xg4 36.h3xg4 Kd6-e5
37.Ke3-d3 g6-g5 38.Kd3-e3 Bd7-e6
39.Bb3-d1 Rc5-c8 40.Bd1-e2 Be6-d7
41.b2-b4 a5xb4 42.Rd4xb4 Rc8-c3+
43.Be2-d3 -0.08/15 ] 32...Rc5-c8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32...g7-g6
33.f5xg6 f7xg6 34.h2-h3 h6-h5
35.g4xh5 g6xh5 36.Kd3-d4 Bd7xa4
37.Re1-g1 Ba4-e8 38.Rg1-g8 Rc5-b5
39.Rg8xe8 Rb5xb3 40.Re8-d8+
Kd6-c6 41.Rd8xd5 Rb3-d3+
42.Kd4xd3 Kc6xd5 43.b2-b3 Kd5-c5
44.Kd3-c3 Kc5-b5 45.Kc3-d3 Kb5-b4
46.Kd3-c2 h5-h4 -0.09/15 ] 33.Kd3-d4
[ 33.Bb3-d1 Rc8-c4 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 33.Bb3-d1 h6-h5 34.h2-h3
Rc8-b8 35.b2-b3 Rb8-b4 36.f5-f6
g7xf6 37.g4xh5 Rb4-h4 38.Bd1-g4
f6-f5 39.Bg4-f3 Rh4xh3 40.Kd3-e3
Kd6-e5 41.Ke3-f2+ Ke5-f6 42.Re1-d1
Bd7-e6 43.Kf2-e3 -0.09/16 ]
33...Rc8-b8 [ 33...Bd7-c6!? ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33...Bd7-c6
34.Bb3-d1 Bc6xa4 35.b2-b3 Ba4-c6
36.f5-f6 g7xf6 37.Re1-f1 Kd6-e7
38.Rf1-f5 Bc6-b7 39.Rf5-h5 Rc8-c1
40.Bd1-e2 Rc1-c2 41.Be2-f3 a5-a4
42.b3xa4 Rc2-c4+ 43.Kd4-d3 Rc4xa4
44.Rh5xh6 Ra4-a3+ 45.Kd3-e2
Bb7-a6+ 46.Ke2-f2 d5-d4 47.Rh6-h7
Ra3-a2+ 48.Kf2-g3 d4-d3 49.h2-h4
d3-d2 50.h4-h5 Ra2-a3 -0.34/15 ]
34.Bb3xd5= [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34.Bb3xd5 Rb8xb2 35.Bd5xf7 Rb2xh2
36.Re1-e4 Rh2-h4 37.Bf7-g6 Bd7xa4
38.Re4-e6+ Kd6-c7 39.Re6-e7+
Ba4-d7 40.Re7xg7 Rh4xg4+
41.Kd4-c3 Kc7-d6 42.Rg7-h7
Rg4-g3+ 43.Kc3-d4 Rg3-h3 44.f5-f6
Rh3-h4+ 45.Kd4-c3 Bd7-e6
46.Rh7-a7 Rh4-c4+ 47.Kc3-b2
Rc4-b4+ 48.Kb2-a3 Rb4-g4

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


49.Bg6-c2 -0.08/19 ] 34...Rb8xb2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34...Rb8xb2
35.Bd5xf7 Rb2xh2 36.Re1-e4 Rh2-g2
37.Kd4-c3 Rg2-g3+ 38.Kc3-b2
Rg3-h3 39.Bf7-g6 Bd7-c6 40.Re4-e6+
Kd6-c5 41.Re6-e7 Rh3-h2+
42.Kb2-c3 Rh2-h4 43.Re7xg7 Rh4xg4
44.f5-f6 Rg4-c4+ 45.Kc3-b2 Rc4-b4+
46.Kb2-c3 Rb4xa4 47.f6-f7 Ra4-a3+
48.Kc3-b2 -0.02/17 ] 35.Bd5xf7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35.Bd5xf7
Rb2xh2 36.Re1-e4 Rh2-g2 37.Kd4-c3
Rg2-g3+ 38.Kc3-b2 Rg3-h3 39.Bf7-g6
Bd7-c6 40.Re4-e6+ Kd6-c5
41.Re6-e7 Rh3-h2+ 42.Kb2-c3
Rh2-h4 43.Re7xg7 Rh4xg4 44.f5-f6
Rg4-c4+ 45.Kc3-b2 Rc4-b4+
46.Kb2-c3 Rb4xa4 47.f6-f7 Ra4-a3+
48.Kc3-b2 -0.08/17 ] 35...Rb2xh2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35...Rb2xh2
36.Re1-e4 Rh2-g2 37.Kd4-c3
Rg2-g3+ 38.Kc3-b2 Rg3-h3 39.Bf7-g6
Bd7-c6 40.Re4-e6+ Kd6-c5
41.Re6-e7 Rh3-h2+ 42.Kb2-c3
Rh2-h4 43.Re7xg7 Rh4xg4 44.f5-f6
Rg4-c4+ 45.Kc3-b2 Rc4-b4+
46.Kb2-c3 Rb4xa4 47.f6-f7 Ra4-a3+
48.Kc3-b2 -0.02/16 ] 36.Bf7-b3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36.Re1-e4
Rh2-g2 37.Kd4-c3 Rg2-g3+
38.Kc3-b2 Rg3-g2+ 39.Kb2-b3
Rg2-g3+ 40.Kb3-b2 Rg3-g2+ -0.05/16
] 36...Rh2-h3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36...h6-h5 37.g4xh5 Bd7xf5
38.Bb3-d1 Rh2-h4+ 39.Kd4-c3 Bf5-g4
40.Re1-g1 Bg4xd1 41.Rg1xd1+
Kd6-c5 42.Rd1-d7 Rh4-h3+
43.Kc3-b2 Rh3xh5 44.Rd7xg7 Rh5-h4
45.Rg7-g3 Rh4-b4+ 46.Kb2-c3
Rb4-c4+ 47.Kc3-d3 -0.07/15 ]
37.Bb3-c2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.Bb3-d1 Rh3-g3 38.Re1-e5
Rg3-d3+ 39.Kd4xd3 Kd6xe5
40.Kd3-c4 Ke5-d6 41.Bd1-b3 Bd7-c6
42.Bb3-d1 Bc6-e8 43.Kc4-d4 Be8-d7

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44.Bd1-c2 Bd7-c6 45.Bc2-d1 Bc6-d5


46.Kd4-d3 Kd6-e5 47.Kd3-e3 Bd5-g8
48.Bd1-f3 -0.05/17 ] 37...Rh3-g3
Black threatens to win material: Rg3xg4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 37...Rh3-h4
38.Re1-e4 h6-h5 39.g4xh5 Rh4-h2
40.Bc2-d3 Bd7xf5 41.Re4-f4 Bf5xd3
42.Kd4xd3 Rh2xh5 43.Rf4-f7 Rh5-d5+
44.Kd3-e4 g7-g5 45.Rf7-a7 Rd5-e5+
46.Ke4-f3 Re5-c5 47.Kf3-g4 Rc5-c4+
48.Kg4xg5 Rc4xa4 49.Kg5-f5 Kd6-c5
50.Ra7-c7+ Kc5-b4 -0.03/16 ]
38.Bc2-d1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
38.Bc2-d1 Rg3-a3 39.Re1-e5
Ra3-d3+ 40.Kd4xd3 Kd6xe5
41.Kd3-c4 Ke5-d6 42.Bd1-b3 Bd7-c6
43.Bb3-d1 Bc6-e8 44.Kc4-d4 Be8-d7
45.Bd1-c2 Bd7-c6 46.Bc2-d1 Bc6-d5
47.Kd4-d3 Kd6-e5 48.Kd3-e3 Bd5-g8
49.Bd1-f3 -0.05/20 ] 38...Rg3-a3
Attacks the isolani on a4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 38...Rg3-a3 39.Re1-e5
Ra3-d3+ 40.Kd4xd3 Kd6xe5
41.Kd3-c4 Ke5-d6 42.Bd1-b3 Bd7-c6
43.Bb3-d1 Bc6-e8 44.Kc4-d4 Be8-d7
45.Bd1-c2 Bd7-c6 46.Bc2-d1 Bc6-d5
47.Kd4-e3 Kd6-e5 48.Bd1-f3 Bd5-g8
0.00/18 ] 39.Bd1-c2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 39.Re1-e5 Ra3-d3+ 40.Kd4xd3
Kd6xe5 41.Kd3-c4 Ke5-d6 42.Bd1-b3
Bd7-c6 43.Bb3-d1 Bc6-e8 44.Kc4-d4
Be8-c6 45.Kd4-c4 Bc6-e8 -0.05/16 ]
39...Ra3-g3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39...Ra3-f3 40.Bc2-d1 Rf3-f4+
41.Kd4-e3 Rf4-b4 42.Ke3-d3 Bd7xa4
43.Re1-e6+ Kd6-c5 44.Re6-e5+
Kc5-b6 45.Bd1xa4 Rb4xa4
46.Re5-e6+ Kb6-c5 47.Re6-e5+
Kc5-d6 48.Re5-e6+ Kd6-d5
49.Re6-g6 Ra4-f4 50.Rg6xg7 a5-a4
51.Rg7-d7+ Kd5-c5 52.Rd7-c7+
Kc5-d6 -0.03/16 ] 40.Bc2-d1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 40.Bc2-d1
-0.05/19 ] 40...Rg3-h3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 40...Rg3-g2 41.Kd4-d3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Rg2-b2 42.Re1-e4 Rb2-b7
43.Re4-d4+ Kd6-e5 44.Rd4-c4 h6-h5
45.g4xh5 Bd7xf5+ 46.Kd3-c3 Rb7-d7
47.Bd1-c2 Bf5xc2 48.Kc3xc2 Ke5-d5
49.Kc2-c3 0.00/16 ] 41.Bd1-c2
Twofold repetition [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 41.Re1-f1 Rh3-h2 42.Kd4-c3
Rh2-h3+ 43.Kc3-c4 Kd6-c7 44.Rf1-e1
Kc7-d6 45.Re1-e4 Rh3-a3
46.Re4-d4+ Kd6-c7 47.Kc4-d5
Bd7-c6+ 48.Kd5-e6 Ra3-h3
49.Ke6-f7 -0.02/15 ] 41...Rh3-f3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 41...Rh3-h4
42.Re1-e4 h6-h5 43.g4xh5 Rh4-h2
44.Bc2-d3 Bd7xf5 45.Re4-f4 Bf5xd3
46.Kd4xd3 Rh2xh5 47.Rf4-f7 Rh5-d5+
48.Kd3-e4 g7-g5 49.Rf7-a7 Rd5-e5+
50.Ke4-f3 Re5-c5 51.Kf3-g4 Rc5-c4+
52.Kg4xg5 Rc4xa4 53.Kg5-f5 Kd6-c5
54.Ra7-c7+ Kc5-d4 55.Rc7-d7+
Kd4-c5 -0.03/16 ] 42.Re1-e4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 42.Bc2-d1
Rf3-f4+ 43.Kd4-d3 h6-h5 44.g4xh5
Rf4xf5 45.Re1-g1 Bd7-e8 46.Kd3-d4
Rf5-d5+ 47.Kd4-c4 Rd5-c5+
48.Kc4-d3 Rc5-d5+ 49.Kd3-c4
Rd5-c5+ -0.05/16 ] 42...Rf3-f2
Black threatens to win material: Rf2xc2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 42...h6-h5
43.g4xh5 Bd7xf5 44.Re4-e2 Bf5xc2
45.Re2xc2 Rf3-f4+ 46.Kd4-c3 Rf4xa4
47.Rc2-g2 Ra4-h4 48.Rg2xg7 Rh4xh5
49.Kc3-b3 Kd6-e5 50.Kb3-a4 Rh5-h2
51.Rg7-e7+ Ke5-d6 52.Re7-a7
Rh2-d2 53.Ra7-a6+ Kd6-e5
54.Ra6xa5+ Ke5-f4 -0.08/16 ]
43.Bc2-b3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
43.Kd4-c3 Rf2-f3+ 44.Kc3-c4 Rf3-g3
45.Re4-d4+ Kd6-c6 46.Bc2-d1
Rg3-a3 47.Bd1-c2 Ra3-g3
48.Bc2-d1 -0.02/17 ] 43...Rf2-d2+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 43...h6-h5
44.g4xh5 Bd7xf5 45.Re4-h4 Rf2-d2+
46.Kd4-c4 Kd6-e5 47.h5-h6 g7xh6
48.Rh4xh6 Rd2-d4+ 49.Kc4-c5

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Rd4-d8 50.Bb3-a2 Rd8-c8+


51.Kc5-b5 Rc8-c2 52.Ba2-c4 Bf5-d7+
53.Kb5-c5 -0.03/16 ] 44.Kd4-c3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 44.Kd4-e3
Rd2-g2 45.Bb3-d1 Rg2-g3+ 46.Ke3-f4
Rg3-d3 47.Bd1-e2 Rd3-a3
48.Re4-d4+ Kd6-c7 49.Be2-d1 Bd7-c6
50.Bd1-c2 Ra3-f3+ 51.Kf4-e5 Rf3-a3
52.Rd4-c4 Kc7-b6 53.f5-f6 g7xf6+
54.Ke5xf6 Ra3-e3 0.01/17 ]
44...Rd2-g2 Begins the manoeuvre
Rd2-g2-f2-b2-b4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 44...Rd2-f2 45.Re4-d4+ Kd6-e7
46.Rd4-e4+ Ke7-f6 47.Bb3-d1 h6-h5
48.Re4-d4 Kf6-e7 49.Rd4-e4+ Ke7-d8
50.g4xh5 Rf2xf5 51.Kc3-d4 Bd7-c6
52.Re4-e6 Kd8-d7 53.Re6-e5 Rf5-f4+
54.Kd4-e3 0.03/15 ] 45.Kc3-d4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 45.Bb3-d1
Rg2-g3+ 46.Kc3-d2 Rg3-g2+
47.Kd2-e3 Rg2-g3+ 48.Ke3-f4 Rg3-d3
49.Bd1-e2 Rd3-a3 50.Re4-d4+
Kd6-c7 51.Be2-d1 Bd7-c6 52.Bd1-c2
Ra3-f3+ 53.Kf4-e5 Rf3-a3 54.Rd4-c4
Kc7-b6 55.f5-f6 g7xf6+ 56.Ke5xf6
Ra3-e3 0.01/15 ] 45...Rg2-f2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 45...h6-h5
Diagram
(Diagram 10)
46.f5-f6 g7xf6 47.g4xh5 Rg2-h2
48.Bb3-f7 f6-f5 49.Re4-f4 Kd6-e7
50.Bf7-g6 Ke7-f6 51.Kd4-c5 Kf6-g5
52.Rf4-d4 Bd7-e6 53.Kc5-b5 f5-f4
54.Rd4-d3 Rh2-g2 55.Kb5xa5 Rg2-b2
56.Rd3-f3 -0.12/16 ] 46.Bb3-c4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 46.Kd4-e3
Rf2-f1 47.Re4-d4+ Kd6-c7 48.Bb3-c2
Rf1-c1 49.Bc2-d3 Rc1-e1+ 50.Ke3-f4
Re1-a1 51.Bd3-c2 Ra1-f1+ 52.Kf4-g3
Rf1-g1+ 53.Kg3-f2 Rg1-a1
54.Rd4-c4+ Kc7-d6 55.Rc4-e4
Ra1-a2 56.Re4-d4+ Kd6-e7 0.01/16 ]
46...Rf2-b2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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46...h6-h5 47.Kd4-e3 Rf2-h2
48.Bc4-b5 Bd7xb5 49.a4xb5 h5xg4
50.Re4xg4 Rh2-b2 51.Rg4xg7 Kd6-e5
52.Rg7-b7 Ke5xf5 53.b5-b6 Kf5-e5
54.Rb7-b8 Ke5-d6 55.Rb8-a8 Rb2xb6
56.Ra8xa5 Kd6-c6 57.Ra5-a7
Rb6-b3+ 58.Ke3-d4 -0.01/16 ]
47.Kd4-c3 White threatens to win
material: Kc3xb2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 47.Kd4-c3 Rb2-g2 48.Re4-d4+
Kd6-c7 49.Rd4-e4 Kc7-d6
50.Re4-d4+ -0.02/17 ] 47...Rb2-b4
Black threatens to win material: Rb4xa4.
An ideal square for the black rook.
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 47...Rb2-g2
48.Re4-d4+ Kd6-c7 49.Rd4-e4
Rg2-g3+ 50.Kc3-b2 Rg3-g2+
51.Kb2-b3 Rg2-g3+ 52.Kb3-b2
Rg3-g2+ 0.02/15 ] 48.Re4-d4+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 48.Re4-d4+
Kd6-e7 49.Rd4-d5 Bd7-c6
50.Rd5-e5+ Ke7-d6 51.Re5-e6+
Kd6-c5 52.Re6-e5+ Kc5-d6
53.Re5-e6+ -0.02/17 ] 48...Kd6-e7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 48...Kd6-e7
49.Rd4-d5 Bd7-c6 50.Rd5-e5+
Ke7-d6 51.Re5-e6+ Kd6-c5
52.Re6-e5+ Kc5-d6 53.Re5-e6+
0.05/19 ] 49.Rd4-d5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 49.Rd4-d5 Bd7-c6 50.f5-f6+

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g7xf6 51.Rd5xa5 Rb4xa4 52.Ra5-h5


Ke7-d6 53.Rh5xh6 Bc6-d5
54.Rh6xf6+ Kd6-e7 55.Rf6-f4 Bd5-e6
56.g4-g5 Ra4xc4+ 57.Rf4xc4 Be6xc4
58.Kc3xc4 -0.02/16 ] 49...Ke7-e8
[ 49...Rb4xa4? doesn't lead to anything
significant 50.Rd5xd7+ Ke7xd7
51.Bc4-b5+ Kd7-e7 52.Bb5xa4+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 49...Bd7-c6
50.Rd5-e5+ Ke7-d6 51.Re5-e6+
Kd6-c5 52.Re6-e5+ Kc5-d6
53.Re5-e6+ 0.05/17 ] 50.Rd5xa5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 50.Rd5-e5+
Ke8-f8 51.Re5xa5 Rb4xa4 52.Ra5-e5
Ra4-a7 53.Kc3-d4 Bd7-c8 54.Re5-c5
Bc8-a6 55.Bc4xa6 Ra7xa6 56.Rc5-c7
Ra6-a5 57.Kd4-c3 Ra5-a4 58.Rc7-c4
Ra4-a3+ 59.Kc3-b4 Ra3-g3 0.06/15 ]
50...Rb4xa4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
50...Rb4xa4 51.Ra5-e5+ Ke8-f8
52.Re5-e1 Ra4-a3+ 53.Kc3-d4
Ra3-g3 54.Bc4-e2 Rg3-b3 55.Re1-a1
Rb3-b2 56.Kd4-e3 Rb2-b3+ 57.Ke3-f2
Bd7-c6 58.Ra1-c1 Bc6-b7 59.Rc1-c7
Bb7-d5 60.Rc7-d7 Bd5-c6 0.12/19 ]
51.Ra5-e5+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
51.Ra5-e5+ Ke8-f8 52.Re5-e1
Ra4-a3+ 53.Kc3-d4 Ra3-g3
54.Bc4-e2 Rg3-b3 55.Re1-a1
Rb3-b4+ 56.Kd4-c5 Rb4-e4
57.Be2-d1 Re4-e1 58.Kc5-d6 Bd7-e8
59.Ra1-c1 Re1-e4 60.Kd6-d5 0.07/17 ]
51...Ke8-f8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
51...Ke8-f8 52.Re5-e1 Ra4-a3+
53.Kc3-d4 Ra3-g3 54.Bc4-e2 Rg3-b3
55.Re1-a1 Rb3-b4+ 56.Kd4-c5
Rb4-e4 57.Be2-d1 Re4-e1 58.Kc5-d6
Bd7-e8 59.Ra1-c1 Re1-e4
60.Kd6-d5 0.12/17 ] 52.Re5-d5
White threatens to win material:
Rd5xd7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
52.Re5-c5 Ra4-a3+ 53.Kc3-d4 Kf8-e7
54.Kd4-d5 Ke7-f6 55.Rc5-c7 Bd7-e8
56.Kd5-e4 g7-g6 57.f5xg6 Kf6xg6
58.Ke4-f4 Kg6-f6 59.Rc7-h7 Kf6-g6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


60.Rh7-e7 Ra3-a4 61.Re7-e4
Be8-d7 0.13/15 ] 52...Ra4-a7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 52...Ra4-a3+
53.Kc3-b4 Ra3-a7 54.Rd5-d6 Bd7-e8
55.Bc4-e2 g7-g6 56.Kb4-c5 g6xf5
57.g4xf5 h6-h5 58.Rd6-h6 Kf8-g7
59.Rh6-e6 Be8-f7 60.f5-f6+ Kg7-f8
61.Re6-e4 0.08/15 ] 53.Kc3-d4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 53.Rd5-d6
Bd7-e8 54.Rd6-b6 Kf8-e7 55.Kc3-d4
Ra7-d7+ 56.Kd4-e4 Diagram

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Rd7-d6 57.Rb6-b7+ Rd6-d7
58.Rb7-b8 Be8-f7 59.Bc4xf7 Ke7xf7
60.Rb8-b6 Rd7-a7 61.Ke4-d5
Ra7-a5+ 62.Kd5-d6 Ra5-a4
63.Rb6-b7+ Kf7-f6 0.09/15 ]
53...Kf8-e7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
53...Bd7-c6 54.Rd5-d6 Ra7-d7
55.Rd6xd7 Bc6xd7 56.Kd4-e5 Kf8-e7
57.Bc4-d3 Bd7-c8 58.Bd3-c4 Bc8-b7
59.Bc4-d5 Bb7-a6 60.Bd5-e4 Ba6-e2
61.Ke5-f4 Ke7-d6 62.Be4-g2 Be2-c4
63.Bg2-e4 Bc4-d5 64.Be4-d3 Bd5-a8
65.Bd3-e2 Ba8-d5 66.Be2-f1 Bd5-a8
67.Bf1-e2 Ba8-d5 0.04/17 ] 54.Kd4-e5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 54.Bc4-e2
Ra7-a4+ 55.Kd4-e3 Ra4-b4
56.Rd5-d1 Bd7-c6 57.Rd1-d2 Rb4-a4
58.Be2-d1 Ra4-a3+ 59.Ke3-f4 Ra3-c3
60.Rd2-d4 Ke7-f6 61.Bd1-e2 Kf6-e7

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62.Be2-d3 Rc3-a3 63.g4-g5 h6xg5+


64.Kf4xg5 Ra3-a2 65.Bd3-e4 Bc6xe4
66.Rd4xe4+ Ke7-d6 67.Kg5-g6
Ra2-g2+ 68.Kg6-f7 Kd6-d5
69.Re4-e7 0.01/16 ] 54...Ra7-a1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 54...Bd7-c6
55.Rd5-d4 Ra7-a5+ 56.Ke5-f4 Ra5-a4
57.Kf4-e3 Ra4-a3+ 58.Rd4-d3
Ra3xd3+ 59.Bc4xd3 Ke7-d6
60.Bd3-e4 Bc6-b5 61.Ke3-f4 Bb5-a4
62.Be4-f3 Ba4-b3 63.Bf3-e2 Kd6-d5
64.Be2-f1 0.03/18 ] 55.Bc4-d3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 55.Rd5-c5
Ra1-g1 56.Ke5-f4 Rg1-c1 57.Rc5-e5+
Ke7-d6 58.Re5-e4 Bd7-c6
59.Re4-e6+ Kd6-c5 60.Bc4-e2 Rc1-b1
61.Be2-f3 Bc6xf3 62.Kf4xf3 Rb1-b3+
63.Kf3-f4 Rb3-d3 64.Re6-g6 Rd3-d4+
65.Kf4-f3 Rd4-d3+ 66.Kf3-f4
Rd3-d4+ 0.03/17 ] 55...Ra1-d1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 55...Bd7-c6
56.Rd5-d4 Ra1-a5+ 57.Ke5-f4 Ra5-a4
58.Rd4xa4 Bc6xa4 59.Bd3-e4 Ke7-d6
60.Be4-f3 Ba4-b3 61.Bf3-h1 Kd6-c5
62.g4-g5 h6xg5+ 63.Kf4xg5 Kc5-d4
64.Kg5-g6 Kd4-e5 65.Bh1-d5
Bb3xd5 0.03/17 ] 56.Bd3-c4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 56.Ke5-d4
Rd1-a1 57.Bd3-e2 Ra1-a4+
58.Kd4-e3 Ra4-a1 59.Be2-d1 Bd7-c6
60.Rd5-d3 Ra1-b1 61.Ke3-f2 Bc6-b5
62.Rd3-d2 Rb1-c1 63.Kf2-e3 Bb5-c6
64.Rd2-d3 Rc1-b1 65.Ke3-f2 0.03/16 ]
56...Rd1-b1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
56...Rd1xd5+ 57.Bc4xd5 Bd7-b5
58.Bd5-f3 Ke7-d7 59.Bf3-e4 Bb5-e2
60.Ke5-f4 Kd7-d6 61.Be4-g2 Be2-c4
62.Bg2-e4 Bc4-d5 63.Be4-d3 Bd5-a8
64.Bd3-b1 Ba8-d5 65.Bb1-e4 Bd5-f7
66.Be4-b1 Bf7-g8 67.Bb1-e4 Bg8-d5
68.Be4-d3 0.04/16 ] 57.Rd5-d3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 57.Rd5-a5
Rb1-e1+ 58.Ke5-d4 Re1-d1+
59.Kd4-e3 Ke7-d6 60.Ra5-a6+
Kd6-c5 61.Bc4-e2 Rd1-e1

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


62.Ra6-a5+ Kc5-d6 63.Ke3-f2 Re1-b1
64.Ra5-a7 Rb1-b2 65.Kf2-e3 Rb2-b1
66.Be2-c4 Rb1-c1 67.Bc4-d3 Rc1-c7
68.Ra7-a6+ Bd7-c6 69.Bd3-e4
0.12/16 ] 57...Rb1-b4 Black threatens
to win material: Rb4xc4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 57...Rb1-g1 58.Ke5-f4
Rg1-f1+ 59.Kf4-e3 Rf1-g1 60.Rd3-d4
Bd7-c6 61.Ke3-f4 Rg1-c1 62.Bc4-e2
Rc1-e1 63.Rd4-d2 Re1-c1 64.g4-g5
h6xg5+ 65.Kf4xg5 Rc1-g1+
66.Kg5-f4 0.04/15 ] 58.Rd3-c3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 58.Rd3-e3
Rb4-a4 59.Ke5-d5+ Ke7-f6 60.Kd5-c5
Ra4-a8 61.Bc4-d5 Ra8-d8 62.Re3-b3
Kf6-e5 63.Rb3-d3 Rd8-c8+ 64.Kc5-b6
Bd7-a4 65.Bd5-g2 Rc8-b8+
66.Kb6-c7 0.06/15 ] 58...Rb4-a4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 58...Bd7-c6
59.Bc4-d3 Ke7-d7 60.f5-f6 g7xf6+
61.Ke5xf6 Kd7-d6 62.Bd3-f5 Bc6-d5
63.Rc3-d3 Rb4-a4 64.Rd3-h3 Ra4-a7
65.Rh3xh6 Ra7-f7+ 66.Kf6-g6 Rf7-e7
67.Kg6-f6 Re7-f7+ 68.Kf6-g6 0.05/17 ]
59.Bc4-e2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
59.Rc3-e3 Ra4-b4 60.Ke5-d4+ Ke7-f6
61.Kd4-c5 Rb4-b8 62.Bc4-d5 Bd7-e8
63.Re3-e4 Be8-f7 64.Bd5xf7 Kf6xf7
65.Re4-e6 Rb8-b1 66.Re6-d6 Kf7-e7
67.Rd6-d3 Rb1-c1+ 68.Kc5-d5
0.06/16 ] 59...Ra4-a5+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 59...Ra4-a5+ 60.Ke5-f4
Ra5-a4+ 61.Kf4-g3 h6-h5 62.Rc3-d3
Ra4-a7 63.Kg3-f4 h5xg4 64.Be2xg4
Ra7-a4+ 65.Kf4-g5 Ra4-e4 66.Rd3-c3
Re4-e5 67.Rc3-c7 Ke7-d6 68.Rc7-a7
Bd7-c6 69.Ra7xg7 0.07/16 ] 60.Ke5-f4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 60.Ke5-d4
Ra5-a4+ 61.Kd4-c5 Ra4-a5+
62.Kc5-b6 Ra5-e5 63.Be2-f3 Diagram
h6-h5 64.g4xh5 Re5xf5 65.Kb6-c7
Rf5-e5 66.Rc3-c1 Re5-e3 67.Bf3-g2
Bd7-f5 68.Bg2-d5 Ke7-f6 0.03/16 ]
60...Ke7-f6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
60...Ra5-a4+ 61.Kf4-g3 h6-h5

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62.Rc3-c7 Ra4-a3+ 63.Kg3-h4
Ke7-d6 64.Rc7-b7 h5xg4 65.Kh4xg4
Bd7-c8 66.Rb7-b6+ Kd6-e5
67.Rb6-b5+ Ke5-e4 68.Be2-f1 Ke4-d4
69.Rb5-b4+ Kd4-e5 0.04/14 ]
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B01

Hikaru Nakamura
John W Loyte
US Open Framingham USA (10)4.08.2001
A00: Irregular Openings
1.e2-e4 d7-d5 2.Nb1-c3 d5-d4
3.Nc3-e2 e7-e5 4.Ne2-g3 Ng8-f6
5.Ng1-f3 Bf8-d6 6.Bf1-c4 0-0 7.0-0
last book move. White's piece can't
move: c1 last book move Bc8-g4
[ 7...Nb8-c6 8.a2-a3= ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 7...Nb8-c6 8.a2-a4 h7-h6
9.d2-d3 Qd8-e7 10.c2-c3 Bc8-e6
11.Bc4xe6 Qe7xe6 12.Ng3-f5 d4xc3
13.b2xc3 Ra8-d8 14.Ra1-b1 b7-b6
15.Qd1-e2 Nc6-e7 16.Nf5-e3 Nf6-g4
17.Nf3-g5 h6xg5 18.Qe2xg4 -0.05/17 ]
8.h2-h3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 8.a2-a3
Nb8-c6 9.d2-d3 h7-h6 10.Qd1-e2
Qd8-d7 11.h2-h3 Bg4-e6 12.Bc4xe6
Qd7xe6 13.b2-b4 Nc6-e7 14.Bc1-b2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


a7-a5 15.Qe2-d2 Ra8-d8 16.b4-b5
a5-a4 0.12/17 ] 8...Bg4-h5?
[ 8...Bg4-d7= Diagram

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and Black can hope to live ;Houdini 2.


0c Pro x64: 8...Bg4-d7 9.d2-d3
Nb8-c6 10.Bc1-d2 h7-h6 11.c2-c3
Qd8-e8 12.a2-a3 Ra8-d8 13.Qd1-e2
a7-a6 14.b2-b4 Bd7-e6 15.Bc4xe6
f7xe6 16.Ra1-c1 Qe8-d7 17.Rf1-e1
a6-a5 18.Rc1-c2 a5xb4 19.a3xb4
d4xc3 20.Bd2xc3 0.10/18 ]
9.Ng3xh5+- [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
9.Ng3xh5 Nf6xh5 10.Nf3xe5 Nh5-f4
11.Ne5-f3 Qd8-f6 12.d2-d3 Nb8-d7
13.g2-g3 Nf4-e6 14.Qd1-e2 c7-c6
15.a2-a4 h7-h6 16.Bc1-d2 Ra8-e8
17.a4-a5 Re8-b8 18.b2-b4 Rb8-d8
19.h3-h4 Nd7-e5 20.Nf3xe5 Bd6xe5
21.f2-f4 Be5-d6 0.76/19 Diagram
(Diagram 14)
] 9...Nf6xh5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
9...Nf6xh5 10.Nf3xe5 Nh5-f4
11.Ne5xf7 Rf8xf7 12.Bc4xf7+ Kg8xf7
13.d2-d3 Nb8-c6 14.Bc1xf4 Bd6xf4
15.c2-c3 Qd8-d7 16.g2-g3 Bf4-d6
17.Qd1-b3+ Kf7-f8 18.Kg1-g2 d4xc3
19.b2xc3 Bd6-e7 20.Ra1-e1 Nc6-a5
21.Qb3-d5 Qd7xd5 22.e4xd5 Be7-f6

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9-+pvlnwq-zp0
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23.c3-c4 Kf8-f7 24.f2-f4 Ra8-d8
1.05/16 ] 10.Nf3xd4! Discovered
attack: f3, d1-h5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
10.Nf3xe5 Nh5-f4 11.Ne5xf7 Rf8xf7
12.Bc4xf7+ Kg8xf7 13.d2-d3 Nb8-c6
14.Bc1xf4 Bd6xf4 15.c2-c3 Qd8-d7
16.g2-g3 Bf4-d6 17.Qd1-b3+ Kf7-f8
18.Kg1-g2 d4xc3 19.b2xc3 Bd6-e7
20.Ra1-e1 Nc6-a5 21.Qb3-d5 Qd7xd5
22.e4xd5 Be7-f6 23.c3-c4 Kf8-f7
24.f2-f4 Ra8-d8 0.72/17 ] 10...Nh5-g3
[ 10...e5xd4 11.Qd1xh5 Discovered
attack ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
10...Nh5-f4 11.Nd4-f5 g7-g6
12.Qd1-g4 c7-c5 13.d2-d4 c5xd4
14.g2-g3 h7-h5 15.Qg4-f3 Nf4-e6
16.Bc1-h6 g6xf5 17.e4xf5 Ne6-g7
18.f5-f6 Ng7-e8 19.Qf3-e4 Qd8xf6
20.Bh6xf8 Nb8-c6 21.Bf8xd6 Ne8xd6
22.Qe4-e2 e5-e4 23.Bc4-d5 Qf6-f5
24.Bd5xc6 b7xc6 0.93/18 ] 11.f2xg3
[ 11.Nd4-e6!? f7xe6 12.Bc4xe6+
Kg8-h8 13.f2xg3 Nb8-c6 14.Rf1xf8+
Bd6xf8+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
11.Nd4-e6 f7xe6 12.Bc4xe6+ Kg8-h8
13.f2xg3 Rf8xf1+ 14.Qd1xf1 Nb8-d7
15.d2-d3 Bd6-c5+ 16.Kg1-h2 Qd8-e7
17.Be6-c4 Ra8-f8 18.Qf1-d1 Rf8-f2
19.a2-a4 Nd7-f6 20.Bc1-d2 c7-c6
21.Qd1-e1 Bc5-d4 22.c2-c3 Bd4-b6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


23.b2-b4 1.39/19 ] 11...e5xd4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 11...e5xd4
12.Qd1-h5 Qd8-e7 13.d2-d3 Nb8-d7
14.Bc1-g5 Qe7-e8 15.a2-a4 Nd7-e5
16.Bc4-b3 Kg8-h8 17.Bg5-f4 Ra8-d8
18.a4-a5 c7-c6 19.a5-a6 b7-b5
20.Bf4xe5 Qe8xe5 21.Qh5xe5
Bd6xe5 22.Rf1xf7 Rf8xf7 23.Bb3xf7
Be5xg3 1.00/18 ] 12.d2-d3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 12.Qd1-h5
Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9rsn-wq-trk+0{
9zppzp-+pzpp0 15
9-+-vl-+-+0
9+-+-+-+Q0
9-+LzpP+-+0
9+-+-+-zPP0
9PzPPzP-+P+0
9tR-vL-+RmK-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Qd8-e7 13.Kg1-h2 Nb8-d7 14.d2-d3
Nd7-f6 15.Qh5-g5 c7-c6 16.a2-a4
Kg8-h8 17.Bc1-f4 Ra8-e8 18.Qg5-a5
Bd6xf4 19.g3xf4 b7-b6 20.Qa5-d2
Kh8-g8 21.e4-e5 0.79/17 ]
12...Bd6xg3 [ 12...Nb8-d7+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 12...Nb8-d7
13.Qd1-h5 Qd8-e7 14.Bc1-g5 Qe7-e8
15.a2-a4 Nd7-e5 16.Bc4-b3 Kg8-h8
17.Bg5-f4 Ra8-d8 18.a4-a5 c7-c6
19.a5-a6 b7-b5 20.Bf4xe5 Qe8xe5
21.Qh5xe5 Bd6xe5 22.Rf1xf7 Rf8xf7
23.Bb3xf7 Be5xg3 0.99/17 ]
13.Rf1xf7! Decoy: f7. [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 13.Qd1-g4 Bg3-e5 14.Rf1xf7
Rf8xf7 15.Bc1-g5 Qd8-d7 16.Bc4-e6
h7-h5 17.Qg4-f5 Nb8-c6 18.Ra1-f1
Ra8-f8 19.Be6xd7 Rf7xf5 20.Bd7xf5
Be5-d6 21.a2-a3 g7-g6 22.Bf5-e6+

17

Kg8-g7 23.Rf1xf8 Bd6xf8 24.Kg1-f2


Bf8-e7 25.Bg5-f4 Be7-d6 26.Bf4-d2
Kg7-f6 27.Be6-d5 g6-g5 28.Kf2-f3
Nc6-e5+ 29.Kf3-e2 1.53/19 ]
13...Rf8xf7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
13...Rf8xf7 14.Bc4xf7+ Kg8xf7
15.Qd1-f3+ Kf7-g8 16.Qf3xg3 Qd8-d7
17.Bc1-f4 Nb8-a6 18.Ra1-f1 Ra8-c8
19.Bf4-e5 Na6-b4 20.Qg3-f2 c7-c5
21.a2-a3 Nb4-c6 22.Be5-h2 Rc8-d8
23.Qf2-h4 Qd7-e7 24.Qh4xe7 Nc6xe7
25.Bh2-c7 Rd8-e8 26.Bc7-d6 b7-b6
27.Kg1-h2 1.40/20 ] 14.Bc4xf7+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 14.Qd1-f3
Kg8-h8 15.Qf3xf7 Nb8-c6 16.Bc1-f4
Bg3xf4 17.Qf7xf4 Qd8-e7 18.Ra1-f1
Nc6-e5 19.Bc4-b3 c7-c6 20.a2-a3
Ra8-e8 21.Bb3-a2 b7-b5 22.Qf4-f5
a7-a6 23.Qf5-h5 Re8-d8 24.b2-b4
Rd8-e8 25.Kg1-h2 1.21/19 ]
14...Kg8-h8 [ 14...Kg8xf7 15.Qd1-f3+
Kf7-g8 16.Qf3xg3+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 14...Kg8xf7 15.Qd1-f3+ Kf7-g8
16.Qf3xg3 Qd8-d7 17.Bc1-f4 Nb8-a6
18.Ra1-f1 Ra8-c8 19.Bf4-e5 Na6-b4
20.Qg3-f2 c7-c5 21.a2-a3 Nb4-c6
22.Be5-h2 Rc8-d8 23.Qf2-h4 Qd7-e7
24.Qh4xe7 Nc6xe7 25.Bh2-c7 Rd8-e8
26.Bc7-d6 b7-b6 1.24/19 ] 15.Qd1-g4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 15.Qd1-g4
Bg3-e5 16.Bc1-f4 Nb8-d7 17.Bf4-g5
Nd7-f6 18.Qg4-e6 Qd8-d6 19.Qe6xd6
Be5xd6 20.Ra1-f1 Ra8-f8 21.Bf7-e6
h7-h6 22.Bg5-h4 c7-c5 23.Rf1-f5
Rf8-e8 24.Be6-f7 Re8-e7 25.Bf7-b3
Bd6-e5 26.Bh4-e1 Kh8-h7 1.49/20 ]
15...Bg3-e5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
15...Bg3-e5 16.Bc1-g5 Qd8-f8
17.Ra1-f1 Nb8-c6 18.a2-a3 Qf8-d6
19.Bf7-e6 Be5-h2+ 20.Kg1-h1 Nc6-e5
21.Qg4-f5 Bh2-g3 22.Be6-c8 Ne5-g6
23.Bg5-d2 c7-c6 24.Qf5-d7 Qd6xd7
25.Bc8xd7 Ra8-f8 26.Rf1xf8+ Ng6xf8
27.Bd7-c8 b7-b5 28.Bc8-f5 1.51/19 ]
16.Bc1-g5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


16.Bc1-f4 Nb8-d7 17.Bf4-g5 Nd7-f6
18.Qg4-e6 Qd8-d6 19.Qe6xd6
Be5xd6 20.Ra1-f1 h7-h6 21.Bg5-h4
Ra8-f8 22.Bf7-e6 c7-c6 23.Bh4-f2
Bd6-e5 24.g2-g4 Kh8-h7 25.Kg1-g2
Kh7-g6 26.Be6-f5+ Kg6-f7 1.51/19 ]
16...Be5-f6 [ 16...Qd8-d7 17.Bf7-e6
Qd7-d6 18.Ra1-f1+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 16...Qd8-f8 17.Ra1-f1 Nb8-c6
18.Bg5-d2 Qf8-d6 19.Bf7-b3 Be5-h2+
20.Kg1-h1 Nc6-e5 21.Qg4-e6 Qd6xe6
22.Bb3xe6 Bh2-g3 23.Bd2-b4 b7-b6
24.Kh1-g1 Ra8-e8 25.Rf1-f8+ Re8xf8
26.Bb4xf8 Ne5-g6 27.Bf8-b4 a7-a5
28.Bb4-d2 Ng6-f4 29.Be6-c4 1.56/19 ]
17.Bg5xf6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17.Bg5xf6 g7xf6 18.Ra1-f1 Nb8-c6
19.Bf7-d5 Qd8-d6 20.Rf1-f5 Ra8-f8
21.Qg4-h4 Nc6-e5 22.Bd5xb7 c7-c6
23.Bb7-a6 Kh8-g8 24.a2-a4 Rf8-f7
25.Rf5-f1 Rf7-f8 26.b2-b3 Kg8-g7
27.Qh4-g3+ Kg7-h8 28.Qg3-f4 Kh8-g8
29.Qf4-f2 Rf8-f7 30.Qf2-g3+ Kg8-h8
31.Qg3-f2 Kh8-g7 32.Qf2-f5 Kg7-g8
33.Ba6-c4 Ne5xc4 34.b3xc4 2.26/21 ]
17...g7xf6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17...g7xf6 Diagram
(Diagram 16)
18.Ra1-f1 Nb8-c6 19.Bf7-d5 Qd8-d6
20.Rf1-f5 Ra8-f8 21.Qg4-h4 Nc6-e5
22.Bd5xb7 c7-c6 23.Bb7-a6 Kh8-g8
24.Qh4-f2 Kg8-g7 25.Rf5-h5 Ne5-g6
26.Ba6-c4 Rf8-b8 27.b2-b3 Rb8-e8
28.g2-g3 2.14/18 ] 18.Ra1-f1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18.Ra1-f1
Nb8-c6 19.Bf7-d5 Qd8-d6 20.Rf1-f5
Ra8-f8 21.Qg4-h4 Nc6-e5 22.Bd5xb7
c7-c6 23.Bb7-a6 Kh8-g8 24.a2-a4
Rf8-f7 25.Rf5-f1 Rf7-f8 26.Qh4-g3+
Kg8-h8 27.Qg3-f4 Kh8-g8 28.Ba6-b7
Qd6-b4 29.Qf4-g3+ Kg8-h8 2.21/19 ]
18...Nb8-d7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18...Nb8-c6 19.Bf7-d5 Qd8-e7

18

XIIIIIIIIY
9rsn-wq-+-mk0
9zppzp-+L+p0 16
9-+-+-zp-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
9-+-zpP+Q+0
9+-+P+-+P0
9PzPP+-+P+0
9tR-+-+-mK-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
20.Bd5xc6 b7xc6 21.Qg4-f4 Ra8-b8
22.Qf4xf6+ Qe7xf6 23.Rf1xf6 Rb8xb2
24.Rf6xc6 Rb2xa2 25.Rc6xc7 Kh8-g8
26.Kg1-f2 Ra2-a1 27.g2-g4 a7-a5
28.e4-e5 h7-h6 29.Kf2-f3 Ra1-e1
30.Kf3-f4 Re1-e3 31.h3-h4 Kg8-f8
32.Rc7-a7 2.19/18 ] 19.Bf7-e6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.Qg4-e6
Nd7-c5 20.Qe6xf6+ Qd8xf6 21.Rf1xf6
Ra8-f8 22.Rf6-f5 Nc5-d7 23.Bf7-e6
Rf8xf5 24.Be6xf5 Nd7-c5 25.e4-e5
Kh8-g7 26.Kg1-f2 Nc5-a4 27.Kf2-f3
Na4xb2 28.Kf3-e4 c7-c5 29.Ke4-d5
Nb2-a4 30.e5-e6 Kg7-f6 31.Bf5xh7
Kf6-e7 32.Bh7-e4 2.43/19 ]
19...Nd7-c5 [ 19...Nd7-e5 20.Qg4-h4
Kh8-g7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
19...Nd7-e5 20.Qg4-f4 Kh8-g7
21.Qf4-g3+ Kg7-h8 22.Qg3-h4 Kh8-g7
23.Be6-b3 Qd8-e7 24.Qh4-g3+
Ne5-g6 25.Rf1-f5 c7-c5 26.c2-c3
Ra8-c8 27.Bb3-d5 Kg7-h8 28.Rf5-h5
Kh8-g7 29.Qg3-g4 Rc8-d8 30.c3xd4
c5xd4 31.Qg4-f5 Kg7-f8 1.68/20 ]
20.Be6-f5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20.e4-e5 Qd8-e8 21.Rf1xf6 Nc5xe6
22.Rf6xe6 Qe8-d7 23.Qg4-f5 Ra8-g8
24.g2-g4 Rg8-g7 25.Qf5-f8+ Rg7-g8
26.Qf8-h6 b7-b6 27.a2-a3 Qd7-f7
28.Kg1-g2 Rg8-g7 29.Qh6-f6 Qf7-d7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


30.Kg2-g3 Kh8-g8 2.75/18 ]
20...Qd8-e7 [ 20...Qd8-g8 doesn't get
the cat off the tree 21.Qg4-h5 Nc5-e6
22.Bf5-g4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20...Qd8-g8 21.Qg4-h5 Nc5-e6
22.Bf5-g4 Ra8-f8 23.Qh5-d5 Ne6-d8
24.Qd5xd4 Nd8-c6 25.Qd4-c5 Qg8-g7
26.d3-d4 Qg7-e7 27.Qc5xe7 Nc6xe7
28.Rf1-f3 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-tr-mk0{
9zppzp-sn-+p0 17
9-+-+-zp-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
9-+-zPP+L+0
9+-+-+R+P0
9PzPP+-+P+0
9+-+-+-mK-0
xiiiiiiiiy
c7-c6 29.c2-c4 Kh8-g7 30.d4-d5
Rf8-d8 31.Kg1-f2 c6-c5 32.Bg4-e6
Ne7-g6 2.89/17 ] 21.Bf5xh7!
Decoy: h7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.Bf5xh7 Qe7xh7 22.Rf1-f5 Ra8-g8
23.Qg4-f3 Qh7-e7 24.Qf3-h5+ Kh8-g7
25.Rf5xc5 Kg7-f8 26.Rc5-d5 c7-c6
27.Rd5xd4 Rg8-g5 28.Qh5-h8+
Rg5-g8 29.Qh8-h4 Rg8-g5 30.Qh4-f4
Kf8-e8 31.Rd4-d6 Ke8-f7 32.b2-b3
Rg5-e5 33.Rd6-d4 Qe7-c5 34.Qf4-f2
3.02/18 ] 21...Qe7xh7 [ 21...Qe7xh7
22.Qg4-f5 Decoy Double attack ;
21...Kh8xh7 22.Rf1-f5 Combination ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21...Qe7xh7
22.Rf1-f5 Ra8-g8 23.Qg4-f3 Qh7-e7
24.Qf3-h5+ Kh8-g7 25.Rf5xc5 Kg7-f8
26.Rc5-d5 c7-c6 27.Rd5xd4 Rg8-g5
28.Qh5-h8+ Rg5-g8 29.Qh8-h6+
Qe7-g7 30.Qh6xg7+ Rg8xg7 31.h3-h4
Rg7-h7 32.g2-g3 Rh7-h5 33.Kg1-f2

19

Kf8-e7 34.Rd4-b4 b7-b6 35.Rb4-a4


a7-a5 36.Kf2-f3 3.05/18 ] 22.Rf1-f5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Rf1-f5
Ra8-g8 23.Qg4-f3 Qh7-e7 24.Qf3-h5+
Qe7-h7 25.Rf5xc5 Qh7xh5
26.Rc5xh5+ Kh8-g7 27.Rh5-d5 Kg7-f8
28.Rd5-d8+ Kf8-f7 29.Rd8-d7+ Kf7-e6
30.Rd7xc7 Rg8-b8 31.Kg1-f2 f6-f5
32.e4xf5+ Ke6xf5 33.g2-g4+ Kf5-e6
34.g4-g5 Ke6-d6 35.Rc7-c4 Rb8-f8+
36.Kf2-g3 Kd6-e5 37.Rc4-c5+ Ke5-d6
38.Rc5-a5 2.84/17 ] 22...Ra8-g8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22...Ra8-g8
23.Qg4-f3 Qh7-e7 24.Qf3-h5+ Qe7-h7
25.Rf5xc5 Qh7xh5 26.Rc5xh5+
Kh8-g7 27.Rh5-d5 Kg7-g6 28.Rd5xd4
Rg8-g7 29.Kg1-f2 a7-a6 30.Rd4-d8
Rg7-e7 31.h3-h4 Re7-e5 32.Rd8-d5
Re5-e6 33.Rd5-c5 Re6-e7 34.h4-h5+
Kg6-h6 35.Rc5-f5 Re7-e6 36.Kf2-f3
b7-b5 3.15/18 ] 23.Qg4-f3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23.Qg4-f3
Qh7-e7 24.Qf3-h5+ Qe7-h7 25.Rf5xc5
Qh7xh5 26.Rc5xh5+ Kh8-g7
27.Rh5-d5 Kg7-g6 28.Rd5xd4 Rg8-g7
29.Kg1-f2 Rg7-h7 30.Rd4-d8 Rh7-h5
31.Rd8-d5 Rh5-h7 32.Rd5-f5 c7-c6
33.Kf2-e3 b7-b6 34.d3-d4 2.72/14 ]
23...Rg8-g5 [ 23...Qh7-e7 is not much
help 24.Qf3-h5+ Qe7-h7
25.Rf5xc5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23...Qh7-e7 24.Qf3-h5+ Qe7-h7
25.Rf5xc5 Qh7xh5 26.Rc5xh5+
Kh8-g7 27.Rh5-d5 Kg7-g6 28.Rd5xd4
Rg8-g7 29.Kg1-f2 Rg7-h7 30.Rd4-d8
Rh7-h5 31.Rd8-d5 Rh5-h7 32.Rd5-f5
c7-c6 33.Kf2-e3 b7-b6 34.d3-d4
2.94/15 ] 24.Rf5xg5 [ 24.Rf5xf6?!
is impossible Qh7-g7 25.Rf6-f8+
Kh8-h7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24.Rf5xg5 f6xg5 25.Qf3-f8+ Qh7-g8
26.Qf8xc5 Qg8xa2 27.Qc5-e5+
Kh8-g8 28.Qe5xg5+ Kg8-f7
29.Qg5-f5+ Kf7-e7 30.Qf5-e5+ Ke7-f8
31.Qe5xd4 Qa2-b1+ 32.Kg1-h2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Qb1xc2 33.Qd4xa7 Qc2-c1
34.Qa7-f2+ Kf8-e7 35.h3-h4 c7-c6
36.b2-b4 Qc1-h6 37.Qf2-c5+ Ke7-f7
38.Qc5-f5+ Kf7-e7 39.Qf5-e5+ Ke7-d7
40.h4-h5 Qh6-d2 41.Qe5-g7+ Kd7-c8
42.h5-h6 Qd2-f4+ 43.Kh2-h3 Qf4-e3+
44.Kh3-g4 Qe3xd3 3.33/17 ]
24...f6xg5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24...f6xg5 25.Qf3-f8+ Qh7-g8
26.Qf8xc5 Qg8xa2 27.Qc5-e5+
Kh8-g8 28.Qe5xg5+ Kg8-f7
29.Qg5-f5+ Kf7-e7 30.Qf5-e5+ Ke7-f8
31.Qe5xd4 Qa2-b1+ 32.Kg1-h2
Qb1xc2 33.Qd4xa7 Qc2-c1
34.Qa7-f2+ Kf8-e7 35.h3-h4 c7-c6
36.b2-b4 Qc1-h6 37.Qf2-c5+ Ke7-f7
38.Qc5-f5+ Kf7-e7 39.Qf5-e5+ Ke7-d7
40.h4-h5 Qh6-d2 41.Qe5-g7+ Kd7-c8
42.h5-h6 Qd2-f4+ 43.Kh2-h3 Qf4-e3+
44.Kh3-g4 Qe3xd3 3.37/18 ]
25.Qf3-f8+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25.Qf3-f8+ Qh7-g8 26.Qf8xc5 Qg8xa2
27.Qc5-e5+ Kh8-g8 28.Qe5xg5+
Kg8-f7 29.Qg5-f5+ Kf7-e7 30.Qf5-e5+
Ke7-f8 31.Qe5xd4 Qa2-b1+
32.Kg1-h2 Qb1xc2 33.Qd4xa7
Qc2xb2 34.Qa7-b8+ Kf8-f7
35.Qb8xc7+ Kf7-e6 36.Qc7-c4+
Ke6-e7 37.d3-d4 b7-b5 38.Qc4-c7+
Ke7-e8 39.d4-d5 b5-b4 40.e4-e5
Qb2-c3 41.Qc7-b8+ Ke8-e7
42.Qb8-a7+ Ke7-d8 2.63/9 ]
25...Qh7-g8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25...Qh7-g8 26.Qf8xc5 Qg8xa2
27.Qc5-e5+ Kh8-g8 28.Qe5xg5+
Kg8-f7 29.Qg5-f5+ Kf7-e7 30.Qf5-e5+
Ke7-f8 31.Qe5xd4 Qa2-b1+
32.Kg1-h2 Qb1xc2 33.Qd4xa7
Qc2xb2 34.Qa7-b8+ Kf8-f7
35.Qb8xc7+ Kf7-e6 36.Qc7-c4+
Ke6-e7 37.d3-d4 b7-b5 38.Qc4-c7+
Ke7-e8 39.d4-d5 b5-b4 40.e4-e5
Qb2-c3 41.Qc7-b8+ Ke8-e7
42.Qb8-a7+ Ke7-d8 2.78/1 ]
26.Qf8xc5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

20

26.Qf8xc5 Qg8xa2 27.Qc5-e5+


Kh8-g8 28.Qe5xg5+ Kg8-f7
29.Qg5-f5+ Kf7-e7 30.Qf5-e5+ Ke7-f8
31.Qe5xd4 Qa2-b1+ 32.Kg1-h2
Qb1xc2 33.Qd4xa7 Qc2xb2
34.Qa7-b8+ Kf8-f7 35.Qb8xc7+
Kf7-e6 36.Qc7-c4+ Ke6-e7 37.d3-d4
b7-b5 38.Qc4-c7+ Ke7-e8 39.d4-d5
b5-b4 40.e4-e5 Qb2-c3 41.Qc7-b8+
Ke8-e7 42.Qb8-a7+ Ke7-d8 2.63/15 ]
26...Qg8-g7 [ 26...Qg8xa2 there is
nothing better in the position
27.Qc5-e5+ Kh8-g8 28.Qe5xg5+
Kg8-f7 29.Qg5-f5+ Kf7-e7 30.Qf5-e5+
Ke7-f8 31.Qe5xd4 Qa2-b1+
32.Kg1-h2 Qb1xc2 33.Qd4xa7
b7-b6+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Qg8xa2 27.Qc5-e5+ Kh8-g8
28.Qe5xg5+ Kg8-f7 29.Qg5-f5+
Kf7-e7 30.Qf5-e5+ Ke7-f8 31.Qe5xd4
Qa2-b1+ 32.Kg1-h2 Qb1xc2
33.Qd4xa7 Qc2xb2 34.Qa7-b8+
Kf8-f7 35.Qb8xc7+ Kf7-e6
36.Qc7-c4+ Ke6-e7 37.d3-d4 b7-b5
38.Qc4-c7+ Ke7-e8 39.d4-d5 b5-b4
40.e4-e5 Qb2-c3 41.Qc7-b8+ Ke8-e7
42.Qb8-a7+ Ke7-d8 2.74/16 ]
27.Qc5xa7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27.Qc5xa7 c7-c6 28.Qa7-b8+ Kh8-h7
29.e4-e5 b7-b5 30.Qb8-d6 g5-g4
31.h3-h4 g4-g3 32.Qd6xd4 Qg7-f7
33.b2-b3 Qf7-h5 34.Qd4-d7+ Kh7-g8
35.Qd7-c8+ Kg8-g7 36.Qc8-b7+
Kg7-g8 37.Qb7-b8+ Kg8-g7
38.Qb8-c7+ Kg7-g8 39.Qc7-d8+
Kg8-g7 40.Qd8-f6+ Kg7-g8
41.Qf6-d8+ Kg8-g7 4.07/19 ]
27...b7-b6 [ 27...c7-c6 does not help
much 28.Qa7-c5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 27...c7-c6 28.Qa7-b8+ Kh8-h7
29.e4-e5 Qg7-f7 30.a2-a4 g5-g4
31.h3xg4 Qf7-e7 32.Qb8-c8 Kh7-g7
33.Qc8-f5 Qe7-h4 34.Qf5-e4 Kg7-f7
35.Qe4-f4+ Kf7-g7 36.g2-g3 Qh4-d8
37.e5-e6 Qd8-f6 38.Qf4-c7+ Kg7-g6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


39.e6-e7 Kg6-f7 40.Qc7xb7 Qf6xe7
41.Qb7xe7+ Kf7xe7 4.04/18 ]
28.Qa7-a8+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28.Qa7-a8+ Kh8-h7 29.Qa8-d5
Qg7-e7 30.Qd5-f5+ Kh7-g7 31.e4-e5
Kg7-h6 32.e5-e6 c7-c6 33.Qf5-e4
c6-c5 34.Qe4-c6 g5-g4 35.h3xg4
b6-b5 36.Kg1-f2 Kh6-g6 37.Qc6-e4+
Kg6-g7 38.Kf2-g3 Kg7-h6 39.Qe4-e5
b5-b4 40.Kg3-f4 Qe7-f8+ 41.Kf4-e4
Qf8-e7 42.g4-g5+ Kh6-h5 43.Qe5-f5
4.41/21 ] 28...Kh8-h7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 28...Kh8-h7 29.Qa8-d5
Qg7-e7 30.Qd5-f5+ Kh7-g7 31.e4-e5
Kg7-h6 32.e5-e6 c7-c6 33.Qf5-e4
c6-c5 34.Qe4-c6 g5-g4 35.h3xg4
b6-b5 36.Kg1-f2 Kh6-g6 37.Qc6-e4+
Kg6-g7 38.Kf2-g3 Kg7-h6 39.Qe4-e5
b5-b4 40.Kg3-f4 Qe7-f8+ 41.Kf4-g3
Qf8-e7 42.Kg3-f4 4.54/21 ] 29.Qa8-c8
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29.Qa8-d5
Qg7-e7 30.Qd5-f5+ Kh7-g7 31.e4-e5
Kg7-h6 32.e5-e6 Qe7-g7 33.Kg1-h2
Qg7-e7 34.Qf5-e5 Kh6-g6 35.Kh2-g3
Kg6-h6 36.Qe5-f5 Kh6-g7 37.Kg3-g4
Kg7-h6 38.a2-a4 c7-c6 39.Qf5-f7
Qe7xf7 40.e6xf7 Kh6-g7 41.Kg4xg5
Kg7xf7 42.g2-g4 Kf7-e6 43.h3-h4
4.14/20 ] 29...Qg7-e5 [ 29...Qg7-e7+a last effort to resist the inevitable ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29...Qg7-e7
30.Qc8-f5+ Kh7-g7 31.e4-e5 Kg7-h6
32.e5-e6 Qe7-g7 33.Kg1-h2 Qg7-e7
34.Qf5-e5 c7-c5 35.Kh2-g3 b6-b5
36.Kg3-g4 c5-c4 37.d3xc4 b5xc4
38.Qe5-h8+ Kh6-g6 39.Qh8-h5+
Kg6-f6 40.Qh5xg5+ Kf6xe6
41.Qg5xe7+ Ke6xe7 42.h3-h4 Ke7-e6
43.Kg4-f4 d4-d3 44.c2xd3 c4xd3
45.Kf4-e3 4.27/17 ] 30.Qc8-f5+
Diagram [ 30.Qc8-f5+ Qe5xf5
31.e4xf5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.Qc8-f5+ Qe5xf5 31.e4xf5 Kh7-g7
32.a2-a4 c7-c5 33.Kg1-f2 Kg7-f6
34.g2-g4 Kf6-e7 35.Kf2-f3 Ke7-d7

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36.Kf3-g3 Kd7-e7 37.h3-h4 g5xh4+


38.Kg3-h3 Ke7-f7 39.g4-g5 Kf7-g7
40.g5-g6 Kg7-f6 41.Kh3xh4 Kf6-e7
42.Kh4-g5 Ke7-e8 43.Kg5-f6 Ke8-f8
6.20/22 ]

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FS04 GM-A Budapest (13)

B76

14.04.2002

B76: Sicilian Dragon: Yugoslav Attack,


9 g4 and 9 0-0-0
1.e2-e4 c7-c5 2.Ng1-f3 d7-d6
3.d2-d4 c5xd4 4.Nf3xd4 Ng8-f6
5.Nb1-c3 g7-g6 6.Bc1-e3 Bf8-g7
7.f2-f3 0-0 8.Qd1-d2 Nb8-c6 9.0-0-0
Nc6xd4 10.Be3xd4 Bc8-e6
11.Kc1-b1 Qd8-c7 12.g2-g4 Rf8-c8
13.g4-g5 Nf6-h5 14.Bd4xg7 Nh5xg7
15.Nc3-d5 last book move last book
move Qc7-d7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
15...Be6xd5 16.e4xd5 Qc7-c5
17.Bf1-h3 Rc8-c7 18.Rh1-e1 b7-b5
19.Re1-e4 a7-a5 20.Rd1-e1 Ra8-e8
21.c2-c3 b5-b4 22.c3xb4 a5xb4
23.Re4xb4 Re8-a8 24.a2-a4 0.16/15 ]
16.Bf1-e2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


16.Qd2-e3 Rc8-c5 17.Nd5-c3 Ra8-c8
18.a2-a3 Rc5xc3 19.b2xc3 Qd7-a4
20.Kb1-b2 Qa4-a5 21.c3-c4 Ng7-h5
22.Kb2-b1 Be6xc4 23.Bf1xc4 Rc8xc4
24.Rd1-d5 Qa5-a4 25.Rh1-c1
Rc4-c8 0.12/13 ] 16...Rc8-c5 Diagram
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 16...Rc8-c5
17.f3-f4 Be6xd5 18.e4xd5 Qd7-h3
19.Rh1-e1 Qh3xh2 20.Be2-g4
Qh2xd2 21.Rd1xd2 Rc5-c4 22.Rd2-f2
Ra8-e8 23.b2-b3 Rc4-c7 24.Kb1-b2
f7-f5 25.g5xf6 e7xf6 26.Bg4-e6+
Ng7xe6 27.d5xe6 Kg8-g7 -0.15/15 ]

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17.f3-f4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17.Rh1-e1 Be6xd5 18.e4xd5 Ng7-f5
19.c2-c3 Ra8-c8 20.Be2-f1 Rc5-a5
21.a2-a3 Rc8-c5 22.c3-c4 Ra5-a4
23.Re1-e4 Rc5-c8 24.Rd1-e1 -0.06/13
] 17...Be6xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17...Be6xd5 Diagram
(Diagram 20)
18.e4xd5 Qd7-h3 19.Rh1-e1 Qh3xh2
20.Be2-g4 Qh2xd2 21.Rd1xd2 Rc5-c4
22.Rd2-f2 Ra8-e8 23.b2-b3 Rc4-c7
24.Kb1-b2 e7-e6 25.Rf2-d2 Rc7-e7
26.d5xe6 Ng7xe6 27.Bg4xe6
Re7xe6 -0.10/14 ] 18.e4xd5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18.e4xd5

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Ra8-c8 19.c2-c3 Rc5-a5 20.Rh1-e1
Ng7-f5 21.Be2-g4 Rc8-c5 22.Bg4xf5
Qd7xf5+ 23.Qd2-c2 Qf5xf4 24.b2-b4
Rc5-b5 25.Re1xe7 Qf4xg5
26.Re7-e8+ Kg8-g7 27.a2-a4
Rb5-b6 -0.32/12 ] 18...Qd7-f5
[ 18...Qd7-h3 19.Qd2-d3 Qh3xd3
20.Rd1xd3= ( 20.Be2xd3 Rc5xd5
21.Rd1-e1 Kg8-f8 );Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 18...Ra8-c8 19.c2-c3 Rc5-a5
20.Rh1-e1 Ng7-f5 21.Be2-g4 Rc8-c5
22.Bg4xf5 Qd7xf5+ 23.Qd2-c2 Qf5xf4
24.b2-b4 Rc5-b5 25.Re1xe7 Qf4xg5
26.Re7-e8+ Kg8-g7 27.a2-a4
Rb5-b6 -0.14/13 ] 19.Rh1-g1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.h2-h3 e7-e6
20.b2-b4 Rc5-c7 21.Be2-g4 Qf5xd5
22.Qd2xd5 e6xd5 23.Rd1xd5 Rc7-c4
24.a2-a3 a7-a5 25.b4xa5 Rc4xf4
26.Rh1-d1 Ng7-e6 27.Bg4xe6 f7xe6
28.Rd5xd6 Ra8xa5 29.Rd6-d8+
Kg8-g7 30.Rd1-d7+ Rf4-f7
31.Rd7xf7+ Kg7xf7 32.Rd8-d7+
Kf7-g8 0.12/14 ] 19...e7-e6
[ 19...Ng7-h5 20.Be2xh5 g6xh5
21.Qd2-d3 Qf5xf4 22.c2-c3= ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19...Qf5-d7
20.Be2-g4 Ng7-f5 21.Qd2-d3 Ra8-c8
22.Rd1-d2 Rc5-c4 23.Rg1-f1 Kg8-g7
24.Rd2-e2 Rc8-c7 25.c2-c3 a7-a5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


26.Bg4xf5 Qd7xf5 27.Qd3xf5 g6xf5
28.Rf1-e1 0.17/15 ] 20.d5xe6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20.d5xe6
Ng7xe6 21.Rg1-f1 Qf5-h3 22.Be2-d3
Ra8-e8 23.Qd2-f2 Rc5-c8 24.a2-a4
a7-a6 25.Rf1-e1 Ne6-c5 26.Bd3-f1
Qh3-f5 27.Bf1-g2 Re8xe1 28.Rd1xe1
Nc5xa4 29.Bg2xb7 0.24/15 ]
20...Ng7xe6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20...Ng7xe6 21.Rg1-f1 Qf5-h3
22.Be2-d3 Ra8-e8 23.Qd2-f2 Rc5-c8
24.Bd3-b5 Diagram

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21.Rg1-f1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.Be2-g4 Qf5xf4 22.Bg4xe6 Qf4xd2
23.Rd1xd2 f7xe6 24.Rd2xd6 Ra8-f8
25.b2-b3 e6-e5 26.c2-c4 Rc5-a5
27.Rg1-e1 Rf8-f2 28.a2-a4 b7-b6
29.h2-h3 e5-e4 30.h3-h4 Ra5-e5
31.Rd6-d8+ Kg8-f7 32.Rd8-d7+
Re5-e7 33.Rd7xe7+ Kf7xe7
34.Re1xe4+ Ke7-d6 0.13/14 ]
21...Ra8-c8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...Qf5-h3 22.Be2-d3 Ra8-e8
23.Qd2-f2 b7-b5 24.Rf1-e1 Re8-d8
25.Qf2-g3 Qh3xg3 26.h2xg3 d6-d5
27.c2-c3 d5-d4 28.Bd3-c2 Rc5-c7
0.30/13 ] 22.Be2-d3 White threatens to

23

win material: Bd3xf5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro


x64: 22.Be2-d3 Qf5-h3 23.Qd2-f2
Rc8-e8 24.c2-c3 Ne6-g7 25.Bd3-c2
Ng7-f5 26.Rd1-d3 Re8-e3 27.Rd3xe3
Nf5xe3 28.Rf1-e1 Ne3xc2 29.Qf2xc2
Qh3-f5 30.Qc2-e4 Qf5xe4+
31.Re1xe4 0.39/14 ] 22...Qf5-g4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22...Qf5-h3
23.Qd2-f2 Rc8-e8 24.c2-c3 b7-b6
25.Bd3-c2 d6-d5 26.Rd1-d3 Qh3-f5
27.Rd3-e3 Qf5-g4 28.f4-f5 g6xf5
29.Qf2xf5 Qg4xf5 30.Bc2xf5 0.37/14 ]
23.Qd2-e3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.Qd2-f2 Rc5-d5 24.c2-c3 Rc8-e8
25.f4-f5 g6xf5 26.Bd3-c2 Rd5xd1+
27.Bc2xd1 Qg4-h3 28.Qf2xf5 Qh3xf5+
29.Rf1xf5 Kg8-g7 30.b2-b4 a7-a6
31.Kb1-b2 b7-b5 32.h2-h4 0.35/12 ]
23...a7-a5 [ 23...Rc8-e8!?
is an interesting alternative ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 23...Ne6-g7 24.Qe3-f2
Ng7-f5 25.c2-c3 Rc8-e8 26.Rf1-e1
Kg8-g7 27.Bd3-e2 Qg4-h3 28.Be2-f3
Re8xe1 29.Rd1xe1 Rc5-b5 0.23/12 ]
24.Bd3-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24.Bd3-e4 Rc5-c7 25.Rd1xd6 Rc8-e8
26.Qe3-d2 Rc7-c4 27.Be4xb7 Rc4xf4
28.Rf1xf4 Ne6xf4 29.Rd6-d8 Qg4-g1+
30.Qd2-d1 Qg1xd1+ 31.Rd8xd1
Re8-e2 32.h2-h4 Re2-h2 33.Rd1-h1
Rh2-d2 34.Bb7-f3 0.60/14 ]
24...Rc8-d8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24...Rc5-c7 25.Rd1xd6 Rc8-e8
26.Rd6-d5 Rc7-e7 27.Rd5-e5 Qg4-h4
28.Qe3-d2 a5-a4 29.Be4-d5 Re8-d8
30.Qd2-e3 Rd8-d6 31.Bd5xe6
Re7xe6 0.53/13 ] 25.h2-h3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25.Be4xb7
d6-d5 26.Bb7-a6 Rd8-b8 27.Qe3-g3
Qg4xg3 28.h2xg3 Kg8-g7 29.Rf1-h1
Rc5-c3 30.Ba6-d3 a5-a4 31.Rh1-h6
0.63/11 ] 25...Qg4-h4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 25...Qg4-h5 26.Be4-d5
Rd8-e8 27.Bd5xb7 Rc5-f5 28.Rd1-e1
d6-d5 29.Bb7-c6 Re8-d8 30.Qe3-b6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Rd8-d6 31.Qb6xa5 Qh5-h4 32.Qa5-a3
Rd6-d8 33.Re1-e3 Rf5xf4 34.Rf1xf4
Qh4xf4 0.64/14 ] 26.Be4-d5 [ 26.f4-f5
Qh4xg5 27.Qe3-f3 g6xf5 ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 26.f4-f5 g6xf5 27.Be4xf5
Rc5-e5 28.Qe3-f3 Ne6xg5 29.Qf3xb7
Qh4-b4 30.Qb7-c7 Qb4-b8 31.Qc7xb8
Rd8xb8 32.Rd1xd6 Ng5-f3 33.Bf5-g4
Nf3-h2 34.Rf1-d1 Nh2xg4 35.h3xg4
Re5-e2 36.Rd6-a6 Rb8-b5 0.84/14 ]
26...Rd8-e8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Rd8-e8 27.Bd5xb7 Ne6-g7
28.Qe3-f2 Qh4xf2 29.Rf1xf2 Ng7-f5
30.b2-b3 Kg8-g7 31.Bb7-f3 h7-h5
32.g5xh6+ Kg7xh6 33.Kb1-b2 Kh6-g7
34.Rf2-e2 Re8-e3 35.Re2xe3 Nf5xe3
36.Rd1-d2 d6-d5 37.c2-c3 0.52/14 ]
27.Bd5xb7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27.Qe3-b3 b7-b5 28.Rd1-e1 a5-a4
29.Qb3-d3 Rc5-c8 30.Bd5xe6 Re8xe6
31.Re1xe6 f7xe6 32.Qd3xd6 Qh4xh3
33.Rf1-e1 Qh3-f5 34.Qd6xe6+ Qf5xe6
35.Re1xe6 Rc8-f8 36.Re6-e4 Kg8-f7
0.46/13 ] 27...Ne6-c7 [ 27...Rc5-f5
28.Bb7-c6 ( 28.Rd1xd6 Qh4xg5
29.Bb7-c6 Re8-e7= ) 28...Re8-e7
29.b2-b3 ( 29.Rd1xd6?! Diagram
(Diagram 22)
Qh4xg5 30.f4xg5 Rf5xf1+ 31.Qe3-c1
Rf1xc1+ 32.Kb1xc1 Ne6xg5= )
29...Rf5xf4 30.Rf1xf4 Qh4xf4
31.Qe3xf4 Ne6xf4 32.h3-h4 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27...Ne6-g7
28.Qe3-f2 Qh4xf2 29.Rf1xf2 Ng7-f5
30.b2-b3 Kg8-g7 31.Bb7-f3 h7-h5
32.g5xh6+ Kg7xh6 33.Kb1-b2 Kh6-g7
34.Rf2-e2 Re8-e3 35.Re2xe3 Nf5xe3
36.Rd1-d2 d6-d5 37.c2-c3 0.51/13 ]
28.Qe3-f3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28.Qe3-d3 Re8-d8 29.Rd1-e1 Rc5-f5
30.Qd3-d2 Rf5-b5 31.Bb7-c6 Rb5-c5
32.Bc6-g2 Nc7-e6 33.Re1-e2 d6-d5
34.Re2-e5 0.76/13 ] 28...d6-d5

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Pro x64: 28...Nc7-e6 29.Rd1xd6
Ne6xg5 30.f4xg5 Rc5-f5 0.94/13 ]
29.f4-f5 [ 29.Qf3-a3 Rc5-c4
30.Qa3xa5 Rc4xf4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 29.a2-a4 Rc5-c4 30.b2-b3
Rc4-c5 31.Kb1-b2 Re8-d8 32.Rd1-d2
d5-d4 33.Qf3-g4 Qh4xg4 34.h3xg4
Nc7-e6 35.Rd2-d3 Rd8-e8 36.Bb7-g2
Rc5-c7 0.97/11 ] 29...Qh4-e4
[ 29...Re8-e7!? ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 29...Re8-e7 30.f5xg6 h7xg6
31.Qf3-f6 Qh4-e4 32.Qf6-f2 Qe4-e3
33.h3-h4 Qe3xf2 34.Rf1xf2 Rc5-c4
35.Rf2-h2 Re7-e5 36.b2-b3 Rc4-f4
37.Kb1-b2 Kg8-g7 0.60/12 ]
30.Qf3-f2+- [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.Qf3-f2 Qe4-e3 31.f5xg6 Qe3xf2
32.g6xh7+ Kg8xh7 33.Rf1xf2 Kh7-g8
34.Rf2-d2 Re8-e3 35.a2-a4 Re3xh3
36.Bb7xd5 Kg8-g7 37.c2-c3 Nc7-e6
38.g5-g6 Kg7xg6 39.Rd1-g1+ Kg6-f6
40.Rg1-f1+ Kf6-e7 41.Rf1-f5 Rc5-c8
42.Bd5xe6 f7xe6 43.Rf5xa5 1.53/17 ]
30...Qe4-e3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30...Qe4-e7 31.Rd1-e1 Qe7-f8
32.Re1xe8 Nc7xe8 33.f5xg6 h7xg6
34.h3-h4 Ne8-g7 35.Rf1-d1 Qf8-d6
36.Qf2-d2 Ng7-f5 37.Bb7xd5 Qd6-g3
38.Bd5-b3 1.46/16 ] 31.f5xg6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31.f5xg6
Qe3xf2 32.g6xh7+ Kg8xh7 33.Rf1xf2
Kh7-g8 34.Rf2-d2 Re8-e3 Diagram

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35.a2-a4 Re3xh3 36.Bb7xd5 Kg8-g7
37.c2-c3 Nc7-e6 38.g5-g6 Kg7xg6
39.Rd1-g1+ Kg6-f6 40.Rg1-f1+ Kf6-e7
41.Rf1-f5 Rc5-c8 42.Bd5xe6 f7xe6
43.Rf5xa5 1.53/17 ] 31...Qe3xf2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31...Qe3xf2
32.g6xh7+ Kg8xh7 33.Rf1xf2 Kh7-g8
34.Rf2-d2 Re8-e3 35.a2-a4 Re3xh3
36.Bb7xd5 Kg8-g7 37.Bd5-b3 Nc7-e6
38.Rd2-d7 Kg7-g6 39.Bb3-d5 Ne6xg5
40.Rd1-f1 Rh3-e3 41.c2-c3 Re3-e8
42.Rf1-g1 Kg6-f6 43.Rd7-d6+ Kf6-e5
1.58/17 ] 32.g6xh7+ [ 32.Rf1xf2?!
h7xg6 33.Rd1-f1 Re8-e7 ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 32.g6xh7+ Kg8xh7
33.Rf1xf2 Re8-b8 34.Rf2xf7+ Kh7-h8
35.Rf7xc7 Rc5xc7 36.Bb7xd5 Rc7-h7
37.Rd1-d3 Rh7-h5 38.Rd3-g3 Kh8-g7
39.b2-b3 Rb8-h8 40.Bd5-g2 Rh8-e8
41.Bg2-f3 Rh5-h4 42.c2-c4 Kg7-g6
43.c4-c5 Re8-h8 44.Bf3-g4 Kg6xg5
45.c5-c6 Kg5-f4 46.Rg3-d3 1.51/16 ]
32...Kg8xh7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32...Kg8xh7 33.Rf1xf2 Kh7-g8
34.Rf2-d2 Re8-e3 35.a2-a4 Re3xh3
36.Bb7xd5 Kg8-g7 37.Bd5-b3 Nc7-e6
38.Rd2-d7 Kg7-g6 39.Bb3-d5 Ne6xg5

25

40.Rd1-g1 Rh3-h2 41.Bd5xf7+ Kg6-f5


42.Bf7-b3 Ng5-f3 43.Rd7-f7+ Kf5-e4
44.Rg1-g4+ Ke4-e3 1.33/15 ]
33.Rf1xf2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33.Rf1xf2 Re8-b8 34.Rf2xf7+ Kh7-h8
35.Rf7xc7 Rc5xc7 36.Bb7xd5 Rc7-h7
37.Rd1-d3 Rh7-h5 38.Rd3-g3 Kh8-g7
39.c2-c4 Rb8-e8 40.Bd5-f3 Rh5-h4
41.b2-b3 Kg7-g6 42.c4-c5 Re8-h8
43.Bf3-g4 Kg6xg5 44.c5-c6 Kg5-f4
45.Rg3-d3 1.23/12 ] 33...Kh7-g6
[ 33...Kh7-g8 34.Rf2-d2+- ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 33...Re8-b8 34.Rf2xf7+
Kh7-h8 35.Rf7xc7 Rc5xc7 36.Bb7xd5
Rc7-h7 37.Rd1-d3 Rh7-h5 38.Rd3-g3
Kh8-g7 39.c2-c4 Rb8-e8 40.Bd5-f3
Rh5-h4 41.b2-b3 Kg7-g6 42.c4-c5
Re8-h8 43.Bf3-g4 Kg6xg5 44.c5-c6
Kg5-f4 45.Rg3-d3 1.27/13 ] 34.Rf2-f6+
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34.Rf2-f6+
Kg6-g7 35.Rd1-f1 Re8-e7 36.h3-h4
d5-d4 37.Bb7-g2 Nc7-e6 38.a2-a3
Rc5-e5 39.Rf6-f5 Ne6-c7 40.Rf5xe5
Re7xe5 41.Bg2-f3 f7-f5 42.g5xf6+
Kg7xf6 43.h4-h5 Kf6-g5 44.Rf1-g1+
Kg5-f4 1.71/15 ] 34...Kg6xg5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34...Kg6-g7
35.Rd1-f1 Re8-e7 36.h3-h4 d5-d4
37.Bb7-g2 Rc5-e5 38.Rf1-d1 Nc7-e6
39.Bg2-f3 Re5-e3 40.a2-a3 Re7-e8
41.Bf3-d5 Re3-e2 42.Bd5xe6 Re8xe6
43.Rf6xe6 f7xe6 44.Rd1xd4 1.87/15 ]
35.Rf6-c6 [ 35.Rf6xf7 keeps an even
firmer grip Kg5-g6 36.Rf7-f4+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35.Rf6xf7
Kg5-h6 36.Rd1-g1 Re8-b8 37.Rf7-f6+
Kh6-h5 38.Bb7-c6 Nc7-b5 39.Rf6-f5+
Kh5-h6 40.Bc6xb5 Rc5xb5 41.b2-b3
d5-d4 42.Rf5-f6+ Kh6-h5 43.Rf6-d6
a5-a4 44.Rd6xd4 a4xb3 45.c2xb3
Rb5-g5 46.Rg1-c1 Rg5-g2 47.b3-b4
Kh5-g5 48.Rc1-c5+ Kg5-f6
49.Rd4-f4+ Kf6-e7 1.95/15 ]
35...Rc5xc6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
35...Rc5xc6 36.Bb7xc6 Re8-e5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


37.Kb1-c1 f7-f5 38.Rd1-d3 f5-f4
39.Kc1-d2 Kg5-h4 40.Rd3-f3 Kh4-g5
41.c2-c3 Re5-e6 42.Bc6-d7 Re6-e7
43.Bd7-g4 Re7-e4 44.Rf3-f1 Re4-e3
45.b2-b4 a5xb4 46.c3xb4 0.47/17 ]
36.Bb7xc6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36.Bb7xc6 Re8-e5 37.Kb1-c1 f7-f5
38.Rd1-d3 f5-f4 39.Kc1-d2 Kg5-h4
40.Rd3-f3 Kh4-g5 41.c2-c3 Re5-e6
42.Bc6-d7 Re6-e7 43.Bd7-g4 Re7-e4
44.b2-b3 Nc7-b5 45.a2-a4 0.57/16 ]
36...Re8-d8 [ 36...Re8-e5!? ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36...Re8-e5
37.Kb1-c1 f7-f5 38.Kc1-d2 Re5-e4
39.c2-c3 Re4-h4 40.Rd1-h1 Rh4-c4
41.Bc6-d7 Rc4-f4 42.Rh1-h2 Rf4-h4
43.Rh2-f2 0.47/14 ] 37.c2-c4!+Deflection: d5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.c2-c4 d5-d4 38.Kb1-c2 f7-f5
39.Kc2-d3 Rd8-h8 40.Kd3xd4 Rh8xh3
41.c4-c5 Rh3-h2 42.Kd4-e5 Rh2xb2
43.Rd1-g1+ Kg5-h4 44.Ke5-d6
Nc7-a6 45.Rg1-g2 Rb2xg2 46.Bc6xg2
Kh4-g3 0.87/15 ] 37...d5-d4
[ 37...d5xc4 38.Rd1xd8 Deflection
Pinning ; 37...-- 38.c4xd5
Wins material ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37...d5-d4 38.Rd1-g1+ Kg5-f6
39.Kb1-c2 Nc7-e6 40.Rg1-f1+ Kf6-e7
41.Bc6-f3 f7-f5 42.h3-h4 d4-d3+
43.Kc2-d2 Rd8-d4 44.Bf3-d5 Rd4xh4
45.Rf1-e1 Rh4-h2+ 46.Kd2xd3
Rh2-h3+ 47.Re1-e3 0.92/14 ]
38.Bc6-d5! Decoy: d4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 38.Rd1-g1+ Kg5-f5
39.Kb1-c2 Nc7-e6 40.Bc6-f3 d4-d3+
41.Kc2-d2 Rd8-h8 42.Bf3-g4+ Kf5-e5
43.Bg4xe6 f7xe6 44.Rg1-g3 Ke5-d4
45.b2-b3 a5-a4 46.Rg3xd3+ Kd4-c5
47.Kd2-c3 a4xb3 48.a2xb3 0.87/13 ]
38...Nc7xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
38...Nc7-e6 39.Kb1-c2 Kg5-f5
40.h3-h4 Rd8-h8 41.Rd1-h1 Ne6-f4
42.h4-h5 Nf4xd5 43.c4xd5 Rh8-h6
44.Kc2-d3 Kf5-e5 45.d5-d6 Ke5xd6

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46.Kd3xd4 f7-f5 47.b2-b3 Kd6-e6


48.Kd4-e3 Ke6-e5 49.Ke3-f3 Rh6-c6
50.Rh1-e1+ Ke5-f6 0.73/14 ]
39.Rd1xd4 [ 39.c4xd5?! Rd8xd5
40.Kb1-c2 f7-f5= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 39.Rd1xd4 Nd5-c3+ 40.b2xc3
Rd8-h8 41.h3-h4+ Kg5-f6 42.Kb1-c2
Kf6-e6 43.Kc2-d3 Rh8-h5 44.Kd3-e3
Rh5-h8 45.a2-a3 Rh8-h6 46.a3-a4
Rh6-h5 47.Ke3-d3 Ke6-e7 48.Kd3-e2
Ke7-e6 49.Ke2-e3 Rh5-h8 50.Ke3-d3
Rh8-h5 51.Kd3-d2 Ke6-f6 52.Kd2-c2
Kf6-e6 53.Kc2-d3 Ke6-e7 0.87/18 ]
39...Nd5-c3+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39...Nd5-c3+ 40.b2xc3 Rd8-h8
41.h3-h4+ Kg5-f6 42.Kb1-c2 Kf6-e6
43.Kc2-d3 Rh8-h5 44.Kd3-e3 Rh5-h8
45.a2-a3 Rh8-h5 46.a3-a4 Rh5-h8
47.Ke3-d3 Rh8-h5 48.Kd3-d2 Ke6-f6
49.Kd2-c2 Kf6-e6 50.Kc2-d3 Rh5-f5
51.Kd3-e2 Rf5-h5 52.Ke2-e3 Rh5-h8
0.93/16 ] 40.b2xc3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 40.b2xc3 Rd8-c8 41.a2-a4 f7-f5
42.h3-h4+ Kg5-f6 43.Kb1-c2 Rc8-h8
44.Kc2-d3 Kf6-e5 45.c4-c5 Rh8-c8
46.h4-h5 Rc8xc5 47.h5-h6 Rc5-c7
48.c3-c4 Rc7-h7 49.Rd4-d5+ Ke5-f4
50.Rd5-d6 Kf4-e5 0.83/14 ]
40...Rd8-h8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
40...Rd8-h8 41.h3-h4+ Kg5-f6
42.Kb1-c2 Kf6-e6 43.Kc2-d3 Rh8-h5
44.Kd3-e3 Rh5-h6 45.a2-a4 Rh6-h8
46.Rd4-e4+ Ke6-d6 47.Ke3-d4
Kd6-c6 48.c4-c5 Rh8-h5 0.92/15 ]
41.h3-h4+! Double attack: a5/g5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 41.h3-h4+
Kg5-f6 42.Kb1-c2 Kf6-e6 43.Kc2-d3
Rh8-h5 44.Kd3-e3 Rh5-h8 45.a2-a3
Rh8-h5 46.a3-a4 Rh5-h8 47.Ke3-d3
Rh8-h5 48.Kd3-d2 Rh5-f5 49.Kd2-e2
Rf5-h5 50.Ke2-e3 Rh5-h8 0.86/18 ]
41...Kg5-f5 [ 41...Rh8xh4 42.Rd4-d5+
Double attack ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41...Kg5-f6 42.Kb1-c2 Kf6-e6
43.Kc2-d3 Rh8-h5 44.Kd3-e3 Rh5-h8

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45.a2-a3 Rh8-h5 46.a3-a4 Rh5-h8


47.Ke3-d3 Rh8-h5 48.Kd3-d2 Rh5-c5
49.Rd4-e4+ Ke6-d6 50.Kd2-d3
Rc5-h5 51.Re4-g4 f7-f5 52.Rg4-d4+
Kd6-e5 53.Kd3-e3 Rh5-h8 54.Ke3-d3
Rh8-h7 55.Kd3-e2 Rh7-h8 56.Ke2-f3
Rh8-h7 57.Kf3-e3 Rh7-h8 58.Ke3-d3
0.92/18 ] 42.Kb1-c2 Diagram
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 42.Kb1-c2
Kf5-e6 43.Kc2-d3 Rh8-h5 44.Kd3-e3
Rh5-h8 45.a2-a4 f7-f5 46.Ke3-f3
Ke6-e5 47.Kf3-f2 Rh8-b8 48.Kf2-e3
Rb8-h8 49.Ke3-d3 Rh8-h7
50.Rd4-d5+ Ke5-e6 0.83/16 ]

[ 10.Qd1-d2 Be7-g5 11.f2-f4


Bg5-e7 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
10.Qd1-d2 a7-a5 11.g2-g3 Nb8-d7
12.Bf1-g2 Qd8-b6 13.0-0-0 a5-a4
14.Qd2-h6 Rh8-g8 15.h2-h4 Be7-f8
16.Qh6-e3 Nd7-f6 17.Ne2-f4 Nf6-g4
18.Qe3-e2 Bc8-d7 0.40/17 ] 10...b7-b6
[ 10...Qd8-b6 11.Nc3-a4 Qb6-a5+
12.Ne2-c3 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
10...Qd8-b6 11.Nc3-a4 Qb6-a5+
12.Na4-c3 0-0 13.Qd1-d2 c6-c5
14.0-0-0 c5xd4 15.Ne2xd4 Rf8-d8
16.Qd2-e3 e6-e5 17.Nd4-b3 Rd8xd1+
18.Kc1xd1 Qa5-d8+ Diagram

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19.Kd1-c1 Nb8-c6 20.Kc1-b1 Qd8-b6


21.Nc3-d5 Qb6xe3 22.f2xe3 0.03/18 ]
11.Bf1-g2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
5
C12 11.Qd1-d3 Nb8-d7 12.0-0-0 Qd8-c7
Gennadi Sagalchik
13.Kc1-b1 Bc8-b7 14.Ne2-f4 0-0-0
Hikaru Nakamura
15.Bf1-g2 Kc8-b8 16.Qd3-c4 h7-h5
Torneo Continental (9)
27.08.2003 17.h2-h4 Nd7-f6 18.Rh1-e1 Nf6-g4
19.Re1-e2 Be7-f6 0.38/17 ]
11...Bc8-b7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
C12: French: Classical System:
11...Bc8-a6 12.Qd1-d2 Qd8-c7
McCutcheon Variation
1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.Nb1-c3 d7-d5
13.Nc3-a2 Ba6-c4 14.Na2-b4 a7-a5
3.Bc1-g5 e7-e6 4.e2-e4 Bf8-b4
Diagram
5.Ng1-e2 d5xe4 6.a2-a3 Bb4-e7
15.Nb4-d3 Nb8-d7 16.0-0-0 0-0
7.Bg5xf6 g7xf6 8.Nc3xe4 f6-f5
17.Kc1-b1 b6-b5 18.Qd2-f4 Rf8-c8
9.Ne4-c3 c7-c6 last book move last
19.h2-h4 Qc7xf4 20.Ne2xf4 b5-b4
book move 10.g2-g3 Secures h4
21.a3-a4 0.35/17 ] 12.Qd1-d3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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[ 12.Ne2-f4 Be7-f6 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 12.Ne2-f4 Nb8-a6 13.0-0 Na6-c7
14.Nc3-e2 Qd8-d6 15.Qd1-d3 0-0-0
16.a3-a4 a7-a5 17.Qd3-b3 Qd6-b4
18.Qb3xb4 a5xb4 19.Nf4-d3 Nc7-d5
20.Nd3-e5 Rh8-f8 21.a4-a5 0.35/17 ]
12...Nb8-d7 [ 12...Qd8-c7 13.0-0-0 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 12...Nb8-a6
13.0-0-0 Qd8-d7 14.Kc1-b1 0-0-0
15.Qd3-e3 Kc8-b8 16.Ne2-g1 Na6-c7
17.Ng1-f3 f7-f6 18.Rh1-e1 Be7-f8
19.Bg2-f1 Bf8-g7 20.Bf1-c4 Rh8-e8
21.h2-h3 Qd7-d6 22.g3-g4 Rd8-d7
23.g4xf5 e6xf5 0.14/18 ] 13.Nc3-d1
[ 13.a3-a4!? has some apparent
merit ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 13.0-0-0
Qd8-c7 14.Qd3-c4 0-0-0 15.Rh1-e1
Kc8-b8 16.Kc1-b1 h7-h5 17.h2-h4
Be7-d6 18.Ne2-c1 Rh8-g8 19.Bg2-f3
Nd7-f6 20.Nc1-d3 Nf6-g4 21.Nc3-e2
Qc7-d7 22.Rd1-d2 Bd6-e7 0.34/17 ]
13...Qd8-c7= [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
13...Nd7-f6 14.Nd1-e3 Qd8-c7 15.0-0
0-0 16.Qd3-c4 Rf8-d8 17.Ra1-d1
Ra8-c8 18.Rf1-e1 Nf6-d5 19.Ne2-c3
a7-a5 20.Qc4-d3 Nd5xe3 21.Re1xe3
Be7-g5 22.f2-f4 Bg5-f6 0.03/18 ]
14.c2-c4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 14.0-0
0-0-0 15.a3-a4 c6-c5 16.Bg2xb7+
Qc7xb7 17.Qd3-e3 Qb7-e4 18.c2-c3

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Kc8-b7 19.a4-a5 Rh8-g8 20.a5xb6


a7xb6 21.f2-f3 Qe4xe3+ 22.Nd1xe3
c5xd4 23.Ne2xd4 Nd7-e5 24.Rf1-d1
-0.01/17 ] 14...0-0-0 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 14...c6-c5 15.d4-d5 Nd7-e5
16.Qd3-c3 0-0-0 17.0-0 Rh8-g8
18.Nd1-e3 Be7-f6 19.Qc3-c2 Kc8-b8
20.Ne2-c3 a7-a6 21.Ra1-d1 Ne5-g4
22.Rf1-e1 Ng4xe3 23.Re1xe3 f5-f4
-0.12/17 ] 15.Nd1-e3 Diagram
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 15.0-0 h7-h5
16.h2-h4 Kc8-b8 17.b2-b4 c6-c5
18.Bg2xb7 Qc7xb7 19.Qd3-e3 c5xd4
20.Ne2xd4 Be7-d6 21.Nd1-c3 Rh8-g8
22.Nc3-b5 f5-f4 23.Nb5xd6 f4xe3
24.Nd6xb7 Kb8xb7 25.Kg1-g2 e3xf2
26.Rf1xf2 Nd7-e5 27.Ra1-d1 -0.24/17 ]

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15...Kc8-b8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
15...Be7-f6 16.Qd3-c2 Kc8-b8
17.0-0-0 Bf6-g7 18.Kc1-b1 h7-h5
19.h2-h4 Nd7-f6 20.c4-c5 Nf6-g4
21.Ne3xg4 h5xg4 22.Rh1-e1 Rh8-e8
23.Rd1-d2 Kb8-a8 24.h4-h5 Re8-h8
-0.19/17 ] 16.Qd3-c2 [ 16.0-0-0 h7-h5
17.Qd3-c2 h5-h4 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 16.0-0 h7-h5 17.a3-a4 a7-a5
18.h2-h4 Nd7-f6 19.Rf1-d1 Rh8-g8
20.Qd3-c2 Be7-b4 21.c4-c5 b6xc5
22.d4xc5 Qc7-e5 23.Ra1-c1 Rd8xd1+
24.Rc1xd1 Qe5xc5 25.Ne3-c4 Nf6-d5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


26.Ne2-d4 -0.15/16 ] 16...Be7-d6
[ 16...Nd7-f6 17.0-0-0 ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 16...h7-h5 17.h2-h4 Nd7-f6
18.0-0-0 Rd8-d7 19.Kc1-b1 Rh8-d8
20.Rh1-e1 Be7-d6 21.c4-c5 Bd6-e7
22.Qc2-c1 Nf6-g4 23.Ne3xg4 f5xg4
24.c5xb6 a7xb6 25.Qc1-h6 c6-c5
26.Bg2xb7 Qc7xb7 27.Qh6xh5
Qb7-e4+ 28.Kb1-a1 -0.33/17 ] 17.f2-f4
[ 17.0-0-0 Nd7-f6= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 17.0-0-0 h7-h5 18.h2-h4 Nd7-f6
19.Kc1-b1 Nf6-g4 20.c4-c5 Bd6-e7
21.Ne3xg4 h5xg4 22.Rd1-d3 b6xc5
23.Rh1-c1 Bb7-a6 24.Rd3-b3+
Kb8-a8 25.d4xc5 e6-e5 26.Rc1-e1
Qc7-d7 27.Rb3-b4 -0.04/17 ]
17...h7-h5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17...Nd7-f6 18.0-0-0 Bd6-e7
19.Kc1-b1 h7-h5 20.h2-h4 Rh8-g8
21.Bg2-f3 Be7-f8 22.Rh1-e1 Rg8-h8
23.c4-c5 Rh8-g8 24.Kb1-a1 Bf8-e7
25.Ka1-a2 Kb8-a8 26.Ka2-b1 Ka8-b8
27.Kb1-a2 Kb8-a8 -0.23/17 ] 18.h2-h4
White has a new backward pawn: g3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18.b2-b4 h5-h4
19.c4-c5 Bd6-f8 20.0-0 Bf8-g7
21.Ra1-c1 h4xg3 22.h2xg3 Bb7-a6
23.Ne3-c4 Rh8-h7 24.a3-a4 Rd8-h8
25.Qc2-b3 Ba6xc4 26.Rc1xc4 Rh7-h2
27.b4-b5 c6xb5 28.Qb3xb5 -0.22/16 ]
18...Nd7-f6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18...Bd6-f8 19.0-0-0 Nd7-f6 20.Kc1-b1
Bf8-e7 21.Bg2-f3 Nf6-g4 22.Ne3xg4
h5xg4 23.Bf3-g2 Rd8-c8 24.Rd1-c1
Be7-f6 25.Qc2-d3 Rc8-d8 26.c4-c5
Bf6-e7 27.c5xb6 a7xb6 28.h4-h5
Rh8-h6 29.Ne2-c3 -0.21/18 ] 19.0-0-0
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.c4-c5 b6xc5
20.d4xc5 Bd6-f8 21.Ke1-f2 Bf8-g7
22.Ra1-d1 Qc7-a5 23.Rh1-e1 Nf6-g4+
24.Ne3xg4 h5xg4 25.Kf2-g1 Bg7-f6
26.Qc2-c1 Qa5-b5 27.b2-b4 Rd8-d3
28.Rd1xd3 Qb5xd3 29.a3-a4 Rh8-d8
30.h4-h5 Bf6-d4+ 31.Ne2xd4
Qd3xd4+ 32.Qc1-e3 Qd4xb4 -0.18/15 ]

29

19...c6-c5 [ 19...Rh8-g8 20.Kc1-b1 ;


Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19...Bd6-e7
20.Kc1-b1 Rh8-g8 21.Bg2-f3 Be7-f8
22.Rh1-e1 Rg8-h8 23.c4-c5 Rh8-g8
24.c5xb6 a7xb6 25.Ne3-c4 c6-c5
26.Bf3xb7 Qc7xb7 27.d4xc5 Bf8xc5
28.Ne2-c3 Rd8xd1+ 29.Qc2xd1
Nf6-e4 30.Nc3xe4 f5xe4 -0.19/17 ]
20.d4-d5= White wins space
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20.d4-d5
Rh8-g8 21.Rh1-e1 Qc7-c8 22.Rd1-d2
Qc8-d7 23.Re1-d1 Qd7-e7 24.Kc1-b1
Rg8-g6 25.Bg2-f3 Qe7-f8 26.Qc2-d3
Qf8-e7 27.Rd1-e1 Qe7-d7 28.Rd2-d1
Bd6-c7 29.Qd3-c2 Bc7-d6 30.Re1-g1
Rd8-g8 31.Bf3-h1 Qd7-e7 32.Qc2-d3
Rg8-d8 33.Ne2-c3 a7-a6 34.Qd3-e2
Nf6-g4 0.06/16 ] 20...Rh8-e8
[ 20...Rh8-g8 21.Rh1-e1= ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 20...Rh8-g8 21.Rh1-e1
Rg8-g6 22.Kc1-b1 a7-a6 23.Bg2-f3
Bd6-f8 24.Qc2-b3 Rd8-d7 25.Qb3-c2
Bf8-g7 26.Rd1-d2 b6-b5 27.Re1-f1
Rd7-d8 28.d5xe6 Rd8xd2 29.Qc2xd2
f7xe6 30.Bf3xb7 Kb8xb7 0.00/15 ]
21.Ne2-c3 Diagram [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 21.Kc1-b1 Re8-g8 22.Rh1-g1
a7-a6 23.Bg2-f3 Bd6-f8 24.Ne2-c3
Bf8-g7 25.Qc2-d3 Rg8-h8 26.Rg1-e1
Nf6-g4 27.Bf3xg4 h5xg4 28.Rd1-d2
Bg7-d4 29.Rd2-h2 Qc7-d6 30.h4-h5
e6xd5 31.Nc3xd5 Bd4xe3 32.Re1xe3
Bb7xd5 33.c4xd5 Qd6xd5
34.Qd3xa6 0.13/17 ]
(Diagram 28)
21...a7-a6 Prevents intrusion on b5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21...Re8-g8
22.Qc2-f2 Qc7-e7 23.Rh1-e1 Qe7-d7
24.Kc1-b1 Bb7-a6 25.Rd1-d2 Qd7-c7
26.d5xe6 f7xe6 27.Re1-d1 Bd6-e7
28.Rd2xd8+ Rg8xd8 29.Rd1xd8+
Be7xd8 30.Qf2-d2 Bd8-e7 31.Nc3-b5
Ba6xb5 32.c4xb5 Be7-f8 33.Bg2-c6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

XIIIIIIIIY
9-mk-trr+-+0{
9zplwq-+p+-0 28
9-zp-vlpsn-+0
9+-zpP+p+p0
9-+P+-zP-zP0
9zP-sN-sN-zP-0
9-zPQ+-+L+0
9+-mKR+-+R0
xiiiiiiiiy
Nf6-e4 34.Bc6xe4 f5xe4 0.18/15 ]
22.Rh1-e1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22.Kc1-b1 Bd6-f8 23.Rd1-d3 Bf8-g7
24.Rh1-d1 Rd8-d6 25.Bg2-f3 Re8-d8
26.Qc2-e2 Nf6-g4 27.Bf3xg4 f5xg4
28.Nc3-e4 Rd6-d7 29.Qe2-c2 e6xd5
30.Ne3xd5 Bb7xd5 31.Rd3xd5
Rd7xd5 32.Rd1xd5 Rd8xd5
33.c4xd5 0.19/17 ] 22...Re8-g8
Black threatens to win material: Rg8xg3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22...Bd6-f8
23.Kc1-b1 Bf8-g7 24.Re1-e2 Nf6-g4
25.Ne3xg4 f5xg4 26.Rd1-e1 Bg7-d4
27.Kb1-a2 Re8-e7 28.Qc2-d3 Rd8-e8
29.f4-f5 e6xd5 30.Re2xe7 Re8xe7
31.Nc3xd5 Bb7xd5 32.Re1xe7
Qc7xe7 33.Bg2xd5 0.06/17 ]
23.Ne3-f1 [ 23.Qc2-f2!? is worthy of
consideration ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.Qc2-f2 Rg8-e8 24.Kc1-b1 Bb7-c8
25.Rd1-c1 Nf6-g4 26.Ne3xg4 h5xg4
27.d5xe6 f7xe6 28.Bg2-h1 Bd6-f8
29.h4-h5 Bf8-g7 30.Rc1-d1 Re8-h8
31.Rd1xd8 Qc7xd8 32.Re1-d1
Qd8-e7 33.Nc3-a4 0.17/16 ]
23...Rg8xg3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23...Bb7-c8 24.Qc2-e2 Nf6-g4
25.d5xe6 f7xe6 26.Kc1-b1 Qc7-a7
27.Nf1-e3 Ng4-f6 28.Qe2-f3 Bc8-b7
29.Qf3xb7+ Qa7xb7 30.Bg2xb7

30

Kb8xb7 31.Ne3-f1 Rg8-e8 32.Re1-e2


Re8-e7 33.Rd1-e1 Rd8-e8 34.Nf1-d2
0.00/17 ] 24.Nf1xg3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 24.Nf1xg3 Bd6xf4+ 25.Kc1-b1
Bf4xg3 26.Re1-g1 Bg3-e5 27.d5xe6
Rd8xd1+ 28.Nc3xd1 f7xe6 29.Bg2xb7
Kb8xb7 30.Rg1-g6 Kb7-a7 31.Qc2-e2
Qc7-h7 32.Qe2xe5 Qh7xg6
33.Qe5-c7+ Ka7-a8 34.Qc7xb6 f5-f4+
35.Kb1-a2 Nf6-e4 36.Qb6xa6+
Ka8-b8 37.Nd1-f2 Ne4xf2 38.Qa6-b5+
Kb8-a8 39.Qb5-c6+ Ka8-b8
40.Qc6-b6+ Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-mk-+-+-+0{
9+-+-+-+-0 29
9-wQ-+p+q+0
9+-zp-+-+p0
9-+P+-zp-zP0
9zP-+-+-+-0
9KzP-+-sn-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Kb8-a8 41.Qb6-a6+ Ka8-b8
42.Qa6-b5+ -0.10/19 ] 24...Bd6xf4+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24...Bd6xf4+
25.Kc1-b1 Bf4xg3 26.Re1-g1 Bg3-e5
27.d5xe6 Rd8xd1+ 28.Nc3xd1 f7xe6
29.Bg2xb7 Kb8xb7 30.Rg1-g5 Qc7-d7
31.Nd1-f2 Be5-d4 32.Nf2-h3 Qd7-f7
33.Qc2-g2+ Nf6-e4 34.Qg2-f3 Bd4-f6
35.Rg5xh5 Kb7-a7 36.Qf3-f4 Qf7xh5
37.Qf4-c7+ Ka7-a8 38.Qc7-c8+
Ka8-a7 39.Qc8-c7+ Ka7-a8 -0.03/18 ]
25.Kc1-b1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25.Kc1-b1 Bf4xg3 26.Re1-g1 Bg3-e5
27.d5xe6 Rd8xd1+ 28.Nc3xd1 f7xe6
29.Bg2xb7 Kb8xb7 30.Rg1-g5 Qc7-d7
31.Nd1-f2 Be5-d4 32.Nf2-h3 Bd4-e5
33.Kb1-a2 Kb7-b8 34.Qc2-e2 Qd7-d4

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


35.Nh3-f2 Nf6-g4 36.Nf2-d1 Kb8-b7
37.Rg5xh5 -0.10/19 ] 25...Bf4xg3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Bf4xg3
26.Re1-g1 Bg3-h2 27.Rg1-e1 Rd8-e8
28.Re1-e3 Re8-g8 29.Nc3-a4 b6-b5
30.c4xb5 a6xb5 31.d5-d6 Bh2xd6
32.Bg2xb7 Kb8xb7 33.Na4-c3 Qc7-c6
34.Nc3xb5 Qc6xb5 35.Rd1xd6 c5-c4
36.a3-a4 Qb5-b4 37.Rd6-d4 -0.12/15 ]
26.Re1-e2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26.Re1-g1 Bg3-h2 27.Rg1-e1
Bh2-g3 -0.08/17 ] 26...Bb7-c8
[ Instead of 26...Bg3xh4 27.d5xe6
Bb7xg2 28.Rd1xd8+ Qc7xd8
29.e6-e7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Rd8-d6 27.d5xe6 f7xe6
28.Rd1xd6 Qc7xd6 29.Re2-d2
Qd6-e7 30.Bg2xb7 Kb8xb7 31.Rd2-e2
Qe7-d6 32.Re2-e3 Bg3-f4 33.Re3-e1
Nf6-g4 34.Qc2-g2+ Kb7-a7 35.Re1-d1
Qd6-c7 36.Qg2-e2 Bf4-e5 37.Qe2-f3
Be5-d4 38.Nc3-e2 Qc7-e5 39.Ne2xd4
c5xd4 40.Qf3-c6 -0.20/17 ] 27.Rd1-d3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Re2-e3 f5-f4
28.Re3-d3 e6xd5 29.Nc3xd5 Nf6xd5
30.Rd3xd5 Rd8-e8 31.Bg2-f3 Re8-e3
32.Rd5-d3 Re3-e5 33.Bf3-h1 Qc7-a7
34.Rd3-d8 Bg3xh4 35.Rd8-g8 Bh4-g3
36.Bh1-f3 h5-h4 37.Rd1-d8 Re5-e1+
38.Kb1-a2 0.06/15 ] 27...Bg3-e5
[ 27...Bg3xh4!? is worth consideration
28.Qc2-d2 Nf6-e8 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 27...Bg3xh4 28.Nc3-a4 Kb8-a7
29.Rd3-b3 Rd8-d6 30.d5xe6 Bc8xe6
31.Re2-d2 Nf6-d7 32.Bg2-d5 Bh4-g5
33.Rd2-d1 h5-h4 34.Qc2-g2 Be6xd5
35.Rd1xd5 Qc7-c6 36.Na4-c3 Bg5-f6
37.Qg2-f2 -0.41/16 ] 28.Nc3-a4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.d5xe6
Rd8xd3 29.Qc2xd3 f7xe6 30.Qd3-f3
Qc7-d6 31.Qf3-a8+ Kb8-c7 32.Kb1-c2
Be5-d4 33.Nc3-a4 Nf6-d7 34.Bg2-f3
Nd7-e5 35.Qa8-a7+ Kc7-d8
36.Re2-g2 Ne5-g4 37.Kc2-b1 Qd6-c7
38.Qa7xb6 Qc7xb6 39.Na4xb6

31

Bc8-d7 40.Nb6xd7 Kd8xd7 41.Bf3xg4


f5xg4 42.Kb1-c2 Bd4-f6 43.Kc2-d3
Bf6xh4 44.Rg2-h2 Bh4-f6 45.Rh2xh5
g4-g3 46.Rh5-h7+ Kd7-d6 47.Rh7-a7
Bf6xb2 48.Ra7xa6+ Kd6-e5 0.22/17 ]
28...Kb8-a7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28...Kb8-a7 29.Rd3-b3 Nf6-d7
30.Qc2-d1 Rd8-g8 31.Bg2-f3 Qc7-d6
32.Re2-e1 e6xd5 33.Qd1xd5 Qd6xd5
34.Bf3xd5 Be5-f6 35.Bd5xf7 Rg8-g7
36.Bf7xh5 Bf6xh4 37.Re1-h1 Bh4-f6
38.Bh5-f3 f5-f4 39.Kb1-c2 Rg7-g3
0.26/18 ] 29.Rd3-b3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 29.d5xe6 Rd8xd3 30.Qc2xd3
Bc8xe6 31.Na4-c3 Qc7-d6 32.Qd3xd6
Be5xd6 33.b2-b3 Nf6-g4 34.Kb1-c2
Bd6-g3 35.Bg2-d5 Bg3-e5 36.Kc2-d2
Ka7-b8 37.Bd5-g2 b6-b5 38.Kd2-d3
b5xc4+ 39.b3xc4 Kb8-c7 40.Nc3-d5+
Kc7-d6 0.17/17 ] 29...Nf6-d7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29...Nf6-d7
30.d5xe6 f7xe6 31.Qc2-d3 a6-a5
32.Re2-d2 Rd8-g8 33.Qd3-e2 Bc8-a6
34.Bg2-f3 Rg8-g1+ 35.Kb1-a2 Rg1-g7
36.Bf3xh5 Ba6-b7 37.Bh5-f3 Bb7xf3
38.Qe2xf3 Rg7-g3 39.Qf3-h1 Rg3xb3
40.Ka2xb3 Nd7-f6 41.Na4-c3 0.31/17 ]
30.Bg2-f3 White threatens to win
material: Bf3xh5 [ 30.Re2-e1
Rd8-g8 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.Re2-e1 Rd8-g8 31.Bg2-f3 Bc8-b7
32.d5xe6 f7xe6 33.Bf3xb7 Qc7xb7
34.Na4xb6 Nd7xb6 35.Re1xe5
Qb7-h1+ 36.Kb1-a2 Rg8-g1
37.Rb3xb6 Rg1-a1+ 38.Ka2-b3
Qh1-f3+ 39.Kb3-a4 Ka7xb6
40.Re5xe6+ Kb6-a7 41.Re6-e7+
Ka7-b6 42.Qc2-d2 Qf3-c6+ 43.Ka4-b3
a6-a5 44.Qd2-d5 a5-a4+ 45.Kb3-c2
Qc6xd5 46.c4xd5 Ra1-a2 47.d5-d6
f5-f4 0.16/16 ] 30...Rd8-g8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30...Qc7-d6
31.Re2-d2 Qd6-e7 32.Qc2-d1 Be5-f4
33.d5xe6 Bf4xd2 34.e6xd7 Bc8xd7
35.Rb3xb6 Bd7xa4 36.Rb6xa6+

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Ka7xa6 37.Qd1xa4+ Ka6-b6
38.Qa4-c6+ Kb6-a7 39.Qc6-a4+
Bd2-a5 40.Qa4xa5+ Ka7-b8
41.Qa5-a8+ Kb8-c7 42.Qa8-c6+
Kc7-b8 43.Qc6-a8+ Kb8-c7 0.08/15 ]
31.Bf3xh5 [ 31.Re2-g2!? might be a
viable alternative Rg8xg2
32.Qc2xg2 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31.Re2-e1 Bc8-b7 32.d5xe6 f7xe6
33.Bf3xb7 Qc7xb7 34.Na4xb6 Nd7xb6
35.Re1xe5 Qb7-h1+ 36.Kb1-a2
Rg8-g1 37.Rb3xb6 Rg1-a1+
38.Ka2-b3 Qh1-f3+ 39.Kb3-a4
Ka7xb6 40.Re5xe6+ Kb6-a7
41.Re6-e7+ Ka7-b6 42.Qc2-d2
Qf3-c6+ 43.Ka4-b3 a6-a5 44.Qd2-d5
a5-a4+ 45.Kb3-c2 Qc6xd5 46.c4xd5
Ra1-a2 47.d5-d6 f5-f4 0.16/15 ]
31...e6xd5= [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31...e6xd5 32.Bh5-f3 d5xc4
33.Qc2xc4 b6-b5 34.Qc4-d5 Bc8-b7
35.Qd5xb7+ Qc7xb7 36.Bf3xb7
Rg8-g1+ 37.Kb1-a2 Ka7xb7
38.Rb3-d3 Kb7-c6 39.Rd3xd7 Kc6xd7
40.Re2xe5 b5xa4 41.Re5xf5 Rg1-h1
42.Rf5xf7+ Kd7-c6 43.Rf7-h7 Rh1-h2
44.h4-h5 Kc6-d5 45.h5-h6 c5-c4
46.Rh7-d7+ Kd5-e4 47.h6-h7 0.08/17 ]
32.c4xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32.Bh5-f3 d5xc4 33.Qc2xc4 b6-b5
34.Qc4-d5 Bc8-b7 35.Qd5xb7+
Qc7xb7 36.Bf3xb7 Rg8-g1+
37.Kb1-a2 Ka7xb7 38.Rb3-d3 Kb7-c6
39.Rd3xd7 Kc6xd7 40.Re2xe5 b5xa4
41.Re5xf5 Rg1-h1 42.Rf5xf7+ Kd7-c6
43.Rf7-h7 Rh1-h2 44.h4-h5 Kc6-d5
45.h5-h6 c5-c4 46.Rh7-d7+ Kd5-e6
47.Rd7-c7 -0.01/17 ] 32...b6-b5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32...b6-b5
33.Na4-c3 Rg8-g1+ 34.Kb1-a2 f5-f4
35.Re2-g2 Rg1xg2 36.Qc2xg2 Nd7-b6
37.Bh5-f3 Nb6-c4 38.Qg2-f2 Nc4-e3
39.Nc3-e2 Qc7-e7 40.h4-h5 Qe7-g5
41.Qf2-g1 f7-f6 42.Rb3-d3 Bc8-f5
43.Rd3-d2 Ka7-b6 44.d5-d6 Bf5-e6+

32

45.b2-b3 0.05/16 ] 33.Na4-c3


[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33.Na4-c3
Rg8-g1+ 34.Kb1-a2 f5-f4 35.Re2-g2
Rg1xg2 36.Qc2xg2 Nd7-b6 37.Bh5-f3
Nb6-c4 38.Qg2-f2 Nc4-e3 39.Nc3-e2
Qc7-e7 40.h4-h5 Qe7-g5 41.Qf2-g1
f7-f6 42.Rb3-d3 Bc8-f5 43.Rd3-d2
Ka7-b6 44.d5-d6 Bf5-e6+ 45.b2-b3
-0.11/18 ] 33...c5-c4 Black threatens to
win material: c4xb3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 33...Rg8-g1+ 34.Kb1-a2 f5-f4
35.Re2-g2 Rg1-h1 36.Rg2-h2 Rh1xh2
37.Qc2xh2 Qc7-b6 38.Nc3-e4 f7-f5
39.Ne4-g5 Nd7-f6 40.Ng5-f7 Be5-d4
41.Bh5-f3 Qb6-c7 42.Nf7-g5 c5-c4
43.Rb3-b4 Bd4-c5 44.Ng5-e6 Bc8xe6
45.d5xe6 Bc5xb4 46.a3xb4 -0.09/16 ]
34.Rb3xb5? [ 34.Rb3-b4 and White
could well hope to play on Nd7-f6
35.Bh5-f3= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34.Rb3-b4 Be5-d6 35.Rb4xb5 Nd7-f6
36.Bh5-f3 Rg8-g3 37.Re2-f2 Bc8-d7
38.Rb5-b4 Bd6xb4 39.a3xb4 Rg3-h3
40.Rf2-f1 Qc7-b6 41.Qc2-e2 Qb6xb4
42.h4-h5 Qb4-c5 43.Rf1-e1 Ka7-b6
-0.02/15 ] 34...Be5xc3-+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 34...Be5xc3 35.Qc2-a4
Nd7-b6 36.Rb5xb6 Qc7xb6
37.Qa4xc4 Bc3-d4 38.Bh5xf7
Rg8-g1+ 39.Kb1-a2 Bc8-b7
40.Re2-d2 Rg1-g4 41.Qc4-d3 Qb6-c7
42.Bf7-e6 Rg4xh4 43.Rd2-c2 Qc7-e5
44.Qd3-c4 Qe5-d6 45.b2-b4 Rh4-g4
46.Rc2-e2 Ka7-b6 -2.68/15 ]
35.d5-d6? [ 35.Qc2-a4 Nd7-b6
36.Rb5xb6 Qc7xb6 37.Qa4xc4
Rg8-g1+ 38.Kb1-a2-+ ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 35.Qc2-a4 Nd7-b6
36.Rb5xb6 Qc7xb6 37.Qa4xc4
Bc3-d4 38.Bh5xf7 Rg8-g1+ 39.Kb1-a2
Bc8-b7 40.Re2-d2 Rg1-g4 41.Qc4-d3
Qb6-c7 42.Bf7-e6 Rg4xh4 43.Rd2-c2
Qc7-e5 44.Qd3-c4 Qe5-d6 45.b2-b4
Rh4-g4 46.Rc2-e2 Ka7-b6 -2.55/15 ]
35...Qc7xd6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


35...Qc7xd6 36.Qc2xc3 Rg8-g1+
37.Kb1-a2 a6xb5 38.Re2-d2 Qd6-b6
39.Rd2-d1 Rg1xd1 40.Bh5xd1 Nd7-c5
41.h4-h5 f5-f4 42.Bd1-c2 Qb6-d6
43.Qc3-a5+ Bc8-a6 44.Qa5-c3
Ka7-b6 45.Qc3-g7 f4-f3 46.h5-h6
Qd6-e6 47.Qg7-g3 Qe6xh6 48.Qg3xf3
Qh6-e6 49.Bc2-f5 Qe6-e5 -4.86/16 ]
36.Rb5xf5 [ 36.Qc2xc3 otherwise it's
curtains at once Rg8-g1+ 37.Kb1-a2
a6xb5 38.Qc3-a5+ Qd6-a6
39.Qa5-c7+ Qa6-b7 40.Qc7-f4-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36.Qc2xc3
Rg8-g1+ 37.Kb1-a2 a6xb5
38.Qc3-a5+ Bc8-a6 39.Re2-e1
Rg1xe1 40.Qa5xe1 f5-f4 41.Bh5xf7
Qd6-d4 42.Qe1-e7 f4-f3 43.Bf7-e6
Ba6-c8 44.Qe7-d8 Ka7-b7 45.Qd8-g5
Kb7-c6 46.Be6-h3 Qd4-d5
47.Qg5-g6+ Kc6-b7 48.Bh3-e6
Qd5-d3 49.h4-h5 Qd3-b3+ 50.Ka2-a1
Qb3-d1+ 51.Qg6-b1 Qd1xb1+
52.Ka1xb1 f3-f2 -4.56/16 ]
36...Rg8-g1+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36...Rg8-g1+ 37.Qc2-c1 Qd6-d3+
38.Re2-c2 Rg1xc1+ 39.Kb1xc1
Qd3xf5 40.Bh5-e2 Bc3-d4 41.Be2xc4
Nd7-e5 42.Bc4-e2 Qf5-f4+ 43.Kc1-d1
Bc8-f5 44.Rc2-c7+ Ka7-b6 -13.59/9 ]
37.Kb1-a2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.Qc2-c1 Qd6-d3+ 38.Re2-c2
Rg1xc1+ 39.Kb1xc1 Qd3xf5
40.Rc2xc3 Qf5xh5 41.Rc3xc4 Nd7-c5
42.b2-b4 Nc5-d3+ 43.Kc1-d2 Bc8-f5
44.Rc4-c7+ Ka7-b6 45.Rc7-c3 Nd3-f4
46.Rc3-e3 Qh5xh4 -14.14/10 ]
37...Qd6xa3+! Diagram [ 37...Qd6xa3+
38.Ka2xa3 Rg1-a1# ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 37...Qd6xa3+ 38.b2xa3
Rg1-a1# -#2/11 ]
Decoy: a3. . .
0-1

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C78

Hikaru Nakamura
Stephen Muhammad
Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (1)
C78: Ruy Lopez: Archangelsk and
Mller Defences
1.e2-e4 e7-e5 2.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6
3.Bf1-b5 a7-a6 4.Bb5-a4 Ng8-f6
5.0-0 b7-b5 6.Ba4-b3 Bc8-b7
7.c2-c3 Nf6xe4 8.d2-d4 Nc6-a5
9.Bb3-c2 e5xd4 10.Nf3xd4 c7-c5
11.Nd4-f5 d7-d5 12.a2-a4 last book
move last book move Qd8-d7
Black threatens to win material: Qd7xf5
[ 12...g7-g6!? 13.Nf5-g3 Bf8-e7 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 12...g7-g6
13.f2-f3 Ne4-g5 14.Bc1xg5 Qd8xg5
15.f3-f4 Qg5-f6 16.a4xb5 a6xb5
17.Rf1-e1+ Ke8-d7 18.Nf5-e3 d5-d4
19.Ne3-g4 Qf6xf4 20.Re1-f1 Qf4-d6
21.Nb1-a3 Bb7-c6 22.Qd1-e2 Ra8-e8
23.Qe2-d3 f7-f5 24.Na3xb5 -0.16/16 ]
13.f2-f3= White threatens to win
material: f3xe4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
13.f2-f3 Qd7xf5 14.f3xe4 Qf5-d7
15.e4xd5 Bf8-e7 16.Bc1-f4 Qd7xd5
17.Qd1xd5 Bb7xd5 18.a4xb5 a6xb5

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19.Rf1-e1 Ke8-f8 20.Nb1-d2 Bd5-b7
21.Bc2-e4 Diagram

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Na5-c6 22.Ra1xa8+ Bb7xa8 23.c3-c4
b5-b4 24.Be4-d5 g7-g5 25.Bf4-c7
0.14/16 ] 13...Ne4-d6 Black threatens
to win material: Nd6xf5 [ 13...Qd7xf5!?
deserves consideration 14.f3xe4
Qf5-d7 15.a4xb5 a6xb5 16.e4xd5
Bf8-e7 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
13...Qd7xf5 14.f3xe4 Qf5-d7 15.e4xd5
Bf8-e7 16.Bc1-f4 Qd7xd5 17.Qd1xd5
Bb7xd5 18.a4xb5 a6xb5 19.Rf1-e1
Ke8-f8 20.Nb1-d2 Bd5-b7 21.Bc2-e4
Na5-c6 22.Ra1xa8+ Bb7xa8 23.c3-c4
b5-b4 24.Be4-d5 h7-h6 25.Kg1-f2
0.02/16 ] 14.Rf1-e1+ Diagram
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 14.Rf1-e1+
Ke8-d8 15.Nf5-g3 g7-g6 16.Bc1-e3
Nd6-c4 17.Be3-g5+ Kd8-c7 18.b2-b3
Nc4-d6 19.Bg5-e3 Qd7-c6 20.b3-b4
c5xb4 21.c3xb4 Na5-c4 22.Be3-d4
Rh8-g8 23.Nb1-c3 Ra8-e8 0.65/15 ]
(Diagram 32)
14...Ke8-d8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
14...Ke8-d8 15.Nf5-g3 g7-g6
16.Bc1-e3 Nd6-c4 17.Be3-g5+ Kd8-c7
18.b2-b3 Nc4-d6 19.Bg5-e3 Ra8-e8
20.Be3xc5 Bf8-h6 21.Ng3-e2 Qd7-c6

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22.Bc5-d4 Bh6-e3+ 23.Bd4xe3
Re8xe3 24.a4xb5 Qc6xb5 0.88/13 ]
15.Nf5-e3 White threatens to win
material: Ne3xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 15.Nf5-g3 g7-g6 16.Bc1-e3
Nd6-c4 17.Be3-g5+ Kd8-c7 18.b2-b3
Nc4-d6 19.Bg5-e3 Ra8-e8 20.Be3xc5
Re8xe1+ 21.Qd1xe1 Na5-c6
22.Qe1-d1 Nd6-f5 23.Bc5xf8 Rh8xf8
24.Ng3xf5 g6xf5 25.a4xb5 a6xb5
0.62/14 ] 15...Nd6-c4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 15...Qd7-c6 16.Qd1-e2
Na5-c4 17.b2-b3 Nc4xe3 18.Bc1xe3
Kd8-c7 19.Be3-f4 b5xa4 20.b3xa4
Kc7-b6 21.Nb1-d2 Ra8-e8
22.Ra1-b1+ Kb6-a7 23.Bf4-e3 Ka7-a8
24.Qe2-f2 d5-d4 25.c3xd4 c5xd4
0.59/16 ] 16.a4xb5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 16.Nb1-a3 Nc4xa3 17.Ra1xa3
Kd8-c7 18.Ne3-f5 Na5-c4 19.Bc1-f4+
Kc7-b6 20.Ra3-a2 g7-g6 21.Nf5-e3
Bb7-c6 22.b2-b4 Kb6-b7 23.a4xb5
a6xb5 24.Ra2xa8 Kb7xa8 25.Ne3xc4
d5xc4 26.Qd1-a1+ Ka8-b7 27.Bf4-e5
0.53/15 ] 16...a6xb5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 16...a6xb5 17.Nb1-a3 Nc4xa3
18.Ra1xa3 Kd8-c7 19.Ne3-f5 g7-g6
20.Bc1-f4+ Kc7-b6 21.Bf4-e5 Rh8-g8
22.Nf5-e3 h7-h5 23.Ra3-a1 Na5-c4
24.Ne3xc4+ b5xc4 25.Ra1-b1 f7-f6

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26.Be5xf6 Qd7-f7 27.Bf6-e5 Bf8-g7


Bc6-b7 28.Bb5-a6 Rh8-b8 29.Ba6xb7
28.Be5xg7 Rg8xg7 29.Qd1-d2 Qf7-f6
Rb8xb7 30.Ra7xb7+ Kc7xb7
31.Bd4xg7 Kb7-c6 32.Bg7-d4 Bd6-c5
30.b2-b4 0.43/15 ] 17.Bc2-f5??
White has let it slip away [ 17.Nb1-a3 33.Bd4xc5 Kc6xc5 34.Kg1-f1 -0.97/19
would keep White in the game Nc4xe3 ] 18...Ne3xd1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18.Bc1xe3 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18...Ne3xd1 19.Bd7xb5 Nd1xb2
17.Nb1-a3 Nc4xa3 18.Ra1xa3 Kd8-c7 20.Re1-e8+ Kd8-c7 21.Re8xa8
Bb7xa8 22.Ra1xa5 c5-c4 23.Bc1-e3
19.Ne3-f5 g7-g6 20.Bc1-f4+ Kc7-b6
21.Bf4-e5 Rh8-g8 22.Nf5-e3 Na5-c4
Ba8-b7 24.Bb5-a6 Bb7-c6 25.Ba6-b5
23.Ne3xc4+ b5xc4 24.Ra3xa8 Bb7xa8 Bf8-d6 26.Be3-d4 Nb2-d3 27.Ra5-a7+
Bc6-b7 28.Bb5-a6 Rh8-b8 29.Ba6xb7
25.b2-b3 Diagram
Rb8xb7 30.Ra7xb7+ Kc7xb7
31.Bd4xg7 Kb7-c6 32.Bg7-d4 Bd6-c5
33.Bd4xc5 Kc6xc5 34.Kg1-f1 -0.64/18
] 19.Bd7xb5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
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19.Bd7xb5 Nd1xb2 20.Re1-e8+
Kd8-c7 21.Re8xa8 Bb7xa8 22.Ra1xa5
c5-c4 23.Bc1-e3 Ba8-b7 24.Bb5-a6
Bb7-c6 25.Ba6-b5 Bf8-d6 26.Be3-d4
Nb2-d3 27.Ra5-a7+ Bc6-b7
28.Bb5-a6 Rh8-b8 29.Ba6xb7 Rb8xb7
30.Ra7xb7+ Kc7xb7 31.Bd4xg7
Kb7-c6 32.Bg7-d4 Bd6-c5 33.Bd4xc5
Kc6xc5 34.Kg1-f1 -0.79/19 ]
19...Bf8-d6 [ 19...Nd1xb2 20.Re1-e8+
Kd8-c7 21.Re8xa8 Bb7xa8
22.Ra1xa5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
c4xb3 26.Bc2xb3 Ba8-c6 27.Qd1-b1
19...Nd1xb2 20.Re1-e8+ Kd8-c7
Bc6-b5 28.Qb1-a2 0.36/15 ]
21.Re8xa8 Bb7xa8 22.Ra1xa5 c5-c4
17...Nc4xe3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.Bc1-e3 Ba8-b7 24.Bb5-a6 Bb7-c6
17...Nc4xe3 18.Bf5xd7 Ne3xd1
25.Ba6-b5 Bf8-d6 26.Be3-d4 Bc6xb5
19.Bd7xb5 Nd1xb2 20.Re1-e8+
Kd8-c7 21.Re8xa8 Bb7xa8 22.Ra1xa5 27.Ra5xb5 Nb2-d3 28.Rb5xd5 Rh8-a8
29.Rd5-b5 Ra8-a2 30.g2-g3 Ra2-e2
c5-c4 23.Bc1-e3 Ba8-b7 24.Bb5-a6
31.Kg1-h1 f7-f6 32.Rb5-b6 Bd6-e5
Bb7-c6 25.Ba6-b5 Bf8-d6 26.Be3-d4
33.Bd4-g1 Nd3-f2+ 34.Bg1xf2
Bc6xb5 27.Ra5xb5 Nb2-d3
28.Rb5xd5 Rh8-a8 29.Rd5-b5 Ra8-a2 Re2xf2 -0.75/16 ] 20.Re1xd1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20.Re1xd1
30.g2-g3 Ra2-e2 31.Kg1-h1 f7-f6
32.Rb5-b6 Bd6-e5 33.Bd4-g1 Nd3-f2+ Kd8-c7 21.Bc1-e3 Na5-b3 22.Ra1xa8
Rh8xa8 23.Nb1-d2 Nb3xd2
34.Bg1xf2 Re2xf2 -0.76/20 ]
24.Be3xd2 h7-h6 25.f3-f4 Ra8-a2
18.Bf5xd7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18.Bf5xd7 Ne3xd1 19.Bd7xb5 Nd1xb2 26.Bd2-c1 f7-f6 27.Bb5-e2 d5-d4
28.c3xd4 c5xd4 29.Kg1-f2 Bb7-d5
20.Re1-e8+ Kd8-c7 21.Re8xa8
30.Be2-f3 Bd5-e6 31.Kf2-e2 Be6-c4+
Bb7xa8 22.Ra1xa5 c5-c4 23.Bc1-e3
32.Ke2-f2 Ra2-a1 -0.38/20 ]
Ba8-b7 24.Bb5-a6 Bb7-c6 25.Ba6-b5
Bf8-d6 26.Be3-d4 Nb2-d3 27.Ra5-a7+ 20...Kd8-c7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

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20...Kd8-c7 21.Bc1-e3 Na5-b3
22.Ra1xa8 Rh8xa8 23.Nb1-d2
Nb3xd2 24.Be3xd2 h7-h6 25.f3-f4
Ra8-a2 26.Bd2-c1 f7-f6 27.Bb5-e2
d5-d4 28.c3xd4 c5xd4 29.Kg1-f2
Bb7-d5 30.Be2-f3 Bd5-e6 31.h2-h3
Bd6-c5 -0.28/20 ] 21.Nb1-d2
[ 21.Bc1-e3 Na5-b3 22.Ra1xa8
Rh8xa8 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.Bc1-e3 Na5-b3 22.Ra1xa8 Rh8xa8
23.Nb1-d2 Nb3xd2 24.Be3xd2 h7-h6
25.f3-f4 Ra8-a2 26.Bd2-c1 f7-f6
27.Bb5-e2 d5-d4 28.c3xd4 c5xd4
29.Kg1-f2 Bb7-d5 30.Be2-d3 Kc7-b6
31.Bd3-b1 Ra2-a4 32.Bc1-d2 g7-g5
33.g2-g3 -0.30/19 ] 21...Bb7-c6
Black threatens to win material: Bc6xb5
[ 21...Kc7-b6 22.Bb5-a4 Bd6-e5
23.f3-f4 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...c5-c4 22.f3-f4 Rh8-c8 23.Kg1-f2
h7-h6 24.g2-g3 Kc7-b6 25.Bb5-a4
Bd6-c5+ 26.Kf2-f1 Rc8-d8 27.Rd1-e1
d5-d4 28.c3xd4 Rd8xd4 29.Ba4-c2
Bc5-b4 30.Re1-e2 -0.39/15 ]
22.Bb5-d3 White's piece can't move:
c1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Bb5-f1
Rh8-e8 23.g2-g3 c5-c4 24.Ra1-a2
Bc6-d7 25.Bf1-g2 Bd6-c5+ 26.Kg1-h1
Ra8-a7 27.h2-h3 Na5-c6 28.Ra2xa7+
Bc5xa7 29.Nd2-f1 d5-d4 30.c3xd4
Ba7xd4 31.f3-f4 Re8-e2 32.Bg2-d5
Bd7xh3 33.Bd5xc6 Kc7xc6 34.Rd1xd4
Bh3xf1 35.Rd4xc4+ Kc6-d5 -0.44/17 ]
22...Rh8-e8 Diagram [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 22...c5-c4 23.Bd3-c2 Rh8-b8
24.Kg1-f2 Bd6-c5+ 25.Kf2-g3 h7-h5
26.h2-h4 g7-g6 27.Rd1-e1 Bc5-d6+
28.f3-f4 Bc6-d7 29.Re1-d1 Bd7-e6
30.Nd2-f3 Na5-b3 31.Ra1xa8 Rb8xa8
32.Bc2xb3 c4xb3 -0.36/17 ]
23.c3-c4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.Bd3-c2 g7-g6 24.Nd2-f1 f7-f5
25.Kg1-f2 f5-f4 26.g2-g3 Bc6-b5
27.Kf2-g1 Re8-e2 28.Bc2-b1 f4xg3
29.h2xg3 Bb5-c6 30.Bb1-d3 Re2-e8

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31.Bc1-g5 Na5-c4 -0.29/17 ]
23...d5xc4 [ 23...Bd6-e5 24.c4xd5
Be5-d4+ 25.Kg1-h1 Bc6xd5
26.Nd2-e4 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23...d5-d4 24.Ra1-a3 Bd6-f4
25.Nd2-e4 Bf4xc1 26.Rd1xc1 Na5-b7
27.Ra3xa8 Re8xa8 28.Ne4-g5 Nb7-d6
29.Rc1-e1 Kc7-b6 30.Ng5xh7 Ra8-a2
31.Re1-b1 Bc6-d7 32.Nh7-g5 f7-f6
33.Ng5-e4 Nd6xe4 34.Bd3xe4 f6-f5
35.Be4-d5 -0.26/17 ] 24.Nd2xc4=
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24.Nd2xc4
Na5xc4 25.Ra1xa8 Re8xa8
26.Bd3xc4 f7-f6 27.Bc1-e3 Ra8-a4
28.Rd1-c1 Kc7-b6 29.Kg1-f2 Bc6-b5
30.Bc4-d5 h7-h5 31.g2-g3 Bb5-c6
32.Bd5-c4 g7-g5 33.Bc4-e6 h5-h4
34.Rc1-c2 Bc6-b7 35.Be6-f5 Ra4-a2
-0.10/19 ] 24...Na5xc4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 24...Na5xc4 25.Ra1xa8
Re8xa8 26.Bd3xc4 f7-f6 27.Bc1-e3
Ra8-a4 28.Rd1-c1 Kc7-b6 29.Kg1-f2
Bc6-b5 30.Bc4-e6 Ra4-h4 31.h2-h3
Rh4-a4 32.g2-g3 g7-g5 33.Be6-d5
Bb5-c6 34.Bd5-c4 Bd6-e5 35.Bc4-d3
Ra4-a5 36.Rc1-c2 Bc6-d7 0.00/20 ]
25.Ra1xa8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25.Ra1xa8 Diagram
Re8xa8 26.Bd3xc4 f7-f6 27.Bc1-e3
Ra8-a4 28.Rd1-c1 Kc7-b6 29.Kg1-f2

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25...Re8xa8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25...Re8xa8 26.Bd3xc4 f7-f6
27.Bc1-e3 Ra8-a4 28.Rd1-c1 Kc7-b6
29.Kg1-f2 Bc6-b5 30.Bc4-e6 Ra4-h4
31.h2-h3 Rh4-a4 32.g2-g3 g7-g5
33.Be6-d5 Bb5-c6 34.Bd5-c4 Bd6-e5
35.Bc4-d3 Ra4-a5 36.Rc1-c2 Bc6-d7
-0.01/20 ] 26.Bd3xc4 A sound move
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26.Bd3xc4
f7-f6 27.Bc1-e3 Ra8-a4 28.Rd1-c1
Kc7-b6 29.Kg1-f2 Bc6-b5 30.Bc4-d5
h7-h5 31.g2-g3 Bb5-c6 32.Bd5-e6
h5-h4 33.Kf2-g2 g7-g5 34.g3-g4
h4-h3+ 35.Kg2-f2 Ra4-a8 -0.08/18 ]
26...f7-f6 Controls g5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 26...f7-f6 27.Bc1-e3 Ra8-a4
28.Bc4-f7 Ra4-a5 29.Bf7-c4 Bd6-e5
30.Rd1-b1 h7-h6 31.Kg1-f2 h6-h5
32.b2-b4 c5xb4 33.Rb1xb4 Ra5-a3
34.f3-f4 Be5-d6 35.Rb4-b1 Ra3-c3
36.Bc4-e2 Rc3-c2 37.Rb1-c1 Rc2xc1
38.Be3xc1 -0.03/19 ] 27.Bc1-e3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Bc1-d2
Bd6-e5 28.b2-b4 Ra8-a4 29.Rd1-b1
Bc6-d7 30.Bc4-b3 Bd7-f5 31.Rb1-c1
Be5-d4+ 32.Kg1-h1 Ra4-a3

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33.Bb3-d5 Kc7-d6 34.Bd5-c4 Bf5-d3


35.b4xc5+ Bd4xc5 -0.08/17 ]
27...Ra8-b8?? Diagram [ 27...Ra8-a4
had to be tried to avoid defeat 28.b2-b3
Ra4-a8= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27...Ra8-a4 28.Rd1-c1 Kc7-b6
29.Kg1-f2 Bc6-b5 30.Bc4-d5 h7-h5
31.g2-g3 Bb5-c6 32.Bd5-c4 h5-h4
33.Rc1-c2 h4xg3+ 34.h2xg3 Bd6-e5
35.Bc4-d3 Be5-d4 36.b2-b3 Ra4-a3
37.Be3xd4 c5xd4 -0.03/18 ]

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Black lets it slip away 28.Rd1xd6!+Skewer: b8, e3-f4 [ 28.Rd1xd6 Rb8xb2
29.Be3xc5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28.Rd1xd6 Rb8xb2 29.Be3xc5 Rb2-c2
30.Rd6-d4 Bc6-b5 31.Bc5-d6+ Kc7-c6
32.Bc4-e6 Rc2-e2 33.Be6-g8 h7-h5
34.Bd6-a3 Re2-e1+ 35.Kg1-f2
Re1-e2+ 36.Kf2-g3 Kc6-b6 37.Ba3-b4
Bb5-e8 38.Rd4-d2 Re2xd2 39.Bb4xd2
Kb6-c5 40.Bg8-b3 Kc5-d4 3.52/17 ]
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His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


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C47

Hikaru Nakamura
Sergey Karjakin
Match Cuernavaca MEX (1) 09.12.2004
C47: Scotch Four Knights and Four
Knights with 4 g3
1.e2-e4 e7-e5 2.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6
3.d2-d4 e5xd4 4.Nf3xd4 Ng8-f6
5.Nb1-c3 Bf8-b4 6.Nd4xc6 b7xc6
7.Bf1-d3 d7-d5 8.e4xd5 0-0 9.0-0
c6xd5 10.Bc1-g5 c7-c6 11.Nc3-a4
h7-h6 12.Bg5-h4 Rf8-e8 13.c2-c4
Bb4-d6 14.Ra1-c1 Ra8-b8 15.b2-b3
Bc8-e6 16.c4xd5 Be6xd5 17.Bd3-c4
Bd6-f4 18.Rc1-c3 Bf4-e5 19.Rc3-c2
Qd8-d6 20.Bh4xf6 Be5xf6
last book move 21.Bc4xd5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21.Na4-c3
Bf6xc3 22.Rc2xc3 Re8-e4 23.Rc3-g3
Rb8-e8 24.Bc4-d3 Re4-e7 25.Qd1-d2
h6-h5 26.Qd2-c3 Qd6-e5 27.Qc3xe5
Re7xe5 28.f2-f4 Re5-e1 29.Kg1-f2
Re1-e7 30.Rf1-c1 g7-g6 -0.05/18 ]
21...c6xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...c6xd5 22.Na4-c5 Re8-e7
23.Rf1-e1 Re7xe1+ 24.Qd1xe1
Bf6-d4 25.Nc5-d3 Qd6-d7 26.Qe1-d2
Rb8-e8 27.g2-g3 Qd7-f5 28.Qd2-d1
g7-g6 29.Nd3-f4 Diagram
(Diagram 37)
Re8-e1+ 30.Qd1xe1 Qf5xc2
31.Qe1-e2 Qc2-e4 32.Qe2xe4 d5xe4
33.Kg1-g2 Kg8-g7 34.Nf4-d5 h6-h5
35.b3-b4 -0.05/19 ] 22.Na4-c5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Na4-c5
Re8-e7 23.Rf1-e1 Re7xe1+
24.Qd1xe1 Qd6-c6 25.h2-h3 Bf6-d4
26.Qe1-c1 Rb8-c8 27.b3-b4 Qc6-d6
28.a2-a3 Rc8-e8 29.Nc5-d3 Qd6-g6
30.Rc2-c8 Re8xc8 31.Qc1xc8+
Kg8-h7 32.Qc8-c2 Qg6-e4 33.b4-b5
-0.10/18 ] 22...Bf6-e5 [Houdini 2.0c

38

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9-+-+r+k+0{
9zp-+-+p+-0 37
9-+-+-+pzp0
9+-+p+q+-0
9-+-vl-sN-+0
9+P+-+-zP-0
9P+R+-zP-zP0
9+-+Q+-mK-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Pro x64: 22...Re8-e5 23.Rf1-e1
Re5xe1+ 24.Qd1xe1 Qd6-c6
25.Qe1-d2 Rb8-c8 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+r+-+k+0
9zp-+-+pzp-0 38
9-+q+-vl-zp0
9+-sNp+-+-0
9-+-+-+-+0
9+P+-+-+-0
9P+RwQ-zPPzP0
9+-+-+-mK-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
26.b3-b4 d5-d4 27.Qd2-d3 a7-a5
28.a2-a3 Rc8-e8 29.Rc2-e2 Re8-b8
30.Re2-b2 a5xb4 31.a3xb4 Bf6-e5
32.Rb2-e2 Rb8-a8 -0.08/17 ] 23.g2-g3
last book move [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.g2-g3 Re8-c8 24.b3-b4 Rb8xb4
25.Nc5-e4 Qd6-e6 26.Rc2xc8+
Qe6xc8 27.Qd1xd5 Qc8-b7
28.Qd5-d8+ Kg8-h7 29.Ne4-c5 Qb7-f3
30.Qd8-d3+ Qf3xd3 31.Nc5xd3
Rb4-e4 32.Kg1-g2 Be5-f6 33.Rf1-c1
Re4-d4 34.Rc1-d1 Rd4-a4 35.Rd1-d2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Ra4-a3 36.Nd3-c5 Bf6-e7 37.Nc5-e4
-0.01/19 ] 23...Rb8-c8 Black threatens
to win material: Rc8xc5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 23...Re8-c8 24.b3-b4
Rb8xb4 25.Nc5-e4 Qd6-e6
26.Rc2xc8+ Qe6xc8 27.Qd1xd5
Qc8-f5 28.Ne4-d6 Qf5-e6 29.Rf1-d1
Qe6xd5 30.Rd1xd5 f7-f6 31.Nd6-f5
Kg8-f7 32.Rd5-d8 Rb4-b2 33.g3-g4
Rb2xa2 34.Rd8-d7+ Kf7-e6
35.Rd7-e7+ Ke6-d5 36.Re7xg7
-0.05/17 ] 24.Nc5-d3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 24.b3-b4 a7-a5 25.Nc5-b7
Qd6xb4 26.Rc2xc8 Re8xc8
27.Qd1xd5 Qb4-d4 28.Rf1-d1 Qd4xd5
29.Rd1xd5 Rc8-c1+ 30.Kg1-g2
Be5-c7 31.Rd5-b5 Rc1-c2 32.a2-a4
Rc2-a2 33.Nb7xa5 Ra2xa4 34.Na5-c6
Ra4-a2 35.Rb5-b7 Bc7-d6 36.Nc6-d8
f7-f5 37.Nd8-e6 0.07/18 ] 24...Be5-c3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24...Be5-f6
25.Rf1-e1 Re8xe1+ 26.Nd3xe1
Rc8xc2 27.Qd1xc2 g7-g6 28.Ne1-d3
Kg8-g7 29.Qc2-c5 Qd6-d7 30.Kg1-g2
d5-d4 31.Qc5-c4 a7-a5 32.f2-f3
Qd7-f5 33.Nd3-c5 Qf5-b1 34.Qc4-e2
-0.08/17 ] 25.Nd3-f4 The isolani on d5
becomes a target [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 25.Qd1-f3 d5-d4 26.Nd3-f4
Qd6-f6 27.Kg1-g2 Rc8-c5 28.Rc2-e2
Re8xe2 29.Nf4xe2 Rc5-f5 30.Qf3-e4
Rf5-e5 31.Qe4-d3 Qf6-c6+ 32.Qd3-f3
Qc6xf3+ 33.Kg2xf3 g7-g5 34.Ne2xc3
d4xc3 35.Rf1-c1 Re5-c5 36.Kf3-e3
Kg8-g7 37.Ke3-d3 Rc5-a5 38.Rc1-c2
-0.12/20 ] 25...d5-d4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 25...Re8-d8 26.Qd1-f3
Qd6-f6 27.Kg1-g2 d5-d4 28.Rf1-d1
Rc8-c5 29.Nf4-d3 Rc5-f5 30.Qf3-e4
g7-g6 31.f2-f4 Rf5-b5 32.Nd3-e5
Qf6-e7 33.Rc2-e2 Diagram
Rd8-c8 34.f4-f5 Rc8-e8 -0.06/19 ]
26.Qd1-d3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26.Qd1-f3 Re8-e5 27.Rf1-d1 Qd6-f6
28.Kg1-g2 Rc8-e8 29.Rc2-e2 Qf6-f5

39

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-tr-+k+0{
9zp-+-wqp+-0 39
9-+-+-+pzp0
9+r+-sN-+-0
9-+-zpQzP-+0
9+Pvl-+-zP-0
9P+-+R+KzP0
9+-+R+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
30.Re2xe5 Qf5xe5 31.Qf3-b7 Qe5-f5
32.Rd1-d3 a7-a5 33.Qb7-d5 Qf5-g4
34.a2-a3 Re8-e1 35.Qd5-d8+
Kg8-h7 -0.12/18 ] 26...Bc3-a5
[ 26...Rc8-c5 27.Rf1-c1 Re8-c8
28.Qd3-e4= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Rc8-c5 27.Rf1-d1 Re8-c8
28.Rc2-e2 Rc5-a5 29.Qd3-e4 g7-g6
30.Nf4-d3 Kg8-g7 31.Qe4-b7 Qd6-c7
32.Qb7xc7 Rc8xc7 33.Kg1-g2 Rc7-c8
34.b3-b4 Ra5-a3 35.b4-b5 Rc8-b8
36.Rd1-b1 -0.15/18 ] 27.Rc2-c4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Rc2xc8
Re8xc8 28.Rf1-d1 Rc8-d8 29.Qd3-f5
Ba5-b4 30.Qf5-e4 Qd6-d7 31.h2-h4
a7-a5 32.Kg1-g2 Bb4-c3 33.Nf4-d3
f7-f5 34.Qe4-f3 Rd8-e8 35.Nd3-f4
Qd7-b5 36.Qf3-d5+ Qb5xd5+
37.Nf4xd5 0.02/17 ] 27...Rc8xc4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27...Ba5-c3
28.Rc4xc8 Re8xc8 29.Nf4-e2 Bc3-b2
30.Rf1-d1 Qd6-b4 31.Qd3-b1 Bb2-c3
32.Qb1-f5 Rc8-d8 33.Qf5-d3 Rd8-e8
34.h2-h3 Re8-c8 35.Qd3-e4 Qb4-a3
36.Ne2xd4 Qa3xa2 0.05/17 ] 28.b3xc4
White has a new passed pawn: c4.
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.b3xc4
Qd6-e5 29.Nf4-d5 Ba5-e1 30.a2-a4
a7-a6 31.h2-h3 a6-a5 32.Nd5-f4
Kg8-h8 33.h3-h4 Kh8-g8 34.Kg1-g2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

40

Kg8-h8 35.Nf4-d5 Kh8-g8 36.Kg2-g1


Rb5xe5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31.Rb7-b5 Qe5-c7 32.Nf4-e2 Re7-d7
Re8-b8 37.f2-f4 0.00/19 ] 28...Qd6-e5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28...Ba5-b4
33.Ne2xc3 d4xc3 34.Qd3xc3 Rd7-d1+
29.Kg1-g2 Qd6-c6+ 30.Nf4-d5 Bb4-c5 35.Kg1-g2 Qc7-c6+ 36.f2-f3 Qc6-d7
31.Rf1-b1 Re8-c8 32.Rb1-b2 Qc6-d7
37.Rb5-b2 Rd1-d3 38.Qc3-e5
33.Rb2-b1 a7-a6 34.Qd3-f3 Bc5-a7
Rd3-d2+ 39.Rb2xd2 Qd7xd2+
35.Qf3-d3 Rc8-e8 36.Qd3-f3 Ba7-c5
40.Kg2-h3 Qd2-d7+ 41.g3-g4 Qd7-d1
37.Nd5-f4 Qd7-a4 38.Qf3-d5 Qa4-c2
42.Qe5-e8+ Kg8-h7 43.Qe8xf7
39.Rb1-b7 Re8-f8 40.Nf4-h5 0.05/17 ] Qd1-f1+ 44.Kh3-g3 Qf1-g1+
29.Rf1-b1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
45.Kg3-f4 Qg1xh2+ 46.Kf4-e3
29.Nf4-d5 Ba5-b6 30.Rf1-b1 Qe5-e2
Qh2-g1+ 47.Ke3-e4 Qg1-b1+
31.Qd3xe2 Re8xe2 32.Nd5xb6 a7xb6
48.Ke4-d4 Qb1xa2 0.44/18 ]
33.Rb1xb6 Re2xa2 34.Rb6-d6 Ra2-d2 31...Qe5-d6 [ 31...Qe5-e4!? ;
35.Rd6-d8+ Kg8-h7 36.Kg1-f1 d4-d3
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31...Qe5-c7
37.Kf1-g2 Rd2-c2 38.Rd8xd3 Rc2xc4
32.Nf4-e2 Re7-e8 33.Ne2xd4 Bc3xd4
39.h2-h4 Rc4-c2 40.h4-h5 g7-g5
34.Qd3xd4 Re8-c8 35.c4-c5 Qc7-c6
41.h5xg6+ Kh7xg6 42.Rd3-d7 f7-f6
36.a2-a4 Rc8-e8 37.Rb5-b1 h6-h5
43.Rd7-d6 Kg6-f5 0.00/20 ]
38.Rb1-d1 Re8-c8 39.Rd1-c1 Rc8-e8
29...Ba5-c3 A classical outpost
40.Qd4-h4 g7-g6 41.Qh4-c4 Re8-e5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29...Qe5-c5
0.47/17 ] 32.Nf4-d5 Diagram
30.Nf4-d5 Ba5-b6 31.a2-a3 h6-h5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32.Nf4-d5
32.Rb1-d1 Qc5-d6 33.Kg1-g2 Bb6-c5
Re7-e6 33.Rb5-b7 a7-a5 34.Qd3-f3
34.Qd3-f5 h5-h4 35.g3xh4 Qd6-a6
Qd6-f8 35.c4-c5 Bc3-b4 36.c5-c6
36.Qf5-g5 Qa6-c6 37.h4-h5 Re8-e2
Re6xc6 37.Nd5-e7+ Qf8xe7
38.Qg5-d8+ Re2-e8 39.Qd8-g5
38.Qf3xc6 Qe7-e5 39.Rb7-d7 Bb4-c3
40.Qc6-a8+ Kg8-h7 41.Rd7xf7 d4-d3
Re8-e2 0.06/18 ] 30.Rb1-b7
White threatens to win material:
42.Qa8-f3 Qe5-d6 43.Rf7-f5 d3-d2
Rb7xa7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
44.Rf5-d5 Qd6-c6 45.Qf3-d3+ Qc6-g6
30.Rb1-b7 Bc3-b4 31.Kg1-g2 Bb4-d6
46.Qd3xc3 Qg6-b1+ 47.Kg1-g2
32.Qd3-f3 Re8-c8 33.Rb7xa7 Qe5-e8
d2-d1Q 48.Rd5xd1 Qb1xd1
34.Nf4-e2 Bd6-b8 35.Ra7-a8 Rc8xc4
49.Qc3xa5 Qd1-c2 50.Qa5-d5 1.21/18
36.Qf3-b7 Qe8xe2 37.Ra8xb8+
]
Kg8-h7 38.Qb7xf7 Qe2-e4+ 39.Qf7-f3
Qe4xf3+ 40.Kg2xf3 Kh7-g6 41.Rb8-d8
(Diagram 40)
Kg6-f5 42.Rd8-d5+ Kf5-f6 0.35/18 ]
30...Re8-e7 Black threatens to win
32...Re7-e6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
material: Re7xb7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
32...Re7-e1+ 33.Kg1-g2 Re1-e6
x64: 30...Bc3-b4 31.Kg1-g2 Bb4-d6
34.Rb5-b7 Qd6-e5 35.Rb7xa7 Qe5-b8
32.Rb7-b5 Qe5-e1 33.Qd3xd4 Bd6-e5 36.Ra7-c7 Qb8-e8 37.Nd5xc3 d4xc3
34.Qd4-d3 Be5xf4 35.g3xf4 a7-a6
38.Qd3xc3 Qe8-a8+ 39.Qc3-f3
36.Rb5-b7 Qe1-e4+ 37.Qd3xe4
Qa8xf3+ 40.Kg2xf3 Re6-a6 41.c4-c5
Re8xe4 38.c4-c5 Re4-c4 39.Rb7-c7
Ra6xa2 42.c5-c6 Ra2-c2 43.Kf3-e3
Rc4xf4 40.c5-c6 Rf4-c4 41.Kg2-f3
g7-g5 44.g3-g4 Kg8-g7 1.24/15 ]
33.Rb5-b7 [ 33.Nd5xc3?! d4xc3
Kg8-f8 0.36/16 ] 31.Rb7-b5
White threatens to win material:
34.Rb5-d5 Re6-e1+ 35.Kg1-g2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-+k+0{
9zp-+-trpzp-0 40
9-+-wq-+-zp0
9+R+N+-+-0
9-+Pzp-+-+0
9+-vlQ+-zP-0
9P+-+-zP-zP0
9+-+-+-mK-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Qd6-c6 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33.Rb5-b7 a7-a5 34.Qd3-f3 Qd6-f8
35.c4-c5 Bc3-b4 36.c5-c6 Re6xc6
37.Nd5-e7+ Qf8xe7 38.Qf3xc6
Qe7-e6 39.Qc6xe6 f7xe6 40.Rb7-d7
Bb4-c3 41.Kg1-g2 Kg8-h7 42.Kg2-f3
Kh7-g6 43.Kf3-e4 Kg6-f6 44.Ke4-d3
g7-g5 45.Rd7-h7 Kf6-g6 1.45/16 ]
33...Re6-e8 [ 33...Qd6-e5!? ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33...a7-a5
34.Qd3-f3 Qd6-f8 35.c4-c5 Bc3-b4
36.c5-c6 Bb4-c5 37.c6-c7 Re6-e8
38.Qf3-g4 Kg8-h8 39.Kg1-g2 Re8-c8
40.Qg4-f5 Kh8-g8 41.a2-a4 Qf8-e8
42.Qf5-g4 Qe8-e6 43.Qg4xe6 f7xe6
1.13/14 ] 34.Qd3-f3+- [ 34.Nd5xc3
is the weaker alternative Re8-e1+
35.Kg1-g2 Qd6-c6+ 36.Nc3-d5
Qc6xb7 37.Qd3xd4 Qb7-c6 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34.Qd3-f3
Qd6-e6 35.Rb7xa7 Bc3-d2 36.a2-a4
Bd2-g5 37.a4-a5 Qe6-g6 38.a5-a6
d4-d3 39.h2-h4 Bg5xh4 40.Nd5-f4
Qg6-b6 41.Ra7-d7 Qb6xa6 42.g3xh4
d3-d2 43.Rd7xd2 Qa6xc4 44.Rd2-d7
Qc4-c8 45.Rd7-b7 Qc8-f5 46.Rb7-b4
Re8-d8 47.Qf3-e2 1.69/17 ]
34...Re8-f8 [ 34...f7-f6 35.Qf3-h5
Re8-e1+ 36.Kg1-g2+- ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 34...Qd6-e6 35.Rb7xa7

41

Bc3-d2 36.a2-a4 Bd2-g5 37.a4-a5


Qe6-g6 38.a5-a6 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+r+k+0{
9tR-+-+pzp-0 41
9P+-+-+qzp0
9+-+N+-vl-0
9-+Pzp-+-+0
9+-+-+QzP-0
9-+-+-zP-zP0
9+-+-+-mK-0
xiiiiiiiiy
d4-d3 39.h2-h4 Bg5xh4 40.Nd5-f4
Qg6-b6 41.Ra7-d7 Qb6xa6 42.g3xh4
Qa6xc4 43.Nf4xd3 Qc4-e6 44.Nd3-c5
Qe6-g6+ 45.Kg1-h2 Re8-e1
46.Nc5-d3 Re1-e4 47.Qf3-g3 Qg6-f5
1.49/15 ] 35.Rb7xa7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 35.Rb7xa7 Bc3-b2 36.Qf3-f5
Bb2-a3 37.Kg1-g2 Kg8-h8 38.Qf5-f3
Ba3-b2 39.a2-a4 Qd6-c6 40.Nd5-f4
Qc6-c5 41.Ra7-b7 Bb2-c1 42.Qf3-d5
Qc5-a3 43.Qd5xd4 Bc1xf4 44.Qd4xf4
Qa3xa4 45.Rb7xf7 Qa4-a8+ 46.Qf4-f3
Qa8xf3+ 47.Rf7xf3 1.77/16 ]
35...Bc3-b4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
35...Bc3-d2 36.Qf3-d3 Bd2-b4
37.Qd3-f5 Qd6-b8 38.Ra7-a6 Bb4-d2
39.c4-c5 Qb8-e8 40.c5-c6 Qe8-e2
41.Ra6-a7 Bd2-g5 42.c6-c7 g7-g6
43.Qf5-d7 Qe2-e1+ 44.Kg1-g2
Qe1-e4+ 45.Kg2-h3 Qe4-c2
46.Nd5-b4 Qc2xf2 47.c7-c8Q
Qf2-f1+ 1.79/15 ] 36.Qf3-f5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36.a2-a4
Bb4-c3 37.Qf3-f5 Qd6-b8 38.Nd5-e7+
Kg8-h8 39.Ra7-d7 Qb8-e8 40.c4-c5
Bc3-b4 41.Ne7-c6 d4-d3 42.Qf5xd3
Bb4xc5 43.Qd3-f5 Kh8-g8 44.Kg1-g2
Qe8-e6 45.Qf5xe6 f7xe6 46.f2-f3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Rf8-c8 47.Rd7-d8+ Rc8xd8
48.Nc6xd8 Bc5-b6 49.Nd8xe6
Kg8-f7 1.93/15 ] 36...Bb4-c5?
[ 36...Qd6-b8 37.Ra7-a6 Bb4-d2
38.Qf5-e4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36...g7-g6 37.Nd5-f6+ Kg8-g7
38.Nf6-e8+ Kg7-g8 39.Ne8xd6 g6xf5
40.Nd6xf5 d4-d3 41.Ra7-d7 d3-d2
42.a2-a3 Bb4-c3 43.c4-c5 Kg8-h7
44.Nf5-e3 Rf8-c8 45.Rd7-d5 Rc8-a8
46.c5-c6 Ra8-c8 47.Rd5-d6 Bc3-e5
48.Rd6xd2 Rc8xc6 49.Rd2-d7 Kh7-g6
50.Kg1-g2 f7-f5 51.Rd7-d5 Rc6-e6
52.a3-a4 f5-f4 53.Ne3-c4 1.98/15 ]
37.Ra7-c7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.Ra7-c7 Kg8-h8 38.a2-a4 d4-d3
39.Qf5xd3 Bc5-b6 40.Rc7-b7 Bb6-c5
41.Qd3-f5 Qd6-a6 42.Rb7-b5 Bc5-d4
43.a4-a5 Qa6-a8 44.Nd5-f4 Bd4-c3
45.h2-h4 Qa8-a6 46.Nf4-e2 Bc3-f6
47.Qf5-d5 Rf8-e8 48.Rb5-b6 Qa6-c8
49.Ne2-d4 Re8-e1+ 50.Kg1-g2
2.38/19 ] 37...Bc5-a3?! instead of
fighting back [ 37...Kg8-h8 38.a2-a4
Bc5-a3 39.Rc7xf7 Rf8xf7
40.Qf5xf7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37...Kg8-h8 38.a2-a4 d4-d3
39.Qf5xd3 Bc5-b6 40.Rc7-b7 Bb6-c5
41.Qd3-f5 Qd6-a6 42.Rb7-b5 Bc5-d4
43.a4-a5 Qa6-a8 44.Qf5-d7 Rf8-e8
45.Qd7-b7 Re8-e1+ 46.Kg1-g2
Qa8-f8 47.Qb7-b8 Re1-e8 48.Qb8-f4
Bd4-e5 49.Qf4-e4 Qf8-a3 50.c4-c5
2.29/17 ] 38.c4-c5! the end of the story
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 38.c4-c5
Ba3xc5 39.Rc7xc5 g7-g6 40.Qf5-c2
Rf8-d8 41.Qc2-c4 Qd6-e5 42.a2-a4
Kg8-g7 43.a4-a5 Rd8-b8 44.Qc4-d3
Rb8-b4 45.Kg1-g2 Rb4-b2 46.a5-a6
Rb2-a2 47.h2-h3 Kg7-h7 48.Qd3-f3
Ra2xa6 49.Qf3xf7+ Qe5-g7
50.Rc5-c7 Qg7xf7 51.Rc7xf7+
Kh7-g8 4.20/18 ] 38...Ba3xc5
[ 38...Ba3xc5 39.Rc7xc5 Qd6xc5
40.Nd5-f6+ Decoy Discovered attack

42

Double attack ; 38...-- 39.c5xd6


Wins material ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
38...Ba3xc5 39.Rc7xc5 g7-g6
40.Qf5-c2 Rf8-b8 41.Nd5-f4 Qd6-a6
42.a2-a4 Rb8-d8 43.Nf4-d3 h6-h5
44.Rc5-c7 Qa6-e6 45.a4-a5 h5-h4
46.Qc2-c5 Qe6-b3 47.Qc5-e7 Rd8-b8
48.Nd3-c5 Qb3-f3 49.Rc7-b7 Rb8xb7
50.Qe7xb7 4.15/19 ] 39.Rc7xc5!
Decoy: c5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39.Rc7xc5 g7-g6 40.Qf5-c2 Rf8-b8
41.Nd5-f4 Qd6-a6 42.a2-a4 Rb8-d8
43.Nf4-d3 h6-h5 44.Rc5-c7 Qa6-e6
45.a4-a5 h5-h4 46.Qc2-c5 Qe6-b3
47.Qc5-e7 Rd8-b8 48.Nd3-c5 Qb3-f3
49.Rc7-b7 Rb8xb7 50.Qe7xb7
3.95/16 ] 39...g7-g6 [ 39...Qd6xc5
40.Nd5-f6+ Decoy Discovered attack
Double attack ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39...g7-g6 40.Qf5-c2 Rf8-b8
41.Nd5-f4 Qd6-a6 42.a2-a4 Rb8-d8
43.Nf4-d3 h6-h5 44.Rc5-c7 Qa6-e6
45.a4-a5 h5-h4 46.Qc2-c5 Qe6-b3
47.Qc5-e7 Rd8-b8 48.Nd3-c5 Qb3-f3
49.Rc7-b7 Rb8xb7 50.Qe7xb7
4.07/17 ] 40.Nd5-f6+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 40.Nd5-f6+ Kg8-g7
41.Nf6-e4 Qd6-e7 42.Qf5-f4 g6-g5
43.Rc5-e5 g5xf4 44.Re5xe7 f4xg3
45.h2xg3 Rf8-a8 46.Re7-d7 Ra8-a4
47.Kg1-g2 Kg7-g6 48.Ne4-c5 Ra4-a5
49.Nc5-d3 Ra5-a4 50.Kg2-f3 Ra4xa2
51.Rd7xd4 Kg6-g5 52.Rd4-d5+
Kg5-g6 53.Nd3-f4+ Kg6-f6
54.Rd5-d6+ Kf6-g5 55.Nf4-h3+ Kg5-f5
56.g3-g4+ Kf5-e5 57.Rd6xh6 3.72/19 ]
40...Kg8-g7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
40...Kg8-g7 41.Nf6-e4 Qd6-e7
42.Qf5-f4 g6-g5 43.Rc5-e5 g5xf4
44.Re5xe7 f4xg3 45.h2xg3 Rf8-a8
46.Re7-d7 Ra8-a4 47.Kg1-g2 Kg7-g6
48.Ne4-c5 Ra4-a5 49.Nc5-d3 Ra5-a4
50.Kg2-f3 Ra4xa2 51.Rd7xd4 Kg6-g5
52.Rd4-d5+ Kg5-g6 53.Nd3-f4+
Kg6-f6 54.Rd5-d6+ Kf6-g5 55.Nf4-h3+

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Kg5-f5 56.g3-g4+ Kf5-e5 57.Rd6xh6
3.91/21 ] 41.Nf6-e4 [ 41.Nf6-e4
Qd6-e7 42.Qf5-f4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 41.Nf6-e4 Qd6-e7 42.Qf5-f4
g6-g5 43.Rc5-e5 g5xf4 44.Re5xe7
f4xg3 45.h2xg3 Rf8-a8 46.Re7-d7
Ra8-a4 47.Kg1-g2 Kg7-g6 48.Ne4-c5
Ra4-a5 49.Nc5-d3 Ra5-a4 50.Kg2-f3
Ra4xa2 51.Rd7xd4 Kg6-g5
52.Rd4-d5+ Kg5-g6 53.Nd3-f4+
Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-+-+0{
9+-+-+p+-0 42
9-+-+-+kzp0
9+-+R+-+-0
9-+-+-sN-+0
9+-+-+KzP-0
9r+-+-zP-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Kg6-f6 54.Rd5-d6+ Kf6-g5
55.Nf4-h3+ Kg5-f5 56.g3-g4+ Kf5-e5
57.Rd6xh6 3.72/17 ]
1-0

43

13.g2xf3 Qd8-a5 14.Kc1-b1 Bd6-e7


15.Rh1-g1 Ra8-d8 16.Rg1-g2
Kg8-h8 17.Rd1-g1 last book move last
book move Re8-g8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 17...Nf6-h5 18.Bh4xe7 Re8xe7
19.f3-f4 Nd7-f6 20.Bd3-e2 c6-c5
21.Qc2-d1 c5xd4 22.Qd1xd4 Qa5-b6
23.Qd4xb6 a7xb6 24.Rg1-d1 d5-d4
25.Be2-b5 Nf6-e4 26.Nc3-e2 Nh5-f6
27.Ne2xd4 g7-g6 28.f2-f3 Ne4-d6
29.Nd4-c2 Kh8-g7 30.e3-e4 0.91/17 ]
18.e3-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18.a2-a3 Rd8-e8 19.Bh4-g3 Qa5-b6
20.Bg3-f4 Be7-f8 21.Nc3-a4 Qb6-a5
22.Rg1-c1 g7-g6 23.Na4-c3 Qa5-b6
24.Kb1-a1 Nf6-h5 25.Bf4-h2 Bf8-e7
26.Rg2-g1 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+r+rmk0{
9zpp+nvlp+-0 43
9-wqp+-+pzp0
9+-+p+-+n0
9-+-zP-+-+0
9zP-sNLzPP+P0
9-zPQ+-zP-vL0
9mK-tR-+-tR-0
xiiiiiiiiy

D35 Nh5-g7 27.Bh2-f4 0.67/16 ]


Hikaru Nakamura
18...d5xe4 [ 18...g7-g5 19.Bh4-g3
Alexander Shabalov
Qa5-b4 20.Rg1-d1 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
Foxwoods Open (3)
24.03.2005 x64: 18...g7-g5 19.Bh4-g3 Qa5-b4
20.h3-h4 g5xh4 21.Bg3xh4 Qb4xd4
D35: Queen's Gambit Declined:
22.Nc3-e2 Rg8xg2 23.Rg1xg2 Qd4-b4
Exchange Variation
24.Qc2-c1 Be7-f8 25.Bh4xf6+ Nd7xf6
1.c2-c4 e7-e6 2.Nb1-c3 d7-d5
26.e4-e5 Nf6-e8 27.Rg2-g4 Qb4-e7
3.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 4.c4xd5 e6xd5
28.f3-f4 Qe7-b4 29.a2-a3 Qb4-b3
5.Bc1-g5 c7-c6 6.e2-e3 Bf8-d6
30.Bd3-c2 0.37/17 ] 19.f3xe4
7.Bf1-d3 0-0 8.Ng1-f3 Rf8-e8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.f3xe4
9.Qd1-c2 h7-h6 10.Bg5-h4 Bc8-g4
Qa5-h5 20.Bh4-g3 Nd7-f8 21.Bd3-e2
11.0-0-0 Nb8-d7 12.h2-h3 Bg4xf3
Qh5xh3 22.f2-f4 Qh3-d7 Diagram

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-tr-snrmk0
9zpp+qvlpzp-0 44
9-+p+-sn-zp0
9+-+-+-+-0
9-+-zPPzP-+0
9+-sN-+-vL-0
9PzPQ+L+R+0
9+K+-+-tR-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
23.f4-f5 Be7-b4 24.Bg3-f2 Bb4xc3
25.b2xc3 Nf8-h7 26.e4-e5 Nf6-d5
27.f5-f6 g7xf6 28.Be2-g4 Qd7-e7
29.Rg2-h2 f6xe5 30.Rh2xh6 0.55/17 ]
19...Nd7-f8 [ 19...Qa5-h5 20.Bh4xf6
g7xf6 21.Rg2-g3 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 19...Qa5-h5 20.Bh4-g3 Nd7-f8
21.Bd3-e2 Qh5xh3 22.f2-f4 Rd8xd4
23.f4-f5 Nf6xe4 24.Bg3-e5 Qh3-e3
25.Rg2xg7 Rg8xg7 26.Be5xg7+
Kh8-h7 27.Bg7xd4 Qe3xd4 28.Rg1-g2
Ne4xc3+ 29.b2xc3 Qd4-b6+
30.Qc2-b3 Nf8-d7 31.Qb3xb6
Nd7xb6 0.52/16 ] 20.Bd3-c4+[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20.Bd3-c4
Qa5-h5 21.Bh4xf6 Be7xf6 22.e4-e5
Bf6-e7 23.Nc3-e2 Qh5-f3 24.Rg2-g4
g7-g5 25.Rg1-g2 Qf3xh3 26.Bc4xf7
Rg8-g7 27.Rg4-g3 Qh3-d7 28.Bf7-b3
Nf8-e6 29.Rg3-h3 Rg7-h7 30.Rg2-h2
Be7-f8 31.Qc2-g6 1.33/16 ]
20...g7-g5? [ 20...Qa5-h5 21.Bh4xf6
Be7xf6+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20...Qa5-h5 21.Bh4xf6 Be7xf6
22.e4-e5 Bf6-e7 23.Nc3-e2 Qh5-f3
24.Rg2-g4 g7-g5 25.Ne2-g3 h6-h5
26.Ng3xh5 Nf8-e6 27.Bc4xe6 f7xe6
28.h3-h4 Qf3-f7 29.Nh5-f6 Be7xf6
30.e5xf6 Qf7xf6 31.Qc2-e2 Rd8-d5
32.Kb1-a1 Rg8-g7 33.Qe2-e3 Kh8-g8

44

34.h4xg5 Qf6-g6 35.Qe3-g3 Rd5-d8


36.Rg1-h1 Rg7-h7 37.Rg4-h4 Rh7xh4
38.Qg3xh4 1.26/16 ] 21.f2-f4
[ 21.Bc4xf7!? and White can already
relax Rg8-g7 22.f2-f4 Rg7xf7
23.f4xg5 h6xg5 24.Rg2xg5 Qa5-b4+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21.Bc4xf7
Rg8-g7 22.f2-f4 Rg7xf7 23.f4xg5
h6xg5 24.Rg2xg5 Qa5-b4 25.e4-e5
Nf8-h7 26.e5xf6 Be7xf6 27.Rg5-g4
Bf6xh4 28.Rg4xh4 Qb4-e7 29.Rh4-e4
Qe7-f6 30.Re4-g4 Qf6-f5 31.Qc2xf5
Rf7xf5 32.Rg4-g7 a7-a5 33.Rg7xb7
Rd8xd4 34.Rg1-g7 Nh7-f6 2.78/14 ]
21...Nf8-g6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...Nf6-h5 22.f4xg5 Nh5-f4
23.Bh4-g3 Nf8-g6 24.g5xh6 Nf4xg2
25.Rg1xg2 Rg8-f8 26.Qc2-f2 f7-f5
27.Bg3-h2 f5xe4 28.Qf2-g1 Be7-f6
29.Rg2xg6 Bf6xd4 30.Qg1-c1
Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-tr-tr-mk0{
9zpp+-+-+-0 45
9-+p+-+RzP0
9wq-+-+-+-0
9-+Lvlp+-+0
9+-sN-+-+P0
9PzP-+-+-vL0
9+KwQ-+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
e4-e3 31.Nc3-e2 Qa5-f5+ 32.Qc1-c2
Qf5-f1+ 33.Ne2-c1 Qf1-f2 34.Nc1-d3
Qf2-f1+ 35.Qc2-c1 Qf1xc1+
36.Kb1xc1 1.70/15 ] 22.Bh4-e1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Bh4-e1
Rd8xd4 23.Nc3-e2 Rd4xc4 24.Qc2xc4
Qa5-b5 25.Qc4xb5 c6xb5 26.f4xg5
Nf6xe4 27.g5xh6 Kh8-h7 28.Rg1-f1
Rg8-f8 29.Ne2-c3 Ne4xc3+

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


30.Be1xc3 f7-f5 31.Rg2-d2 Kh7xh6
32.Rd2-d7 f5-f4 33.Rd7xb7 a7-a6
34.Rb7-a7 f4-f3 35.Ra7xa6 Kh6-h5
36.Bc3-d4 Rf8-f5 37.Kb1-c2 Be7-h4
38.Ra6-a7 Ng6-e7 39.Kc2-d3 Rf5-f4
2.53/17 ] 22...Ng6xf4? [ 22...Rd8xd4
23.Bc4xf7 Ng6xf4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 22...Rd8xd4 23.Nc3-e2 Rd4xc4
24.Qc2xc4 Qa5-a6 25.Qc4xa6 b7xa6
26.f4xg5 Nf6xe4 27.g5xh6 Kh8-h7
28.Rg1-f1 Rg8-f8 29.Ne2-d4 c6-c5
30.Nd4-f5 Rf8-e8 31.Kb1-c2 Be7-g5
32.h3-h4 Bg5-f6 33.Nf5-g3 Ng6xh4
34.Ng3xe4 Re8xe4 35.Be1xh4 Bf6xh4
36.Rf1xf7+ Kh7xh6 37.Rf7xa7 2.41/16
] 23.Nc3-d5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.Nc3-d5 Qa5xe1+ 24.Rg1xe1 c6xd5
25.e4xd5 Be7-d6 26.Rg2-g1 Rg8-g6
27.Qc2-b3 Rd8-d7 28.Bc4-e2 Rd7-c7
29.Be2-g4 Nf6xd5 30.Bg4-f3 Nd5-b6
31.Re1-c1 Rc7-d7 32.Bf3-e4 Rg6-f6
33.Rg1-e1 Bd6-f8 34.Qb3-e3 Kh8-g7
3.04/18 ] 23...Qa5xe1+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 23...Qa5xe1+ 24.Rg1xe1
c6xd5 25.e4xd5 Be7-d6 26.Rg2-g1
Rg8-g6 27.Rg1-f1 a7-a6 28.a2-a4
Kh8-g7 29.Qc2-b3 Rd8-d7 30.Rf1-f2
Bd6-c7 31.d5-d6 Bc7xd6 32.Rf2-c2
a6-a5 33.Bc4-d3 Nf4xd3 34.Qb3xd3
Rd7-d8 35.Qd3-c4 Bd6-b4 36.Re1-f1
Rd8-e8 37.Qc4-c7 3.05/19 ]
24.Rg1xe1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24.Rg1xe1 c6xd5 25.e4xd5 Be7-d6
26.Rg2-g1 Rg8-g6 27.Rg1-f1 a7-a6
28.a2-a4 Kh8-g7 29.Qc2-b3 Rd8-d7
30.Rf1-f2 Bd6-c7 31.d5-d6 Bc7xd6
32.Rf2-c2 Bd6-b8 33.Bc4-d3 Nf4xd3
34.Qb3xd3 Bb8-c7 35.Rc2-f2 Kg7-g8
2.76/17 ] 24...c6xd5? Diagram
[ 24...Nf4xg2 25.Nd5xf6 Ng2xe1+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24...c6xd5
25.e4xd5 Be7-d6 26.Rg2-g1 Rg8-g6
27.Rg1-f1 a7-a6 28.a2-a4 Kh8-g7
29.Qc2-b3 Rd8-d7 30.Rf1-f2 Bd6-c7
31.d5-d6 Bc7xd6 32.Rf2-c2 Rd7-c7

45

33.Bc4-f1 Rc7-d7 34.Bf1-d3 Nf4xd3


35.Qb3xd3 Bd6-c7 36.Rc2-f2 Kg7-g8
2.83/18 ]

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-tr-+rmk0
9zpp+-vlp+-0 46
9-+-+-sn-zp0
9+-+p+-zp-0
9-+LzPPsn-+0
9+-+-+-+P0
9PzPQ+-+R+0
9+K+-tR-+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
25.e4xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25.e4xd5 Be7-d6 26.Rg2-g1 Rg8-g6
27.Rg1-f1 a7-a6 28.Qc2-b3 b7-b5
29.Bc4-d3 Rg6-g8 30.Re1-c1 Nf6xd5
31.Bd3-e4 Nd5-f6 32.Be4-f3 Nf4-e6
33.Rc1-c6 Kh8-g7 34.Qb3-e3 Bd6-c7
35.Rf1-c1 2.71/18 ] 25...Be7-b4
[ 25...Rg8-e8 does not save the day
26.Bc4-b5 Nf4xg2 27.Qc2xg2+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Be7-d6
26.Rg2-g1 Rg8-g6 27.Qc2-b3 Rd8-d7
28.Bc4-e2 Rd7-c7 29.Be2-g4 Nf6xd5
30.Bg4-f3 Nd5-b4 31.Re1-c1 Nb4-c6
32.Bf3xc6 b7xc6 33.Rc1-e1 Kh8-h7
34.Re1-e8 2.59/17 ] 26.Re1-f1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26.Re1-f1
b7-b5 27.Bc4xb5 Rd8xd5 28.Qc2-c4
Bb4-e7 29.Rg2-f2 Kh8-g7 30.Bb5-c6
Rd5-a5 31.d4-d5 Be7-d6 32.h3-h4
Rg8-c8 33.h4xg5 h6xg5 34.Qc4-d4
Kg7-g6 35.b2-b3 Rc8-h8 36.Rf2-c2
3.28/16 ] 26...Rg8-e8 [ 26...Rd8-d6
is no salvation 27.Rg2-h2 b7-b5
28.Bc4-b3+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Rg8-g7 27.Qc2-b3 a7-a5
28.a2-a3 Bb4-e7 29.Rg2-c2 Rd8-d7
30.Rf1-e1 Be7-d8 31.Re1-e5 Kh8-g8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


32.Rc2-c1 b7-b6 33.Re5-e1 Rd7-d6
34.Qb3-f3 a5-a4 35.Kb1-a2 3.27/16 ]
27.a2-a3 [ 27.Qc2-f5!? keeps an even
firmer grip Nf6-h5 28.Rg2-g1 b7-b5+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Qc2-f5
Nf4-h5 28.d5-d6 Re8-f8 29.Rg2xg5
h6xg5 30.Qf5xg5 Rd8xd6 31.Qg5-h6+
Nf6-h7 32.Qh6xh5 Rd6-g6 33.Rf1xf7
Rf8xf7 34.Qh5xg6 Rf7-g7 35.Qg6-e8+
Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+Q+-mk0{
9zpp+-+-trn0 47
9-+-+-+-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
9-vlLzP-+-+0
9+-+-+-+P0
9PzP-+-+-+0
9+K+-+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Bb4-f8 36.Bc4-d3 Kh8-g8 37.Qe8-e5
a7-a6 38.h3-h4 Bf8-b4 39.a2-a3
Bb4-f8 40.Qe5-e6+ Kg8-h8 41.d4-d5
Rg7-g1+ 42.Kb1-a2 5.18/15 ]
27...Bb4-d6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27...Bb4-f8 28.Rg2-g1 Nf6-e4
29.Bc4-b5 Rd8-c8 30.Qc2-h2 Bf8-d6
31.Bb5xe8 Rc8xe8 32.Qh2-c2 f7-f5
33.Kb1-a2 Kh8-g7 34.Rf1-f3 Re8-e7
35.Qc2-c8 Nf4-e2 36.Rg1-d1 f5-f4
37.Qc8-c2 Ne2-g3 38.Rd1-e1
Re7-c7 4.55/16 ] 28.Qc2-f5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.Qc2-f5
Nf6-h5 29.Bc4-d3 Nf4xd3 30.Qf5xd3
Nh5-f4 31.Qd3-f5 Re8-g8 32.Qf5-f6+
Kh8-h7 33.Rg2-f2 Nf4-g6 34.Qf6xf7+
Rg8-g7 35.Qf7-f5 a7-a6 36.Qf5-d3
Bd6-f4 37.Rf2-e2 Rd8xd5 38.Re2-e6
Rd5-d8 39.d4-d5 4.76/15 ] 28...Nf6-h5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28...Nf6-h5

46

29.Bc4-d3 Nf4xd3 30.Qf5xd3 Nh5-f4


31.Qd3-f5 Re8-g8 32.Qf5-f6+ Kh8-h7
33.Rg2-c2 Nf4-g6 34.Qf6xf7+ Rg8-g7
35.Qf7-e6 Bd6-f4 36.Rc2-c8 Rd8-d7
37.Rc8-e8 Rg7-f7 38.Rf1-e1 Rd7-e7
39.Re8xe7 Rf7xe7 40.Qe6xe7+
Ng6xe7 41.Re1xe7+ Kh7-g6
42.Re7xb7 Kg6-f5 43.Rb7xa7 Kf5-e4
4.63/16 ] 29.Rg2-g1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 29.Bc4-d3 Nf4xd3 30.Qf5xd3
Nh5-f4 31.Qd3-f5 Re8-g8 32.Qf5-f6+
Kh8-h7 33.Rg2-c2 Nf4-g6 34.Qf6xf7+
Rg8-g7 35.Qf7-e6 Bd6-f4 36.Rc2-c8
Rd8xc8 37.Qe6xc8 Rg7-e7 38.Qc8-c5
b7-b6 39.Qc5-c6 Re7-c7 40.Qc6-e6
4.87/16 ] 29...Kh8-g7 [ 29...Re8-f8+desperation ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29...Re8-f8 30.h3-h4 f7-f6 31.Bc4-d3
Nf4xd3 32.h4xg5 Nd3-f4 33.g5xh6
Rf8-f7 34.Rg1-g5 f6xg5 35.Qf5xf7
b7-b5 36.Rf1xf4 Bd6xf4 37.Qf7xh5
Rd8-d6 38.Qh5-f7 Rd6xh6 39.Qf7xa7
Rh6-h1+ 40.Kb1-c2 Rh1-h2+
41.Kc2-c3 Kh8-g8 42.Qa7-d7 Bf4-d2+
43.Kc3-d3 4.06/16 ] 30.h3-h4 Diagram
[ 30.h3-h4 f7-f6 31.Bc4-d3 Nf4xd3
32.h4xg5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.h3-h4 f7-f6 31.h4xg5 h6xg5
32.Bc4-d3 Re8-h8 33.Rg1xg5+ Kg7-f7
34.Rf1-g1 Kf7-f8 35.Rg1-h1 Bd6-e7
36.Rg5xh5 Nf4xh5 37.Rh1xh5 Rh8-g8
38.Rh5-h7 b7-b5 39.Bd3xb5 Rg8-g1+
40.Bb5-f1 Rg1-g8 41.Qf5-e6 8.75/14 ]
(Diagram 48)
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His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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9zpp+-+pmk-0 48
9-+-vl-+-zp0
9+-+P+Qzpn0
9-+LzP-sn-zP0
9zP-+-+-+-0
9-zP-+-+-+0
9+K+-+RtR-0
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Ilya Smirin
Foxwoods Open (5)

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21...Kg8-f8 [ 21...Kg8-f7 Diagram

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9zpp+l+kvlQ0 49
9-+-zpp+-+0
9+-+-zP-+-0
9-+P+-zP-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
9PvL-wq-+P+0
9+R+-+K+R0[
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is still a small chance 22.Rh1-h4


B09 Nb8-c6+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...Kg8-f7 22.Rh1-h4 Nb8-c6
23.Rh4-g4 Ra8-g8 24.Bb2-a3 Nc6-e7
25.03.2005 Diagram

B09: Pirc Defence: Austrian Attack


1.e2-e4 g7-g6 2.d2-d4 Bf8-g7
3.Nb1-c3 d7-d6 4.f2-f4 Ng8-f6
5.Ng1-f3 0-0 6.e4-e5 Nf6-d7 7.h2-h4
c7-c5 8.h4-h5 c5xd4 9.h5xg6 d4xc3
10.g6xf7+ Rf8xf7 11.Bf1-c4 Nd7-f8
12.Nf3-g5 e7-e6 13.Ng5xf7 c3xb2
14.Bc1xb2 Qd8-a5+ 15.Ke1-f1
Kg8xf7 16.Qd1-h5+ Kf7-g8
17.Bc4-d3 Qa5-b4 18.Ra1-b1 Bc8-d7
19.c2-c4 Qb4-d2 20.Bd3xh7+
Nf8xh7 last book move last book move
21.Qh5xh7+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.Qh5xh7+ Kg8-f7 22.Rh1-h4
Nb8-c6 23.Rh4-g4 Ra8-g8 24.Bb2-a3
Nc6-e7 25.Ba3xd6 Bd7-c6 26.Bd6xe7
Kf7xe7 27.Rg4xg7+ Rg8xg7
28.Qh7xg7+ Ke7-e8 29.Qg7-g6+
Ke8-d7 30.g2-g3 Bc6-g2+ 31.Kf1-g1
Bg2-c6 32.Qg6-f7+ Kd7-d8
33.Qf7-g8+ Kd8-e7 34.Qg8-g7+
Ke7-d8 35.Qg7-h8+ Kd8-c7
36.Qh8-h7+ Kc7-b8 3.08/11 ]

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9-+P+-zPR+0
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9P+-wq-+P+0
9+R+-+K+-0[
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25.Ba3xd6 Bd7-c6 26.Bd6xe7 Kf7xe7
27.Rg4xg7+ Rg8xg7 28.Qh7xg7+
Diagram
(Diagram 51)
Ke7-e8 29.Qg7-g6+ Ke8-d7 30.g2-g3
Bc6-g2+ 31.Kf1-g1 Bg2-c6
32.Qg6-f7+ Diagram

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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9zpp+-mk-wQ-0 51
9-+l+p+-+0
9+-+-zP-+-0
9-+P+-zP-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
9P+-wq-+P+0
9+R+-+K+-0
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9zpp+k+Q+-0 52
9-+l+p+-+0
9+-+-zP-+-0
9-+P+-zP-+0
9+-+-+-zP-0
9P+-wq-+-+0
9+R+-+-mK-0
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Kd7-d8 33.Qf7-g8+ Kd8-e7
34.Qg8-g7+ Ke7-d8 35.Qg7-h8+
Kd8-c7 36.Qh8-h7+ Kc7-b8 3.33/12 ]
22.Rh1-h4 [ 22.Rh1-h4 Bd7-c6
23.Rh4-g4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22.Rh1-h4 Bd7-b5 23.c4xb5 Qd2-b4
24.e5xd6 Qb4xb5+ 25.Kf1-f2 Qb5-d7
26.Bb2xg7+ Qd7xg7 27.Qh7-h8+
Qg7xh8 28.Rh4xh8+ Kf8-g7 29.d6-d7
Nb8xd7 30.Rh8xa8 Nd7-c5
31.Ra8xa7 Kg7-f6 32.Kf2-f3 Kf6-e7
33.Ra7-a5 Ke7-d6 34.Rb1-b5 Nc5-d3
35.Rb5-b6+ Kd6-d7 36.g2-g4
Nd3-e1+ 37.Kf3-e4 12.05/13 ]
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C02

Hikaru Nakamura
Tiger Hillarp Persson
13th Sigeman & Co (3)

17.04.2005

C02: French: Advance Variation


1.e2-e4 e7-e6 2.d2-d4 d7-d5
3.e4-e5 c7-c5 4.c2-c3 Qd8-b6
5.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6 6.a2-a3 c5-c4
7.g2-g3 Bc8-d7 8.h2-h4 Nc6-a5
9.Nb1-d2 0-0-0 10.Bf1-h3 f7-f5
11.e5xf6 g7xf6 12.0-0 h7-h5
13.Rf1-e1 Ng8-h6 14.Nf3-h2 Nh6-f5
15.Bh3xf5 e6xf5 16.f2-f4 Bf8-d6
17.Kg1-f2 Rd8-e8 18.Re1xe8+
Rh8xe8 19.Nh2-f1 last book move last
book move Na5-b3?? letting the wind
out of his own sails [ 19...Bd6-f8-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19...Bd6-f8
20.Qd1xh5 Qb6-e6 21.Kf2-g1 Qe6-e1
22.Qh5-f3 Kc8-b8 23.h4-h5 Bd7-c6
24.Ra1-b1 Re8-e6 25.a3-a4 a7-a6
26.Kg1-h1 Bc6xa4 27.Kh1-g1 Re6-e8
28.Rb1-a1 Ba4-c6 29.Qf3-f2 Qe1-d1
30.Ra1xa5 Qd1xc1 31.Nd2-f3
-0.45/17 ] 20.Nd2xb3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 20.Nd2xb3 Diagram
(Diagram 53)
Qb6xb3 21.Qd1xb3 c4xb3 22.a3-a4
b7-b5 23.a4xb5 Bd7xb5 24.Nf1-e3
Kc8-b7 25.Ne3xf5 Re8-e2+ 26.Kf2-f3
Bd6-f8 27.Nf5-e3 Re2-h2 28.g3-g4
Rh2-h3+ 29.Kf3-g2 Rh3xh4
30.Kg2-g3 Rh4-h1 31.Ne3xd5 h5xg4
32.Nd5xf6 Bf8-e7 33.Nf6-d5 Be7-d6
34.Nd5-e3 Rh1-g1+ 35.Kg3-f2 Rg1-h1
36.Kf2-g2 Rh1-e1 37.Ra1-a5 Kb7-b6
0.22/21 ] 20...Qb6xb3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 20...Qb6xb3 21.Qd1xb3
c4xb3 22.a3-a4 b7-b5 23.a4xb5
Bd7xb5 24.Nf1-e3 Kc8-b7 25.Ne3xf5
Re8-e2+ 26.Kf2-f3 Bd6-f8 27.Nf5-e3
Re2-h2 28.g3-g4 Rh2xh4 29.Kf3-g3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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9-wq-vl-zp-+0
9+-+p+p+p0
9-+pzP-zP-zP0
9zPNzP-+-zP-0
9-zP-+-mK-+0
9tR-vLQ+N+-0
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Rh4-h1 30.Ne3xd5 h5xg4 31.Nd5xf6
Bf8-e7 32.Nf6-d5 Be7-d6 33.Kg3xg4
Rh1-f1 34.Kg4-f5 Bb5-c4 35.Nd5-e3
Rf1xf4+ 36.Kf5-g5 Bc4-d3 37.Ne3-c4
0.27/19 ] 21.Qd1xb3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 21.Qd1xb3 c4xb3 22.a3-a4
b7-b5 23.a4xb5 Bd7xb5 24.Nf1-e3
Kc8-b7 25.Ne3xf5 Re8-e2+ 26.Kf2-f3
Bd6-f8 27.Nf5-e3 Re2-h2 28.g3-g4
Rh2xh4 29.Kf3-g3 Rh4-h1 30.Ne3xd5
h5xg4 31.Nd5xf6 Bf8-e7 32.Nf6-d5
Be7-d6 33.Nd5-e3 Bb5-d7 34.Ne3-c4
Bd6-c7 35.Nc4-e5 Bd7-e6 36.c3-c4
Rh1-h3+ 37.Kg3-g2 Bc7xe5 38.f4xe5
Be6xc4 0.29/21 ] 21...c4xb3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21...c4xb3
22.a3-a4 b7-b5 23.a4xb5 Bd7xb5
24.Nf1-e3 Kc8-b7 25.Ne3xf5 Re8-e2+
26.Kf2-f3 Bd6-f8 27.Nf5-e3 Re2-h2
28.g3-g4 Rh2xh4 29.Kf3-g3 Rh4-h1
30.Ne3xd5 h5xg4 31.Nd5xf6 Bf8-e7
32.Nf6-d5 Be7-d6 33.Kg3xg4 Rh1-f1
34.Kg4-f5 Bb5-c4 35.Nd5-e3 Rf1xf4+
36.Kf5-g5 Bc4-d3 37.Ne3-c4 0.23/19 ]
22.a3-a4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22.a3-a4 b7-b5 23.a4xb5 Bd7xb5
24.Nf1-e3 Kc8-b7 25.Ne3xf5 Re8-e2+
26.Kf2-f3 Bd6-f8 27.Nf5-e3 Re2-h2
28.g3-g4 Rh2-h3+ 29.Kf3-g2 Rh3xh4
30.Kg2-g3 Rh4-h1 31.Ne3xd5 h5xg4

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32.Nd5xf6 Bf8-e7 33.Nf6-d5 Be7-d6


34.Nd5-e3 Rh1-g1+ 35.Kg3-f2 Rg1-h1
36.Kf2-g2 Rh1-e1 37.Ra1-a5 Kb7-b6
0.21/20 ] 22...b7-b5 [ 22...b7-b6
23.Nf1-d2 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22...b7-b5 23.a4xb5 Bd7xb5
24.Nf1-e3 Kc8-b7 25.Ne3xf5 Re8-e2+
26.Kf2-f3 Bd6-f8 27.Nf5-e3 Re2-h2
28.g3-g4 Rh2xh4 29.Kf3-g3 Rh4-h1
30.Ne3xd5 h5xg4 31.Nd5xf6 Bf8-e7
32.Nf6-d5 Be7-d6 33.Nd5-e3 Rh1-g1+
34.Kg3-f2 Rg1-h1 35.Kf2-g2 Rh1-e1
36.c3-c4 Bb5-d7 37.Kg2-f2 Re1-h1
38.Ne3-f1 Rh1-h3 39.d4-d5 Bd6-c5+
40.Bc1-e3 Rh3-f3+ 41.Kf2-e2 Bc5xe3
42.Nf1xe3 Rf3xf4 43.Ra1-f1 0.17/20 ]
23.a4-a5 [ 23.a4xb5!? Bd7xb5
24.Nf1-e3 ( 24.Ra1xa7 Re8-e2+
25.Kf2-f3 Re2-e1-+ );Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 23.a4xb5 Diagram

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9-+-vl-zp-+0
9+P+p+p+p0
9-+-zP-zP-zP0
9+pzP-+-zP-0
9-zP-+-mK-+0
9tR-vL-+N+-0
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Bd7xb5 24.Nf1-e3 Kc8-b7 25.Ne3xf5
Re8-e2+ 26.Kf2-f3 Bd6-f8 27.Nf5-e3
Re2-h2 28.g3-g4 Rh2xh4 29.Kf3-g3
Rh4-h1 30.Ne3xd5 h5xg4 31.Nd5xf6
Bf8-e7 32.Nf6-d5 Be7-d6 33.Kg3xg4
Rh1-f1 34.Kg4-f5 Bb5-c4 35.Nd5-e3
Rf1xf4+ 36.Kf5-g5 Bc4-d3 37.Ra1-a3
Bd6xa3 38.Kg5xf4 Ba3-d6+ 39.Kf4-f3
Kb7-c6 0.17/18 ] 23...b5-b4
[ 23...Kc8-b7 24.Nf1-d2 ;Houdini 2.0c

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Pro x64: 23...Kc8-b7 24.Bc1-d2
Kb7-a6 25.Bd2-e1 Re8-b8 26.Nf1-d2
b5-b4 27.Nd2-f1 b4xc3 28.Be1xc3
Bd6-e7 29.Nf1-e3 Rb8-b5 30.Kf2-g2
Be7-d8 31.Kg2-f3 Bd7-e6 32.Bc3-d2
Rb5-b7 33.Ra1-b1 Rb7-e7 34.Bd2-b4
Re7-e8 0.12/19 ] 24.Bc1-d2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24.Bc1-d2
b4xc3 25.Bd2xc3 Kc8-c7 26.Ra1-c1
a7-a6 27.Bc3-d2+ Kc7-b7 28.Nf1-e3
Re8-e4 29.Bd2-c3 Bd7-b5 30.Rc1-e1
Kb7-c6 31.Ne3xf5 Re4xe1 32.Bc3xe1
Bd6-a3 33.Be1-c3 Ba3-f8 34.Nf5-e3
Bf8-d6 35.g3-g4 h5xg4 36.Kf2-g3
Bd6-b8 37.Kg3xg4 0.30/21 ]
24...b4xc3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24...Re8-e4 25.Nf1-e3 Bd7-e6
26.a5-a6 Kc8-d7 27.c3xb4 Re4xd4
28.Bd2-c3 Rd4-e4 29.Ra1-d1 Bd6xb4
30.Bc3-d4 Re4xd4 31.Rd1xd4 Bb4-c5
32.Rd4-d1 d5-d4 33.Ne3-f1 Kd7-c6
34.Rd1-c1 Kc6-b5 35.Kf2-e1 Bc5-b6
36.Nf1-d2 Be6-d5 37.Ke1-e2 Kb5xa6
38.Nd2-c4 Bd5-e4 39.Nc4xb6
Ka6xb6 0.31/19 ] 25.Bd2xc3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25.Bd2xc3
Kc8-c7 26.Ra1-c1 Kc7-b7 27.Nf1-d2
Bd7-a4 28.Rc1-a1 Ba4-b5 29.Nd2xb3
Bb5-c4 30.Nb3-d2 Re8-e2+ 31.Kf2-f3
Bc4-d3 32.Nd2-b3 Bd3-c4 33.a5-a6+
Kb7-b6 34.Nb3-c5 Bd6xc5 35.d4xc5+
Kb6xc5 36.Ra1-a5+ Kc5-b6
37.Ra5xd5 Bc4xd5+ 38.Kf3xe2
Kb6xa6 39.Bc3xf6 Ka6-b5 40.Ke2-e3
a7-a5 41.Bf6-e5 a5-a4 0.29/22 ]
25...a7-a6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25...Kc8-c7 26.Ra1-c1 a7-a6
27.Bc3-d2+ Bd7-c6 28.Nf1-e3 Kc7-d7
29.Ne3xf5 Bc6-b5 30.Rc1-e1 Re8xe1
31.Bd2xe1 Kd7-e6 32.Nf5xd6 Ke6xd6
33.Kf2-e3 Kd6-e6 34.Be1-b4 Ke6-f5
35.Bb4-e7 Kf5-e6 36.Be7-c5 Ke6-f5
37.Ke3-f3 Bb5-d3 38.Bc5-e7 Bd3-e4+
39.Kf3-e3 Kf5-e6 40.Be7-b4 Ke6-f5
41.Bb4-e7 Kf5-e6 0.28/20 ] 26.Ra1-c1

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[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26.Nf1-d2


Bd7-b5 27.Nd2xb3 Re8-e2+ 28.Kf2-f3
Re2-e4 29.Ra1-e1 Kc8-d7 30.Re1-e3
Bb5-a4 31.Nb3-d2 Ba4-d1+ 32.Kf3-f2
Re4xe3 33.Kf2xe3 Kd7-c6 34.Ke3-f2
Bd6-f8 35.Nd2-f1 Bd1-c2 36.Nf1-d2
Bc2-a4 37.Kf2-e3 Kc6-d7 38.b2-b3
Ba4-b5 39.Nd2-f3 Kd7-e6 40.Nf3-e1
Bb5-e8 41.Ne1-d3 0.40/22 ]
26...Kc8-b7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Kc8-c7 27.Bc3-d2+ Bd7-c6
28.Nf1-e3 Kc7-d7 29.Ne3xf5 Bc6-b5
30.Rc1-e1 Re8xe1 31.Bd2xe1 Kd7-e6
32.Nf5xd6 Ke6xd6 33.Kf2-e3 Kd6-e6
34.Be1-b4 Ke6-f5 35.Bb4-e7 Kf5-e6
36.Be7-c5 Ke6-f5 37.Bc5-d6 Kf5-g4
0.30/19 ] 27.Nf1-e3 White threatens to
win material: Ne3xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 27.Nf1-d2 Bd7-a4 28.Rc1-a1
Ba4-b5 29.Nd2xb3 Bb5-c4 30.Nb3-d2
Re8-e2+ 31.Kf2-f3 Bc4-d3 32.Ra1-c1
Bd6-f8 33.Nd2-f1 Re2-e6 34.Nf1-e3
Re6-c6 35.Rc1-e1 Bd3-e4+ 36.Kf3-e2
Rc6-c7 37.Bc3-d2 Rc7-g7 38.Ke2-f2
Rg7-c7 39.b2-b3 Rc7-c8 40.Re1-c1
0.31/23 ] 27...Bd7-e6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 27...Bd7-e6 28.Bc3-d2
Re8-c8 29.Rc1xc8 Kb7xc8 30.Kf2-e2
Kc8-d7 31.Ke2-d3 Bd6-c7 32.Bd2-b4
Kd7-c6 33.Kd3-c3 Kc6-b5 34.Ne3-f1
Bc7xa5 35.Bb4xa5 Kb5xa5 36.Nf1-d2
Be6-c8 37.Nd2xb3+ Ka5-b5
38.Nb3-c5 Kb5-a5 39.b2-b4+ Ka5-b5
40.Kc3-b3 Kb5-c6 41.Kb3-a4 Kc6-d6
42.Ka4-a5 0.36/23 ] 28.Kf2-e2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.Bc3-e1
Re8-c8 29.Rc1xc8 Kb7xc8 30.Kf2-e2
Kc8-b7 31.Ke2-d3 Bd6-c7 32.Be1-b4
Kb7-c6 33.Kd3-c3 Kc6-b5 34.Ne3-f1
Bc7xa5 35.Bb4xa5 Kb5xa5 36.Nf1-d2
Be6-d7 37.Nd2xb3+ Ka5-b5
38.Nb3-c5 Bd7-c8 39.Kc3-d3 Kb5-b4
40.b2-b3 Kb4-b5 41.Kd3-e2 a6-a5
42.Ke2-d3 Kb5-b4 43.Kd3-c2 Kb4-b5
0.28/22 ] 28...Re8-c8 [Houdini 2.0c

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Pro x64: 28...Be6-d7 29.Rc1-e1
Kb7-c6 30.Ke2-f2 Re8-b8 31.Re1-c1
Bd7-e6 32.Bc3-b4+ Kc6-d7
33.Bb4xd6 Kd7xd6 34.Kf2-e2 Rb8-b5
35.Rc1-a1 Be6-d7 36.Ke2-d2 Rb5-b4
37.Kd2-c3 Rb4-b8 38.Ra1-g1 Rb8-b5
39.Rg1-c1 Rb5xa5 40.Kc3xb3
Ra5-b5+ 41.Kb3-c2 Rb5-b4 0.22/20 ]
29.Ke2-d3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29.Ne3-f1 Kb7-a7 30.Bc3-d2 Rc8xc1
31.Bd2xc1 Bd6-c7 32.Nf1-d2 Bc7xa5
33.Nd2xb3 Ba5-d8 34.Bc1-d2 Be6-c8
35.Bd2-a5 Bd8xa5 36.Nb3xa5 Ka7-b6
37.Na5-b3 Kb6-b5 38.Ke2-d3 Kb5-a4
39.Nb3-c1 Ka4-b5 40.Nc1-a2 Bc8-e6
41.Na2-c3+ Kb5-b4 42.Kd3-c2
0.27/20 ] 29...Rc8-c6 [ 29...Rc8-c7!?=
should be examined more closely ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29...Rc8-c7
30.Kd3-e2 Kb7-c8 31.Rc1-e1 Kc8-d7
32.Ke2-f3 Bd6-f8 33.Bc3-d2 Rc7-c8
34.Bd2-c3 Bf8-d6 35.Kf3-g2 Bd6-f8
36.Ne3-f1 Rc8-b8 37.Nf1-e3 Rb8-e8
38.Kg2-f3 Re8-c8 39.Re1-d1 Kd7-c6
40.Ne3-f1 Kc6-d7 41.Rd1-e1 Bf8-d6
42.Nf1-d2 Rc8-b8 43.Kf3-e2 Be6-g8
44.Ke2-e3 Bd6-f8 45.Ke3-f3 Bg8-f7
46.Nd2-f1 Rb8-c8 47.Kf3-g2 Rc8-e8
48.Re1xe8 Bf7xe8 49.Nf1-d2 Kd7-e6
50.Nd2xb3 0.07/20 ] 30.Rc1-e1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30.Rc1-e1
Be6-f7 31.Ne3-f1 Rc6-c8 32.Nf1-d2
Rc8-g8 33.Re1-e3 Bf7-e8 34.Nd2xb3
Be8-b5+ 35.Kd3-d2 Kb7-c6 36.Nb3-c1
Bb5-c4 37.Kd2-e1 Kc6-d7 38.Ke1-f2
Rg8-c8 39.Nc1-d3 Bd6-f8 40.Kf2-f3
Kd7-c6 41.Nd3-c1 Kc6-b7 42.Re3-e6
Rc8-c6 43.Re6-e8 0.43/22 ]
30...Bd6-f8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30...Be6-f7 31.Ne3-f1 Rc6-c8
32.Nf1-d2 Rc8-g8 33.Re1-e3 Bf7-e8
34.Nd2xb3 Be8-b5+ 35.Kd3-d2
Kb7-c6 36.Nb3-c1 Bb5-c4 37.b2-b3
Bc4-f1 38.Nc1-a2 Bf1-g2 39.Na2-b4+
Bd6xb4 40.Bc3xb4 Kc6-b5 41.Bb4-e7

51

Bg2-e4 42.Be7xf6 Kb5xa5 43.Re3-c3


Ka5-b5 44.Bf6-e5 0.41/20 ] 31.Ne3-f1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31.Ne3-f1
Be6-f7 32.Nf1-d2 Rc6-e6 33.Re1xe6
Bf7xe6 34.Nd2xb3 Kb7-c6 35.Nb3-c5
Bf8xc5 36.d4xc5 Kc6xc5 37.Bc3xf6
Kc5-d6 38.Bf6-e5+ Kd6-c6 39.Kd3-d4
Be6-d7 40.b2-b3 Bd7-e8 41.Be5-b8
Be8-f7 42.Bb8-a7 Kc6-d6 43.Ba7-c5+
Kd6-e6 44.Kd4-c3 Bf7-e8 45.Bc5-b6
Ke6-d7 46.Bb6-d4 Kd7-d6
47.Bd4-e5+ Kd6-c5 48.b3-b4+ Kc5-c6
49.Kc3-d4 Be8-d7 50.Kd4-d3 Bd7-e8
51.Kd3-c3 Be8-d7 52.Be5-g7 Kc6-c7
53.Kc3-d4 Kc7-d6 54.Kd4-e3 Bd7-b5
55.Bg7-d4 0.48/26 ] 31...Be6-d7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31...Be6-f7
Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-vl-+0
9+k+-+l+-0 55
9p+r+-zp-+0
9zP-+p+p+p0
9-+-zP-zP-zP0
9+pvLK+-zP-0
9-zP-+-+-+0
9+-+-tRN+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
32.Nf1-d2 Rc6-e6 33.Re1xe6 Bf7xe6
34.Nd2xb3 Kb7-c6 35.Nb3-c5 Bf8xc5
36.d4xc5 Kc6xc5 37.Bc3xf6 Kc5-d6
38.Bf6-e5+ Kd6-c6 39.Kd3-d4 Be6-d7
40.b2-b3 Bd7-e8 41.Be5-b8 Be8-f7
42.b3-b4 Bf7-e8 43.Bb8-e5 Be8-d7
44.Kd4-d3 Bd7-e8 45.Kd3-c3 Be8-d7
46.Be5-g7 Kc6-c7 47.Kc3-d4 Kc7-d6
48.Kd4-e3 Bd7-b5 49.Bg7-d4 0.60/23 ]
32.Nf1-d2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32.Nf1-d2 Rc6-e6 33.Re1xe6 Bd7xe6
34.Nd2xb3 Kb7-c6 35.Nb3-c5 Bf8xc5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


36.d4xc5 Kc6xc5 37.Bc3xf6 Kc5-d6
38.Bf6-e5+ Kd6-c6 39.Kd3-d4 Be6-d7
40.b2-b3 Bd7-e8 41.Be5-b8 Be8-f7
42.Bb8-a7 Kc6-d6 43.Ba7-c5+ Kd6-e6
44.Kd4-c3 Bf7-e8 45.Bc5-b6 Ke6-d7
46.Kc3-d3 Kd7-c6 47.Kd3-d4 Kc6-d6
48.Bb6-d8 Be8-b5 49.Bd8-f6 Bb5-e8
50.Bf6-g7 Kd6-e6 51.Kd4-c5 Be8-b5
52.Bg7-h8 Bb5-d7 53.Bh8-e5 Bd7-b5
54.Kc5-d4 Bb5-f1 55.Kd4-c3 Bf1-e2
56.Kc3-d4 Be2-b5 57.Kd4-c5 Bb5-e2
58.Be5-b8 Be2-f1 59.Kc5-d4 Bf1-e2
60.Kd4-c3 Be2-b5 61.Bb8-e5 Bb5-e2
62.Kc3-d4 0.48/23 ] 32...Rc6-e6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32...Bf8-d6
33.Nd2xb3 Rc6-c4 34.Kd3-c2 Bd6-f8
35.Kc2-d2 Kb7-c6 36.Nb3-a1 Kc6-b5
37.Na1-c2 Rc4-c6 38.Kd2-e2 Rc6-c7
39.Nc2-e3 Bd7-e6 40.Ke2-f2 Rc7-c6
41.Kf2-f3 Rc6-c8 42.Re1-c1 Rc8-c7
0.57/20 ] 33.Re1xe6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 33.Re1xe6 Bd7xe6 34.Nd2xb3
Kb7-c6 35.Nb3-c5 Bf8xc5 36.d4xc5
Kc6xc5 37.Bc3xf6 Kc5-d6 38.Bf6-e5+
Kd6-c6 39.Kd3-d4 Be6-d7 40.b2-b3
Bd7-e8 41.Be5-b8 Be8-f7 42.Bb8-a7
Kc6-d6 43.Ba7-c5+ Kd6-e6 44.Kd4-c3
Bf7-e8 45.Bc5-b6 Ke6-d7 46.Kc3-d3
Kd7-c6 47.Kd3-d4 Kc6-d6 48.Bb6-d8
Be8-b5 49.Bd8-f6 Bb5-e8 50.Bf6-g7
Kd6-e6 51.Kd4-c5 Be8-b5 52.Bg7-h8
Bb5-d7 53.Bh8-e5 Bd7-b5 54.Kc5-d4
Bb5-e8 55.Be5-c7 Be8-d7 56.Bc7-b8
Bd7-e8 57.Kd4-c3 Be8-b5 58.Bb8-e5
Bb5-e2 59.Be5-b8 Be2-b5
60.Bb8-e5 0.48/27 ] 33...Bd7xe6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33...Bd7xe6
34.Nd2xb3 Kb7-c6 35.Nb3-c5 Bf8xc5
36.d4xc5 Kc6xc5 37.Bc3xf6 Kc5-d6
38.Bf6-e5+ Kd6-c6 39.Kd3-d4 Be6-d7
40.b2-b3 Bd7-e8 41.Be5-b8 Be8-f7
42.b3-b4 Bf7-e8 43.Bb8-e5 Be8-d7
44.Kd4-d3 Bd7-e8 45.Kd3-c3 Be8-d7
46.Be5-g7 Kc6-c7 47.Kc3-d4 Kc7-d6
48.Kd4-e3 Bd7-b5 49.Ke3-d4 Kd6-e6

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50.Kd4-e3 Bb5-c4 51.Ke3-d4 Bc4-e2


52.Bg7-e5 Be2-c4 53.Be5-b8 Bc4-b5
54.Bb8-c7 Bb5-d7 55.Bc7-b6 Bd7-b5
56.Bb6-c5 Bb5-d7 57.Bc5-f8 Bd7-b5
58.Bf8-c5 Bb5-d7 0.56/25 ] 34.Nd2xb3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34.Nd2xb3
Kb7-c6 35.Nb3-c5 Bf8xc5 36.d4xc5
Kc6xc5 37.Bc3xf6 Kc5-d6 38.Bf6-e5+
Kd6-c6 39.Kd3-d4 Be6-d7 40.b2-b3
Bd7-e8 41.Be5-b8 Be8-f7 42.Bb8-a7
Kc6-d6 43.Ba7-c5+ Kd6-e6 44.Kd4-c3
Bf7-e8 45.Bc5-b6 Ke6-d6 46.Kc3-d4
Be8-d7 47.Bb6-a7 Kd6-e6 48.Ba7-b8
Bd7-e8 49.Kd4-c3 Be8-b5 50.Bb8-e5
Bb5-e2 51.Be5-b8 Be2-b5
52.Bb8-e5 0.46/26 ] 34...Kb7-c6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34...Kb7-c6
35.Nb3-c5 Bf8xc5 36.d4xc5 Kc6xc5
37.Bc3xf6 Kc5-d6 38.Bf6-e5+ Kd6-c6
39.Kd3-d4 Be6-d7 40.b2-b3 Bd7-e8
41.Be5-b8 Be8-f7 42.Bb8-a7 Kc6-d6
43.Ba7-c5+ Kd6-e6 44.Bc5-b6 Bf7-e8
45.Bb6-c7 Be8-d7 46.Bc7-b8 Bd7-e8
47.Bb8-e5 Be8-b5 48.Be5-c7 Bb5-e2
49.Kd4-c5 Be2-d1 50.b3-b4 Bd1-e2
51.Kc5-d4 Ke6-d7 52.Bc7-b6 Kd7-e6
53.Bb6-c5 Be2-b5 54.Bc5-b6 Bb5-c4
55.Bb6-c5 Bc4-e2 0.53/25 ] 35.Kd3-c2
[ 35.Nb3-a1 Kc6-b5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 35.Nb3-c5 Bf8xc5 36.d4xc5
Kc6xc5 37.Bc3xf6 Kc5-d6 38.Kd3-d4
Be6-d7 39.Bf6-e5+ Kd6-e6 40.b2-b3
Bd7-b5 41.Be5-c7 Bb5-e2 42.Bc7-b8
Be2-d1 43.b3-b4 Bd1-e2 44.Bb8-e5
Be2-b5 45.Kd4-e3 Bb5-d7 46.Ke3-d3
Ke6-f7 47.Kd3-d4 Kf7-e6 48.Be5-h8
Bd7-b5 49.Kd4-e3 Ke6-d7 50.Bh8-d4
Kd7-e6 51.Bd4-e5 Bb5-d7 0.46/22 ]
35...Kc6-b5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
35...Kc6-b5 36.Nb3-c1 Bf8-b4
37.Nc1-d3 Bb4xa5 38.Bc3xa5 Kb5xa5
39.Nd3-c5 Be6-c8 40.Kc2-b3 Ka5-b5
41.Kb3-c3 Kb5-a5 42.b2-b3 Ka5-b5
43.Kc3-d3 a6-a5 44.Kd3-c2 Kb5-c6
45.Kc2-c3 Kc6-b5 46.Kc3-b2 Kb5-c6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


47.Kb2-a3 Kc6-b5 48.Ka3-a2 Kb5-c6
49.Ka2-b2 Bc8-d7 50.Kb2-c3 Bd7-e8
51.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5 52.Kd2-c2 Kb5-c6
53.Kc2-b2 Be8-d7 54.Kb2-c3 0.31/25 ]
36.Nb3-d2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36.Nb3-c1 Bf8-b4 37.Nc1-d3 Bb4xa5
38.Bc3xa5 Kb5xa5 39.Nd3-c5 Be6-c8
40.Kc2-b3 Ka5-b5 41.Kb3-c3 Kb5-a5
42.b2-b3 Ka5-b5 43.Kc3-d3 a6-a5
44.Kd3-d2 Kb5-b4 45.Kd2-c2 Kb4-b5
46.Kc2-d3 Kb5-b4 47.Kd3-d2 Kb4-b5
48.Kd2-c2 Kb5-b4 49.Kc2-b2 Kb4-b5
50.Kb2-c2 Kb5-b4 0.26/22 ]
36...Kb5-a4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36...Kb5-a4 37.Kc2-d3 Bf8-b4
38.Bc3xb4 Ka4xb4 39.Nd2-b1 Kb4xa5
40.Nb1-c3 Ka5-b4 41.Kd3-c2 Kb4-c4
42.Nc3-e2 Be6-d7 43.b2-b3+ Kc4-b4
44.Ne2-c1 a6-a5 45.Nc1-d3+ Kb4-b5
46.Nd3-c5 Bd7-e8 47.Kc2-c3 Kb5-c6
48.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5 49.Kd2-c2 Kb5-c6
50.Kc2-b2 Be8-d7 51.Kb2-a2 Bd7-e8
52.Ka2-b1 Be8-g6 53.Kb1-b2 Bg6-e8
54.Kb2-c2 Kc6-b5 55.Kc2-c3 0.31/27 ]
37.Nd2-f1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.b2-b3+ Ka4-b5 38.Nd2-f3 Bf8-b4
39.Bc3xb4 Kb5xb4 40.Nf3-e1 Kb4xa5
41.Ne1-d3 Be6-f7 42.Nd3-c5 Bf7-e8
43.Nc5-e6 Ka5-b6 44.Kc2-d2 a6-a5
45.Ne6-g7 Be8-g6 46.Kd2-c3 Kb6-b5
47.Ng7-e6 Bg6-f7 48.Ne6-c5 Bf7-e8
49.Kc3-c2 Kb5-c6 50.Kc2-b2 Be8-d7
51.Nc5-a4 Bd7-e8 52.Kb2-c2 Kc6-b5
53.Kc2-c3 Kb5-c6 54.Na4-c5 Kc6-b5
55.Kc3-c2 0.26/25 ] 37...Bf8-d6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 37...Bf8-b4
38.Bc3xb4 Ka4xb4 39.Nf1-e3 Kb4xa5
40.Ne3-d1 Ka5-b4 41.Nd1-c3 Kb4-c4
42.Nc3-e2 Be6-d7 43.b2-b3+ Kc4-b4
44.Ne2-c1 a6-a5 45.Nc1-d3+ Kb4-b5
46.Nd3-c5 Bd7-e8 47.Kc2-c3 Kb5-c6
48.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5 49.Kd2-c2 Kb5-c6
50.Kc2-b2 Be8-d7 51.Kb2-a3 Bd7-e8
52.Ka3-a2 Kc6-b6 53.Ka2-b1 Kb6-c6
54.Kb1-c1 Kc6-b5 55.Kc1-c2 Kb5-c6

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0.31/26 ] 38.Nf1-e3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro


x64: 38.Kc2-d3 Bd6-b4 39.Nf1-e3
Ka4xa5 40.Ne3-c2 Bb4xc3 41.Kd3xc3
Ka5-b5 42.Nc2-a3+ Kb5-b6
43.Na3-b1 a6-a5 44.Nb1-d2 Be6-c8
45.Nd2-b3 a5-a4 46.Nb3-d2 Kb6-b5
47.Nd2-b1 Bc8-d7 48.Nb1-a3+
Kb5-a5 49.Na3-c2 Ka5-b5 50.Nc2-b4
Bd7-e6 51.Nb4-d3 Be6-d7 52.Nd3-b4
Bd7-e6 0.26/24 ] 38...Bd6-c7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 38...Bd6-b4
39.Bc3xb4 Ka4xb4 40.b2-b3 Kb4xa5
41.Kc2-c3 Ka5-b5 42.Ne3-d1 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-+-+0{
9+-+-+-+-0 56
9p+-+lzp-+0
9+k+p+p+p0
9-+-zP-zP-zP0
9+PmK-+-zP-0
9-+-+-+-+0
9+-+N+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
a6-a5 43.Nd1-b2 Kb5-c6 44.Nb2-a4
Be6-d7 45.Na4-c5 Bd7-e8 46.Kc3-d2
Kc6-b5 47.Kd2-c2 Kb5-c6 48.Kc2-b2
Be8-d7 49.Kb2-c1 Bd7-e8 50.Kc1-c2
Kc6-b5 51.Kc2-c3 Kb5-c6 52.Kc3-d2
0.31/24 ] 39.Ne3-d1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 39.b2-b3+ Ka4-b5 40.b3-b4
Bc7-d6 41.Kc2-b3 Bd6-b8 42.Bc3-d2
Kb5-c6 43.Ne3-d1 Be6-d7 44.Nd1-b2
Kc6-d6 45.Nb2-a4 Bb8-a7 46.Na4-c5
Bd7-c8 47.Kb3-c3 Ba7-b8 48.Nc5-d3
Bc8-d7 49.Bd2-e1 Bd7-b5 50.Nd3-c5
Kd6-c6 51.Nc5-e6 Kc6-d6 0.53/23 ]
39...Bc7xa5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39...Bc7xa5 40.b2-b3+ Ka4-b5
41.Bc3xa5 Kb5xa5 42.Nd1-f2 Be6-d7
43.Nf2-d3 Ka5-b5 44.Nd3-c5 Bd7-e8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


45.Kc2-b2 a6-a5 46.Kb2-a3 Kb5-c6
47.Ka3-a2 Kc6-b6 48.Ka2-b1 Kb6-c6
49.Kb1-c1 Kc6-b5 50.Kc1-c2 Kb5-c6
51.Nc5-d3 Be8-g6 52.Kc2-c3 Kc6-b5
53.Nd3-c5 Bg6-e8 54.Nc5-e6 Be8-f7
55.Ne6-g7 Bf7-g6 56.Kc3-d3 Kb5-b4
57.Kd3-c2 Kb4-b5 58.Ng7-e6 a5-a4
59.b3xa4+ Kb5xa4 60.Ne6-f8 Bg6-f7
61.Nf8-d7 Ka4-b5 62.Kc2-d2 Kb5-c4
63.Kd2-e3 0.31/26 ] 40.Bc3xa5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 40.b2-b3+
Ka4-b5 41.Bc3xa5 Kb5xa5 42.Nd1-f2
Be6-d7 43.Nf2-d3 Ka5-b5 44.Nd3-c5
Bd7-e8 45.Kc2-b2 a6-a5 46.Kb2-a3
Kb5-c6 47.Ka3-a2 Kc6-b6 48.Ka2-b1
Kb6-c6 49.Kb1-c1 Kc6-b5 50.Kc1-c2
Kb5-b6 51.Kc2-d3 Kb6-b5 52.Kd3-d2
Kb5-b4 53.Kd2-c2 Kb4-b5 54.Kc2-c3
Kb5-c6 55.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5 56.Kd2-c2
Kb5-b6 0.26/25 ] 40...Ka4xa5
Black has a new backward pawn: a6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 40...Ka4xa5
41.Kc2-c3 Ka5-b5 42.b2-b3 a6-a5
43.Nd1-b2 Kb5-c6 44.Nb2-a4 Be6-d7
45.Na4-c5 Bd7-e8 46.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5
47.Kd2-c2 Kb5-c6 48.Kc2-b2 Be8-d7
49.Nc5-a4 Bd7-e8 50.Kb2-c2 Kc6-b5
51.Kc2-c3 Kb5-c6 52.Na4-c5 Kc6-c7
53.Kc3-d2 Kc7-c6 54.Nc5-e6 Be8-g6
55.Kd2-e2 0.30/24 ] 41.Kc2-b3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 41.Kc2-c3
Ka5-b5 42.b2-b3 a6-a5 43.Nd1-b2
Kb5-c6 44.Nb2-a4 Be6-d7 45.Na4-c5
Bd7-e8 46.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5 47.Kd2-c2
Kb5-c6 48.Kc2-b2 Be8-d7 49.Nc5-a4
Bd7-e8 50.Kb2-c2 Kc6-b5 51.Kc2-c3
Kb5-c6 52.Na4-c5 Kc6-c7 53.Kc3-d2
Kc7-c6 54.Nc5-e6 Be8-g6 55.Kd2-e2
0.26/25 ] 41...Ka5-b6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 41...Ka5-b6 Diagram
42.Kb3-b4 Be6-d7 43.Nd1-e3 a6-a5+
44.Kb4-a3 Bd7-e6 45.Ne3-d1 Kb6-b5
46.b2-b3 Be6-d7 47.Nd1-c3+ Kb5-c6
48.Nc3-a4 Kc6-b5 49.Na4-c5 Bd7-e8
50.Ka3-b2 Kb5-c6 51.Kb2-c2 Kc6-b5

54

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-+-+0
9+-+-+-+-0 57
9pmk-+lzp-+0
9+-+p+p+p0
9-+-zP-zP-zP0
9+K+-+-zP-0
9-zP-+-+-+0
9+-+N+-+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
52.Kc2-c3 Kb5-c6 53.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5
54.Kd2-c2 Kb5-c6 55.Kc2-b2 Be8-g6
56.Nc5-d3 Kc6-b5 57.Kb2-a3 Bg6-f7
58.Nd3-c5 Bf7-e8 59.Ka3-b2 0.30/28 ]
42.Nd1-c3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
42.Kb3-b4 Be6-d7 43.Nd1-e3 a6-a5+
44.Kb4-a3 Bd7-e6 45.Ne3-d1 Kb6-b5
46.b2-b3 Be6-d7 47.Nd1-c3+ Kb5-c6
48.Nc3-a4 Kc6-b5 49.Na4-c5 Bd7-e8
50.Ka3-b2 Kb5-c6 51.Kb2-c2 Kc6-b5
52.Kc2-c3 Kb5-c6 53.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5
54.Kd2-c2 Kb5-c6 55.Kc2-b2 Be8-g6
56.Nc5-d3 Kc6-b5 57.Kb2-a3 Bg6-f7
58.Nd3-c5 Bf7-e8 59.Ka3-b2 0.26/26 ]
42...a6-a5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
42...a6-a5 43.Kb3-c2 Kb6-c7
44.Nc3-a4 Kc7-c6 45.Na4-c5 Be6-f7
46.Kc2-b3 Bf7-e8 47.Nc5-d3 Kc6-b6
48.Kb3-c3 Kb6-b5 49.b2-b3 Be8-g6
50.Nd3-c5 Bg6-e8 51.Kc3-c2 Kb5-c6
52.Kc2-b2 Be8-g6 53.Kb2-c3 Bg6-e8
54.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5 55.Kd2-d3 Kb5-b4
56.Kd3-c2 Kb4-b5 57.Kc2-c3 Kb5-c6
58.Kc3-d2 0.30/29 ] 43.Kb3-a4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 43.Kb3-c2
Kb6-c7 44.Nc3-a4 Kc7-c6 45.Na4-c5
Be6-f7 46.Kc2-b3 Bf7-e8 47.Nc5-d3
Kc6-b6 48.Kb3-c3 Kb6-b5 49.b2-b3
Be8-g6 50.Nd3-c5 Bg6-e8 51.Kc3-c2
Kb5-c6 52.Kc2-b2 Kc6-c7 53.Kb2-c3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Kc7-c6 54.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5 55.Kd2-e3
Kb5-b4 56.Ke3-d3 Kb4-b5 57.Kd3-e2
Kb5-b4 58.Ke2-e3 Be8-c6 59.Ke3-d2
Bc6-e8 60.Kd2-e3 Be8-c6 0.26/26 ]
43...Be6-d7+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
43...Be6-f7 44.Ka4-a3 Kb6-c6
45.Nc3-a4 Bf7-g6 46.Na4-c5 Bg6-e8
47.b2-b3 Kc6-b5 48.Ka3-b2 Kb5-c6
49.Kb2-c2 Kc6-b5 50.Kc2-c3 Kb5-c6
51.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5 52.Kd2-c2 Kb5-c6
53.Kc2-b2 Kc6-b5 54.Kb2-a3 Kb5-c6
55.Ka3-b2 Kc6-b5 0.30/28 ] 44.Ka4-a3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 44.Ka4-a3
Kb6-c6 45.Nc3-a4 Bd7-e8 46.Ka3-b3
Be8-g6 47.Kb3-c3 Bg6-f7 48.Na4-c5
Bf7-e8 49.Kc3-c2 Be8-f7 50.Kc2-b3
Bf7-e8 51.Nc5-d3 Kc6-b6 52.Kb3-c3
Kb6-b5 53.b2-b3 Be8-g6 54.Nd3-c5
Bg6-e8 55.Kc3-c2 Kb5-c6 56.Kc2-b2
Kc6-b5 57.Kb2-c3 Kb5-c6 58.Kc3-d2
Kc6-b5 59.Kd2-c2 Kb5-c6 0.26/28 ]
44...Bd7-c6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
44...Kb6-c6 45.Nc3-a4 Bd7-e8
46.Ka3-b3 Be8-g6 47.Kb3-c3 Bg6-f7
48.Na4-c5 Bf7-e8 49.Kc3-c2 Be8-f7
50.Kc2-b3 Bf7-e8 51.Nc5-d3 Kc6-b6
52.Kb3-c3 Kb6-b5 53.b2-b3 Be8-g6
54.Nd3-c5 Bg6-e8 55.Kc3-c2 Kb5-c6
56.Kc2-b2 Kc6-b5 57.Kb2-c3 Kb5-c6
58.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5 59.Kd2-c2 Kb5-c6
0.30/26 ] 45.Nc3-a4+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 45.b2-b4 Kb6-a6 46.b4-b5+
Bc6xb5 47.Nc3xd5 Bb5-e2 48.Nd5xf6
Ka6-b5 49.Nf6-d5 Kb5-c4 50.Nd5-e3+
Kc4xd4 51.Ne3xf5+ Kd4-e4
52.Nf5-d6+ Ke4-d5 53.Nd6-e8 Be2-d1
54.Ne8-f6+ Kd5-d4 55.Ka3-b2 Bd1-f3
56.Nf6-e8 Bf3-g4 57.Ne8-d6 Kd4-d5
58.Nd6-f7 Kd5-d4 59.Nf7-h6 Bg4-d7
60.Nh6-g8 Bd7-c8 61.Ng8-f6 0.30/24 ]
45...Kb6-b5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
45...Kb6-b5 46.b2-b3 Bc6-d7
47.Na4-c5 Bd7-e8 48.Ka3-b2 Kb5-c6
49.Kb2-c2 Kc6-b5 50.Kc2-c3 Kb5-c6
51.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5 52.Kd2-c2 Kb5-c6

55

53.Kc2-b2 Be8-g6 54.Nc5-d3 Kc6-b5


55.Kb2-a3 Bg6-f7 56.Nd3-b2 Bf7-g6
57.Nb2-a4 Kb5-c6 58.Ka3-b2 Bg6-e8
59.Kb2-c2 Kc6-b5 60.Kc2-b2 Be8-g6
61.Na4-c3+ Kb5-c6 62.Kb2-c2 Bg6-e8
63.Kc2-b2 Kc6-d6 64.Kb2-a3 Kd6-e6
65.Nc3-a4 Ke6-f7 66.Na4-c5 Kf7-g6
67.Ka3-b2 Be8-f7 0.30/28 ] 46.Ka3-b3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 46.b2-b3
Bc6-d7 47.Na4-c5 Bd7-e8 48.Ka3-b2
Kb5-c6 49.Kb2-c2 Kc6-b5 50.Kc2-c3
Kb5-c6 51.Kc3-d2 Kc6-b5 52.Kd2-c2
Kb5-c6 53.Kc2-b2 Be8-g6 54.Nc5-d3
Kc6-b5 55.Kb2-c3 a5-a4 56.b3xa4+
Kb5xa4 57.Nd3-b4 Bg6-f7 58.Nb4-a6
Bf7-g6 59.Kc3-d2 Bg6-e8 0.26/26 ]
46...Bc6-b7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
46...Bc6-b7 47.Na4-c3+ Kb5-b6
48.Kb3-a2 Bb7-c6 49.Nc3-d1 Bc6-d7
50.Ka2-a3 Kb6-a6 51.Nd1-c3 Bd7-c6
52.Ka3-b3 Bc6-b7 53.Nc3-d1 Ka6-b5
54.Nd1-e3 Bb7-c8 55.Kb3-c3 Kb5-c6
56.Ne3-f1 Kc6-b5 57.Nf1-d2 a5-a4
58.Nd2-b1 Bc8-a6 59.Nb1-a3+
Kb5-a5 60.Na3-c2 Ba6-f1 61.Nc2-b4
Bf1-c4 62.Nb4-c6+ Ka5-b5
63.Nc6-e7 0.30/28 ] 47.Na4-c3+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 47.Na4-c3+
Kb5-b6 48.Kb3-a2 Bb7-c6 49.Nc3-d1
Bc6-d7 50.Ka2-a3 Kb6-a6 51.Nd1-c3
Bd7-c6 52.Ka3-b3 Bc6-b7 53.Nc3-d1
Ka6-b5 54.Nd1-f2 Bb7-a6 55.Nf2-d3
Kb5-c6 56.Nd3-c5 Ba6-b5 57.Kb3-a2
Kc6-b6 58.b2-b3 Kb6-c7 59.Ka2-a3
Kc7-c6 60.Ka3-b2 Bb5-e2 61.Kb2-a2
Be2-f1 62.Nc5-e6 Bf1-e2 63.Ne6-g7
Be2-g4 64.Ng7-e8 a5-a4 65.Ne8xf6
0.26/25 ] 47...Kb5-b6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 47...Kb5-b6 48.Kb3-a2
Bb7-c6 49.Nc3-d1 Bc6-d7 50.Ka2-a3
Kb6-a6 51.Nd1-c3 Bd7-c6 52.Ka3-b3
Bc6-b7 53.Nc3-d1 Ka6-b5 54.Nd1-f2
Bb7-a6 55.Nf2-d3 Kb5-c6 56.Nd3-c5
Ba6-b5 57.Kb3-a3 Kc6-b6 58.Nc5-e6
Bb5-e8 59.Ka3-b3 Kb6-c6 60.Ne6-c5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Kc6-b5 61.Kb3-c3 Kb5-c6 62.b2-b3
Kc6-b5 63.Kc3-b2 Be8-c6 64.Kb2-c3
Bc6-e8 65.Kc3-b2 0.30/27 ] 48.Kb3-a3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 48.Nc3-d1
Bb7-c8 49.Nd1-e3 Bc8-e6 50.Kb3-c2
Kb6-b5 51.Kc2-c3 Kb5-b6 52.Ne3-d1
Be6-d7 53.Nd1-f2 Bd7-b5 54.b2-b3
Kb6-c6 55.Nf2-d1 Kc6-d7 56.Kc3-b2
Bb5-c6 57.Nd1-c3 Kd7-c7 58.Nc3-a4
Bc6xa4 59.b3xa4 Kc7-c6 60.Kb2-c3
Kc6-d6 61.Kc3-d3 Kd6-e6 62.Kd3-e3
Ke6-d6 63.Ke3-d2 Kd6-c6 64.Kd2-c3
Kc6-d6 0.19/25 ] 48...Bb7-c6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 48...Bb7-c6
0.01/38 ] 49.b2-b4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 49.b2-b4 Kb6-a6 50.b4-b5+
Bc6xb5 51.Nc3xd5 Bb5-e2 52.Nd5xf6
Ka6-b5 53.Nf6-d5 Kb5-c4 54.Nd5-e3+
Kc4xd4 55.Ne3xf5+ Kd4-e4
56.Nf5-d6+ Ke4-d5 57.Nd6-e8 Be2-d1
58.Ne8-f6+ Kd5-d4 59.Ka3-b2 Bd1-f3
60.Nf6-e8 Bf3-c6 61.Ne8-d6 Bc6-d7
62.Kb2-a3 Kd4-d5 63.Nd6-f7 Kd5-d4
64.Nf7-e5 Bd7-e8 65.Ka3-b2 Be8-a4
66.Ne5-f7 Ba4-d7 67.Nf7-g5 Kd4-d5
68.Kb2-b3 Bd7-c6 69.Kb3-c3 Bc6-e8
70.Kc3-b2 Be8-c6 71.Kb2-b3 Bc6-b5
72.Kb3-b2 Bb5-e8 73.Kb2-c3 a5-a4
74.Kc3-b4 Be8-d7 0.30/24 ]
49...Kb6-a6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
49...Kb6-a6 50.b4-b5+ Bc6xb5
51.Nc3xd5 Bb5-e2 52.Nd5xf6 Ka6-b5
53.Nf6-d5 Kb5-c4 54.Nd5-e3+ Kc4xd4
55.Ne3xf5+ Kd4-e4 56.Nf5-d6+
Ke4-d5 57.Nd6-e8 Be2-d1 58.Ne8-f6+
Kd5-d4 59.Ka3-b2 Bd1-f3 60.Nf6-e8
Bf3-c6 61.Ne8-d6 Bc6-d7 62.Kb2-a3
Kd4-d5 63.Nd6-f7 Kd5-d4 64.Nf7-e5
Bd7-b5 65.Ka3-b3 Bb5-e8 66.Kb3-b2
Be8-a4 67.Ne5-f7 Ba4-d7 68.Nf7-g5
Kd4-d5 69.Kb2-b3 Bd7-c6 70.Kb3-c3
Bc6-e8 71.Kc3-b2 Be8-c6 72.Kb2-b3
Bc6-b5 73.Kb3-b2 Bb5-e8 74.Kb2-c3
a5-a4 75.Kc3-b4 Be8-d7 76.Ng5-h7
0.34/22 ] 50.Ka3-b3 [ 50.b4-b5+

56

Bc6xb5 51.Nc3xd5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro


x64: 50.b4-b5+ Bc6xb5 51.Nc3xd5
Bb5-e2 52.Nd5xf6 Ka6-b5 53.Nf6-d5
Kb5-c4 54.Nd5-e3+ Kc4xd4
55.Ne3xf5+ Kd4-e4 56.Nf5-d6+
Ke4-d5 57.Nd6-f7 Be2-d1 58.Ka3-b2
Bd1-g4 59.Kb2-b3 Kd5-e4 60.Nf7-d6+
Ke4-d5 61.Nd6-e8 Bg4-d1+
62.Kb3-c3 Bd1-f3 63.Ne8-c7+ Kd5-e4
64.Nc7-e6 Bf3-g4 65.Ne6-g5+ Ke4-e3
66.Kc3-c2 Bg4-d7 0.33/20 ]
50...Ka6-b6? [ 50...a5xb4 51.Kb3xb4
Ka6-b6 52.Kb4-b3 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 50...a5xb4 51.Kb3xb4 Ka6-b6
52.Nc3-d1 Bc6-d7 53.Kb4-b3 Bd7-c8
54.Nd1-e3 Kb6-b5 55.Ne3-c2 Bc8-e6
56.Nc2-b4 Be6-f7 57.Nb4-d3 Bf7-e8
58.Nd3-c1 Kb5-c6 59.Kb3-c3 Be8-f7
60.Nc1-a2 Bf7-e6 61.Kc3-b4 Kc6-b6
62.Na2-c3 Be6-f7 63.Nc3-a4+ Kb6-c6
64.Kb4-c3 Bf7-e8 65.Na4-c5 Kc6-b5
66.Nc5-d3 Kb5-c6 67.Kc3-b3 Be8-g6
68.Kb3-b4 Bg6-f7 69.Kb4-a5 Bf7-e8
70.Nd3-b4+ Kc6-d6 71.Ka5-b6
Be8-d7 72.Nb4-a2 Bd7-e8 73.Na2-c3
Be8-d7 74.Nc3-b5+ Bd7xb5
75.Kb6xb5 Kd6-e7 76.Kb5-c6 Ke7-e6
77.Kc6-c5 0.23/24 ] 51.Nc3-a4+
[ 51.b4-b5!? Bc6xb5 52.Nc3xd5+
Kb6-c6 53.Nd5xf6 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 51.b4xa5+ Kb6xa5 52.Nc3-a2
Ka5-b6 53.Kb3-c3 Bc6-e8 54.Na2-b4
Be8-f7 55.Kc3-b3 Kb6-b5 56.Nb4-c2
Kb5-c6 57.Nc2-e3 Bf7-e6 58.Kb3-c3
Kc6-b5 59.Kc3-d2 Kb5-c6 60.Kd2-c2
Kc6-d6 61.Kc2-c3 Be6-c8 62.Kc3-b4
Bc8-d7 63.Kb4-a5 Kd6-c6 64.Ne3-g2
Bd7-e8 65.Ka5-b4 Be8-d7 66.Ng2-e1
Bd7-e8 67.Kb4-c3 Kc6-d6 68.Kc3-b4
Be8-d7 69.Kb4-a5 Bd7-e8 70.Ne1-d3
Kd6-e7 71.Nd3-c5 Be8-g6
72.Ka5-b5 0.19/20 ] 51...Kb6-b5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 51...Kb6-b5
52.b4xa5 Kb5xa5 53.Na4-c5 Bc6-e8
54.Nc5-e6 Be8-f7 55.Ne6-g7 Bf7-g6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


56.Kb3-c2 Ka5-b6 57.Kc2-c3 Kb6-c7
58.Ng7-e6+ Kc7-d6 59.Ne6-c5 Kd6-c7
60.Nc5-d3 Bg6-e8 61.Kc3-b4 Kc7-b6
62.Nd3-c5 Be8-b5 63.Nc5-e6 Bb5-e8
64.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6 65.Ne6-c5 Kc6-b5
66.Nc5-d3 Kb5-c6 67.Kc3-b3 Be8-g6
68.Kb3-b4 Bg6-f7 69.Kb4-b3 Kc6-d6
70.Nd3-c5 Kd6-c6 71.Kb3-b4 Bf7-g6
72.Kb4-c3 Kc6-d6 73.Nc5-d3 Bg6-f7
74.Kc3-b3 Bf7-e6 75.Nd3-c5 Be6-f7
76.Kb3-b4 Kd6-c6 77.Kb4-a5 Bf7-g6
78.Nc5-d3 Bg6-h7 79.Nd3-e1 Bh7-g6
80.Ne1-g2 Bg6-e8 81.Ka5-b4 Kc6-d6
82.Kb4-c3 Kd6-e6 83.Ng2-e3 Be8-b5
84.Kc3-b4 Bb5-d3 85.Kb4-c5 Bd3-e4
86.Kc5-c6 Be4-f3 87.Kc6-b5 0.23/29 ]
52.b4xa5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
52.b4xa5 Kb5xa5 53.Na4-c5 Bc6-e8
54.Nc5-e6 Be8-f7 55.Ne6-g7 Bf7-g6
56.Kb3-c2 Ka5-b6 57.Kc2-c3 Kb6-c7
58.Ng7-e6+ Kc7-d6 59.Ne6-c5 Kd6-c7
60.Nc5-d3 Bg6-e8 61.Kc3-b4 Kc7-b6
62.Nd3-c5 Be8-b5 63.Nc5-e6 Bb5-e8
64.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6 65.Ne6-c5 Kc6-b5
66.Kc3-d2 Kb5-c4 67.Kd2-e3 Kc4-b5
68.Ke3-d3 Kb5-b4 69.Nc5-e6 Be8-f7
70.Ne6-f8 Kb4-b5 71.Nf8-d7 Kb5-c6
72.Nd7-c5 Kc6-d6 73.Kd3-c3 Bf7-e8
74.Kc3-b4 Kd6-e7 75.Kb4-a5 Be8-g6
76.Ka5-b5 Ke7-d6 77.Kb5-a6 Bg6-e8
78.Ka6-b6 Kd6-e7 79.Nc5-d3 Be8-a4
80.Kb6-c7 Ba4-e8 81.Nd3-b4 Ke7-e6
82.Kc7-b6 Ke6-d6 83.Nb4-a2 Be8-a4
84.Na2-c3 Ba4-e8 85.Nc3-d1 Be8-d7
86.Nd1-e3 Bd7-e6 87.Ne3-d1 Be6-c8
88.Nd1-c3 Bc8-d7 89.Nc3-a2 Bd7-e8
90.Na2-c3 Be8-d7 91.Nc3-a2 0.19/27 ]
52...Kb5xa5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
52...Kb5xa5 53.Na4-c5 Bc6-e8
54.Nc5-e6 Be8-f7 55.Ne6-g7 Bf7-g6
56.Kb3-c2 Ka5-b6 57.Kc2-c3 Kb6-c7
58.Ng7-e6+ Kc7-d6 59.Ne6-c5 Kd6-c7
60.Nc5-d3 Bg6-e8 61.Kc3-b4 Kc7-b6
62.Nd3-c5 Be8-b5 63.Nc5-e6 Bb5-e8
64.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6 65.Ne6-c5 Kc6-b5

57

66.Kc3-d2 Kb5-c4 67.Kd2-e3 Kc4-b5


68.Ke3-d3 Kb5-b4 69.Nc5-e6 Be8-f7
70.Ne6-f8 Kb4-b5 71.Nf8-d7 Kb5-c6
72.Nd7-c5 Kc6-d6 73.Kd3-c3 Bf7-e8
74.Kc3-b4 Kd6-e7 75.Kb4-a5 Be8-g6
76.Ka5-b5 Ke7-d6 77.Kb5-a6 Bg6-e8
78.Ka6-b6 Kd6-e7 79.Nc5-d3 Be8-a4
80.Kb6-c7 Ba4-e8 81.Nd3-b4 Ke7-e6
82.Kc7-b6 Ke6-d6 83.Nb4-a2 Be8-a4
84.Na2-c3 Ba4-e8 85.Nc3-d1 Be8-d7
86.Nd1-e3 Bd7-e6 87.Ne3-d1 Be6-c8
88.Nd1-c3 Bc8-d7 89.Nc3-a2 Bd7-e8
90.Na2-c3 Be8-d7 91.Nc3-a2 0.23/27 ]
53.Na4-c5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
53.Na4-c5 Bc6-e8 54.Nc5-e6 Be8-f7
55.Ne6-g7 Bf7-g6 56.Kb3-c2 Ka5-b6
57.Kc2-c3 Kb6-c7 58.Ng7-e6+ Kc7-d6
59.Ne6-c5 Kd6-c7 60.Nc5-d3 Bg6-e8
61.Kc3-b4 Kc7-b6 62.Nd3-c5 Be8-b5
63.Nc5-e6 Bb5-e8 64.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6
65.Ne6-c5 Kc6-b5 66.Nc5-d3 Kb5-c6
67.Kc3-d2 Kc6-d7 68.Kd2-e3 Kd7-d6
69.Nd3-c5 Be8-b5 70.Ke3-d2 Kd6-c7
71.Kd2-e3 Kc7-d6 72.Ke3-d2 0.19/25 ]
53...Bc6-e8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
53...Bc6-e8 54.Nc5-e6 Be8-f7
55.Ne6-g7 Bf7-g6 56.Kb3-c2 Ka5-b6
57.Kc2-c3 Kb6-c7 58.Ng7-e6+ Kc7-d6
59.Ne6-c5 Kd6-c7 60.Nc5-d3 Bg6-e8
61.Kc3-b4 Kc7-b6 62.Nd3-c5 Be8-b5
63.Nc5-e6 Bb5-e8 64.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6
65.Ne6-c5 Kc6-b5 66.Kc3-d3 Kb5-b4
67.Nc5-e6 Be8-f7 68.Ne6-f8 Kb4-b5
69.Nf8-d7 Kb5-c6 70.Nd7-c5 Kc6-d6
71.Kd3-c3 Bf7-e8 72.Kc3-b4 Kd6-e7
73.Kb4-a5 Be8-g6 74.Ka5-b5 Ke7-d6
75.Kb5-a6 Bg6-e8 76.Ka6-b6 Kd6-e7
77.Nc5-d3 Be8-a4 78.Kb6-c7 Ba4-e8
79.Nd3-b4 Ke7-e6 80.Kc7-b6 Ke6-d6
81.Nb4-a2 Be8-a4 82.Na2-c3 Ba4-e8
83.Nc3-d1 Be8-d7 84.Nd1-e3 Bd7-e6
85.Ne3-d1 Be6-c8 86.Nd1-c3 Bc8-d7
87.Nc3-a2 Bd7-e8 88.Na2-c3 Be8-d7
89.Nc3-a2 0.23/27 ] 54.Nc5-e6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 54.Nc5-e6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Be8-f7 55.Ne6-g7 Bf7-g6 56.Kb3-c2
Ka5-b6 57.Kc2-c3 Kb6-c7 58.Ng7-e6+
Kc7-d6 59.Ne6-c5 Kd6-c7 60.Nc5-d3
Bg6-e8 61.Kc3-b4 Kc7-b6 62.Nd3-c5
Be8-b5 63.Nc5-e6 Bb5-e8 64.Kb4-c3
Kb6-c6 65.Ne6-c5 Kc6-b5 66.Nc5-d3
Kb5-c6 67.Nd3-e1 Kc6-d6 68.Kc3-b4
Be8-d7 69.Kb4-a5 Bd7-e8 70.Ka5-b4
Be8-d7 0.19/25 ] 54...Be8-f7
Black threatens to win material: Bf7xe6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 54...Be8-f7
55.Ne6-g7 Bf7-g6 56.Kb3-c2 Ka5-b6
57.Kc2-c3 Kb6-c7 58.Ng7-e6+ Kc7-d6
59.Ne6-c5 Kd6-c7 60.Nc5-d3 Bg6-e8
61.Kc3-b4 Kc7-b6 62.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c7
63.Kc3-b4 0.23/27 ] 55.Ne6-d8
White threatens to win material: Nd8xf7
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 55.Ne6-g7
Bf7-g6 56.Kb3-c2 Ka5-b6 57.Kc2-c3
Kb6-c7 58.Ng7-e6+ Kc7-d6 59.Ne6-c5
Kd6-c7 60.Nc5-d3 Bg6-e8 61.Kc3-b4
Kc7-b6 62.Nd3-c5 Be8-b5 63.Nc5-e6
Bb5-e8 64.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6 65.Ne6-c5
Kc6-b5 66.Nc5-d3 Kb5-c6 67.Kc3-d2
Be8-d7 68.Nd3-c5 Bd7-e8 69.Kd2-c2
Kc6-d6 70.Kc2-d3 Kd6-e7 71.Kd3-d2
Ke7-d6 72.Kd2-c3 Be8-b5 73.Kc3-c2
Bb5-f1 74.Kc2-d2 Bf1-g2 75.Nc5-b7+
Kd6-c6 76.Nb7-c5 Kc6-d6
77.Nc5-b7+ 0.19/25 ] 55...Bf7-e8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 55...Bf7-e8
56.Kb3-c3 Ka5-b5 57.Nd8-e6 Kb5-c6
58.Ne6-c5 Kc6-b5 59.Nc5-d3 Kb5-c6
60.Kc3-b4 Be8-f7 61.Kb4-b3 Kc6-d6
62.Nd3-c5 Kd6-c6 63.Kb3-b4 Bf7-g6
64.Kb4-c3 Kc6-d6 65.Nc5-d3 Bg6-f7
66.Kc3-b3 Bf7-e6 67.Nd3-c5 Be6-f7
68.Kb3-b4 Kd6-c6 69.Kb4-a5 Bf7-g6
70.Nc5-d3 Bg6-e8 71.Nd3-b4+
Kc6-d6 72.Ka5-b6 Be8-d7 73.Nb4-a2
Bd7-e8 74.Na2-c3 Be8-d7 75.Nc3-a2
Bd7-e8 0.23/27 ] 56.Nd8-b7+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 56.Kb3-c3
Ka5-b5 57.Nd8-e6 Kb5-c6 58.Ne6-c5
Kc6-b5 59.Nc5-d3 Kb5-c6 60.Kc3-b4

58

Be8-f7 61.Kb4-b3 Kc6-d6 62.Nd3-c5


Kd6-c6 63.Kb3-b4 Bf7-g6 64.Kb4-c3
Kc6-d6 65.Nc5-d3 Bg6-f7 66.Kc3-b3
Kd6-c6 67.Kb3-b4 Bf7-g6 68.Nd3-c5
Kc6-b6 69.Nc5-a4+ Kb6-c6 70.Na4-c3
Bg6-e8 71.Nc3-d1 Be8-d7 72.Nd1-e3
Kc6-d6 73.Kb4-c3 Kd6-c6 74.Kc3-b4
Kc6-d6 0.19/25 ] 56...Ka5-b6
Black threatens to win material: Kb6xb7
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 56...Ka5-a6
57.Nb7-d6 Be8-d7 58.Kb3-c3 Ka6-a7
59.Nd6-f7 Ka7-b7 60.Kc3-b4 Kb7-c6
61.Kb4-b3 Kc6-c7 62.Kb3-a3 Bd7-e6
63.Nf7-h6 Kc7-d6 64.Ka3-a4 Be6-d7+
65.Ka4-a5 Kd6-e6 66.Ka5-b4 Ke6-d6
67.Kb4-b3 Kd6-e7 68.Kb3-b4 Ke7-d6
69.Kb4-b3 0.10/25 ] 57.Nb7-d6
White threatens to win material:
Nd6xe8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
57.Nb7-d6 Be8-d7 58.Kb3-b4 Kb6-c6
59.Nd6-b5 Kc6-b6 60.Nb5-c3 Bd7-c6
61.Nc3-d1 Bc6-d7 62.Kb4-b3 Bd7-c8
63.Nd1-e3 Kb6-b5 64.Ne3-c2 Bc8-a6
65.Kb3-c3 Ba6-c8 66.Nc2-b4 Bc8-e6
67.Kc3-b3 Be6-f7 68.Nb4-c2 Kb5-c6
69.Nc2-e3 Bf7-e6 70.Kb3-c3 Be6-c8
71.Kc3-b4 Bc8-e6 72.Kb4-a5 Kc6-c7
73.Ka5-b5 Kc7-d6 74.Ne3-c2 Be6-f7
75.Nc2-b4 Bf7-e8+ 76.Kb5-b6 Be8-a4
77.Nb4-a2 Kd6-e6 78.Na2-c3 Ba4-b3
79.Kb6-c5 Bb3-c4 80.Nc3-b5 Bc4xb5
81.Kc5xb5 Ke6-d6 82.Kb5-a6 Kd6-e7
83.Ka6-b5 Ke7-d6 84.Kb5-a6 0.19/27 ]
57...Be8-d7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
57...Be8-d7 58.Kb3-b4 Kb6-c6
59.Nd6-b5 Kc6-b6 60.Nb5-c3 Bd7-c6
61.Nc3-d1 Bc6-d7 62.Kb4-b3 Bd7-c8
63.Nd1-e3 Kb6-b5 64.Ne3-c2 Bc8-a6
65.Kb3-c3 Ba6-c8 66.Nc2-b4 Bc8-e6
67.Kc3-b3 Be6-f7 68.Nb4-c2 Kb5-c6
69.Nc2-e3 Bf7-e6 70.Kb3-c3 Be6-c8
71.Kc3-b4 Bc8-e6 72.Kb4-a5 Kc6-c7
73.Ka5-b5 Kc7-d6 74.Ne3-c2 Be6-f7
75.Nc2-b4 Bf7-e8+ 76.Kb5-b6 Be8-a4
77.Nb4-a2 Kd6-e6 78.Na2-c3 Ba4-b3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


79.Kb6-c5 Bb3-c4 80.Nc3-b5 Bc4xb5
81.Kc5xb5 Ke6-d6 82.Kb5-a6 Kd6-e7
83.Ka6-b5 Ke7-d6 84.Kb5-a6 0.23/26 ]
58.Kb3-b4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
58.Kb3-b4 Kb6-c6 59.Nd6-b5 Kc6-b6
60.Nb5-c3 Bd7-c6 61.Nc3-d1 Bc6-d7
62.Kb4-b3 Bd7-c8 63.Nd1-e3 Kb6-b5
64.Ne3-c2 Bc8-a6 65.Kb3-c3 Ba6-c8
66.Nc2-b4 Bc8-e6 67.Kc3-b3 Be6-f7
68.Nb4-c2 Kb5-c6 69.Nc2-e3 Bf7-e6
70.Kb3-c3 Be6-c8 71.Kc3-b4 Bc8-e6
72.Kb4-a5 Kc6-c7 73.Ka5-b5 Kc7-d6
74.Ne3-c2 Be6-f7 75.Nc2-b4 Bf7-e8+
76.Kb5-b6 Be8-a4 77.Nb4-a2 Kd6-e6
78.Na2-c3 Ba4-b3 79.Kb6-c5 Bb3-c4
80.Nc3-b5 Bc4xb5 81.Kc5xb5 Ke6-d6
82.Kb5-a6 Kd6-e7 83.Ka6-b5 Ke7-d6
84.Kb5-a6 0.19/26 ] 58...Kb6-c6
Black threatens to win material: Kc6xd6
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 58...Kb6-c6
59.Nd6-b5 Kc6-b6 60.Nb5-c3 Bd7-c6
61.Nc3-d1 Bc6-d7 62.Kb4-b3 Bd7-c8
63.Nd1-e3 Kb6-b5 64.Ne3-c2 Bc8-a6
65.Kb3-c3 Ba6-c8 66.Nc2-b4 Bc8-e6
67.Kc3-b3 Be6-f7 68.Nb4-c2 Kb5-c6
69.Nc2-e3 Bf7-e6 70.Kb3-c3 Be6-d7
71.Kc3-b4 Kc6-d6 72.Ne3-c2 Bd7-e8
73.Nc2-e1 Be8-d7 74.Kb4-a5 Kd6-c7
75.Ne1-c2 Bd7-e6 76.Ka5-b5 Kc7-d6
77.Nc2-b4 Be6-c8 78.Nb4-d3 Bc8-d7+
79.Kb5-b4 Kd6-c6 80.Nd3-c1 Kc6-d6
81.Nc1-e2 Bd7-e8 82.Ne2-c3 Kd6-c6
83.Nc3-a4 Be8-d7 84.Na4-c3 Bd7-e8
85.Nc3-a4 0.23/26 ] 59.Nd6-b5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 59.Nd6-b5
Kc6-b6 60.Nb5-c3 Bd7-c6 61.Nc3-d1
Bc6-d7 62.Kb4-b3 Bd7-c8 63.Nd1-e3
Kb6-b5 64.Ne3-c2 Bc8-a6 65.Kb3-c3
Ba6-c8 66.Nc2-b4 Bc8-e6 67.Kc3-b3
Be6-f7 68.Nb4-c2 Kb5-c6 69.Nc2-e3
Bf7-e6 70.Kb3-c3 Be6-c8 71.Kc3-b4
Bc8-e6 72.Kb4-b3 Be6-d7 73.Kb3-c3
Bd7-c8 74.Kc3-b4 0.19/26 ]
59...Kc6-b6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
59...Kc6-b6 60.Nb5-c3 Bd7-c6

59

61.Nc3-d1 Bc6-d7 62.Kb4-b3 Bd7-c8


63.Nd1-e3 Kb6-b5 64.Ne3-c2 Bc8-a6
65.Kb3-c3 Ba6-c8 66.Nc2-b4 Bc8-e6
67.Kc3-b3 Be6-f7 68.Nb4-c2 Kb5-c6
69.Nc2-e3 Bf7-e6 70.Kb3-c3 Be6-c8
71.Kc3-b4 Bc8-e6 72.Ne3-g2 Be6-d7
73.Ng2-e1 Kc6-b6 74.Kb4-c3 Bd7-c8
75.Ne1-c2 Kb6-b5 76.Nc2-b4 0.23/28 ]
60.Nb5-c3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
60.Nb5-c3 Bd7-c6 61.Nc3-d1 Bc6-d7
62.Kb4-b3 Bd7-c8 63.Nd1-e3 Kb6-b5
64.Ne3-c2 Bc8-a6 65.Kb3-c3 Ba6-c8
66.Nc2-b4 Bc8-e6 67.Kc3-b3 Be6-f7
68.Nb4-c2 Kb5-c6 69.Nc2-e3 Bf7-e6
70.Kb3-c3 Be6-c8 71.Kc3-b4 Bc8-e6
72.Ne3-g2 Be6-d7 73.Ng2-e1 Kc6-b6
74.Kb4-c3 Bd7-c8 75.Ne1-c2 Kb6-b5
76.Nc2-b4 0.19/26 ] 60...Bd7-c6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 60...Bd7-c6
Diagram

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9-+-+-+-+0
9+-+-+-+-0 58
9-mkl+-zp-+0
9+-+p+p+p0
9-mK-zP-zP-zP0
9+-sN-+-zP-0
9-+-+-+-+0
9+-+-+-+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
61.Nc3-d1 Bc6-d7 62.Kb4-b3 Bd7-c8
63.Nd1-e3 Kb6-b5 64.Ne3-c2 Bc8-a6
65.Kb3-c3 Ba6-c8 66.Nc2-b4 Bc8-e6
67.Kc3-b3 Be6-f7 68.Nb4-c2 Kb5-c6
69.Nc2-e3 Bf7-e6 70.Kb3-c3 Be6-c8
71.Kc3-b4 Bc8-e6 72.Kb4-a5 Kc6-c7
73.Ka5-b5 Kc7-d6 74.Ne3-c2 Be6-f7
75.Nc2-b4 Bf7-e8+ 76.Kb5-b6 Be8-a4
77.Nb4-a6 Ba4-c2 78.Na6-c7 Bc2-a4
79.Nc7-b5+ Kd6-e6 80.Kb6-c5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Ba4xb5 81.Kc5xb5 Ke6-d6 82.Kb5-a6
Kd6-e7 83.Ka6-b5 Ke7-d6
84.Kb5-a6 0.23/25 ] 61.Nc3-b1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 61.Nc3-d1
Bc6-d7 62.Kb4-b3 Bd7-c8 63.Nd1-e3
Kb6-c6 64.Kb3-b4 Bc8-e6 65.Ne3-g2
Be6-d7 66.Ng2-e1 Kc6-b6 67.Kb4-c3
Bd7-c8 68.Ne1-c2 Kb6-b5 69.Nc2-b4
Bc8-e6 70.Kc3-b3 Be6-f7 71.Nb4-c2
Kb5-c6 72.Kb3-c3 Bf7-g6 73.Nc2-b4+
Kc6-d6 74.Nb4-a6 Bg6-f7 75.Na6-c5
Bf7-e8 76.Kc3-d2 Be8-b5 77.Kd2-e1
Kd6-e7 78.Ke1-d1 Bb5-c4 79.Kd1-c1
Bc4-f1 80.Kc1-d2 Bf1-g2 81.Kd2-c2
Ke7-d6 82.Kc2-c3 Bg2-f3 83.Kc3-d3
Bf3-e4+ 84.Kd3-d2 Be4-f3 85.Kd2-e3
Bf3-e4 86.Ke3-f2 Be4-b1 87.Kf2-f3
Bb1-e4+ 88.Kf3-e3 Kd6-e7 89.Ke3-d2
Ke7-d6 90.Kd2-e3 Kd6-e7 0.19/23 ]
61...Bc6-d7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
61...Bc6-b5 62.Nb1-d2 Bb5-d3
63.Nd2-b3 Kb6-c6 64.Kb4-c3 Bd3-e4
65.Nb3-c5 Kc6-c7 66.Kc3-b3 Be4-f3
67.Kb3-c2 Kc7-d6 68.Kc2-d3 Bf3-e4+
69.Kd3-d2 Be4-f3 70.Kd2-e3 Bf3-e4
71.Ke3-f2 Be4-b1 72.Kf2-f3 Bb1-e4+
73.Kf3-e3 Kd6-e7 74.Ke3-d2 Ke7-d6
75.Kd2-e3 Kd6-e7 0.21/25 ]
62.Nb1-d2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
62.Nb1-a3 Bd7-e8 63.Na3-c2 Be8-d7
64.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6 65.Nc2-e3 Bd7-c8
66.Kc3-b4 Bc8-e6 67.Ne3-g2 Be6-d7
68.Ng2-e1 Kc6-b6 69.Kb4-c3 Bd7-c8
70.Ne1-c2 Kb6-b5 71.Nc2-b4 Bc8-e6
72.Kc3-b3 Be6-d7 73.Nb4-d3 Kb5-c6
74.Kb3-b4 Bd7-e8 75.Nd3-c5 Kc6-b6
76.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6 77.Kc3-d3 Kc6-d6
78.Kd3-d2 Be8-b5 79.Kd2-e1 Kd6-e7
80.Ke1-d1 Bb5-c4 81.Kd1-c1 Bc4-f1
82.Kc1-d2 Bf1-g2 83.Kd2-c2 Ke7-d6
84.Kc2-c3 Bg2-f3 85.Kc3-d3 Bf3-e4+
86.Kd3-d2 Be4-f3 87.Kd2-e3 Bf3-e4
88.Ke3-f2 Be4-b1 89.Kf2-f3 Bb1-e4+
90.Kf3-e3 Be4-b1 91.Ke3-e2 Bb1-c2
92.Ke2-f2 Bc2-b1 93.Kf2-f3 0.19/25 ]

60

62...Bd7-b5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:


62...Bd7-b5 63.Nd2-b3 Bb5-e2
64.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6 65.Kc3-d2 Be2-f1
66.Nb3-c5 Kc6-d6 67.Kd2-c2 Bf1-g2
68.Kc2-c3 Bg2-f3 69.Kc3-d3 Bf3-e4+
70.Kd3-d2 Be4-f3 71.Kd2-e3 Bf3-e4
72.Ke3-f2 Be4-b1 73.Kf2-f3 Bb1-e4+
74.Kf3-e3 Be4-b1 75.Ke3-e2 Bb1-c2
76.Ke2-f2 Bc2-b1 77.Kf2-f3 0.21/26 ]
63.Nd2-b3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
63.Nd2-b3 Bb5-e2 64.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6
65.Kc3-d2 Be2-f1 66.Nb3-c5 Kc6-d6
67.Kd2-c2 Bf1-g2 68.Kc2-c3 Bg2-f3
69.Kc3-d3 Bf3-e4+ 70.Kd3-d2 Be4-f3
71.Kd2-e3 Bf3-e4 72.Ke3-f2 Be4-b1
73.Kf2-f3 Bb1-e4+ 74.Kf3-e3 Be4-b1
75.Ke3-e2 Bb1-c2 76.Ke2-f2 Bc2-b1
77.Kf2-f3 0.18/25 ] 63...Bb5-d7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 63...Bb5-e2
64.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6 65.Kc3-d2 Be2-f1
66.Nb3-c5 Kc6-d6 67.Kd2-c2 Bf1-g2
68.Kc2-c3 Bg2-f3 69.Kc3-d3 Bf3-e4+
70.Kd3-d2 Be4-f3 71.Kd2-e3 Bf3-e4
72.Ke3-f2 Be4-b1 73.Kf2-f3 Bb1-e4+
74.Kf3-e3 Be4-b1 75.Ke3-e2 Bb1-c2
76.Ke2-f2 Bc2-b1 77.Kf2-f3 0.21/24 ]
64.Nb3-c5 White threatens to win
material: Nc5xd7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 64.Nb3-c5 Bd7-e8 65.Kb4-c3
Kb6-c6 66.Nc5-d3 Kc6-c7 67.Kc3-b4
Kc7-b6 68.Nd3-c5 Be8-f7 69.Kb4-c3
Bf7-e8 70.Kc3-d2 Kb6-c7 71.Kd2-c1
Kc7-c6 72.Kc1-c2 Kc6-d6 73.Kc2-d3
Kd6-e7 74.Kd3-d2 Ke7-d6 75.Kd2-e2
Be8-b5+ 76.Ke2-f3 Bb5-c4 77.Kf3-e3
Bc4-b5 78.Ke3-f3 Bb5-c4 0.19/25 ]
64...Bd7-e8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
64...Bd7-e8 65.Kb4-c3 Kb6-c6
66.Nc5-d3 Kc6-c7 67.Kc3-b4 Kc7-b6
68.Nd3-c5 Be8-g6 69.Kb4-c3 Kb6-b5
70.Nc5-d3 Bg6-f7 71.Nd3-c1 Bf7-e8
72.Nc1-a2 Kb5-c6 73.Na2-b4+ Kc6-d6
74.Nb4-a6 Kd6-e7 75.Na6-c7 Be8-f7
76.Kc3-d3 Ke7-d6 77.Nc7-a6 Bf7-e8
78.Na6-c5 Kd6-e7 79.Kd3-e2 Ke7-d6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


80.Ke2-f2 Be8-b5 81.Kf2-e1 Kd6-e7
82.Ke1-f2 Bb5-c4 83.Nc5-b7 Ke7-f7
84.Kf2-f3 Kf7-e6 85.Nb7-c5+ Ke6-f7
86.Kf3-f2 Kf7-g6 87.Kf2-e3 Kg6-f7
88.Ke3-d2 Kf7-e7 89.Nc5-a4 Ke7-d6
90.Kd2-e3 Kd6-e7 91.Ke3-d2
Ke7-d6 0.23/26 ] 65.Nc5-e6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 65.Kb4-c3
Kb6-c6 66.Nc5-d3 Kc6-c7 67.Kc3-b4
Kc7-d6 68.Kb4-a5 Kd6-c6 69.Nd3-c5
Kc6-c7 70.Nc5-d3 Kc7-d6 71.Nd3-b4
Kd6-e6 72.Ka5-b6 Ke6-d6 73.Nb4-a2
Be8-a4 74.Na2-c3 Ba4-d7
75.Nc3-b5+ Kd6-e7 76.Kb6-c5
Bd7xb5 77.Kc5xb5 Ke7-d6 78.Kb5-b6
Kd6-d7 79.Kb6-a6 Kd7-e8 80.Ka6-b5
Ke8-d7 81.Kb5-c5 Kd7-e6 82.Kc5-c6
0.19/24 ] 65...Be8-f7 Black threatens
to win material: Bf7xe6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 65...Be8-f7 66.Ne6-g7
Bf7-g6 67.Kb4-a4 Kb6-c6 68.Ng7-e6
Kc6-b6 69.Ne6-c5 Bg6-e8+ 70.Ka4-b4
Kb6-c6 71.Kb4-a5 Be8-g6 72.Nc5-d3
Kc6-d6 73.Ka5-b5 Bg6-e8+ 74.Kb5-b4
Be8-d7 75.Nd3-c1 Bd7-e8 76.Nc1-b3
Kd6-c6 77.Kb4-c3 Kc6-c7 78.Kc3-d2
Kc7-d6 79.Nb3-c5 Be8-b5 80.Kd2-e3
Kd6-e7 81.Ke3-f2 Ke7-d6 82.Kf2-f3
Bb5-c4 83.Kf3-e3 Bc4-b5 84.Ke3-f2
Bb5-c4 85.Kf2-e1 Kd6-e7 86.Ke1-f2
Ke7-d6 87.Kf2-e1 0.23/25 ] 66.Ne6-f8
[ 66.Ne6-g7 Bf7-g6 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 66.Ne6-g7 Bf7-g6 67.Kb4-a4
Kb6-c6 68.Ng7-e6 Kc6-b6 69.Ne6-c5
Bg6-e8+ 70.Ka4-b4 Kb6-c7 71.Nc5-d3
Kc7-d6 72.Kb4-a5 Kd6-e6 73.Nd3-c5+
Ke6-e7 74.Ka5-b4 Ke7-d6 75.Nc5-d3
Be8-d7 76.Nd3-c1 Bd7-e8 77.Nc1-b3
Kd6-c6 78.Kb4-c3 Kc6-c7 79.Nb3-c5
Kc7-d6 80.Kc3-c2 Be8-b5 81.Kc2-d1
Kd6-e7 82.Kd1-d2 Bb5-f1 83.Kd2-e3
Bf1-g2 84.Ke3-f2 Bg2-h1 85.Kf2-e2
Ke7-d6 86.Ke2-d2 Bh1-e4 87.Kd2-e3
Kd6-c6 88.Ke3-e2 Kc6-c7 89.Ke2-d2
Kc7-d6 90.Kd2-e3 0.19/24 ]

61

66...Kb6-c6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:


66...Kb6-c7 67.Nf8-h7 Kc7-d6
68.Nh7xf6 Bf7-g6 69.Nf6-g8 Kd6-e6
70.Kb4-c5 Bg6-f7 71.Ng8-h6 Bf7-e8
72.Nh6-g8 Be8-f7 73.Ng8-h6 0.01/27 ]
67.Nf8-h7 White threatens to win
material: Nh7xf6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 67.Nf8-h7 Kc6-d6 68.Nh7xf6
Bf7-g6 69.Nf6-g8 Kd6-e6 70.Kb4-c5
Bg6-f7 71.Ng8-h6 Bf7-e8 72.Nh6-g8
Be8-f7 73.Ng8-h6 -0.01/26 ]
67...Kc6-d6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
67...Kc6-d6 68.Nh7xf6 Bf7-g6
69.Nf6-g8 Kd6-e6 70.Kb4-c5 Bg6-f7
71.Ng8-h6 Bf7-e8 72.Nh6-g8 Be8-f7
73.Ng8-h6 0.01/27 ] 68.Nh7xf6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 68.Nh7xf6
Bf7-g6 69.Nf6-g8 Kd6-e6 70.Kb4-c5
Bg6-f7 71.Ng8-h6 Bf7-e8 72.Nh6-g8
Be8-f7 73.Ng8-h6 -0.01/24 ]
68...Bf7-g6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
68...Bf7-g6 69.Nf6-g8 Kd6-e6
70.Kb4-c5 Bg6-f7 71.Ng8-h6 Bf7-e8
72.Nh6-g8 Be8-f7 73.Ng8-h6 0.01/26 ]
69.Nf6-g8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
69.Nf6-g8 Kd6-e6 70.Kb4-c5 Bg6-f7
71.Ng8-h6 Bf7-e8 72.Nh6-g8 Be8-f7
73.Ng8-h6 -0.01/27 ] 69...Bg6-f7
Black threatens to win material: Bf7xg8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 69...Kd6-e6
70.Kb4-c5 Bg6-f7 71.Ng8-h6 Bf7-e8
72.Nh6-g8 Be8-f7 73.Ng8-h6 0.01/27 ]
70.Ng8-f6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
70.Ng8-f6 -0.01/31 ] 70...Bf7-g6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 70...Bf7-g6
0.01/26 ] 71.Nf6-g8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 71.Nf6-g8 -0.01/26 ] 71...Bg6-f7
Twofold repetition [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 71...Bg6-f7 0.01/28 ] 72.Ng8-h6
White threatens to win material: Nh6xf7
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 72.Ng8-f6
-0.01/30 ] 72...Bf7-e6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 72...Bf7-e6 73.Kb4-a5
Kd6-e7 74.Ka5-b6 Ke7-d6 75.Kb6-a5
Kd6-e7 0.01/27 ] 73.Kb4-b5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 73.Kb4-b5
Kd6-c7 74.Kb5-a4 Kc7-d7 75.Ka4-b3
Kd7-e7 76.Kb3-b4 Ke7-d6 -0.01/27 ]
73...Be6-d7+ [ 73...Kd6-c7=
and Black hangs on ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 73...Kd6-c7 74.Kb5-a4 Kc7-d7
75.Ka4-b3 Kd7-e7 76.Kb3-b4
Ke7-d6 0.01/26 ] 74.Kb5-a5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 74.Kb5-a5
Bd7-e6 75.Ka5-b6 Kd6-d7 76.Kb6-c5
Kd7-c7 77.Nh6xf5 Be6xf5 78.Kc5xd5
Bf5-g4 79.Kd5-e5 Kc7-d8 80.Ke5-f6
Bg4-f3 81.f4-f5 Kd8-e8 82.Kf6-g7
Bf3-d5 83.f5-f6 Bd5-f7 84.Kg7-h6
Ke8-f8 85.Kh6-g5 Kf8-g8 86.g3-g4
h5xg4 87.Kg5xg4 Bf7-e6+ 88.Kg4-f4
Be6-f7 89.Kf4-e5 Kg8-f8 90.Ke5-f5
Kf8-e8 91.Kf5-f4 Ke8-d7 92.Kf4-g5
Kd7-e8 93.Kg5-f5 Ke8-f8 94.Kf5-g4
Kf8-g8 95.Kg4-f5 Kg8-f8 96.Kf5-g4
0.23/28 ] 74...Bd7-e6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 74...Bd7-e6 75.Ka5-b6
Kd6-d7 76.Kb6-c5 Kd7-c7 77.Nh6xf5
Be6xf5 78.Kc5xd5 Bf5-g4 79.Kd5-e5
Kc7-d8 80.Ke5-f6 Bg4-f3 81.f4-f5
Kd8-e8 82.Kf6-g7 Bf3-d5 83.f5-f6
Bd5-f7 84.Kg7-h6 Ke8-f8 85.Kh6-g5
Kf8-g8 86.g3-g4 h5xg4 87.Kg5xg4
Bf7-e6+ 88.Kg4-f4 Be6-f7 89.Kf4-e5
Kg8-f8 90.Ke5-f5 Kf8-g8 91.Kf5-e4
Kg8-f8 92.Ke4-e5 Kf8-e8 93.Ke5-f5
Ke8-f8 94.Kf5-g4 Kf8-g8 95.Kg4-f5
Kg8-f8 96.Kf5-g4 0.26/27 ] 75.Ka5-b6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 75.Ka5-b6
Kd6-d7 76.Kb6-c5 Kd7-c7 77.Nh6xf5
Be6xf5 78.Kc5xd5 Bf5-g4 79.Kd5-e5
Kc7-d8 80.Ke5-f6 Bg4-f3 81.f4-f5
Kd8-e8 82.Kf6-g7 Bf3-d5 83.f5-f6
Bd5-f7 84.Kg7-h6 Ke8-f8 85.Kh6-g5
Kf8-g8 86.g3-g4 h5xg4 87.Kg5xg4
Bf7-e6+ 88.Kg4-f4 Be6-f7 89.Kf4-e5
Kg8-f8 90.Ke5-f5 Kf8-g8 91.Kf5-f4
Kg8-f8 92.Kf4-g5 Bf7-d5 93.Kg5-f5
Bd5-f7 94.Kf5-e5 Kf8-e8 95.Ke5-f4
Ke8-d7 96.Kf4-g5 Kd7-e8 97.Kg5-f5

62

Ke8-f8 98.Kf5-e5 0.23/27 ]


75...Kd6-d7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
75...Kd6-d7 76.Kb6-c5 Kd7-c7
77.Nh6xf5 Be6xf5 78.Kc5xd5 Bf5-g4
79.Kd5-e5 Kc7-d8 80.Ke5-f6 Bg4-f3
81.f4-f5 Kd8-e8 82.Kf6-g7 Bf3-d5
83.f5-f6 Bd5-f7 84.Kg7-h6 Ke8-f8
85.Kh6-g5 Kf8-g8 86.g3-g4 h5xg4
87.Kg5xg4 Bf7-e6+ 88.Kg4-f4 Be6-f7
89.Kf4-e5 Kg8-f8 90.Ke5-f5 Kf8-g8
91.Kf5-f4 Kg8-f8 92.Kf4-e5 Kf8-e8
93.Ke5-d6 Bf7-g6 94.Kd6-e6 Bg6-f7+
95.Ke6-f5 Ke8-f8 96.Kf5-g4 Kf8-g8
97.Kg4-f5 Kg8-f8 98.Kf5-g4 0.26/28 ]
76.Kb6-c5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
76.Kb6-c5 Kd7-c7 77.Nh6xf5 Be6xf5
78.Kc5xd5 Bf5-g4 79.Kd5-e5 Kc7-d8
80.Ke5-f6 Bg4-f3 81.f4-f5 Kd8-e8
82.Kf6-g7 Bf3-d5 83.f5-f6 Bd5-f7
84.Kg7-h6 Ke8-f8 85.Kh6-g5 Kf8-g8
86.g3-g4 h5xg4 87.Kg5xg4 Bf7-e6+
88.Kg4-f4 Be6-f7 89.Kf4-e5 Kg8-f8
90.Ke5-f5 Kf8-e8 91.Kf5-f4 Ke8-d7
92.Kf4-g5 Kd7-e8 93.Kg5-f5 Ke8-f8
94.Kf5-e5 Kf8-e8 95.Ke5-d6 Bf7-h5
96.d4-d5 Ke8-f7 97.Kd6-e5 Bh5-g4
98.d5-d6 Bg4-e6 99.h4-h5 Be6-d7
100.Ke5-e4 Kf7xf6 0.23/27 ]
76...Kd7-c7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
76...Kd7-c7 77.Nh6xf5 Be6xf5
78.Kc5xd5 Bf5-g4 79.Kd5-e5 Kc7-d8
80.Ke5-f6 Bg4-f3 81.f4-f5 Kd8-e8
82.Kf6-g7 Bf3-d5 83.f5-f6 Bd5-f7
84.Kg7-h6 Ke8-f8 85.Kh6-g5 Kf8-g8
86.g3-g4 h5xg4 87.Kg5xg4 Bf7-e6+
88.Kg4-f4 Be6-f7 89.Kf4-e5 Kg8-f8
90.Ke5-f5 Kf8-g8 91.Kf5-e4 Kg8-f8
92.Ke4-e5 Kf8-e8 93.Ke5-f4 Ke8-f8
94.Kf4-g4 Kf8-g8 95.Kg4-f5 Kg8-f8
96.Kf5-g5 Bf7-e8 97.Kg5-g4 Be8-d7+
98.Kg4-g5 Bd7-e6 99.Kg5-f4 Be6-f7
100.Kf4-g4 0.26/25 ] 77.Nh6xf5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 77.Nh6xf5
Be6xf5 78.Kc5xd5 Bf5-g4 79.Kd5-e5
Kc7-d8 80.Ke5-f6 Bg4-f3 81.f4-f5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Kd8-e8 82.Kf6-g7 Bf3-d5 83.f5-f6
Bd5-f7 84.Kg7-h6 Ke8-f8 85.Kh6-g5
Kf8-g8 86.g3-g4 h5xg4 87.Kg5xg4
Bf7-e6+ 88.Kg4-f4 Be6-f7 89.Kf4-e5
Kg8-f8 90.Ke5-f5 Kf8-g8 91.Kf5-e4
Kg8-f8 92.Ke4-e5 Kf8-e8 93.Ke5-f4
Ke8-f8 94.Kf4-g5 Bf7-e8 95.Kg5-g4
Be8-d7+ 96.Kg4-g5 Bd7-e6 97.Kg5-f4
Be6-f7 98.Kf4-g5 0.23/26 ] 77...Be6xf5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 77...Be6xf5
78.Kc5xd5 Bf5-g4 79.Kd5-e5 Kc7-d8
80.Ke5-f6 Bg4-f3 81.f4-f5 Kd8-e8
82.Kf6-g7 Bf3-d5 83.f5-f6 Bd5-f7
84.Kg7-h6 Ke8-f8 85.Kh6-g5 Kf8-g8
86.g3-g4 h5xg4 87.Kg5xg4 Bf7-e6+
88.Kg4-f4 Be6-f7 89.Kf4-e5 Kg8-f8
90.Ke5-f5 Kf8-g8 91.Kf5-e4 Kg8-f8
92.Ke4-e5 Kf8-e8 93.Ke5-f4 Ke8-f8
94.Kf4-g5 Bf7-d5 95.Kg5-f4 Bd5-f7
96.Kf4-g5 0.25/23 ] 78.Kc5xd5
Black wins a piece [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 78.Kc5xd5 Bf5-g4 79.Kd5-e5
Kc7-d8 80.Ke5-f6 Bg4-f3 81.f4-f5
Kd8-e8 82.Kf6-g7 Bf3-d5 83.f5-f6
Bd5-f7 84.Kg7-h6 Ke8-f8 85.Kh6-g5
Kf8-g8 86.g3-g4 h5xg4 87.Kg5xg4
Bf7-e6+ 88.Kg4-f4 Be6-f7 89.Kf4-e5
Kg8-f8 90.Ke5-f5 Kf8-g8 91.Kf5-e4
Kg8-f8 92.Ke4-e5 Kf8-e8 93.Ke5-f4
Ke8-f8 94.Kf4-g5 Bf7-d5 95.Kg5-f4
Bd5-f7 96.Kf4-g5 0.23/24 ]
78...Kc7-d7? [ 78...Bf5-g4!? is
the best option Black has ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 78...Kc7-d8
79.Kd5-e5 Bf5-d3 80.Ke5-f6 Kd8-e8
81.f4-f5 Bd3-e2 82.Kf6-g6 Ke8-e7
83.Kg6-g7 Be2-c4 84.f5-f6+ Ke7-e8
85.Kg7-g6 Bc4-f7+ 86.Kg6-g5 Ke8-f8
87.g3-g4 h5xg4 88.Kg5xg4 Kf8-g8
89.Kg4-f5 Kg8-f8 90.Kf5-g5 Bf7-d5
91.Kg5-f4 Bd5-f7 92.Kf4-e5 Kf8-e8
93.Ke5-e4 Ke8-f8 94.Ke4-f5 Kf8-g8
95.Kf5-e4 Kg8-f8 96.Ke4-f5 0.25/25 ]
79.Kd5-e5+- [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
79.Kd5-e5 Bf5-g4 80.Ke5-f6 Kd7-e8

63

81.f4-f5 Bg4-f3 82.Kf6-g7 Bf3-d5


83.f5-f6 Bd5-f7 84.Kg7-h6 Ke8-f8
85.Kh6-g5 Kf8-g8 86.g3-g4 h5xg4
87.Kg5xg4 Bf7-e6+ 88.Kg4-f4 Be6-f7
89.Kf4-e5 Kg8-f8 90.Ke5-f5 Kf8-g8
91.Kf5-e4 Kg8-f8 92.Ke4-e5 Kf8-e8
93.Ke5-f4 Ke8-f8 94.Kf4-g5 Bf7-d5
95.Kg5-f5 Bd5-f7 96.Kf5-e4 Bf7-g6+
97.Ke4-f4 Bg6-f7 98.Kf4-g5 0.23/27 ]
79...Bf5-g4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
79...Bf5-d3 80.Ke5-f6 Kd7-e8 81.f4-f5
Bd3-e2 82.Kf6-g6 Ke8-e7 83.Kg6-g7
Be2-c4 84.f5-f6+ Ke7-e8 85.Kg7-g6
Bc4-f7+ 86.Kg6-g5 Ke8-f8 87.g3-g4
h5xg4 88.Kg5xg4 Kf8-g8 89.Kg4-f5
Kg8-f8 90.Kf5-g5 Bf7-d5 91.Kg5-f4
Bd5-f7 92.Kf4-e5 Kf8-e8 93.Ke5-e4
Ke8-f8 94.Ke4-f5 Kf8-g8 95.Kf5-e4
Kg8-f8 96.Ke4-f5 0.25/24 ] 80.Ke5-f6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 80.Ke5-f6
Kd7-e8 81.f4-f5 Bg4-f3 82.Kf6-g7
Bf3-d5 83.f5-f6 Bd5-f7 84.Kg7-h6
Ke8-f8 85.Kh6-g5 Kf8-g8 86.g3-g4
h5xg4 87.Kg5xg4 Bf7-e6+ 88.Kg4-f4
Be6-f7 89.Kf4-e5 Kg8-f8 90.Ke5-f5
Kf8-g8 91.Kf5-e4 Kg8-f8 92.Ke4-e5
Kf8-e8 93.Ke5-f4 Ke8-f8 94.Kf4-g5
Bf7-d5 95.Kg5-g4 Kf8-f7 96.Kg4-f5
Bd5-f3 97.Kf5-e5 Bf3-h5 98.d4-d5
Bh5-g4 99.d5-d6 Bg4-e6 100.h4-h5
Be6-d7 101.h5-h6 0.23/25 ]
80...Kd7-d6 [ 80...Bg4-f3 81.f4-f5+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 80...Bg4-f3
81.f4-f5 Kd7-e8 82.Kf6-g7 Bf3-d5
83.f5-f6 Bd5-f7 84.Kg7-h6 Ke8-f8
85.Kh6-g5 Kf8-g8 86.g3-g4 h5xg4
87.Kg5xg4 Bf7-e6+ 88.Kg4-f4 Be6-f7
89.Kf4-e5 Kg8-f8 90.Ke5-f5 Kf8-g8
91.Kf5-e4 Kg8-f8 92.Ke4-e5 Kf8-e8
93.Ke5-f4 Ke8-f8 94.Kf4-g5 Bf7-d5
95.Kg5-f4 Bd5-f7 96.Kf4-g5 0.25/24 ]
81.f4-f5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 81.f4-f5
Kd6-d7 82.Kf6-g6 Kd7-e7 83.d4-d5
Ke7-f8 84.f5-f6 Bg4-e2 85.d5-d6
Be2-g4 86.f6-f7 Bg4-e6 87.Kg6xh5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Kf8xf7 88.Kh5-g5 Be6-c8 89.h4-h5
Kf7-g7 90.g3-g4 Bc8-d7 91.Kg5-h4
Kg7-f6 92.h5-h6 Kf6-f7 93.Kh4-h5
Bd7-a4 94.Kh5-g5 Ba4-d7 95.Kg5-f4
Kf7-g6 96.g4-g5 Bd7-a4 97.Kf4-e5
Ba4-d7 98.Ke5-e4 Bd7-f5+ 99.Ke4-f4
Bf5-d7 100.Kf4-f3 Bd7-e8 101.Kf3-g3
Be8-d7 102.Kg3-f4 Bd7-a4 1.01/27 ]
81...Kd6-d7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
81...Kd6-c6 82.Kf6-g6 Kc6-d7
83.d4-d5 Kd7-e7 84.d5-d6+ Ke7-e8
85.f5-f6 Ke8-f8 86.f6-f7 Bg4-e6
87.Kg6xh5 Kf8xf7 88.Kh5-g5 Be6-c8
89.h4-h5 Kf7-g7 90.g3-g4 Bc8-d7
91.Kg5-h4 Kg7-f6 92.h5-h6 Kf6-f7
93.Kh4-h5 Bd7-a4 94.Kh5-g5 Ba4-d7
95.Kg5-f4 Kf7-g6 96.g4-g5 Bd7-a4
97.Kf4-e5 Ba4-d7 98.Ke5-e4 Bd7-f5+
99.Ke4-f4 Bf5-d7 100.Kf4-f3 Bd7-e8
101.Kf3-g3 Be8-d7 102.Kg3-f4
Bd7-a4 1.05/27 ] 82.Kf6-g6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 82.Kf6-g6
Kd7-e7 83.d4-d5 Ke7-f8 84.f5-f6
Bg4-e2 85.d5-d6 Be2-g4 86.f6-f7
Bg4-e6 87.Kg6xh5 Kf8xf7 88.Kh5-g5
Be6-c8 89.h4-h5 Kf7-g7 90.g3-g4
Bc8-d7 91.Kg5-h4 Kg7-f6 92.h5-h6
Kf6-f7 93.Kh4-h5 Bd7-a4 94.Kh5-g5
Ba4-d7 95.Kg5-f4 Kf7-g6 96.g4-g5
Bd7-a4 97.Kf4-e5 Ba4-d7 98.Ke5-e4
Bd7-f5+ 99.Ke4-f4 Bf5-d7 100.Kf4-e5
Bd7-g4 101.Ke5-e4 Bg4-f5+
102.Ke4-f4 1.01/27 ] 82...Bg4-f3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 82...Kd7-e7
83.d4-d5 Ke7-f8 84.f5-f6 Bg4-e2
85.d5-d6 Be2-g4 86.f6-f7 Bg4-e6
87.Kg6xh5 Kf8xf7 88.Kh5-g5 Be6-c8
89.h4-h5 Kf7-g7 90.g3-g4 Bc8-d7
91.Kg5-h4 Kg7-f6 92.g4-g5+ Kf6-f5
93.h5-h6 Kf5-g6 94.Kh4-g3 Bd7-f5
95.Kg3-f4 Bf5-d7 96.Kf4-f3 Bd7-c6+
97.Kf3-g3 Bc6-e8 98.Kg3-g4 Be8-d7+
99.Kg4-f4 Bd7-a4 100.Kf4-e5 Ba4-d7
101.Ke5-e4 Bd7-f5+ 102.Ke4-e5
Bf5-d7 103.Ke5-e4 1.05/25 ] 83.d4-d5

64

[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 83.Kg6-f7


Bf3-d5+ 84.Kf7-f8 Bd5-c6 85.f5-f6
Kd7-e6 86.d4-d5+ Bc6xd5 87.Kf8-g7
Ke6-e5 88.f6-f7 Bd5xf7 89.Kg7xf7
Ke5-f5 90.Kf7-g7 Kf5-e5 91.Kg7-g6
Ke5-e6 92.Kg6xh5 Ke6-f6 93.g3-g4
Kf6-g7 94.Kh5-g5 Kg7-f7 95.h4-h5
Kf7-g7 96.h5-h6+ Kg7-h7 97.Kg5-f6
Kh7-g8 98.h6-h7+ Kg8xh7 99.g4-g5
Kh7-g8 100.Kf6-g6 Kg8-f8
101.Kg6-h7 Kf8-e7 102.g5-g6 Ke7-e8
103.g6-g7 6.27/21 ] 83...Bf3xd5??
terrible, but what else could Black do to
save the game?. [ 83...Kd7-e8+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 83...Kd7-e8
84.d5-d6 Bf3-g4 85.f5-f6 Ke8-f8
86.f6-f7 Bg4-e6 87.Kg6xh5 Kf8xf7
88.Kh5-g5 Be6-c8 89.h4-h5 Kf7-g7
90.g3-g4 Bc8-d7 91.Kg5-h4 Kg7-f6
92.g4-g5+ Kf6-f5 93.h5-h6 Kf5-g6
94.Kh4-g3 Bd7-f5 95.Kg3-f4 Bf5-d7
96.Kf4-f3 Bd7-c6+ 97.Kf3-g3 Bc6-e8
98.Kg3-g4 Be8-d7+ 99.Kg4-h4
Bd7-a4 100.Kh4-g3 Ba4-d7
101.Kg3-f4 Bd7-a4 102.Kf4-e5
Ba4-d7 103.Ke5-e4 Bd7-f5+
104.Ke4-e5 Bf5-d7 105.Ke5-e4
1.05/22 ] 84.Kg6xh5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 84.Kg6xh5 Kd7-e8
85.Kh5-g6 Ke8-f8 86.g3-g4 Kf8-g8
87.g4-g5 Bd5-b7 88.Kg6-f6 Kg8-h7
89.h4-h5 Bb7-e4 90.h5-h6 Be4-h1
91.Kf6-e6 Bh1-c6 92.f5-f6 Kh7-g6
93.Ke6-e7 Bc6-b7 94.f6-f7 Kg6-h5
95.f7-f8Q Kh5xg5 96.h6-h7 8.60/15 ]
84...Kd7-e7 [ 84...Bd5-e4 cannot undo
what has already been done 85.g3-g4
Kd7-c8+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
84...Bd5-f7+ 85.Kh5-g5 Kd7-e7
86.h4-h5 Ke7-f8 87.h5-h6 Kf8-g8
88.g3-g4 Kg8-h7 89.Kg5-f6 Bf7-a2
90.g4-g5 Ba2-b3 91.Kf6-e5 Bb3-a4
92.Ke5-e6 Ba4-c6 93.f5-f6 Kh7-g6
94.Ke6-e7 Bc6-b7 95.f6-f7 Kg6-h5
96.f7-f8Q Kh5xg5 97.h6-h7 8.62/16 ]

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


85.Kh5-g5 [ 85.Kh5-g6 Bd5-a2
86.Kg6-g7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
85.Kh5-g6 Ke7-f8 86.g3-g4 Kf8-g8
87.g4-g5 Bd5-b7 88.h4-h5 Bb7-f3
89.h5-h6 Bf3-e4 90.Kg6-f6 Kg8-h7
91.Kf6-e5 Be4-f3 92.f5-f6 Kh7-g6
93.Ke5-e6 Bf3-a8 94.f6-f7 Ba8-d5+
95.Ke6xd5 Kg6xf7 96.h6-h7 Kf7-g7
97.g5-g6 Kg7-h8 98.Kd5-d4 8.60/17 ]
85...Ke7-f7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
85...Ke7-f7 86.g3-g4 Bd5-c4
87.Kg5-f4 Bc4-e2 88.g4-g5 Kf7-g7
89.Kf4-e4 Kg7-f7 90.Ke4-e5 Be2-h5
91.Ke5-d6 Bh5-g4 92.f5-f6 Bg4-h5
93.Kd6-d5 Bh5-f3+ 94.Kd5-e5 Bf3-e2
95.Ke5-f5 Be2-d3+ 96.Kf5-f4 Bd3-e2
97.Kf4-e5 Be2-f3 98.Ke5-f5 Bf3-h5
99.Kf5-e4 Bh5-g4 100.Ke4-d3 Bg4-h5
101.Kd3-e3 Kf7-g6 102.Ke3-f4
Bh5-e2 103.Kf4-e4 Kg6-f7
104.Ke4-d4 Be2-h5 105.Kd4-c5
Bh5-e2 106.Kc5-d4 Be2-h5 0.39/30 ]
86.g3-g4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
86.g3-g4 Bd5-c4 87.Kg5-f4 Bc4-e2
88.g4-g5 Kf7-g7 89.Kf4-e4 Kg7-f7
90.Ke4-e5 Be2-h5 91.Ke5-d6 Bh5-g4
92.f5-f6 Bg4-h5 93.Kd6-d5 Bh5-f3+
94.Kd5-e5 Bf3-e2 95.Ke5-f5 Be2-h5
96.Kf5-e4 Bh5-g4 97.Ke4-d3 Bg4-h5
98.Kd3-e3 Kf7-g6 99.Ke3-f4 Bh5-e2
100.Kf4-e4 Kg6-f7 101.Ke4-d4
Be2-h5 102.Kd4-c5 Bh5-e2
103.Kc5-d4 Be2-h5 0.38/29 ]
86...Bd5-f3 [ 86...Bd5-b3 87.Kg5-f4
Bb3-d1 88.g4-g5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 86...Bd5-c4 87.Kg5-f4 Bc4-e2
88.g4-g5 Kf7-g7 89.Kf4-e4 Kg7-f7
90.Ke4-e5 Be2-h5 91.Ke5-d6 Bh5-g4
92.f5-f6 Bg4-h5 93.Kd6-d5 Bh5-f3+
94.Kd5-e5 Bf3-e2 95.Ke5-f5 Be2-d3+
96.Kf5-f4 Bd3-e2 97.Kf4-e5 Be2-f3
98.Ke5-f5 Bf3-h5 99.Kf5-e4 Bh5-g4
100.Ke4-e3 Bg4-h5 101.Ke3-d2
Bh5-g6 102.Kd2-c3 Bg6-h5
103.Kc3-d3 Bh5-g6+ 104.Kd3-c4

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Bg6-h5 105.Kc4-d5 Bh5-f3+ 0.39/26 ]


87.h4-h5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
87.h4-h5 Kf7-g7 88.f5-f6+ Kg7-f7
89.h5-h6 Bf3-e4 90.Kg5-f4 Be4-h7
91.g4-g5 Kf7-g6 92.Kf4-g4 Kg6-f7
93.Kg4-h4 Bh7-f5 94.Kh4-g3 Bf5-h7
95.Kg3-f3 Bh7-g6 96.Kf3-f2 Bg6-h7
97.Kf2-g3 Bh7-g6 98.Kg3-f4 Bg6-h7
99.Kf4-e5 Bh7-g6 100.Ke5-d4 Kf7-g8
101.Kd4-c4 Bg6-h7 102.Kc4-d5
Kg8-f7 103.Kd5-d4 Kf7-g8 104.Kd4-c5
Kg8-f7 105.Kc5-d5 Bh7-b1
106.Kd5-d6 Bb1-g6 107.Kd6-c5
Bg6-h7 108.Kc5-d5 0.83/31 ]
87...Kf7-g7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
87...Kf7-g7 88.f5-f6+ Kg7-f7 89.h5-h6
Bf3-e4 90.Kg5-f4 Be4-h7 91.g4-g5
Kf7-g6 92.Kf4-g4 Kg6-f7 93.Kg4-h4
Bh7-f5 94.Kh4-g3 Bf5-h7 95.Kg3-f3
Bh7-g6 96.Kf3-f2 Bg6-h7 97.Kf2-g3
Bh7-g6 98.Kg3-f4 Bg6-h7 99.Kf4-e5
Bh7-g6 100.Ke5-d4 Kf7-g8
101.Kd4-c4 Bg6-h7 102.Kc4-d5
Kg8-f7 103.Kd5-d4 Kf7-g8 104.Kd4-c5
Kg8-f7 105.Kc5-d5 Bh7-b1
106.Kd5-d6 Bb1-g6 107.Kd6-c5
Bg6-h7 108.Kc5-d5 0.85/28 ]
88.Kg5-h4?? ruins a clearly superior
position [ 88.f5-f6+ makes it even
easier for White Kg7-f8 89.Kg5-f4+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 88.f5-f6+ Kg7-f7
89.h5-h6 Bf3-e4 90.Kg5-f4 Be4-h7
91.g4-g5 Kf7-g6 92.Kf4-g4 Kg6-f7
93.Kg4-h4 Bh7-f5 94.Kh4-g3 Bf5-h7
95.Kg3-f3 Bh7-g6 96.Kf3-f2 Bg6-h7
97.Kf2-g3 Bh7-g6 98.Kg3-f4 Bg6-h7
99.Kf4-e5 Bh7-g6 100.Ke5-d4 Kf7-g8
101.Kd4-c4 Bg6-h7 102.Kc4-d5
Kg8-f7 103.Kd5-d4 Kf7-g8 104.Kd4-c5
Kg8-f7 105.Kc5-d5 Bh7-b1
106.Kd5-d6 Bb1-g6 107.Kd6-c5
Bg6-h7 108.Kc5-d5 0.83/29 ]
88...Bf3-d1?? forfeits the clear win
[ 88...Bf3-e4= was a good chance to
save the game ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


88...Bf3-e4 89.Kh4-g3 Be4-c2
90.Kg3-f4 Kg7-h6 91.f5-f6 Bc2-b3
92.Kf4-f5 Bb3-f7 93.Kf5-e5 Kh6-g5
94.Ke5-e4 Kg5xf6 95.Ke4-f4 Bf7xh5
96.g4xh5 0.00/18 ] 89.g4-g5+[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 89.g4-g5
Bd1-e2 90.h5-h6+ Kg7-h7 91.Kh4-g3
Be2-d3 92.Kg3-f4 Bd3-c4 93.Kf4-e5
Bc4-a6 94.Ke5-f6 Ba6-e2 95.Kf6-f7
Be2-c4+ 96.Kf7-e7 Bc4-g8 97.Ke7-e8
Bg8-a2 98.f5-f6 Kh7-g6 99.h6-h7
Kg6xh7 100.f6-f7 Kh7-g6 101.f7-f8Q
Ba2-b1 102.Qf8-h6+ Kg6-f5
103.Qh6-h7+ Kf5-e5 104.Qh7xb1
Ke5-d6 105.Qb1-d3+ Kd6-c5
106.g5-g6 Kc5-b6 107.g6-g7 Kb6-a5
108.g7-g8Q Ka5-b6 109.Qd3-b3+
Kb6-a6 110.Qg8-g6+ Ka6-a5 17.63/19
] 89...Bd1-c2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
89...Bd1-b3 90.Kh4-g3 Bb3-d1
91.h5-h6+ Kg7-h7 92.Kg3-f4 Bd1-e2
93.Kf4-e4 Be2-c4 94.Ke4-e5 Bc4-a6
95.Ke5-f6 Ba6-e2 96.Kf6-e7 Be2-c4
97.Ke7-d7 Bc4-g8 98.Kd7-e8 Bg8-a2
99.f5-f6 Kh7-g6 100.h6-h7 Kg6xh7
101.f6-f7 Kh7-g6 102.f7-f8Q Ba2-b1
103.Qf8-h6+ Kg6-f5 104.Qh6-h7+
Kf5-e5 105.Qh7xb1 Ke5-d6
106.Qb1-d3+ Kd6-c7 107.Qd3-d7+
Kc7-b6 108.g5-g6 Kb6-a6 109.g6-g7
Ka6-a5 110.g7-g8Q 17.65/20 ]
90.h5-h6+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
90.h5-h6+ Kg7-g8 91.Kh4-g4 Kg8-h7
92.Kg4-f4 Bc2-b3 93.Kf4-e4 Bb3-c4
94.Ke4-e5 Bc4-a6 95.Ke5-f6 Ba6-e2
96.Kf6-e7 Be2-c4 97.Ke7-d7 Bc4-g8
98.Kd7-e8 Bg8-a2 99.f5-f6 Kh7-g6
100.h6-h7 Kg6xh7 101.f6-f7 Kh7-g6
102.f7-f8Q Ba2-b1 103.Qf8-h6+
Kg6-f5 104.Qh6-h7+ Kf5-e5
105.Qh7xb1 Ke5-d6 106.Qb1-d3+
Kd6-c7 107.Qd3-d7+ Kc7-b6
108.g5-g6 Kb6-c5 109.g6-g7 Kc5-b6
110.g7-g8Q Kb6-c5 111.Qd7-d5+
Kc5-b4 112.Qd5-b3+ Kb4-a5

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113.Qg8-d5+ Ka5-a6 114.Qd5-d3+


17.63/18 ] 90...Kg7-h7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 90...Kg7-h7 91.Kh4-g4
Bc2-a4 92.Kg4-f4 Ba4-b3 93.Kf4-e5
Bb3-a4 94.Ke5-e6 Ba4-b3+
95.Ke6-e7 Bb3-c4 96.Ke7-d7 Bc4-g8
97.Kd7-e8 Bg8-a2 98.f5-f6 Kh7-g6
99.h6-h7 Kg6xh7 100.f6-f7 Kh7-g6
101.f7-f8Q Ba2-b1 102.Qf8-h6+
Kg6-f5 103.Qh6-h7+ Kf5-e5
104.Qh7xb1 Ke5-d6 105.Qb1-d3+
Kd6-c7 106.Qd3-d7+ Kc7-b6
107.g5-g6 Kb6-c5 108.g6-g7 Kc5-b6
109.g7-g8Q Kb6-c5 110.Qd7-d5+
Kc5-b4 111.Qd5-b3+ Kb4-a5
112.Qg8-d5+ Ka5-a6 113.Qd5-d3+
17.65/19 ] 91.Kh4-g4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 91.Kh4-g4 Bc2-a4 92.Kg4-f4
Ba4-b3 93.Kf4-e4 Bb3-c4 94.Ke4-e5
Bc4-g8 95.Ke5-d6 Bg8-c4 96.Kd6-d7
Bc4-g8 97.Kd7-e8 Bg8-a2 98.f5-f6
Kh7-g6 99.h6-h7 Kg6xh7 100.f6-f7
Kh7-g6 101.f7-f8Q Ba2-b1
102.Qf8-h6+ Kg6-f5 103.Qh6-h7+
Kf5-e5 104.Qh7xb1 Ke5-d6
105.Qb1-d3+ Kd6-c7 106.Qd3-d7+
Kc7-b6 107.g5-g6 Kb6-c5 108.g6-g7
Kc5-b6 109.g7-g8Q Kb6-c5
110.Qd7-d5+ Kc5-b4 111.Qd5-b3+
Kb4-a5 112.Qg8-d5+ Ka5-a6
113.Qd5-d3+ 17.21/19 ] 91...Bc2-b1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 91...Bc2-a4
92.Kg4-f4 Ba4-b3 93.Kf4-e4 Bb3-c4
94.Ke4-e5 Bc4-g8 95.Ke5-d6 Bg8-c4
96.Kd6-d7 Bc4-g8 97.Kd7-e8 Bg8-a2
98.f5-f6 Kh7-g6 99.h6-h7 Kg6xh7
100.f6-f7 Kh7-g6 101.f7-f8Q Ba2-b1
102.Qf8-h6+ Kg6-f5 103.Qh6-h7+
Kf5-e5 104.Qh7xb1 Ke5-d6
105.Qb1-d3+ Kd6-c7 106.Qd3-d7+
Kc7-b6 107.g5-g6 Kb6-c5 108.g6-g7
Kc5-b6 109.g7-g8Q Kb6-c5
110.Qd7-d5+ Kc5-b4 111.Qd5-b3+
Kb4-a5 112.Qg8-d5+ Ka5-a6
113.Qd5-d3+ 17.23/20 ] 92.Kg4-f4

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 92.Kg4-f4
Bb1-a2 93.Kf4-e5 Ba2-g8 94.Ke5-d6
Bg8-c4 95.Kd6-d7 Bc4-g8 96.Kd7-e8
Bg8-a2 97.f5-f6 Kh7-g6 98.h6-h7
Kg6xh7 99.f6-f7 Kh7-g6 100.f7-f8Q
Kg6-h5 101.Qf8-h6+ Kh5-g4
102.g5-g6 Kg4-f5 103.g6-g7 Kf5-e4
104.Ke8-e7 Ba2-g8 105.Ke7-f8
Bg8-d5 106.Qh6-c1 Ke4-d3
107.Qc1-f1+ Kd3-e4 108.Qf1-f6
Ke4-d3 109.Qf6-d6 Kd3-e3
110.Qd6-e5+ Ke3-d3 111.Qe5-d6
Kd3-e3 17.88/19 ] 92...Bb1-c2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 92...Bb1-d3
93.Kf4-e5 Bd3-e2 94.f5-f6 Kh7-g6
95.Ke5-e6 Be2-a6 96.f6-f7 Ba6-c4+
97.Ke6-e7 Bc4xf7 98.h6-h7 Kg6xh7
99.Ke7xf7 Kh7-h8 100.Kf7-g6 Kh8-g8
101.Kg6-h6 Kg8-f7 102.g5-g6+ Kf7-f8
103.Kh6-h7 Kf8-e7 104.g6-g7 Ke7-d6
105.g7-g8Q Kd6-e5 106.Kh7-g6
Ke5-d4 107.Kg6-f6 Kd4-c3
108.Qg8-a2 Kc3-b4 109.Qa2-b2+
Kb4-c4 110.Qb2-a3 Kc4-b5
111.Qa3-b3+ Kb5-c5 112.Kf6-e5
Kc5-c6 113.Qb3-d5+ Kc6-b6
114.Qd5-c4 Kb6-a5 115.Ke5-d6
Ka5-b6 116.Qc4-b4+ Kb6-a6
117.Kd6-c6 Ka6-a7 118.Qb4-b7#
17.39/20 ] 93.Kf4-e5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 93.Kf4-e5 Bc2-d3 94.Ke5-e6
Bd3-c4+ 95.Ke6-d7 Bc4-d3 96.f5-f6
Bd3-c4 97.Kd7-e8 Kh7-g6 98.Ke8-e7
Kg6-f5 99.h6-h7 Kf5-e4 100.g5-g6
Ke4-d5 101.f6-f7 Kd5-c6 102.h7-h8Q
Bc4-b5 103.Qh8-f6+ Kc6-c5
104.f7-f8Q Kc5-b4 105.Ke7-f7+
Kb4-b3 106.Qf6-f3+ Kb3-c4
107.Qf3-f1+ Kc4-d4 108.Qf1xb5
19.38/17 ] 93...Bc2-d3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 93...Bc2-a4 94.f5-f6 Kh7-g6
95.Ke5-e6 Ba4-e8 96.Ke6-e7 Kg6xg5
97.h6-h7 Be8-g6 98.h7-h8Q Kg5-f4
99.f6-f7 Bg6xf7 100.Ke7xf7 Kf4-e3
101.Qh8-c3+ Ke3-e2 102.Kf7-f6

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Ke2-d1 103.Kf6-e5 Kd1-e2


104.Qc3-d4 Ke2-f3 105.Qd4-d2
Kf3-g4 106.Ke5-f6 Kg4-f3 107.Kf6-f5
Kf3-g3 108.Qd2-e2 Kg3-h3 109.Kf5-f4
Kh3-h4 110.Qe2-h2# 16.65/18 ]
94.Ke5-e6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
94.Ke5-e6 Bd3-a6 95.f5-f6 Kh7-g6
96.Ke6-e7 Ba6-c4 97.f6-f7 Bc4xf7
98.h6-h7 Kg6xh7 99.Ke7xf7 Kh7-h8
100.Kf7-g6 Kh8-g8 101.Kg6-h6
Kg8-f7 102.g5-g6+ Kf7-f8 103.Kh6-h7
Kf8-e7 104.g6-g7 Ke7-f6 105.g7-g8Q
Kf6-e5 106.Kh7-g6 Ke5-d4
107.Kg6-f5 Kd4-c5 108.Qg8-b3
Kc5-d4 109.Kf5-f6 Kd4-c5 110.Kf6-e5
Kc5-c6 111.Qb3-d5+ Kc6-b6
112.Ke5-d6 Kb6-a6 113.Qd5-b3
Ka6-a5 114.Qb3-c4 Ka5-b6
115.Qc4-b4+ Kb6-a6 116.Kd6-c6
Ka6-a7 117.Qb4-b7# 9.62/15 ]
94...Bd3-c4+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
94...Bd3-e4 95.f5-f6 Kh7-g6 96.f6-f7
Kg6-h5 97.f7-f8Q Kh5-g4 98.g5-g6
Kg4-h3 99.h6-h7 Kh3-g2 100.g6-g7
Be4xh7 101.Ke6-e7 Kg2-g3
102.g7-g8Q+ Bh7xg8 103.Qf8xg8+
Kg3-f2 104.Qg8-a2+ Kf2-e3
105.Qa2-c2 Ke3-d4 106.Ke7-f6
Kd4-e3 107.Kf6-e5 Ke3-f3
108.Qc2-d2 Kf3-g4 109.Ke5-f6 Kg4-f3
110.Kf6-f5 Kf3-g3 111.Qd2-e2 Kg3-h3
112.Kf5-f4 Kh3-h4 113.Qe2-h2#
#20/18 ] 95.Ke6-e7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 95.Ke6-d7 Bc4-d3 96.f5-f6
Kh7-g6 97.Kd7-e7 Kg6-h5 98.f6-f7
Kh5-g4 99.f7-f8Q Kg4-g3 100.Ke7-f7
Kg3-g2 101.Kf7-g7 Kg2-g1 102.Qf8-f3
Bd3-c2 103.Qf3-e3+ Kg1-h1
104.Qe3-c1+ Kh1-g2 105.Qc1xc2+
Kg2-f3 106.h6-h7 Kf3-f4 107.h7-h8Q
18.43/16 ] 95...Bc4-b3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 95...Bc4-d5 96.f5-f6 Kh7-g6
97.h6-h7 Kg6xh7 98.f6-f7 Bd5xf7
99.Ke7xf7 Kh7-h8 100.Kf7-g6 Kh8-g8
101.Kg6-h6 Kg8-f7 102.g5-g6+ Kf7-f8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


103.Kh6-h7 Kf8-e7 104.g6-g7 Ke7-d6
105.g7-g8Q Kd6-c5 106.Qg8-b3
Kc5-c6 107.Kh7-g7 Kc6-c5
108.Kg7-f6 Kc5-d4 109.Qb3-c2
Kd4-e3 110.Kf6-e5 Ke3-f3
111.Qc2-d2 Kf3-g4 112.Ke5-f6
Kg4-g3 113.Qd2-e2 Kg3-h4
114.Qe2-h2+ Kh4-g4 115.Qh2-d2
Kg4-g3 #22/23 ] 96.f5-f6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 96.f5-f6 Kh7-g6 97.h6-h7
Kg6xh7 98.f6-f7 Bb3xf7 99.Ke7xf7
Kh7-h8 100.Kf7-g6 Kh8-g8
101.Kg6-h6 Kg8-f7 102.g5-g6+ Kf7-f8
103.Kh6-h7 Kf8-e7 104.g6-g7 Ke7-d6
105.g7-g8Q Kd6-c5 106.Qg8-b3
Kc5-d4 107.Kh7-g6 Kd4-c5
108.Qb3-a4 Kc5-d6 109.Qa4-c4
Kd6-d7 110.Kg6-f6 Kd7-d6 111.Kf6-f5
Kd6-d7 112.Qc4-d5+ Kd7-c7
113.Qd5-b5 Kc7-d6 114.Qb5-c4
Kd6-d7 #20/24 ] 96...Kh7-g6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 96...Kh7-g6
97.h6-h7 Kg6xh7 98.f6-f7 Bb3xf7
99.Ke7xf7 Kh7-h8 100.Kf7-g6 Kh8-g8
101.Kg6-h6 Kg8-f7 102.g5-g6+ Kf7-f8
103.Kh6-h7 Kf8-e7 104.g6-g7 Ke7-d6
105.g7-g8Q Kd6-c5 106.Qg8-b3
Kc5-d4 107.Kh7-g6 Kd4-c5
108.Qb3-a4 Kc5-d6 109.Qa4-c4
Kd6-d7 110.Kg6-f6 Kd7-d6 111.Kf6-f5
Kd6-d7 112.Kf5-e5 Kd7-e7
113.Qc4-c7+ Ke7-e8 114.Ke5-f6
Ke8-f8 115.Qc7-b8# #19/28 ] 97.f6-f7!
and the rest is history [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 97.h6-h7 Kg6xh7 98.f6-f7
Bb3xf7 99.Ke7xf7 Kh7-h8 100.Kf7-g6
Kh8-g8 101.Kg6-h6 Kg8-f7
102.g5-g6+ Kf7-f8 103.Kh6-h7 Kf8-e7
104.g6-g7 Ke7-d6 105.g7-g8Q Kd6-c5
106.Qg8-b3 Kc5-d4 107.Kh7-g6
Kd4-c5 108.Qb3-a4 Kc5-d6
109.Qa4-c4 Kd6-e5 110.Kg6-g5
Ke5-d6 111.Kg5-f6 Kd6-d7
112.Kf6-e5 Kd7-e7 113.Qc4-c7+
Ke7-e8 114.Ke5-f6 Ke8-f8

68

115.Qc7-b8# #19/25 ] 97...Bb3xf7


[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 97...Bb3xf7
98.h6-h7 Kg6xh7 99.Ke7xf7 Kh7-h8
100.Kf7-g6 Kh8-g8 101.Kg6-h6
Kg8-f7 102.g5-g6+ Kf7-f8 103.Kh6-h7
Kf8-e7 104.g6-g7 Ke7-d6 105.g7-g8Q
Kd6-c5 106.Qg8-b3 Kc5-d4
107.Kh7-g6 Kd4-c5 108.Qb3-a4
Kc5-d6 109.Qa4-c4 Kd6-e5
110.Kg6-g5 Ke5-d6 111.Kg5-f6
Kd6-d7 112.Kf6-e5 Kd7-e7
113.Qc4-c7+ Ke7-e8 114.Ke5-f6
Ke8-f8 115.Qc7-b8# #18/26 ]
98.h6-h7! Deflection: f7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 98.h6-h7 Kg6xh7 99.Ke7xf7
Kh7-h8 100.Kf7-g6 Kh8-g8
101.Kg6-h6 Kg8-f7 102.g5-g6+ Kf7-f8
103.Kh6-h7 Kf8-e7 104.g6-g7 Ke7-d6
105.g7-g8Q Kd6-c5 106.Qg8-b3
Kc5-d4 107.Kh7-g6 Kd4-c5
108.Qb3-a4 Kc5-d6 109.Qa4-b4+
Kd6-e5 110.Qb4-c4 Ke5-d6
111.Kg6-f6 Kd6-d7 112.Kf6-e5
Kd7-e7 113.Qc4-c7+ Ke7-e8
114.Ke5-f6 Ke8-f8 115.Qc7-e7+
Kf8-g8 116.Qe7-g7# #18/20 ]
98...Kg6xh7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
98...Kg6xh7 99.Ke7xf7 Kh7-h8
100.Kf7-g6 Kh8-g8 101.Kg6-h6
Kg8-f7 102.g5-g6+ Kf7-f8 103.Kh6-h7
Kf8-e7 104.g6-g7 Ke7-d6 105.g7-g8Q
Kd6-c5 106.Qg8-b3 Kc5-d4
107.Kh7-g6 Kd4-c5 108.Qb3-a4
Kc5-d6 109.Qa4-c4 Kd6-e5
110.Kg6-g5 Ke5-d6 111.Kg5-f6
Kd6-d7 112.Kf6-e5 Kd7-e7
113.Qc4-c7+ Ke7-e8 114.Ke5-f6
Ke8-f8 115.Qc7-f7# #17/27 ]
99.Ke7xf7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
99.Ke7xf7 Kh7-h8 100.Kf7-g6 Kh8-g8
101.Kg6-h6 Kg8-f7 102.g5-g6+ Kf7-f8
103.Kh6-h7 Kf8-e7 104.g6-g7 Ke7-d6
105.g7-g8Q 8.89/9 ] 99...Kh7-h8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 99...Kh7-h8
6.51/1 ] 100.Kf7-g6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


x64: 100.Kf7-g6 Kh8-g8 101.Kg6-h6
Kg8-f7 102.g5-g6+ Kf7-f8 103.Kh6-h7
Kf8-e7 104.g6-g7 Ke7-d6
105.g7-g8Q 8.77/9 ]
1-0

11

A14

Mikhail Krasenkow
Hikaru Nakamura
Casino de Barcelona ESP (2) 19.10.2007
A14: English Opening: 1...e6 with b3 by
White
1.Ng1-f3 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 e7-e6
3.g2-g3 d7-d5 4.Bf1-g2 Bf8-e7 5.0-0
0-0 6.b2-b3 a7-a5 7.Nb1-c3 c7-c6
8.d2-d4 Nb8-d7 9.Qd1-c2 b7-b6
10.e2-e4 Bc8-a6 11.Nf3-d2 c6-c5
12.e4xd5 c5xd4 13.Nc3-b5 e6xd5
14.Nb5xd4 Ra8-c8 15.Rf1-e1 b6-b5
16.Bc1-b2 Rf8-e8 17.Qc2-d1
last book move last book move b5xc4
[ 17...d5xc4? 18.Nd4-c6 Rc8xc6
19.Bg2xc6+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17...b5xc4 18.b3xc4 Qd8-b6
19.Bb2-c3 Be7-c5 20.Nd2-b3 Ba6xc4
21.Nb3xc5 Re8xe1+ 22.Qd1xe1
Qb6xc5 23.Nd4-f5 Rc8-e8 24.Qe1-d2
Re8-e2 25.Qd2-d4 a5-a4 26.a2-a3
Qc5xd4 27.Bc3xd4 Re2-d2 28.Ra1-e1
Rd2-d3 29.Bd4-b2 Rd3-b3 30.Bb2-c1
g7-g6 31.Nf5-d6 -0.13/18 ] 18.b3xc4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18.b3xc4
Qd8-b6 19.Bb2-c3 Be7-c5 20.Nd2-b3
Ba6xc4 21.Nb3xc5 Diagram
(Diagram 59)
Re8xe1+ 22.Qd1xe1 Qb6xc5
23.Nd4-f5 Rc8-e8 24.Qe1-d2 Re8-e2
25.Qd2-d4 a5-a4 26.a2-a3 Qc5xd4
27.Bc3xd4 Re2-d2 28.Ra1-e1 Rd2-d3
29.Bd4-b2 Rd3-b3 30.Bb2-c1 g7-g6
31.Nf5-d6 -0.36/18 ] 18...Qd8-b6

69

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9-wq-+-sn-+0
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Black threatens to win material:
Qb6xb2 [Not 18...d5xc4 19.Nd4-c6
Qd8-b6 20.Nc6xe7+ ( 20.Re1xe7
Qb6xb2 21.Qd1-c1 c4-c3 22.Qc1xb2
c3xb2= ) 20...Re8xe7 21.Re1xe7
Qb6xb2 22.Bg2-h3 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 18...Qd8-b6 19.Bb2-c3 Be7-c5
20.Nd2-b3 Ba6xc4 21.Nb3xc5
Re8xe1+ 22.Qd1xe1 Qb6xc5
23.Nd4-f5 Rc8-e8 24.Qe1-d2 h7-h6
25.a2-a3 Qc5-b6 26.Ra1-e1 Diagram
(Diagram 60)
Re8xe1+ 27.Qd2xe1 a5-a4
28.Qe1-d1 Qb6-b3 29.Qd1-a1 h6-h5
30.Bc3-d4 -0.21/18 ] 19.Ra1-b1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.Bb2-c3
Be7-c5 20.Nd2-b3 Ba6xc4 21.Nb3xc5
Re8xe1+ 22.Qd1xe1 Qb6xc5
23.Nd4-f5 Rc8-e8 24.Qe1-d2 Re8-e2
25.Qd2-d4 a5-a4 26.a2-a3 Qc5xd4
27.Bc3xd4 Re2-d2 28.Ra1-e1 Rd2-d3
29.Bd4-b2 Rd3-b3 30.Bb2-c1 Rb3-c3
31.Nf5-e7+ Kg8-f8 -0.36/17 ]
19...d5xc4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
19...Be7-c5 20.Bb2-a3 Qb6-a7
21.Ba3xc5 Qa7xc5 22.Nd4-b3
Re8xe1+ 23.Qd1xe1 Qc5-b4 24.c4xd5
a5-a4 25.Nb3-c1 Qb4-c5 26.Qe1-d1

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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23.Qd1-c1 ; 21...Rc6xf6? looks very


tantalising, but 22.Rb1xb6 Rf6xb6
23.Nd2xc4 Ba6xc4 24.Qd1xd7+Diagram

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Qc5-d4 27.Nc1-e2 Ba6xe2 28.Qd1xe2


Rc8-c2 29.Nd2-f3 Rc2xe2 30.Nf3xd4
Re2xa2 31.Rb1-c1 g7-g6 32.d5-d6
a4-a3 33.Rc1-c7 Ra2-a1+ 34.Bg2-f1
; Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21...Qb6xf2+
-0.35/17 ] 20.Nd4-c6 White threatens
22.Kg1xf2 Be7-c5+ 23.Bf6-d4
to win material: Nc6xe7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 20.Bb2-c3 Qb6-c5 21.Nd2-f1 Bc5xd4+ 24.Kf2-f3 Rc6-f6+ 25.Kf3-g4
Nd7-e5+ 26.Kg4-g5 Rf6-g6+
Qc5-a3 22.Nd4-c6 Be7-f8 23.Re1xe8
27.Kg5-h4 Rg6-h6+ 28.Qd1-h5
Rc8xe8 24.Qd1-c2 Bf8-c5 25.h2-h3
Rh6xh5+ 29.Kh4xh5 g7-g6+
h7-h6 26.Qc2-d2 Re8-e6 27.Nf1-e3
30.Kh5-h4 c4-c3 31.Nd2-f3 Ne5xf3+
Bc5xe3 28.f2xe3 Nf6-e4 29.Bg2xe4
32.Bg2xf3 Re8xe1 33.Rb1xe1 c3-c2
Re6xe4 30.Rb1-f1 Ba6-c8
34.Re1-c1 Ba6-d3 35.Bf3-e2 g6-g5+
31.Nc6xa5 -0.26/16 ] 20...Rc8xc6
36.Kh4-h3 Bd3xe2 37.Rc1xc2 Be2-f3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20...Rc8xc6
21.Re1xe7 Re8xe7 22.Bb2-a3 Re7-e5 38.Rc2-d2 Bd4-f6 39.g3-g4 Bf6-e5
40.Rd2-f2 Bf3-c6 41.Rf2-c2 Bc6-e4
23.Rb1xb6 Rc6xb6 24.Bg2-f1 c4-c3
25.Nd2-c4 Ba6xc4 26.Bf1xc4 Re5-e8
-3.38/16 ] 22.Kg1xf2 White wins the
27.Bc4-b3 Rb6-c6 28.Kg1-g2 Re8-c8
queen [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22.Kg1xf2 Be7-c5+ 23.Bf6-d4
29.Bb3-c2 g7-g6 30.Qd1-d4 Nd7-b6
Bc5xd4+ 24.Kf2-f3 Rc6-f6+ 25.Kf3-g4
31.Bc2-b3 a5-a4 32.Bb3-c2 Rc8-e8
33.h2-h3 Re8-e2 -0.76/17 ] 21.Bb2xf6 Nd7-e5+ 26.Kg4-g5 Rf6-g6+
27.Kg5-h4 Rg6-h6+ 28.Kh4-g5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21.Re1xe7
Re8xe7 22.Bb2-a3 Re7-e5 23.Rb1xb6 Rh6-g6+ 29.Kg5-h4 -0.09/9 ]
22...Be7-c5+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Rc6xb6 24.Qd1-a1 Rb6-e6 25.Nd2-f3
22...Be7-c5+ 23.Bf6-d4 Bc5xd4+
Re5-d5 26.Ba3-b2 Nf6-e4 27.Nf3-d4
Re6-e8 28.f2-f3 Ne4-f6 29.Bb2-c3
24.Kf2-f3 Rc6-f6+ 25.Kf3-g4 Nd7-e5+
26.Kg4-g5 Rf6-g6+ 27.Kg5-h4
h7-h6 30.Nd4-c6 a5-a4 31.f3-f4
Rg6-h6+ 28.Kh4-g5 Rh6-g6+
Rd5-d6 32.Nc6-e5 Nd7xe5 33.f4xe5
-0.72/16 ] 21...Qb6xf2+ [ 21...Nd7xf6
29.Kg5-h4 0.18/9 ] 23.Kf2-f3??
throws away the game [ 23.Bf6-d4
is much weaker 22.Rb1xb6 Rc6xb6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Bc5xd4+ 24.Kf2-f3 Rc6-f6+ 25.Kf3-g4
Nd7-e5+ 26.Kg4-g5 Rf6-g6+
27.Kg5-h4 Rg6-h6+ 28.Kh4-g5-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23.Bf6-d4
Bc5xd4+ 24.Kf2-f3 Rc6-f6+ 25.Kf3-g4
Nd7-e5+ 26.Kg4-g5 Rf6-g6+
27.Kg5-h4 Rg6-h6+ 28.Kh4-g5
Rh6-g6+ 29.Kg5-h4 -0.08/9 ]
23...Rc6xf6+-+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23...Rc6xf6+ 24.Kf3-g4 Nd7-e5+
25.Re1xe5 Ba6-c8+ 26.Re5-f5
Bc8xf5+ 27.Kg4-h4 Rf6-h6+
28.Kh4-g5 Bf5-c8 29.Qd1-e1 Re8-e3
30.Rb1-b6 Bc5xb6 31.Nd2-e4 Re3xe1
32.Kg5-f4 Rh6xh2 33.Bg2-h3 Bc8xh3
34.g3-g4 Bb6-c7+ 35.Kf4-f3 Re1-f1+
36.Ne4-f2 Rf1xf2+ 37.Kf3-e4 Bh3xg4
38.Ke4-d4 Rf2-f4+ 39.Kd4-c5 c4-c3
40.Kc5-c6 c3-c2 41.Kc6-b7 c2-c1Q
42.a2-a3 Bg4-f3+ 43.Kb7-c8 -37.61/9 ]
24.Kf3-g4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24.Kf3-g4 Nd7-e5+ 25.Re1xe5
Ba6-c8+ 26.Re5-f5 Bc8xf5+
27.Kg4-h4 Diagram

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Rf6-h6+ 28.Kh4-g5 Bf5-c8 29.Qd1-e1
Re8-e3 30.Rb1-b6 Bc5xb6 31.Nd2-e4
Re3xe1 32.Kg5-f4 Rh6xh2 33.Bg2-h3
Bc8xh3 34.g3-g4 Bb6-c7+ 35.Kf4-f3
Re1-f1+ 36.Ne4-f2 Rf1xf2+ 37.Kf3-e4
Bh3xg4 38.Ke4-d4 Rf2-f4+ 39.Kd4-c5

71

c4-c3 40.Kc5-c6 c3-c2 41.Kc6-b7


c2-c1Q 42.a2-a3 Bg4-f3+ 43.Kb7-c8
-37.42/1 ] 24...Nd7-e5+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 24...Nd7-e5+ 25.Re1xe5
Ba6-c8+ 26.Re5-f5 Bc8xf5+
27.Kg4-h4 Rf6-h6+ 28.Kh4-g5 Bf5-c8
29.Qd1-e1 Re8-e3 30.Rb1-b6 Bc5xb6
31.Nd2-e4 Re3xe1 32.Kg5-f4 Rh6xh2
33.Bg2-h3 Bc8xh3 34.g3-g4 Bb6-c7+
35.Kf4-f3 Re1-f1+ 36.Ne4-f2 Rf1xf2+
37.Kf3-e4 Bh3xg4 38.Ke4-d4 Rf2-f4+
39.Kd4-c5 c4-c3 40.Kc5-c6 c3-c2
41.Kc6-b7 c2-c1Q 42.a2-a3 Bg4-f3+
43.Kb7-c8 -37.18/15 ] 25.Kg4-g5
[ 25.Re1xe5 Ba6-c8+ 26.Re5-f5
Bc8xf5+ 27.Kg4-h4 Rf6-h6+
28.Kh4-g5 Bf5-d7-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 25.Re1xe5 Ba6-c8+ 26.Re5-f5
Bc8xf5+ 27.Kg4-h4 Rf6-h6+
28.Kh4-g5 Bf5-c8 29.Qd1-e1 Re8-e3
30.Rb1-b6 Bc5xb6 31.Nd2-e4 Re3xe1
32.Kg5-f4 Rh6xh2 33.Bg2-h3 Bc8xh3
34.g3-g4 Bb6-c7+ 35.Kf4-f3 Re1-f1+
36.Ne4-f2 Rf1xf2+ 37.Kf3-e4 Bh3xg4
38.Ke4-d4 Rf2-f4+ 39.Kd4-c5 c4-c3
40.Kc5-c6 c3-c2 41.Kc6-b7 c2-c1Q
42.a2-a3 Bg4-f3+ 43.Kb7-c8
-37.42/16 ] 25...Rf6-g6+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 25...Rf6-g6+ 26.Kg5-f5
Ba6-c8+ 27.Kf5-e4 Rg6-d6 28.Ke4-f4
Ne5-d3+ 29.Kf4-g5 Re8xe1
30.Rb1-b6 Bc5xb6 31.Nd2-e4
Bb6-d8+ 32.Ne4-f6+ Bd8xf6+
33.Kg5-h5 Re1-e5# -#9/17 ]
26.Kg5-h5 [ 26.Kg5-f5 Ba6-c8+
27.Kf5-e4 Rg6-d6 28.Ke4-f4 Ne5-d3+
29.Kf4-g5 Re8xe1 30.Qd1-f3 Re1-e5+
31.Qf3-f5 Re5xf5+ 32.Kg5-h4
Rd6-h6+ 33.Kh4-g4 Nd3-e5# ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26.Kg5-h5
Ba6-c8 27.Rb1-b6 Rg6xb6 28.Bg2-c6
Rb6xc6 29.Kh5-g5 h7-h6+ 30.Kg5-h5
Kg8-h7 31.g3-g4 Bc5-f2 32.Qd1-c2+
g7-g6+ 33.Qc2xg6+ f7xg6# -#8/20 ]
26...f7-f6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


26...Ba6-c8 Diagram

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27.Rb1-b6 Bc5xb6 28.Nd2-e4
Bc8-g4+ 29.Qd1xg4 Bb6-d8
30.Ne4-f6+ Bd8xf6 31.Qg4-f4
Rg6-h6+ 32.Qf4xh6 g7-g6+
33.Qh6xg6+ h7xg6+ 34.Kh5-h6
Ne5-g4# -#9/15 ] 27.Re1xe5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Bg2-d5+
Kg8-f8 28.Kh5-h4 Rg6-h6+ 29.Qd1-h5
g7-g5+ 30.Kh4-h3 Rh6xh5+
31.Kh3-g2 Re8-d8 32.Nd2-e4 Rd8xd5
33.h2-h3 c4-c3 34.g3-g4 Rh5-h6
35.Rb1-b8+ Kf8-g7 36.Re1-c1
Rd5-d2+ 37.Ne4xd2 c3xd2 38.Rc1-b1
Ne5-d3 39.Rb8-b3 Nd3-f4+ 40.Kg2-h2
a5-a4 41.Rb3-f3 Ba6-e2 42.Rf3-c3
Be2xg4 43.Rc3xc5 Rh6xh3+
44.Kh2-g1 d2-d1Q+ 45.Rb1xd1
Bg4xd1 46.Rc5-c7+ Kg7-g6 -11.90/16
] 27...Re8xe5+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27...Re8xe5+ 28.Kh5-h4 Ba6-c8
29.Bg2-d5+ Re5xd5 30.g3-g4 Rd5-d3
31.Qd1-f3 Rd3xf3 32.Nd2xf3 Rg6xg4+
33.Kh4-h5 g7-g6+ 34.Kh5-h6
Bc5-f8# -#8/9 ] 28.Kh5-h4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.Kh5-h4
Rg6-h6+ 29.Kh4-g4 Ba6-c8+
30.Kg4-f3 Re5-f5+ 31.Kf3-e2 Rh6xh2
32.Nd2xc4 Rh2xg2+ 33.Ke2-e1 0.42/1
] 28...Ba6-c8 Diagram [ 28...Ba6-c8

72

29.Bg2-d5+ Re5xd5 30.g3-g4 Rd5-d3


31.Qd1-f3 Rd3xf3 32.Nd2xf3 Rg6xg4+
33.Kh4-h5 g7-g6+ 34.Kh5-h6
Bc5-f8# ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28...Ba6-c8 29.Bg2-d5+ Re5xd5
30.g3-g4 Rd5-d3 31.Qd1-f3 Rd3xf3
32.Nd2xf3 Rg6xg4+ 33.Kh4-h5
g7-g6+ 34.Kh5-h6 Bc5-f8# -#7/21 ]

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0-1

12

A57

Hikaru Nakamura
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Cap d Cap Agde FRA (10.3) 30.10.2008
A57: Benko/Volga Gambit
1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 c7-c5
3.d4-d5 b7-b5 4.c4xb5 a7-a6 5.f2-f3
e7-e6 6.e2-e4 e6xd5 7.e4-e5 Qd8-e7
8.Qd1-e2 Nf6-g8 9.Nb1-c3 Bc8-b7
10.Ng1-h3 c5-c4 11.Nh3-f4 Qe7-c5
12.Nf4xd5 Bb7xd5 13.Bc1-e3
Qc5-b4 14.a2-a3 Qb4-a5 15.Be3-d2
Bd5-e6 16.Nc3-d5 Qa5-d8
17.Qe2xc4 Ra8-a7 18.Ra1-c1 a6xb5
19.Nd5-c7+ Ra7xc7 last book move
last book move 20.Qc4xc7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20.Qc4xc7
Qd8xc7 21.Rc1xc7 Ng8-e7 22.Bf1xb5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Nb8-c6 23.Bb5xc6 Ne7xc6
24.Rc7-c8+ Ke8-e7 25.f3-f4 Be6-d5
26.Ke1-f2 d7-d6 27.e5xd6+ Ke7xd6
28.Rh1-c1 Kd6-d7 29.Rc8-a8 Kd7-e6
30.Ra8-a6 Ke6-d7 31.b2-b4 Bf8-d6
32.b4-b5 Nc6-d4 33.Ra6-a7+ Kd7-e6
0.13/15 ] 20...Nb8-c6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 20...Qd8xc7 21.Rc1xc7
Ng8-e7 22.Bf1xb5 Nb8-c6 23.Bb5xc6
Ne7xc6 Diagram

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24.Rc7-c8+ Ke8-e7 25.f3-f4 Be6-d5
26.Ke1-f2 d7-d6 27.e5xd6+ Ke7xd6
28.Rh1-c1 Kd6-d7 29.Rc8-a8 Kd7-e6
30.Ra8-a6 Ke6-d7 31.b2-b4 Bf8-d6
32.b4-b5 Nc6-d4 33.Ra6-a7+ Kd7-e6
0.31/16 ] 21.Qc7xd8+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 21.Qc7xd8+ Ke8xd8
22.Bf1xb5 Ng8-e7 23.f3-f4 g7-g5
24.f4xg5 Bf8-g7 25.Bd2-c3 h7-h6
26.g5xh6 Bg7xh6 27.Rc1-d1 Bh6-f4
28.Ke1-f2 Nc6xe5 29.h2-h3 Ne7-d5
30.Bc3-d2 Rh8-g8 31.g2-g4 Kd8-e7
32.Rh1-e1 f7-f6 33.a3-a4 Rg8-h8
34.Bd2xf4 Nd5xf4 0.20/19 ]
21...Ke8xd8 Diagram [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 21...Ke8xd8 22.Bf1xb5
Ng8-e7 23.f3-f4 g7-g5 24.f4xg5
Bf8-g7 25.Rc1-c5 Bg7xe5 26.Bd2-c3
Be5xc3+ 27.Rc5xc3 Kd8-c7 28.0-0
Rh8-g8 29.h2-h4 Rg8-b8 30.a3-a4

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Ne7-f5 31.Rf1-f4 Nf5-d6 32.Bb5xc6


d7xc6 33.b2-b4 Be6-d5 0.22/18 ]

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22.Bf1xb5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22.Bf1xb5 Ng8-e7 23.f3-f4 g7-g5
24.f4xg5 Bf8-g7 25.Bb5-a6 Bg7xe5
26.Bd2-c3 Be5xc3+ 27.Rc1xc3
Kd8-c7 28.Ke1-f2 Rh8-b8 29.b2-b4
Ne7-d5 30.Rc3-c1 Rb8-a8 31.b4-b5
f7-f6 32.g5xf6 Nd5xf6 33.Rh1-d1
Kc7-b6 34.b5xc6 Ra8xa6 35.c6xd7
Be6xd7 0.19/17 ] 22...Nc6xe5?
[ 22...Ng8-e7!? would keep Black
alive ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22...Ng8-e7 23.f3-f4 g7-g5 24.f4xg5
Bf8-g7 25.0-0 Bg7xe5 26.b2-b4
Be5-b2 27.Rc1-c2 Bb2-d4+ 28.Kg1-h1
Nc6-e5 29.Bd2-c3 Bd4xc3 30.Rc2xc3
Rh8-g8 31.h2-h4 Ne7-d5 32.Rc3-c5
d7-d6 33.Rc5-c1 Nd5-e3 34.Rf1-f6
Ne3-f5 0.16/17 ] 23.Bd2-a5++[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23.Bd2-a5+
Kd8-e7 24.Rc1-c8 f7-f6 25.Ba5-b4+
d7-d6 26.Rc8-c7+ Be6-d7 27.Bb5xd7
Ne5xd7 28.Ke1-f2 Ke7-d8 29.Bb4-a5
Kd8-e8 30.Rh1-d1 Bf8-e7 31.b2-b4
Nd7-f8 32.a3-a4 Nf8-e6 33.Rc7-a7
Ke8-f7 34.Rd1xd6 f6-f5 35.Rd6-d1
Kf7-f6 36.g2-g3 g7-g6 37.Ra7-d7
h7-h5 38.b4-b5 Be7-c5+ 39.Kf2-g2
1.58/18 ] 23...Kd8-e7 [Houdini 2.0c

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Pro x64: 23...Kd8-e7 24.Rc1-c8 f7-f6
25.Ba5-b4+ d7-d6 26.Rc8-c7+ Be6-d7
27.Bb5xd7 Ne5xd7 28.Ke1-f2 Ke7-d8
29.Bb4-a5 Kd8-e8 30.b2-b4 Bf8-e7
31.Rh1-d1 Nd7-f8 32.a3-a4 Nf8-e6
33.Rc7-a7 Ke8-f7 34.Rd1xd6 Ng8-h6
35.b4-b5 Nh6-f5 36.Rd6-d5 g7-g6
37.b5-b6 Rh8-b8 38.Rd5-d7 Ne6-c5
1.57/17 ] 24.Rc1-c8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 24.Rc1-c8 f7-f6 25.Ba5-b4+
d7-d6 26.Rc8-c7+ Be6-d7 27.Bb5xd7
Ne5xd7 28.Ke1-f2 Ke7-d8 29.Bb4-a5
Kd8-e8 30.b2-b4 Bf8-e7 31.Rh1-d1
Nd7-f8 32.a3-a4 Diagram

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Nf8-e6 33.Rc7-a7 Ke8-f7 34.Rd1xd6
Ng8-h6 35.b4-b5 Nh6-f5 36.Rd6-d5
g7-g6 37.b5-b6 Rh8-b8 38.Rd5-d7
Ne6-c5 1.37/18 ] 24...f7-f5?
[ 24...Ng8-f6 25.f3-f4 Ne5-g4
26.Ba5-b4+ d7-d6 27.Rc8-c7+ Be6-d7
28.Bb5xd7 Nf6xd7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 24...f7-f6 25.Ba5-b4+ d7-d6
26.Rc8-c7+ Be6-d7 27.Bb5xd7
Ne5xd7 28.Ke1-f2 Ke7-d8 29.Bb4-a5
Kd8-e8 30.b2-b4 Bf8-e7 31.Rh1-d1
Nd7-f8 32.a3-a4 Nf8-e6 33.Rc7-a7
Ke8-f7 34.Rd1xd6 Ng8-h6 35.b4-b5
Nh6-f5 36.Rd6-d5 g7-g6 37.b5-b6
Rh8-b8 38.g2-g3 Ne6-d4 39.Rd5-d7
1.32/17 ] 25.Ba5-b4++- [Houdini 2.0c

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Pro x64: 25.Ba5-b4+ d7-d6


26.Rc8-e8+ Ke7-f7 27.Re8xf8+ Kf7xf8
28.Bb4xd6+ Kf8-f7 29.Bd6xe5 Ng8-f6
30.0-0 Rh8-c8 31.Rf1-e1 g7-g5
32.a3-a4 Nf6-d5 33.Be5-d4 Nd5-b4
34.Bd4-c3 Nb4-d5 35.Bc3-e5 Nd5-b4
36.f3-f4 h7-h6 37.f4xg5 h6xg5
38.g2-g3 Be6-c4 39.Bb5-d7 Nb4-d3
40.Bd7xc8 Nd3xe1 41.Be5-d6 Ne1-d3
42.Bc8xf5 Nd3xb2 2.39/20 ] 25...d7-d6
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...d7-d6
26.Rc8-e8+ Ke7-f7 27.Re8xf8+ Kf7xf8
28.Bb4xd6+ Kf8-f7 29.Bd6xe5 Ng8-e7
30.Ke1-f2 Rh8-c8 31.Rh1-e1 Be6-b3
32.a3-a4 Ne7-d5 33.a4-a5 Rc8-c5
34.Bb5-e8+ Kf7-g8 35.a5-a6 Rc5-a5
36.Re1-c1 Kg8-f8 37.Rc1-c8 Kf8-e7
38.Be5xg7 Ra5xa6 39.Be8-b5 Ra6-b6
40.Bb5-d3 Nd5-f4 41.Bd3-f1 Ke7-d6
42.Bg7-c3 Rb6-b7 43.g2-g3 Nf4-d5
44.Bc3-d4 Rb7-d7 2.51/21 ]
26.Rc8xf8! Double attack: e5/f8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26.Rc8-e8+
Ke7-f7 27.Re8xf8+ Kf7xf8
28.Bb4xd6+ Kf8-f7 29.Bd6xe5 Ng8-f6
30.0-0 Rh8-c8 31.Rf1-e1 g7-g5
32.a3-a4 Nf6-d5 33.g2-g3 f5-f4
34.h2-h4 h7-h6 35.h4xg5 h6xg5
36.Kg1-f2 Rc8-c2+ 37.Re1-e2 Rc2-c1
38.Bb5-d3 Rc1-a1 39.b2-b3 f4xg3+
40.Kf2xg3 Ra1-a3 41.Bd3-c4 Nd5-f4
42.Bc4xe6+ Nf4xe6 2.38/20 ]
26...Ke7xf8? [ 26...Ne5xf3+
27.Ke1-f2 Ke7xf8 28.Bb4xd6+ Kf8-f7
29.g2xf3 Ng8-f6+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 26...Ne5xf3+ 27.g2xf3 Ke7xf8
28.Bb4xd6+ Kf8-f7 29.Ke1-f2 Ng8-e7
30.Rh1-c1 Rh8-d8 31.Bd6-b4 Ne7-d5
32.Bb4-a5 Rd8-d6 33.Rc1-d1 Kf7-e7
34.a3-a4 f5-f4 35.Rd1-d4 g7-g5
36.Ba5-d2 Rd6-d8 37.a4-a5 Rd8-b8
38.Bb5-c6 Nd5-e3 39.Bd2-b4+
Ke7-f6 1.10/19 ] 27.Bb4xd6+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Bb4xd6+
Kf8-f7 28.Bd6xe5 Ng8-f6 29.0-0

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Rh8-c8 30.Rf1-e1 g7-g5 31.a3-a4
h7-h5 32.Bb5-f1 Rc8-a8 33.Re1-a1
Nf6-d5 34.Bf1-b5 Kf7-e7 35.Ra1-e1
Ra8-c8 36.Be5-d4 Ke7-f7 37.a4-a5
Rc8-a8 38.Re1-a1 Nd5-b4 39.Bd4-c3
Nb4-d5 40.Bc3-d2 Ra8-b8 2.21/19 ]
27...Kf8-f7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27...Kf8-f7 28.Bd6xe5 Ng8-f6 29.0-0
Rh8-c8 30.Rf1-e1 g7-g5 31.a3-a4
h7-h5 32.Bb5-f1 Rc8-a8 33.Re1-a1
Nf6-d5 34.Bf1-b5 Kf7-e7 35.Ra1-e1
Ra8-c8 36.Be5-d4 Ke7-f7 37.a4-a5
Rc8-a8 38.Re1-a1 Nd5-b4 39.Bd4-c3
Nb4-d5 40.Bc3-d2 Ra8-b8 2.36/20 ]
28.Bd6xe5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28.Bd6xe5 Ng8-f6 29.0-0 Rh8-c8
30.Rf1-e1 g7-g5 31.a3-a4 Nf6-d5
32.Be5-d4 Nd5-b4 33.Bd4-c3 Nb4-d5
34.Bc3-e5 Nd5-e7 35.h2-h3 Be6-c4
36.Bb5xc4+ Rc8xc4 37.a4-a5 Ne7-c6
38.Be5-c3 Rc4-a4 2.32/18 ]
28...Ng8-f6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28...Ng8-e7 29.Ke1-f2 Rh8-d8
30.Rh1-e1 Ne7-g6 31.Be5-c7 Rd8-c8
32.Re1-c1 Ng6-e7 33.Bc7-f4 Rc8-d8
34.a3-a4 h7-h6 35.Bf4-e3 Ne7-d5
36.a4-a5 Nd5xe3 37.Kf2xe3 Rd8-d5
38.Rc1-c7+ Kf7-f6 39.Rc7-b7
Rd5-e5+ 40.Ke3-f2 Be6-d5 2.29/20 ]
29.0-0 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29.0-0
Rh8-c8 30.Rf1-e1 g7-g5 31.a3-a4
Nf6-d5 32.Be5-d4 Nd5-b4 33.Bd4-c3
Nb4-a2 34.Bc3-e5 Na2-b4 35.Be5-d6
Nb4-c2 36.Re1-c1 Nc2-e3 37.Rc1xc8
Be6xc8 38.Bd6-c5 f5-f4 39.a4-a5
2.30/18 ] 29...Rh8-c8 Diagram
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29...Be6-d7
30.Bb5-d3 Rh8-e8 31.Rf1-e1 Bd7-e6
32.Kg1-f2 Re8-d8 33.Re1-d1 Rd8-d5
34.Be5-c3 Rd5-d7 35.Rd1-d2 Nf6-d5
36.Bd3-b5 Rd7-e7 37.Bc3-d4 Be6-d7
38.Bb5-c4 Bd7-c6 39.b2-b4 2.29/18 ]
30.a3-a4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.Rf1-e1 g7-g5 31.a3-a4 Nf6-d5
32.Be5-d4 Nd5-b4 33.Bd4-c3 Nb4-a2

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34.Bc3-e5 Na2-b4 35.Be5-d6 Nb4-c2
36.Re1-c1 Nc2-e3 37.Rc1xc8 Be6xc8
38.Bd6-c5 f5-f4 39.a4-a5 2.30/17 ]
30...Nf6-d5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30...Be6-d7 31.Bb5-d3 Bd7xa4
32.Bd3xf5 Rc8-c5 33.Rf1-e1 Rc5-d5
34.Bf5-b1 Ba4-b3 35.Be5-c3 Rd5-d8
36.Re1-c1 g7-g6 37.Kg1-f2 Rd8-d5
38.g2-g4 Rd5-d8 39.Bc3-e5 Kf7-e6
40.Rc1-e1 Rd8-d2+ 41.Kf2-g3 1.85/19
] 31.Rf1-a1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31.Rf1-a1 Nd5-b4 32.Bb5-f1 Nb4-a2
33.f3-f4 Rc8-a8 34.Bf1-b5 Na2-b4
35.Ra1-c1 Nb4-d5 36.Be5-d4 Ra8-d8
37.a4-a5 Be6-d7 38.Bb5-c4 Bd7-e6
39.Bd4-e5 Rd8-a8 40.a5-a6 Nd5-b4
41.Bc4xe6+ Kf7xe6 2.50/18 ]
31...Rc8-c2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31...Nd5-b4 32.Bb5-f1 Nb4-a2
33.Ra1-d1 Be6-c4 34.f3-f4 Bc4xf1
35.Kg1xf1 Na2-b4 36.a4-a5 g7-g6
37.Be5-d6 Nb4-c2 38.Kf1-e2 Kf7-e6
39.Bd6-e5 Nc2-b4 40.Ke2-f3 Rc8-c6
41.b2-b3 Nb4-d5 2.49/18 ] 32.Bb5-d3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32.Bb5-d3
Rc2-d2 33.Bd3-f1 g7-g5 34.a4-a5
Nd5-e3 35.a5-a6 Be6-d5 36.Be5-c3
Rd2-c2 37.a6-a7 Bd5-a8 38.Ra1-e1
f5-f4 39.Bf1-e2 Kf7-e6 40.Kg1-h1
g5-g4 41.Be2-c4+ Ke6-e7 42.Bc4-d3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Rc2-f2 43.Bd3-e4 Ne3xg2 44.Kh1-g1
g4-g3 45.h2xg3 f4xg3 46.Be4xa8+
Ng2xe1 47.Bc3xe1 2.57/21 ]
32...Rc2-d2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32...Rc2-d2 33.Bd3-f1 g7-g5 34.a4-a5
Nd5-e3 35.a5-a6 Be6-d5 36.Be5-c3
Rd2-c2 37.a6-a7 Bd5-a8 38.Ra1-e1
f5-f4 39.Bf1-e2 Kf7-e6 40.Kg1-h1
g5-g4 41.Be2-c4+ Ke6-e7 42.Bc4-d3
Rc2-f2 43.Bd3-e4 Ne3xg2 44.Kh1-g1
g4-g3 45.h2xg3 f4xg3 46.Be4xa8+
Ng2xe1 47.Bc3xe1 2.70/20 ]
33.Bd3-c4 [ 33.Bd3-f1 makes it even
easier for White Nd5-e3 34.a4-a5
Ne3xf1 35.Ra1xf1 Rd2-d5+- Diagram

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; Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33.Bd3-f1
Nd5-e3 34.a4-a5 Ne3xf1 35.Ra1xf1
Rd2-d5 36.Be5-c3 Be6-c8 37.Kg1-f2
Bc8-a6 38.Rf1-e1 Rd5-d8 39.h2-h4
g7-g6 40.Kf2-g3 h7-h6 41.b2-b4
Rd8-c8 42.Bc3-e5 Rc8-c4 43.Be5-d6
Rc4-c2 44.Bd6-c5 2.39/19 ]
33...Rd2-c2 [ 33...Nd5-e3
34.Bc4-f1+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33...Nd5-e3 34.Bc4-f1 Ne3xf1
35.Ra1xf1 g7-g5 36.a4-a5 Be6-c4
37.Rf1-c1 Kf7-e6 38.Rc1xc4 Ke6xe5
39.b2-b4 Rd2-a2 40.h2-h4 g5xh4
41.Rc4xh4 Ke5-d5 42.Kg1-h2 h7-h5
43.Rh4-f4 Kd5-e5 44.Rf4-c4 Ke5-d5

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45.Rc4-c5+ Kd5-e6 46.Kh2-g3


2.17/18 ] 34.b2-b3 [ 34.Bc4xd5
and White can celebrate victory Be6xd5
35.a4-a5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34.Bc4xd5 Be6xd5 35.a4-a5 g7-g5
36.a5-a6 Bd5-a8 37.Be5-c3 g5-g4
38.Ra1-a5 Kf7-g6 39.a6-a7 f5-f4
40.h2-h4 g4xh3 41.g2xh3 h7-h5
42.h3-h4 Rc2-c1+ 43.Kg1-f2 Rc1-c2+
44.Kf2-e1 Ba8xf3 45.a7-a8Q Bf3xa8
46.Ra5xa8 Kg6-f5 2.42/18 ]
34...Nd5-e3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34...Nd5-e3 35.Bc4xe6+ Kf7xe6
36.Be5-d4 Rc2-e2 37.a4-a5 Ne3-c2
38.Ra1-a4 Nc2xd4 39.Ra4xd4 Re2-b2
40.Rd4-b4 Ke6-d6 41.Rb4-b7 Rb2-a2
42.b3-b4 Kd6-d5 43.Rb7xg7 Kd5-c4
44.Rg7-b7 Ra2-a1+ 45.Kg1-f2 f5-f4
46.h2-h4 Ra1-a2+ 47.Kf2-g1 Ra2-a1+
48.Kg1-h2 Ra1-a2 49.Kh2-h3 h7-h5
50.g2-g4 f4xg3 51.Kh3xg3 1.75/19 ]
35.Bc4xe6+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
35.Bc4xe6+ Kf7xe6 36.Be5-d4
Rc2-e2 37.a4-a5 Ne3-c2 38.Ra1-a4
Nc2xd4 39.Ra4xd4 Re2-b2 40.Rd4-b4
Ke6-d5 41.Rb4-b7 Rb2-a2
42.Rb7-b5+ Kd5-e6 43.b3-b4 g7-g5
44.Rb5-b6+ Ke6-d5 45.a5-a6
Ra2-a1+ 46.Kg1-f2 Ra1-a2+
47.Kf2-g3 Kd5-c4 48.b4-b5 Kc4-c5
49.Rb6-b7 f5-f4+ 50.Kg3-g4 Ra2xg2+
51.Kg4-f5 1.66/18 ] 35...Kf7xe6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35...Kf7xe6
36.Be5-d4 Rc2-e2 37.a4-a5 Ne3-c2
38.Ra1-a4 Nc2xd4 39.Ra4xd4 Re2-b2
40.Rd4-b4 Ke6-d5 41.Rb4-b7 Rb2-a2
42.Rb7-b5+ Kd5-e6 43.b3-b4 g7-g5
44.Rb5-b6+ Ke6-d5 45.a5-a6
Ra2-a1+ 46.Kg1-f2 Ra1-a2+ 47.Kf2-f1
Ra2-a1+ 48.Kf1-e2 Ra1-a2+
49.Ke2-d3 Ra2xg2 50.Rb6-b5+
Kd5-e6 1.50/17 ] 36.Be5-d4
[ 36.Be5-g3 Rc2xg2+ 37.Kg1-h1+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36.Be5-d4
Rc2-e2 37.a4-a5 Ne3-c2 38.Ra1-a4

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Nc2xd4 39.Ra4xd4 Re2-b2 40.Rd4-b4
Ke6-d5 41.Rb4-b7 Rb2-a2
42.Rb7-b5+ Kd5-e6 43.b3-b4 g7-g5
44.Rb5-b6+ Ke6-d5 45.a5-a6
Ra2-a1+ 46.Kg1-f2 Ra1-a2+ 47.Kf2-f1
Ra2-a1+ 48.Kf1-e2 Ra1-a2+
49.Ke2-d3 Ra2xg2 50.Rb6-b5+
Kd5-e6 1.37/18 ] 36...f5-f4??
[ 36...Ne3xg2 and Black is still in the
game 37.Ra1-f1 Ng2-h4 ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 36...Rc2xg2+ 37.Kg1-h1
Rg2-e2 38.Bd4xg7 Ke6-f7 39.Bg7-h6
Ne3-c2 40.Ra1-a2 Re2-e1+
41.Kh1-g2 Nc2-b4 42.Ra2-d2 Kf7-e6
43.Bh6-f8 Nb4-d5 44.Bf8-c5 Re1-a1
45.Bc5-d4 Ra1-a3 46.Rd2-b2 Ke6-d6
47.Kg2-g3 h7-h5 48.h2-h4 f5-f4+
49.Kg3-f2 1.32/16 ] 37.Bd4xe3
[ 37.Ra1-e1!? and White can already
relax Rc2xg2+ 38.Kg1-h1 Rg2-f2
39.Bd4xe3 f4xe3 40.Re1xe3+
Ke6-d6+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.a4-a5 Rc2xg2+ 38.Kg1-h1 Rg2-d2
39.Bd4xg7 Ne3-c2 40.Ra1-c1 Rd2-e2
41.a5-a6 Nc2-e1 42.Rc1-c8 Ke6-f5
43.Rc8-c5+ Kf5-g6 44.Rc5-e5 Re2-a2
45.Re5xe1 Kg6xg7 46.Re1-e7+
Kg7-f8 47.Re7-e6 Kf8-f7 48.Re6-h6
Kf7-g7 49.Rh6-c6 Kg7-f8 50.b3-b4
Kf8-e7 51.b4-b5 Ra2-a5 52.Rc6-c7+
Ke7-d6 53.Rc7-b7 Ra5-a1+
54.Kh1-g2 Ra1-a2+ 55.Kg2-g1 h7-h6
1.92/18 ] 37...f4xe3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 37...f4xe3 38.a4-a5 Rc2-d2
39.Ra1-e1 Rd2-d3 40.a5-a6 Rd3-d6
41.Re1xe3+ Ke6-f6 42.a6-a7 Rd6-a6
43.b3-b4 Ra6xa7 44.Re3-b3 Ra7-b7
45.b4-b5 Rb7-b6 46.Kg1-f2 Kf6-e5
47.Rb3-b2 Ke5-d5 48.h2-h4 Kd5-c4
49.Rb2-c2+ Kc4-d5 50.Rc2-d2+
Kd5-c4 51.Rd2-c2+ Kc4-d5 1.13/17 ]
38.a4-a5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
38.a4-a5 Rc2-d2 39.Ra1-e1 Rd2-d3
40.a5-a6 Rd3-d6 41.Re1xe3+ Ke6-f6
42.a6-a7 Rd6-a6 43.b3-b4 Ra6xa7

77

44.Re3-b3 Ra7-b7 45.b4-b5 Rb7-b6


46.Kg1-f2 Kf6-e5 47.Rb3-b2 Ke5-d5
48.h2-h4 Kd5-c4 49.Rb2-c2+ Kc4-d5
50.Rc2-d2+ Kd5-c4 51.Rd2-c2+
Kc4-d5 1.67/18 ] 38...Ke6-d5??
but even a better move would not have
saved the game [ 38...Ke6-d7+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 38...Rc2-d2
39.Ra1-e1 Rd2-d3 40.a5-a6 Rd3-d6
41.Re1xe3+ Ke6-f6 42.a6-a7 Rd6-a6
43.b3-b4 Ra6xa7 44.Re3-b3 Ra7-b7
45.b4-b5 Rb7-b6 46.Kg1-f2 Kf6-e5
47.Rb3-b2 Ke5-d5 48.h2-h4 h7-h5
49.g2-g3 Kd5-c4 50.Rb2-c2+ Kc4-d5
51.Rc2-d2+ Kd5-c5 1.10/17 ] 39.a5-a6
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 39.a5-a6
Rc2-c8 40.a6-a7 Rc8-a8 41.Kg1-f1
Kd5-c6 42.Kf1-e2 Kc6-b7 43.Ke2xe3
Ra8-e8+ 44.Ke3-d4 Kb7-a8 45.b3-b4
Re8-f8 46.b4-b5 Rf8-f4+ 47.Kd4-c5
Rf4-f5+ 48.Kc5-b4 Rf5-f4+ 49.Kb4-c3
Rf4-f6 50.h2-h3 Rf6-g6 51.Ra1-a2
Rg6-f6 52.Kc3-c4 Rf6-f4+ 53.Kc4-c5
Rf4-f5+ 54.Kc5-b6 Rf5-f7 55.Kb6-c6
Rf7-f6+ 56.Kc6-c7 Rf6-f7+ 57.Kc7-d6
Rf7-f6+ 58.Kd6-c5 Rf6-f5+
59.Kc5-b6 3.28/26 ] 39...Rc2-c8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 39...Rc2-c8
40.a6-a7 Rc8-a8 41.Kg1-f1 Kd5-c6
42.Kf1-e2 Kc6-b7 43.Ke2xe3 Ra8-e8+
44.Ke3-d4 Kb7-a8 45.b3-b4 Re8-f8
46.b4-b5 Rf8-f4+ 47.Kd4-c5 Rf4-f5+
48.Kc5-b4 Rf5-f4+ 49.Kb4-c3 Rf4-f6
50.h2-h3 Rf6-b6 51.Kc3-c4 Rb6-f6
52.Ra1-a2 Rf6-f4+ 53.Kc4-c3 Rf4-f6
54.Kc3-d4 Rf6-f4+ 55.Kd4-d5 Rf4-f6
56.Kd5-c5 Rf6-f5+ 57.Kc5-b6 Rf5-f6+
58.Kb6-c7 Rf6-f7+ 59.Kc7-d6 Rf7-b7
60.Kd6-c6 Rb7xa7 61.Ra2xa7+
Ka8xa7 62.b5-b6+ Ka7-a6 63.b6-b7
3.36/25 ] 40.a6-a7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 40.a6-a7 Rc8-a8 41.Kg1-f1
Kd5-c6 42.Kf1-e2 Kc6-b7 43.Ke2xe3
Ra8-e8+ 44.Ke3-d4 Kb7-a8 45.b3-b4
Re8-f8 46.b4-b5 Rf8-f4+ 47.Kd4-c5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Rf4-f5+ 48.Kc5-b4 Rf5-f4+ 49.Kb4-c3
Rf4-f6 50.h2-h3 Rf6-b6 51.Kc3-c4
Rb6-f6 52.Ra1-a2 Rf6-f4+ 53.Kc4-c3
Rf4-f6 54.Kc3-d4 Rf6-f4+ 55.Kd4-c5
Rf4-f5+ 56.Kc5-b6 Rf5-f6+ 57.Kb6-c7
Rf6-f7+ 58.Kc7-d6 Rf7-b7 59.Kd6-c6
Rb7xa7 60.Ra2xa7+ Ka8xa7
61.b5-b6+ Ka7-a6 62.b6-b7 3.28/23 ]
40...Rc8-a8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
40...Rc8-a8 41.Kg1-f1 Kd5-c6
42.Kf1-e2 Kc6-b7 43.Ke2xe3 Ra8-e8+
44.Ke3-d4 Kb7-a8 45.b3-b4 Re8-e6
46.b4-b5 Re6-f6 47.Ra1-a2 Rf6-f4+
48.Kd4-c3 Rf4-f6 49.h2-h3 Rf6-b6
50.Kc3-b4 Rb6-f6 51.Kb4-c5 Rf6-f5+
52.Kc5-b6 Rf5-f6+ 53.Kb6-c7 Rf6-f7+
54.Kc7-d6 Rf7-b7 55.Kd6-c6 Rb7xa7
56.Ra2xa7+ Ka8xa7 57.b5-b6+
Ka7-a6 58.b6-b7 3.36/23 ] 41.Kg1-f1
Diagram [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41.Kg1-f1 Kd5-c6 42.Kf1-e2 Kc6-b7
43.Ke2xe3 Ra8-e8+ 44.Ke3-d4
Kb7-a8 45.b3-b4 Re8-e2 46.b4-b5
Re2xg2 47.b5-b6 Rg2-b2 48.Kd4-c5
g7-g6 49.h2-h4 h7-h6 50.Ra1-a4
g6-g5 51.h4xg5 h6xg5 52.Ra4-b4
Rb2-c2+ 53.Rb4-c4 Rc2-b2 54.Kc5-c6
g5-g4 55.Rc4-f4 Rb2-c2+ 56.Kc6-d5
Rc2-d2+ 57.Kd5-c5 Rd2-c2+
58.Kc5-d4 Rc2-d2+ 59.Kd4-e3
Rd2-d8 60.f3xg4 Ka8-b7 61.Rf4-f6
3.24/21 ]
(Diagram 70)
1-0

78

XIIIIIIIIY
9r+-+-+-+0{
9zP-+-+-zpp0 70
9-+-+-+-+0
9+-+k+-+-0
9-+-+-+-+0
9+P+-zpP+-0
9-+-+-+PzP0
9tR-+-+K+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
13
Carlsen,Magnus
Nakamura,Hikaru
BNbank Blitz KO blitz (3.2)

E32

28.11.2009

E32: Nimzo-Indian: Classical (4 Qc2):


4...0-0
1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 e7-e6
3.Nb1-c3 Bf8-b4 4.Qd1-c2 0-0
5.a2-a3 Bb4xc3+ 6.Qc2xc3 b7-b6
7.Bc1-g5 Bc8-b7 8.Ng1-f3 d7-d6
9.Nf3-d2 Nb8-d7 10.f2-f3 h7-h6
11.Bg5-h4 c7-c5 12.e2-e4 Ra8-c8
13.Bf1-d3 Rf8-e8 14.0-0 Rc8-c7
15.Ra1-d1 Qd8-c8 16.d4-d5 e6-e5
17.Rf1-e1 Nf6-h5 18.Nd2-f1 Nd7-f8
19.Nf1-e3 Nf8-g6 20.Bh4-f2 Qc8-d8
last book move 21.Bd3-f1 [Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 21.g2-g3 Bb7-c8
22.Bd3-f1 Qd8-g5 23.Bf1-g2 Ng6-e7
24.Rd1-d2 Nh5-f6 25.Qc3-d3 Re8-d8
26.b2-b4 Bc8-d7 27.h2-h4 Qg5-g6
28.Rd2-b2 Bd7-a4 29.Bg2-h3
Rd8-e8 0.41/15 ] 21...Bb7-c8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21...Qd8-g5
22.Ne3-f5 Re8-d8 23.b2-b4 Bb7-c8
24.b4xc5 b6xc5 25.Qc3-a5 Rc7-b7
26.Rd1-b1 Rb7xb1 27.Re1xb1 Bc8xf5

Ferocious Talent

30.Nf6+
Analysis, if it is really carried out with a complete
concentration of his powers, forms and completes a chess
player. - Lev Polugaevsky

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


28.e4xf5 Nh5-f4 29.Bf2xc5 Ng6-h4
0.18/13 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-tr-+k+0
9zp-+-+pzp-0 71
9-+-zp-+-zp0
9wQ-vLPzpPwq-0
9-+P+-sn-sn0
9zP-+-+P+-0
9-+-+-+PzP0
9+R+-+LmK-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
] 22.b2-b4 last book move [Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 22.g2-g3 Qd8-g5
23.Bf1-g2 Ng6-e7 24.Rd1-d2 Nh5-f6
25.Qc3-d3 Re8-d8 26.b2-b4 Bc8-d7
27.h2-h4 Qg5-g6 28.Rd2-b2 Bd7-a4
29.Bg2-h3 Rd8-e8 0.41/16 ]
22...Bc8-d7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22...Qd8-g5 23.b4xc5 b6xc5 24.g2-g3
Ng6-h4 25.Ne3-g2 Nh4xg2 26.Bf1xg2
Qg5-e7 27.Rd1-b1 Nh5-f6 28.Rb1-b2
Rc7-b7 29.Re1-b1 Rb7xb2 30.Rb1xb2
Re8-d8 31.Qc3-d3 0.20/14 ] 23.b4xc5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23.g2-g3
Rc7-c8 24.Rd1-d2 Qd8-c7 25.Re1-b1
Ng6-e7 26.b4-b5 Nh5-f6 27.a3-a4
h6-h5 28.Rb1-e1 h5-h4 29.g3xh4
Ne7-g6 0.42/14 ] 23...Rc7xc5?
[ 23...b6xc5!? and Black has air to
breath 24.Ne3-f5 Qd8-f6 ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 23...b6xc5 24.Rd1-b1
Qd8-g5 25.g2-g3 Ng6-h4 26.Ne3-g2
Nh4xg2 27.Bf1xg2 Qg5-e7 28.Re1-e2
Nh5-f6 29.Qc3-a5 Bd7-c8 30.Re2-b2
a7-a6 31.Rb2-b6 Nf6-d7 32.Rb6-c6
Rc7-b7 0.36/15 ] 24.Ne3-f5+[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24.Ne3-f5
Bd7xf5 25.e4xf5 Ng6-h4 26.g2-g3
Qd8-g5 27.Kg1-h1 Nh4xf5 28.g3-g4

79

Rc5-c7 29.g4xh5 Re8-c8 30.Re1-e4


b6-b5 31.Rd1-b1 a7-a6 32.Re4-g4
Qg5xh5 33.Qc3-c2 b5xc4 34.Bf1xc4
Nf5-d4 35.Bf2xd4 Rc7xc4 1.23/15 ]
24...Rc5-c7? [ 24...Bd7xf5 25.Bf2xc5
b6xc5 26.e4xf5 Ng6-h4 ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 24...Bd7xf5 25.e4xf5 Ng6-h4
26.g2-g3 Qd8-g5 27.Kg1-h1 Nh4xf5
28.g3-g4 Rc5-c8 29.g4xh5 Qg5xh5
30.Bf1-g2 Qh5-g5 31.Re1-g1 Kg8-h8
32.Bg2-h3 Qg5-f4 33.Bh3xf5 Qf4xf5
1.00/14 ] 25.Nf5xd6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 25.Nf5xd6 Re8-f8 26.c4-c5
b6xc5 27.Bf2xc5 Ng6-h4 28.Kg1-h1
Nh5-f4 29.Rd1-b1 Bd7-h3 30.g2xh3
Qd8xd6 31.Bc5xd6 Rc7xc3 32.Bd6xf8
Kg8xf8 33.d5-d6 Rc3-c8 34.Re1-c1
Rc8-d8 35.Rc1-c7 Kf8-g8 36.Bf1-c4
Rd8xd6 37.Rc7xf7 Kg8-h7 38.Rb1-g1
Rd6-g6 39.Rg1xg6 Kh7xg6 40.Rf7xa7
Nh4xf3 2.59/15 ] 25...Re8-f8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Re8-e7
26.Rd1-b1 Nh5-f4 27.c4-c5 h6-h5
28.Nd6-c4 Re7-e8 29.g2-g3 Qd8-g5
30.c5-c6 Bd7-h3 31.Nc4-d6 Re8-e7
32.Nd6-b5 Rc7-c8 33.d5-d6 Re7-d7
34.c6-c7 Bh3xf1 35.Kg1xf1 2.75/13 ]
26.c4-c5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26.c4-c5 b6xc5 27.Bf2xc5 Ng6-h4
28.Kg1-h1 Nh5-f4 29.Rd1-b1 Bd7-h3
Diagram
(Diagram 72)
30.g2xh3 Qd8xd6 31.Bc5xd6 Rc7xc3
32.Bd6xf8 Kg8xf8 33.d5-d6 Rc3-c8
34.Re1-c1 Rc8-d8 35.Rc1-c7 Kf8-g8
36.Bf1-c4 Rd8xd6 37.Rc7xf7 Kg8-h7
38.Rb1-g1 Rd6-g6 39.Rg1xg6 Kh7xg6
40.Rf7xa7 Nh4xf3 2.59/13 ] 26...b6xc5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26...Qd8-f6
27.Qc3-b4 b6xc5 28.Bf2xc5 Rf8-a8
29.Qb4-a5 Qf6-d8 30.g2-g3 Nh5-f6
31.Rd1-c1 Qd8-b8 32.Bc5-b4 Rc7xc1
33.Re1xc1 Ng6-e7 34.Nd6-c4 Ne7-g6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-wq-trk+0
9zp-tr-+pzp-0 72
9-+-sN-+-zp0
9+-vLPzp-+-0
9-+-+Psn-sn0
9zP-wQ-+P+l0
9-+-+-+PzP0
9+R+-tRL+K0[
xiiiiiiiiy
35.Qa5-c5 2.76/12 ] 27.Rd1-c1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Bf2xc5
Ng6-h4 28.Kg1-h1 Nh5-f4 29.Rd1-b1
Bd7-h3 30.g2xh3 Qd8xd6 31.Bc5xd6
Rc7xc3 32.Bd6xf8 Kg8xf8 33.d5-d6
Rc3-c8 34.Re1-c1 Rc8-d8 35.Rc1-c7
Kf8-g8 36.Bf1-c4 Rd8xd6 37.Rc7xf7
Kg8-h7 38.Rb1-g1 Rd6-g6 39.Rg1xg6
Kh7xg6 40.Rf7xa7 Nh4xf3 2.60/13 ]
27...Nh5-f4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27...Nh5-f6 28.Bf2xc5 Nf6-h7
29.Rc1-b1 Nh7-f6 30.Re1-c1 Bd7-a4
31.Rb1-b4 Ba4-d7 32.Rb4-b7 Bd7-a4
33.Qc3-a5 Rc7xb7 34.Qa5xd8 Rf8xd8
35.Nd6xb7 2.73/12 ] 28.Qc3-a5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.Qc3-a5
c5-c4 29.Rc1xc4 Rc7xc4 30.Qa5xd8
Rf8xd8 31.Nd6xc4 Bd7-b5 32.Nc4xe5
Ng6xe5 33.Bf1xb5 Rd8-b8 34.a3-a4
Ne5-d3 35.Bb5xd3 Nf4xd3 36.Bf2xa7
Rb8-a8 37.Re1-d1 Nd3-b2 38.Rd1-b1
Ra8xa7 39.Rb1xb2 Ra7xa4 40.Kg1-f2
Kg8-f8 41.d5-d6 Kf8-e8 42.Rb2-b7
Ra4-d4 43.e4-e5 Rd4-d2+ 44.Kf2-g3
f7-f6 2.70/13 ] 28...c5-c4 [ 28...h6-h5
29.g2-g3 Nf4-h3+ 30.Bf1xh3 Bd7xh3
31.Bf2xc5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28...a7-a6 29.Bf2xc5 Ng6-h4
30.Kg1-h1 Qd8-b8 31.Nd6-f5 Nh4xf5
32.e4xf5 Rc7xc5 33.Qa5xc5 Bd7xf5

80

34.d5-d6 f7-f6 35.Qc5-c7 Qb8-b2


36.d6-d7 Nf4-e6 37.Bf1-c4 Qb2-d2
38.Bc4xe6+ Bf5xe6 2.70/11 ]
29.Rc1xc4 [ 29.Bf1xc4?! Nf4xg2
30.Kg1xg2 Bd7-h3+ 31.Kg2-h1
Qd8xd6 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29.Rc1xc4 Rc7xc4 30.Qa5xd8 Rf8xd8
31.Nd6xc4 Bd7-b5 32.Nc4xe5 Ng6xe5
33.Bf1xb5 Rd8-b8 34.a3-a4 Ne5-d3
35.Bb5xd3 Nf4xd3 36.Bf2xa7 Rb8-a8
37.Re1-d1 Nd3-b2 38.Rd1-b1 Ra8xa7
39.Rb1xb2 Ra7xa4 40.Kg1-f2 Kg8-f8
41.d5-d6 Kf8-e8 42.Rb2-b7 Ra4-d4
43.e4-e5 Rd4-d2+ 44.Kf2-g3 f7-f6
2.70/15 ] 29...Qd8-g5 [ 29...Rc7xc4
30.Qa5xd8 Rf8xd8 31.Nd6xc4+( 31.Bf1xc4?! Bd7-h3 32.Nd6xf7
Kg8xf7 33.g2xh3 Nf4xh3+ 34.Kg1-f1
Nh3xf2 35.Kf1xf2 Rd8-c8 );
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29...Rc7xc4
30.Qa5xd8 Rf8xd8 31.Nd6xc4 Bd7-b5
32.Nc4xe5 Ng6xe5 33.Bf1xb5 Rd8-b8
34.a3-a4 Ne5-d3 35.Bb5xd3 Nf4xd3
36.Bf2xa7 Rb8-a8 37.Re1-d1 Nd3-b2
38.Rd1-b1 Ra8xa7 39.Rb1xb2
Ra7xa4 40.d5-d6 Ra4-d4 41.e4-e5
Rd4-d5 42.Rb2-b8+ Kg8-h7 43.f3-f4
Kh7-g6 44.Kg1-f2 Rd5-d2+ 45.Kf2-f3
3.02/15 ] 30.Kg1-h1 [ 30.h2-h4
it becomes clear that White will call all
the shots Ng6xh4 31.Bf2xh4
( 31.Qa5xc7?? is followed by mate in 3
Nh4xf3+ 32.Kg1-h1 Qg5-h5+
33.Bf2-h4 Qh5xh4# ; 31.Rc4xc7??
is refuted decisively by mate in 3
Nh4xf3+ 32.Kg1-h1 Qg5-h5+
33.Bf2-h4 Qh5xh4# ) 31...Nf4-h3+
32.Kg1-h2 Qg5xh4 33.g2-g3+( 33.Qa5xc7?! is no comparison
Nh3-g5+ 34.Kh2-g1 Qh4-g3= ;
33.Rc4xc7?! is much worse Nh3-g5+
34.Kh2-g1 Qh4-g3= ; 33.g2xh3
Rc7xc4 34.Nd6xc4 Qh4-f4+
35.Kh2-h1 Qf4xf3+ 36.Bf1-g2
Qf3-b3+- );Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


30.h2-h4 Nf4-h3+ 31.Kg1-h2 Ng6xh4
32.Bf2xh4 Qg5xh4 33.g2-g3 Qh4-h5
34.Rc4xc7 Nh3-g5+ 35.Kh2-g1
Ng5xf3+ 36.Kg1-f2 Bd7-g4 37.Bf1-g2
Nf3xe1 38.Qa5xe1 Rf8-b8 39.Qe1-c3
Rb8-b1 40.Qc3-c2 Rb1-b6 41.Nd6-c4
Rb6-f6+ 42.Kf2-g1 a7-a6 3.43/13 ]
30...Rc7xc4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30...Rc7xc4 31.Nd6xc4 Rf8-c8
32.Qa5-a6 Rc8-c7 33.Re1-b1 Kg8-h7
34.d5-d6 Rc7-c6 35.Qa6-b7 Ng6-f8
36.g2-g3 Nf4-e6 37.Qb7-b2 Qg5-f6
38.Nc4xe5 Rc6xd6 39.Ne5xd7
Rd6xd7 40.Qb2xf6 g7xf6 41.Bf1-b5
Rd7-c7 42.Kh1-g2 Rc7-c2 43.Bb5-d3
Rc2-c3 2.47/15 ] 31.Nd6xc4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31.Nd6xc4
Rf8-c8 32.Qa5-a6 Rc8-c7 33.Re1-b1
Kg8-h7 34.d5-d6 Rc7-c8 35.Bf2xa7
Qg5-f6 36.Rb1-b7 Rc8-c6 37.Qa6-a5
Qf6-e6 38.Ba7-f2 Rc6-c8 39.a3-a4
Kh7-g8 2.31/12 ] 31...f7-f5
[ 31...Rf8-c8 32.Qa5-a6+- ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 31...Rf8-c8 32.Qa5-a6
Rc8-c7 33.Re1-b1 Kg8-h7 34.d5-d6
Rc7-c8 35.Bf2xa7 Qg5-f6 36.Rb1-b7
Rc8-c6 37.Qa6-a5 Qf6-e6 38.Ba7-f2
Rc6-c8 39.a3-a4 Kh7-g8 2.50/13 ]
32.e4xf5 [ 32.Qa5xa7!? makes it
even easier for White Bd7-b5
33.Qa7-c5 Bb5xc4 34.Qc5xc4
Kg8-h7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32.Qa5xa7 Bd7-b5 33.Qa7-c5 Bb5xc4
34.Qc5xc4 Kg8-h7 35.d5-d6 Qg5-f6
36.Re1-d1 Rf8-d8 37.g2-g3 Nf4-e6
38.e4xf5 Qf6xf5 39.Qc4-e4 Qf5-f6
40.Bf2-b6 Rd8-b8 41.Bb6-e3 Ne6-g5
3.23/12 ] 32...Bd7xf5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 32...Bd7xf5 33.d5-d6 Kg8-h7
34.Qa5-c3 Qg5-f6 35.Bf2xa7 Rf8-a8
36.Ba7-f2 Ra8-c8 37.a3-a4 Bf5-e6
38.Qc3-b4 Rc8-d8 39.Re1-d1 Qf6-g5
40.a4-a5 Be6-d7 41.Qb4-b7 2.51/14 ]
33.d5-d6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33.d5-d6 Kg8-h7 34.Re1-d1 Bf5-e6

81

35.Nc4-d2 Be6-d5 36.Bf2xa7 Rf8-d8


37.Nd2-e4 Bd5xe4 38.f3xe4 Rd8-d7
39.g2-g3 Qg5-g4 40.Rd1-e1 Nf4-d3
41.Bf1xd3 Qg4-f3+ 42.Kh1-g1
Qf3xd3 2.20/13 ] 33...Bf5-d3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33...Kg8-h7
34.Qa5-c3 Qg5-f6 35.Bf2xa7 Rf8-c8
36.g2-g3 Nf4-d5 37.Qc3-d2 Bf5-e6
38.a3-a4 Rc8-a8 39.Ba7-f2 Qf6xf3+
40.Kh1-g1 Ra8xa4 41.Nc4xe5
Ng6xe5 42.Qd2-c2+ Qf3-f5
43.Qc2xf5+ Be6xf5 44.Re1xe5
2.24/12 ] 34.Bf2-g3 [ 34.g2-g3!?
seems even better Bd3xf1 35.Re1xf1
Qg5-h5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34.g2-g3 Bd3xf1 35.Re1xf1 Qg5-h5
36.Nc4-d2 Nf4-e6 37.Qa5-d5 Qh5-f5
38.Bf2xa7 Qf5-f7 39.Ba7-b6 Ne6-d4
40.Qd5xf7+ Rf8xf7 41.Kh1-g2 Rf7-d7
42.Bb6-c5 Kg8-f7 43.f3-f4 Kf7-e6
44.f4xe5 Ke6xe5 45.Nd2-c4+ Ke5-d5
46.Bc5xd4 Kd5xc4 2.77/14 ]
34...Bd3xf1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34...Qg5-f5 Diagram

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9-+-zP-+nzp0
9wQ-+-zpq+-0
9-+N+-sn-+0
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9-+-+-+PzP0
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xiiiiiiiiy
35.Bg3xf4 Bd3xf1 36.Qa5-d5+ Rf8-f7
37.Re1xf1 e5xf4 38.Qd5-e4 Rf7-f8
39.Rf1-b1 Qf5xe4 40.f3xe4 Kg8-f7
41.Rb1-b7+ Kf7-f6 42.Rb7xa7 Rf8-b8
43.Kh1-g1 Ng6-e5 44.Nc4-d2 Kf6-e6
1.67/13 ] 35.Re1xf1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


x64: 35.Re1xf1 Qg5-f5 36.Rf1-d1
Qf5-c2 37.Nc4-e3 Qc2-e2 38.d6-d7
Qe2xe3 39.d7-d8Q Rf8xd8
40.Qa5xd8+ Kg8-h7 41.Bg3xf4 e5xf4
42.Qd8-d6 Ng6-e5 43.Qd6-e6 Ne5-g6
44.Qe6-a2 1.99/11 ] 35...Nf4-e2
[ 35...Qg5-f5 36.Bg3xf4 Qf5-d3
37.Rf1-c1 Rf8xf4 38.Qa5-d2+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35...Qg5-f5
36.Rf1-d1 Qf5-c2 37.Nc4-e3 Qc2-e2
38.d6-d7 Qe2xe3 39.d7-d8Q Rf8xd8
40.Rd1xd8+ Kg8-h7 41.Bg3xf4
Ng6xf4 42.Qa5-d2 Qe3-c5 43.Rd8-d7
a7-a6 44.Qd2-b2 Kh7-g8 45.Qb2-b8+
Kg8-h7 46.Qb8-c7 1.87/13 ]
36.Bg3xe5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36.Bg3xe5 Kg8-h7 37.d6-d7 Rf8-d8
38.Qa5-c7 Ne2-f4 39.Be5xf4 Ng6xf4
40.g2-g4 Qg5-f6 41.Nc4-e5 Nf4-d5
42.Qc7-c2+ g7-g6 43.Rf1-e1 Kh7-g7
44.a3-a4 Nd5-f4 45.Qc2-c5 Nf4-d3
2.38/15 ] 36...Ng6-f4 [ 36...Kg8-h7
a fruitless try to alter the course of the
game 37.d6-d7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 36...Kg8-h7 37.Rf1-e1 Qg5-h4
38.Re1xe2 Qh4xc4 39.Re2-e1
Ng6xe5 40.Qa5xe5 Rf8-f6 41.Re1-d1
Rf6-g6 42.Qe5-f5 Qc4-b3 43.Rd1-b1
Qb3xa3 44.d6-d7 Qa3-e7 45.Qf5-d3
Qe7-g5 46.g2-g3 Qg5-d8 2.48/13 ]
37.Be5xf4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.Be5xf4 Qg5xa5 38.Nc4xa5 Ne2xf4
39.Na5-c6 Nf4-e6 40.Rf1-c1 Ne6-d8
41.Nc6xa7 Kg8-f7 42.Na7-b5 Nd8-e6
43.Rc1-e1 Rf8-b8 44.a3-a4 Ne6-c5
45.Nb5-c7 Nc5xa4 46.Re1-e7+ Kf7-g6
47.Kh1-g1 Na4-c5 48.d6-d7 Nc5-d3
3.56/15 ] 37...Qg5xf4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 37...Qg5xa5 38.Nc4xa5
Ne2xf4 39.Na5-c6 Nf4-e6 40.Rf1-c1
Ne6-d8 41.Nc6xa7 Kg8-f7 42.Na7-b5
Nd8-e6 43.Rc1-e1 Rf8-e8 44.Kh1-g1
Ne6-d8 45.Re1-c1 Re8-e2 46.a3-a4
Nd8-e6 47.Nb5-c3 Re2-d2 48.Nc3-e4
Rd2-a2 3.26/14 ] 38.Qa5-d5+

82

[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 38.d6-d7


Qf4-d4 39.Nc4-e5 Ne2-f4 40.g2-g3
Nf4-e6 41.Rf1-e1 Kg8-h7 42.Qa5-b5
Qd4-f2 43.Qb5-e2 Qf2xe2 44.Re1xe2
Ne6-d8 45.Kh1-g2 g7-g5 46.Ne5-g4
Kh7-g7 47.Re2-e8 h6-h5 48.Ng4-e5
a7-a5 3.44/14 ] 38...Kg8-h8
[ 38...Qf4-f7 praying for a miracle
39.Qd5-d3 Ne2-f4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 38...Qf4-f7 39.Qd5xf7+ Kg8xf7
40.Rf1-b1 Ne2-c3 41.Rb1-b7+ Kf7-e6
42.Rb7xg7 Ke6-d5 43.Nc4-e3+
Kd5xd6 44.Rg7xa7 h6-h5 45.Ne3-c4+
Kd6-d5 46.Ra7-c7 Kd5-d4 47.Kh1-g1
Rf8-e8 48.Nc4-d6 Re8-e1+ 49.Kg1-f2
Re1-e2+ 50.Kf2-g3 2.32/12 ] 39.d6-d7
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 39.d6-d7 Qf4-f6
40.Nc4-e5 Ne2-f4 41.d7-d8Q Nf4xd5
42.Qd8xd5 Qf6-f5 43.Rf1-c1 Kh8-h7
44.g2-g4 Qf5-f4 45.Qd5-d3+ Kh7-g8
46.Qd3-b3+ Kg8-h7 47.Qb3-c2+
Kh7-g8 48.Rc1-e1 Rf8-b8 49.Kh1-g2
Qf4-f6 50.Ne5-d7 Qf6-h4 51.Re1-e5
Rb8-d8 52.Qc2-c4+ Kg8-h8 5.32/14 ]
39...Qf4-h4 [ 39...Qf4-f6
doesn't change anything anymore
40.Nc4-e5 Ne2-f4 41.d7-d8Q Nf4xd5
42.Qd8xd5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39...Qf4-f6 40.Nc4-e5 Ne2-f4
41.d7-d8Q Nf4xd5 42.Qd8xd5 a7-a6
43.Rf1-d1 Rf8-e8 44.f3-f4 Re8-c8
45.Qd5-b7 Qf6-e6 46.Rd1-e1 Kh8-h7
47.Kh1-g1 Rc8-d8 5.27/13 ]
40.Qd5-d6 [ 40.Rf1-d1 makes sure
everything is clear Rf8-d8 41.Nc4-e5
Ne2-g3+ 42.Kh1-g1 Ng3-e2+
43.Kg1-f1 Ne2-c3+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 40.Rf1-d1 Rf8-d8 41.Nc4-e5
Ne2-g3+ 42.Kh1-g1 Ng3-e2+
43.Kg1-f1 Ne2-f4 44.Ne5-f7+ Kh8-g8
45.Qd5-c4 Qh4xh2 46.Nf7xd8+
Kg8-h7 47.Kf1-f2 Qh2xg2+ 48.Kf2-e3
g7-g5 49.Nd8-c6 7.07/12 ] 40...Rf8-d8
[ 40...Ne2-g3+ doesn't do any good
41.Qd6xg3 Qh4xc4 42.Rf1-d1+- ;

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 40...Ne2-g3+
41.Qd6xg3 Qh4xc4 42.Rf1-e1 Qc4-d3
43.Qg3-c7 Qd3-d2 44.Re1-b1 Qd2-d3
45.Rb1-c1 Kh8-h7 46.h2-h3 Qd3-d5
47.Rc1-e1 Qd5-a8 48.Re1-e7 Qa8-d8
49.Qc7-e5 Rf8-g8 50.Kh1-h2 Kh7-h8
51.f3-f4 a7-a6 52.f4-f5 3.87/15 ]
41.Rf1-d1 [ 41.g2-g4 keeps an even
firmer grip Rd8xd7 42.Qd6xd7
Ne2-g3+ 43.Kh1-g1 Ng3xf1 44.Kg1xf1
Qh4-h3+ 45.Kf1-e2 Qh3xh2+
46.Ke2-d3+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41.g2-g4 Rd8xd7 42.Qd6xd7 Ne2-g3+
43.Kh1-g2 Ng3xf1 44.Qd7xa7
Qh4xh2+ 45.Kg2xf1 Kh8-h7
46.Qa7-b7 Qh2-h3+ 47.Kf1-f2
Qh3-h2+ 48.Kf2-e3 Qh2-g1+
49.Ke3-e2 Qg1-g2+ 50.Ke2-d3
Qg2-f1+ 51.Kd3-c3 Qf1-c1+
52.Kc3-d4 Qc1-g1+ 53.Kd4-d3
Qg1-d1+ 54.Kd3-e3 Qd1-g1+
55.Ke3-e2 4.58/12 ] 41...Ne2-c3
[ 41...Qh4xc4 the last chance for
counterplay 42.Qd6-e7 Qc4-c7
43.Qe7xe2 Kh8-h7 44.Qe2-e4+
Kh7-g8+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41...Qh4xc4 42.Qd6-e7 Qc4-g8
43.Qe7xe2 Qg8-f7 44.Qe2-c2 Qf7-e7
45.Qc2-c7 a7-a5 46.f3-f4 Kh8-g8
47.f4-f5 Kg8-f7 48.h2-h3 g7-g6
49.f5xg6+ Kf7xg6 50.Rd1-d6+ Kg6-g7
51.Qc7-c3+ Kg7-g8 2.79/14 ]
42.Nc4-e5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
42.Nc4-e5 Kh8-g8 43.Qd6-e6+
Kg8-h7 44.Qe6-g6+ Kh7-g8
45.Qg6-e8+ Kg8-h7 46.Rd1-f1 Nc3-e2
47.Qe8-g6+ Kh7-g8 48.f3-f4 a7-a6
49.Qg6-d3 Ne2xf4 50.Qd3-c4+
Kg8-h7 51.Qc4-e4+ Kh7-g8 52.Rf1xf4
Qh4-e7 53.Qe4-d5+ Kg8-h7 54.a3-a4
a6-a5 55.g2-g3 Rd8-b8 56.Qd5xa5
Qe7-e6 57.d7-d8Q Rb8xd8
58.Qa5xd8 Qe6xe5 59.Qd8-d3+
g7-g6 6.92/14 ] 42...Kh8-g8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 42...Kh8-g8

83

43.Qd6-e6+ Kg8-h7 44.Qe6-g6+


Kh7-g8 45.Qg6-e8+ Kg8-h7 46.Rd1-f1
Nc3-e2 47.Qe8-g6+ Kh7-g8 48.f3-f4
a7-a5 49.Qg6-d3 Ne2xf4 50.Qd3-c4+
Kg8-h7 51.Qc4-e4+ Kh7-g8
52.Ne5-c6 Rd8xd7 53.Qe4-e8+
Kg8-h7 54.Qe8xd7 Qh4-g5 55.Qd7-d2
Qg5-b5 56.Qd2xf4 Qb5xc6 57.Qf4-f5+
Kh7-g8 58.Qf5xa5 Qc6-c4 59.Rf1-e1
Qc4-f7 60.Qa5-a8+ Kg8-h7
61.Qa8-e4+ g7-g6 62.Qe4-e7 Kh7-g8
63.Qe7xf7+ Kg8xf7 64.a3-a4 7.30/15 ]
43.Qd6-e6+ [ 43.Rd1-c1 Diagram

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9zp-+P+-zp-0 74
9-+-wQ-+-zp0
9+-+-sN-+-0
9-+-+-+-wq0
9zP-sn-+P+-0
9-+-+-+PzP0
9+-tR-+-+K0
xiiiiiiiiy
Qh4-f2 44.Qd6-c7 Qf2-b6 45.Rc1xc3
Kg8-f8+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
43.Qd6-e6+ Kg8-h7 44.Qe6-g6+
Kh7-g8 45.Qg6-e8+ Kg8-h7 46.Rd1-f1
Nc3-e2 47.Qe8-g6+ Kh7-g8 48.f3-f4
a7-a5 49.Qg6-d3 Ne2xf4 50.Qd3-c4+
Kg8-h7 51.Qc4-e4+ Kh7-g8
52.Ne5-c6 Rd8xd7 53.Qe4-e8+
Kg8-h7 54.Qe8xd7 Qh4-g5 55.Qd7-d2
Qg5-b5 56.Qd2xf4 Qb5xc6 57.Qf4-f5+
Kh7-g8 58.Qf5xa5 Qc6-c4 59.Rf1-e1
Qc4-f7 60.Qa5-a8+ Kg8-h7
61.Qa8-e4+ g7-g6 62.Qe4-e7 Kh7-g8
63.Qe7xf7+ Kg8xf7 64.a3-a4 7.12/14 ]
43...Kg8-h7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
43...Kg8-h7 44.Qe6-g6+ Kh7-g8
45.Qg6-e8+ Kg8-h7 46.Rd1-f1 Nc3-e2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


47.Qe8-g6+ Kh7-g8 48.f3-f4 a7-a5
49.Qg6-d3 Ne2xf4 50.Qd3-c4+
Kg8-h7 51.Qc4-e4+ Kh7-g8
52.Ne5-c6 Rd8xd7 53.Qe4-e8+
Kg8-h7 54.Qe8xd7 Qh4-g5 55.Qd7-d2
Qg5-b5 56.Qd2xf4 Qb5xc6 57.Qf4-f5+
Kh7-g8 58.Qf5xa5 Qc6-c4 59.Rf1-e1
Qc4-f7 60.Qa5-a8+ Kg8-h7
61.Qa8-e4+ g7-g6 62.Qe4-e7 Kh7-g8
63.Qe7xf7+ Kg8xf7 64.a3-a4 7.30/15 ]
44.Qe6-g6+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
44.Qe6-g6+ Kh7-g8 45.Qg6-e8+
Kg8-h7 46.Rd1-f1 Nc3-e2 47.Qe8-g6+
Kh7-g8 48.g2-g3 Ne2xg3+ 49.Qg6xg3
Qh4-f6 50.Rf1-g1 a7-a5 51.f3-f4
Rd8xd7 52.Qg3-b3+ Kg8-h8
53.Rg1-c1 Qf6-d8 54.Ne5xd7 Qd8xd7
55.Qb3-c4 Qd7-b7+ 56.Qc4-c6
Qb7-e7 57.Qc6-c8+ Kh8-h7
58.Qc8-f5+ g7-g6 59.Qf5-c5 Qe7-e8
60.Kh1-g1 a5-a4 61.Qc5-c7+ Kh7-g8
62.Qc7-c8 Qe8xc8 63.Rc1xc8+
Kg8-f7 64.Kg1-g2 7.10/16 ]
44...Kh7-g8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
44...Kh7-g8 45.Qg6-e8+ Kg8-h7
46.Rd1-f1 Nc3-e2 47.Qe8-g6+ Kh7-g8
48.g2-g3 Ne2xg3+ 49.Qg6xg3 Qh4-f6
50.Rf1-g1 a7-a5 51.f3-f4 Rd8xd7
52.Qg3-b3+ Kg8-h8 53.Rg1-c1 Qf6-d8
54.Ne5xd7 Qd8xd7 55.Qb3-c4
Qd7-b7+ 56.Qc4-c6 Qb7-f7 57.Rc1-e1
Qf7-f5 58.Re1-e8+ Kh8-h7 59.Qc6-e4
Qf5xe4+ 60.Re8xe4 Kh7-g6
61.Kh1-g2 Kg6-f5 62.Re4-e7 Kf5xf4
63.Re7xg7 6.50/17 ] 45.Qg6-e8+
[ 45.Qg6-f7+ and the result of the
game is clear: White will win Kg8-h7
46.Qf7-f5+ Kh7-g8+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 45.Qg6-e8+ Kg8-h7 46.Rd1-f1
Nc3-e2 47.Qe8-g6+ Kh7-g8 48.g2-g3
Ne2xg3+ 49.Qg6xg3 Qh4-f6
50.Rf1-g1 a7-a5 51.f3-f4 Rd8xd7
52.Ne5xd7 Qf6-c6+ Diagram
53.Qg3-g2 Qc6xd7 54.Qg2-e4
Kg8-h8 55.Rg1-b1 Qd7-d8 56.f4-f5

84

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-+k+0
9+-+N+-zp-0 75
9-+q+-+-zp0
9zp-+-+-+-0
9-+-+-zP-+0
9zP-+-+-wQ-0
9-+-+-+-zP0
9+-+-+-tRK0[
xiiiiiiiiy
Kh8-g8 57.h2-h3 h6-h5 58.Rb1-b7
6.14/14 ] 45...Kg8-h7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 45...Kg8-h7 46.Rd1-f1
Nc3-e2 47.Qe8-g6+ Kh7-g8 48.g2-g3
Ne2xg3+ 49.Qg6xg3 Qh4-f6
50.Rf1-g1 a7-a5 51.f3-f4 Rd8xd7
52.Qg3-b3+ Kg8-h8 53.Rg1-c1 Qf6-d8
54.Ne5xd7 Qd8xd7 55.Qb3-c4
Qd7-b7+ 56.Qc4-c6 Qb7-f7 57.Rc1-e1
Kh8-h7 58.Qc6-e4+ Kh7-g8
59.Qe4-e6 Qf7xe6 60.Re1xe6 Kg8-f7
61.f4-f5 6.36/15 ] 46.Qe8xd8!
Decoy: d8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
46.Rd1-f1 Nc3-e2 47.Qe8-g6+ Kh7-g8
48.g2-g3 Ne2xg3+ 49.Qg6xg3 Qh4-d4
50.Rf1-e1 Qd4-d2 51.Qg3-h4 Kg8-h7
52.Qh4-e4+ Kh7-g8 53.Qe4-c4+
Kg8-h7 54.Re1-g1 Rd8xd7
55.Qc4-e4+ Kh7-g8 56.Ne5xd7
Qd2xd7 57.Rg1-e1 Kg8-f7 58.Re1-e2
g7-g6 59.Kh1-g2 a7-a6 60.Qe4-h4
h6-h5 61.Qh4-c4+ Kf7-g7 62.Qc4xa6
6.38/13 ] 46...Qh4xd8 [ 46...Qh4xd8
47.Ne5-c6 Decoy Double attack ;
46...-- 47.Qd8xh4 Wins material ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 46...Qh4xd8
47.Ne5-c6 Qd8-f6 48.Rd1-e1 Qf6xc6
49.d7-d8Q Qc6-g6 50.Qd8-a5 Qg6-d3
51.Qa5xa7 Nc3-d5 52.Qa7-d7 h6-h5
53.Qd7-e8 Nd5-f6 54.Qe8-e7 Qd3-c2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


55.Qe7-e3 Kh7-g8 56.Re1-c1 Qc2-f5
57.Rc1-c7 Nf6-d5 58.Qe3-e8+
Kg8-h7 4.05/16 ] 47.Ne5-c6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 47.Ne5-c6
Qd8-f6 48.Rd1-e1 Nc3-b5 49.d7-d8Q
Qf6xc6 50.Qd8-d3+ Kh7-g8
51.Qd3-b3+ Kg8-h8 52.a3-a4 Nb5-d6
53.Qb3-b8+ Nd6-c8 54.Re1-d1
Qc6-c2 55.Rd1-d8+ Kh8-h7 56.h2-h4
Qc2-c1+ 57.Kh1-h2 Qc1-e1 58.Qb8-f4
Qe1-e6 59.Qf4-e4+ Qe6xe4 60.f3xe4
Nc8-b6 61.a4-a5 3.68/17 ] 47...Qd8-b6
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 47...Qd8-f6
48.Rd1-e1 Qf6xc6 49.d7-d8Q Nc3-b5
50.Qd8-d3+ Kh7-g8 51.Qd3-b3+
Kg8-h8 52.a3-a4 Nb5-d6 53.Qb3-b8+
Nd6-c8 54.Re1-d1 Qc6-c2 55.Qb8-b1
Qc2xb1 56.Rd1xb1 Nc8-b6 57.a4-a5
Nb6-c4 58.Rb1-b7 a7-a6 59.Rb7-a7
3.62/16 ] 48.d7-d8Q [ 48.Rd1-a1
nails it down Qb6xc6 49.d7-d8Q+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 48.Rd1-e1
Nc3-b5 49.d7-d8Q Qb6xc6
50.Qd8-d3+ Kh7-g8 51.Qd3-b3+
Kg8-h8 52.a3-a4 Nb5-d6 53.Qb3-b8+
Nd6-c8 54.Re1-d1 Kh8-h7
55.Qb8-b1+ g7-g6 56.Qb1-b5 Qc6xb5
57.a4xb5 Nc8-b6 3.35/12 ]
48...Nc3xd1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
48...Nc3xd1 49.Qd8xd1 Qb6xc6
50.Qd1-d3+ g7-g6 51.g2-g3 Qc6-e6
52.g3-g4 Qe6-f7 53.Kh1-g2 Qf7-a2+
54.Kg2-g3 Qa2-e6 55.Qd3-c3
Qe6-d6+ 56.Kg3-g2 g6-g5 57.Qc3-b4
Qd6-c7 58.Qb4-b1+ Kh7-g7
59.Qb1-b2+ Kg7-g6 0.68/14 ]
49.Qd8xb6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
49.Qd8xd1 Qb6xc6 50.Qd1-d3+ g7-g6
51.g2-g3 Qc6-e6 52.g3-g4 Qe6-f7
53.Kh1-g2 Qf7-a2+ 54.Kg2-g3 Qa2-e6
55.Qd3-c3 Qe6-d6+ 56.Kg3-g2 g6-g5
57.Qc3-b4 Qd6-c7 58.Qb4-b1+
Kh7-g7 59.Qb1-b2+ Kg7-g6 0.55/15 ]
49...a7xb6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
49...a7xb6 50.Kh1-g1 Nd1-e3

85

51.Nc6-d4 Ne3-c4 52.Nd4-b5 Kh7-g6


53.Kg1-f2 Kg6-f6 54.Kf2-e2 Kf6-e5
55.g2-g3 g7-g5 56.Ke2-d3 Ke5-d5
57.Nb5-c3+ Kd5-c5 58.Nc3-e4+
Kc5-d5 0.53/15 ] 50.Kh1-g1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 50.Kh1-g1
Nd1-e3 51.Nc6-d4 Ne3-c4 52.Nd4-b5
Kh7-g6 53.Kg1-f2 Kg6-f6 54.Kf2-e2
Kf6-e5 55.g2-g3 g7-g5 56.Ke2-d3
Ke5-d5 57.Nb5-c3+ Kd5-c5
58.Nc3-e4+ Kc5-d5 0.45/16 ]
50...Nd1-c3 [ 50...Nd1-e3
51.Nc6-d4 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
50...Nd1-e3 51.Nc6-d4 Ne3-c4
52.Nd4-b5 Kh7-g6 53.Kg1-f2 Kg6-f6
54.Kf2-e2 Kf6-e5 55.g2-g3 g7-g5
56.Ke2-d3 Ke5-d5 57.Nb5-c3+ Kd5-c5
58.Nc3-e4+ Kc5-d5 0.49/15 ]
51.Nc6-d4+- [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
51.Nc6-d4 Nc3-d1 52.Kg1-f1 Nd1-e3+
53.Kf1-f2 Ne3-c4 54.Nd4-c2 Kh7-g6
55.Kf2-e2 Kg6-f6 56.Ke2-d3 Nc4-d6
57.Nc2-e3 b6-b5 58.Kd3-d4 Kf6-e6
59.g2-g3 g7-g5 60.Ne3-d5 0.69/15 ]
51...Kh7-g6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
51...Nc3-d1 52.Kg1-f1 Nd1-e3+
53.Kf1-f2 Ne3-c4 54.Nd4-c2 Kh7-g6
55.Kf2-e2 Nc4-e5 56.Ke2-e3 Ne5-d7
57.Ke3-e4 h6-h5 58.Nc2-e3 b6-b5
59.Ne3-f5 Nd7-f6+ 60.Ke4-e5 Nf6-d7+
61.Ke5-e6 0.75/16 ] 52.Kg1-f2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 52.Kg1-f2
Nc3-d5 53.g2-g3 Kg6-f6 54.Kf2-e2
g7-g5 55.Ke2-d3 h6-h5 56.Nd4-c2
Kf6-e6 57.Nc2-e3 Nd5-f6 58.Kd3-d4
Nf6-d7 59.Ne3-d5 h5-h4 60.f3-f4
h4xg3 61.h2xg3 g5xf4 62.g3xf4
0.71/16 ] 52...Kg6-f6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 52...Nc3-d5 53.g2-g3 Kg6-f6
54.Kf2-e2 g7-g5 55.Ke2-d3 h6-h5
56.Nd4-c2 Kf6-e6 57.Nc2-e3 Nd5-f6
58.Kd3-d4 Nf6-d7 59.Ne3-d5 Nd7-e5
0.74/14 ] 53.Kf2-e3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 53.Kf2-e3 Kf6-e5 54.f3-f4+
Ke5-f6 55.Ke3-d3 Nc3-d1 56.h2-h3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Nd1-f2+ 57.Kd3-c4 Nf2-d1 58.g2-g3
Nd1-f2 59.h3-h4 h6-h5 60.Kc4-d5
Nf2-h1 61.Nd4-e2 Nh1-f2 62.a3-a4
0.72/16 ] 53...Kf6-e5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 53...g7-g5 54.Nd4-c2 Kf6-e6
55.Ke3-d3 Nc3-d5 56.Kd3-d4 Nd5-c7
57.Kd4-e4 h6-h5 58.g2-g3 Ke6-d6
59.Nc2-d4 Nc7-d5 60.Ke4-f5 g5-g4
61.f3-f4 Nd5-c3 0.77/15 ] 54.Ke3-d3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 54.f3-f4+
Ke5-f6 55.Ke3-d3 Nc3-d1 56.h2-h3
Nd1-f2+ 57.Kd3-c4 Nf2-d1 58.g2-g3
Nd1-f2 59.h3-h4 h6-h5 60.Kc4-d5
Nf2-h1 61.Nd4-e2 Nh1-f2 62.a3-a4
0.72/14 ] 54...Nc3-d5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 54...Nc3-a4 55.Nd4-c6+
Ke5-d6 56.Nc6-b4 b6-b5 57.Kd3-d4
Na4-b6 58.Nb4-d3 Kd6-e6 59.h2-h4
Nb6-d5 60.g2-g3 Nd5-e7 61.Kd4-e4
Ne7-f5 62.Nd3-c5+ Ke6-f6 0.75/15 ]
55.Nd4-e2 [ 55.g2-g3 g7-g5+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 55.g2-g3 g7-g5
56.Nd4-c2 Ke5-e6 57.Nc2-e3 Nd5-c7
58.a3-a4 Nc7-a6 59.Kd3-c4 Na6-c7
60.h2-h3 h6-h5 61.Kc4-d4 h5-h4
62.g3-g4 Nc7-e8 63.Ne3-f5 0.81/16 ]
55...Ke5-d6 [ 55...g7-g5 56.g2-g3 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 55...g7-g6
56.f3-f4+ Ke5-f5 57.Kd3-d4 Nd5-e7
58.Kd4-e3 Ne7-d5+ 59.Ke3-f3 h6-h5
60.g2-g3 Kf5-e6 61.Ne2-d4+ Ke6-d6
62.Kf3-e4 Nd5-c3+ 63.Ke4-d3 Nc3-d5
64.Kd3-c4 Nd5-e3+ 65.Kc4-b5
Ne3-g4 66.Nd4-f3 Ng4-e3 67.Nf3-e5
0.72/14 ] 56.Kd3-d4+- [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 56.Kd3-d4 Kd6-e6 57.Ne2-c3
Nd5-e7 58.Nc3-b5 Ne7-d5 59.a3-a4
h6-h5 60.g2-g3 g7-g5 61.Kd4-e4
Nd5-f6+ 62.Ke4-e3 Ke6-e5 63.f3-f4+
g5xf4+ 64.g3xf4+ Ke5-e6 0.74/15 ]
56...Nd5-c7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
56...Nd5-e7 57.f3-f4 g7-g6 58.g2-g3
Ne7-c6+ 59.Kd4-e4 Nc6-a5
60.Ne2-d4 Na5-c4 61.a3-a4 Kd6-c5
62.Nd4-e6+ Kc5-b4 63.Ke4-d4 h6-h5

86

0.77/14 ] 57.Ne2-c3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro


x64: 57.Ne2-c3 b6-b5 58.Nc3-e4+
Kd6-c6 59.Ne4-c5 Nc7-e8 60.Nc5-d3
Kc6-d6 61.f3-f4 Ne8-c7 62.f4-f5
Nc7-d5 63.g2-g3 Nd5-f6 64.h2-h3
Nf6-d7 0.86/15 ] 57...Nc7-e6+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 57...Kd6-c6
58.f3-f4 Nc7-e6+ 59.Kd4-e5 Ne6-d8
60.Nc3-e4 Nd8-b7 61.g2-g4 b6-b5
62.g4-g5 h6xg5 63.f4xg5 g7-g6
64.h2-h4 Nb7-d8 65.Ne4-f6 Nd8-f7+
66.Ke5-d4 0.87/14 ] 58.Kd4-e4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 58.Kd4-c4
Kd6-c6 59.Nc3-b5 h6-h5 60.g2-g3
Kc6-d7 61.Nb5-d4 Ne6-c7 62.f3-f4
g7-g6 63.a3-a4 Kd7-e7 64.h2-h3
Ke7-f6 65.Nd4-c6 g6-g5 66.f4xg5+
Kf6xg5 1.01/16 ] 58...g7-g6
[ 58...g7-g5 59.Nc3-d1+- ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 58...Kd6-c5 59.f3-f4 Kc5-c4
60.Nc3-e2 b6-b5 61.Ke4-e5 Ne6-d8
62.Ke5-f5 Kc4-b3 63.Ne2-d4+ Kb3-c4
64.Kf5-e4 Nd8-f7 65.Nd4-f5 g7-g6
66.Nf5-e3+ Kc4-c5 0.80/14 ]
59.Nc3-b5+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
59.Nc3-b5+ Kd6-e7 60.Nb5-d4
Ne6-d8 61.Ke4-d5 Ke7-f6 62.a3-a4
g6-g5 63.Nd4-b5 Kf6-e7 64.Kd5-e5
Nd8-b7 65.Nb5-d4 Ke7-d7 66.Nd4-f5
h6-h5 67.g2-g4 1.02/16 ] 59...Kd6-c5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 59...Kd6-e7
60.Nb5-d4 Ne6-d8 61.Ke4-d5 Ke7-f6
62.a3-a4 g6-g5 63.Nd4-b5 Kf6-e7
64.g2-g3 Ke7-f6 65.Nb5-a3 Nd8-e6
66.Na3-c4 Ne6-c7+ 67.Kd5-c6
0.99/15 ] 60.Ke4-e5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 60.Ke4-e5 Ne6-d8 61.Nb5-c7
Nd8-c6+ 62.Ke5-f6 g6-g5 63.Kf6-g7
Kc5-d6 64.Nc7-e8+ Kd6-e7 65.Ne8-f6
Ke7-e6 66.Nf6-e4 Ke6-e5 67.Kg7xh6
g5-g4 68.Ne4-g5 g4xf3 69.Ng5xf3+
Ke5-f4 70.Kh6-g6 Nc6-e7+
71.Kg6-f6 1.45/16 ] 60...Kc5xb5??
sad, but how else could Black save the
game? [ 60...Ne6-f8 61.Nb5-d6 b6-b5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


62.Nd6-e4+ Kc5-c4+- ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 60...Ne6-d8 61.Nb5-d4
Kc5-c4 62.f3-f4 Nd8-f7+ 63.Ke5-f6
Nf7-d6 64.Nd4-f3 Kc4-d3 65.Nf3-e5+
Kd3-e4 66.Ne5xg6 Nd6-c4 67.Kf6-e6
Nc4-e3 68.g2-g3 b6-b5 69.Ng6-h4
Ne3-c4 70.Nh4-f5 1.40/14 ] 61.Ke5xe6
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 61.Ke5xe6
Kb5-c6 62.Ke6-f7 g6-g5 63.Kf7-g6
Kc6-d7 64.Kg6xh6 Kd7-e8 65.Kh6xg5
Ke8-f7 66.g2-g4 Kf7-g7 67.h2-h4
b6-b5 68.h4-h5 Kg7-f8 69.h5-h6
Kf8-f7 70.f3-f4 Kf7-g8 71.Kg5-g6
Kg8-h8 72.g4-g5 Kh8-g8 73.f4-f5
Kg8-f8 74.h6-h7 6.63/20 ] 61...Kb5-a4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 61...Kb5-c5
62.Ke6-f6 g6-g5 63.Kf6-g6 Kc5-d5
64.Kg6xh6 Kd5-e6 65.Kh6xg5 Ke6-f7
66.g2-g4 Kf7-g7 67.h2-h4 Kg7-f7
68.h4-h5 Kf7-g7 69.h5-h6+ Kg7-h7
70.f3-f4 Kh7-g8 71.Kg5-g6 Kg8-h8
72.g4-g5 Kh8-g8 73.f4-f5 b6-b5
74.f5-f6 Kg8-f8 75.h6-h7 6.89/22 ]
62.Ke6-f6 [ 62.f3-f4 secures victory
Ka4xa3 63.g2-g4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 62.f3-f4 b6-b5 63.g2-g4 Ka4xa3
64.f4-f5 g6xf5 65.g4xf5 b5-b4 66.f5-f6
b4-b3 67.f6-f7 b3-b2 68.f7-f8Q+
Ka3-b3 69.Qf8-f3+ Kb3-c2 70.Qf3-g2+
Kc2-c3 71.Qg2-g6 Kc3-b3 72.Qg6-e4
Kb3-c3 73.Ke6-d5 h6-h5 74.Qe4-g6
h5-h4 75.Qg6-f5 Kc3-b3 76.Qf5-e4
6.52/17 ] 62...Ka4xa3-+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 62...Ka4xa3 63.Kf6xg6 b6-b5
64.Kg6xh6 b5-b4 65.g2-g4 b4-b3
66.h2-h4 b3-b2 67.h4-h5 b2-b1Q
68.f3-f4 Qb1-b6+ 69.Kh6-g5 Qb6-d8+
70.Kg5-g6 Qd8-g8+ 71.Kg6-f5
Qg8-f7+ 72.Kf5-g5 Qf7-g7+ 73.Kg5-f5
Qg7-h6 74.Kf5-e4 Ka3-b3 75.Ke4-f3
Kb3-b4 76.Kf3-e4 Qh6-e6+ 77.Ke4-f3
Kb4-c5 78.f4-f5 Qe6-e5 79.Kf3-g2
Qe5-c3 80.Kg2-f2 Kc5-d6 81.Kf2-g2
Kd6-e5 82.Kg2-f2 Ke5-f6 83.Kf2-g2
Kf6-g5 -6.16/21 ] 63.Kf6xg6

87

[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 63.f3-f4 b6-b5


64.Kf6xg6 b5-b4 65.Kg6xh6 b4-b3
66.g2-g4 b3-b2 67.h2-h4 b2-b1Q
68.h4-h5 Qb1-b6+ 69.Kh6-g5
Qb6-d8+ 70.Kg5-g6 Qd8-g8+
71.Kg6-f5 Qg8-f7+ 72.Kf5-g5 Qf7-g7+
73.Kg5-f5 Qg7-h6 74.Kf5-e4 Ka3-b3
75.Ke4-e3 Kb3-b4 76.Ke3-f3 Kb4-c5
77.Kf3-g3 Kc5-d6 78.Kg3-f3 Kd6-e6
79.Kf3-e4 Qh6-g7 80.Ke4-f3 Qg7-c3+
81.Kf3-e4 Qc3-d2 82.f4-f5+ Ke6-f6
83.Ke4-f3 Qd2-d5+ 84.Kf3-g3
-6.10/21 ] 63...b6-b5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 63...b6-b5 64.Kg6xh6 b5-b4
65.g2-g4 b4-b3 66.f3-f4 b3-b2
67.h2-h4 b2-b1Q 68.h4-h5 Qb1-b6+
69.Kh6-g5 Qb6-d8+ 70.Kg5-g6
Qd8-g8+ 71.Kg6-f5 Qg8-f7+
72.Kf5-g5 Qf7-g7+ 73.Kg5-f5 Qg7-h6
74.Kf5-e5 Ka3-b4 75.Ke5-f5 Kb4-c5
76.Kf5-e5 Qh6-d6+ 77.Ke5-f5 Kc5-d5
78.Kf5-g5 Qd6-e7+ 79.Kg5-g6
Qe7-e4+ 80.Kg6-g5 -5.44/17 ] 64.f3-f4
[ 64.g2-g4 a fruitless try to alter the
course of the game b5-b4-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 64.g2-g4 b5-b4
65.Kg6xh6 b4-b3 66.f3-f4 b3-b2
67.h2-h4 b2-b1Q 68.h4-h5 Qb1-b6+
69.Kh6-g5 Qb6-d8+ 70.Kg5-g6
Qd8-g8+ 71.Kg6-f5 Qg8-f7+
72.Kf5-g5 Qf7-g7+ 73.Kg5-f5 Qg7-h6
74.Kf5-e5 Ka3-b4 75.Ke5-f5 Kb4-c5
76.Kf5-e5 Qh6-d6+ 77.Ke5-f5 Kc5-d5
78.Kf5-g5 Qd6-e7+ 79.Kg5-g6
Qe7-e4+ 80.Kg6-g5 -5.46/18 ]
64...b5-b4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
64...b5-b4 65.Kg6xh6 b4-b3 66.g2-g4
b3-b2 67.h2-h4 b2-b1Q 68.h4-h5
Qb1-b6+ 69.Kh6-g5 Qb6-d8+
70.Kg5-g6 Qd8-g8+ 71.Kg6-f5
Qg8-f7+ 72.Kf5-g5 Qf7-g7+ 73.Kg5-f5
Qg7-h6 74.Kf5-e5 Ka3-b4 75.Ke5-f5
Kb4-c5 76.Kf5-e5 Qh6-d6+ 77.Ke5-f5
Kc5-d5 78.Kf5-g5 Qd6-e7+ 79.Kg5-g6
Qe7-e4+ 80.Kg6-g5 -5.44/16 ] 65.f4-f5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 65.h2-h4 b4-b3
66.h4-h5 b3-b2 67.g2-g4 b2-b1Q+
68.Kg6xh6 Qb1-b6+ 69.Kh6-g5
Qb6-d8+ 70.Kg5-g6 Qd8-g8+
71.Kg6-f5 Qg8-f7+ 72.Kf5-g5 Qf7-g7+
73.Kg5-f5 Qg7-h6 74.Kf5-e5 Ka3-b4
75.Ke5-f5 Kb4-c5 76.Kf5-e5 Qh6-d6+
77.Ke5-f5 Kc5-d5 78.Kf5-g5 Qd6-e7+
79.Kg5-g6 Qe7-e4+ 80.Kg6-g5
-5.46/17 ] 65...b4-b3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 65...b4-b3 66.Kg6xh6 b3-b2
67.g2-g4 b2-b1Q 68.h2-h4 Qb1-b6+
69.Kh6-g5 Qb6-e3+ 70.Kg5-g6
Qe3-e8+ 71.Kg6-g5 Qe8-g8+
72.Kg5-f4 Qg8-g7 73.h4-h5 Ka3-b4
74.Kf4-g3 Kb4-c5 75.Kg3-f3 Kc5-d5
76.Kf3-g3 Kd5-e5 77.Kg3-h4 Ke5-f6
78.Kh4-g3 Qg7-c7+ 79.Kg3-f3
Kf6-g5 -5.93/15 ] 66.f5-f6 [Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 66.g2-g4 b3-b2
67.Kg6xh6 b2-b1Q 68.h2-h4 Qb1-b6+
69.Kh6-g5 Qb6-e3+ 70.Kg5-g6
Qe3-e8+ 71.Kg6-g5 Qe8-g8+
72.Kg5-f4 Qg8-g7 73.Kf4-f3 Qg7-c3+
74.Kf3-f4 Qc3-c1+ 75.Kf4-f3 Qc1-f1+
76.Kf3-e3 Qf1-e1+ 77.Ke3-f4 Qe1xh4
78.Kf4-f3 Qh4-g5 79.Kf3-g3 Ka3-b4
80.Kg3-f3 Kb4-c4 -6.47/16 ] 66...b3-b2
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 66...b3-b2
67.Kg6-g7 b2-b1Q 68.f6-f7 Qb1-b2+
69.Kg7-g8 Qb2xg2+ 70.Kg8-h7
Qg2-f2 71.Kh7-g8 Qf2-g1+ 72.Kg8-h7
Qg1-c5 73.Kh7-g7 Qc5-g5+
74.Kg7-h7 Qg5-f6 75.Kh7-g8 Qf6-g6+
76.Kg8-f8 Qg6-g4 77.h2-h3 Qg4xh3
78.Kf8-g7 Qh3-d7 79.Kg7-g8 Qd7-d5
80.Kg8-f8 Ka3-b4 81.Kf8-e7 Qd5-e5+
82.Ke7-d7 Qe5-f6 83.Kd7-e8 Qf6-g6
84.Ke8-e7 Qg6-g5+ 85.Ke7-e8
Qg5-e5+ 86.Ke8-d7 Qe5-f6 -6.85/16 ]
67.f6-f7 [ 67.Kg6xh6 does not solve
anything b2-b1Q 68.Kh6-g7
Qb1-b2-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
67.Kg6-g7 b2-b1Q 68.f6-f7 Qb1-b2+
69.Kg7-g8 Qb2xg2+ 70.Kg8-h7

88

Qg2-f2 71.Kh7-g8 Qf2-g1+ 72.Kg8-h7


Qg1-c5 73.Kh7-g7 Qc5-g5+
74.Kg7-h7 Qg5-f6 75.Kh7-g8 Qf6-g6+
76.Kg8-f8 Qg6-g4 77.h2-h3 Qg4xh3
78.Kf8-g7 Qh3-d7 79.Kg7-g8 Qd7-d5
80.Kg8-f8 Ka3-b4 81.Kf8-e7 Qd5-e5+
82.Ke7-d7 Qe5-f6 83.Kd7-e8 Qf6-g6
84.Ke8-e7 Qg6-g5+ 85.Ke7-e8
Qg5-e5+ 86.Ke8-d7 Qe5-f6 -6.87/17 ]
67...b2-b1Q+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
67...b2-b1Q+ 68.Kg6-g7 Qb1-b2+
69.Kg7-g8 Qb2xg2+ 70.Kg8-h7
Qg2-f2 71.Kh7-g8 Qf2-g1+ 72.Kg8-h7
Qg1-c5 73.Kh7-g7 Qc5-g5+
74.Kg7-h7 Qg5-f6 75.Kh7-g8 Qf6-g6+
76.Kg8-f8 Qg6-g4 77.h2-h3 Qg4xh3
78.Kf8-g7 Qh3-d7 79.Kg7-g8 Qd7-d5
80.Kg8-f8 Ka3-b4 81.Kf8-e7 Qd5-e5+
82.Ke7-d7 Qe5-g7 83.Kd7-e7
Qg7-g5+ 84.Ke7-e8 Qg5-g6
85.Ke8-e7 Qg6-g5+ 86.Ke7-e8
-6.85/17 ] 68.Kg6xh6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 68.Kg6-g7 Qb1-b2+
69.Kg7-g8 Qb2xg2+ 70.Kg8-h7
Qg2-f2 71.Kh7-g8 Qf2-g1+ 72.Kg8-h7
Qg1-c5 73.Kh7-g7 Qc5-g5+
74.Kg7-h7 Qg5-f6 75.Kh7-g8 Qf6-g6+
76.Kg8-f8 Qg6-g4 77.h2-h3 Qg4xh3
78.Kf8-g7 Qh3-d7 79.Kg7-g8 Qd7-d5
80.Kg8-f8 Ka3-b4 81.Kf8-e7 Qd5-e5+
82.Ke7-d7 Qe5-g7 83.Kd7-e7
Qg7-g5+ 84.Ke7-e8 Qg5-g6
85.Ke8-e7 Qg6-g5+ 86.Ke7-e8
-7.48/18 ] 68...Qb1-f5 [ 68...Qb1-f1!?
might be the shorter path 69.Kh6-g6
Qf1xg2+ 70.Kg6-f6 Qg2-f1+ 71.Kf6-g7
Qf1-g1+ 72.Kg7-h7 Qg1-b1+
73.Kh7-g7 Qb1-b2+ 74.Kg7-g6
Qb2-b6+ 75.Kg6-g7 Qb6-d4+
76.Kg7-g6 Qd4-g4+ 77.Kg6-f6
Qg4-d4+ 78.Kf6-g6 Qd4-e4+
79.Kg6-f6 Qe4-f4+ 80.Kf6-g7 Qf4-e5+
81.Kg7-g6-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
68...Qb1-f5 69.Kh6-g7 Qf5-g5+
70.Kg7-h7 Qg5-f6 71.Kh7-g8 Qf6-g6+

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


72.Kg8-f8 Ka3-b4 73.Kf8-e7 Qg6-e4+
74.Ke7-f6 Qe4-f4+ 75.Kf6-e7 Qf4-e5+
76.Ke7-d7 Qe5-f6 77.Kd7-e8 Qf6-e6+
78.Ke8-f8 Kb4-c5 79.Kf8-g7 Qe6-e7
80.Kg7-g8 Qe7-g5+ 81.Kg8-h7 Qg5-f6
82.Kh7-g8 Qf6-g6+ 83.Kg8-f8 Kc5-d6
84.Kf8-e8 Qg6-e4+ 85.Ke8-f8 Qe4-e6
86.h2-h3 Qe6-e5 87.Kf8-g8 Qe5-g5+
88.Kg8-h7 Kd6-e7 89.g2-g3 Qg5xg3
90.f7-f8N Ke7xf8 91.Kh7-h6
Qg3xh3+ -#37/18 ] 69.Kh6-g7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 69.Kh6-g7
Qf5-g5+ 70.Kg7-h7 Qg5-f6 71.Kh7-g8
Qf6-g6+ 72.Kg8-f8 Ka3-b4 73.Kf8-e7
Qg6-e4+ 74.Ke7-f6 Qe4-f4+
75.Kf6-e7 Qf4-e5+ 76.Ke7-d7 Qe5-f6
77.Kd7-e8 Qf6-e6+ 78.Ke8-f8 Kb4-c5
79.Kf8-g7 Qe6-e7 80.Kg7-g8 Qe7-g5+
81.Kg8-h7 Qg5-f6 82.Kh7-g8 Qf6-g6+
83.Kg8-f8 Kc5-d6 84.Kf8-e8 Qg6-e4+
85.Ke8-f8 Qe4-e6 86.h2-h3 Qe6-e5
87.Kf8-g8 Qe5-g5+ 88.Kg8-h7 Kd6-e7
89.g2-g3 Qg5xg3 90.f7-f8N Ke7xf8
91.Kh7-h6 Qg3xh3+ -#39/20 ]
69...Qf5-g5+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
69...Qf5-g5+ Diagram
(Diagram 76)
70.Kg7-h7 Qg5-f6 71.Kh7-g8 Qf6-g6+
72.Kg8-f8 Ka3-b4 73.Kf8-e7 Qg6-e4+
74.Ke7-f6 Qe4-f4+ 75.Kf6-g6 Kb4-c5
76.g2-g3 Qf4-d6+ 77.Kg6-f5 Qd6-e7
78.h2-h4 Qe7xf7+ 79.Kf5-g5 Qf7-g7+
80.Kg5-f4 Qg7-f6+ 81.Kf4-g4 Qf6-g6+
82.Kg4-f3 Qg6-h5+ 83.Kf3-e3 Qh5-f5
84.Ke3-d2 Qf5-f2+ 85.Kd2-c1 Qf2xg3
86.Kc1-c2 Qg3xh4 87.Kc2-c3
Qh4-g3+ 88.Kc3-b2 Qg3-e1
89.Kb2-a2 Qe1-d2+ 90.Ka2-b3
Qd2-d1+ 91.Kb3-a3 Qd1-d5
92.Ka3-b2 Kc5-d6 93.Kb2-c2 Kd6-e5
94.Kc2-c3 Qd5-c5+ 95.Kc3-b3 Qc5-d4
96.Kb3-a2 Qd4-e3 97.Ka2-b1 Qe3-c3
98.Kb1-a2 Ke5-d4 99.Ka2-b1 Kd4-c4

89

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-+-+0
9+-+-+PmK-0 76
9-+-+-+-+0
9+-+-+-wq-0
9-+-+-+-+0
9mk-+-+-+-0
9-+-+-+PzP0
9+-+-+-+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
100.Kb1-a2 Qc3-c2+ 101.Ka2-a1
Qc2-f2 102.Ka1-b1 Kc4-c3
103.Kb1-c1 Qf2-e1# -#35/22 ]
70.Kg7-h7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
70.Kg7-h8 Qg5-h6+ 71.Kh8-g8
Qh6-g6+ 72.Kg8-f8 Ka3-b4 73.Kf8-e7
Qg6-e4+ 74.Ke7-f6 Qe4-f4+
75.Kf6-g6 Kb4-c5 76.g2-g3 Qf4-d6+
77.Kg6-f5 Qd6-e7 78.h2-h4 Qe7xf7+
79.Kf5-g5 Qf7-g7+ 80.Kg5-f4 Qg7-f6+
81.Kf4-g4 Qf6-g6+ 82.Kg4-f3
Qg6-h5+ 83.Kf3-e3 Qh5-f5 84.Ke3-d2
Qf5-f2+ 85.Kd2-c1 Qf2xg3 86.h4-h5
Qg3-g5+ 87.Kc1-b1 Qg5xh5
88.Kb1-b2 Qh5-d1 89.Kb2-c3 Kc5-d6
90.Kc3-b4 Qd1-f3 91.Kb4-a5 Qf3-e4
92.Ka5-b5 Qe4-d4 93.Kb5-a5
Qd4-c5+ 94.Ka5-a4 Kd6-e5
95.Ka4-b3 Qc5-d4 96.Kb3-a2 Qd4-e3
97.Ka2-b1 Qe3-c3 98.Kb1-a2 Ke5-d4
99.Ka2-b1 Kd4-c4 100.Kb1-a2
Qc3-c2+ 101.Ka2-a1 Qc2-f2
102.Ka1-b1 Kc4-c3 103.Kb1-c1
Qf2-e1# -#33/23 ] 70...Qg5-f6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 70...Qg5-f6
71.Kh7-g8 Qf6-g6+ 72.Kg8-f8 Ka3-b4
73.Kf8-e7 Qg6-e4+ 74.Ke7-f6
Qe4-f4+ 75.Kf6-e7 Qf4-e5+
76.Ke7-d7 Qe5-f6 77.Kd7-e8 Qf6-e6+
78.Ke8-f8 Kb4-c5 79.Kf8-g7 Qe6-e7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


80.h2-h4 Kc5-d6 81.Kg7-g8 Qe7-e6
82.Kg8-g7 Qe6-g4+ 83.Kg7-f6
Qg4xh4+ 84.Kf6-f5 Qh4-f2+ 85.Kf5-e4
Qf2xg2+ 86.Ke4-e3 Qg2-g3+
87.Ke3-e2 Qg3-g4+ 88.Ke2-d3
Qg4-f3+ 89.Kd3-c4 Qf3xf7+
90.Kc4-c3 Qf7-f3+ 91.Kc3-b4 Qf3-e3
92.Kb4-c4 Qe3-a3 93.Kc4-d4
Qa3-b4+ 94.Kd4-d3 Kd6-e6
95.Kd3-e2 Qb4-d4 96.Ke2-e1 Ke6-e5
97.Ke1-f1 Qd4-e3 98.Kf1-g2 Ke5-f4
99.Kg2-h1 Qe3-f3+ 100.Kh1-g1
Kf4-e4 101.Kg1-h2 Qf3-g4
102.Kh2-h1 Ke4-f3 103.Kh1-h2
Qg4-g2# -#33/20 ] 71.Kh7-g8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 71.Kh7-g8
Qf6-g6+ 72.Kg8-f8 Ka3-b4 73.Kf8-e7
Qg6-e4+ 74.Ke7-f6 Qe4-f4+
75.Kf6-e7 Qf4-e5+ 76.Ke7-d7 Qe5-f6
77.Kd7-e8 Qf6-e6+ 78.Ke8-f8 Kb4-c5
79.Kf8-g7 Qe6-e7 80.h2-h4 Kc5-d6
81.Kg7-g8 Qe7-e6 82.Kg8-g7
Qe6-g4+ 83.Kg7-f6 Qg4xh4+
84.Kf6-f5 Qh4-f2+ 85.Kf5-e4 Qf2xg2+
86.Ke4-e3 Qg2-g5+ 87.Ke3-e2
Qg5-h5+ 88.Ke2-d2 Qh5-d5+
89.Kd2-c2 Qd5xf7 90.Kc2-c3 Qf7-f3+
91.Kc3-b4 Qf3-e3 92.Kb4-c4 Qe3-a3
93.Kc4-d4 Qa3-b4+ 94.Kd4-d3
Kd6-e6 95.Kd3-e2 Qb4-d4 96.Ke2-e1
Ke6-e5 97.Ke1-f1 Qd4-e3 98.Kf1-g2
Ke5-f4 99.Kg2-h1 Qe3-f3+
100.Kh1-g1 Kf4-e4 101.Kg1-h2
Qf3-g4 102.Kh2-h1 Ke4-f3
103.Kh1-h2 Qg4-g2# -19.85/24 ]
71...Qf6-g6+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
71...Qf6-g6+ 72.Kg8-f8 Ka3-b4
73.Kf8-e7 Qg6-e4+ 74.Ke7-f6
Qe4-f4+ 75.Kf6-e7 Qf4-e5+
76.Ke7-d7 Qe5-f6 77.Kd7-e8 Qf6-e6+
78.Ke8-f8 Kb4-c5 79.Kf8-g7 Qe6-e7
80.g2-g3 Qe7-g5+ 81.Kg7-h7 Qg5-f6
82.f7-f8R Qf6xf8 83.Kh7-g6 Qf8-d6+
84.Kg6-h5 Qd6-e5+ 85.Kh5-g4
Qe5-e6+ 86.Kg4-g5 Qe6-h3

90

87.Kg5-g6 Qh3-g4+ 88.Kg6-f6 Qg4-e2


89.Kf6-g6 Qe2-c2+ 90.Kg6-g5
Qc2xh2 91.Kg5-g4 Qh2-f2 92.Kg4-h3
Kc5-d6 93.Kh3-g4 Kd6-e7 94.Kg4-h3
Qf2-f5+ 95.Kh3-g2 Ke7-f6 96.Kg2-h2
Qf5-d5 -9.60/22 ] 72.Kg8-f8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 72.Kg8-f8
Ka3-b4 73.Kf8-e7 Qg6-e4+ 74.Ke7-f6
Qe4-f4+ 75.Kf6-e7 Qf4-e5+
76.Ke7-d7 Qe5-f6 77.Kd7-e8 Qf6-e6+
78.Ke8-f8 Kb4-c5 79.Kf8-g7 Qe6-e7
80.g2-g3 Qe7-g5+ 81.Kg7-h7 Qg5-f6
82.f7-f8R Qf6xf8 83.Kh7-g6 Qf8-d6+
84.Kg6-h5 Qd6-e5+ 85.Kh5-g4
Qe5-e6+ 86.Kg4-g5 Qe6-h3
87.Kg5-g6 Qh3-g4+ 88.Kg6-f6 Qg4-e2
89.Kf6-g6 Qe2-c2+ 90.Kg6-g5
Qc2xh2 91.Kg5-g4 Qh2-f2 92.Kg4-h3
Kc5-d6 93.Kh3-g4 Kd6-e7 94.Kg4-h3
Qf2-f5+ 95.Kh3-g2 Ke7-f6 96.Kg2-h2
Qf5-d5 -9.64/23 ] 72...Ka3-b4
[ 72...Qg6xg2 and Black can already
relax 73.h2-h4 Ka3-b4-+ ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 72...Ka3-b4 73.Kf8-e7
Qg6-e4+ 74.Ke7-f6 Qe4-f4+
75.Kf6-e7 Qf4-e5+ 76.Ke7-d7 Qe5-f6
77.Kd7-e8 Qf6-e6+ 78.Ke8-f8 Kb4-c5
79.Kf8-g7 Qe6-e7 80.g2-g3 Qe7-g5+
81.Kg7-h7 Qg5-f6 82.f7-f8R Qf6xf8
83.Kh7-g6 Qf8-d6+ 84.Kg6-h5
Qd6-e5+ 85.Kh5-g4 Qe5-e6+
86.Kg4-g5 Qe6-h3 87.Kg5-g6
Qh3-g4+ 88.Kg6-f6 Qg4-e2 89.Kf6-g6
Qe2-c2+ 90.Kg6-g5 Qc2xh2
91.Kg5-g4 Qh2-f2 92.Kg4-h3 Kc5-d6
93.Kh3-g4 Kd6-e7 94.Kg4-h3 Qf2-f5+
95.Kh3-g2 Ke7-f6 96.Kg2-h2 Qf5-d5
97.g3-g4 -9.60/18 ] 73.h2-h4
[ 73.Kf8-e7 no good, but what else?
Qg6-g7 74.g2-g3-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 73.Kf8-e7 Qg6-e4+ 74.Ke7-f6
Qe4-f4+ 75.Kf6-e7 Qf4-e5+
76.Ke7-d7 Qe5-f6 77.Kd7-e8 Qf6-e6+
78.Ke8-f8 Kb4-c5 79.Kf8-g7 Qe6-e7
80.g2-g3 Qe7-g5+ 81.Kg7-h7 Qg5-f6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


82.f7-f8R Qf6xf8 83.Kh7-g6 Qf8-d6+
84.Kg6-h5 Qd6-e5+ 85.Kh5-g4
Qe5-e6+ 86.Kg4-g5 Qe6-h3
87.Kg5-g6 Qh3-g4+ 88.Kg6-f6 Qg4-e2
89.Kf6-g6 Qe2-c2+ 90.Kg6-g5
Qc2xh2 91.Kg5-g4 Qh2-f2 92.Kg4-h3
Kc5-d6 93.Kh3-g4 Kd6-e7 94.Kg4-h3
Qf2-f5+ 95.Kh3-g2 Ke7-f6 96.Kg2-h2
Qf5-d5 97.g3-g4 -9.64/21 ]
73...Kb4-c5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
73...Kb4-c5 74.Kf8-e7 Qg6-d6+
75.Ke7-e8 Qd6-e6+ 76.Ke8-f8 Kc5-d6
77.Kf8-g7 Qe6-g4+ 78.Kg7-f6
Qg4xh4+ 79.Kf6-f5 Qh4-f2+ 80.Kf5-e4
Qf2xg2+ 81.Ke4-e3 Qg2-g5+
82.Ke3-e2 Qg5-h5+ 83.Ke2-d2
Qh5-d5+ 84.Kd2-c2 Qd5xf7 85.Kc2-c3
Qf7-b7 86.Kc3-c4 Qb7-b2 87.Kc4-d3
Qb2-b3+ 88.Kd3-e4 Qb3-c4+
89.Ke4-f5 Qc4-e6+ 90.Kf5-f4 Qe6-f7+
91.Kf4-e3 Qf7-d5 92.Ke3-f2 Qd5-d4+
93.Kf2-e2 Qd4-g4+ 94.Ke2-f2 Kd6-c5
95.Kf2-e3 Qg4-f5 96.Ke3-d2 Kc5-d4
97.Kd2-e2 Qf5-f6 98.Ke2-d1 Qf6-f2
99.Kd1-c1 Kd4-c3 100.Kc1-b1
Qf2-b2# -#26/19 ] 74.h4-h5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 74.Kf8-e7
Qg6-d6+ 75.Ke7-e8 Qd6-e6+
76.Ke8-f8 Kc5-d6 77.Kf8-g7 Qe6-g4+
78.Kg7-f6 Qg4xh4+ 79.Kf6-f5 Qh4-f2+
80.Kf5-e4 Qf2xg2+ 81.Ke4-e3
Qg2-g5+ 82.Ke3-d3 Qg5-f5+
83.Kd3-c4 Qf5xf7+ 84.Kc4-c3 Qf7-b7
85.Kc3-c4 Qb7-b2 86.Kc4-d3
Qb2-b3+ 87.Kd3-d2 Kd6-e5
88.Kd2-e2 Qb3-d5 89.Ke2-f1 Qd5-d4
90.Kf1-e1 Qd4-e4+ 91.Ke1-d1 Ke5-d4
92.Kd1-d2 Qe4-f5 93.Kd2-e2 Qf5-f6
94.Ke2-d1 Qf6-f2 95.Kd1-c1 Kd4-c3
96.Kc1-b1 Qf2-b2# -#23/22 ]
74...Qg6xh5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
74...Qg6xh5 75.Kf8-e7 Qh5-e5+
76.Ke7-d7 Qe5-d6+ 77.Kd7-e8
Kc5-c6 78.f7-f8N Qd6-f6 79.Nf8-h7
Qf6-g7 80.Nh7-g5 Qg7xg5 81.Ke8-f7

91

Kc6-d6 82.g2-g3 Qg5xg3 83.Kf7-f6


Qg3-g4 84.Kf6-f7 Qg4-g5 85.Kf7-f8
Kd6-e6 86.Kf8-e8 Qg5-e7# -#13/22 ]
75.g2-g4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
75.Kf8-e7 Qh5-e5+ 76.Ke7-d7
Qe5-d6+ 77.Kd7-e8 Kc5-c6 78.f7-f8N
Qd6-f6 79.Nf8-h7 Qf6-g7 80.Nh7-g5
Qg7xg5 81.Ke8-f7 Kc6-d6 82.g2-g3
Qg5xg3 83.Kf7-f6 Qg3-g4 84.Kf6-f7
Qg4-g5 85.Kf7-f8 Kd6-e6 86.Kf8-e8
Qg5-e7# -#12/24 ] 75...Qh5xg4
[ 75...Qh5-h6+ and Black wins
76.Kf8-e7 Qh6-d6+ 77.Ke7-e8
Qd6-e6+ 78.Ke8-f8-+ ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 75...Qh5xg4 76.Kf8-e8
Qg4-e6+ 77.Ke8-f8 Kc5-d6 78.Kf8-g7
Qe6-e5+ 79.Kg7-h6 Kd6-e7 80.f7-f8R
Ke7xf8 81.Kh6-g6 Kf8-g8 82.Kg6-h6
Kg8-f7 83.Kh6-h7 Qe5-h2# -#9/27 ]
76.Kf8-e7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
76.Kf8-e8 Qg4-e6+ 77.Ke8-f8 Kc5-d6
78.Kf8-g7 Qe6-e5+ 79.Kg7-h6 Kd6-e7
80.f7-f8R Ke7xf8 81.Kh6-g6 Kf8-g8
82.Kg6-h6 Kg8-f7 83.Kh6-h7
Qe5-h2# -#8/26 ] 76...Qg4-g7
[ 76...Qg4-g7 77.Ke7-e8 Qg7-g6-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 76...Qg4-g7
77.Ke7-e6 Kc5-d4 78.Ke6-f5 Qg7xf7+
79.Kf5-g4 Kd4-e4 80.Kg4-g3 Qf7-f3+
81.Kg3-h4 Qf3-g2 82.Kh4-h5 Ke4-f5
83.Kh5-h6 Qg2-g6# -#8/25 ]
0-1

14

E97

Alexander Beliavsky
Hikaru Nakamura
Rising Stars vs Experience (3)22.08.2009
E97: King's Indian: Classical Main Line
(6...e5 7 0-0 Nc6): 8 Be3 and 8 d5 Ne7,
not 9 Ne1
1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 g7-g6
3.Nb1-c3 Bf8-g7 4.e2-e4 d7-d6
5.Ng1-f3 0-0 6.Bf1-e2 e7-e5 7.0-0

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Nb8-c6 8.d4-d5 Nc6-e7 9.Nf3-d2
Nf6-e8 10.b2-b4 f7-f5 11.c4-c5
Ne8-f6 12.f2-f3 f5-f4 13.Nd2-c4
g6-g5 14.a2-a4 Ne7-g6 15.Bc1-a3
Rf8-f7 16.a4-a5 h7-h5 Black prepares
g4 17.b4-b5 d6xc5 18.b5-b6 g5-g4
19.b6xc7 Rf7xc7 20.Nc3-b5 g4-g3
last book move 21.Nb5xc7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21.Nb5xc7
g3xh2+ 22.Kg1xh2 Qd8xc7 23.Qd1-b3
Kg8-h7 24.d5-d6 Qc7-c6 25.Ra1-b1
Nf6-d7 26.Ba3-c1 h5-h4 27.Kh2-g1
h4-h3 28.g2xh3 Ng6-h4 29.Kg1-f2
Ra8-b8 30.Bc1-b2 2.36/12 ]
21...Nf6xe4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...g3xh2+ 22.Kg1xh2 Qd8xc7
23.Qd1-b3 Kg8-h7 24.d5-d6 Qc7-c6
Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9r+l+-+-+0
9zpp+-+-vlk0 77
9-+qzP-snn+0
9zP-zp-zp-+p0
9-+N+Pzp-+0
9vLQ+-+P+-0
9-+-+L+PmK0
9tR-+-+R+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
25.Ra1-b1 Nf6-d7 26.Ba3-c1 Bg7-f6
27.Rf1-h1 Kh7-g7 28.Kh2-g1 Ng6-h4
29.Kg1-f2 Kg7-g6 2.29/12 ] 22.Nc7-e6
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Qd1-c2
g3xh2+ 23.Kg1xh2 Ne4-g3 24.Nc7xa8
e5-e4 25.Ba3xc5 Bg7xa1 26.Nc4-d6
Ba1-g7 27.Nd6xe4 Ng3xf1+
28.Be2xf1 Bc8-f5 29.d5-d6 Qd8xa8
30.Qc2-b3+ Kg8-h7 31.Qb3-f7 Bf5xe4
32.f3xe4 Kh7-h6 33.d6-d7 Qa8-d8
34.Bc5xa7 Qd8xa5 35.Ba7-c5 2.96/11
] 22...Bc8xe6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

92

22...Bc8xe6 Diagram

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9r+-wq-+k+0
9zpp+-+-vl-0 78
9-+-+l+n+0
9zP-zpPzp-+p0
9-+N+nzp-+0
9vL-+-+Pzp-0
9-+-+L+PzP0
9tR-+Q+RmK-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
23.d5xe6 g3xh2+ 24.Kg1xh2
Qd8-h4+ 25.Kh2-g1 Ne4-g3
26.Ra1-a2 e5-e4 27.Ba3xc5 e4-e3
28.Nc4xe3 f4xe3 29.Bc5xe3 Ng6-f4
30.Be3xf4 Qh4xf4 31.Qd1-b1 Ng3xf1
32.Kg1xf1 Ra8-e8 33.Qb1-b3 Qf4-c1+
34.Be2-d1 Re8-e7 35.Qb3-d5 0.85/9 ]
23.d5xe6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.d5xe6 g3xh2+ 24.Kg1xh2 Qd8-h4+
25.Kh2-g1 Ne4-g3 26.Ba3xc5 e5-e4
27.Ra1-c1 Ra8-c8 28.e6-e7 Ng6xe7
29.Bc5xa7 e4-e3 30.Nc4xe3 Rc8xc1
31.Be2-c4+ Rc1xc4 32.Ne3xc4
Qh4-h1+ 33.Kg1-f2 Ng3xf1 34.Qd1xf1
Qh1-h4+ 35.Kf2-g1 Ne7-f5 36.Qf1-d1
Qh4-e7 37.Qd1-d5+ Qe7-f7
38.Qd5-d3 Qf7-e6 39.Ba7-f2 Bg7-f6
0.11/12 ] 23...g3xh2+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 23...g3xh2+ 24.Kg1xh2
Qd8-h4+ 25.Kh2-g1 Ne4-g3
26.Ba3xc5 e5-e4 27.Ra1-c1 Ra8-c8
28.e6-e7 Ng6xe7 29.Bc5xa7 e4-e3
30.Nc4xe3 Rc8xc1 31.Be2-c4+
Rc1xc4 32.Ne3xc4 Qh4-h1+
33.Kg1-f2 Ng3xf1 34.Qd1xf1 Qh1xf1+
35.Kf2xf1 Ne7-c6 36.Ba7-c5 Bg7-c3
37.Bc5-d6 Kg8-f7 38.Bd6xf4 Nc6xa5
39.Nc4xa5 Bc3xa5 40.Kf1-e2 Kf7-e6
0.30/12 ] 24.Kg1xh2 [Houdini 2.0c

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Pro x64: 24.Kg1xh2 Qd8-h4+
25.Kh2-g1 Ne4-g3 26.Ba3xc5 e5-e4
27.Ra1-a3 Qh4-g5 28.Bc5-f2 Qg5-h4
29.Bf2-e3 e4xf3 30.Be2xf3 f4xe3
31.Nc4xe3 Ng6-f4 32.Ra3-a4 Ng3xf1
33.Ne3xf1 Ra8-e8 34.Qd1-d6 0.43/12 ]
24...Qd8-h4+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24...Qd8-h4+ 25.Kh2-g1 Ne4-g3
26.Ba3xc5 e5-e4 27.Ra1-a3 e4-e3
28.Nc4xe3 f4xe3 29.Ra3xe3 Ng6-f4
30.e6-e7 Nf4xe2+ 31.Re3xe2
Bg7-d4+ 32.Bc5xd4 Ng3xe2+
33.Qd1xe2 Qh4xd4+ 34.Rf1-f2 Kg8-f7
35.f3-f4 Ra8-e8 36.Qe2xh5+ Kf7xe7
37.f4-f5 Ke7-d8 38.Qh5-g5+ Kd8-d7
39.Qg5-d2 Re8-e4 40.Qd2xd4+
Re4xd4 41.Rf2-b2 Rd4-d1+
42.Kg1-f2 0.57/13 ] 25.Kh2-g1
last book move [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25.Kh2-g1 Ne4-g3 26.Ba3-b2 e5-e4
27.Bb2xg7 Qh4-h1+ 28.Kg1-f2 e4-e3+
29.Nc4xe3 f4xe3+ 30.Kf2xe3 Ng3xf1+
31.Be2xf1 Qh1-g1+ 32.Ke3-e4
Diagram

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9zpp+-+-vL-0 79
9-+-+P+n+0
9zP-zp-+-+p0
9-+-+K+-+0
9+-+-+P+-0
9-+-+-+P+0
9tR-+Q+Lwq-0
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Kg8xg7 33.Qd1-d7+ Kg7-g8
34.e6-e7 1.20/1 ] 25...Ne4-g3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Ne4-g3
26.Ba3-b2 e5-e4 27.Bb2xg7 Qh4-h1+
28.Kg1-f2 e4-e3+ 29.Nc4xe3 f4xe3+
30.Kf2xe3 Ng3xf1+ 31.Be2xf1

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Qh1-g1+ 32.Ke3-e4 Kg8xg7


33.Qd1-d7+ Kg7-g8 34.e6-e7 1.46/9 ]
26.Ba3xc5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26.Ba3xc5 e5-e4 27.Ra1-a3 e4-e3
28.Nc4xe3 f4xe3 29.Ra3xe3 Ng6-f4
30.e6-e7 Nf4xe2+ 31.Re3xe2
Ng3xe2+ 32.Qd1xe2 Bg7-d4+
33.Bc5xd4 Qh4xd4+ 34.Qe2-f2
Qd4xf2+ 35.Kg1xf2 Kg8-f7 36.Rf1-b1
Kf7xe7 37.Rb1xb7+ Ke7-e6 1.02/10 ]
26...e5-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...e5-e4 27.Ra1-a2 e4-e3
28.Nc4xe3 f4xe3 29.Bc5xe3 Ng6-f4
30.Be3xf4 Qh4xf4 31.Qd1-b1 Ng3xf1
32.Kg1xf1 Ra8-e8 33.Ra2-c2 Qf4-f5
0.70/10 ] 27.Ra1-a4 [ 27.Ra1-a2+secures the point ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 27.Ra1-c1 Ra8-c8 28.Bc5xa7
e4-e3 29.Nc4xe3 Rc8xc1 30.e6-e7
Ng6xe7 31.Be2-c4+ Rc1xc4
32.Ne3xc4 Qh4-h1+ 33.Kg1-f2 Ng3xf1
34.Qd1xf1 Qh1xf1+ 35.Kf2xf1 Ne7-f5
36.Ba7-c5 Kg8-f7 37.Nc4-d6+ Nf5xd6
38.Bc5xd6 Bg7-c3 39.Bd6xf4 Bc3xa5
40.Kf1-e2 Kf7-e6 0.11/11 ]
27...Ra8-c8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27...Ra8-c8 28.e6-e7 Ng6xe7
29.Bc5xa7 b7-b5 30.Nc4-d6 b5xa4
31.Nd6xc8 Ne7xc8 32.Be2-c4+
Kg8-h7 33.Ba7-c5 Qh4-h1+ 34.Kg1-f2
Ng3xf1 35.Bc4xf1 e4-e3+ 36.Kf2-e2
Qh1-h4 37.Qd1-d3+ Kh7-g8
38.Qd3-d5+ Kg8-h7 0.25/10 ]
28.Bc5xa7 White has a new backward
pawn: a5. Black has an active position
[ 28.e6-e7 Ng6xe7 29.Nc4-d6 A)
29...Rc8xc5 30.Nd6xe4 Ng3xf1
31.Qd1-d8+ Bg7-f8 32.Ne4xc5+( 32.Kg1xf1 Qh4-h1+ 33.Kf1-f2
Rc5-c1 34.Ne4-f6+ Kg8-g7
35.Nf6xh5+ Qh1xh5 36.Qd8-d4+
Kg7-h7 37.Be2-d3+ Ne7-g6
38.Qd4xf4 Qh5-c5+ 39.Kf2-e2
Rc1-c2+ 40.Ke2-d1 Rc2xg2-+ ;
32.Be2xf1?! is a weaker possibility

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Rc5-c1= ); B) 29...e4xf3 30.Be2-c4+
Kg8-h8 31.Nd6-f7+ Kh8-h7
32.Bc4-d3+ Kh7-g8= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 28.e6-e7 Ng6xe7 29.Nc4-d6
e4xf3 30.Qd1-b3+ Kg8-h8 31.Nd6-f7+
Kh8-g8 32.Nf7-e5+ Kg8-h8
33.Ne5-f7+ Kh8-g8 -0.22/11 ]
28...b7-b5 Black threatens to win
material: b5xa4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28...b7-b5 29.Ra4-a3 b5xc4 30.f3xe4
Qh4-e7 31.Ra3xg3 Qe7xa7+
32.Kg1-h1 f4xg3 33.Qd1-d7 Qa7-c7
34.Be2xh5 Ng6-e7 35.Qd7-d1 Qc7xa5
36.Qd1-g4 Qa5-a3 37.Qg4-h4 Bg7-h6
38.Bh5-g6 Ne7xg6 39.Qh4xh6 Ng6-h8
40.Qh6-h5 -0.37/9 ] 29.Ra4-b4??
forfeits the advantage [ 29.Ra4-a2!?
e4xf3 30.Be2xf3 ( 30.Rf1xf3??
Qh4-h1+ 31.Kg1-f2 Ng3-e4# )
30...b5xc4 31.Ra2-c2 ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 29.Ra4-a3 b5xc4 30.f3xe4
Qh4-e7 31.Ra3xg3 Qe7xa7+
32.Kg1-h1 f4xg3 33.Qd1-d7 Qa7-c7
34.Be2xh5 Ng6-e7 35.Qd7-d1 Qc7xa5
36.Qd1-g4 Qa5-a3 37.Qg4-h4 Bg7-h6
38.Bh5-g6 Ne7xg6 39.Qh4xh6 Ng6-h8
40.Qh6-h5 -0.54/12 ] 29...b5xc4=
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29...b5xc4
30.Rb4xc4 Rc8-d8 31.e6-e7 Qh4xe7
32.Ba7-c5 Rd8xd1 33.Bc5xe7
Bg7-d4+ 34.Rc4xd4 Rd1xd4
35.Rf1-e1 Ng6xe7 36.a5-a6 e4-e3
37.Be2-b5 Kg8-f7 38.a6-a7 Rd4-d8
39.Bb5-c4+ Kf7-f6 40.Re1-b1
Ne7-c6 -2.79/10 ] 30.Be2xc4??
[ 30.Rb4xc4 Rc8-d8 31.Qd1-c2
Qh4-h1+ 32.Kg1-f2 e4-e3+ 33.Ba7xe3
f4xe3+ 34.Kf2xe3 Qh1xg2
35.Rf1-d1-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.Rb4xc4 Rc8-d8 31.e6-e7 Qh4xe7
32.Ba7-c5 Rd8xd1 33.Bc5xe7
Bg7-d4+ 34.Rc4xd4 Rd1xd4
35.Be2-b5 Ng6xe7 36.Rf1-e1 e4-e3
37.a5-a6 Kg8-f7 38.a6-a7 Rd4-d8
39.Re1-a1 Rd8-a8 40.Ra1-a6 Ne7-f5

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41.Bb5-c6 -2.78/11 ] 30...Qh4-h1+-+


[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30...Qh4-h1+
31.Kg1-f2 e4-e3+ 32.Ba7xe3 f4xe3+
33.Kf2xe3 Qh1-h4 Diagram

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9+-+Q+R+-0[
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34.f3-f4 Ng3xf1+ 35.Qd1xf1 Qh4-g3+
36.Ke3-e4 Qg3-c3 37.e6-e7+ Kg8-h7
38.Qf1-b1 Rc8xc4+ 39.Rb4xc4
Qc3xc4+ 40.Ke4-f3 Qc4xf4+
41.Kf3-e2 Qf4-e5+ 42.Ke2-f3 Qe5xe7
43.Qb1-f5 -6.23/9 ] 31.Kg1-f2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31.Kg1-f2
e4-e3+ 32.Ba7xe3 f4xe3+ 33.Kf2xe3
Qh1-h4 34.f3-f4 Ng3xf1+ 35.Qd1xf1
Qh4-g3+ 36.Ke3-e4 Qg3-c3
37.e6-e7+ Kg8-h7 38.Qf1-b1 Rc8xc4+
39.Rb4xc4 Qc3xc4+ 40.Ke4-f3
Qc4xf4+ 41.Kf3-e2 Qf4-e5+ 42.Ke2-f3
Qe5xe7 43.Qb1-f5 -6.37/1 ]
31...e4-e3+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31...e4-e3+ 32.Ba7xe3 f4xe3+
33.Kf2xe3 Qh1-h4 34.f3-f4 Ng3xf1+
35.Qd1xf1 Qh4-g3+ 36.Ke3-e4
Qg3-c3 37.e6-e7+ Kg8-h7 38.Qf1-b1
Rc8xc4+ 39.Rb4xc4 Qc3xc4+
40.Ke4-f3 Qc4xf4+ 41.Kf3-e2 Qf4-e5+
42.Ke2-f3 Qe5xe7 43.Qb1-f5 -6.12/9 ]
32.Ba7xe3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32.Ba7xe3 f4xe3+ 33.Kf2xe3 Qh1-h4
34.f3-f4 Ng3xf1+ 35.Qd1xf1 Qh4-g3+
36.Ke3-e4 Qg3-c3 37.e6-e7+ Kg8-h7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


38.Qf1-h1 Rc8xc4+ 39.Rb4xc4
Diagram

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9+-+-zP-vlk0 81
9-+-+-+n+0
9zP-+-+-+p0
9-+R+KzP-+0
9+-wq-+-+-0
9-+-+-+P+0
9+-+-+-+Q0
xiiiiiiiiy

95

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9-+r+-+k+0
9+-+-+-vl-0 82
9-+-+P+n+0
9zP-+-+-+p0
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9+-wq-+-+-0
9-+-+-+P+0
9+-+-+Q+-0[
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37.e6-e7+ Kg8-h7 38.Qf1-b1


Rc8xc4+ 39.Rb4xc4 Qc3xc4+
40.Ke4-f3 Qc4xf4+ 41.Kf3-e2 Qf4-e5+
Qc3xc4+ 40.Ke4-e3 Qc4xf4+
42.Ke2-f2 Qe5-f6+ 43.Kf2-g1 Qf6xe7
41.Ke3-e2 Qf4-g4+ 42.Ke2-d2
44.Kg1-f1 Bg7-d4 -6.16/10 ] 34.Bc4xf1
Ng6xe7 -6.34/9 ] 32...f4xe3+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32...f4xe3+
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34.Bc4xf1
Qh1-g1+ 35.Ke3-e2 Qg1-c5
33.Kf2xe3 Qh1-h4 34.f3-f4 Ng3xf1+
36.Qd1-b3 Qc5xa5 37.g2-g3 Rc8-c3
35.Qd1xf1 Qh4-g3+ 36.Ke3-e4
38.e6-e7+ Rc3xb3 39.e7-e8Q+
Qg3-c3 37.e6-e7+ Kg8-h7 38.Qf1-b1
Kg8-h7 40.Rb4xb3 Qa5-a2+
Rc8xc4+ 39.Rb4xc4 Qc3xc4+
40.Ke4-f3 Qc4xf4+ 41.Kf3-e2 Qf4-e5+ 41.Ke2-e3 Qa2xb3+ 42.Bf1-d3
42.Ke2-f3 Qe5xe7 43.Qb1-f5 -6.13/9 ] Qb3-b6+ 43.Ke3-e2 Qb6-d6 44.f3-f4
33.Kf2xe3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Kh7-h6 45.Bd3-e4 Bg7-d4 46.Qe8-b5
Bd4-c5 47.Qb5-b2 Qd6-e7 48.Ke2-d3
33.Kf2xe3 Qh1-h4 34.f3-f4 Ng3xf1+
Qe7-d7+ 49.Kd3-c4 Qd7-e6+
35.Qd1xf1 Qh4-g3+ 36.Ke3-e4
Qg3-c3 37.e6-e7+ Kg8-h7 38.Qf1-b1
50.Kc4-d3 -1.14/12 ] 34...Qh1-g1+
Rc8xc4+ 39.Rb4xc4 Qc3xc4+
[ 34...Qh1-g1+ 35.Ke3-e2 Qg1-c5-+ ;
40.Ke4-f3 Qc4xf4+ 41.Kf3-e2 Qf4-e5+ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34...Qh1-g1+
42.Ke2-f2 Qe5-f6+ 43.Kf2-g1 Qf6xe7
35.Ke3-e2 Qg1-c5 36.Qd1-b1 Qc5xa5
37.f3-f4 Qa5-a6+ 38.Ke2-f2 Qa6xe6
44.Kg1-f1 Bg7-d4 -6.39/9 ]
33...Ng3xf1+ [ 33...Qh1xg2 34.e6-e7+
39.Bf1-e2 Qe6-d6 40.g2-g3 Qd6-c5+
Kg8-h7 35.Bc4-d3 Ng3xf1+ 36.Qd1xf1 41.Kf2-g2 Qc5-d5+ 42.Qb1-e4
Qd5xe4+ 43.Rb4xe4 Rc8-c2
Qg2-g5+ 37.Ke3-f2 Qg5-c5+
44.Kg2-f1 Rc2-c1+ 45.Kf1-g2 -1.48/12
38.Kf2-g2 Qc5xb4 39.Bd3xg6+
Kh7xg6 40.Qf1-a6+ Bg7-f6 41.Qa6xc8 ]
0-1
Qb4xe7 42.Qc8-c2+ Kg6-g7
43.a5-a6 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33...Qh1-h4 34.f3-f4 Ng3xf1+
35.Qd1xf1 Qh4-g3+ 36.Ke3-e4
Qg3-c3 Diagram

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


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C89

Nakamura,Hikaru
Short,Nigel D
2nd Chess Classic (5)

12.12.2010

C89: Closed Ruy Lopez: Marshall


Attack
1.e2-e4 e7-e5 2.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6
3.Bf1-b5 a7-a6 4.Bb5-a4 Ng8-f6
5.0-0 Bf8-e7 6.Rf1-e1 b7-b5
7.Ba4-b3 0-0 8.c2-c3 d7-d5 9.e4xd5
e5-e4 10.d5xc6 e4xf3 11.g2-g3
Rf8-e8 12.d2-d4 Bc8-g4 13.Bc1-g5
h7-h6 14.Bg5xf6 Be7xf6 15.Nb1-d2
Qd8-d6 16.h2-h3 Bg4-h5 17.Qd1-c2
Bf6-g5 18.Nd2-e4 Qd6xc6
19.Ne4xg5 last book move last book
move h6xg5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
19...h6xg5 20.Qc2-f5 Re8xe1+
21.Ra1xe1 Ra8-e8 22.Re1-e5 Re8xe5
23.d4xe5 Qc6-g6 24.Qf5xg6 Bh5xg6
25.Bb3-d5 Kg8-f8 26.Bd5xf3 Kf8-e7
27.Bf3-b7 a6-a5 28.Bb7-d5 Ke7-d7
29.Kg1-g2 c7-c6 30.Bd5-f3 Bg6-f5
31.b2-b4 a5-a4 32.a2-a3 Bf5-e6
33.Bf3-e4 f7-f6 34.e5xf6 g7xf6
0.77/18 ] 20.Qc2-f5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 20.Qc2-f5 Re8xe1+ 21.Ra1xe1
Ra8-e8 22.Re1-e5 Re8xe5 23.d4xe5
Diagram
(Diagram 83)
Qc6-g6 24.Qf5xg6 Bh5xg6 25.Bb3-d5
Kg8-f8 26.Bd5xf3 Kf8-e7 27.Bf3-b7
a6-a5 28.Bb7-d5 Ke7-d7 29.Kg1-g2
c7-c6 30.Bd5-f3 Bg6-f5 31.b2-b4
a5-a4 32.a2-a3 Bf5-e6 33.Bf3-e4
f7-f6 34.e5xf6 g7xf6 0.53/17 ]
20...Re8xe1+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20...Re8xe1+ 21.Ra1xe1 Ra8-e8
22.Re1-e5 Re8xe5 23.d4xe5 Qc6-g6
24.Qf5xg6 Bh5xg6 25.Bb3-d5 Kg8-f8
26.Bd5xf3 Kf8-e7 27.Bf3-b7 a6-a5
28.Bb7-d5 Ke7-d7 29.Kg1-g2 c7-c6

96

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9-+-+-+k+0{
9+-zp-+pzp-0 83
9p+q+-+-+0
9+p+-zPQzpl0
9-+-+-+-+0
9+LzP-+pzPP0
9PzP-+-zP-+0
9+-+-+-mK-0
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30.Bd5-f3 Bg6-f5 31.b2-b4 a5-a4
32.a2-a3 Bf5-e6 33.Bf3-e4 f7-f6
34.e5xf6 g7xf6 0.76/15 ] 21.Ra1xe1
Diagram [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.Ra1xe1 Ra8-e8 22.Re1-e5 Re8xe5
23.d4xe5 Qc6-g6 24.Qf5xg6 Bh5xg6
25.Bb3-d5 Kg8-f8 26.Bd5xf3 Kf8-e7
27.Bf3-b7 a6-a5 28.Bb7-d5 Ke7-d7
29.Kg1-g2 c7-c6 30.Bd5-f3 Bg6-f5
31.b2-b4 a5-a4 32.a2-a3 Bf5-e6
33.Bf3-e4 f7-f6 34.e5xf6 g7xf6
0.52/16 ]
(Diagram 84)
21...Ra8-e8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...Ra8-e8 22.Re1-e5 Re8xe5
23.d4xe5 Qc6-g6 24.Qf5xg6 Bh5xg6
25.Bb3-d5 Kg8-f8 26.Bd5xf3 Kf8-e7
27.Bf3-b7 a6-a5 28.Bb7-d5 Ke7-d7
29.Kg1-g2 c7-c6 30.Bd5-f3 Bg6-f5
31.b2-b4 a5-a4 32.a2-a3 Bf5-e6
33.Bf3-e4 f7-f6 34.e5xf6 g7xf6
0.68/17 ] 22.Re1-e5 [ 22.Re1-e3
Re8xe3 23.f2xe3 f3-f2+ 24.Kg1xf2
Qc6-h1 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22.Re1-e5 Re8xe5 23.d4xe5 Qc6-g6
24.Qf5xg6 Bh5xg6 25.Bb3-d5 Kg8-f8
26.Bd5xf3 Kf8-e7 27.Bf3-b7 a6-a5
28.Bb7-d5 Ke7-d7 29.Kg1-g2 c7-c6

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9+-zp-+pzp-0 84
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9+p+-+Qzpl0
9-+-zP-+-+0
9+LzP-+pzPP0
9PzP-+-zP-+0
9+-+-tR-mK-0
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9+L+-+pzp-0 85
9-+p+-+l+0
9+p+k+-zp-0
9-+-+-+-+0
9+-zP-+PzPP0
9PzP-+-mK-+0
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30.Bd5-f3 Bg6-f5 31.b2-b4 a5-a4


32.a2-a3 Bf5-e6 33.Bf3-e4 f7-f6
34.e5xf6 g7xf6 0.50/14 ] 22...Re8xe5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22...Re8xe5
23.d4xe5 Qc6-g6 24.Qf5xg6 Bh5xg6
25.Bb3-d5 Kg8-f8 26.Bd5xf3 Kf8-e7
27.Bf3-b7 a6-a5 28.Bb7-d5 Ke7-d7
29.Kg1-g2 c7-c6 30.Bd5-f3 Bg6-f5
31.b2-b4 a5-a4 32.a2-a3 Bf5-e6
33.Bf3-e4 f7-f6 34.e5xf6 g7xf6
0.68/18 ] 23.d4xe5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 23.d4xe5 Qc6-g6 24.Qf5xg6
Bh5xg6 25.Bb3-d5 Kg8-f8 26.Bd5xf3
Kf8-e7 27.Bf3-b7 a6-a5 28.Bb7-d5
Ke7-d7 29.Kg1-g2 c7-c6 30.Bd5-f3
Bg6-f5 31.b2-b4 a5-a4 32.a2-a3
Bf5-e6 33.Bf3-e4 f7-f6 34.e5xf6
g7xf6 0.49/17 ] 23...Bh5-g6
[ 23...Qc6-g6!? 24.Qf5xg6 Bh5xg6 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23...Qc6-g6
24.Qf5xg6 Bh5xg6 25.Bb3-d5 Kg8-f8
26.Bd5xf3 Kf8-e7 27.Bf3-b7 Ke7-e6
28.Bb7xa6 c7-c6 29.f2-f3 Ke6xe5
30.Ba6-b7 Ke5-d5 31.Kg1-f2 Diagram

24.Qf5xg5 Qc6-e4 25.Qg5-d8+


Kg8-h7 26.Qd8-h4+ Kh7-g8
27.Qh4xe4 Bg6xe4 28.Kg1-f1 a6-a5
29.Kf1-e1 a5-a4 30.Bb3-d1 Be4-d5
31.Ke1-d2 Kg8-f8 32.Kd2-e3 Bd5xa2
33.Bd1xf3 c7-c5 34.Bf3-c6 Ba2-c4
35.Ke3-e4 Kf8-e7 36.Bc6-d5 Bc4-f1
37.h3-h4 Bf1-g2+ 38.f2-f3 0.95/19 ]
24...Qc6-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24...Qc6-e4 25.Qg5-d8+ Kg8-h7
26.Qd8-h4+ Kh7-g8 27.Qh4xe4
Bg6xe4 28.Kg1-f1 a6-a5 29.Kf1-e1
a5-a4 30.Bb3-d1 Be4-d5 31.Ke1-d2
Kg8-f8 32.Kd2-e3 Bd5xa2 33.Bd1xf3
c7-c5 34.Bf3-c6 Ba2-c4 35.Ke3-e4
Kf8-e7 36.f2-f4 Ke7-e6 37.f4-f5+
Ke6-e7 38.h3-h4 g7-g6 39.g3-g4
g6xf5+ 40.Ke4xf5 Bc4-e6+ 41.Kf5-e4
0.97/19 ] 25.Qg5-d8+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 25.Qg5-d8+ Kg8-h7
26.Qd8-h4+ Kh7-g8 27.Qh4xe4
Bg6xe4 28.Kg1-f1 a6-a5 29.Kf1-e1
a5-a4 30.Bb3-d1 Be4-d5 31.Ke1-d2
Kg8-f8 32.Kd2-e3 Bd5xa2 33.Bd1xf3
c7-c5 34.Bf3-c6 Ba2-c4 35.Ke3-e4
Kf8-e7 36.Bc6-d5 Bc4-f1 37.h3-h4
Bf1-g2+ 38.f2-f3 0.95/19 ] 25...Kg8-h7
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Kg8-h7
26.Qd8-h4+ Kh7-g8 27.Qh4xe4
Bg6xe4 28.Kg1-f1 a6-a5 29.Kf1-e1

(Diagram 85)
Bg6-f5 32.g3-g4 Bf5-d3 33.Kf2-e3
Bd3-f1 34.b2-b3 Bf1xh3 0.54/17 ]
24.Qf5xg5+- [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


a5-a4 30.Bb3-d1 Be4-d5 31.Ke1-d2
Kg8-f8 32.Kd2-e3 Bd5xa2 33.Bd1xf3
c7-c5 34.Bf3-c6 Ba2-c4 35.Ke3-e4
Kf8-e7 36.f2-f4 g7-g6 37.h3-h4
Ke7-e6 38.g3-g4 f7-f5+ 39.e5xf6
Ke6xf6 40.Bc6-d5 Bc4-e2 41.g4-g5+
Kf6-e7 42.f4-f5 1.02/1 ] 26.Qd8-h4+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26.Qd8-h4+
Kh7-g8 27.Qh4xe4 Bg6xe4 28.Kg1-f1
a6-a5 29.Kf1-e1 a5-a4 30.Bb3-d1
Be4-d5 31.Ke1-d2 Kg8-f8 32.Kd2-e3
Bd5xa2 33.Bd1xf3 c7-c5 34.Bf3-c6
Ba2-c4 35.Ke3-e4 Kf8-e7 36.f2-f4
g7-g6 37.h3-h4 Ke7-e6 38.g3-g4
f7-f5+ 39.e5xf6 Ke6xf6 40.Bc6-d5
Bc4-e2 41.g4-g5+ Kf6-e7 42.f4-f5
0.89/18 ] 26...Qe4xh4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 26...Kh7-g8 27.Qh4xe4
Bg6xe4 28.Kg1-f1 a6-a5 29.Kf1-e1
a5-a4 30.Bb3-d1 Be4-d5 31.Ke1-d2
Kg8-f8 32.Kd2-e3 Bd5xa2 33.Bd1xf3
c7-c5 34.Bf3-c6 Ba2-c4 35.Ke3-e4
Kf8-e7 36.f2-f4 g7-g6 37.h3-h4
Ke7-e6 38.g3-g4 f7-f5+ 39.e5xf6
Ke6xf6 40.Bc6-d5 Bc4-e2 41.g4-g5+
Kf6-e7 42.f4-f5 1.02/17 ] 27.g3xh4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.g3xh4
Kh7-g8 28.Kg1-h2 Kg8-f8 29.Kh2-g3
Bg6-f5 30.Bb3-d5 Kf8-e7 31.Bd5xf3
f7-f6 32.e5xf6+ Ke7xf6 33.Bf3-g4
Bf5-b1 34.a2-a3 Bb1-d3 35.Kg3-f4
g7-g6 36.b2-b3 a6-a5 37.h4-h5
g6xh5 38.Bg4xh5 1.06/15 ] 27...f7-f6
[ 27...Kh7-g8 28.Kg1-h2+- ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 27...Kh7-g8 28.Kg1-h2
Kg8-f8 29.Kh2-g3 Bg6-f5 30.Bb3-d5
Kf8-e7 31.Bd5xf3 f7-f6 32.e5xf6+
Ke7xf6 33.Bf3-g4 Bf5-b1 34.a2-a3
Bb1-d3 35.Kg3-f4 g7-g6 36.b2-b3
a6-a5 37.h4-h5 g6xh5 38.Bg4xh5
1.06/16 ] 28.e5xf6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 28.e5xf6 g7xf6 29.Bb3-d5 c7-c5
30.Kg1-h2 b5-b4 31.Kh2-g3 b4xc3
32.b2xc3 Kh7-h6 33.Bd5xf3 a6-a5
34.Kg3-f4 Bg6-e8 35.Kf4-f5 Kh6-g7

98

36.Bf3-d5 Be8-d7+ 37.Bd5-e6 Bd7-e8


38.Kf5-g4 Kg7-h6 39.Be6-f5 Be8-f7
40.a2-a4 1.29/19 ] 28...g7xf6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28...g7xf6
29.Bb3-d5 f6-f5 30.Bd5xf3 Kh7-h6
31.Kg1-g2 Bg6-f7 32.a2-a3 f5-f4
33.Bf3-b7 Kh6-h5 34.Kg2-f3 a6-a5
35.Kf3xf4 Kh5xh4 36.Bb7-c6 Bf7-c4
37.Bc6-g2 Bc4-e6 38.Bg2-f1 c7-c6
39.Kf4-e5 Be6xh3 40.Bf1xh3 Kh4xh3
1.30/18 ] 29.Bb3-d5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 29.Bb3-d5 f6-f5 30.Bd5xf3
Kh7-h6 31.Kg1-g2 Bg6-f7 32.a2-a3
f5-f4 33.Bf3-b7 Kh6-h5 34.Kg2-f3
a6-a5 35.Kf3xf4 Kh5xh4 36.Bb7-c6
Bf7-c4 37.Bc6-g2 Bc4-e6 38.Bg2-f1
c7-c6 39.Kf4-e5 Be6xh3 40.Bf1xh3
Kh4xh3 1.22/19 ] 29...a6-a5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29...f6-f5
Diagram

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30.Bd5xf3 Kh7-h6 31.Kg1-g2 Bg6-f7
32.a2-a3 f5-f4 33.Bf3-b7 Kh6-h5
34.Kg2-f3 a6-a5 35.Bb7-c6 Bf7-c4
36.Kf3xf4 Kh5xh4 37.Bc6-g2 Bc4-e6
38.Kf4-e5 Be6xh3 39.Bg2xh3 Kh4xh3
40.b2-b4 a5-a4 1.27/17 ] 30.b2-b4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30.b2-b4 a5-a4
31.a2-a3 Bg6-e8 32.Kg1-h2 Be8-d7
33.Bd5xf3 Kh7-g7 34.Kh2-g3 Bd7-f5
35.Bf3-c6 Bf5-d3 36.Kg3-f4 Bd3-f1

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


37.Bc6-d7 Bf1-c4 38.h4-h5 Kg7-h6
39.Bd7-g4 Bc4-d3 40.Bg4-f3 Bd3-f1
41.Kf4-g4 Bf1-c4 42.Kg4-f5 1.38/19 ]
30...a5xb4 [ 30...a5-a4 31.a2-a3+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30...a5-a4
31.a2-a3 Bg6-e8 32.Kg1-h2 Be8-d7
33.Bd5xf3 Kh7-g7 34.Kh2-g3 Bd7-f5
35.Bf3-c6 Bf5-d3 36.Kg3-f4 Bd3-f1
37.Bc6-d7 Bf1-c4 38.h4-h5 Kg7-h6
39.Bd7-g4 Bc4-d3 40.Bg4-f3 Bd3-f1
41.Kf4-g4 Bf1-c4 42.Kg4-f5 1.45/19 ]
31.c3xb4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31.c3xb4 Bg6-f5 32.Kg1-h2 Bf5-b1
33.Kh2-g3 Kh7-h6 34.a2-a3 Bb1-d3
35.Bd5xf3 Bd3-c4 36.Bf3-g4 Bc4-d3
37.Kg3-f4 Bd3-g6 38.Bg4-e2 Bg6-e8
39.Kf4-e4 Kh6-g7 40.Be2-g4 Be8-c6+
41.Ke4-f4 Kg7-g6 42.h4-h5+ Kg6-g7
43.Kf4-f5 Bc6-d7+ 44.Kf5-e4 Bd7-e8
45.Ke4-e3 Kg7-h6 46.Ke3-f4 Be8xh5
47.Kf4-f5 Bh5xg4+ 48.h3xg4 Kh6-g7
49.f2-f4 Kg7-f7 50.g4-g5 f6xg5
51.f4xg5 1.42/16 ] 31...Bg6-d3
[ 31...f6-f5 cannot change what is in
store for White 32.Bd5xf3 f5-f4
33.Kg1-f1+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31...Kh7-h6 32.Kg1-h2 Bg6-b1
33.a2-a3 Kh6-g6 34.Kh2-g3 Bb1-d3
Diagram
(Diagram 87)
35.Bd5xf3 Bd3-c4 36.Bf3-g4 Bc4-d5
37.Kg3-f4 Bd5-c6 38.h4-h5+ Kg6-g7
39.Kf4-f5 Bc6-d7+ 40.Kf5-e4 Bd7-e8
41.Ke4-e3 Kg7-h6 42.Ke3-f4 Be8xh5
43.Kf4-f5 Bh5xg4+ 44.h3xg4 Kh6-g7
45.f2-f4 Kg7-f7 46.g4-g5 f6xg5
47.f4xg5 1.48/17 ] 32.Kg1-h2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32.Kg1-h2
Bd3-c4 33.Bd5-e4+ Kh7-h6 34.a2-a3
Bc4-e6 35.Kh2-g3 Be6-c4 36.Be4-c6
Kh6-h5 37.Bc6xf3+ Kh5-g6 38.Bf3-g4
Bc4-d5 39.Kg3-f4 Bd5-c6 40.h4-h5+
Kg6-g7 41.Kf4-f5 Bc6-d7+ 42.Kf5-e4

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Bd7-c6+ 43.Ke4-f4 Bc6-d5 44.Kf4-f5
Bd5-c4 45.h5-h6+ Kg7xh6 46.Kf5xf6
Bc4-d5 47.Kf6-e5 1.42/21 ]
32...Bd3-c4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32...Kh7-g7 33.Kh2-g3 Bd3-e2
34.Bd5xf3 Be2-c4 35.a2-a3 Kg7-g6
36.Bf3-g4 Bc4-d5 37.Kg3-f4 Bd5-c6
38.h4-h5+ Kg6-g7 39.Kf4-f5 Bc6-d7+
40.Kf5-e4 Bd7-e8 41.Ke4-e3 Kg7-h6
42.Ke3-f4 Be8xh5 43.Kf4-f5 Bh5xg4+
44.h3xg4 Kh6-g7 45.f2-f4 Kg7-f7
46.g4-g5 f6xg5 47.f4xg5 1.48/19 ]
33.Bd5-e4+ [ 33.Bd5xf3?! Bc4xa2
34.Kh2-g3 Ba2-e6+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 33.Bd5-e4+ Kh7-h6 34.a2-a3
Bc4-e6 35.Kh2-g3 Be6-c4 36.Be4-c6
Bc4-f1 37.Bc6xf3 Kh6-g6 38.Bf3-g4
Kg6-g7 39.h4-h5 Kg7-h6 40.Kg3-f4
Bf1-d3 41.Kf4-e3 Bd3-c4 42.Ke3-e4
Kh6-g7 43.h3-h4 Kg7-h6 44.Ke4-f5
Kh6-g7 45.Bg4-f3 Bc4-d3+ 46.Kf5-f4
Bd3-f1 47.Bf3-g4 Bf1-d3 48.Kf4-e3
Bd3-c4 49.Ke3-e4 Kg7-h6 1.42/20
Diagram
(Diagram 88)
] 33...Kh7-h6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33...Kh7-h8 34.a2-a3 Kh8-g7
35.Kh2-g3 Kg7-h6 36.Be4-c6 Bc4-f1

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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37.Bc6xf3 Kh6-g6 38.Bf3-g4 Kg6-g7
39.h4-h5 Kg7-h6 40.Kg3-f4 Bf1-d3
41.Kf4-e3 Bd3-f1 42.Ke3-f3 Bf1-d3
43.Kf3-f4 Kh6-g7 44.Kf4-e3 Bd3-f1
45.Ke3-e4 Kg7-h6 46.Ke4-f4 Bf1-d3
1.47/19 ] 34.a2-a3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 34.a2-a3 Bc4-e6 35.Kh2-g3
Be6-c4 36.Be4-c6 Bc4-f1 37.Bc6xf3
Kh6-g6 38.Bf3-g4 Kg6-g7 39.h4-h5
Kg7-h6 40.Kg3-f4 Bf1-d3 41.Kf4-e3
Bd3-f1 42.Ke3-f3 Bf1-d3 43.Kf3-f4
Kh6-g7 44.Kf4-e3 Bd3-f1 45.Ke3-e4
Bf1-g2+ 46.Ke4-f4 Bg2-f1 47.h3-h4
Bf1-c4 48.Bg4-f3 Bc4-e6 49.Bf3-g4
Be6-c4 50.Bg4-f3 1.40/21 ]
1-0

16

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11.e4xf5 Bc8xf5 12.Nc4-e3 Bf5-g6


13.Nc3-d5 Bf8-h6 14.c2-c3 Nd4-e6
15.Bf1-d3 Bh6xe3 16.Nd5xe3
Qd8-b6 17.0-0 Ne6-f4 18.Bd3-e2
Rh8-g8 19.Be2-f3 Nf4-h3+
last book move last book move
20.Kg1-h1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20.Kg1-h1 Nh3xf2+ 21.Rf1xf2 Qb6xe3
22.Qd1-a4+ Ke8-f8 23.Ra1-f1 Kf8-g7
24.Bf3xb7 Ra8-a7 25.Bb7-d5 Qe3-c5
26.Qa4-b3 Qc5-b5 27.Bd5xf7 Rg8-f8
28.Bf7-c4 Qb5xb3 29.a2xb3 Rf8xf2
30.Rf1xf2 e5-e4 31.Rf2-d2 Ra7-d7
32.Kh1-g1 e4-e3 33.Rd2-e2 0.46/15 ]
20...Nh3xf2+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20...Nh3xf2+ 21.Rf1xf2 Qb6xe3
22.Qd1-a4+ Ke8-f8 23.Ra1-f1 Kf8-g7
Diagram

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B33 24.Bf3xb7 Ra8-a7 25.Bb7-d5 Qe3-c5


Nakamura,Hikaru
26.Qa4-b3 Rg8-f8 27.c3-c4 f7-f5
Shirov,Alexei
28.Qb3-c3 Rf8-b8 29.b2-b3 Ra7-e7
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (72)3.01.2010 30.Rf2-d2 Qc5-b4 31.Qc3-b2 0.42/16 ]
21.Rf1xf2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.Rf1xf2 Qb6xe3 22.Qd1-a4+ Ke8-f8
B33: Sicilian: Pelikan and Sveshnikov
23.Ra1-f1 Kf8-g7 24.Bf3xb7 Ra8-a7
Variations
1.e2-e4 c7-c5 2.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6
25.Bb7-d5 Qe3-c5 26.Qa4-b3 Ra7-c7
3.d2-d4 c5xd4 4.Nf3xd4 Ng8-f6
27.Rf2-f6 Rg8-f8 28.Rf1-f2 Qc5-e3
5.Nb1-c3 e7-e5 6.Nd4-b5 d7-d6
29.Qb3-b4 Bg6-d3 30.h2-h3 Qe3-c1+
7.Bc1-g5 a7-a6 8.Bg5xf6 g7xf6
31.Kh1-h2 0.28/14 ] 21...Qb6xe3
9.Nb5-a3 f6-f5 10.Na3-c4 Nc6-d4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21...Qb6xe3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


22.Qd1-a4+ Ke8-f8 23.Ra1-f1 Kf8-g7
24.Bf3xb7 Ra8-a7 Diagram

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25.Bb7-d5 Qe3-c5 26.Qa4-b3 Ra7-c7
27.Rf2-f6 Rg8-f8 28.Rf1-f2 Qc5-e3
29.Qb3-b4 Bg6-d3 30.h2-h3 Qe3-c1+
31.Kh1-h2 0.45/15 ] 22.Bf3xb7
[ 22.Qd1xd6!? Ra8-d8 23.Qd6-f6
Qe3xf2 24.Bf3-c6+ b7xc6 25.Qf6xf2= ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Qd1-a4+
Ke8-f8 23.Ra1-f1 Kf8-g7 24.Bf3xb7
Ra8-a7 25.Bb7-d5 Qe3-c5 26.Qa4-b3
Rg8-f8 27.c3-c4 Kg7-h8 28.Qb3-f3
h7-h6 29.Qf3-h3 h6-h5 30.Qh3-c3
0.62/13 ] 22...Ra8-b8 Black threatens
to win material: Rb8xb7 [Instead of
22...Qe3xf2 23.Qd1xd6 Bg6-e4
24.Bb7xe4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22...Ra8-a7 23.Rf2-e2 Qe3-b6
24.Bb7-f3 Ke8-f8 25.Qd1-d2 Kf8-g7
26.Ra1-f1 Ra7-c7 27.Bf3-d5 Kg7-h8
28.Re2-f2 Qb6-a7 29.c3-c4 Qa7-c5
0.23/13 ] 23.Rf2-e2 White threatens to
win material: Re2xe3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 23.Bb7-c6+ Ke8-e7 24.Qd1-f1
Qe3-c5 25.Bc6-a4 Ke7-f8 26.Ra1-d1
Rb8-d8 27.Ba4-b3 Rg8-g7 28.Bb3-d5
Kf8-g8 29.Rf2-d2 Rd8-d7 30.Qf1-f6
Kg8-h8 31.c3-c4 0.51/13 ] 23...Qe3-b6
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23...Qe3-c5
24.Bb7-f3 Ke8-f8 25.Qd1-d2 Kf8-g7

101

26.Ra1-d1 Rb8-b6 27.Bf3-d5 Kg7-h8


28.Re2-f2 Qc5-c7 29.Rd1-f1 Rg8-f8
30.Qd2-h6 Qc7-e7 31.c3-c4 0.35/13 ]
24.Bb7-d5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24.Bb7-d5 Ke8-f8 25.Qd1-f1 Rg8-g7
26.Qf1-f3 Kf8-g8 27.Ra1-f1 Kg8-h8
28.Re2-d2 Rb8-c8 29.Rf1-d1 a6-a5
30.c3-c4 a5-a4 31.Qf3-f6 0.41/15 ]
24...Rg8-g7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24...Ke8-f8 25.Qd1-d2 Rg8-g7
26.Ra1-f1 Kf8-g8 27.Re2-f2 Kg8-h8
28.b2-b3 Rb8-f8 29.Rf2-f6 a6-a5
30.c3-c4 Rf8-g8 31.Bd5-f3 Rg8-d8
32.Rf1-d1 e5-e4 33.Bf3-e2 e4-e3
34.Rf6xd6 0.43/13 ] 25.Qd1-d2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25.Re2-d2
Ke8-f8 26.Qd1-f3 Kf8-g8 27.b2-b3
Rb8-e8 28.Ra1-e1 Kg8-h8 Diagram

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29.c3-c4 Qb6-b4 30.Re1-d1 Qb4-c5
31.Rd1-f1 Re8-d8 32.Rf1-d1 Rd8-b8
33.Qf3-f6 Bg6-h5 0.48/14 ] 25...f7-f5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Ke8-f8
26.Ra1-f1 Kf8-g8 27.Re2-f2 Kg8-h8
28.b2-b3 Rb8-f8 29.Rf2-f6 a6-a5
30.c3-c4 Rf8-g8 31.Bd5-f3 Rg8-d8
32.Rf1-d1 e5-e4 33.Bf3-e2 e4-e3
34.Rf6xd6 0.43/15 ] 26.Ra1-f1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26.Qd2-h6
Rg7-e7 27.Ra1-d1 f5-f4 28.c3-c4
Rb8-c8 29.Qh6-g5 Qb6-c5 30.b2-b3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Rc8-d8 31.g2-g3 f4xg3 32.h2xg3
Bg6-f7 33.Bd5-e4 d6-d5 34.c4xd5
Bf7xd5 0.86/14 ] 26...Ke8-d7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26...Bg6-h5
27.Re2-e1 Bh5-g6 28.b2-b4 Rg7-e7
29.a2-a3 f5-f4 30.g2-g3 f4xg3
31.h2xg3 Rb8-c8 32.c3-c4 Qb6-d4
33.Qd2-h6 Rc8xc4 34.Bd5xc4 Qd4xc4
35.Rf1-f8+ Ke8-d7 36.Re1-d1 0.62/12 ]
27.b2-b4 [ 27.g2-g3 Kd7-c7 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Qd2-h6
Rg7-e7 28.Rf1-d1 Qb6-c7 29.Qh6-h3
Kd7-c8 30.b2-b4 Kc8-d8 31.a2-a3
f5-f4 32.c3-c4 a6-a5 33.b4-b5 Qc7-c5
34.Re2-d2 0.91/13 ] 27...f5-f4
This push gains space [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 27...Rg7-e7 28.a2-a4 Qb6-c7
29.Rf1-e1 Bg6-h5 30.Re2-f2 f5-f4
31.c3-c4 Qc7-b6 32.b4-b5 a6xb5
33.a4xb5 Rb8-c8 34.Re1-a1 Bh5-g6
35.Rf2-f3 0.54/13 ] 28.a2-a4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.Bd5-f3
Rg7-e7 29.Rf1-d1 Kd7-e8 30.a2-a4
Rb8-d8 31.c3-c4 e5-e4 32.Rd1-e1
e4-e3 33.Qd2-c3 Rd8-b8 34.b4-b5
a6xb5 35.a4xb5 Bg6-e4 36.Bf3xe4
Re7xe4 37.Qc3-g7 0.67/13 ]
28...a6-a5 [ 28...Bg6-h5 29.Re2-e1
a6-a5 30.b4-b5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 28...Bg6-h5 29.Re2-e1 Bh5-g4
30.Bd5-e4 Bg4-e6 31.a4-a5 Qb6-c7
32.Re1-d1 Be6-b3 33.Be4-f5+ Bb3-e6
34.Bf5xe6+ Kd7xe6 35.Rf1-e1 Ke6-e7
36.Qd2xf4 Qc7xc3 0.38/13 ] 29.b4-b5
White has a new protected passed
pawn: b5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29.Bd5-f3 Kd7-c8 30.b4-b5 Bg6-f7
31.Qd2-d3 Bf7-g6 32.Qd3-c4+ Qb6-c7
33.Bf3-c6 Kc8-d8 34.Qc4-e6 Qc7-e7
35.Qe6-h3 Qe7-g5 36.Rf1-d1 0.58/13 ]
29...Rb8-d8 [ 29...Qb6-c5!? ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29...Qb6-c5
30.c3-c4 Rb8-c8 31.Rf1-c1 Qc5-b4
32.Bd5-c6+ Kd7-c7 33.Qd2-d5 Bg6-f7
34.Qd5-d3 Qb4-c5 35.Re2-d2 Kc7-b6

102

36.Qd3xd6 Qc5xd6 37.Rd2xd6


Kb6-c5 38.Rd6-d7 h7-h6 39.Bc6-e4
0.70/15 ] 30.g2-g3+- [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 30.c3-c4 Kd7-c8 31.Qd2-c3
Rg7-c7 32.Rf1-d1 Bg6-f5 33.Re2-d2
Bf5-g4 34.Rd1-c1 Kc8-b8 35.Bd5-c6
Bg4-e6 36.Rc1-d1 0.74/13 ] 30...f4xg3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30...Kd7-c8
31.g3xf4 e5xf4 32.Re2-g2 Qb6-e3
33.Rf1xf4 Qe3xd2 34.Rg2xd2 Rd8-e8
35.b5-b6 Kc8-b8 36.Kh1-g2 Re8-c8
37.c3-c4 Bg6-c2+ 38.Kg2-f3 Bc2xa4
39.c4-c5 Ba4-d7 40.c5xd6 0.89/12 ]
31.h2xg3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31.h2xg3 Kd7-c8 32.Kh1-h2 Rg7-e7
33.c3-c4 e5-e4 34.Re2-e3 Re7-c7
35.Kh2-g2 Kc8-b8 36.g3-g4 Rd8-c8
37.Kg2-g3 Rc7-e7 38.Rf1-f6 Rc8-d8
39.Rf6-f4 Re7-c7 40.Rf4-f1 Rd8-c8
41.Rf1-f6 Rc8-d8 42.Rf6-f1 Rd8-c8
1.09/14 ] 31...Kd7-c8 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 31...Bg6-e8 32.Kh1-h2
Kd7-c8 33.c3-c4 Be8-d7 34.Re2-f2
Rg7-g6 35.Rf2-f7 h7-h6 36.Rf7-h7
Rg6-g5 37.Rh7xh6 Rg5-f5 38.Rf1-f3
Rf5xf3 39.Bd5xf3 1.08/13 ] 32.c3-c4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32.Kh1-h2
Diagram
(Diagram 92)
Rg7-e7 33.c3-c4 e5-e4 34.Re2-e3
Re7-c7 35.Kh2-g2 Kc8-b8 36.g3-g4
Rd8-c8 37.Kg2-g3 Rc7-e7 38.Rf1-f6
Rc8-d8 39.Rf6-f4 Re7-c7 40.Rf4-f1
Rd8-c8 41.Rf1-f6 Rc8-d8 42.Rf6-f1
Rd8-c8 1.09/14 ] 32...Kc8-b8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32...Bg6-h5
33.Re2-g2 Bh5-g6 34.Kh1-h2 h7-h5
35.Rg2-f2 h5-h4 36.g3xh4 Rg7-h7
37.Qd2-g5 Bg6-d3 38.Qg5-g4+
Rh7-d7 39.Bd5-c6 Bd3xf1
40.Bc6xd7+ Rd8xd7 41.Rf2xf1
1.06/12 ] 33.Rf1-f6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 33.Kh1-h2 Rg7-a7 34.Re2-f2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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Ra7-e7 35.Rf2-f6 e5-e4 36.c4-c5
e4-e3 37.Qd2xe3 Re7xe3 38.c5xb6
Re3-e5 39.Bd5-c6 d6-d5 40.Kh2-g2
Re5-e4 41.Rf6-f4 Re4-e2+ 42.Kg2-f3
1.12/13 ] 33...Rg7-e7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 33...Bg6-h5 34.Re2xe5
Rg7xg3 35.Qd2-e1 Bh5-f3+ 36.Bd5xf3
Rg3xf3 37.Rf6xf3 d6xe5 38.Qe1xe5+
Kb8-c8 39.Qe5-f5+ Kc8-b8 40.Qf5-f4+
Kb8-c8 41.Qf4-g4+ Kc8-b8 42.Kh1-g2
Rd8-d2+ 43.Kg2-f1 Qb6-d6
44.Qg4-g8+ Kb8-b7 45.Qg8xh7+
Kb7-b6 46.Rf3-f7 Rd2-d1+ 47.Kf1-g2
Rd1-d2+ 48.Rf7-f2 0.95/12 ]
34.Kh1-h2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34.Kh1-h2 Qb6-c7 35.c4-c5 d6xc5
36.Rf6-a6 Qc7-b7 37.Bd5xb7 Rd8xd2
38.Re2xd2 Kb8xb7 39.Rd2-d6 e5-e4
40.Ra6xa5 e4-e3 41.b5-b6 Re7-e8
42.Ra5-a7+ Kb7-b8 43.Rd6-d1 e3-e2
44.Rd1-e1 Bg6-d3 45.Ra7-c7 Re8-f8
46.Rc7xc5 Rf8-f2+ 47.Kh2-h3 Rf2-f1
48.Rc5-c1 Kb8-b7 49.a4-a5 1.36/13 ]
34...e5-e4?! not the bravest move
[ 34...Qb6-c7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34...Qb6-c7 35.c4-c5 d6xc5 36.Rf6-a6
Qc7-b7 37.Bd5xb7 Rd8xd2
38.Re2xd2 Kb8xb7 39.Rd2-d6 Re7-c7
40.Rd6-b6+ Kb7-c8 41.Ra6-a8+
Kc8-d7 42.Rb6-b8 Kd7-d6 43.Ra8xa5

103

c5-c4 44.b5-b6 Rc7-d7 45.Rb8-c8


Rd7-b7 46.Ra5-a6 Bg6-e4 47.a4-a5
Be4-c6 48.Ra6-a7 Rb7xa7 49.b6xa7
1.94/14 ] 35.Qd2-c3 [ 35.c4-c5
might be the shorter path Qb6-c7
36.c5-c6+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
35.c4-c5 Qb6-c7 36.c5-c6 Qc7-b6
37.Bd5-e6 Re7-c7 38.Kh2-g2 Rc7-e7
39.Re2-e1 d6-d5 40.Qd2-f4+ Kb8-a7
41.Qf4-g5 Qb6-c5 42.Re1-c1 Qc5-b4
43.Be6xd5 e4-e3 3.29/14 ]
35...Rd8-c8 Diagram [ 35...e4-e3!?
36.g3-g4 Rd8-c8+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 35...Rd8-e8 36.Bd5-c6 Re8-d8
37.Kh2-g2 Kb8-c8 38.Bc6-d5 e4-e3
39.Bd5-e6+ Kc8-b8 40.Re2xe3
Rd8-e8 41.Qc3-d2 Bg6-c2 42.Re3-e1
Bc2xa4 43.Qd2-d5 1.25/12 ]

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36.Re2-e3+- [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36.g3-g4 Rc8-e8 37.Re2-e3 Re8-d8
38.Kh2-g3 Rd8-c8 39.Qc3-d2 Rc8-d8
40.Rf6-f4 Re7-c7 41.Rf4-f1 Rd8-c8
42.Rf1-f6 Rc8-d8 43.Rf6-f1 Rd8-c8
1.09/13 ] 36...Kb8-a7?
[ 36...Qb6-c5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 36...Re7-c7 37.Qc3-d2 Rc7-e7
38.Kh2-g2 Re7-c7 39.Re3-e2 Rc7-c5
40.Kg2-h2 Qb6-c7 41.Qd2-f4 Rc8-d8
42.Kh2-g2 Rc5xc4 43.b5-b6 Qc7-c5
44.Bd5xc4 Qc5xc4 45.Qf4-d2 1.25/13 ]

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


37.Bd5-c6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.Bd5-c6 Ka7-b8 38.Rf6xd6 Qb6-c5
39.Rd6-d5 Qc5-a7 40.b5-b6 Qa7xb6
41.Rd5-b5 Rc8xc6 42.Rb5xb6+
Rc6xb6 43.Qc3xa5 Re7-b7 44.Re3-e2
Rb6-c6 45.Qa5-d5 Rb7-c7
46.Re2-b2+ Rc7-b7 47.Qd5-e5+
Kb8-a7 48.Qe5-d4+ Ka7-b8 2.82/14 ]
37...Rc8-d8 [ 37...Rc8xc6 is the last
straw 38.b5xc6 Qb6-b4 39.Qc3-d4+
Qb4-c5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37...Ka7-b8 38.Rf6xd6 Qb6-c5
39.Rd6-d5 Qc5-a7 40.b5-b6 Qa7xb6
41.Rd5-b5 Rc8xc6 42.Rb5xb6+
Rc6xb6 43.Qc3xa5 Rb6-b2+
44.Kh2-h3 Re7-e8 45.Qa5-c3 Rb2-b1
46.Qc3-c2 Rb1-b7 47.Kh3-g2 Re8-d8
48.c4-c5 2.43/12 ] 38.c4-c5!
Mate attack [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
38.c4-c5 d6xc5 39.Bc6xe4 Rd8-d6
40.Rf6xd6 Qb6xd6 41.Qc3xa5+
Ka7-b8 42.Re3-d3 Qd6xd3 43.Be4xd3
Re7-d7 44.Qa5-b6+ Kb8-c8
45.Bd3xg6 h7xg6 46.Qb6xg6 Kc8-b8
47.a4-a5 c5-c4 48.Qg6-b6+ Kb8-c8
49.a5-a6 Rd7-e7 50.Qb6-c6+ Kc8-d8
51.Qc6xc4 Re7-c7 52.Qc4-d4+
Kd8-c8 53.Qd4-h8+ Kc8-d7 54.a6-a7
Rc7-c2+ 55.Kh2-h3 11.35/15 ]
38...d6xc5 [ 38...Qb6xc5 39.Qc3xa5+
Mate attack ; 38...d6xc5 39.Bc6-d5
Combination ; 38...-- 39.c5xb6+
Mate threat ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
38...d6xc5 39.Bc6xe4 Rd8-d6
40.Rf6xd6 Qb6xd6 41.Qc3xa5+
Ka7-b8 42.Re3-d3 Qd6xd3 43.Be4xd3
Re7-d7 44.Bd3xg6 h7xg6 45.Qa5-b6+
Rd7-b7 46.Qb6xg6 Kb8-a7
47.Qg6-a6+ Ka7-b8 48.Qa6-d6+
Kb8-c8 49.Qd6-f8+ Kc8-d7 50.Qf8xc5
Rb7-c7 51.Qc5-f5+ Kd7-d6 52.b5-b6
Rc7-d7 53.a4-a5 Kd6-c6 54.g3-g4
Rd7-d4 55.g4-g5 Kc6-b7 56.Kh2-g3
Rd4-d8 57.Qf5-e4+ Kb7-a6 11.87/16 ]
39.Bc6xe4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

104

39.Bc6xe4 Rd8-d6 40.Rf6xd6 Qb6xd6


41.Qc3xa5+ Ka7-b8 42.Re3-d3
Qd6xd3 43.Be4xd3 Re7-d7
44.Qa5-b6+ Kb8-c8 45.Bd3xg6 h7xg6
46.Qb6xg6 Kc8-d8 47.b5-b6 Rd7-d2+
48.Kh2-g1 Rd2-d7 49.Qg6-f6+ Kd8-e8
50.Qf6-e5+ Ke8-d8 51.Qe5xc5
Rd7-b7 52.a4-a5 Kd8-d7 53.a5-a6
11.19/12 ] 39...Rd8-d6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 39...Rd8-d6 40.Rf6xd6
Qb6xd6 41.Qc3xa5+ Ka7-b8
42.Re3-d3 Qd6xd3 43.Be4xd3 Re7-d7
44.Qa5-b6+ Kb8-c8 45.Bd3xg6 h7xg6
46.Qb6xg6 Kc8-b8 47.Qg6-b6+
Rd7-b7 48.Qb6-d6+ Kb8-a7
49.Qd6xc5+ Ka7-b8 50.Qc5-e5+
Kb8-a7 51.Qe5-d4+ Ka7-b8 52.g3-g4
Rb7-h7+ 53.Kh2-g3 11.69/13 ]
40.Rf6xd6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
40.Rf6xd6 Qb6xd6 41.Qc3xa5+
Ka7-b8 42.Re3-d3 Qd6xd3 43.Be4xd3
Re7-d7 44.Bd3xg6 h7xg6 45.Qa5-b6+
Rd7-b7 46.Qb6xg6 Kb8-a7
47.Qg6-a6+ Ka7-b8 48.Qa6-d6+
Kb8-c8 49.Qd6-f8+ Kc8-d7 50.Qf8xc5
Rb7-c7 51.Qc5-f5+ Kd7-d6 52.b5-b6
Rc7-d7 53.a4-a5 Kd6-c6 54.g3-g4
Rd7-d4 55.g4-g5 Kc6-b7 56.Kh2-g3
Rd4-d8 57.Qf5-e4+ Kb7-a6 11.63/14 ]
40...Qb6xd6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
40...Qb6xd6 41.Qc3xa5+ Ka7-b8
42.Re3-d3 Qd6xd3 43.Be4xd3 Re7-d7
44.Bd3xg6 h7xg6 45.Qa5-b6+ Rd7-b7
46.Qb6xg6 Kb8-a7 47.Qg6-a6+
Ka7-b8 48.Qa6-d6+ Kb8-c8
49.Qd6-f8+ Kc8-d7 50.Qf8xc5 Rb7-c7
51.Qc5-f5+ Kd7-d6 52.b5-b6 Rc7-d7
53.a4-a5 Kd6-c6 54.g3-g4 Rd7-d4
55.g4-g5 Kc6-b7 56.Kh2-g3 Rd4-d8
57.Qf5-e4+ Kb7-a6 11.35/15 ]
41.Qc3xa5+ Diagram [ 41.Qc3xa5+
Ka7-b8 42.Re3-d3 Qd6xd3
43.Be4xd3+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41.Qc3xa5+ Ka7-b8 42.Re3-d3
Qd6xd3 43.Be4xd3 Re7-g7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


44.Bd3xg6 h7xg6 45.Qa5-b6+ Kb8-c8
46.Qb6-c6+ Kc8-b8 47.Qc6xc5
Rg7-c7 48.Qc5-b6+ Kb8-c8
49.Qb6xg6 Rc7-c5 50.Kh2-g2 Kc8-b7
51.g3-g4 Rc5-c1 52.Qg6-g7+ Rc1-c7
9.03/11 ]

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25.Kg1-g2 Kg7-g6 26.Rc5xb5


Be2xb5 0.07/13 ] 18.e2-e3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18.0-0 Bc4xb5
19.Bg2xb7 Ra8-b8 20.Bb2xf6 g7xf6
21.Bb7-f3 Bb5xe2 22.Rf1-e1 Rb8-e8
23.Bf3-c6 Re8-b8 24.Ra1-c1 Rb8-b3
25.a3-a4 Re7-e5 26.Bc6-g2 Diagram

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Re5-e7 27.Bg2-d5 0.01/14 ]


18...Nf6-e4 Black has a king attack
17
E32 [ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18...Nf6-e4
Karpov,Anatoly
19.a3-a4 Ra8-d8 20.Ra1-c1 Bc4-d3
Nakamura,Hikaru
21.Bg2-f3 g7-g6 22.h2-h4 Rd8-d5
Trophee CCAS GpA (2)
24.10.2010 23.h4-h5 g6-g5 24.Rc1-d1 h7-h6
25.Bf3-e2 Re7-d7 26.Bb2-d4 Bd3-c2
E32: Nimzo-Indian: Classical (4 Qc2):
-0.09/16 ] 19.Ra1-c1 White threatens
4...0-0
to win material: Rc1xc4 [Houdini 2.0c
1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 e7-e6
Pro x64: 19.a3-a4 Ra8-d8 20.Ra1-c1
3.Nb1-c3 Bf8-b4 4.Qd1-c2 0-0
Bc4-b3 21.Bb2-a3 Re7-e8 22.Rc1xc7
5.a2-a3 Bb4xc3+ 6.Qc2xc3 d7-d6
Rd8-d1+ 23.Ke1-e2 Rd1-d2+
7.g2-g3 e6-e5 8.Bf1-g2 Qd8-e7
24.Ke2-e1 Rd2-d1+ 25.Ke1-e2
9.d4xe5 d6xe5 10.b2-b4 a7-a5
Rd1-d2+ -0.12/15 ] 19...Bc4xb5
11.Bc1-b2 Rf8-e8 12.b4-b5 Nb8-d7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19...Bc4-d3
13.Ng1-f3 Nd7-b6 14.Qc3xe5 Bc8-e6 20.a3-a4 Ra8-d8 21.Bb2-a3 Re7-d7
15.Nf3-d2 Nb6xc4 16.Nd2xc4
22.Rh1-g1 b7-b6 23.f2-f3 Ne4-d6
Be6xc4 17.Qe5xe7 last book move
24.Bg2-h3 f7-f5 25.Ba3xd6 Rd7xd6
26.Ke1-f2 Rd6-h6 27.Bh3-g2 Rd8-d7
last book move Re8xe7 [Houdini 2.0c
28.h2-h4 Rh6-e6 29.Rg1-d1 -0.09/16 ]
Pro x64: 17...Re8xe7 18.0-0 Bc4xb5
20.Bg2xe4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
19.Bb2xf6 g7xf6 20.Bg2xb7 Ra8-e8
20.Bg2xe4 Re7xe4 21.Rc1xc7 Bb5-c6
21.Rf1-c1 Bb5xe2 22.Rc1-c5 Re8-b8
22.Rh1-g1 Ra8-d8 23.Ke1-e2 Re4-e8
23.Bb7-d5 Rb8-b5 24.Ra1-c1 Kg8-g7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


24.Rg1-c1 Bc6-b5+ 25.Ke2-e1 Bb5-c6
26.Rc1-d1 Rd8-c8 27.Rc7xc8 Re8xc8
28.Bb2-c3 b7-b6 29.Rd1-d6 f7-f6
30.Bc3-d4 b6-b5 -0.03/17 ]
20...Re7xe4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20...Re7xe4 21.Rc1xc7 Bb5-c6
22.Rh1-g1 Ra8-d8 23.Ke1-e2
Bc6-b5+ 24.Ke2-f3 Re4-e8 25.Bb2-d4
Bb5-c6+ 26.Kf3-g4 f7-f6 27.Rg1-d1
Rd8-d7 28.Rc7xd7 Bc6xd7+
29.Kg4-f4 g7-g5+ 30.Kf4-f3 Bd7-c6+
31.Kf3-g4 Kg8-f7 32.f2-f4 Bc6-d7+
33.Kg4-f3 Bd7-c6+ 34.Kf3-f2 0.00/15 ]
21.Rc1xc7 Opposite coloured bishops
appeared. [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.Rc1xc7 Bb5-c6 22.Rh1-g1 Ra8-d8
23.Ke1-e2 Bc6-b5+ 24.Ke2-f3 Re4-e8
25.Bb2-d4 Bb5-c6+ 26.Kf3-g4 f7-f6
27.Rg1-d1 Rd8-d7 28.Rc7xd7
Bc6xd7+ 29.Kg4-f4 g7-g5+ 30.Kf4-f3
Bd7-c6+ 31.Kf3-g4 Kg8-f7 32.Bd4-c5
-0.06/16 ] 21...Bb5-c6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 21...Re4-a4 22.Ke1-d2
Ra8-d8+ 23.Kd2-c3 Rd8-d3+
24.Kc3-c2 Ra4-c4+ 25.Rc7xc4
Bb5xc4 26.Rh1-d1 Rd3xd1 27.Kc2xd1
f7-f6 28.Bb2-c3 a5-a4 29.Kd1-d2
Kg8-f7 30.e3-e4 Kf7-e6 31.Kd2-e3
b7-b5 -0.01/14 ] 22.0-0 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 22.Rh1-g1 Ra8-d8
23.Ke1-e2 Bc6-b5+ 24.Ke2-f3 Re4-e8
25.Bb2-d4 Bb5-c6+ 26.Kf3-g4 f7-f6
27.Rg1-d1 Rd8-d7 28.Rc7xd7
Bc6xd7+ 29.Kg4-f4 g7-g5+ 30.Kf4-f3
Bd7-c6+ 31.Kf3-g4 Kg8-f7 32.Bd4-c5
-0.06/15 ] 22...Ra8-d8 [ 22...Re4-c4
23.f2-f3= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22...Re4-e8 23.Bb2-d4 Ra8-c8
24.Rc7xc8 Re8xc8 25.Bd4-b6 a5-a4
26.Rf1-c1 Rc8-e8 27.Rc1-d1 f7-f6
28.f2-f4 Kg8-f7 29.Kg1-f2 f6-f5
30.Bb6-d4 Bc6-e4 -0.08/15 Diagram
] 23.Bb2-d4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.Bb2-d4 Re4-e8 24.f2-f3 f7-f6
25.g3-g4 Re8-f8 26.Kg1-f2 Rf8-f7

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27.Rc7xf7 Kg8xf7 28.Rf1-d1 Kf7-e6
29.h2-h3 Ke6-f7 30.Rd1-d2 Kf7-e6
31.Kf2-g3 0.00/15 ] 23...h7-h5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23...Re4-e8
24.f2-f3 f7-f6 25.g3-g4 Re8-f8
26.Kg1-f2 Rf8-f7 27.Rc7xf7 Kg8xf7
28.Rf1-d1 Kf7-e6 29.h2-h4 h7-h6
30.h4-h5 Bc6-b5 31.Rd1-c1 0.01/14 ]
24.h2-h4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24.Rf1-c1 Re4-e8 25.Kg1-f1 Rd8-d5
26.a3-a4 f7-f6 27.h2-h3 Rd5-g5
28.Kf1-e2 Rg5-f5 29.Rc1-c5 Rf5xc5
30.Bd4xc5 Re8-d8 31.f2-f3 Rd8-d7
0.18/14 ] 24...Rd8-d5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 24...g7-g6 25.Rf1-c1 Re4-e8
26.f2-f4 Rd8-c8 27.Rc7xc8 Re8xc8
28.Rc1-c5 a5-a4 29.Rc5-e5 Kg8-f8
30.Kg1-f2 Bc6-d7 31.Re5-c5 Bd7-c6
32.Rc5-a5 Kf8-e7 33.Ra5-a7 f7-f6
0.05/15 ] 25.Rf1-b1 Attacking the
backward pawn on b7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 25.Rf1-c1 Re4-e8 26.a3-a4
f7-f6 27.Kg1-f1 Re8-d8 28.Kf1-e2
Rd5-d7 29.Rc7xd7 Rd8xd7 30.Rc1-c5
Rd7-d5 31.Rc5xd5 Bc6xd5 32.Bd4-b6
Bd5-c6 33.Bb6xa5 Bc6xa4 34.Ba5-b4
Kg8-f7 0.08/16 ] 25...Rd5-f5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Re4-e8
26.f2-f3 Re8-d8 27.Kg1-f2 f7-f6
28.Kf2-e2 Bc6-b5+ 29.Ke2-f2 Bb5-c6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


30.Kf2-e2 0.10/14 ] 26.Kg1-f1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26.a3-a4 f7-f6
27.Rb1-c1 Rf5-d5 28.Kg1-f1 Re4-e8
29.Rc1-c4 Rd5-f5 30.Kf1-g1 Re8-f8
31.Bd4-b6 Rf8-d8 32.e3-e4 Rf5-e5
33.f2-f3 Rd8-d2 34.Bb6-e3 0.14/15 ]
26...Re4-e8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Re4-g4 27.Kf1-e1 a5-a4
28.Rb1-b2 f7-f6 29.Ke1-e2 Bc6-b5+
30.Ke2-d1 Bb5-c6 31.Kd1-e1 Rg4-e4
32.f2-f4 Bc6-d5 33.Ke1-f2 Re4-e8
34.Rb2-b6 0.13/15 ] 27.Kf1-e2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.a3-a4 f7-f6
28.Rb1-b3 Re8-d8 29.Rb3-c3 Rd8-b8
30.Rc3-c4 Rb8-d8 31.f2-f4 Rd8-f8
32.Rc4xc6 b7xc6 33.e3-e4 Rf8-d8
34.e4xf5 Rd8xd4 35.Rc7xc6 Rd4xa4
36.Kf1-f2 Ra4-a3 0.10/15 ] 27...f7-f6
Covers e5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27...Rf5-d5 28.Ke2-d3 Rd5-f5
29.Rb1-b2 a5-a4 30.Kd3-c3 f7-f6
31.f2-f4 Kg8-h7 32.Rb2-b1 Kh7-g6
33.Kc3-d2 Bc6-e4 34.Rb1-c1 Rf5-b5
0.09/15 ] 28.Rb1-c1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 28.a3-a4 Rf5-d5 29.Ke2-d3
Rd5-f5 30.Rb1-b2 Rf5-d5 31.Kd3-c4
Rd5-d8 32.Kc4-c3 Rd8-c8 33.Bd4-b6
Bc6xa4 34.Bb6xa5 Ba4-c6 35.Rb2-d2
Kg8-h7 36.Kc3-b4 Rc8xc7
37.Ba5xc7 0.08/15 ] 28...Rf5-d5
Black threatens to win material: Rd5xd4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28...Rf5-d5
29.Ke2-d2 Rd5-b5 30.Rc1-c5 Rb5xc5
31.Bd4xc5 Re8-e5 32.Bc5-d4 Re5-b5
33.Kd2-c2 a5-a4 34.Rc7-e7 Rb5-b3
35.Bd4-c5 Kg8-h7 36.e3-e4 Kh7-g6
37.Bc5-b4 b7-b6 0.01/15 ] 29.Ke2-d3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29.Ke2-d2
Rd5-b5 30.Rc1-c5 Rb5xc5 31.Bd4xc5
Re8-e5 32.Bc5-d4 Re5-b5 33.Bd4-c3
Rb5-b3 34.Bc3xa5 Rb3xa3 35.Ba5-c3
Ra3-a2+ 36.Kd2-e1 Ra2-c2
37.Bc3-d4 Rc2-a2 38.Bd4-c5 Ra2-c2
39.Bc5-b4 Rc2-b2 40.Bb4-c5 Rb2-a2
-0.05/15 ] 29...Rd5-b5 [Houdini 2.0c

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Pro x64: 29...Rd5-b5 30.Kd3-d2


Re8-d8 31.f2-f4 a5-a4 32.Rc1-c2
Rb5-b1 33.Rc2-c1 Rb1xc1 34.Kd2xc1
Rd8-d7 35.Rc7xd7 Bc6xd7 36.Kc1-d2
Kg8-f7 37.Kd2-d3 Bd7-g4 38.e3-e4
-0.03/16 ] 30.a3-a4 [ 30.Rc1-c5
Rb5-b3+ 31.Kd3-c2 a5-a4 32.Rc5xh5
Rb3xa3= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.Kd3-d2 Re8-d8 31.f2-f4 a5-a4
32.Rc1-c2 Rb5-b1 33.Rc2-c1
Rb1-b2+ 34.Rc1-c2 Rb2-b6
35.Rc2-c4 Rb6-b1 36.Rc4-c1
Rb1-b2+ -0.10/15 ] 30...Rb5-b3+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30...Rb5-b3+
31.Kd3-d2 Rb3-b4 32.Rc1-a1 Re8-d8
33.Kd2-e1 Rb4-c4 34.Ke1-d2 Kg8-h8
35.Kd2-d3 Rc4-b4 36.Kd3-e2 Bc6xa4
37.Bd4-c3 Ba4-b5+ 38.Ke2-e1
Rb4-b3 39.Bc3xa5 Rb3-b2 40.Rc7xb7
Rb2-e2+ 41.Ke1-f1 Re2-a2+
42.Rb7xb5 Ra2xa1+ 43.Kf1-g2
Rd8-d3 44.Rb5xh5+ Kh8-g8 -0.07/16 ]
31.Rc1-c3 White threatens to win
material: Rc3xb3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 31.Kd3-d2 Re8-d8 32.Rc1-c5
Rb3-b2+ 33.Kd2-e1 Bc6-f3 34.Rc5-f5
Rb2-b1+ 35.Ke1-d2 Rb1-b2+
36.Kd2-e1 Rb2-b1+ -0.10/16 ]
31...Bc6-e4+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31...Bc6-e4+ 32.Kd3-e2 Rb3-b2+
33.Ke2-e1 Rb2-a2 34.Rc3-c4 Be4-f3
35.Rc7-c5 Re8-a8 36.Rc5-c7 Ra8-d8
37.Rc7-c5 Ra2-a1+ 38.Ke1-d2 Ra1-f1
39.e3-e4 Rf1-d1+ 40.Kd2-e3 Bf3-g2
41.f2-f4 Bg2-f1 42.Rc5-d5 Rd8-e8
43.Rc4-c7 Re8xe4+ 44.Ke3xe4
Bf1-g2+ 45.Ke4-f5 Bg2xd5 46.Bd4-f2
Rd1-d3 -0.13/18 ] 32.Kd3-e2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32.Kd3-d2
Rb3-b2+ 33.Kd2-e1 Rb2-a2
34.Rc3-c4 Be4-f3 35.Rc7-c5 Re8-a8
36.Rc5-c7 Bf3-c6 37.Bd4-c3 Ra8-d8
38.Bc3xa5 Ra2-a1+ 39.Ke1-e2
Bc6xa4 40.Rc7-c8 Ba4-d1+
41.Ke2-e1 Bd1-f3+ 42.Rc4-c1 Rd8xc8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


43.Rc1xa1 Rc8-c2 44.Ba5-d2 Kg8-f7
45.Ra1-c1 Rc2-a2 46.Rc1-c7+ Kf7-e6
47.Bd2-c3 Ra2-e2+ 48.Ke1-f1
-0.23/19 ] 32...Rb3-b2+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 32...Rb3-b2+ 33.Ke2-e1
Rb2-a2 34.Rc3-c4 Be4-f3 35.Rc7-c5
Re8-a8 36.Rc5-c7 Ra8-d8 37.Rc7-c5
Ra2-a1+ 38.Ke1-d2 Ra1-f1 39.e3-e4
Rf1-d1+ 40.Kd2-e3 Bf3-g2 41.f2-f4
Bg2-f1 42.Rc5-d5 Rd8-e8 43.Rc4-c7
Re8xe4+ 44.Ke3xe4 Bf1-g2+
45.Ke4-f5 Bg2xd5 46.Bd4-f2 Rd1-d3
47.Kf5-g6 -0.11/19 ] 33.Ke2-e1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33.Ke2-e1
Rb2-a2 34.Rc3-c4 Be4-f3 35.Rc7-c5
Re8-a8 36.Rc5-c7 Ra8-d8 37.Rc7-c5
Ra2-a1+ 38.Ke1-d2 Ra1-f1 39.e3-e4
Rf1-d1+ 40.Kd2-e3 Bf3-g2 41.f2-f4
Bg2-f1 42.Rc5-d5 Rd8-e8 43.Rc4-c7
Re8xe4+ 44.Ke3xe4 Bf1-g2+
45.Ke4-f5 Bg2xd5 46.Bd4-f2 Rd1-d3
47.Kf5-g6 -0.23/18 ] 33...Rb2-a2
Black threatens to win material: Ra2xa4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33...Rb2-a2
34.Rc3-c4 Be4-f3 35.Rc7-c5 Re8-a8
36.Rc5-c7 Ra8-d8 37.Rc7-c5
Ra2-a1+ 38.Ke1-d2 Ra1-f1 39.e3-e4
Rf1-d1+ 40.Kd2-e3 Bf3-g2 41.f2-f4
Bg2-f1 42.Rc5-d5 Rd8-e8 43.Rc4-c7
Re8xe4+ 44.Ke3xe4 Bf1-g2+
45.Ke4-f5 Bg2xd5 46.Bd4-f2 Rd1-d3
47.Kf5-g6 -0.13/16 ] 34.Rc3-c4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34.Rc3-c4
Be4-f3 35.Rc7-c5 Re8-a8 36.Rc5-c7
Bf3-c6 37.Bd4-c3 Ra8-d8 38.Bc3xa5
Ra2-a1+ 39.Ke1-e2 Bc6xa4
40.Rc7-c8 Ba4-d1+ 41.Ke2-e1
Bd1-f3+ 42.Rc4-c1 Rd8xc8
43.Rc1xa1 Rc8-c2 44.Ba5-d2 Kg8-f7
45.Ra1-c1 Rc2xc1+ 46.Bd2xc1
-0.23/17 ] 34...Be4-f3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 34...Be4-f3 35.Rc7-c5
Re8-a8 36.Rc5-c7 Bf3-c6 37.Bd4-c3
Ra8-d8 38.Bc3xa5 Ra2-a1+
39.Ke1-e2 Bc6xa4 40.Rc7-c8

108

Ba4-d1+ 41.Ke2-e1 Bd1-f3+


42.Rc4-c1 Rd8xc8 43.Rc1xa1 Rc8-c2
44.Ba5-d2 Kg8-f7 45.Ra1-c1 Rc2xc1+
46.Bd2xc1 -0.13/16 ] 35.Rc7-c5
Diagram [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
35.Rc7-c5 Re8-a8 36.Rc5-c7 Bf3-c6
37.Bd4-c3 Ra8-d8 38.Bc3xa5
Ra2-a1+ 39.Ke1-e2 Bc6xa4
40.Rc7-c8 Ba4-d1+ 41.Ke2-e1
Bd1-f3+ 42.Rc4-c1 Rd8xc8
43.Rc1xa1 Rc8-c2 44.Ba5-d2 Kg8-f7
45.Ra1-c1 Rc2-a2 46.Rc1-c7+ Kf7-e6
47.Bd2-c3 Ra2-e2+ 48.Ke1-f1
-0.19/17 ]

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35...Re8-a8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
35...Re8-a8 36.Rc5-c7 Ra8-d8
37.Rc7-c5 Ra2-a1+ 38.Ke1-d2 Ra1-f1
39.e3-e4 Rf1-d1+ 40.Kd2-e3 Bf3-g2
41.f2-f4 Bg2-f1 42.Rc5-d5 Rd8-e8
43.Rc4-c2 Rd1-d3+ 44.Ke3-f2 Re8xe4
45.Rc2-c8+ Kg8-f7 46.Rc8-c7+ Kf7-g8
47.Rd5-d8+ -0.13/15 ] 36.Rc5-f5
White threatens to win material: Rf5xf3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36.Rc5-c7
Bf3-c6 37.Bd4-c3 Ra8-d8 38.Bc3xa5
Ra2-a1+ 39.Ke1-e2 Bc6xa4
40.Rc7-c8 Ba4-d1+ 41.Ke2-e1
Bd1-f3+ 42.Rc4-c1 Rd8xc8
43.Rc1xa1 Rc8-c2 44.Ba5-d2 Kg8-f7
45.Ra1-c1 Rc2-a2 46.Rc1-c7+ Kf7-e6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


47.Bd2-c3 Ra2-e2+ 48.Ke1-f1
-0.19/15 ] 36...Bf3-g4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 36...Bf3-c6 37.Rf5-c5
Bc6xa4 38.Rc5-c8+ Ra8xc8
39.Rc4xc8+ Kg8-h7 40.Rc8-c7
Kh7-g6 41.Rc7xb7 Ba4-c6 42.Rb7-b2
Ra2xb2 43.Bd4xb2 Kg6-f5 44.Bb2-a3
Kf5-e4 45.Ba3-f8 g7-g6 46.Bf8-e7
f6-f5 47.Ke1-e2 a5-a4 48.Be7-a3
Bc6-b5+ 49.Ke2-d2 -0.19/16 ]
37.Rf5-c5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.Rf5-c5 Bg4-e6 38.Rc4-c2 Ra2xa4
39.Rc5xh5 Ra4-b4 40.Rc2-c5 a5-a4
41.Rc5-b5 Rb4-c4 42.Rb5-a5 Ra8-c8
43.Rh5-c5 Rc8xc5 44.Ra5xc5 Rc4xc5
45.Bd4xc5 Be6-d5 46.Ke1-d2 Kg8-f7
47.Bc5-a3 Kf7-e6 48.Kd2-c3 -0.21/16 ]
37...Bg4-e6 Black threatens to win
material: Be6xc4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 37...Bg4-d7 38.Rc5-c7 Bd7-c6
39.Bd4-c3 Ra8-d8 40.Bc3xa5
Ra2-a1+ 41.Ke1-e2 Bc6xa4
42.Rc7-c8 Ba4-d1+ 43.Ke2-e1
Bd1-f3+ 44.Rc4-c1 Rd8xc8
45.Rc1xa1 Rc8-c2 46.Ba5-d2 Kg8-f7
47.Ra1-c1 Rc2-a2 48.Rc1-c7+
Kf7-e6 -0.17/15 ] 38.Rc4-c1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 38.Rc4-c2
Ra2xa4 39.Rc5xh5 Ra4-b4 40.Rc2-c5
a5-a4 41.Rc5-b5 Rb4-c4 42.Rb5-a5
Ra8-c8 43.Rh5-c5 Rc8xc5 44.Ra5xc5
Rc4-b4 45.Rc5-a5 Kg8-f7 46.Ke1-d2
Be6-d7 47.Ra5-a7 Rb4-b3 48.f2-f3
Bd7-c6 49.Kd2-c2 Kf7-e6 50.h4-h5
-0.20/16 ] 38...Ra2xa4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 38...Ra2xa4 39.Rc1-b1
Ra8-c8 40.Rc5xh5 Be6-g4 41.Rh5-c5
Rc8xc5 42.Bd4xc5 Bg4-f3 43.Bc5-d4
Kg8-f7 44.Ke1-d2 Bf3-e4 45.Rb1-a1
Ra4xa1 46.Bd4xa1 b7-b5 47.Kd2-c3
Be4-c6 48.Kc3-b2 Kf7-e6 -0.12/17 ]
39.Rc5xh5 Black has new passed
pawns: a5+b7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39.Rc1-b1 Ra8-c8 40.Rc5xh5 Be6-g4
41.Rh5-c5 Rc8xc5 42.Bd4xc5 Bg4-f3

109

43.Bc5-d4 Kg8-f7 44.Ke1-d2 Bf3-e4


45.Rb1-a1 Ra4xa1 46.Bd4xa1 b7-b5
47.Kd2-c3 Kf7-e6 48.Kc3-b3 Be4-d5+
49.Kb3-c2 -0.22/15 ] 39...Ra4-b4
'the rook is the rook!' [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 39...Be6-g4 40.Rh5-c5 Ra4-a2
41.Rc5-c7 Bg4-f3 42.Rc1-a1 Ra2xa1+
43.Bd4xa1 a5-a4 44.Ke1-d2 a4-a3
45.Kd2-c2 Bf3-d5 46.g3-g4 Ra8-a4
47.g4-g5 Ra4xh4 48.g5xf6 g7xf6
49.Ba1xf6 Rh4-h2 -0.19/15 ]
40.Rh5-c5 Manoeuvre Rh5-c5-c7-g7
[ 40.Rc1-c5 a5-a4 41.Rc5-b5 Rb4xb5
42.Rh5xb5 Be6-c8 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 40.Bd4-c3 Rb4-c4 41.Rh5-b5
a5-a4 42.Rb5xb7 a4-a3 43.Rb7-b1
a3-a2 44.Rb1-a1 Kg8-f7 45.Ke1-d2
Be6-d5 46.Bc3-d4 Rc4xc1 47.Kd2xc1
Kf7-e6 48.Kc1-c2 Ra8-c8+ 49.Kc2-d2
Bd5-c4 50.g3-g4 Ke6-d5 51.Kd2-c2
-0.07/14 ] 40...a5-a4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 40...a5-a4 41.Ke1-d2 a4-a3
42.f2-f3 a3-a2 43.Rc1-a1 Rb4-b1
44.Rc5-c1 Rb1xc1 45.Ra1xc1 Ra8-a5
46.g3-g4 Ra5-b5 47.Kd2-c2 Kg8-f7
48.h4-h5 b7-b6 49.Rc1-a1 Be6-b3+
50.Kc2-d3 Kf7-e6 -0.37/15 ] 41.h4-h5
[ 41.Rc5-c7 a4-a3 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 41.Ke1-d2 a4-a3 42.Rc1-a1
a3-a2 43.f2-f3 Rb4-b1 44.Rc5-c1
Rb1xa1 45.Rc1xa1 Ra8-c8 46.Ra1-c1
Be6-c4 47.Rc1-a1 Kg8-f7 48.Kd2-c2
b7-b5 49.Bd4-c3 Kf7-e6 50.Kc2-b2
Ke6-d6 51.Bc3-b4+ Kd6-d5 52.e3-e4+
Kd5-d4 -0.39/14 ] 41...a4-a3
White has to watch this pawn
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 41...a4-a3
42.Rc1-a1 a3-a2 43.Ke1-d2 Rb4-b1
44.f2-f3 b7-b5 45.Rc5-c1 Rb1xa1
46.Rc1xa1 Ra8-c8 47.Ra1-c1 Be6-c4
48.Kd2-c2 Kg8-f7 49.Kc2-b2 Kf7-e6
50.e3-e4 b5-b4 51.f3-f4 b4-b3
52.g3-g4 Ke6-d6 53.Rc1-a1 -0.56/15 ]
42.h5-h6 [ 42.Ke1-d2!? ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 42.Ke1-d2 a3-a2 43.Rc1-a1

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Rb4-b1 44.f2-f3 b7-b5 45.Rc5-c1


] 45.e3xd4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Rb1xa1 46.Rc1xa1 Ra8-c8 47.Ra1-c1 45.e3xd4 a2-a1Q 46.Rc1xa1 Ra8xa1+
Be6-c4 48.Rc1-a1 Kg8-f7 49.Kd2-c3
47.Ke1-d2 b7-b5 48.Rg7-b7 Be6-c4
Kf7-e6 50.Kc3-b2 b5-b4 51.e3-e4
49.g3-g4 Ra1-a3 50.f2-f4 Ra3-g3
51.d4-d5 Rg3-d3+ 52.Kd2-e1 Rd3xd5
-0.44/14 ] 42...a3-a2 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 42...a3-a2 43.Rc1-a1 g7xh6
53.Rb7-b6 Rd5-d3 54.Rb6xf6 b5-b4
44.Bd4xf6 Rb4-b1+ 45.Rc5-c1 Kg8-f7
55.Rf6-b6 b4-b3 56.g4-g5 Kh8-h7
57.Ke1-f2 Bc4-d5 58.Kf2-e2 Bd5-e4
46.Bf6-d4 Be6-f5 47.Ke1-d2 Bf5-e4
48.Rc1-c7+ Kf7-e6 49.Rc7-c5 Ke6-d6
-1.01/16 ] 45...a2-a1Q [Houdini 2.0c
50.Rc5-e5 Rb1xa1 51.Bd4xa1 Ra8-a4 Pro x64: 45...a2-a1Q 46.Rc1xa1
Ra8xa1+ 47.Ke1-d2 b7-b5 48.Rg7-b7
52.Re5-h5 -0.71/13 ] 43.Rc5-c7
[ 43.Rc1-a1 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Be6-c4 49.g3-g4 Ra1-a3 50.f2-f4
Ra3-g3 51.d4-d5 Rg3-d3+ 52.Kd2-e1
43.Rc1-a1 Rb4-b1+ 44.Rc5-c1
Rb1xc1+ 45.Ra1xc1 Be6-d5 46.h6xg7 Rd3xd5 53.Rb7-b6 Rd5-d3 54.Rb6xf6
Kg8xg7 47.Ke1-d2 Kg7-g6 48.Bd4-a1
b5-b4 55.Rf6-b6 b4-b3 56.g4-g5
Ra8-h8 49.Rc1-f1 Rh8-h2 50.Kd2-c3
Kh8-h7 57.f4-f5 Bc4-d5 58.Ke1-e2
Kg6-f5 51.f2-f3 Kf5-e5 52.e3-e4
Rd3-g3 59.Rb6-g6 -0.96/17 ]
46.Rc1xa1 White has a mate threat
-0.62/13 ] 43...Rb4xd4 [Houdini 2.0c
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 46.Rc1xa1
Pro x64: 43...g7xh6 44.Rc1-a1
Ra8xa1+ 47.Ke1-d2 b7-b5 48.Rg7-b7
Rb4-b1+ 45.Ke1-d2 b7-b5 46.Rc7-c1
Rb1xa1 47.Rc1xa1 b5-b4 48.Kd2-c2
Be6-c4 49.g3-g4 Ra1-a3 50.f2-f4
b4-b3+ 49.Kc2-b2 Kg8-f7 50.Bd4-c3
Ra3-g3 51.d4-d5 Rg3-d3+ 52.Kd2-e1
Rd3xd5 53.Rb7-b6 Rd5-d3 54.Rb6xf6
Ra8-c8 51.e3-e4 h6-h5 52.Ra1-h1
b5-b4 55.Rf6-b6 b4-b3 56.g4-g5
Kf7-g6 53.Rh1-a1 -1.06/15 ]
44.Rc7xg7+ Here comes the goalRd3-f3 57.Ke1-d2 Rf3xf4 58.g5-g6
Rf4-f3 59.Rb6-b8+ Bc4-g8 -0.98/14 ]
getter [ 44.e3xd4 a2-a1Q Promotion ;
46...Ra8xa1+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 44.Rc7xg7+
46...Ra8xa1+ 47.Ke1-d2 b7-b5
Kg8-h8 45.e3xd4 a2-a1R 46.Ke1-d2
Ra8-a2+ 47.Rc1-c2 b7-b5 48.Rg7-b7
48.Rg7-b7 Be6-c4 49.g3-g4 Ra1-a3
50.f2-f4 Ra3-g3 51.d4-d5 Rg3-d3+
Ra2xc2+ 49.Kd2xc2 Be6-c4
50.Kc2-c3 Ra1-h1 51.Rb7-d7 Rh1xh6 52.Kd2-e1 Rd3xd5 53.Rb7-b6 Rd5-d3
54.Rb6xf6 b5-b4 55.Rf6-b6 b4-b3
52.d4-d5 Kh8-g8 53.d5-d6 Kg8-f8
56.g4-g5 Rd3-f3 57.Ke1-d2 Rf3xf4
54.Kc3-b4 Kf8-e8 55.Rd7-a7 Rh6-h2
58.g5-g6 Rf4-f3 59.Rb6-b8+ Bc4-g8
56.f2-f4 Ke8-d8 57.Kb4-c5 Rh2-c2
58.Ra7-a8+ Kd8-d7 59.Ra8-a7+
-0.81/15 ] 47.Ke1-d2 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 47.Ke1-d2 b7-b5 48.Rg7-b7
Kd7-e6 60.Ra7-e7+ Ke6-f5 -1.02/17 ]
44...Kg8-h8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Be6-c4 49.g3-g4 Ra1-a3 50.f2-f4
Ra3-g3 51.d4-d5 Rg3-d3+ 52.Kd2-e1
44...Kg8-h8 45.e3xd4 a2-a1R
Rd3xd5 53.Rb7-b6 Rd5-d3 54.Rb6xf6
46.Ke1-d2 b7-b5 47.Rc1xa1 Ra8xa1
b5-b4 55.Rf6-b6 b4-b3 56.g4-g5
48.Rg7-b7 Be6-c4 49.g3-g4 Ra1-a3
50.f2-f4 Ra3-g3 51.d4-d5 Rg3-d3+
Rd3-f3 57.Ke1-d2 Rf3xf4 58.g5-g6
52.Kd2-e1 Rd3xd5 53.Rb7-b6 Rd5-d3 Rf4-f3 59.Rb6-b8+ Bc4-g8 -0.85/16 ]
47...b7-b5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
54.Rb6xf6 b5-b4 55.Rf6-b6 b4-b3
47...b7-b5 48.Rg7-b7 Be6-c4
56.g4-g5 Kh8-h7 57.f4-f5 Bc4-d5
58.Ke1-e2 Rd3-g3 59.Rb6-g6 -0.98/18 49.Kd2-c3 Ra1-h1 50.Rb7-d7 Rh1xh6

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51.d4-d5 Kh8-g8 52.d5-d6 Kg8-f8
53.Kc3-b4 Kf8-e8 54.Rd7-a7 Rh6-h2
55.f2-f3 Rh2-h3 56.Ra7-g7 Ke8-d8
57.Kb4-c5 Rh3-h8 58.Rg7-b7 -0.93/15
] 48.Rg7-g6 White threatens to win
material: Rg6xf6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 48.Rg7-b7 Be6-c4 49.g3-g4
Ra1-a3 50.f2-f4 Ra3-d3+ 51.Kd2-c2
Rd3xd4 52.g4-g5 Rd4-d8 53.Rb7-g7
f6xg5 54.f4xg5 Rd8-g8 55.Rg7xg8+
Kh8xg8 56.g5-g6 b5-b4 57.h6-h7+
Kg8-g7 58.Kc2-b2 Bc4-d5 -0.83/13 ]
48...Ra1-a2+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
48...b5-b4 49.Rg6xf6 b4-b3 50.Kd2-c3
Ra1-c1+ 51.Kc3-b2 Rc1-c2+
52.Kb2-b1 Be6-d5 53.f2-f3 Rc2-f2
54.Rf6-b6 Rf2xf3 55.Rb6-d6 Bd5-g8
56.g3-g4 Rf3-g3 57.d4-d5 Rg3-g2
58.Rd6-d8 Kh8-h7 -1.28/16 ]
49.Kd2-e3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
49.Kd2-e3 Ra2-a3+ 50.Ke3-e4
Ra3-a6 51.Rg6-g7 Ra6-d6 52.g3-g4
b5-b4 53.Ke4-d3 b4-b3 54.Rg7-b7
Be6xg4 55.Rb7xb3 Kh8-h7 56.Kd3-e4
Bg4-e6 57.Rb3-b5 Kh7xh6 58.d4-d5
Be6-d7 59.Rb5-b8 Kh6-g6 60.f2-f3
Bd7-f5+ 61.Ke4-d4 -1.23/16 ]
49...Ra2-a3+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
49...Ra2-a3+ 50.Ke3-e4 Ra3-a6
51.Rg6-g7 Ra6-d6 52.g3-g4 b5-b4
53.Ke4-d3 b4-b3 54.Rg7-b7 Be6xg4
55.Rb7xb3 Kh8-h7 56.Kd3-e4 Kh7xh6
57.d4-d5 Bg4-h5 58.Rb3-h3 Kh6-g6
59.f2-f4 Rd6-d7 60.f4-f5+ Kg6-g5
61.Rh3-g3+ Bh5-g4 -1.21/17 ]
50.Ke3-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
50.Ke3-e4 Ra3-a6 51.Ke4-e3 Be6-c4
52.Rg6-g7 f6-f5 53.Rg7-d7 Ra6xh6
54.d4-d5 Kh8-g8 55.Ke3-d4 Rh6-h2
56.f2-f4 Rh2-g2 57.Kd4-e5 Rg2xg3
58.Ke5xf5 b5-b4 59.d5-d6 b4-b3
60.Rd7-b7 Kg8-f8 61.Kf5-e5 Kf8-e8
62.f4-f5 Rg3-g2 63.Rb7-e7+ Diagram
Ke8-d8 -1.13/16 ] 50...Ra3-a6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 50...Ra3-a6

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51.Ke4-e3 Be6-c4 52.Rg6-g7 f6-f5
53.Rg7-d7 Ra6xh6 54.d4-d5 Kh8-g8
55.Ke3-d4 Rh6-h2 56.f2-f4 Rh2-g2
57.Kd4-e5 Rg2xg3 58.Ke5xf5 b5-b4
59.d5-d6 b4-b3 60.Rd7-b7 Kg8-f8
61.Kf5-e5 Kf8-e8 62.f4-f5 Rg3-g2
63.Rb7-e7+ Ke8-d8 -1.05/15 ]
51.d4-d5?? [ 51.Rg6-g7!?
would allow White to play on ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 51.Ke4-e3
Be6-c4 52.Rg6-g7 f6-f5 53.Rg7-d7
Ra6xh6 54.d4-d5 Kh8-g8 55.d5-d6
Kg8-f8 56.Ke3-d4 Kf8-e8 57.Rd7-e7+
Ke8-d8 58.Kd4-c5 Rh6-h2 59.f2-f4
Rh2-c2 60.Kc5-b4 Rc2-d2 61.Kb4-c5
Rd2-d5+ 62.Kc5-c6 b5-b4 63.Re7-d7+
Kd8-c8 -0.95/13 ] 51...Be6-g8
[ 51...Kh8-h7 52.Rg6-g7+
( 52.Rg6xf6?? White will not be able to
digest the pawn Be6xd5+ 53.Ke4xd5
Ra6xf6-+ ) 52...Kh7xh6 53.Rg7-b7
Ra6-a4+ 54.Ke4-e3 Be6xd5
55.Rb7xb5-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
51...Kh8-h7 52.Rg6-g7+ Kh7xh6
53.Rg7-b7 Ra6-a4+ 54.Ke4-e3
Be6xd5 55.Rb7xb5 Ra4-a3+
56.Ke3-d4 Bd5-f7 57.Kd4-e4 Kh6-g6
58.Rb5-b6 Ra3-a4+ 59.Ke4-d3 Kg6-f5
60.Kd3-e3 Bf7-g8 61.Rb6-c6 Bg8-d5
62.Rc6-d6 Ra4-a3+ 63.Ke3-d4

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-2.09/17 ] 52.Rg6-g7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 52.Ke4-d4 Ra6-d6 53.Kd4-c5
Rd6xd5+ 54.Kc5-b4 Rd5-f5 55.f2-f4
Bg8-h7 56.Rg6-g7 Rf5-h5 57.Rg7-d7
Bh7-f5 58.Rd7-b7 Bf5-d3 59.g3-g4
Rh5xh6 60.Rb7-d7 Bd3-c4 61.g4-g5
f6xg5 62.f4xg5 Rh6-g6 -1.63/15 ]
52...Ra6-d6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
52...Ra6-d6 53.Ke4-e3 Bg8xd5
54.Ke3-d4 f6-f5 55.Kd4-c5 Rd6xh6
56.Rg7-g5 Bd5-e6 57.Kc5xb5 Rh6-h2
58.f2-f3 Kh8-h7 59.Kb5-c6 Rh2-d2
60.Kc6-c5 Rd2-d3 -1.73/13 ] 53.Ke4-f5
[ 53.g3-g4 Bg8xd5+ 54.Ke4-e3
b5-b4-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
53.Ke4-d4 Rd6xd5+ 54.Kd4-c3
Rd5-g5 55.Rg7-b7 Rg5-h5 56.g3-g4
Rh5-h3+ 57.Kc3-b4 Rh3xh6
58.Rb7xb5 Rh6-h4 59.f2-f3 Kh8-g7
60.Rb5-b7+ Kg7-g6 61.Kb4-c5
Rh4-h3 62.Rb7-b8 -1.82/14 ]
53...Bg8-h7+ [ 53...Bg8xd5!?
54.Rg7-e7-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
53...Bg8xd5 54.Rg7-e7 b5-b4
55.Kf5-g6 f6-f5+ 56.Kg6-g5 Bd5-g8
57.Re7-e8 b4-b3 58.Re8-b8 Rd6-d3
59.Kg5-g6 Rd3-c3 60.Kg6xf5 Kh8-h7
61.Kf5-e4 Rc3-c2 62.f2-f4 b3-b2
63.Ke4-d3 Rc2-g2 64.Kd3-c3 -2.20/16
] 54.Kf5-f4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
54.Kf5-f4 Rd6xd5 55.Rg7-b7 Rd5-c5
56.Kf4-e3 Rc5-c3+ 57.Ke3-d2 Rc3-b3
58.Rb7-b6 Bh7-g6 59.Rb6xf6 Kh8-h7
60.g3-g4 Kh7xh6 61.Rf6-b6 Kh6-g7
62.f2-f4 Bg6-e8 63.Rb6-b7+ Kg7-f8
64.Rb7-b6 Kf8-e7 65.Rb6-b7+ Ke7-e6
66.Rb7-b6+ Ke6-d5 67.g4-g5 Rb3-f3
68.Rb6-f6 b5-b4 69.g5-g6 -1.39/17 ]
54...Rd6xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
54...Rd6xd5 55.Rg7-b7 Rd5-c5
56.Kf4-e3 Rc5-c3+ 57.Ke3-d2 Rc3-b3
58.g3-g4 Bh7-e4 59.Rb7-b6 Be4-f3
60.Kd2-c2 Rb3-b4 61.Rb6xf6 Bf3xg4
62.Rf6-f7 Bg4-e6 63.Rf7-b7 Rb4-c4+
64.Kc2-d3 Be6-f5+ 65.Kd3-e3 b5-b4

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66.f2-f3 Rc4-c3+ 67.Ke3-f4 -1.45/16 ]


55.g3-g4? [ 55.Rg7-b7 Rd5-d4+
56.Kf4-e3 Rd4-e4+ 57.Ke3-f3
Re4-e5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
55.Rg7-b7 Rd5-c5 56.Kf4-e3 Rc5-c3+
57.Ke3-d2 Rc3-b3 58.g3-g4 Bh7-e4
59.Rb7-f7 Rb3-f3 60.Kd2-e2 b5-b4
61.Rf7-e7 Be4-d5 62.Re7-d7 Bd5-c6
63.Rd7-c7 Rf3-c3 64.Ke2-d2 -1.27/15 ]
55...Rd5-d4+ [ 55...b5-b4 56.Rg7-f7
Rd5-d6 57.Rf7-f8+ Bh7-g8
58.Rf8-b8-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
55...b5-b4 56.Rg7-b7 Rd5-d4+
57.Kf4-g3 Bh7-g8 58.f2-f4 b4-b3
59.g4-g5 Bg8-d5 60.Rb7-b6 f6xg5
61.f4xg5 Kh8-h7 62.Rb6-b8 Rd4-d2
63.Kg3-f4 b3-b2 64.Kf4-f5 Rd2-e2
65.Kf5-f4 Bd5-c6 66.Rb8-b6 Re2-c2
67.Rb6-b8 Rc2-g2 68.Kf4-e3 Rg2-g3+
69.Ke3-d4 -2.85/16 ] 56.Kf4-g3?
[ 56.Kf4-e3 Rd4-d3+ 57.Ke3-e2-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 56.Kf4-e3
Rd4-d3+ 57.Ke3-e2 Rd3-h3
58.Ke2-d2 Rh3xh6 59.Rg7-b7 Rh6-g6
60.f2-f3 Rg6-g5 61.Kd2-c3 Bh7-g8
62.Rb7-e7 Bg8-d5 63.Re7-e3 Kh8-g7
64.Kc3-b4 Rg5-e5 65.Re3-d3 Bd5-c4
66.Rd3-d6 Re5-e3 67.f3-f4 Kg7-f7
-2.44/15 ] 56...Rd4-d3+ Diagram
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 56...b5-b4
57.Rg7-b7 Bh7-g8 58.f2-f4 b4-b3
59.g4-g5 Bg8-d5 60.Rb7-b6 f6xg5
61.f4xg5 Kh8-h7 62.Rb6-b8 Rd4-d2
63.Kg3-f4 b3-b2 64.Kf4-f5 Rd2-e2
65.Kf5-f4 Bd5-c6 66.Rb8-b6 Re2-c2
67.Rb6-b8 Rc2-c4+ 68.Kf4-e3
-2.85/15 ]
(Diagram 99)
57.Kg3-f4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
57.Kg3-f4 b5-b4 58.Rg7-f7 Rd3-d4+
59.Kf4-e3 Rd4xg4 60.f2-f3 Rg4-g6
61.Rf7-b7 Rg6xh6 62.Rb7xb4 Kh8-g7
63.Rb4-g4+ Kg7-f7 64.Rg4-a4 Rh6-h5

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65.Ra4-a2 Kf7-g6 66.Ra2-g2+ Rh5-g5
67.Rg2-d2 Rg5-c5 68.Rd2-d8 Rc5-c4
69.Ke3-d3 Rc4-c6 70.Kd3-e3 Rc6-c3+
71.Ke3-f4 Rc3-c4+ 72.Kf4-g3 Rc4-c3
73.Rd8-d1 Bh7-g8 74.Rd1-g1
Bg8-d5 -2.77/16 ] 57...Bh7-g8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 57...b5-b4
58.Rg7-f7 Rd3-d6 59.Kf4-e3 b4-b3
60.f2-f3 Bh7-d3 61.Rf7-b7 Bd3-c4
62.f3-f4 Bc4-d5 63.Rb7-b8+ Kh8-h7
64.g4-g5 Kh7-g6 65.Rb8-b5 Bd5-c4
66.Rb5-b4 Rd6-c6 67.g5xf6 Kg6xh6
68.Ke3-d4 Kh6-g6 -2.37/14 ]
58.g4-g5? [ 58.Kf4-f5 Rd3-f3+
59.Kf5-g6-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
58.Kf4-f5 Rd3-f3+ 59.Kf5-g6 Bg8-c4
60.Kg6-h5 Bc4-d3 61.Kh5-h4 b5-b4
62.Rg7-b7 Rf3xf2 63.Rb7xb4 Rf2-h2+
64.Kh4-g3 Rh2xh6 65.Rb4-b3 Bd3-c4
66.Rb3-c3 Bc4-g8 67.Rc3-c5 Kh8-g7
68.g4-g5 Rh6-g6 69.Rc5-c7+ Bg8-f7
-2.20/14 ] 58...f6xg5+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 58...f6xg5+ 59.Rg7xg5 b5-b4
60.Kf4-e4 Rd3-d6 61.f2-f3 b4-b3
62.Rg5-g2 Rd6-b6 63.Rg2-b2 Rb6xh6
64.Ke4-d4 Kh8-g7 65.Rb2-g2+
Rh6-g6 66.Rg2xg6+ Kg7xg6
67.Kd4-c3 Kg6-f6 68.Kc3-b2 Kf6-e5
-3.42/13 ] 59.Kf4xg5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 59.Kf4-e4 Rd3-d6 60.Ke4-e5

113

Rd6xh6 61.Rg7-b7 Bg8-c4 62.Ke5-f5


Rh6-h2 63.f2-f3 Rh2-g2 64.Kf5-g6
Bc4-d3+ 65.Kg6-f6 Rg2-g3 66.Rb7-d7
Bd3-c4 67.Rd7-b7 Rg3xf3+ 68.Kf6xg5
Kh8-g8 69.Rb7-c7 Bc4-d3 70.Rc7-b7
Bd3-c4 71.Rb7-c7 -3.59/14 ]
59...Rd3-d5+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
59...b5-b4 60.Rg7-e7 b4-b3
61.Re7-e2 Rd3-d5+ 62.Kg5-f4 Rd5-d6
63.Re2-b2 Rd6xh6 64.Kf4-e5 Kh8-g7
65.f2-f4 Rh6-b6 66.Rb2-g2+ Kg7-f7
67.Rg2-b2 Rb6-b5+ 68.Ke5-d4 Kf7-f6
69.Kd4-c3 Rb5-c5+ 70.Kc3-b4 Rc5-c2
71.Rb2-b1 Kf6-f5 -3.83/13 ] 60.Kg5-g6
[ 60.Kg5-f4 is not much help Rd5-h5-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 60.Kg5-f4
Rd5-h5 61.Rg7-b7 Bg8-c4 62.Kf4-g4
Rh5xh6 63.Kg4-g5 Rh6-h7
64.Rb7-b8+ Kh8-g7 65.f2-f4 Rh7-h3
66.Rb8-b7+ Kg7-f8 67.f4-f5 Rh3-b3
68.f5-f6 b5-b4 69.Kg5-f5 Bc4-d5
70.Rb7-d7 -2.20/14 ] 60...Rd5-d6+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 60...Rd5-d6+
61.Kg6-f5 b5-b4 62.Rg7-b7 b4-b3
63.Kf5-g5 Bg8-d5 64.Rb7-b5 Kh8-h7
65.f2-f4 Rd6-g6+ 66.Kg5-h4 Rg6xh6+
67.Kh4-g4 Bd5-f7 68.Rb5-b7 Kh7-g7
69.Kg4-f5 Rh6-h5+ 70.Kf5-e4 Kg7-f6
71.Rb7-b6+ Bf7-e6 72.Ke4-d4 Rh5-h4
73.Kd4-e4 Rh4-h2 74.Ke4-d4 Rh2-h4
75.Kd4-e4 -3.95/17 ] 61.Kg6-g5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 61.Kg6-f5
b5-b4 62.Rg7-b7 b4-b3 63.Kf5-g5
Bg8-d5 64.Rb7-b5 Kh8-h7 65.f2-f4
Rd6-g6+ 66.Kg5-h4 Rg6xh6+
67.Kh4-g4 Bd5-f7 68.Rb5-b7 Kh7-g7
69.Kg4-f5 Rh6-h5+ 70.Kf5-e4 Kg7-f6
71.Rb7-b6+ Bf7-e6 72.Ke4-d4 Rh5-h4
73.Kd4-e4 Rh4-h2 74.Ke4-d4 Rh2-h4
75.Kd4-e4 -3.96/17 ] 61...Rd6-b6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 61...Rd6-b6
62.Rg7-e7 b5-b4 63.h6-h7 Bg8xh7
64.Re7-e2 b4-b3 65.Re2-b2 Kh8-g7
66.Kg5-f4 Bh7-c2 67.Kf4-e3 Rb6-f6
68.f2-f3 Rf6-e6+ 69.Ke3-d4 Re6-d6+

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


70.Kd4-e5 Rd6-f6 71.Ke5-d4 Rf6xf3
72.Kd4-e5 Kg7-f7 73.Ke5-d5 Rf3-f4
-4.56/16 ] 62.f2-f4 [ 62.Kg5-f4-+
is one last hope ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
62.Rg7-e7 b5-b4 63.h6-h7 Bg8xh7
64.Re7-e2 b4-b3 65.Re2-b2 Kh8-g7
66.Kg5-f4 Bh7-c2 67.Kf4-e3 Rb6-f6
68.f2-f3 Rf6-e6+ 69.Ke3-d4 Re6-d6+
70.Kd4-e5 Rd6-f6 71.f3-f4 Rf6-f5+
72.Ke5-d4 Rf5xf4+ 73.Kd4-c3 Rf4-f3+
74.Kc3-c4 Kg7-f6 -4.40/15 ] 62...b5-b4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 62...b5-b4
63.f4-f5 b4-b3 64.Rg7-d7 b3-b2
65.Rd7-d1 b2-b1Q 66.Rd1xb1
Rb6xb1 67.Kg5-g6 Bg8-h7+ 68.Kg6-f6
Rb1-b5 69.Kf6-e7 Rb5xf5 70.Ke7-e6
Rf5-h5 71.Ke6-d6 Rh5xh6+ 72.Kd6-c5
Kh8-g7 73.Kc5-d5 Kg7-f6 74.Kd5-d6
Bh7-e4 -8.95/15 ] 63.f4-f5 [ 63.Rg7-d7
does not solve anything b4-b3-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 63.Rg7-e7 b4-b3
64.Re7-e1 b3-b2 65.Re1-b1 Rb6-b5+
66.Kg5-f6 Bg8-a2 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-+-mk0
9+-+-+-+-0 100
9-+-+-mK-zP0
9+r+-+-+-0
9-+-+-zP-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
9lzp-+-+-+0
9+R+-+-+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
67.Rb1-h1 b2-b1Q 68.Rh1xb1
Ba2xb1 69.Kf6-f7 Kh8-h7 70.Kf7-e6
Kh7xh6 71.Ke6-f6 Rb5-f5+ 72.Kf6-e7
Bb1-a2 73.Ke7-d7 Kh6-g7 74.Kd7-e7
Rf5-b5 75.Ke7-d6 Rb5-b2 76.f4-f5
Kg7-f6 77.Kd6-c6 Ba2-f7 78.Kc6-c5
Kf6xf5 -9.05/16 ] 63...b4-b3

114

[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 63...b4-b3


64.Rg7-d7 b3-b2 65.Rd7-d1 b2-b1Q
66.Rd1xb1 Rb6xb1 67.Kg5-g6
Bg8-h7+ 68.Kg6-f6 Rb1-b5 69.Kf6-e7
Rb5xf5 70.Ke7-e6 Rf5-h5 71.Ke6-d6
Rh5xh6+ 72.Kd6-c5 Kh8-g7
73.Kc5-d5 Rh6-h5+ 74.Kd5-d4
Kg7-f6 -8.89/13 ] 64.f5-f6 [Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 64.Rg7-e7 b3-b2
65.Re7-e1 b2-b1Q 66.Re1xb1
Rb6xb1 67.Kg5-g6 Bg8-h7+ 68.Kg6-f6
Rb1-b5 69.Kf6-e7 Rb5xf5 70.Ke7-e6
Rf5-h5 71.Ke6-d6 Rh5xh6+ 72.Kd6-c5
Kh8-g7 73.Kc5-d5 Rh6-h5+ 74.Kd5-c4
Kg7-f6 75.Kc4-d4 -8.98/14 ] 64...b3-b2
[ 64...b3-b2 65.f6-f7 Bg8xf7 66.Rg7xf7
Rb6-b5+ 67.Rf7-f5 Rb5xf5+ 68.Kg5xf5
b2-b1Q+ 69.Kf5-e5 Kh8-h7-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 64...b3-b2
65.f6-f7 Bg8xf7 66.Rg7xf7 Rb6-b5+
67.Rf7-f5 b2-b1Q 68.Rf5xb5 Qb1xb5+
69.Kg5-f6 Qb5-d5 70.Kf6-g6 Qd5-e5
71.h6-h7 Qe5-e6+ 72.Kg6-g5 Kh8xh7
73.Kg5-f4 Kh7-g7 74.Kf4-f3 Kg7-f6
75.Kf3-g3 Qe6-e4 76.Kg3-h3 Kf6-g5
77.Kh3-g3 Qe4-e3+ 78.Kg3-g2 Kg5-f6
79.Kg2-f1 Qe3-d2 -10.63/13 ]
0-1

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E97

Boris Gelfand
Hikaru Nakamura
World Team Championship (50)9.01.2010
E97: King's Indian: Classical Main Line
(6...e5 7 0-0 Nc6): 8 Be3 and 8 d5 Ne7,
not 9 Ne1
1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 g7-g6
3.Nb1-c3 Bf8-g7 4.e2-e4 d7-d6
5.Ng1-f3 0-0 6.Bf1-e2 e7-e5 7.0-0
Nb8-c6 8.d4-d5 Nc6-e7 9.Nf3-d2
Nf6-e8 10.b2-b4 f7-f5 11.c4-c5
Ne8-f6 12.f2-f3 f5-f4 13.Nd2-c4
g6-g5 14.a2-a4 Ne7-g6 15.Bc1-a3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Rf8-f7 16.b4-b5 d6xc5 17.Ba3xc5
h7-h5 Black plans g4 18.a4-a5
White prepares the advance b6 g5-g4
19.b5-b6 g4-g3 20.Kg1-h1 Bg7-f8
last book move 21.d5-d6 [Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 21.Bc5-g1 g3xh2
22.Bg1xh2 h5-h4 23.Qd1-b3 h4-h3
24.b6xc7 h3xg2+ 25.Kh1xg2 Qd8xc7
26.d5-d6 Qc7-c5 27.Rf1-g1 Kg8-g7
28.Ra1-d1 Bc8-e6 29.a5-a6 b7xa6
30.Kg2-h1 Ra8-c8 1.02/13 ]
21...a7xb6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...a7xb6 22.Bc5-g1 g3xh2
23.Bg1-f2 b6xa5 24.Nc3-b5 c7xd6
25.Bf2-b6 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9r+lwq-vlk+0{
9+p+-+r+-0 101
9-vL-zp-snn+0
9zpN+-zp-+p0
9-+N+Pzp-+0
9+-+-+P+-0
9-+-+L+Pzp0
9tR-+Q+R+K0
xiiiiiiiiy
Qd8-e7 26.Nb5xd6 Rf7-g7
27.Ra1xa5 Ra8xa5 28.Nd6xc8
Qe7-e6 29.Nc4xa5 Qe6xc8
30.Qd1-d8 Qc8xd8 31.Bb6xd8 Bf8-e7
32.Bd8xe7 Ng6xe7 33.Na5xb7 Kg8-f7
34.Be2-c4+ Kf7-g6 35.Kh1xh2 0.11/15
] 22.Bc5-g1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22.a5xb6 Ra8xa1 23.Qd1xa1 c7xd6
24.Rf1-d1 Rf7-d7 25.Bc5-a3 d6-d5
26.e4xd5 Nf6xd5 27.Nc3-e4 Bf8xa3
28.Qa1xa3 Qd8-h4 29.h2-h3 Rd7-d8
30.Be2-f1 Bc8-e6 31.Qa3-c5 Kg8-g7
32.Kh1-g1 Qh4-e7 33.Qc5xe7+
Ng6xe7 34.Nc4xe5 Ne7-g6 35.Ne4-c5
Be6-c8 0.10/15 ] 22...Ng6-h4 Diagram

115

[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22...g3xh2


23.Bg1-f2 b6xa5 24.Nc3-b5 c7xd6
25.Bf2-b6 Qd8-e7 26.Nb5xd6 Rf7-g7
27.Ra1xa5 Ra8xa5 28.Nd6xc8
Qe7-e6 29.Nc4xa5 Qe6xc8
30.Qd1-d8 Qc8xd8 31.Bb6xd8 Bf8-e7
32.Bd8xe7 Ng6xe7 33.Na5xb7 Ne7-f5
34.Be2-c4+ Kg8-f8 35.e4xf5 Rg7xb7
36.Kh1xh2 Rb7-b2 37.Rf1-e1 Nf6-d7
38.Re1-d1 Kf8-e7 0.11/14 ]

XIIIIIIIIY
9r+lwq-vlk+0
9+pzp-+r+-0 102
9-zp-zP-sn-+0
9zP-+-zp-+p0
9-+N+Pzp-sn0
9+-sN-+Pzp-0
9-+-+L+PzP0
9tR-+Q+RvLK0[
xiiiiiiiiy
23.Rf1-e1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.h2xg3 f4xg3 24.Qd1-e1 Rf7-g7
25.Nc4-e3 c7xd6 26.Be2-c4+ Kg8-h7
27.Qe1-e2 b6xa5 28.Rf1-b1 Rg7-c7
29.Nc3-b5 Rc7-c6 30.Ne3-f1 Bc8-h3
31.g2xh3 g3-g2+ 32.Kh1-h2 g2xf1Q
33.Rb1xf1 0.67/12 ] 23...Nh4xg2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23...Nh4xg2
24.Kh1xg2 Rf7-g7 25.d6xc7 g3xh2+
26.Kg2-h1 h2xg1Q+ 27.Re1xg1
Qd8xc7 28.a5xb6 Ra8xa1 29.b6xc7
Ra1xd1 30.Be2xd1 Bf8-c5
31.Rg1xg7+ Kg8xg7 32.Bd1-a4 h5-h4
33.Kh1-h2 Nf6-h5 34.Nc3-d5 Nh5-g3
35.Nc4xe5 Ng3-f1+ 36.Kh2-g2
Nf1-e3+ 37.Nd5xe3 f4xe3 38.Ba4-b5
Kg7-f6 39.Ne5-d7+ Bc8xd7
40.Bb5xd7 0.18/14 ] 24.d6xc7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24.Kh1xg2
Rf7-g7 25.d6xc7 g3xh2+ 26.Kg2-h1

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


h2xg1Q+ 27.Re1xg1 Qd8xc7
28.a5xb6 Ra8xa1 29.b6xc7 Ra1xd1
30.Be2xd1 Rg7xg1+ 31.Kh1xg1
Nf6-e8 32.Nc3-b5 Bf8-c5+ 33.Kg1-g2
Kg8-f7 34.Nc4xe5+ Kf7-e6 35.Ne5-d3
Bc5-e3 36.Bd1-b3+ Ke6-e7 37.Bb3-c4
h5-h4 38.Bc4-d5 Ne8-d6 39.Nb5xd6
Ke7xd6 0.04/13 ] 24...Ng2xe1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24...Ng2xe1
25.Bg1xb6 Qd8xd1 26.Ra1xd1 Bf8-b4
27.Rd1xe1 Bb4xc3 28.Re1-c1 Bc3-b4
29.Rc1-b1 Bb4-e7 30.Nc4xe5 Rf7-g7
31.Rb1-d1 g3-g2+ 32.Kh1-g1 Ra8xa5
33.Be2-c4+ Kg8-h7 34.Ne5-d3
Ra5-a4 35.Bc4-b3 Ra4-a3 36.Rd1-b1
Nf6-e8 37.Bb6-d4 Be7-g5 38.Bd4xg7
Kh7xg7 39.Kg1xg2 Ne8xc7 40.h2-h4
Bg5xh4 41.Nd3xf4 Ra3-a5 42.Rb1-c1
Ra5-g5+ 43.Kg2-f1 -3.26/15 ]
25.Qd1xe1 last book move
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25.Bg1xb6
Qd8xd1 26.Ra1xd1 Bf8-b4 27.Rd1xe1
Bb4xc3 28.Re1-c1 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9r+l+-+k+0{
9+pzP-+r+-0 103
9-vL-+-sn-+0
9zP-+-zp-+p0
9-+N+Pzp-+0
9+-vl-+Pzp-0
9-+-+L+-zP0
9+-tR-+-+K0
xiiiiiiiiy
Bc3-b4 29.Rc1-b1 Bb4-e7 30.Nc4xe5
Rf7-g7 31.Rb1-d1 g3-g2+ 32.Kh1-g1
Ra8xa5 33.Be2-c4+ Kg8-h7
34.Ne5-d3 Ra5-a4 35.Bc4-b3 Ra4-a3
36.Rd1-b1 Nf6-e8 37.Bb6-d4 Be7-g5
38.Bd4xg7 Kh7xg7 39.Kg1xg2
Ne8xc7 40.h2-h4 Bg5xh4 41.Nd3xf4

116

Ra3-a5 42.Rb1-c1 Ra5-g5+


43.Kg2-f1 -3.49/16 ] 25...g3-g2+!
Double attack: c7/g2 [ 25...Qd8xc7?!
26.h2xg3 b6xa5 27.g3xf4 e5xf4
28.Nc4-b6 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25...g3-g2+ 26.Kh1xg2 Rf7-g7+
27.Kg2-h1 Bc8-h3 28.Be2-f1 Qd8-d3
29.Nc4-e3 Bh3xf1 30.Qe1xf1 Qd3xf1
31.Ne3xf1 Rg7xc7 32.a5xb6 Rc7-c8
33.Ra1-a7 Ra8-b8 34.Nc3-b1 Nf6-d7
35.Nb1-d2 Bf8-c5 36.Bg1xc5 Rc8xc5
37.Kh1-g1 Nd7xb6 38.Kg1-f2 Rc5-c2
39.Kf2-e2 Nb6-c8 40.Ra7-a5 b7-b5
41.h2-h3 Rc2-c6 42.Ra5-a1 Rb8-b7
43.Nd2-b3 Rb7-g7 44.Nf1-d2 Kg8-f7
-3.45/19 ] 26.Kh1xg2 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 26.Kh1xg2 Rf7-g7+
27.Kg2-h1 Bc8-h3 28.Be2-f1 Qd8-d3
29.Nc4-e3 Bh3xf1 30.Qe1xf1 Qd3xf1
31.Ne3xf1 Rg7xc7 32.a5xb6 Rc7-c8
33.Ra1-a7 Ra8-b8 34.Nc3-b1 Nf6-d7
35.Nb1-d2 Bf8-c5 36.h2-h4 Bc5xg1
37.Kh1xg1 Kg8-f7 38.Kg1-f2 Nd7xb6
39.Kf2-e2 Kf7-e6 40.Nd2-b3 Rc8-c2+
41.Ke2-d1 Rc2-c3 42.Nf1-d2 Nb6-c8
43.Ra7-a5 b7-b5 44.Ra5-a6+
Rb8-b6 -3.61/1 ] 26...Rf7-g7+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26...Rf7-g7+
27.Kg2-h1 Bc8-h3 28.Be2-f1 Qd8-d3
29.Nc4-e3 Bh3xf1 30.Qe1xf1 Qd3xf1
31.Ne3xf1 Rg7xc7 32.a5xb6 Rc7-c8
33.Ra1-a7 Ra8-b8 34.Nc3-b1 Nf6-d7
35.Nb1-d2 Bf8-c5 36.h2-h4 Bc5xg1
37.Kh1xg1 Kg8-f7 38.Kg1-f2 Nd7xb6
39.Kf2-e2 Kf7-e6 40.Nd2-b3 Rc8-c2+
41.Ke2-d1 Rc2-c3 42.Nf1-d2 Nb6-c8
43.Ra7-a5 b7-b5 44.Ra5-a6+
Rb8-b6 -3.26/17 ] 27.Kg2-h1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Kg2-h1
Bc8-h3 28.Be2-f1 Qd8-d3 29.Nc4-e3
Bh3xf1 30.Qe1xf1 Qd3xf1 31.Ne3xf1
Rg7xc7 32.a5xb6 Rc7-c8 33.Ra1-a7
Ra8-b8 34.Nc3-b1 Nf6-d7 35.Nb1-d2
Bf8-c5 36.h2-h4 Bc5xg1 37.Kh1xg1
Kg8-f7 38.Kg1-f2 Nd7xb6 39.Kf2-e2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Kf7-e6 40.Nd2-b3 Rc8-c2+ 41.Ke2-d1
Rc2-c3 42.Nf1-d2 Nb6-c8 43.Ra7-a1
b7-b5 44.Ra1-a6+ Rb8-b6 -3.61/18 ]
27...Bc8-h3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27...Bc8-h3 28.Be2-f1 Qd8-d3
29.Nc4-e3 Bh3xf1 30.Qe1xf1 Qd3xf1
31.Ne3xf1 Rg7xc7 32.a5xb6 Rc7-c8
33.Ra1-a7 Ra8-b8 34.Nc3-b1 Nf6-d7
35.Nb1-d2 Bf8-c5 36.Bg1xc5 Rc8xc5
37.Kh1-g2 Nd7xb6 38.Kg2-h3 Kg8-f7
39.Kh3-h4 Nb6-c8 40.Ra7-a1 b7-b5
41.Kh4xh5 Nc8-e7 42.h2-h4 Rb8-h8+
43.Kh5-g4 Rh8-g8+ 44.Kg4-h5
Rc5-c7 45.Nd2-b3 b5-b4 46.Nf1-d2
-3.40/19 ] 28.Be2-f1 [ 28.c7xd8B??
leads to mate in 1 Bh3-g2# ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.Be2-f1
Qd8-d3 29.Nc4-e3 Qd3xf1 30.Qe1xf1
Bh3xf1 31.Ne3xf1 Rg7xc7 32.a5xb6
Rc7-c8 33.Ra1-a7 Ra8-b8 34.Nc3-b1
Nf6-d7 35.Nb1-d2 Bf8-c5 36.h2-h4
Bc5xg1 37.Kh1xg1 Kg8-f7 38.Kg1-f2
Nd7xb6 39.Kf2-e2 Kf7-e6 40.Nd2-b3
Rc8-c2+ 41.Ke2-d1 Rc2-c3 42.Nb3-d2
Nb6-d7 -3.48/16 ] 28...Qd8-d3!
Mate attack [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28...Qd8-d3 29.Nc4-e3 Bh3xf1
30.Qe1xf1 Qd3xf1 31.Ne3xf1 Rg7xc7
32.a5xb6 Rc7-c8 33.Ra1-a7 Ra8-b8
34.Nc3-b1 Nf6-d7 35.Nb1-d2 Bf8-c5
36.h2-h4 Bc5xg1 37.Kh1xg1 Kg8-f7
38.Kg1-f2 Nd7xb6 39.Kf2-e2 Kf7-e6
40.Nd2-b3 Rc8-c2+ 41.Ke2-d1 Rc2-c3
42.Nf1-d2 Nb6-c8 43.Ra7-a1 b7-b5
44.Kd1-e2 Nc8-d6 45.Ra1-a6
Rb8-g8 -3.30/19 ] 29.Nc4xe5
[ 29.Bf1xd3 Bh3-g2# Mate attack ;
29.-- Qd3xf3+ Mate threat ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29.Nc4-e3
Bh3xf1 30.Qe1xf1 Qd3xf1 31.Ne3xf1
Rg7xc7 32.a5xb6 Rc7-c8 33.Ra1-a7
Ra8-b8 34.Nc3-b1 Nf6-d7 35.Nb1-d2
Bf8-c5 36.h2-h4 Bc5xg1 37.Kh1xg1
Kg8-f7 38.Kg1-f2 Nd7xb6 39.Kf2-e2
Kf7-e6 40.Nd2-b3 Rc8-c2+ 41.Ke2-d1

117

Rc2-c3 42.Nf1-d2 Nb6-c8 43.Ra7-a1


b7-b5 44.Ra1-a6+ Rb8-b6 -3.64/18 ]
29...Bh3xf1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29...Bh3xf1 30.Qe1xf1 Qd3xc3
31.Ne5-d3 Qc3xc7 32.Bg1xb6 Qc7-f7
33.Ra1-b1 Diagram

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9+p+-+qtr-0 104
9-vL-+-sn-+0
9zP-+-+-+p0
9-+-+Pzp-+0
9+-+N+P+-0
9-+-+-+-zP0
9+R+-+Q+K0
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Ra8-c8 34.Bb6-d4 Rc8-c2 35.Nd3-e1
Rc2-d2 36.Bd4-c3 Qf7-a2 37.Bc3xd2
Qa2xb1 38.Bd2-c3 Rg7-f7 39.Qf1-c4
Bf8-d6 40.Kh1-g2 -3.61/16 ]
30.Qe1xf1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.Qe1xf1 Qd3xc3 31.Ne5-d3 Qc3xc7
32.Ra1-c1 Qc7-f7 33.a5xb6 Nf6-d7
34.Bg1-d4 Rg7-g5 35.Qf1-f2 Bf8-g7
36.Qf2-h4 Rg5-g6 37.Bd4-f2 Nd7-e5
38.Nd3xe5 Bg7xe5 39.Qh4xh5 Qf7-e6
40.Rc1-d1 Kg8-g7 41.Bf2-c5 Ra8-a2
-3.70/18 ] 30...Qd3xc3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 30...Qd3xc3 31.Ne5-d3
Qc3xc7 32.Ra1-c1 Qc7-f7 33.a5xb6
Nf6-e8 34.Bg1-d4 Rg7-g5 35.Bd4-e5
Bf8-d6 36.Be5-b2 Ra8-a2 37.Rc1-c8
Bd6-f8 38.Rc8-d8 Ne8-d6 39.Bb2-c1
Nd6-c4 40.Bc1xf4 Rg5-g6 -3.18/16 ]
31.Ra1-c1 [ 31.Qf1-c4+ does not
improve anything Qc3xc4 32.Ne5xc4
Rg7xc7 33.a5xb6 Rc7-c8-+
( 33...Ra8xa1?! is not possible
34.b6xc7 Ra1-a8 35.Nc4-b6= );
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31.Ne5-d3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Diagram

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9r+-+-vlk+0{
9+pzP-+-tr-0 105
9-zp-+-sn-+0
9zP-+-+-+p0
9-+-+Pzp-+0
9+-wqN+P+-0
9-+-+-+-zP0
9tR-+-+QvLK0
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Qc3xc7 32.Ra1-c1 Qc7-f7 33.a5xb6
Nf6-e8 34.Bg1-d4 Rg7-g5 35.Bd4-e5
Bf8-d6 36.Be5-b2 Ra8-a2 37.Rc1-c8
Bd6-f8 38.Rc8-d8 Ne8-d6 39.Bb2-c1
Nd6-c4 40.Bc1xf4 Rg5-g6 -3.42/17 ]
31...Qc3xe5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31...Qc3xe5 32.c7-c8Q Ra8xc8
33.Rc1xc8 Qe5-e6 34.Rc8-c2 b6xa5
35.Bg1-d4 Rg7-g6 36.Rc2-g2 Rg6xg2
37.Qf1xg2+ Kg8-f7 38.Qg2-g5 a5-a4
39.Qg5xf4 a4-a3 40.Kh1-g2 a3-a2
41.Qf4-c7+ Nf6-d7 42.Qc7xb7 Bf8-c5
43.Bd4-c3 Qe6-g6+ 44.Kg2-h3 Kf7-e7
45.Qb7-b2 Qg6-g8 46.Qb2-a1
-4.60/17 ] 32.c7-c8Q [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 32.c7-c8Q Ra8xc8
33.Rc1xc8 Qe5-e6 34.Rc8-c1 b6xa5
35.Bg1-d4 Rg7-g5 36.Qf1-d3 Nf6-d7
37.Rc1-b1 Bf8-b4 38.Rb1-c1 b7-b5
39.Bd4-f2 a5-a4 40.Bf2-h4 Rg5-c5
41.Rc1-d1 Nd7-e5 42.Qd3-d4 Qe6-c4
43.Qd4-d8+ Kg8-h7 44.Qd8-g5
-4.72/18 ] 32...Ra8xc8 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 32...Ra8xc8 33.Rc1xc8
Qe5-e6 34.Rc8-c2 b6xa5 35.Bg1-d4
Rg7-g5 36.Qf1-c1 Bf8-d6 37.Rc2-e2
b7-b5 38.Qc1-a1 Qe6-c4 39.Re2-d2
Nf6-d7 40.Qa1-d1 Bd6-e5 41.Bd4-g1
Nd7-f8 42.h2-h4 Rg5-g3 43.Bg1-f2

118

Rg3-g6 44.Rd2-d5 -5.35/17 ]


33.Rc1xc8 Diagram [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 33.Rc1xc8 Qe5-e6 34.Rc8-c2
b6xa5 35.Rc2-b2 Bf8-b4 36.Bg1-d4
Rg7-g6 37.Rb2-c2 Bb4-f8 38.Rc2-g2
Rg6xg2 39.Qf1xg2+ Kg8-f7
40.Qg2-g5 a5-a4 41.Qg5xf4 a4-a3
42.Kh1-g2 a3-a2 43.Qf4-c7+ Nf6-d7
44.Qc7xb7 Bf8-c5 45.Bd4-c3 Qe6-g6+
46.Kg2-h3 Kf7-e7 47.Qb7-b2 Qg6-g8
48.Qb2-a1 Bc5-d6 -4.77/18 ]

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9-+R+-vlk+0{
9+p+-+-tr-0 106
9-zp-+-sn-+0
9zP-+-wq-+p0
9-+-+Pzp-+0
9+-+-+P+-0
9-+-+-+-zP0
9+-+-+QvLK0
xiiiiiiiiy
33...Qe5-e6 [ 33...Qe5-e6 34.Rc8-c2
b6xa5-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33...Qe5-e6 34.Rc8-c2 b6xa5
35.Bg1-d4 Rg7-g5 36.Rc2-g2 Rg5xg2
37.Qf1xg2+ Kg8-f7 38.Qg2-g5 a5-a4
39.Qg5xf4 a4-a3 40.Kh1-g2 a3-a2
41.Qf4-c7+ Nf6-d7 42.Qc7xb7 Bf8-c5
43.Bd4-c3 Bc5-b6 44.h2-h4 Qe6-g6+
45.Kg2-h3 Qg6-d6 46.Qb7-a8
Qd6-e6+ 47.Kh3-g2 Qe6-g6+
48.Kg2-h3 -4.43/19 ]
0-1

The H-Bomb

28.Qd3
a lively imagination can exercise itself most fully and
creatively in conjuring up magnificent combinations. Siegbert Tarrasch

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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9-zP-+-+Q+0
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Pavel Eljanov
Tal Memorial (2)

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E00

06.11.2010

E00: Catalan Bogo-Indian (3 g3 Bb4+)


1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 e7-e6
3.g2-g3 Bf8-b4+ 4.Nb1-d2 c7-c5
5.d4xc5 Bb4xc5 6.Bf1-g2 0-0
7.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6 8.0-0 d7-d5 9.e2-e3
Qd8-e7 10.c4xd5 e6xd5 11.Nd2-b3
Bc5-b6 12.a2-a4 a7-a6 13.Nb3-d4
Bc8-g4 14.Qd1-b3 Bb6-a7 15.Bc1-d2
Nf6-e4 last book move last book move
16.Bd2-c3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
16.Bd2-e1 Rf8-d8 17.Ra1-c1 Ra8-c8
18.Be1-c3 Ne4xc3 19.Rc1xc3 Nc6-a5
19
B94 20.Qb3-c2 Rc8xc3 21.Qc2xc3 Na5-c4
Hikaru Nakamura
22.b2-b3 Nc4-e5 23.Nf3xe5 Qe7xe5
Loek Van Wely
-0.16/12 ] 16...Ne4xc3 [Houdini 2.0c
Rising Stars vs Experience (7)19.08.2010 Pro x64: 16...Bg4-e6 17.Nd4xc6
b7xc6 18.Nf3-d4 Ne4xc3 19.Qb3xc3
c6-c5 20.Nd4-c6 Qe7-d6 21.Nc6xa7
B94: Sicilian Najdorf: 6 Bg5 Nbd7
1.e2-e4 c7-c5 2.Ng1-f3 d7-d6
Ra8xa7 22.Rf1-d1 Rf8-c8 23.b2-b3
3.d2-d4 c5xd4 4.Nf3xd4 Ng8-f6
Ra7-b7 24.Qc3-d3 Rc8-d8 25.Ra1-c1
5.Nb1-c3 a7-a6 6.Bc1-g5 Nb8-d7
h7-h6 -0.18/13 ] 17.b2xc3 Diagram
7.f2-f4 Qd8-b6 8.Qd1-d2 Qb6xb2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 17.Qb3xc3
9.Ra1-b1 Qb2-a3 10.Bg5xf6 Nd7xf6
Rf8-c8 18.Qc3-d2 Ra8-b8 19.Ra1-c1
11.e4-e5 d6xe5 12.f4xe5 Nf6-d7
Qe7-d6 20.a4-a5 h7-h6 21.b2-b3
13.Nc3-d5 Qa3-c5 14.Nd4-b3 Qc5-c6 Rc8-c7 22.h2-h3 Bg4-d7 23.b3-b4
15.Nb3-a5 Exerts pressure on the
Rb8-c8 -0.16/14 ]
backward pawn Qc6-c5 16.Na5xb7
(Diagram 113)
Qc5-c6 last book move last book move
17.Rb1-b6!! Deflection: d7 [ 17.Rb1-b6
Black has the pair of bishops
Qc6xb7 18.Rb6xb7 Bc8xb7
17...Rf8-d8 Black has an active
19.Nd5-c7+ Ke8-d8 20.Nc7xa8
position [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Bb7xa8 21.Qd2-a5+ Kd8-c8
17...Ra8-d8 18.a4-a5 Rf8-e8
22.Bf1xa6+ Ba8-b7 23.0-0 Bb7xa6
24.Qa5xa6+ Kc8-c7 25.Rf1-b1 Kc7-d8 19.Rf1-b1 Bg4-c8 20.Rb1-b2 Qe7-d6
21.Qb3-c2 h7-h6 22.Nd4xc6 Qd6xc6
26.Qa6-a8+ Kd8-c7 27.Qa8-b7+
23.Nf3-d4 Qc6-c7 24.Bg2-f3 g7-g6
Kc7-d8 28.Rb1-d1 Kd8-e8
-0.13/14 ] 18.Nf3-d2 Exerts pressure
29.Qb7xd7# ]
1-0
on the isolated pawn [ 18.Rf1-b1
Diagram
Ra8-b8= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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9vlp+-wqpzpp0 113
9p+n+-+-+0
9+-+p+-+-0
9P+-sN-+l+0
9+QzP-zPNzP-0
9-+-+-zPLzP0
9tR-+-+RmK-0
xiiiiiiiiy
XIIIIIIIIY
9r+-tr-+k+0{
9vlp+-wqpzpp0 114
9p+n+-+-+0
9+-+p+-+-0
9P+-sN-+l+0
9+QzP-zPNzP-0
9-+-+-zPLzP0
9tRR+-+-mK-0
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18.Ra1-b1 Ra8-b8 19.h2-h3 Bg4-c8
20.Rf1-d1 Nc6-a5 21.Qb3-b4 Qe7xb4
22.c3xb4 Na5-c4 23.a4-a5 h7-h6
24.Rb1-c1 Bc8-d7 -0.05/13 ]
18...Nc6-a5 Black threatens to win
material: Na5xb3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 18...Qe7-d7 19.Bg2-f3 Bg4-h3
20.Rf1-b1 Ra8-b8 21.a4-a5 h7-h6
22.Bf3-g2 Bh3xg2 23.Kg1xg2 Nc6-e5
24.Qb3-c2 Rb8-c8 25.Qc2-f5 -0.33/13
] 19.Qb3-a2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
19.Qb3-b2 Ra8-c8 20.Rf1-e1 Rd8-d7
21.Bg2-f3 Bg4xf3 22.Nd4xf3 Qe7-f6
23.Nf3-d4 Na5-c6 24.a4-a5 Nc6-e5
25.Qb2-c2 g7-g6 26.Ra1-b1 -0.30/13 ]

125

19...Qe7-d7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:


19...Ra8-c8 20.Rf1-c1 Qe7-e5
21.Ra1-b1 Bg4-h5 22.Nd2-f3 Qe5-f6
23.Nf3-h4 g7-g5 24.Nh4-f5 Bh5-g6
25.g3-g4 Ba7xd4 26.c3xd4 Rc8xc1+
27.Rb1xc1 Bg6xf5 28.g4xf5 Qf6xf5
-0.43/14 ] 20.Nd2-f3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 20.Ra1-b1 Ra8-c8 21.Qa2-b2
Qd7-c7 22.Rf1-c1 Rd8-d6 23.Qb2-c2
g7-g6 24.Qc2-d3 Qc7-d7 25.Bg2-f3
Bg4-h3 26.Rb1-b4 Rd6-f6 -0.24/14 ]
20...Qd7-e7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20...Na5-c4 21.Nd4-e2 Ra8-c8
22.Ne2-f4 Rc8-c5 23.Nf4-d3 Rc5-c7
24.Nd3-e5 Qd7-f5 25.Ne5xg4 Qf5xg4
26.Ra1-d1 Qg4-e6 27.Qa2-c2 h7-h6
28.Nf3-d4 Ba7xd4 29.Rd1xd4
-0.38/13 ] 21.Nd4-e2 Black has an
active position [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.h2-h3 Bg4-e6 22.Nd4xe6 f7xe6
23.Qa2-c2 Ra8-c8 24.h3-h4 Qe7-f6
25.Ra1-a3 Ba7-c5 26.Ra3-a1 Na5-c4
27.Nf3-g5 g7-g6 28.Ra1-b1 -0.19/14 ]
21...Bg4-f5 Black has a very active
position [ 21...Na5-c4 22.Ne2-f4= ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21...Ra8-c8
22.Ne2-f4 Bg4-e6 23.Qa2-c2 Na5-c4
24.Nf3-d4 g7-g6 25.a4-a5 Rc8-c7
26.Rf1-d1 Qe7-d6 27.Nd4xe6 f7xe6
28.Nf4-d3 -0.30/13 ] 22.Ne2-f4
White threatens to win material: Nf4xd5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Ra1-d1
Diagram
(Diagram 115)
Na5-c4 23.Ne2-f4 Bf5-e4 24.Nf3-d2
Be4xg2 25.Kg1xg2 b7-b5 26.Nd2xc4
d5xc4 27.Qa2-c2 g7-g6 28.a4-a5
Qe7-e5 29.e3-e4 Rd8-e8 30.Rf1-e1
Ra8-d8 31.Nf4-d5 0.01/14 ]
22...Bf5-e4 [ 22...Qe7-c5 23.Ra1-d1
Qc5-c4 24.Qa2xc4 d5xc4 25.Nf3-e5 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22...Bf5-e6
23.Rf1-d1 Na5-c4 24.Nf3-d2 Nc4-e5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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9vlp+-wqpzpp0 115
9p+-+-+-+0
9sn-+p+l+-0
9P+-+-+-+0
9+-zP-zPNzP-0
9Q+-+NzPLzP0
9+-+R+RmK-0
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25.Nd2-f3 Ne5-g4 26.Nf3-d4 Ng4-f6
27.Nd4xe6 f7xe6 28.Bg2-h3 Rd8-d6
29.c3-c4 d5xc4 30.Qa2xc4 0.11/12 ]
23.Rf1-d1 The pressure on the isolated
pawn grows [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.Nf3-d2 Be4xg2 24.Kg1xg2 Na5-c4
25.Ra1-d1 b7-b5 26.Nd2xc4 d5xc4
27.Qa2-c2 g7-g6 28.a4-a5 Qe7-e5
29.e3-e4 Rd8-e8 30.Rf1-e1 Ra8-d8
31.Nf4-d5 0.01/14 ] 23...Qe7-c5
[ 23...Na5-c4!? is noteworthy 24.Nf3-d2
Nc4xe3 25.f2xe3 Ba7xe3+ 26.Kg1-h1
Be3xf4 27.Nd2xe4 d5xe4 28.g3xf4
e4-e3 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23...h7-h6 24.Nf3-d2 Be4xg2
25.Kg1xg2 Ra8-c8 26.Nd2-f3 Na5-c4
27.Rd1xd5 Rd8-e8 28.Ra1-d1 Ba7xe3
29.Rd5-d7 Qe7-f6 30.Nf4-d5 Qf6-e6
31.Rd7xb7 Rc8-c5 0.18/13 ]
24.Nf3-g5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24.Nf3-g5 Be4xg2 25.Kg1xg2 h7-h6
26.Rd1xd5 Rd8xd5 27.Ng5-e4 Qc5-c4
28.Qa2xc4 Na5xc4 29.Nf4xd5 Ra8-d8
30.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-f8 31.Ne7-f5 g7-g6
32.Nf5-d4 Rd8-e8 33.Ne4-f6 Re8-d8
34.Ra1-b1 Kf8-g7 35.Nf6-e4 Rd8-e8
36.Rb1-b4 Re8xe4 37.Rb4xc4 0.27/16
] 24...Be4xg2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24...Be4xg2 25.Kg1xg2 h7-h6
26.Rd1xd5 Qc5-c6 27.Ng5-f3 Na5-c4

126

28.e3-e4 Rd8xd5 29.e4xd5 Qc6-c5


30.Ra1-b1 Nc4-d6 31.Qa2-d2 Qc5-a3
32.Qd2-c2 Ra8-c8 33.Rb1-c1 Nd6-e4
34.Qc2-b1 Rc8-e8 35.Nf4-d3 b7-b5
36.a4xb5 Ne4xc3 0.34/16 ] 25.Kg1xg2
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25.Kg1xg2
h7-h6 26.Rd1xd5 Qc5-c6 27.Ng5-f3
Na5-c4 28.e3-e4 Rd8xd5 29.e4xd5
Qc6-c5 30.Ra1-b1 Nc4-d6 31.Qa2-d2
Qc5-a3 32.Qd2-c2 Ra8-c8 33.Rb1-c1
Nd6-e4 34.Qc2-b1 Rc8-e8 35.Nf4-d3
b7-b5 36.a4xb5 Ne4xc3 0.13/16 ]
25...h7-h6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25...h7-h6 26.Rd1xd5 Qc5-c6
27.Ng5-f3 Na5-c4 28.e3-e4 Rd8xd5
29.e4xd5 Qc6-c5 30.Ra1-b1 Nc4-d6
31.Qa2-d2 Qc5-a3 32.Qd2-c2 Ra8-c8
33.Rb1-c1 Nd6-e4 34.Qc2-b1 Rc8-e8
35.Nf4-d3 b7-b5 36.a4xb5 Ne4xc3
0.32/15 ] 26.Rd1xd5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 26.Rd1xd5 Qc5-c6 27.Ng5-f3
Na5-c4 28.e3-e4 Rd8xd5 29.e4xd5
Qc6-c5 30.Ra1-b1 Nc4-d6 31.Qa2-d2
Qc5-a3 32.Qd2-c2 Ra8-c8 33.Rb1-c1
Nd6-e4 34.Qc2-b1 Rc8-e8 35.Nf4-d3
b7-b5 36.a4xb5 Ne4xc3 0.13/16 ]
26...Rd8xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Qc5-c6 27.Ng5-f3 Na5-c4
28.e3-e4 Rd8xd5 29.e4xd5 Qc6-c5
30.Ra1-b1 Nc4-d6 31.Qa2-d2 Qc5-a3
32.Qd2-c2 Ra8-c8 33.Rb1-c1 Nd6-e4
34.Qc2-b1 Rc8-e8 35.Nf4-d3 b7-b5
36.a4xb5 Ne4xc3 0.32/15 ] 27.Ng5-e4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Ng5-e4
Qc5-c4 28.Qa2xc4 Na5xc4 29.Nf4xd5
Ra8-d8 30.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-f8 31.Ne7-f5
Rd8-d5 32.g3-g4 h6-h5 33.h2-h3
g7-g6 34.Nf5-d4 Rd5-e5 35.Kg2-f3
Kf8-g7 36.g4-g5 Ba7-b6 37.h3-h4
Re5-a5 38.Ne4-f6 Bb6-d8 39.Nf6-e8+
Kg7-h7 40.Ne8-f6+ Bd8xf6 41.g5xf6
0.22/15 ] 27...Qc5-c4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 27...Qc5-c4 28.Qa2xc4
Na5xc4 29.Nf4xd5 Ra8-d8
30.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-f8 31.Ne7-f5 Rd8-d5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


32.g3-g4 h6-h5 33.h2-h3 g7-g6
34.Nf5-d4 Rd5-e5 35.Kg2-f3 Kf8-g7
36.g4-g5 Ba7-b6 37.h3-h4 Re5-a5
38.Ne4-f6 Bb6-d8 39.Nf6-e8+ Kg7-h7
40.Ne8-f6+ Bd8xf6 41.g5xf6 0.39/16 ]
28.Qa2xc4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28.Qa2xc4 Na5xc4 29.Nf4xd5 Ra8-d8
30.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-f8 31.Ne7-f5
Diagram

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9vlp+-+pzp-0 116
9p+-+-+-zp0
9+-+-+N+-0
9P+n+N+-+0
9+-zP-zP-zP-0
9-+-+-zPKzP0
9tR-+-+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Rd8-d5 32.g3-g4 h6-h5 33.h2-h3
g7-g6 34.Nf5-d4 Rd5-e5 35.Kg2-f3
Kf8-g7 36.g4-g5 Ba7-b6 37.h3-h4
Re5-a5 38.Ne4-f6 Bb6-d8 39.Nf6-e8+
Kg7-h7 40.Ne8-f6+ Bd8xf6 41.g5xf6
0.22/12 ] 28...Na5xc4 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 28...Na5xc4 29.Nf4xd5
Ra8-d8 30.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-f8 31.Ne7-f5
Rd8-d5 32.g3-g4 h6-h5 33.h2-h3
g7-g6 34.Nf5-d4 Rd5-e5 35.Kg2-f3
Kf8-g7 36.g4-g5 Ba7-b6 37.h3-h4
Re5-a5 38.Ne4-f6 Bb6-d8 39.Nf6-e8+
Kg7-h7 40.Ne8-f6+ Bd8xf6 41.g5xf6
0.33/13 ] 29.Nf4xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 29.Nf4xd5 Ra8-d8 30.Nd5-e7+
Kg8-f8 31.Ne7-f5 Rd8-d5 32.g3-g4
h6-h5 33.h2-h3 g7-g6 34.Nf5-d4
Rd5-e5 35.Kg2-f3 Kf8-g7 36.g4-g5
Ba7-b6 37.h3-h4 Re5-a5 38.Ne4-f6
Bb6-d8 39.Nf6-e8+ Kg7-h7
40.Ne8-f6+ Bd8xf6 41.g5xf6 0.20/14 ]

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29...Ra8-e8 [ 29...Ra8-d8 30.Nd5-e7+


Kg8-f8 31.Ne7-f5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 29...Ra8-d8 30.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-f8
31.Ne7-f5 Rd8-d5 32.g3-g4 h6-h5
33.h2-h3 g7-g6 34.Nf5-d4 Rd5-e5
35.Kg2-f3 Kf8-g7 36.g4-g5 Ba7-b6
37.h3-h4 Re5-a5 38.Ne4-f6 Bb6-d8
39.Nf6-e8+ Kg7-h7 40.Ne8-f6+
Bd8xf6 41.g5xf6 0.28/15 ]
30.Ne4-f6++- [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.Nd5-f6+ g7xf6 31.Ne4xf6+ Kg8-f8
32.Nf6xe8 Kf8xe8 33.Ra1-b1 Nc4-d6
34.e3-e4 f7-f6 35.f2-f4 b7-b6
36.Kg2-f3 Ke8-e7 37.Kf3-g4 Ke7-e6
38.Rb1-e1 Nd6-b7 39.e4-e5 f6-f5+
40.Kg4-h5 Nb7-c5 41.Re1-a1 Nc5-e4
42.c3-c4 Ne4-d2 43.Ra1-d1 Nd2xc4
44.Kh5xh6 0.74/20 ] 30...g7xf6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30...g7xf6
31.Nd5xf6+ Kg8-f8 32.Nf6xe8 Kf8xe8
33.Ra1-b1 Nc4-d6 34.e3-e4 f7-f6
35.f2-f4 b7-b6 36.Kg2-f3 Ke8-e7
37.Rb1-d1 Ke7-e6 38.Rd1-d5 b6-b5
39.a4xb5 Nd6xb5 40.c3-c4 Nb5-d4+
41.Kf3-g4 Nd4-b3 42.e4-e5 Ba7-c5
43.f4-f5+ Ke6-e7 0.81/19 ] 31.Nd5xf6+
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31.Nd5xf6+
Kg8-f8 32.Nf6xe8 Kf8xe8 33.Ra1-b1
Nc4-d6 34.e3-e4 f7-f6 35.f2-f4 b7-b6
36.Kg2-f3 Ke8-e7 37.Rb1-d1 Ba7-b8
38.Rd1-d5 Ke7-f7 39.Rd5-d4 Kf7-e7
40.Rd4-b4 Bb8-c7 41.Kf3-e3 f6-f5
42.e4xf5 Nd6xf5+ 43.Ke3-e4 Nf5-d6+
Diagram
(Diagram 117)
44.Ke4-d5 0.74/20 ] 31...Kg8-f8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31...Kg8-f8
32.Nf6xe8 Kf8xe8 33.Ra1-b1 Nc4-d6
34.e3-e4 f7-f6 35.f2-f4 b7-b6
36.Kg2-f3 Ke8-e7 37.Rb1-d1 Ba7-b8
38.Rd1-d5 Ke7-f7 39.Rd5-d4 Kf7-e6
40.Kf3-e3 f6-f5 41.Rd4-b4 Bb8-a7
42.e4xf5+ Ke6xf5 0.77/18 ] 32.Nf6xe8

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[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32.Nf6xe8
Kf8xe8 33.Ra1-b1 Nc4-d6 34.e3-e4
f7-f6 35.f2-f4 b7-b6 36.Kg2-f3 Ke8-e7
37.Rb1-d1 Ba7-b8 38.Rd1-d5 Ke7-f7
39.Rd5-d4 Kf7-e6 40.g3-g4 b6-b5
41.a4xb5 Nd6xb5 42.Rd4-a4 a6-a5
43.Ra4xa5 Nb5xc3 44.Ra5-a6+
Bb8-d6 0.67/19 ] 32...Kf8xe8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32...Kf8xe8
33.Ra1-b1 Nc4-d6 34.e3-e4 f7-f6
35.f2-f4 b7-b6 36.Kg2-f3 Ke8-e7
37.Rb1-d1 Ba7-b8 38.Rd1-d5 Ke7-f7
39.Rd5-d4 Kf7-e6 40.Kf3-e3 f6-f5
41.Rd4-b4 Bb8-a7 42.e4xf5+ Ke6xf5
0.73/17 ] 33.Ra1-b1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 33.Ra1-b1 Nc4-d6 34.e3-e4
f7-f6 35.f2-f4 b7-b6 36.Kg2-f3 Ke8-e7
37.Rb1-d1 Ba7-b8 38.Rd1-d5 Ke7-f7
39.Rd5-d4 Kf7-e6 40.Kf3-e3 f6-f5
41.Rd4-b4 Bb8-a7 42.e4xf5+ Ke6xf5
0.64/18 ] 33...Nc4-d6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 33...Nc4-d6 34.e3-e4 f7-f6
35.f2-f4 b7-b6 36.Kg2-f3 Ke8-e7
37.Rb1-d1 Ba7-b8 38.Rd1-d5 Ke7-f7
39.Rd5-d4 Kf7-e6 40.g3-g4 b6-b5
41.Rd4-b4 Bb8-a7 42.a4xb5 a6xb5
43.h2-h4 Ba7-c5 44.Rb4-b2 Bc5-b6
0.72/19 ] 34.e3-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 34.e3-e4 f7-f6 35.f2-f4 b7-b6
36.Kg2-f3 Ke8-e7 37.Rb1-d1 Ba7-b8

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38.Rd1-d5 Ke7-f7 39.Rd5-d4 Kf7-e6


40.g3-g4 b6-b5 41.a4xb5 Nd6xb5
42.Rd4-a4 Nb5xc3 43.Ra4xa6+
Bb8-d6 0.64/16 ] 34...b7-b6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34...f7-f6
35.f2-f4 b7-b6 36.Kg2-f3 Ke8-e7
37.Rb1-d1 Ba7-b8 38.Rd1-d5 Ke7-f7
39.Rd5-d4 Kf7-e6 40.g3-g4 b6-b5
41.a4xb5 Nd6xb5 42.Rd4-a4 Nb5xc3
43.Ra4xa6+ Bb8-d6 0.72/16 ] 35.e4-e5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35.e4-e5
Nd6-f5 36.Rb1-b4 Nf5-e7 37.Rb4-h4
Ne7-g8 38.f2-f4 Ba7-b8 39.Kg2-f3
Ke8-d7 40.Kf3-e4 Kd7-e6 41.f4-f5+
Ke6-d7 42.f5-f6 Kd7-c6 43.Ke4-f5
1.38/18 ] 35...Nd6-b7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 35...Nd6-c8 36.Rb1-b4
Nc8-e7 37.Rb4-h4 Ne7-g8 38.f2-f4
Ba7-b8 39.Kg2-f3 Ke8-d7 40.Kf3-e4
Kd7-e6 41.f4-f5+ Ke6-d7 42.Rh4-h5
Kd7-c6 43.f5-f6 Kc6-d7 44.Ke4-d5
1.22/15 ] 36.Rb1-b4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 36.Rb1-b4 Ke8-d7 37.Rb4-f4
Kd7-e7 38.Rf4-h4 Nb7-c5 39.Rh4xh6
Nc5xa4 40.c3-c4 Na4-c5 41.Rh6-c6
Ba7-b8 42.f2-f4 a6-a5 43.Rc6xb6
Bb8-a7 44.Rb6-c6 Ke7-d7
45.Rc6-d6+ Kd7-e7 46.Kg2-f3 a5-a4
47.Rd6-d2 f7-f6 48.e5xf6+ Ke7xf6
49.h2-h4 Nc5-b3 50.Rd2-a2 Nb3-d4+
51.Kf3-e4 Nd4-f5 52.Ra2xa4 Nf5xg3+
53.Ke4-f3 1.42/18 ] 36...Nb7-c5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36...Nb7-c5
37.Rb4-h4 Ke8-e7 38.Rh4xh6 Nc5xa4
39.c3-c4 Na4-c5 40.Rh6-c6 Ke7-d7
41.Rc6-d6+ Kd7-e7 42.h2-h4 Nc5-e4
43.Rd6-c6 Ke7-d7 44.Rc6-h6 Kd7-e7
45.h4-h5 a6-a5 46.Rh6-h8 b6-b5
47.c4xb5 Ne4xf2 48.Kg2-f3 Nf2-d3
49.Kf3-e4 1.42/16 ] 37.Rb4-h4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 37.Rb4-h4
Ba7-b8 38.f2-f4 Nc5xa4 39.c3-c4
h6-h5 40.Rh4xh5 Bb8-c7 41.h2-h4
b6-b5 42.c4xb5 a6xb5 43.e5-e6
f7xe6 44.Rh5xb5 Na4-c3 45.Rb5-h5

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Bc7-d6 46.Rh5-h7 Nc3-d5 47.Kg2-f3
Nd5-f6 48.Rh7-b7 e6-e5 49.g3-g4
e5-e4+ 50.Kf3-g3 Nf6-d5 1.33/16 ]
37...Ke8-f8?? simply worsens the
situation [ 37...Ke8-e7+- ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 37...Ba7-b8 38.f2-f4
Nc5xa4 39.c3-c4 h6-h5 40.Rh4xh5
Bb8-c7 41.h2-h4 b6-b5 42.c4xb5
a6xb5 43.e5-e6 f7xe6 44.Rh5xb5
Na4-c3 45.Rb5-h5 Bc7-d6 46.Rh5-h7
e6-e5 47.f4xe5 Bd6xe5 48.h4-h5
Nc3-e4 49.g3-g4 Ne4-g5 50.Rh7-a7
1.39/15 ] 38.Rh4xh6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 38.Rh4xh6 Kf8-e7 39.Rh6-h8
b6-b5 40.a4xb5 a6xb5 41.Rh8-a8
Ba7-b6 42.f2-f4 Nc5-e4 43.Ra8-b8
Bb6-d8 44.Rb8xb5 Ne4xc3 45.Rb5-b3
Nc3-a4 46.h2-h4 f7-f6 47.e5xf6+
Ke7xf6 48.h4-h5 Kf6-g7 49.Rb3-d3
Bd8-f6 50.g3-g4 Na4-c5 51.Rd3-d5
Nc5-e6 52.Kg2-f3 Ne6-d4+
53.Kf3-e4 2.57/16 ] 38...Kf8-g7
[ 38...Kf8-e7 cannot change what is in
store for White 39.Rh6-h8 b6-b5
40.a4-a5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
38...b6-b5 39.a4xb5 a6xb5 40.f2-f4
Kf8-e7 41.Kg2-f3 Nc5-b3 42.Rh6-c6
Ke7-d7 43.Rc6-a6 Ba7-c5 44.Kf3-e4
Bc5-g1 45.Ra6-f6 Kd7-e7 46.h2-h4
Bg1-f2 47.Ke4-f3 2.16/15 ] 39.Rh6-c6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 39.Rh6-c6
Nc5-e6 40.Rc6-c8 b6-b5 41.Rc8-a8
Ba7-c5 42.a4-a5 Ne6-c7 43.Ra8-c8
Nc7-e6 44.Rc8-c6 b5-b4 45.c3xb4
Bc5xb4 46.Rc6xa6 Bb4-c5 47.h2-h4
Ne6-d4 48.h4-h5 Nd4-e6 49.Ra6-c6
Kg7-h6 50.g3-g4 Kh6-g5 51.Kg2-g3
3.54/14 ] 39...Nc5xa4 [ 39...Nc5-e6
doesn't do any good 40.Rc6-c8 b6-b5
41.a4-a5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39...Nc5-e6 40.Rc6-c8 b6-b5
41.Rc8-a8 Ba7-c5 42.a4-a5 Ne6-c7
43.Ra8-c8 Nc7-e6 44.Rc8-c6 b5-b4
45.c3xb4 Bc5xb4 46.Rc6xa6 Bb4-c5
47.h2-h4 Kg7-f8 48.Ra6-a8+ Kf8-e7

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49.h4-h5 Ne6-c7 50.Ra8-c8 Ke7-d7


51.Rc8-b8 Bc5-d4 52.f2-f4 3.68/15 ]
40.e5-e6 Diagram [ 40.e5-e6 f7xe6
41.Rc6-c7+ Kg7-f6 42.Rc7xa7+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 40.e5-e6 f7xe6
41.Rc6-c7+ Kg7-g6 42.Rc7xa7 a6-a5
43.Ra7-b7 Kg6-f5 44.Kg2-f3 Na4xc3
45.Rb7xb6 a5-a4 46.Rb6-c6 Nc3-b1
47.g3-g4+ Kf5-g5 48.Rc6xe6 Nb1-d2+
49.Kf3-g3 Nd2-f1+ 50.Kg3-g2 Nf1-d2
51.Re6-a6 Kg5xg4 52.Ra6xa4+
Kg4-f5 53.h2-h4 3.72/13 ]

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Nakamura,Hikaru
3rd Chess Classic (4)

E97

06.12.2011

E97: King's Indian: Classical Main Line


(6...e5 7 0-0 Nc6): 8 Be3 and 8 d5 Ne7,
not 9 Ne1
1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 g7-g6
3.Nb1-c3 Bf8-g7 4.e2-e4 d7-d6
5.Ng1-f3 0-0 6.Bf1-e2 e7-e5 7.0-0
Nb8-c6 8.d4-d5 Nc6-e7 9.b2-b4
Nf6-e8 10.c4-c5 f7-f5 11.Nf3-d2
Ne8-f6 12.a2-a4 g6-g5 13.Nd2-c4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 13.Qd1-b3

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g5-g4 14.Be2-d3 Rf8-f7 15.c5xd6


26.Nc3xd5 Bc8-d7 27.Nc4-d6 Nf6xd5
c7xd6 16.Nd2-c4 b7-b6 17.Bc1-d2
28.e4xd5 0.88/14 ] 17.Ba3xc5
f5xe4 18.Nc3xe4 Nf6xe4 19.Bd3xe4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 17.a4-a5 b7-b6
18.Ba3-b2 Ra8-b8 19.a5xb6 a7xb6
Ne7-f5 0.76/10 ] 13...h7-h6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 13...Nf6xe4
20.Ra1-a7 Nf6-e8 21.Qd1-c2 Ne8-d6
14.Nc3xe4 f5xe4 15.Bc1xg5 h7-h6
22.Rf1-a1 Bc8-d7 23.Qc2-b3 Rb8-b7
16.Bg5-c1 Kg8-h8 17.c5xd6 c7xd6
24.Ra7-a6 Qd8-e7 0.71/12 ]
17...Rf8-f7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18.Bc1-b2 a7-a5 19.Nc4xa5 Qd8-b6
20.Qd1-d2 Bc8-d7 21.Na5-c4 0.52/11 ] 17...Rf8-e8 18.a4-a5 Bg7-f8
14.f2-f3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
19.Bc5xf8 Re8xf8 20.b5-b6 g5-g4
14.e4xf5 Diagram
21.Qd1-b3 g4xf3 22.Be2xf3 a7xb6
23.a5xb6 Ra8xa1 24.Rf1xa1 c7-c6
25.Qb3-b4 c6xd5 26.Nc3xd5 Bc8-d7
27.Nc4-d6 Nf6xd5 28.e4xd5 0.87/13 ]
18.a4-a5 White plans b6 [Houdini 2.0c
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Pro x64: 18.Bc5-f2 Bg7-f8 19.Kg1-h1
Bc8-d7 20.Rf1-g1 g5-g4 21.Ra1-c1
g4xf3 22.g2xf3 Rf7-g7 23.Qd1-b3
Kg8-h8 24.a4-a5 Bf8-e7 1.02/13 ]
18...h6-h5 Black prepares g4
[ 18...Bg7-f8 19.Bc5-f2+- ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 18...Bg7-f8 19.Bc5-f2 g5-g4
20.b5-b6 a7xb6 21.a5xb6 Ra8xa1
22.Qd1xa1 g4xf3 23.Be2xf3 Bc8-g4
24.Qa1-d1 Bg4xf3 25.Qd1xf3 c7xb6
26.Bf2xb6 Qd8-c8 27.Qf3-d3 Bf8-c5+
Ne7xf5 15.c5xd6 c7xd6 16.Bc1-e3
28.Kg1-h1 Bc5xb6 29.Nc4xb6
Qd8-e7 17.Ra1-c1 Nf5xe3 18.Nc4xe3
Qc8-c5 0.65/13 ] 19.b5-b6
Bc8-d7 19.Qd1-c2 e5-e4 20.Be2-b5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.Qd1-c2
Ra8-c8 21.Bb5xd7 Qe7xd7 22.a4-a5
Bg7-f8 20.Nc3-a4 g5-g4 21.Qc2-b2
b7-b5 23.a5xb6 a7xb6 0.40/12 ]
Bf8-d6 22.Ra1-c1 g4xf3 23.Be2xf3
Bc8-g4 24.a5-a6 Bg4xf3 25.g2xf3
14...f5-f4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
14...f5xe4 15.f3xe4 Ne7-g6 16.c5xd6
Qd8-f8 1.18/12 ] 19...g5-g4?
c7xd6 17.Qd1-c2 Qd8-e7 18.Nc3-b5
[ 19...Bg7-f8 20.Bc5-f2 a7xb6
Rf8-d8 19.Bc1-e3 a7-a6 20.Nb5xd6
21.a5xb6 Ra8xa1 22.Qd1xa1+- ;
Rd8xd6 21.Nc4xd6 Qe7xd6
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19...Bg7-f8
22.Be3-c5 Qd6-d7 23.g2-g3 Qd7-f7
20.Bc5xf8 Qd8xf8 21.b6xc7 Qf8-b4
24.Ra1-c1 Bc8-h3 0.73/12 ] 15.Bc1-a3 22.Qd1-c2 Rf7xc7 23.Ra1-b1
Ne7-g6 16.b4-b5 last book move last
Qb4-c5+ 24.Kg1-h1 g5-g4 25.Nc3-b5
Rc7-d7 26.Qc2-b2 g4xf3 27.g2xf3
book move d6xc5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
Rd7-g7 28.Rb1-c1 Ng6-h4
x64: 16...d6xc5 17.Ba3xc5 Rf8-e8
18.a4-a5 Bg7-f8 19.Bc5xf8 Re8xf8
29.Nc4xe5 1.27/12 ] 20.Nc3-b5
White prepares the advance d6
20.b5-b6 g5-g4 21.Qd1-b3 g4xf3
22.Be2xf3 a7xb6 23.a5xb6 Ra8xa1
[ 20.b6xa7 g4-g3 21.d5-d6 Nf6-d7
24.Rf1xa1 c7-c6 25.Qb3-b4 c6xd5
22.d6xc7 Qd8-h4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro

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x64: 20.b6xa7 Diagram

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g4xf3 21.Be2xf3 Bg7-f8 22.Bc5-f2
Nf6-g4 23.Qd1-d2 Ng4xf2 24.Qd2xf2
Qd8-g5 25.Nc3-b5 Rf7-g7 26.d5-d6
Bc8-e6 27.Ra1-c1 Be6xc4 28.Rc1xc4
Bf8xd6 29.Nb5xd6 c7xd6 30.Rf1-c1
1.46/12 ] 20...c7xb6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 20...g4xf3 21.Be2xf3 a7-a6
22.Nb5-a3 Bc8-g4 23.b6xc7 Qd8xc7
24.Bc5-b4 Bg4xf3 25.g2xf3 Ra8-d8
26.Ra1-c1 Qc7-b8 27.Nc4-b6 Bg7-f8
28.Qd1-d2 Rf7-g7 1.00/12 ] 21.a5xb6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21.a5xb6 a7-a6
22.Nb5-c7 g4xf3 23.g2xf3 Bc8-h3
24.Nc7-e6 Qd8-d7 25.Nc4-d6 Rf7-f8
26.Rf1-f2 Rf8-b8 27.Qd1-b3 Bg7-f8
28.Ne6xf8 Rb8xf8 29.Kg1-h1 Kg8-h8
30.Ra1-g1 Rf8-g8 31.Qb3-c3 a6-a5
32.Be2-b5 1.89/13 ] 21...g4-g3
[ 21...a7-a6 22.Nb5-d6 Bg7-f8
23.Bc5-a3+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...a7-a6 22.Nb5-c7 g4xf3 23.g2xf3
Bc8-h3 24.Nc7-e6 Qd8-d7 25.Nc4-d6
Rf7-f8 26.Rf1-f2 Rf8-b8 27.Qd1-b3
Bg7-f8 28.Ne6xf8 Rb8xf8 29.Kg1-h1
Ng6-h4 30.Ra1-g1+ Kg8-h8
31.Qb3-c3 1.57/12 ] 22.Kg1-h1
[ 22.b6xa7!? keeps an even firmer
grip h5-h4 23.h2-h3 Bc8xh3+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Ra1xa7

131

Bc8-d7 23.Nb5-d6 Bg7-f8 24.Nd6xb7


Bf8xc5+ 25.Kg1-h1 Qd8-b8
26.Ra7xa8 Qb8xa8 27.Nb7xc5
Kg8-g7 28.Nc4-d6 Rf7-f8 5.18/10 ]
22...Bg7-f8 [ 22...a7-a6 23.Nc4-d6
Rf7-d7 24.Nb5-c7 Rd7xc7 25.b6xc7
Qd8xc7 26.Nd6xc8 Ra8xc8
27.Ra1-c1+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22...a7-a6 23.Nc4-d6 Rf7-d7
24.Nb5-c7 Rd7xc7 25.b6xc7 Qd8xc7
26.Nd6xc8 Ra8xc8 27.Ra1-c1 Qc7-d7
28.Qd1-b3 Bg7-f8 29.d5-d6+ Kg8-g7
30.h2xg3 f4xg3 31.Bc5-b4 Rc8xc1
32.Rf1xc1 Bf8xd6 33.Bb4xd6 Qd7xd6
34.Qb3xb7+ Nf6-d7 35.Qb7xa6
2.39/13 ] 23.d5-d6 [ 23.Bc5xf8
and White takes home the point Rf7xf8
24.Nb5-c7 ( 24.b6xa7 Nf6xe4
25.h2-h3 Qd8-h4-+ ) 24...Nf6xe4
25.h2-h3 ( 25.Nc7xa8?? is refuted by
a beautiful mate Qd8-h4 26.h2-h3
Bc8xh3 27.Kh1-g1 Bh3xg2 28.f3xe4
Qh4-h2# ; 25.f3xe4?? Qd8-h4
26.h2-h3 Bc8xh3 27.Kh1-g1 Bh3xg2
28.Kg1xg2 Qh4-h2+ 29.Kg2-f3
Ng6-h4# );Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.Ra1xa7 Ra8-b8 24.Bc5xf8 Rf7xf8
25.Qd1-a1 g3xh2 26.Nc4xe5 Qd8-e8
27.Ne5xg6 Qe8xg6 28.Be2-c4 Bc8-d7
29.d5-d6+ Kg8-h8 30.e4-e5 Rb8-c8
31.Nb5-c7 3.33/11 ] 23...a7-a6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23...Nf6-d7
24.Bc5-g1 a7-a6 25.Nb5-c7 Ra8-b8
26.Ra1-a5 g3xh2 27.Bg1xh2 Qd8-f6
28.Qd1-d5 Qf6-g7 29.Rf1-g1 h5-h4
30.Qd5-d2 Qg7-f6 31.Nc7-d5 Qf6-g5
32.Rg1-c1 1.69/12 ] 24.Nb5-c7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24.Nb5-c7
Ra8-b8 25.Ra1-c1 Nf6-d7 26.Bc5-g1
Nd7-f6 27.Qd1-d2 g3xh2 28.Bg1xh2
h5-h4 29.Rc1-c3 Bc8-d7 30.Rf1-g1
Rb8-c8 31.Rg1-c1 h4-h3 1.80/14 ]
24...Ra8-b8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24...Ra8-b8 25.Ra1-c1 Nf6-d7
26.Bc5-g1 Qd8-g5 27.Nc7-e6 Qg5-f6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


28.Ne6xf8 Ng6xf8 29.h2-h3 Nf8-e6
30.Qd1-d5 Rf7-f8 31.Rf1-d1 Rf8-e8
32.Rc1-c2 1.61/13 ] 25.Nc4-a5
[ 25.Qd1-b3 might be the shorter path
Nf6-e8 26.h2-h3 Qd8-h4=
( 26...Ne8xd6?? that pawn is deadly
bait and will cause Black grave
problems 27.Rf1-d1+- );Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 25.Qd1-d2 Nf6-d7 26.Bc5-a3
g3xh2 27.Kh1xh2 Qd8-g5 28.Nc7-e6
Qg5-f6 29.Ne6xf8 Ng6xf8 30.Ra1-c1
Nf8-e6 31.Ba3-b2 Qf6-g7 1.96/11 ]
25...Kg8-h8 [ 25...Nf6-e8 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-trlwqnvlk+0
9+psN-+r+-0 121
9pzP-zP-+n+0
9sN-vL-zp-+p0
9-+-+Pzp-+0
9+-+-+Pzp-0
9-+-+L+PzP0
9tR-+Q+R+K0[
xiiiiiiiiy
26.Be2-c4 Ne8xd6 27.Bc4xf7+
Nd6xf7 28.Qd1xd8 Nf7xd8 29.Bc5xf8
Ng6xf8 30.Rf1-d1+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 25...Nf6-d7 26.Bc5-g1 Nd7-f6
27.Be2-c4 Qd8xd6 28.Bc4xf7+ Kg8xf7
29.Qd1-e2 g3xh2 30.Kh1xh2 Bc8-d7
31.Rf1-d1 Qd6-b4 32.Kh2-h1 Kf7-g8
33.Na5-c4 h5-h4 1.35/12 ] 26.Be2-c4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26.Qd1-b3
Rf7-g7 27.Rf1-d1 Nf6-d7 28.Bc5-a3
g3xh2 29.Nc7-e6 Qd8xb6 30.Qb3xb6
Nd7xb6 31.Ne6xg7 Kh8xg7
32.Ra1-c1 Kg7-f6 33.Rc1-c7 Bc8-d7
34.Kh1xh2 1.92/13 ] 26...Rf7-g7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26...Rf7-g7
27.h2-h3 Nf6-e8 28.Nc7xe8 Qd8xe8
29.Qd1-d2 Bc8-e6 30.Rf1-c1 Be6xc4

132

31.Na5xc4 Rb8-c8 32.Nc4-a5 Rg7-d7


33.Bc5-b4 Rc8-d8 34.Rc1-c7 Bf8xd6
35.Rc7xb7 Bd6xb4 36.Qd2xb4
1.61/13 ] 27.Nc7-e6 [ 27.Ra1-a2+and White can already relax ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Qd1-d2
Ng6-h4 28.h2xg3 Rg7xg3 29.Rf1-f2
Nf6-d7 30.Nc7-e6 Qd8-f6 31.Ne6xf8
Nd7xf8 32.Bc4-d5 Nf8-d7 33.Qd2-c3
Qf6-g6 34.Ra1-a2 Nd7xc5
35.Qc3xc5 1.86/12 ] 27...Bc8xe6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27...Bc8xe6
28.Bc4xe6 Nf6-d7 29.Be6xd7 Qd8xd7
30.Qd1-d5 Qd7-f7 31.Rf1-d1 Qf7xd5
32.Rd1xd5 Rg7-d7 33.h2xg3 f4xg3
34.Na5-c4 Kh8-g7 35.Ra1-d1 Kg7-f6
36.Bc5-e3 Rb8-c8 0.95/13 ]
28.Bc4xe6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28.Bc4xe6 Nf6-d7 29.Be6xd7 Qd8xd7
30.Qd1-d5 Qd7-f7 31.Rf1-d1 Qf7xd5
32.Rd1xd5 Rb8-d8 33.Na5-c4 Kh8-g8
34.h2xg3 f4xg3 35.Bc5-e3 Rg7-d7
36.Be3-g5 Rd8-c8 37.Ra1-c1 0.92/14 ]
28...g3xh2 [ 28...Nf6-d7 29.Be6xd7
Rg7xd7 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28...Qd8-e8 29.Qd1-b3 g3xh2
30.Kh1xh2 Rb8-d8 31.Rf1-d1 Ng6-h4
32.Be6-h3 Qe8-g6 33.Bc5-f2 Qg6-g5
34.Bf2xh4 Qg5xh4 35.Qb3-e6 Rd8-e8
36.Qe6-a2 Diagram
(Diagram 122)
Re8-d8 37.Na5-c4 Nf6-e8 38.Qa2-a3
Qh4-f6 0.85/12 ] 29.Na5-c4??
with this move White loses his initiative
[ 29.Kh1xh2 Diagram
(Diagram 123)
would have made live much easier for
White Qd8-e8 30.Be6-h3+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29.Be6-h3
Nf6-e8 30.Na5-c4 Qd8-g5 31.Kh1xh2
Ng6-h4 32.Ra1-a2 Ne8-f6 33.Kh2-h1

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+rvl-mk0{
9+p+-+-tr-0 122
9pzP-zP-sn-+0
9sN-+-zp-+p0
9-+-+Pzp-wq0
9+-+-+P+L0
9Q+-+-+PmK0
9tR-+R+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
XIIIIIIIIY
9-tr-wq-vl-mk0{
9+p+-+-tr-0 123
9pzP-zPLsnn+0
9sN-vL-zp-+p0
9-+-+Pzp-+0
9+-+-+P+-0
9-+-+-+PmK0
9tR-+Q+R+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Nf6-d7 34.Bh3xd7 Rg7xd7 35.Qd1-d5
Bf8-g7 36.Ra2-c2 Rb8-c8 37.Rf1-c1
1.43/12 ] 29...Qd8-e8= Black threatens
to win material: Qe8xe6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 29...Qd8-e8 30.Be6-d5 h5-h4
31.Bc5-f2 Qe8-d7 32.Qd1-d2 Rb8-c8
33.Kh1xh2 h4-h3 34.g2-g4 Bf8xd6
35.Nc4xd6 Qd7xd6 36.Rf1-c1 Rc8xc1
37.Ra1xc1 Nf6xd5 38.Rc1-c8+
Kh8-h7 39.e4xd5 Rg7-d7 40.Qd2-d3
Kh7-g7 0.24/14 ] 30.Be6-d5
The bishop dominates [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 30.Be6-d5 h5-h4 31.Qd1-e2
Nf6xd5 32.e4xd5 Rb8-c8 33.Ra1-a5
h4-h3 34.g2xh3 Ng6-h4 35.Rf1-e1

133

Nh4-g2 36.Re1-a1 Ng2-e3 37.Nc4xe3


f4xe3 38.Kh1xh2 Qe8-g6 39.Kh2-h1
Bf8xd6 40.Bc5xd6 Qg6xd6
41.Qe2xe3 0.13/14 ] 30...h5-h4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30...Rb8-c8
31.Bc5-a3 Nf6xd5 32.Qd1xd5 Qe8-b5
33.Ra1-c1 Qb5xd5 34.e4xd5 Rg7-d7
35.Kh1xh2 Kh8-g8 36.Rf1-e1 Bf8-g7
37.Rc1-c2 a6-a5 38.Nc4xe5 Rc8xc2
39.Ne5xd7 0.46/11 ] 31.Rf1-f2
[ 31.Kh1xh2 is a viable option h4-h3
32.Rf1-g1 h3xg2 33.Rg1xg2 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31.Ra1-a2 h4-h3
32.g2xh3 Rb8-c8 33.Bc5-a3 Ng6-h4
34.Ra2-f2 Nf6xd5 35.Qd1xd5 Qe8-a4
36.Nc4xe5 Qa4xa3 37.Ne5-f7+
Rg7xf7 38.Qd5xf7 Qa3xd6 39.Qf7xb7
Rc8-c3 0.26/11 ] 31...h4-h3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31...h4-h3
32.g2xh3 Ng6-h4 33.Rf2xh2 Nf6xd5
34.Bc5-f2 Nd5-c3 35.Qd1-d3 Nh4xf3
36.Qd3xf3 Nc3-b5 37.Rh2-g2 Rg7xg2
38.Kh1xg2 Nb5xd6 39.Nc4xd6 Bf8xd6
40.Qf3-g4 Rb8-c8 41.Ra1-d1 Rc8-c6
42.Qg4-g5 Qe8-e6 43.Qg5-g4
-0.39/13 ] 32.g2xh3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 32.g2xh3 Ng6-h4 33.Qd1-d3
Rg7-g3 34.Ra1-f1 Nf6-d7 35.Bc5-a3
Qe8-g6 36.Qd3-d1 Rg3-g2 37.Ba3-b2
Bf8-g7 38.Rf2-c2 Qg6-g3 39.Bd5-e6
Nd7-c5 40.Be6-g4 -0.46/12 ]
32...Rb8-c8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32...Ng6-h4 33.Qd1-d3 Rg7-g3
34.Ra1-f1 Nf6-d7 35.Qd3-a3 Bf8-g7
36.Rf2xh2 Nd7xc5 37.Qa3xc5 Nh4xf3
38.Rf1xf3 Rg3xf3 39.Qc5-c7 Rf3-f1+
40.Kh1-g2 Rf1-c1 -0.50/12 ] 33.Ra1-a5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33.Bc5-a3
Ng6-h4 34.Qd1-d3 Nf6xd5 35.e4xd5
Nh4xf3 36.Qd3xf3 Rc8xc4 37.d6-d7
Rg7xd7 38.Ba3xf8 Qe8xf8 39.Qf3-h5+
Kh8-g8 40.Qh5xe5 Rd7-e7
41.Rf2-g2+ Re7-g7 42.Kh1xh2 f4-f3
43.Rg2-f2 Qf8-c8 44.Qe5-e6+ Qc8xe6
45.d5xe6 Rc4-c6 -0.15/11 ]

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


33...Ng6-h4 White king safety dropped
[ 33...Nf6xd5? doesn't work 34.Qd1xd5
( 34.e4xd5 Ng6-h4 35.Rf2xh2
e5-e4 ) 34...Qe8-f7 35.Qd5xf7
Rg7xf7 36.Rf2-c2+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 33...Ng6-h4 34.Kh1xh2 Nf6xd5
35.e4xd5 Rg7-g3 36.Qd1-e2 Qe8-g6
37.Qe2-f1 Qg6-h5 38.Nc4-d2 Nh4-f5
39.Nd2-c4 Bf8-g7 40.Nc4-d2 Bg7-h6
41.Nd2-e4 Rg3-g8 42.Ne4-f6 -0.76/13
] 34.Kh1xh2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34.Kh1xh2 Nf6xd5 35.e4xd5 Rg7-g3
36.Qd1-e2 Qe8-g6 37.Qe2-f1 Qg6-h5
38.Nc4-d2 Rc8-d8 39.Ra5-a3 Nh4-g2
40.Qf1xg2 Bf8xd6 41.Ra3-c3
Rg3xg2+ 42.Rf2xg2 Qh5-h6
43.Nd2-e4 Bd6xc5 44.Rc3xc5 Qh6xb6
45.d5-d6 Rd8xd6 46.Ne4xd6 Qb6xd6
47.Rc5-c8+ Kh8-h7 48.Rc8-g8 b7-b5
49.Rg8-g4 Qd6-h6 50.Rg4-g5 e5-e4
51.f3xe4 f4-f3 -1.01/14 ] 34...Nf6-d7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34...Nf6xd5
35.e4xd5 Rg7-g3 36.Qd1-f1 Qe8-h5
37.Nc4-d2 Nh4-f5 38.Nd2-c4 Bf8-g7
39.Nc4-d2 Bg7-h6 40.d6-d7 Rc8-d8
41.Nd2-e4 Bh6-g7 42.Ne4-d6 Rd8xd7
43.Nd6xf5 Qh5xf5 44.Bc5-a3 Kh8-g8
45.d5-d6 Bg7-f8 46.Rf2-g2 Qf5xh3+
47.Kh2-g1 Rd7-g7 48.Qf1-c4+
Kg8-h8 -0.86/12 ] 35.Bc5-b4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35.Bc5-a3
Qe8-h5 36.Ba3-b2 Rg7-g3 37.Nc4xe5
Nd7xe5 38.Bd5-e6 Nh4xf3+ 39.Rf2xf3
Qh5xf3 40.Bb2xe5+ Kh8-h7
41.Be6-f5+ Kh7-h6 42.Qd1-d2
Rg3xh3+ 43.Bf5xh3 Qf3-g3+
44.Kh2-h1 Qg3xh3+ 45.Kh1-g1
Qh3-g3+ 46.Kg1-f1 Qg3-f3+
47.Kf1-g1 Qf3-g4+ 48.Kg1-f2
Qg4-g3+ 49.Kf2-f1 Qg3-f3+ -0.59/13 ]
35...Rg7-g3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
35...Rg7-g3 36.Qd1-f1 Qe8-h5
37.Ra5-a3 Nd7xb6 38.Bd5-e6 Rc8xc4
39.d6-d7 Rc4-d4 40.Bb4xf8 Nb6xd7
41.Bf8-e7 Qh5-h6 42.Be7xh4 Qh6xh4

134

43.Ra3-c3 Nd7-f8 44.Rc3-c8 Qh4-h6


45.Be6-d5 Qh6-g7 46.Bd5xb7 a6-a5
47.Rf2-g2 a5-a4 -0.50/13 ] 36.Qd1-f1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36.Qd1-f1
Qe8-h5 37.Ra5-a3 Nd7xb6 38.Bd5-e6
Rc8xc4 39.d6-d7 Rc4-d4 40.Bb4xf8
Nb6xd7 41.Bf8-e7 Qh5-h6 42.Be7xh4
Qh6xh4 43.Ra3-c3 Nd7-f8 44.Rc3-c8
Qh4-h6 45.Be6-d5 b7-b5 46.Rf2-c2
b5-b4 47.Rc8-c6 -0.67/11 ]
36...Qe8-h5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36...Qe8-h5 37.Ra5-a3 Nd7xb6
38.Bd5-e6 Rc8xc4 39.d6-d7 Rc4-d4
40.Bb4xf8 Nb6xd7 41.Bf8-e7 Qh5-h6
42.Be7xh4 Qh6xh4 43.Ra3-c3 b7-b5
44.Rc3-c8+ Kh8-g7 45.Rc8-c7
Qh4-e7 46.Be6-d5 Qe7-d6 47.Rf2-c2
b5-b4 -0.35/11 ] 37.Ra5-a3
[ 37.Bd5xb7 Rc8xc4! Decoy: h1
38.Bb4-d2 Nh4xf3+ 39.Rf2xf3
Rg3xf3-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.Ra5-a3 Nd7xb6 38.Bd5-e6 Rc8xc4
39.d6-d7 Rc4-d4 40.Bb4xf8 Nb6xd7
41.Bf8-e7 Qh5-h6 42.Be7xh4 Qh6xh4
43.Ra3-c3 b7-b5 44.Rc3-c8+ Kh8-g7
45.Rc8-c7 Qh4-e7 46.Be6-d5 Qe7-d6
47.Rf2-c2 b5-b4 -0.55/12 ] 37...a6-a5
Black threatens to win material: a5xb4
[ 37...Nd7xb6 38.Bd5-f7
( 38.Nc4xb6?? Rc8-c1 39.Bd5-e6
Rc1xf1 40.Rf2xf1 Qh5-g6-+ )
38...Qh5-h6 39.Kh2-h1-+ ( 39.Nc4xb6
Rc8-c1 40.Bf7-h5 Rc1xf1 41.Rf2xf1
Qh6xh5 42.Kh2-h1 Nh4xf3 43.Ra3-a2
Qh5xh3+ 44.Ra2-h2 Qh3xh2# );
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 37...Nd7xb6
38.Bd5-f7 Qh5xf7 39.Nc4xb6 Rc8-e8
40.Ra3-d3 Re8-d8 41.Bb4-c3 Qf7-e6
42.Nb6-d5 Kh8-h7 43.Nd5-c7 Qe6-g6
44.Bc3xe5 Bf8xd6 45.Be5xd6 Rd8xd6
46.Rd3xd6 Qg6xd6 -0.52/11 ]
38.Bb4-e1 [ 38.Bb4xa5? is a blank
shot Bf8xd6 39.Bd5-f7 Qh5-g5-+
( 39...Qh5xf7?! 40.Nc4xd6 Qf7-e7
41.Ra3-d3-+ );Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


38.Bb4-e1 Rc8xc4 39.Bd5xc4 Bf8xd6
40.Ra3-d3 Bd6-c5 41.Bc4-e6 Bc5xf2
42.Be1xf2 Nd7-f8 43.Be6-c8 Nh4xf3+
44.Kh2-h1 Rg3-g7 45.Rd3-d8 Rg7-g8
46.Bf2-c5 Nf3-g5 47.Rd8xf8 Rg8xf8
48.Bc5xf8 Qh5-e8 49.Bc8xb7 Qe8xf8
50.Bb7-d5 Kh8-g7 51.b6-b7 f4-f3
52.Kh1-h2 Qf8-f4+ 53.Kh2-h1 0.12/12 ]
38...Rc8xc4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
38...Rc8xc4 39.Bd5xc4 Bf8xd6
40.Ra3-d3 Bd6-c5 41.Bc4-e6 Bc5xf2
42.Be1xf2 Nd7-f8 43.Be6-c8 Nh4xf3+
44.Kh2-h1 Rg3-g7 45.Rd3-d8 Rg7-g8
46.Bc8xb7 Nf3-g5 47.Rd8-d3 Qh5-h7
48.Bb7-d5 Ng5xe4 49.Bf2-e1 Rg8-g7
50.b6-b7 Nf8-d7 51.Qf1-f3 Ne4-g3+
52.Kh1-g1 Qh7xh3 53.Be1xa5 0.18/13
] 39.Bd5xc4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39.Bd5xc4 Bf8xd6 40.Ra3-d3 Bd6-c5
41.Bc4-e6 Bc5xf2 42.Be1xf2 Nd7-f8
43.Be6-c8 Nh4xf3+ 44.Kh2-h1 Rg3-g7
45.Rd3-d8 Rg7-g8 46.Bf2-c5 Nf3-g5
47.Rd8xf8 Rg8xf8 48.Bc5xf8 Qh5-e8
49.Bc8xb7 Qe8xf8 50.Bb7-d5 Kh8-g7
51.b6-b7 f4-f3 0.14/13 ] 39...Bf8xd6
White wins the exchange. .
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 39...Bf8xd6
40.Ra3-d3 Bd6-c5 41.Bc4-e6 Bc5xf2
42.Be1xf2 Nd7-f8 43.Be6-c8 Nh4xf3+
44.Kh2-h1 Rg3-g7 45.Rd3-d8 Rg7-g8
46.Bc8xb7 Nf3-g5 47.Kh1-h2 Ng5-f3+
48.Kh2-h1 Nf3-g5 0.07/14 ]
40.Ra3xa5? [ 40.Ra3-d3 Bd6-c5
41.Kh2-h1 ( 41.Rd3xd7 Bc5xf2
42.Bc4-e6 Qh5xf3 43.Rd7-d8+
Kh8-h7-+ );Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
40.Ra3-d3 Bd6-c5 41.Kh2-h1 Nh4-f5
42.Rf2-a2 Nf5-e3 43.Rd3xe3 Rg3xh3+
44.Qf1xh3 Qh5xh3+ 45.Ra2-h2
Qh3xh2+ 46.Kh1xh2 f4xe3 47.Be1xa5
Kh8-g7 48.Kh2-g2 Nd7xb6 49.Ba5xb6
Bc5xb6 50.Kg2-f1 Kg7-f6 51.Kf1-e2
Kf6-g5 52.Bc4-d5 Kg5-f4 0.00/13 ]
40...Bd6-c5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
40...Bd6-c5 41.Ra5xc5 Nd7xc5

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42.Bc4-e2 Nc5-e6 43.Kh2-h1 Nh4-g2


44.Qf1xg2 Rg3xg2 45.Kh1xg2 Ne6-d4
46.Be1-c3 Qh5-g6+ 47.Kg2-f1
Qg6xb6 48.Rf2-g2 Kh8-h7 49.Bc3xd4
Qb6xd4 50.Rg2-g5 Qd4-b2 51.Be2-d1
Qb2-d2 52.Bd1-e2 -1.06/12 ]
41.Bc4-e2? [ 41.Ra5xc5 Nd7xc5
42.Bc4-e2 Nc5-e6-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 41.Ra5xc5 Nd7xc5 42.Bc4-e2
Nc5-e6 43.Kh2-h1 Nh4-g2 44.Qf1xg2
Rg3xg2 45.Kh1xg2 Ne6-d4 46.Be1-c3
Qh5-g6+ 47.Kg2-f1 Qg6xb6 48.Rf2-g2
Kh8-h7 49.Bc3xd4 Qb6xd4 50.Rg2-g5
Qd4-b2 51.Be2-d1 Qb2-d2
52.Bd1-e2 -1.04/13 ] 41...Bc5xb6
[ 41...Bc5xf2 42.Be1xf2 Nh4xf3+
43.Be2xf3 Qh5xf3 44.Ra5-a1-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 41...Bc5xf2
42.Be1xf2 Nh4xf3+ 43.Be2xf3 Qh5xf3
44.Ra5-a1 Rg3-g6 45.Ra1-d1 Rg6-g7
46.Rd1-e1 Kh8-h7 47.Bf2-h4 Qf3-h5
48.Qf1-f2 f4-f3 49.Bh4-g3 Nd7-f6
50.Qf2-f1 Kh7-h6 51.Qf1-d3 Rg7-g8
52.Re1-c1 -1.12/15 ] 42.Ra5-b5??
causes even greater problems
[ 42.Ra5-d5 Nd7-f6 43.Rd5-d6-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 42.Ra5-a8+
Kh8-g7 43.Ra8-a1 Nh4-g2 44.Qf1xg2
Bb6xf2 45.Be1xf2 Rg3xg2+
46.Kh2xg2 Qh5-g6+ 47.Kg2-f1
Qg6-c6 48.Ra1-d1 b7-b6 49.Rd1-d5
Qc6-e6 50.Kf1-g2 Nd7-f6 51.Rd5-d1
Qe6-a2 52.Be2-b5 Qa2-b3 53.Bb5-e2
Qb3-c2 -0.53/15 ] 42...Bb6-d4
Loses material [ 42...Bb6xf2
makes it even easier for Black
43.Be1xf2 Nh4xf3+ 44.Be2xf3 Qh5xf3
45.Rb5-b1-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
42...Bb6xf2 43.Be1xf2 Nh4xf3+
44.Be2xf3 Qh5xf3 45.Rb5-b1 Rg3-g8
46.Bf2-h4 Qf3xe4 47.Rb1-e1 Qe4-c6
48.Qf1-f2 Kh8-h7 49.Qf2-f1 b7-b5
50.Re1-c1 Qc6-e4 51.Rc1-c7 Rg8-g7
52.Bh4-g5 Rg7xg5 53.Rc7xd7+
Kh7-g6 54.Qf1-d3 Rg5-g2+ 55.Kh2-h1

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Rg2-e2+ 56.Qd3xe4+ Re2xe4
57.Kh1-g2 -2.84/12 ] 43.Be2-d1??
[ 43.Rb5xb7 is just about the only
chance Nd7-c5 44.Rb7-b5 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 43.Rb5-d5
Nh4-g2 44.Qf1xg2 Bd4xf2 45.Be1xf2
Rg3xg2+ 46.Kh2xg2 Nd7-f6
47.Rd5-d8+ Kh8-h7 48.Be2-c4
Qh5-g5+ 49.Kg2-f1 Qg5-h6 50.h3-h4
Qh6-g7 51.Rd8-c8 Qg7-d7 52.Rc8-c5
Qd7-e7 53.Kf1-e2 Kh7-g6 54.Rc5-a5
-0.41/13 ] 43...Bd4xf2-+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 43...Bd4xf2 44.Be1xf2
Nh4xf3+ 45.Bd1xf3 Qh5xf3 46.Rb5-b1
Rg3-g8 47.Bf2-h4 Qf3xe4 48.Rb1-e1
Qe4-c6 49.Qf1-f2 Kh8-h7 50.Qf2-d2
Rg8-g7 51.Re1-g1 Rg7xg1 52.Kh2xg1
b7-b5 53.Bh4-g5 f4-f3 54.Kg1-f1
e5-e4 55.Qd2-d4 Kh7-g6 56.Bg5-e3
Kg6-f5 57.Kf1-f2 Qc6-c2+ 58.Be3-d2
-2.79/15 ] 44.Be1xf2 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 44.Be1xf2 Nh4xf3+
45.Bd1xf3 Qh5xf3 46.Rb5-b1 Rg3-g8
47.Bf2-h4 Qf3xe4 48.Rb1-e1 Qe4-c6
49.Qf1-f2 Kh8-h7 50.Qf2-d2 Rg8-g7
51.Re1-g1 Rg7xg1 52.Kh2xg1 b7-b5
53.Bh4-g5 f4-f3 54.Kg1-f1 e5-e4
55.Qd2-d4 Kh7-g6 56.Bg5-e3 Kg6-f5
57.Kf1-f2 Qc6-c2+ 58.Be3-d2 -2.91/16
] 44...Nh4xf3+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
44...Nh4xf3+ 45.Bd1xf3 Qh5xf3
46.Rb5-b1 Rg3-g8 47.Rb1xb7 Nd7-f6
48.Rb7-e7 Qf3xe4 49.Re7-c7 Qe4-f5
50.Bf2-h4 f4-f3 51.Bh4xf6+ Qf5xf6
52.Rc7-c4 Rg8-g2+ 53.Kh2-h1 Qf6-f5
54.Rc4-g4 Rg2xg4 55.h3xg4 Qf5xg4
-2.77/13 ] 45.Bd1xf3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 45.Bd1xf3 Qh5xf3 46.Rb5-b1
Rg3-g8 47.Bf2-h4 Qf3xe4 48.Rb1-e1
Qe4-c6 49.Qf1-f2 Kh8-h7 50.Qf2-d2
Rg8-g6 51.Re1-g1 b7-b5 52.Rg1-g4
Rg6xg4 53.h3xg4 Kh7-g6 54.Kh2-g1
Nd7-c5 55.Qd2-d8 -2.99/14 ]
45...Qh5xf3 [ 45...Rg3xf3?! 46.Rb5xb7
Nd7-f6 47.Rb7-b8+ Kh8-h7

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48.Rb8-b7+ Kh7-h6 49.Rb7-b6= ;


Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 45...Qh5xf3
46.Rb5-b1 Rg3-g8 47.Bf2-h4 Qf3xe4
48.Rb1-e1 Qe4-c6 49.Qf1-f2 Kh8-h7
50.Qf2-d2 Rg8-g6 51.Re1-g1 b7-b5
52.Rg1-g4 Rg6xg4 53.h3xg4 f4-f3
54.Kh2-g1 e5-e4 55.Bh4-f2 Kh7-g6
-2.83/15 ] 46.Rb5-b1 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 46.Rb5-b1 Rg3-g8 47.Bf2-h4
Qf3xe4 48.Rb1-e1 Qe4-c6 49.Qf1-f2
Kh8-h7 50.Re1-g1 Rg8xg1 51.Qf2xg1
b7-b5 52.Qg1-g4 Qc6-d6 53.Qg4-h5+
Kh7-g7 54.Qh5-g4+ Kg7-f7
55.Qg4-f5+ Nd7-f6 -2.86/14 ]
46...Rg3-g6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
46...Rg3-g8 47.Rb1xb7 Nd7-f6
48.Rb7-e7 Qf3xe4 49.Re7-c7 Qe4-f5
50.Bf2-h4 f4-f3 51.Bh4xf6+ Qf5xf6
52.Rc7-c4 Rg8-g2+ 53.Kh2-h1 Qf6-f5
54.Rc4-g4 Rg2xg4 55.h3xg4 Qf5xg4
-2.71/14 ] 47.Rb1xb7 [ 47.Rb1-e1
Kh8-h7-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
47.Rb1-e1 Kh8-g7 48.Bf2-h4 Qf3xf1
49.Re1xf1 Nd7-c5 50.Rf1-f2 b7-b6
51.Rf2-e2 Kg7-f7 52.Re2-a2 Kf7-e6
53.Ra2-b2 Nc5xe4 54.Rb2xb6+
Ne4-d6 55.Bh4-f2 Ke6-d5 -2.28/14 ]
47...Nd7-f6 [ 47...Nd7-c5! seems even
better 48.Rb7-b2 Rg6-g3
49.Rb2-e2-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
47...Nd7-f6 48.Rb7-b8+ Kh8-h7
49.Rb8-b7+ Kh7-h6 50.Rb7-b6
Nf6xe4 51.Rb6xg6+ Kh6xg6
52.Qf1-g1+ Ne4-g5 53.Qg1-g2 e5-e4
54.Bf2-a7 Kg6-h5 55.Qg2xf3+
Ng5xf3+ 56.Kh2-g2 Nf3-e1+
57.Kg2-f1 Ne1-d3 58.Kf1-g2 Kh5-g5
59.Ba7-d4 Kg5-h6 60.Bd4-c3 Kh6-h5
61.Bc3-d4 Kh5-g5 62.Bd4-b6 Kg5-h6
63.Bb6-d4 Kh6-g6 64.Bd4-b6 Kg6-g5
65.Bb6-d4 Kg5-h6 -2.73/18 ]
48.Rb7-b8+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
48.Rb7-b8+ Kh8-h7 49.Rb8-b7+
Kh7-h6 50.Rb7-b6 Nf6xe4
51.Rb6xg6+ Kh6xg6 52.Qf1-g1+

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Ne4-g5 53.Qg1-g2 e5-e4 54.Bf2-a7
Kg6-h5 55.Qg2xf3+ Ng5xf3+
56.Kh2-g2 Nf3-e1+ 57.Kg2-f1 Ne1-d3
58.Kf1-g2 Kh5-g5 59.Ba7-d4 Kg5-h6
60.Bd4-c3 Kh6-h5 61.Bc3-d4 Kh5-g5
62.Bd4-b6 Kg5-h6 63.Bb6-d4 Kh6-g6
64.Bd4-b6 Kg6-g5 65.Bb6-d4
Kg5-h6 -2.91/20 ] 48...Kh8-h7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 48...Kh8-g7
49.Rb8-b7+ Kg7-h6 50.Rb7-b6
Nf6xe4 51.Rb6xg6+ Kh6xg6
52.Qf1-g1+ Ne4-g5 53.Qg1-g2 e5-e4
54.Bf2-a7 Kg6-h5 55.Qg2xf3+
Ng5xf3+ 56.Kh2-g2 Nf3-e1+
57.Kg2-f1 Ne1-d3 58.Kf1-g2 Kh5-g5
59.Ba7-d4 Kg5-h6 60.Bd4-c3 Kh6-h5
61.Bc3-d4 Kh5-g5 62.Bd4-a7 Kg5-g6
63.Ba7-d4 Kg6-g5 64.Bd4-a7 -2.73/20
] 49.Rb8-b7+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
49.Rb8-b7+ Kh7-h6 50.Rb7-b6
Nf6xe4 51.Rb6xg6+ Kh6xg6
52.Qf1-g1+ Ne4-g5 53.Qg1-g2 e5-e4
54.Bf2-a7 Kg6-h5 55.Qg2xf3+
Ng5xf3+ 56.Kh2-g2 Nf3-e1+
57.Kg2-f1 Ne1-d3 58.Kf1-g2 Kh5-g5
59.Ba7-d4 Kg5-h6 60.Bd4-c3 Kh6-h5
61.Bc3-d4 Kh5-g5 62.Bd4-b6 Kg5-h6
63.Bb6-d4 Kh6-g6 64.Bd4-b6 Kg6-g5
65.Bb6-d4 Kg5-h6 -2.91/19 ]
49...Kh7-h6 Diagram [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 49...Kh7-h6 50.Rb7-b6 Nf6xe4
51.Rb6xg6+ Kh6xg6 52.Qf1-g1+
Ne4-g5 53.Qg1-g2 e5-e4 54.Bf2-a7
Kg6-h5 55.Qg2xf3+ Ng5xf3+
56.Kh2-g2 Nf3-e1+ 57.Kg2-f1 Ne1-d3
58.Kf1-g2 Kh5-g5 59.Ba7-d4 Kg5-h6
60.Bd4-c3 Kh6-h5 61.Bc3-d4 Kh5-g5
62.Bd4-b6 Kg5-h4 63.Bb6-d8+
Kh4-h5 64.Bd8-b6 Kh5-g5 65.Bb6-d4
Kg5-h6 -2.73/18 ]
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Nakamura,Hikaru
Ivanchuk,Vassily
54th Reggio Emilia ITA (5)

A22

31.12.2011

A22: English Opening: 1...e5 2 Nc3 Nf6


1.c2-c4 Ng8-f6 2.Nb1-c3 e7-e5
3.g2-g3 Bf8-b4 4.Ng1-f3 Bb4xc3
5.b2xc3 d7-d6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
5...e5-e4 6.Nf3-d4 0-0 7.Bf1-g2 c7-c5
8.Nd4-c2 d7-d6 9.Nc2-e3 Nb8-c6
10.0-0 Nc6-e5 11.Qd1-c2 Rf8-e8
12.Rf1-d1 Bc8-e6 13.Bg2xe4 Be6xc4
0.04/15 ] 6.Bf1-g2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 6.d2-d4 e5-e4 7.Nf3-d2 0-0
8.Qd1-c2 Qd8-e7 9.Bf1-g2 Rf8-e8
10.0-0 Nb8-c6 11.d4-d5 Nc6-a5
12.e2-e3 Bc8-g4 13.Ra1-b1 b7-b6
14.Bc1-b2 Bg4-f3 0.13/15 ] 6...0-0
7.0-0 last book move last book move
Rf8-e8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
7...Nb8-c6 8.Ra1-b1 Ra8-b8 9.d2-d3
Bc8-f5 10.h2-h3 Qd8-d7 11.g3-g4
Bf5-e6 12.Nf3-g5 h7-h5 13.Ng5xe6
Qd7xe6 14.g4-g5 Nf6-d7 0.06/14 ]
8.Nf3-e1 Diagram [ 8.d2-d3 Nb8-d7 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 8.Qd1-b3
Qd8-e7 9.Ra1-b1 Nb8-d7 10.Qb3-c2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


e5-e4 11.Nf3-d4 Nd7-e5 12.d2-d3
e4xd3 13.e2xd3 c7-c5 14.Nd4-b5
Bc8-f5 0.19/13 ]

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9+-+-zp-+-0
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9+-zP-+-zP-0
9P+-zPPzPLzP0
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8...c7-c6 Covers d5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 8...Nb8-d7 9.Ne1-c2 e5-e4
10.Nc2-e3 Nd7-c5 11.Ra1-b1 Ra8-b8
12.Bc1-a3 b7-b6 13.Qd1-c2 h7-h6
14.d2-d4 e4xd3 15.e2xd3 Nf6-g4
16.Ba3xc5 d6xc5 0.06/15 ] 9.d2-d3
Consolidates e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
9.Ne1-c2 Nb8-d7 10.Nc2-e3 e5-e4
11.Qd1-c2 Nd7-c5 12.Ra1-b1 Qd8-c7
13.Rf1-e1 h7-h6 14.d2-d4 e4xd3
15.e2xd3 Bc8-e6 0.18/14 ] 9...h7-h6
Secures g5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
9...Nb8-a6 10.Qd1-c2 h7-h6
11.Ra1-b1 Qd8-c7 12.Bc1-a3 Bc8-f5
13.Qc2-b3 Ra8-b8 14.Ne1-c2 Na6-c5
15.Ba3xc5 d6xc5 16.Qb3-a4 Rb8-a8
19.Qa3-a4 Ra8-c8 -0.06/15 ]
10.Ra1-b1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
10.Ne1-c2 Nb8-d7 11.Nc2-e3 Qd8-c7
12.Qd1-c2 Nd7-c5 13.d3-d4 Nc5-e4
14.Bc1-b2 Ne4-g5 15.h2-h4 Ng5-h3+
16.Kg1-h2 Qc7-d7 17.Kh2-h1
Qd7-c7 0.22/14 ] 10...d6-d5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 10...Nb8-a6
11.Qd1-c2 Qd8-c7 12.Bc1-a3 Bc8-f5
13.Qc2-b3 Ra8-b8 14.Ne1-c2 Na6-c5

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15.Ba3xc5 d6xc5 16.Qb3-a4 Rb8-a8


17.Nc2-e3 Bf5-e6 18.Qa4-a3 b7-b6
19.Qa3-a4 Ra8-c8 -0.06/14 ]
11.Qd1-b3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
11.c4xd5 c6xd5 12.Ne1-c2 Nb8-c6
13.Bc1-a3 Qd8-a5 14.Qd1-d2 b7-b6
15.Rf1-d1 Qa5-a4 16.Rb1-b2 Re8-d8
17.Rb2-b3 Bc8-e6 0.31/13 ] 11...b7-b6
[ 11...Qd8-a5 12.c4xd5 c6xd5
13.Ne1-c2= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
11...d5xc4 12.Qb3xc4 Qd8-a5
13.Ne1-f3 Nb8-a6 14.Bc1-d2 Qa5-c7
15.d3-d4 Bc8-e6 16.Qc4-a4 e5xd4
17.c3xd4 Be6-f5 18.Bd2-f4 Qc7-e7
0.13/13 ] 12.c4xd5 [ 12.Bc1-a3
Bc8-g4 13.Ne1-f3 Qd8-c7= ; Houdini
2.0c Pro x64: 12.Ne1-c2 d5xc4
13.Qb3xc4 Bc8-e6 14.Qc4-a4
Be6-d5 15.Bg2-h3 Nb8-d7 16.c3-c4
Nd7-c5 17.Qa4-b4 Bd5-e6 18.Bh3-g2
Be6-g4 19.Rf1-e1 Qd8-d6 20.Nc2-e3
0.28/13 ] 12...c6xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 12...c6xd5 Diagram

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13.Ne1-c2 Nb8-a6 14.Bc1-a3 Bc8-g4
15.f2-f3 Bg4-d7 16.Nc2-e3 d5-d4
17.Ne3-c4 Na6-c5 18.Ba3xc5 b6xc5
19.f3-f4 e5xf4 20.c3xd4 f4xg3
21.h2xg3 Re8xe2 22.d4xc5 0.07/13 ]
13.Ne1-c2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
13.Bc1-a3 Bc8-e6 14.Qb3-b5 Qd8-d7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


15.c3-c4 Nb8-c6 16.Ne1-c2 Ra8-c8
17.Rf1-d1 Re8-d8 18.Nc2-e3 d5xc4
19.d3xc4 Nc6-d4 20.Qb5xe5 Nd4xe2+
21.Kg1-h1 0.17/12 ] 13...Nb8-c6
Black intends d4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 13...Nb8-a6 14.Bc1-a3 Bc8-g4
15.f2-f3 Bg4-d7 16.Nc2-e3 d5-d4
17.Ne3-c4 Na6-c5 18.Ba3xc5 b6xc5
19.f3-f4 e5xf4 20.c3xd4 f4xg3
21.h2xg3 Re8xe2 22.d4xc5 0.07/13 ]
14.h2-h3 Consolidates g4 [ 14.Nc2-e3
Bc8-e6= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
14.Qb3-b5 Nc6-e7 15.Nc2-e3 Bc8-d7
16.Qb5-b3 Bd7-e6 17.Bc1-b2 Ra8-c8
18.c3-c4 d5-d4 19.Ne3-c2 Qd8-d7
20.f2-f4 b6-b5 21.f4xe5 b5xc4
0.25/13 ] 14...Bc8-b7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 14...Bc8-e6 15.Qb3-b5
Ra8-c8 16.Bc1-b2 Qd8-d7 17.g3-g4
e5-e4 18.Rf1-e1 Nc6-e5 19.Qb5xd7
Be6xd7 20.Re1-d1 e4xd3 21.e2xd3
Bd7-a4 22.Rb1-c1 -0.09/14 ]
15.Nc2-b4 d5 seems the pivot of the
position. White threatens to win
material: Nb4xd5 [ 15.Qb3-a4
Qd8-d6= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
15.Bc1-b2 Ra8-c8 16.Qb3-a4 Qd8-d7
17.Rf1-e1 Rc8-c7 18.Rb1-c1 e5-e4
19.Nc2-e3 Nc6-e5 20.Qa4xd7 Nf6xd7
21.c3-c4 d5xc4 22.Ne3xc4 Ne5xc4
23.Rc1xc4 Rc7xc4 24.d3xc4 0.20/13 ]
15...Nc6-a5 Black threatens to win
material: Na5xb3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 15...Nc6xb4 16.Qb3xb4 Qd8-d7
17.Bc1-e3 Ra8-c8 18.Rf1-c1 Rc8-d8
19.Qb4-b5 Bb7-c6 20.Qb5-b4 Rd8-c8
21.Rb1-b2 Rc8-c7 22.Rb2-d2 Re8-c8
23.d3-d4 Nf6-e4 24.Bg2xe4 d5xe4
25.d4xe5 Qd7xh3 -0.16/15 ]
16.Qb3-b2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
16.Qb3-a4 d5-d4 17.c3-c4 Bb7xg2
18.Kg1xg2 Qd8-d6 19.Bc1-a3 Qd6-e6
20.Qa4-b5 Ra8-d8 21.Ba3-b2 e5-e4
22.Rf1-e1 Qe6-d6 23.Kg2-g1 Re8-e5
24.Qb5-a4 -0.05/15 ] 16...d5-d4

139

Black wins space [Houdini 2.0c Pro


x64: 16...Qd8-d7 17.Bc1-e3 Ra8-d8
18.Rf1-c1 Na5-c6 19.Nb4xc6 Bb7xc6
20.Qb2-b4 Rd8-c8 21.Rb1-b2 Rc8-c7
22.Rb2-d2 Re8-c8 23.d3-d4 Nf6-e4
24.Bg2xe4 d5xe4 25.d4xe5 Qd7xh3
-0.16/15 ] 17.c3-c4 [ 17.c3xd4 e5xd4
18.e2-e4 d4xe3 19.f2xe3 Bb7xg2
20.Qb2xg2 Ra8-c8 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 17.Bg2xb7 Na5xb7 18.c3xd4
e5xd4 19.Nb4-c6 Qd8-d7 20.Nc6xd4
Qd7xh3 21.Nd4-f3 Ra8-d8 22.Bc1-f4
Nf6-d5 23.Bf4-e5 f7-f6 24.Be5-d4
Nb7-d6 25.e2-e4 Nd5-f4 26.Qb2-b3+
Nd6-f7 27.g3xf4 Qh3xf3 -0.11/14 ]
17...Ra8-c8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17...Qd8-d7 18.Bc1-d2 Ra8-d8
19.Nb4-c2 Bb7xg2 20.Kg1xg2 Na5-c6
21.Qb2-b5 Qd7-b7 22.f2-f3 Re8-e6
23.Nc2-b4 Nc6-e7 24.Qb5-a6 Qb7-c7
25.g3-g4 Ne7-g6 -0.35/13 ] 18.Bg2xb7
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18.Qb2-a3
Bb7xg2 19.Kg1xg2 e5-e4 20.Qa3-a4
Rc8-c5 21.Bc1-f4 g7-g5 22.Bf4-d2
e4xd3 23.e2xd3 Re8-e2 24.Bd2-c1
Rc5-e5 25.Bc1-b2 Qd8-d6 26.Nb4-c2
Na5-c6 27.Rf1-e1 -0.26/14 ]
18...Na5xb7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18...Na5xb7 19.Nb4-a6 Re8-e6
20.Bc1-d2 Qd8-e7 21.Kg1-h2 Nb7-d6
22.Bd2-b4 Qe7-b7 23.Bb4xd6 Re6xd6
24.Qb2-b5 Rd6-e6 25.Na6-b4
-0.21/13 ] 19.e2-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 19.Nb4-a6 Qd8-d7 20.Kg1-g2
Nb7-c5 21.Na6xc5 Rc8xc5 22.e2-e4
d4xe3 23.Bc1xe3 Rc5-c6 24.Rf1-d1
Rc6-d6 25.Qb2-e2 Qd7-c6+
26.Kg2-g1 Qc6-c8 27.g3-g4 Qc8-c6
28.Rb1-b5 Nf6-d7 29.f2-f3 Re8-d8
30.d3-d4 Nd7-c5 -0.35/14 ] 19...d4xe3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19...Nb7-c5
20.Qb2-e2 Qd8-d7 21.Kg1-g2 b6-b5
22.Nb4-d5 b5xc4 23.Nd5xf6+ g7xf6
24.d3xc4 d4-d3 25.Qe2-f3 d3-d2
26.Bc1-a3 Qd7-d4 27.Qf3-g4+ Kg8-h8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


28.Ba3xc5 Rc8xc5 29.Rf1-d1 Rc5xc4
30.Qg4-f5 Kh8-g7 31.Qf5-g4+ Kg7-f8
32.Rb1-b7 Rc4-c1 -0.48/14 ]
20.Bc1xe3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20.Bc1xe3 Nb7-d6 21.Rf1-d1 Nd6-f5
22.Qb2-e2 Qd8-d6 23.Kg1-h2 Qd6-e6
24.Nb4-c2 Re8-d8 25.g3-g4 Nf5-h4
26.Nc2-b4 e5-e4 27.Be3-f4 e4xd3
28.Qe2xe6 f7xe6 29.Rd1xd3 Rd8xd3
30.Nb4xd3 Rc8xc4 -0.46/14 ]
20...Qd8-d7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20...Nb7-d6 21.Rf1-d1 Nd6-f5
22.Qb2-e2 Qd8-d6 23.Kg1-h2 Re8-d8
24.Kh2-g1 Rd8-d7 25.Qe2-f3 Qd6-e6
26.g3-g4 Nf5-h4 27.Qf3-e2 -0.43/13 ]
21.Kg1-h2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.Kg1-g2 Nb7-d6 22.f2-f3 Nd6-f5
23.Qb2-e2 a7-a5 24.Nb4-c2 Nf6-d5
25.Be3-d2 Rc8-c5 26.Rf1-c1 Nf5-d4
27.Qe2-f2 Nd4xc2 28.c4xd5 -0.39/13 ]
21...Nb7-d6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...Nb7-c5 22.Rb1-d1 Qd7-c7
23.Qb2-c3 Nc5-e6 24.Qc3-b2 Rc8-d8
25.Rf1-e1 Qc7-d6 26.Kh2-g1 Rd8-d7
27.a2-a4 Re8-d8 -0.41/13 ] 22.Rb1-c1
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Rb1-d1
a7-a5 23.Nb4-d5 Nf6xd5 24.c4xd5
Nd6-f5 25.Be3xb6 Qd7xd5 26.Qb2-b3
Qd5-d6 27.Rd1-b1 Nf5-d4 28.Bb6xd4
Qd6xd4 29.Qb3-b5 Re8-e7
30.Qb5-a6 -0.40/13 ] 22...Nd6-f5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22...e5-e4
23.Rf1-d1 e4xd3 24.Rd1xd3 Qd7-e6
25.Nb4-d5 Nd6xc4 26.Nd5xf6+ g7xf6
27.Qb2-e2 Kg8-g7 28.Rc1-d1 Qe6-f5
29.Rd3-c3 Nc4-e5 30.Rc3xc8 Re8xc8
31.Qe2-a6 Qf5-c2 32.Rd1-d6 -0.46/14
] 23.Rf1-d1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.Qb2-b3 h6-h5 24.Rf1-e1 Nf5xe3
25.f2xe3 h5-h4 26.g3xh4 e5-e4
27.d3-d4 Qd7-d6+ 28.Kh2-g2 Nf6-h5
29.Kg2-h1 Nh5-g3+ 30.Kh1-g1
Ng3-f5 -0.52/13 ] 23...h6-h5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23...Nf5xe3
24.f2xe3 e5-e4 25.d3-d4 a7-a5

140

26.Nb4-d5 Nf6xd5 27.c4xd5 Qd7xd5


28.a2-a4 Re8-d8 29.Rd1-f1 Qd5-e6
30.Kh2-g2 f7-f6 31.Qb2-e2 Qe6-b3
32.Rc1-b1 Rc8-c2 33.Rb1xb3
Rc2xe2+ 34.Rf1-f2 -0.60/14 ]
24.Qb2-e2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24.Be3-g5 Nf6-h7 25.Bg5-d2 Nf5-d4
26.Bd2-e3 Nd4-f3+ 27.Kh2-g2 Nh7-g5
28.Be3xg5 Nf3xg5 29.Rd1-h1 Qd7-f5
30.Qb2-e2 e5-e4 31.h3-h4 e4xd3
32.Qe2xd3 Ng5-e4 33.f2-f3 Qf5-c5
34.f3xe4 Qc5xb4 35.Qd3-e2 Qb4-c5
36.Rh1-d1 Rc8-d8 37.Rc1-b1 Rd8-d4
38.Rd1xd4 Qc5xd4 39.Rb1-e1
Qd4-e5 -0.45/13 ] 24...h5-h4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24...Qd7-d6
25.Nb4-c2 h5-h4 26.Qe2-f3 g7-g6
27.Rd1-d2 Rc8-c7 28.Rc1-g1 Qd6-e6
29.Qf3-e2 h4xg3+ 30.f2xg3 Qe6-d6
31.Be3-g5 Rc7-d7 -0.65/13 ]
25.Nb4-c2 [ 25.Be3-g5 Nf5-d4
26.Qe2-e3 h4xg3+ 27.f2xg3-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25.Be3-g5
Nf5-d4 26.Qe2-e3 h4xg3+ 27.f2xg3
a7-a5 28.Nb4-c2 Nf6-d5 29.c4xd5
Rc8xc2+ 30.Rc1xc2 Nd4xc2
31.Qe3xb6 Nc2-d4 32.Bg5-d2 Qd7xd5
33.Qb6xa5 Nd4-f3+ 34.Kh2-g2
Qd5xd3 -0.53/13 ] 25...b6-b5 [
25...Qd7-c7!? 26.Nc2-b4-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Qd7-c7
26.Rd1-d2 g7-g6 27.Rc1-g1 h4xg3+
28.f2xg3 e5-e4 29.Be3-f4 e4xd3
30.Qe2xd3 Qc7xc4 31.Qd3xc4
Rc8xc4 32.Rg1-e1 Nf6-e4 33.Kh2-g2
Rc4-c3 -0.90/12 ] 26.Qe2-f3 Diagram
[ 26.Be3-g5 h4xg3+ 27.f2xg3
Nf6-h7 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26.Be3-g5 h4xg3+ 27.f2xg3 Nf6-h7
28.Bg5-e3 b5xc4 29.d3xc4 Qd7-a4
30.Qe2-f2 Nf5-e7 31.Be3-c5 e5-e4
32.Nc2-e1 Nh7-g5 33.Bc5-e3 Ng5-e6
34.Qf2-c2 Qa4-c6 -0.26/13 ]
26...b5xc4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...h4xg3+ 27.f2xg3 Nf5-d6 28.c4-c5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+r+r+k+0{
9zp-+q+pzp-0 127
9-+-+-sn-+0
9+p+-zpn+-0
9-+P+-+-zp0
9+-+PvLQzPP0
9P+N+-zP-mK0
9+-tRR+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Nd6-f5 29.g3-g4 Nf5xe3 30.Nc2xe3
e5-e4 31.d3xe4 Qd7-c7+ 32.Qf3-g3
Qc7xg3+ 33.Kh2xg3 Nf6xe4+
34.Kg3-f3 Ne4-g5+ 35.Kf3-e2 Ng5xh3
36.c5-c6 Nh3-f4+ 37.Ke2-f3 -0.50/12 ]
27.d3xc4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27.d3xc4 h4xg3+ 28.f2xg3 Qd7-e6
29.c4-c5 e5-e4 30.Qf3-f2 Qe6-e5
31.Be3-f4 Qe5xc5 32.Nc2-e3 Qc5-b6
33.Kh2-g2 Nf5xe3+ 34.Bf4xe3 Qb6-e6
35.Rc1xc8 Re8xc8 36.Be3xa7 Nf6-d5
37.Ba7-d4 e4-e3 38.Qf2-e2 Nd5-c3
39.Bd4xc3 Rc8xc3 40.Rd1-d8+
Kg8-h7 -0.53/15 ] 27...h4xg3+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27...h4xg3+
28.f2xg3 Qd7-e6 29.c4-c5 Rc8-b8
30.Rd1-f1 Nf5-e7 31.Be3-g5 Nf6-d5
32.Bg5xe7 Nd5xe7 33.Nc2-e3 e5-e4
34.Qf3-g2 Ne7-c6 35.Rf1-d1 Re8-d8
36.Rd1xd8+ Rb8xd8 37.Rc1-b1
Nc6-d4 38.Rb1-b7 Nd4-f3+
39.Kh2-h1 -0.48/14 ] 28.f2xg3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.f2xg3
Qd7-e6 29.c4-c5 a7-a5 30.a2-a3
Re8-d8 31.Rd1xd8+ Rc8xd8 32.g3-g4
Nf5xe3 33.Nc2xe3 Rd8-d3 34.Rc1-d1
e5-e4 35.Qf3-f4 Rd3xa3 36.Rd1-d8+
Kg8-h7 37.Kh2-g2 Ra3-d3 38.Rd8-d6
Qe6-a2+ 39.Qf4-f2 -0.63/15 ]
28...Qd7-e6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

141

28...Qd7-e6 29.c4-c5 a7-a5 30.a2-a4


e5-e4 31.Qf3-f2 Qe6-e5 32.Qf2-f4
Qe5xf4 33.g3xf4 Rc8-c7 34.Rd1-d2
Re8-c8 35.Rc1-d1 Nf5xe3 36.Nc2xe3
Rc7xc5 37.Kh2-g2 Rc5-c3
38.Rd2-d8+ Kg8-h7 39.Rd8xc8
Rc3xc8 -0.60/14 ] 29.c4-c5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29.g3-g4
Nf5-h4 30.Qf3-f2 Nh4-g6 31.c4-c5
Ng6-f4 32.Be3xf4 Nf6-e4 33.Qf2-f3
e5xf4 34.Nc2-d4 Qe6-e5 35.c5-c6
Ne4-g5 36.Qf3-f2 f4-f3+ 37.Kh2-h1
Qe5-f4 -0.64/13 ] 29...Re8-d8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29...a7-a5
30.a2-a4 e5-e4 31.Qf3-f2 Qe6-e5
32.Qf2-f4 Qe5xf4 33.g3xf4 Rc8-c7
34.Rd1-d2 Re8-c8 35.Rc1-d1 Nf5xe3
36.Nc2xe3 Rc7xc5 37.Kh2-g2 Rc5-c3
38.Rd2-d8+ Kg8-h7 39.Rd8xc8
Rc3xc8 -0.60/12 ] 30.Be3-f2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30.g3-g4
Rd8xd1 31.g4xf5 Rd1xc1 32.f5xe6
Rc1xc2+ 33.Kh2-h1 e5-e4 34.Qf3-f5
Rc8-e8 35.e6xf7+ Kg8xf7 36.a2-a3
Re8-h8 37.Be3-d4 Rh8-h5 38.Qf5-f1
Rh5-g5 -0.57/12 ] 30...e5-e4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30...Nf5-e7
31.Rd1xd8+ Rc8xd8 32.Qf3-e2
Ne7-c6 33.a2-a3 a7-a5 34.Rc1-b1
Qe6-d5 35.Nc2-e3 Qd5xc5 36.Qe2-c4
Qc5xc4 37.Ne3xc4 Nf6-e4
38.Kh2-g2 -0.48/12 ] 31.Qf3-b3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31.Rd1xd8+
Rc8xd8 32.Qf3-f4 Nf6-d5 33.Qf4-g5
f7-f6 34.Qg5-g6 Nd5-c3 35.Nc2-e3
Nf5xe3 36.Rc1xc3 Qe6xa2 -0.64/13 ]
31...Qe6-e5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31...Nf6-d5 32.Nc2-d4 Qe6-f6
33.Qb3-a3 a7-a6 34.Nd4xf5 Qf6xf5
35.Bf2-d4 Qf5-e6 36.Qa3-b2 Rc8-b8
37.Qb2-e2 Nd5-b4 38.Rc1-b1 Nb4-d3
39.Rb1xb8 Rd8xb8 -0.79/12 ]
32.Nc2-e3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32.a2-a3 Rc8-b8 33.Rd1xd8+ Rb8xd8
34.Rc1-b1 Nf6-h5 35.Qb3-b2 Qe5xb2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


36.Rb1xb2 Rd8-d2 37.Kh2-g1 Nh5xg3
38.Kg1-g2 Ng3-h5 39.Rb2-b8+
Kg8-h7 -0.76/11 ] 32...Rd8xd1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32...Nf5-d4
33.Qb3-c3 Nd4-f3+ 34.Kh2-g2
Rd8xd1 35.Qc3xe5 Rd1xc1
36.Qe5-e7 Nf3-e1+ 37.Bf2xe1 Rc1xe1
38.Qe7-b7 Rc8xc5 39.Kg2-f2 Re1-h1
40.Kf2-g2 Rh1-c1 41.Qb7xa7 Rc5-c3
42.Qa7-b8+ Rc3-c8 43.Qb8-b7
Rc8-d8 44.Qb7-b2 Rc1-e1 45.Qb2-f2
-0.70/12 ] 33.Qb3xd1 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 33.Qb3xd1 Rc8xc5
34.Rc1xc5 Qe5xc5 35.Qd1-c2 Qc5xc2
36.Ne3xc2 a7-a6 37.g3-g4 Nf5-e7
38.Kh2-g3 Nf6-d5 39.Bf2-c5 g7-g5
40.Kg3-f2 Ne7-c6 41.Bc5-e3 Nd5-f4
42.Kf2-g3 Nf4-e6 43.Kg3-f2 Kg8-g7
-0.53/15 ] 33...Rc8xc5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 33...Rc8xc5 34.Rc1xc5
Qe5xc5 35.Qd1-c2 Qc5xc2
36.Ne3xc2 a7-a6 37.g3-g4 Nf5-e7
38.Kh2-g3 Nf6-d5 39.Bf2-c5 g7-g5
40.Kg3-f2 Ne7-c6 41.Bc5-e3 Nd5-f4
42.Kf2-g3 Nf4-e6 43.Kg3-f2 Kg8-g7
-0.37/14 ] 34.Ne3-c4?? the position is
going down the drain [ 34.Rc1xc5
Qe5xc5 35.Qd1-c2 Qc5xc2
36.Ne3xc2 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34.Rc1xc5 Qe5xc5 35.Qd1-c2 Qc5xc2
36.Ne3xc2 a7-a6 37.g3-g4 Nf5-e7
38.Kh2-g3 Nf6-d5 39.Bf2-c5 g7-g5
40.Kg3-f2 Ne7-c6 41.Bc5-e3 Nd5-f4
42.Kf2-g3 Nf4-e6 43.Kg3-f2 Kg8-g7
-0.50/16 ] 34...Qe5-c7-+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 34...Qe5-c7 35.Bf2xc5
Qc7xg3+ 36.Kh2-h1 Qg3xh3+
37.Kh1-g1 Nf6-g4 38.Qd1-e2 Nf5-h4
39.Nc4-d2 Qh3-g3+ 40.Kg1-h1 Nh4-f3
41.Nd2xf3 e4xf3 42.Qe2-e8+ Kg8-h7
43.Rc1-c2 f3-f2 44.Rc2xf2 Ng4xf2+
45.Bc5xf2 Qg3xf2 46.a2-a3 Qf2-f1+
47.Kh1-h2 Qf1-f4+ 48.Kh2-g2
Qf4-d2+ 49.Kg2-g3 Qd2-d3+
50.Kg3-f4 Qd3-d4+ 51.Kf4-g3

142

Qd4-d6+ 52.Kg3-g2 Qd6-d5+


53.Kg2-g3 Qd5-d6+ 54.Kg3-g2
-2.01/14 ] 35.Bf2xc5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 35.Bf2xc5 Qc7xg3+
36.Kh2-h1 Qg3xh3+ 37.Kh1-g1
Nf6-g4 38.Qd1-e2 Nf5-h4 39.Nc4-d2
Qh3-g3+ 40.Kg1-h1 Nh4-f3 41.Nd2xf3
e4xf3 42.Qe2-e8+ Kg8-h7 43.Rc1-c2
f3-f2 44.Rc2xf2 Ng4xf2+ 45.Bc5xf2
Qg3xf2 46.a2-a4 g7-g5 47.Qe8-d7
Kh7-g6 48.a4-a5 Qf2-h4+ 49.Kh1-g2
Qh4-e4+ 50.Kg2-g1 Qe4-e1+
51.Kg1-g2 Qe1xa5 52.Qd7-d6+ f7-f6
53.Qd6-d7 f6-f5 54.Qd7-d6+ Kg6-h5
55.Qd6-h2+ Kh5-g4 56.Qh2-g3+
-2.34/15 ] 35...Qc7xg3+ [ 35...Qc7xc5
is a bad alternative 36.Qd1-e1 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35...Qc7xg3+
36.Kh2-h1 Qg3xh3+ 37.Kh1-g1
Nf6-g4 38.Qd1-e2 Nf5-h4 39.Nc4-d2
Qh3-g3+ 40.Kg1-h1 Nh4-f3 41.Nd2xf3
e4xf3 42.Qe2-e8+ Kg8-h7 43.Rc1-c2
f3-f2 44.Rc2xf2 Ng4xf2+ 45.Bc5xf2
Qg3xf2 46.a2-a4 g7-g5 47.Qe8-d7
Kh7-g6 48.a4-a5 Qf2-f1+ 49.Kh1-h2
Qf1-e2+ 50.Kh2-g1 Qe2-e1+
51.Kg1-g2 Qe1xa5 52.Qd7-d6+ f7-f6
53.Qd6-d7 f6-f5 54.Qd7-d6+ Kg6-h5
-2.04/14 ] 36.Kh2-h1 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 36.Kh2-h1 Qg3xh3+
37.Kh1-g1 Nf6-g4 38.Qd1-e2 Nf5-h4
39.Nc4-d2 Qh3-g3+ 40.Kg1-h1 Nh4-f3
41.Nd2xf3 e4xf3 42.Qe2-e8+ Kg8-h7
43.Rc1-c2 f3-f2 44.Rc2xf2 Ng4xf2+
45.Bc5xf2 Qg3xf2 46.a2-a4 a7-a6
47.Qe8-c6 Qf2-e2 48.Kh1-g1 -1.97/1 ]
36...Qg3xh3+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36...Qg3xh3+ 37.Kh1-g1 Nf6-g4
38.Qd1-e2 Nf5-h4 39.Nc4-d2
Qh3-g3+ 40.Kg1-h1 Nh4-f3 41.Nd2xf3
e4xf3 42.Qe2-e8+ Kg8-h7 43.Rc1-c2
f3-f2 44.Rc2xf2 Ng4xf2+ 45.Bc5xf2
Qg3xf2 46.a2-a4 a7-a6 47.Qe8-c6
Qf2-e2 48.Kh1-g1 -1.78/9 ] 37.Kh1-g1
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 37.Kh1-g1

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Qh3-g3+ 38.Kg1-f1 e4-e3 39.Rc1-c2
Qg3-h3+ 40.Kf1-g1 Nf5-h4 41.Nc4xe3
Nh4-f3+ 42.Kg1-f2 Nf6-e4+ 43.Kf2-e2
Nf3-e5 44.Qd1-d8+ Kg8-h7
45.Bc5xa7 Qh3-h2+ 46.Ke2-e1
Qh2-g3+ 47.Ke1-d1 Qg3-g1+
48.Kd1-e2 Qg1-f2+ 49.Ke2-d1
Qf2-g1+ 50.Kd1-e2 -0.05/1 ]
37...Qh3-g3+?? ignoring the path to
victory [ 37...Nf6-g4 38.Qd1-e2
Nf5-h4-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37...Nf6-g4 38.Qd1-e2 Nf5-h4
39.Nc4-d2 Qh3-g3+ 40.Kg1-h1 Nh4-f3
41.Nd2xf3 e4xf3 42.Qe2-e8+ Kg8-h7
43.Rc1-c2 f3-f2 44.Rc2xf2 Ng4xf2+
45.Bc5xf2 Qg3xf2 46.a2-a4 a7-a6
47.Qe8-c6 Qf2-e2 48.Kh1-g1 -1.78/11
] 38.Kg1-f1= [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
38.Kg1-f1 e4-e3 39.Rc1-c2 Qg3-h3+
40.Kf1-g1 Nf5-h4 41.Nc4xe3 Nh4-f3+
42.Kg1-f2 Nf6-e4+ 43.Kf2-e2 Nf3-e5
44.Qd1-d8+ Kg8-h7 45.Bc5xa7
Qh3-h2+ 46.Ke2-e1 Qh2-g3+
47.Ke1-d1 Qg3-g1+ 48.Kd1-e2
Qg1-f2+ 49.Ke2-d1 Qf2-g1+
50.Kd1-e2 -0.05/14 ] 38...Nf6-g4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 38...e4-e3
39.Rc1-c2 Nf6-e4 40.Bc5xe3 Nf5xe3+
41.Nc4xe3 Qg3-f4+ 42.Kf1-g2
Qf4-g3+ 43.Kg2-f1 Qg3-f4+ 0.04/12 ]
39.Qd1-d8+ [ 39.Bc5xa7?
doesn't work because of Ng4-h2+
40.Kf1-e2 Qg3-g2+ 41.Ba7-f2
Nh2-g4-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39.Qd1-c2 Qg3-f4+ 40.Kf1-e1 e4-e3
41.Bc5xa7 Nf5-g3 42.Nc4xe3 Ng4xe3
43.Qc2-c8+ Kg8-h7 44.Qc8-h3+
Kh7-g6 45.Rc1-c3 Ne3-f5 46.Qh3-g2
Qf4-e5+ 47.Ke1-d2 Qe5-a5 0.16/11 ]
39...Kg8-h7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39...Kg8-h7 1.06/1 ] 40.Qd8-d5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 40.Qd8-d5
Ng4-h2+ 41.Kf1-e2 Nf5-d4+
42.Qd5xd4 Qg3-g4+ 43.Ke2-e3
Qg4-g3+ 44.Ke3xe4 Qg3-f3+

143

45.Ke4-e5 Qf3-f6+ 46.Ke5-e4 Qf6-f3+


47.Ke4-e5 -0.05/14 ] 40...Qg3-f3+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 40...Ng4-h2+
41.Kf1-e2 Nf5-d4+ 42.Qd5xd4
Qg3-g4+ 43.Ke2-e3 Qg4-g3+
44.Ke3xe4 Qg3-f3+ 45.Ke4-e5
Qf3-f6+ 46.Ke5-e4 Qf6-f3+
47.Ke4-e5 0.12/12 ] 41.Kf1-e1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 41.Kf1-e1
Nf5-g3 42.Rc1-c2 a7-a5 43.a2-a4
f7-f5 44.Qd5-d1 Qf3-f4 45.Bc5-d4
Kh7-g6 46.Bd4-f2 e4-e3 47.Bf2xg3
Qf4xg3+ 48.Ke1-f1 Ng4-h2+
49.Rc2xh2 Qg3xh2 50.Nc4xe3
Kg6-h7 51.Qd1-d3 0.37/14 ]
41...Nf5-g3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41...Nf5-g3 42.Rc1-c2 a7-a5 43.a2-a4
f7-f5 44.Qd5-d1 Qf3-f4 45.Bc5-d4
g7-g6 46.Bd4-f2 e4-e3 47.Qd1-d7+
Kh7-h6 48.Bf2xg3 Qf4xg3+ 49.Ke1-d1
Ng4-f6 50.Qd7-c6 Qg3-g1+ 51.Kd1-e2
Qg1-f2+ 52.Ke2-d3 0.38/13 ]
42.Rc1-c2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
42.Rc1-c2 a7-a5 43.Qd5-d1 Qf3-f4
44.a2-a3 f7-f5 45.Qd1-d8 Qf4-f3
46.Qd8-h4+ Kh7-g8 47.Ke1-d2 a5-a4
48.Qh4-e7 Kg8-h7 49.Kd2-c1
Ng3-e2+ 50.Kc1-b1 Qf3-b3+
51.Nc4-b2 0.57/12 ] 42...f7-f5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 42...a7-a5
43.Qd5-d1 Qf3-f4 44.a2-a3 f7-f5
45.Qd1-d8 Qf4-f3 46.Qd8-h4+
Diagram
(Diagram 128)
Kh7-g8 47.Ke1-d2 a5-a4 48.Qh4-e7
Kg8-h7 49.Kd2-c1 Ng3-e2+ 50.Kc1-b1
Qf3-b3+ 51.Nc4-b2 0.33/10 ]
43.Ke1-d2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
43.Ke1-d2 Ng3-e2 44.Bc5xa7 f5-f4
45.Qd5-f5+ g7-g6 46.Qf5-f7+ Kh7-h6
47.Qf7-f8+ Kh6-h5 48.Qf8-h8+
Kh5-g5 49.Qh8-d8+ Kg5-h5
50.Kd2-e1 Ne2-g3 51.Qd8-h8+

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-+-+0{
9+-+-+-zpk0 128
9-+-+-+-+0
9zp-vL-+p+-0
9-+N+p+nwQ0
9zP-+-+qsn-0
9-+R+-+-+0
9+-+-mK-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Kh5-g5 52.Qh8-h3 Kg5-f5 53.Nc4-d6+
Kf5-e6 54.Nd6-b5 Ke6-f7 55.Rc2-c7+
Kf7-f6 56.Ba7-d4+ Kf6-g5
57.Rc7-c5+ 0.83/13 ] 43...Ng4-f6?
[ 43...Ng3-e2!? ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
43...Ng3-e2 44.Bc5xa7 f5-f4
45.Qd5-f5+ g7-g6 46.Qf5-f7+ Kh7-h6
47.Qf7-f8+ Kh6-h5 48.Qf8-h8+
Kh5-g5 49.Qh8-d8+ Kg5-h5
50.Kd2-e1 Ne2-g3 51.Qd8-h8+
Kh5-g5 52.Qh8-h3 Kg5-f5 53.Nc4-d6+
Kf5-e6 54.Nd6-b5 Ke6-f7 55.Rc2-c7+
Kf7-f6 56.Ba7-d4+ Kf6-g5 1.05/11 ]
44.Qd5-d8 [ 44.Qd5-f7 Ng3-e2
45.Nc4-e5 Qf3-f4+ 46.Kd2xe2
Qf4xe5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
44.Qd5-f7 f5-f4 45.Kd2-c1 Qf3-h1+
46.Kc1-b2 e4-e3 47.Nc4xe3 f4xe3
48.Bc5xe3 a7-a6 49.Be3-d4 Qh1-h4
50.Bd4-e5 a6-a5 51.Qf7-c4 Nf6-e4
52.Qc4-c7 Qh4-g5 53.Rc2-h2+
Kh7-g8 54.Qc7xa5 1.60/12 ]
44...Ng3-e2 [ 44...f5-f4!? 45.Kd2-c1
Qf3-h5 46.Bc5xa7 Ng3-e2+ 47.Kc1-b2
Qh5-b5+ 48.Kb2-a1 Qb5-a4
49.Rc2xe2 Qa4xc4+- ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 44...f5-f4 45.Kd2-c1 Qf3-h5
46.Qd8-e7 e4-e3 47.Nc4xe3 f4xe3
48.Qe7xe3 Ng3-f5 49.Qe3-e6
Qh5-h1+ 50.Kc1-b2 Qh1-b7+

144

51.Qe6-b3 Qb7-e4 52.Qb3-b8 a7-a5


53.Qb8-c7 Nf6-d5 54.Qc7xa5 0.97/11 ]
45.Kd2-e1+- [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
45.Kd2-e1 Ne2-f4 46.Rc2-h2+ Nf4-h5
47.Qd8-d2 Qf3-g3+ 48.Ke1-f1 Kh7-g8
49.Qd2-d6 f5-f4 50.Qd6-e6+ Kg8-h7
51.Rh2xh5+ Nf6xh5 52.Qe6xe4+
Qg3-g6 53.Qe4xg6+ Kh7xg6
54.Bc5xa7 Kg6-f5 55.Kf1-f2 Nh5-g3
1.44/12 ] 45...f5-f4 [ 45...Ne2-f4
46.Rc2-h2+ Nf6-h5 47.Qd8-g5
Qf3-c3+ 48.Ke1-d1+- ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 45...Ne2-f4 46.Rc2-h2+
Nf4-h5 47.Qd8-d2 Qf3-g3+ 48.Ke1-f1
f5-f4 49.Qd2-c2 Kh7-g8 50.Nc4-e5
Qg3-g5 51.Bc5-d4 f4-f3 52.Qc2-c7
a7-a6 53.Bd4-f2 Kg8-h7 1.62/11 ]
46.Rc2xe2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
46.Rc2xe2 Qf3-c3+ 47.Qd8-d2
Qc3xc4 48.Bc5-d4 e4-e3 49.Qd2-c2+
Qc4xc2 50.Re2xc2 Kh7-g6 51.Bd4xa7
Kg6-f5 52.a2-a4 g7-g5 53.Rc2-c5+
Kf5-g6 54.a4-a5 g5-g4 55.a5-a6
g4-g3 56.Ke1-e2 Nf6-d7 57.Rc5-c1
Kg6-f5 58.Ba7-d4 Kf5-e4 3.05/13 ]
46...Qf3-c3+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
46...Qf3-c3+ 47.Qd8-d2 Qc3-a1+
48.Qd2-d1 Qa1-c3+ 49.Re2-d2
Qc3xc4 50.Qd1-c2 Qc4xc2 51.Rd2xc2
a7-a5 52.Rc2-c4 Kh7-g6 53.Rc4-a4
f4-f3 54.Ke1-f2 Nf6-g4+ 55.Kf2-g3
Ng4-f6 56.Ra4xa5 Nf6-d5 57.Bc5-f2
Nd5-c3 58.a2-a4 Nc3-e2+ 59.Kg3-g4
3.00/13 ] 47.Ke1-d1 [ 47.Qd8-d2
Qc3xc4 48.Re2-h2+ Kh7-g6+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 47.Qd8-d2
Qc3xc4 48.Re2-h2+ Kh7-g6
49.Qd2-c2 Qc4-d5 50.Rh2-g2+
Kg6-h7 51.Rg2-d2 Qd5-e6 52.Bc5xa7
f4-f3 53.a2-a4 g7-g5 54.a4-a5
Kh7-g6 55.Ba7-f2 Qe6-a6 56.Qc2-c7
g5-g4 57.Qc7-e5 2.00/13 ]
47...Qc3xc4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
47...Qc3xc4 48.Qd8-d4 Qc4-b5
49.Re2-h2+ Kh7-g6 50.Kd1-e1 f4-f3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


51.Rh2-b2 Qb5-a5+ 52.Ke1-d1
Qa5-a6 53.Bc5xa7 Qa6-f1+
54.Kd1-c2 Qf1-e2+ 55.Kc2-c3
Qe2-e1+ 56.Qd4-d2 Qe1-g3
57.Ba7-f2 Qg3-c7+ 58.Kc3-b3
Qc7-f7+ 59.Kb3-c2 Qf7-c4+
60.Kc2-d1 Nf6-d5 61.Kd1-e1 1.23/15 ]
48.Qd8-d4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
48.Qd8-d4 Qc4-b5 49.Re2-h2+
Kh7-g6 50.Kd1-e1 f4-f3 51.Rh2-b2
Qb5-a5+ 52.Ke1-d1 Qa5-a6
53.Bc5xa7 Qa6-f1+ 54.Kd1-c2
Qf1-e2+ 55.Kc2-c3 Qe2-e1+
56.Qd4-d2 Qe1-g3 57.Ba7-f2
Qg3-c7+ 58.Kc3-b3 Qc7-f7+
59.Kb3-c2 Qf7-c4+ 60.Kc2-d1 Nf6-d5
61.Kd1-e1 1.10/16 ] 48...Qc4-b5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 48...Qc4-b5
49.Re2-h2+ Kh7-g6 50.Kd1-e1 f4-f3
51.Rh2-b2 Qb5-a5+ 52.Ke1-d1
Qa5-a6 53.Bc5xa7 Qa6-f1+
54.Kd1-c2 Qf1-e2+ 55.Kc2-c3
Qe2-e1+ 56.Qd4-d2 Qe1-g3
57.Ba7-f2 Qg3-c7+ 58.Kc3-b3
Qc7-f7+ 59.Kb3-c2 Qf7-c4+
60.Kc2-d1 Nf6-d5 61.Kd1-e1 1.21/16 ]
49.Re2-h2+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
49.Re2-h2+ Kh7-g6 50.Kd1-e1 f4-f3
51.Rh2-b2 Qb5-a5+ 52.Ke1-d1
Qa5-a6 53.Bc5xa7 Qa6-f1+
54.Kd1-c2 Qf1-e2+ 55.Kc2-c3
Qe2-e1+ 56.Qd4-d2 Qe1-g3
57.Ba7-f2 Qg3-c7+ 58.Kc3-b3
Qc7-f7+ 59.Kb3-c2 Qf7-c4+
60.Kc2-d1 Nf6-d5 61.Kd1-e1 1.10/15 ]
49...Kh7-g6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
49...Kh7-g6 Diagram
(Diagram 129)
50.Kd1-e1 f4-f3 51.Rh2-b2 Qb5-a5+
52.Ke1-d1 Qa5-a6 53.Bc5xa7
Qa6-f1+ 54.Kd1-c2 Qf1-e2+
55.Kc2-c3 Qe2-e1+ 56.Qd4-d2
Qe1-g3 57.Ba7-f2 Qg3-c7+ 58.Kc3-b3

145

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-+-+0
9zp-+-+-zp-0 129
9-+-+-snk+0
9+qvL-+-+-0
9-+-wQpzp-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
9P+-+-+-tR0
9+-+K+-+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
Qc7-f7+ 59.Kb3-c2 Qf7-c4+
60.Kc2-d1 Nf6-d5 61.Kd1-e1 1.21/14 ]
50.Kd1-c2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
50.Kd1-e1 Qb5-a5+ 51.Qd4-b4
Qa5-c7 52.Rh2-d2 Kg6-f5 53.Rd2-d6
e4-e3 54.a2-a3 a7-a5 55.Qb4-b6
Qc7xb6 56.Bc5xb6 Kf5-e5
57.Rd6-c6 1.11/13 ] 50...a7-a5?
[ 50...f4-f3 51.Bc5xa7 Qb5-a5
52.Qd4-g1+ Kg6-f7 53.Kc2-c1+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 50...Qb5-a6
51.a2-a4 Qa6-c6 52.Rh2-g2+ Kg6-h7
53.Kc2-b3 Qc6-b7+ 54.Kb3-a3 f4-f3
55.Rg2-b2 Qb7-c6 56.Bc5xa7 Nf6-g4
57.Ka3-b4 Qc6-b7+ 58.Ba7-b6 e4-e3
59.Qd4-d3+ g7-g6 1.13/12 ] 51.Bc5-e7
[ 51.Rh2-g2+!? seems even better
Kg6-f7 52.Qd4-d6 Qb5-c4+ 53.Kc2-b2
Qc4-b5+ 54.Kb2-c3 Qb5-d7
55.Qd6xd7+ Nf6xd7+- ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 51.Rh2-g2+ Kg6-f5
52.Rg2xg7 Qb5-e2+ 53.Kc2-c1
Qe2-e1+ 54.Qd4-d1 Qe1-c3+
55.Qd1-c2 Nf6-d5 56.Rg7-g1
Qc3xc2+ 57.Kc1xc2 f4-f3 58.Kc2-d2
Kf5-f4 59.Rg1-e1 e4-e3+ 60.Bc5xe3+
Nd5xe3 61.Re1xe3 f3-f2 62.Re3-e7
f2-f1N+ 63.Kd2-d3 Nf1-h2 64.Re7-e4+
Kf4-f5 65.Re4-a4 Nh2-f3 66.Ra4xa5+
Kf5-f4 1.85/12 ] 51...Qb5-c6+

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 51...Qb5-c6+
52.Kc2-d1 Nf6-g4 53.Qd4-g1 Qc6-d7+
54.Rh2-d2 Qd7-f5 55.Rd2-g2 Qf5-d7+
56.Kd1-c2 Qd7-c8+ 57.Kc2-b2
Qc8-b7+ 58.Kb2-c1 Qb7-c8+
59.Kc1-b1 Qc8-b7+ 60.Kb1-a1
Qb7xe7 61.Rg2xg4+ Kg6-f5
62.Rg4xg7 Qe7-e5+ 63.Ka1-b1
Qe5-b5+ 64.Kb1-c2 Qb5-e2+
65.Kc2-b3 1.22/15 ] 52.Qd4-c5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 52.Kc2-d1
Nf6-g4 53.Qd4-g1 Qc6-d7+
54.Rh2-d2 Qd7-f5 55.Rd2-g2 Qf5-d7+
56.Kd1-c2 Qd7-c8+ 57.Kc2-b2
Qc8-b7+ 58.Kb2-c1 Qb7-c8+
59.Kc1-b1 Qc8-b7+ 60.Kb1-a1
Qb7xe7 61.Rg2xg4+ Kg6-f5
62.Rg4xg7 Qe7-e5+ 63.Ka1-b1
Qe5-b5+ 64.Kb1-c2 Qb5-e2+
65.Kc2-b3 1.10/14 ] 52...Qc6-a4+??
Black falls apart [ 52...Qc6-d5
53.Rh2-g2+ Kg6-h6 54.Qc5xd5
Nf6xd5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
52...Qc6xc5+ 53.Be7xc5 Kg6-f5
54.Rh2-h8 Kf5-g4 55.Bc5-d4 Nf6-d5
56.Kc2-d1 e4-e3 57.Rh8-e8 Nd5-b4
58.a2-a3 Nb4-d3 59.Bd4xg7 Kg4-f3
60.Bg7-d4 a5-a4 1.01/13 ] 53.Kc2-c1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 53.Kc2-c1
Kg6-f7 54.Be7xf6 Kf7xf6 55.Rh2-h5
Qa4-d7 56.Qc5-g5+ Kf6-f7
57.Qg5xf4+ Kf7-g6 58.Rh5-g5+
Kg6-h7 59.Qf4xe4+ Kh7-g8
60.Qe4-c4+ Kg8-h7 61.Rg5-h5+
Kh7-g6 62.Rh5xa5 Kg6-h7
63.Qc4-e4+ Kh7-g8 64.Qe4-d5+
Qd7xd5 65.Ra5xd5 Kg8-f8 66.a2-a4
6.57/13 ] 53...f4-f3 [ 53...Qa4-e8
54.Rh2-g2+ Kg6-f7 55.Be7xf6 Kf7xf6
56.Qc5-g5+ Kf6-e6 57.Qg5-g4+
Ke6-d6 58.Qg4xf4+ Qe8-e5
59.Rg2-g6+ Kd6-d5+- ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 53...Kg6-f7 54.Be7xf6 Kf7xf6
55.Rh2-h5 Qa4-d7 56.Qc5-g5+ Kf6-f7
57.Qg5xf4+ Kf7-g6 58.Rh5-g5+

146

Kg6-h7 59.Qf4xe4+ Kh7-g8


60.Qe4-c4+ Kg8-h7 61.Rg5-h5+
Kh7-g6 62.Rh5xa5 Kg6-h7
63.Qc4-e4+ Kh7-g8 64.Qe4-d5+
Qd7xd5 65.Ra5xd5 Kg8-f7
66.Rd5-d7+ Kf7-f6 67.Kc1-d2 g7-g6
68.Rd7-d6+ Kf6-f5 69.a2-a4 g6-g5
6.71/15 ] 54.Be7xf6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 54.Be7xf6 Kg6xf6 55.Rh2-d2
Qa4-e8 56.Rd2-d6+ Kf6-f7
57.Qc5-d5+ Kf7-f8 58.Rd6-d8 Qe8xd8
59.Qd5xd8+ Kf8-f7 60.Qd8-d5+ Kf7-f6
61.Qd5xe4 f3-f2 62.Qe4-f3+ Kf6-e5
63.Qf3-e3+ Ke5-f6 64.Qe3-f4+ Kf6-g6
65.Qf4xf2 Kg6-h5 66.Qf2-e2+ Kh5-h6
67.Qe2-a6+ g7-g6 68.Qa6xa5 g6-g5
69.Kc1-d2 Kh6-h5 70.a2-a4 11.78/14 ]
54...Kg6xf6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
54...Kg6xf6 55.Rh2-d2 Qa4-e8
56.Rd2-d6+ Kf6-f7 57.Qc5-d5+ Kf7-f8
58.Rd6-d8 Qe8xd8 59.Qd5xd8+
Kf8-f7 60.Qd8-d5+ Kf7-f6 61.Qd5xe4
f3-f2 62.Qe4-f3+ Kf6-e5 63.Qf3-e3+
Ke5-f6 64.Qe3-f4+ Kf6-g6 65.Qf4xf2
Kg6-h5 66.Qf2-e2+ Kh5-h4
67.Qe2-e4+ Kh4-g5 68.Qe4-e5+
Kg5-h6 69.Qe5xa5 g7-g5 70.Kc1-d2
Kh6-h5 71.a2-a4 11.71/15 ] 55.Rh2-d2
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 55.Rh2-d2
Qa4-e8 56.Rd2-d6+ Kf6-f7
57.Qc5-d5+ Kf7-f8 58.Rd6-d8 Qe8xd8
59.Qd5xd8+ Kf8-f7 60.Qd8-d5+ Kf7-f6
61.Qd5xe4 f3-f2 62.Qe4-f3+ Kf6-e6
63.Qf3xf2 g7-g5 64.Kc1-d2 Ke6-e5
65.Qf2-f3 a5-a4 66.Qf3-g4 Ke5-f6
67.Qg4xa4 Kf6-f5 68.Kd2-e3 Kf5-f6
69.Qa4-d4+ Kf6-f5 70.Qd4-d5+ Kf5-f6
71.a2-a4 11.47/14 ] 55...g7-g6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 55...Qa4-e8
56.Rd2-d6+ Kf6-f7 57.Qc5-d5+ Kf7-f8
58.Rd6-d8 Qe8xd8 59.Qd5xd8+
Kf8-f7 60.Qd8-d5+ Kf7-f6 61.Qd5xe4
f3-f2 62.Qe4-f3+ Kf6-e6 63.Qf3xf2
g7-g5 64.Kc1-d2 Ke6-e5 65.Qf2-f3
a5-a4 66.Qf3-g4 Ke5-f6 67.Qg4xa4

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Kf6-f5 Diagram

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9+-+-+-+-0 130
9-+-+-+-+0
9+-+-+kzp-0
9Q+-+-+-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
9P+-mK-+-+0
9+-+-+-+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
68.Qa4-b5+ Kf5-f4 69.Qb5-c4+ Kf4-f5
70.Kd2-e3 Kf5-f6 71.a2-a4 11.71/16 ]
56.Rd2-d6+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
56.Rd2-d6+ Kf6-g7 57.Qc5-e5+
Kg7-h7 58.Qe5-e7+ Kh7-h6
59.Qe7-h4+ Kh6-g7 60.Qh4-f6+
Kg7-h7 61.Qf6xg6+ Kh7-h8
62.Rd6-d8+ Qa4-e8 63.Rd8xe8#
#8/18 ] 56...Kf6-g7 [ 56...Kf6-f7
cannot change destiny 57.Qc5-c7+
Kf7-f8 58.Rd6-f6+ Kf8-e8 59.Rf6-e6+
Ke8-f8 60.Qc7-e7+ Kf8-g8
61.Re6xg6+ Kg8-h8 62.Qe7-h4# ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 56...Kf6-g7
57.Qc5-e5+ Kg7-h7 58.Qe5-e7+
Kh7-h6 59.Qe7-h4+ Kh6-g7
60.Qh4-f6+ Kg7-h7 61.Qf6xg6+
Kh7-h8 62.Rd6-d8+ Qa4-e8
63.Rd8xe8# #7/21 ] 57.Rd6-d8
[ 57.Rd6-d8 Kg7-f6 58.Rd8-f8+ Kf6-e6
59.Qc5-b6+ Ke6-e5 60.Qb6-f6+
Ke5-d5 61.Rf8-d8+ Kd5-c5
62.Qf6-d6+ Kc5-b5 63.Rd8-b8+
Kb5-c4 64.Rb8-c8+ Qa4-c6
65.Rc8xc6+ Kc4-b5 66.Qd6-d5+
Kb5-b4 67.Qd5-b3# ; 57.Qc5-e5+
Kg7-h7 58.Qe5-e7+ Kh7-h6
59.Qe7-h4+ Kh6-g7 60.Qh4-f6+
Kg7-g8 61.Rd6-d8+ Qa4-e8

147

62.Rd8xe8+ Kg8-h7 63.Re8-h8# ;


Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 57.Rd6-d8
Qa4-a3+ 58.Qc5xa3 Kg7-f6
59.Qa3xa5 f3-f2 60.Qa5-b6+ Kf6-g5
61.Qb6xf2 Kg5-g4 62.Qf2-d4 Kg4-g5
63.Qd4xe4 Kg5-h5 64.Rd8-d5+ g6-g5
65.Rd5-d8 g5-g4 66.Rd8-h8+ Kh5-g5
67.Qe4-e5+ Kg5-g6 68.Rh8-g8+
Kg6-f7 69.Rg8-g7+ Kf7-f8
70.Qe5-e7# #14/11 ]
1-0

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D31

Nakamura,Hikaru
Ponomariov,Ruslan
Nakamura-Ponomariov Classical Match (6)
D31: Queen's Gambit Declined: SemiSlav without ...Nf6 (+ Marshall Gambit
and Noteboom) and Exchange
Variation lines without ...Nf6
1.d2-d4 d7-d5 2.c2-c4 e7-e6
3.Nb1-c3 Bf8-e7 4.c4xd5 e6xd5
5.Bc1-f4 c7-c6 6.Qd1-c2 Be7-d6
7.Bf4xd6 Qd8xd6 8.e2-e3 Qd6-g6
9.Qc2xg6 h7xg6 10.b2-b4 a7-a6
11.f2-f3 Nb8-d7 12.Bf1-d3 Ng8-e7
13.Ng1-e2 g6-g5 14.Ke1-f2 Nd7-f6
15.g2-g4 Ke8-d8 16.Kf2-g3
last book move. White king safety
dropped last book move Bc8-d7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 16...Bc8-e6
17.h2-h4 g5xh4+ 18.Rh1xh4 Rh8xh4
19.Kg3xh4 Kd8-c7 20.Kh4-g3 Ra8-h8
21.a2-a4 Nf6-d7 22.b4-b5 c6-c5
23.d4xc5 Nd7xc5 24.Bd3-c2 f7-f5
25.b5xa6 b7xa6 26.Ne2-d4 f5xg4
27.Nd4xe6+ Nc5xe6 28.Kg3xg4
0.05/15 ] 17.a2-a4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 17.Ra1-c1 Diagram
Kd8-c7 18.Nc3-a4 b7-b6 19.Na4-c3
Kc7-b7 20.h2-h4 g5xh4+ 21.Rh1xh4
Rh8xh4 22.Kg3xh4 Ra8-h8+
23.Kh4-g3 Nf6-e8 24.Kg3-g2 Ne8-d6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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9+p+lsnpzp-0 131
9p+p+-sn-+0
9+-+p+-zp-0
9-zP-zP-+P+0
9+-sNLzPPmK-0
9P+-+N+-zP0
9+-tR-+-+R0
xiiiiiiiiy
25.Nc3-a4 0.07/14 ] 17...Ne7-c8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 17...Kd8-c7
18.b4-b5 a6xb5 19.a4xb5 Ra8-e8
20.Kg3-f2 Ne7-c8 21.b5xc6 b7xc6
22.h2-h3 Nc8-d6 23.Ra1-a7+ Kc7-b8
24.Ra7-a1 Kb8-c7 25.Ra1-a7+
0.14/13 ] 18.h2-h3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 18.Ne2-g1 Diagram

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9r+nmk-+-tr0{
9+p+l+pzp-0 132
9p+p+-sn-+0
9+-+p+-zp-0
9PzP-zP-+P+0
9+-sNLzPPmK-0
9-+-+-+-zP0
9tR-+-+-sNR0
xiiiiiiiiy
Nf6-e8 19.Ng1-h3 f7-f6 20.f3-f4
g5xf4+ 21.Nh3xf4 Ne8-d6 22.h2-h4
Kd8-c7 23.a4-a5 Rh8-e8 24.Rh1-e1
Nc8-e7 25.Ra1-c1 0.13/13 ]
18...Rh8-e8 Black threatens to win
material: Re8xe3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 18...Nc8-b6 19.b4-b5 a6xb5

148

20.a4xb5 Kd8-c7 21.b5xc6 b7xc6


22.Ra1xa8 Rh8xa8 23.h3-h4 Ra8-h8
24.h4-h5 Rh8-e8 25.e3-e4 d5xe4
26.Nc3xe4 Nf6xe4+ 27.f3xe4 Nb6-d5
28.h5-h6 0.07/13 ] 19.Kg3-f2
White king safety improved
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.e3-e4 d5xe4
20.f3xe4 Nc8-b6 21.Rh1-f1 Bd7-e6
22.a4-a5 Nb6-c4 23.e4-e5 Nf6-d5
24.Nc3xd5 Be6xd5 25.Ne2-c3 Nc4-e3
26.Nc3xd5 Ne3xf1+ 27.Ra1xf1 c6xd5
28.Rf1xf7 Re8-e7 29.Rf7-f5 Kd8-c7
30.Rf5xg5 Ra8-f8 31.Rg5-g6 0.35/15 ]
19...Nc8-d6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
19...Re8-h8 20.Kf2-g2 Kd8-c7
21.b4-b5 a6xb5 22.a4xb5 Nc8-d6
23.b5xc6 b7xc6 24.Rh1-b1 Nd6-c4
25.Bd3xc4 d5xc4 26.e3-e4 Bd7-e6
27.Ne2-g3 Nf6-d7 0.10/14 ] 20.a4-a5
White gains space [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 20.Ra1-c1 a6-a5 21.b4-b5 g7-g6
22.h3-h4 g5xh4 23.Rh1xh4 Kd8-e7
24.Rc1-h1 g6-g5 25.Rh4-h6 Bd7xg4
26.b5xc6 b7xc6 27.Rh6xf6 Ke7xf6
28.Rh1-h6+ Kf6-e7 29.f3xg4 Ra8-b8
0.35/14 ] 20...Re8-e7 [ 20...Kd8-c7
21.h3-h4 g5xh4 22.g4-g5 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20...Kd8-c7
21.h3-h4 g5xh4 22.Rh1xh4 g7-g5
23.Rh4-h6 Re8-e6 24.Ra1-h1 Ra8-e8
25.Bd3-f5 Nd6xf5 26.g4xf5 Re6-d6
27.Ne2-g3 g5-g4 28.Rh6-h8 Re8-c8
29.Rh8xc8+ Bd7xc8 30.f3xg4
Nf6xg4+ 31.Kf2-f3 Ng4-f6 0.16/15 ]
21.Ra1-c1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.h3-h4 g5xh4 22.Rh1xh4 Ra8-c8
23.Ra1-c1 Bd7-e6 24.g4-g5 Nf6-e8
25.Rh4-h7 f7-f6 26.Rc1-g1 Be6-f5
27.Bd3xf5 Nd6xf5 28.e3-e4 d5xe4
29.f3xe4 Nf5-d6 30.Kf2-f3 f6xg5
31.e4-e5 Re7-f7+ 32.Kf3-g4 0.58/14 ]
21...Nf6-e8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...Re7-e8 Diagram
22.Nc3-a4 Re8-h8 23.Na4-b6 Ra8-b8
24.Ne2-c3 Bd7-e6 25.Nc3-a4 Kd8-e7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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9+p+l+pzp-0 133
9p+psn-sn-+0
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9-zP-zP-+P+0
9+-sNLzPP+P0
9-+-+NmK-+0
9+-tR-+-+R0[
xiiiiiiiiy
26.Na4-c5 Nf6-d7 27.Nc5xd7 Be6xd7
28.Rc1-c2 Rb8-e8 29.Kf2-g2 Bd7-e6
0.27/13 ] 22.Ne2-g3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 22.Nc3-a4 Ra8-b8 23.Ne2-c3
f7-f5 24.Na4-b6 Bd7-e6 25.Rh1-g1
Ne8-f6 26.Rc1-e1 f5xg4 27.h3xg4
Nf6-d7 28.Nc3-a4 Nd6-c4 29.Bd3xc4
d5xc4 0.68/13 ] 22...g7-g6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22...Bd7-e6
23.Nc3-a4 Kd8-c7 24.Na4-b6 Ra8-d8
25.h3-h4 g5xh4 26.Rh1xh4 Ne8-f6
27.Ng3-h5 Nf6xh5 28.Rh4xh5 Nd6-c8
29.Nb6xc8 Be6xc8 30.Rh5-h7 g7-g5
31.Rc1-h1 Rd8-e8 0.48/14 ] 23.h3-h4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23.Ng3-e2
Ra8-b8 24.h3-h4 g5xh4 25.Rh1xh4
Ne8-c7 26.Rh4-h8+ Re7-e8
27.Rh8xe8+ Nc7xe8 28.Rc1-h1
Kd8-e7 29.Nc3-a4 Bd7-e6 30.Na4-c5
Nd6-c4 31.Ne2-c3 Ne8-d6 32.Rh1-h7
g6-g5 0.55/14 ] 23...g5xh4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23...g5xh4
24.Rh1xh4 Ne8-g7 25.Nc3-a4 Ra8-b8
26.Ng3-e2 Ng7-e6 27.Ne2-c3 Ne6-g5
28.Na4-b6 Re7-e8 29.Nc3-a4 Bd7-e6
30.Na4-c5 Kd8-e7 31.Rc1-h1 Nd6-c8
32.Nc5xe6 Ke7xe6 0.69/16 ]
24.Rh1xh4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24.Rh1xh4 Ne8-g7 25.Nc3-a4 Ra8-b8
26.Rh4-h8+ Re7-e8 27.Rh8xe8+

149

Kd8xe8 28.Na4-b6 Ke8-e7 29.Rc1-h1


Rb8-e8 30.Rh1-h6 Nd6-c8
31.Nb6xc8+ Re8xc8 32.Rh6-h7
Rc8-g8 33.Ng3-e2 Ng7-e6 0.61/15 ]
24...f7-f5 [ 24...Ne8-c7 25.Nc3-a4 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24...Ne8-c7
25.Nc3-a4 Nc7-e6 26.Ng3-e2 Ra8-b8
27.Ne2-c3 Nd6-c8 28.Rh4-h7 Nc8-d6
29.Na4-b6 Ne6-g5 30.Rh7-h8+
Re7-e8 31.Rh8-h2 Nd6-c8 32.Nc3-a4
Kd8-e7 33.Nb6xc8+ Rb8xc8
34.Na4-b6 Rc8-d8 0.61/14 ]
25.g4xf5+- [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25.g4-g5 Ne8-c7 26.Nc3-a4 Nc7-e6
27.f3-f4 Bd7-e8 28.Rh4-h8 Ra8-b8
29.Ng3-e2 Nd6-f7 30.Rh8-h4 Nf7-d6
31.Na4-b6 Nd6-c8 32.Nb6-a4 Nc8-d6
33.Na4-b6 0.70/14 ] 25...Nd6xf5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Bd7xf5
26.Ng3xf5 g6xf5 27.Nc3-a4 Re7-f7
28.Na4-b6 Ra8-b8 29.Rc1-h1 Kd8-e7
30.Rh4-h8 Nd6-e4+ 31.Kf2-e1 Ne4-d6
32.Rh1-h7 Rf7xh7 33.Rh8xh7+ Ke7-f6
34.Ke1-f2 Rb8-d8 35.Bd3-c2 Ne8-g7
0.73/16 ] 26.Ng3xf5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 26.Bd3xf5 Bd7xf5 27.Rh4-h8
Kd8-d7 28.Nc3-a4 Ra8-d8 29.Rh8-f8
Ne8-g7 30.Rf8-f6 Kd7-c7 31.Na4-b6
Kc7-b8 32.Rc1-h1 Rd8-e8 33.Rh1-h7
Bf5-d3 34.e3-e4 d5xe4 35.f3xe4
0.63/15 ] 26...g6xf5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 26...Bd7xf5 27.e3-e4 d5xe4
28.f3xe4 Bf5-e6 29.Rh4-h8 Kd8-d7
30.Nc3-a4 Kd7-c7 31.d4-d5 Be6-d7
32.Kf2-g3 Ra8-d8 33.Na4-c5 Ne8-d6
34.Rh8-h6 Rd8-g8 0.77/15 ]
27.Rh4-h8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27.Rh4-h6 Ra8-b8 28.Nc3-e2 Re7-f7
29.Ne2-f4 Rf7-g7 30.Bd3-c2 Rb8-a8
31.Nf4-g6 Kd8-c7 32.Bc2-d3 Ne8-f6
33.Ng6-e5 Ra8-f8 34.Bd3-b1 f5-f4
35.e3xf4 0.91/15 ] 27...Ra8-b8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27...Re7-g7
28.Nc3-a4 Kd8-e7 29.Na4-c5 Bd7-c8
30.Rc1-h1 Ne8-d6 31.Rh1-h5 Ke7-f6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


32.Rh5-h6+ Kf6-e7 33.Nc5-e6 Rg7-f7
34.Ne6-f4 Rf7-g7 35.Nf4-g6+ Ke7-d7
36.Ng6-e5+ Kd7-e7 37.Rh6-h7
Rg7xh7 38.Rh8xh7+ Ke7-f6 39.Kf2-e2
Bc8-e6 0.92/16 ] 28.Nc3-a4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.Nc3-e2
Re7-g7 29.Ne2-f4 Kd8-e7 30.Nf4-h5
Rg7-f7 31.Rc1-h1 Diagram

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9+p+lmkr+-0 134
9p+p+-+-+0
9zP-+p+p+N0
9-zP-zP-+-+0
9+-+LzPP+-0
9-+-+-mK-+0
9+-+-+-+R0
xiiiiiiiiy
Ke7-d6 32.Rh8-h6+ Kd6-c7
33.Nh5-f4 Rb8-c8 34.Rh1-c1 Kc7-b8
35.Rc1-g1 Rf7-g7 36.Rg1xg7 Ne8xg7
37.Rh6-h7 Rc8-g8 0.87/15 ]
28...Kd8-c7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28...Kd8-c7 29.Na4-b6 Bd7-e6
30.Rc1-h1 Rb8-d8 31.Rh8-h7 Re7xh7
32.Rh1xh7+ Kc7-b8 33.Rh7-e7
Ne8-c7 34.Kf2-g3 Rd8-h8 35.Kg3-f4
Rh8-h3 36.Bd3-b1 Rh3-h5 37.Kf4-e5
Rh5-h3 38.Ke5-d6 Rh3-h1 39.Re7xc7
Rh1xb1 40.Rc7-g7 0.98/16 ]
29.Na4-b6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29.Na4-b6 Bd7-e6 30.Rc1-h1 Rb8-d8
31.Rh8-h7 Re7xh7 32.Rh1xh7+
Kc7-b8 33.Rh7-e7 Ne8-c7 34.Kf2-g3
Rd8-h8 35.Kg3-f4 Rh8-h3 36.Bd3-b1
Rh3-h5 37.Kf4-e5 Rh5-h3 38.Ke5-d6
Rh3-h1 39.Bb1-d3 Rh1-h6 40.Bd3-e2
Be6-c8+ 41.Kd6-e5 Bc8-e6 42.Be2-f1
Rh6-h1 43.Bf1-g2 Rh1-h6 0.77/16 ]
29...Bd7-e6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

150

29...Bd7-e6 30.Rc1-h1 Rb8-d8


31.Rh8-h7 Re7xh7 32.Rh1xh7+
Kc7-b8 33.Rh7-e7 Ne8-c7 34.Kf2-g3
Rd8-h8 35.Kg3-f4 Rh8-h3 36.Bd3-b1
Rh3-h5 37.Kf4-e5 Rh5-h3 38.Ke5-d6
Rh3-h1 39.Bb1-d3 Rh1-h6 40.Bd3-e2
Be6-c8+ 41.Kd6-e5 Bc8-e6 42.Be2-f1
Rh6-h1 43.Bf1-g2 Rh1-h6 0.93/17 ]
30.Rh8-f8 [ 30.Bd3xf5 Be6xf5
31.Nb6xd5+ Kc7-d7 32.Nd5xe7
Kd7xe7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.Rc1-h1 Rb8-d8 31.Rh8-h7 Re7xh7
32.Rh1xh7+ Kc7-b8 33.Rh7-e7
Ne8-c7 34.Kf2-g3 Rd8-h8 35.Kg3-f4
Rh8-h3 36.Bd3-c2 Rh3-h5 37.Kf4-e5
Rh5-h3 38.Ke5-d6 Rh3-h2 39.Re7xc7
Rh2xc2 40.Rc7-g7 0.82/15 ]
30...Re7-f7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30...Re7-f7 31.Rf8xf7+ Be6xf7
32.Bd3xf5 Ne8-d6 33.Bf5-d3 Rb8-h8
34.Rc1-g1 Rh8-h2+ 35.Rg1-g2
Rh2-h3 36.Rg2-g7 Kc7-d8 37.Rg7-h7
Rh3xh7 38.Bd3xh7 Kd8-e7 39.Kf2-e2
Bf7-e6 40.Bh7-c2 Nd6-c4 0.89/17 ]
31.Rf8xf7+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31.Rf8xf7+ Be6xf7 32.Bd3xf5 Ne8-d6
33.Bf5-d3 Rb8-h8 34.Rc1-g1 Rh8-h2+
35.Rg1-g2 Rh2-h3 36.Rg2-g7 Kc7-d8
37.Rg7-h7 Rh3xh7 38.Bd3xh7 Kd8-e7
39.Nb6-a4 Bf7-e6 40.Bh7-d3 Nd6-c4
41.Na4-c5 Be6-c8 42.e3-e4 Ke7-f6
43.e4-e5+ Kf6-e7 44.Kf2-g3 Nc4-e3
45.Kg3-f4 Ne3-g2+ 0.74/18 ]
31...Be6xf7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31...Be6xf7 Diagram
(Diagram 135)
32.Bd3xf5 Ne8-d6 33.Bf5-d3 Rb8-h8
34.Rc1-g1 Rh8-h2+ 35.Rg1-g2
Rh2-h3 36.Rg2-g7 Kc7-d8 37.Rg7-h7
Rh3xh7 38.Bd3xh7 Nd6-c4 39.Nb6-a4
Bf7-e6 40.Na4-c5 Be6-c8 41.Bh7-d3
Kd8-e7 42.e3-e4 Ke7-f6 43.e4-e5+
Kf6-e7 44.Kf2-g3 Nc4-e3 45.Kg3-f4

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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9-tr-+n+-+0
9+pmk-+l+-0 135
9psNp+-+-+0
9zP-+p+p+-0
9-zP-zP-+-+0
9+-+LzPP+-0
9-+-+-mK-+0
9+-tR-+-+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
Ne3-g2+ 0.84/17 ] 32.Bd3xf5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32.Bd3xf5
Ne8-d6 33.Bf5-d3 Rb8-h8 34.Rc1-g1
Rh8-h2+ 35.Rg1-g2 Rh2-h3
36.Rg2-g7 Kc7-d8 37.Rg7-h7 Rh3xh7
38.Bd3xh7 Kd8-e7 39.Bh7-d3 Bf7-e6
40.Nb6-a4 Nd6-c4 41.Na4-c5 Be6-c8
42.e3-e4 Ke7-f6 43.e4-e5+ Kf6-e7
44.Kf2-g3 Nc4-e3 45.Kg3-f4
Ne3-g2+ 0.70/18 ] 32...Ne8-d6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32...Ne8-d6
33.Bf5-d3 Rb8-h8 34.Rc1-g1 Rh8-h2+
35.Rg1-g2 Rh2-h3 36.Rg2-g7 Kc7-d8
37.Rg7-h7 Rh3xh7 38.Bd3xh7 Kd8-e7
39.Bh7-d3 Bf7-e6 40.Nb6-a4 Nd6-c4
41.Na4-c5 Be6-c8 42.e3-e4 Ke7-f6
43.e4-e5+ Kf6-e7 44.Kf2-g3 Nc4-e3
45.Kg3-f4 Ne3-g2+ 0.80/19 ]
33.Bf5-d3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33.Bf5-d3 Rb8-h8 34.Rc1-g1 Rh8-h2+
35.Rg1-g2 Rh2-h3 36.Rg2-g7 Kc7-d8
37.Rg7-h7 Rh3xh7 38.Bd3xh7 Nd6-c4
39.Nb6-a4 Bf7-e6 40.Na4-c5 Be6-c8
41.Bh7-d3 Kd8-e7 42.e3-e4 Ke7-f6
43.e4-e5+ Kf6-e7 44.Kf2-g3 Nc4-e3
45.Kg3-f4 Ne3-g2+ 0.70/17 ]
33...Rb8-h8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33...Rb8-h8 34.Rc1-g1 Rh8-h2+
35.Rg1-g2 Rh2-h3 36.Rg2-g7 Kc7-d8
37.Rg7-h7 Rh3xh7 38.Bd3xh7 Kd8-e7

151

39.Bh7-d3 Bf7-e6 40.Kf2-e2 Nd6-f5


41.Ke2-d2 Nf5-h4 42.Bd3-e2 Ke7-f6
0.84/17 ] 34.Rc1-g1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 34.Rc1-g1 Rh8-h2+ 35.Rg1-g2
Rh2-h3 36.Rg2-g7 Kc7-d8 37.Rg7-h7
Rh3xh7 38.Bd3xh7 Kd8-e7 39.Bh7-d3
Bf7-g8 40.Kf2-e2 Bg8-e6 41.Ke2-d2
Ke7-f6 42.Kd2-c3 Nd6-c8 43.Nb6xc8
Be6xc8 44.Bd3-c2 0.77/16 ]
34...Kc7-d8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34...Rh8-h3 35.Rg1-g7 Kc7-d8
36.Rg7-h7 Rh3xh7 37.Bd3xh7 Kd8-e7
38.Bh7-d3 Bf7-e6 39.Kf2-e2 Nd6-f5
40.Bd3xf5 Be6xf5 41.Ke2-d2 Ke7-e6
42.Kd2-c3 Bf5-g6 0.84/15 ] 35.Nb6-a4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35.Nb6-a4
Kd8-e7 36.Na4-c5 Rh8-h2+
37.Rg1-g2 Rh2xg2+ 38.Kf2xg2 Bf7-e6
39.Kg2-g3 Be6-c8 40.e3-e4 d5xe4
41.f3xe4 Nd6-e8 42.Kg3-f4 Ne8-f6
43.Bd3-e2 Nf6-d7 44.Be2-g4 Nd7xc5
45.b4xc5 Bc8xg4 46.Kf4xg4 0.94/15 ]
35...Nd6-c4 [ 35...Rh8-h4
36.Rg1-g2+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
35...Kd8-e7 36.Na4-c5 Rh8-h2+
37.Rg1-g2 Rh2xg2+ 38.Kf2xg2 Bf7-e6
39.Kg2-g3 Be6-c8 40.e3-e4 d5xe4
41.f3xe4 Nd6-e8 42.Kg3-f4 Ne8-f6
43.Bd3-e2 Nf6-d7 44.Nc5-a4 Nd7-f6
45.Na4-b6 Bc8-e6 0.90/16 ] 36.Na4-c5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36.Na4-c5
Kd8-e7 37.e3-e4 d5xe4 38.f3xe4
Rh8-h3 39.Bd3xc4 Bf7xc4 40.Rg1-g5
Rh3-h2+ 41.Kf2-e3 Rh2-b2
42.Nc5xb7 Rb2xb4 43.Rg5-e5+
Ke7-f6 44.Re5-f5+ Kf6-e7 45.Nb7-c5
Rb4-b2 1.36/16 ] 36...Rh8-h2+?
[ 36...Kd8-e7 37.e3-e4+- ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 36...Kd8-e7 37.e3-e4 d5xe4
38.f3xe4 Rh8-h3 39.Rg1-g3 Rh3-h2+
40.Rg3-g2 Rh2-h3 41.Bd3xc4 Bf7xc4
42.Nc5xb7 Rh3-b3 43.Nb7-c5 Rb3xb4
44.Kf2-e3 Rb4-b5 45.Rg2-c2 Bc4-f7
46.Nc5xa6 Rb5xa5 47.Rc2xc6
Ra5-a3+ 48.Ke3-f4 Bf7-e8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


49.Rc6-b6 1.17/14 ] 37.Rg1-g2
[ 37.Kf2-g3!? keeps an even firmer grip
Rh2-h8 38.Nc5xb7+ Kd8-e7+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 37.Kf2-g3
Rh2-b2 38.Nc5xb7+ Kd8-e7
39.Rg1-b1 Rb2xb1 40.Bd3xb1
Nc4xe3 41.Nb7-c5 Ne3-f1+ 42.Kg3-f4
Nf1-d2 43.Bb1-d3 Nd2-c4 44.Nc5xa6
Ke7-d6 45.Na6-c5 Kd6-c7 46.Bd3xc4
d5xc4 47.Nc5-e4 Bf7-d5 48.Kf4-e5
c4-c3 49.Ne4xc3 Bd5xf3 50.Nc3-e4
2.35/15 ] 37...Rh2xg2+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 37...Rh2xg2+ 38.Kf2xg2
Nc4-d6 39.e3-e4 d5xe4 40.f3xe4
Kd8-c7 41.e4-e5 Nd6-c8 42.e5-e6
Bf7-e8 43.Kg2-f3 Nc8-e7 44.Bd3-e4
Be8-g6 45.Kf3-f4 Bg6xe4 46.Kf4xe4
Ne7-g6 47.Ke4-e3 Ng6-e7 48.Ke3-d3
Ne7-c8 49.Kd3-c3 Nc8-e7 50.Kc3-d3
Ne7-c8 1.56/18 ] 38.Kf2xg2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 38.Kf2xg2
Nc4-d6 39.e3-e4 d5xe4 40.f3xe4
Kd8-c7 41.e4-e5 Nd6-c8 42.e5-e6
Bf7-e8 43.Kg2-f3 Nc8-e7 44.Bd3-e4
Be8-g6 45.Kf3-f4 Bg6xe4 46.Kf4xe4
Ne7-g6 47.d4-d5 c6xd5+ 48.Ke4xd5
Ng6-e7+ 49.Kd5-e4 Kc7-c6
50.Ke4-e5 1.38/15 ] 38...Kd8-c7
[ 38...Nc4-d6 39.Kg2-g3+- ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 38...Nc4-d6 39.e3-e4
d5xe4 40.f3xe4 Kd8-c7 41.e4-e5
Nd6-c8 42.e5-e6 Bf7-e8 43.Kg2-f3
Nc8-e7 44.Bd3-e4 Be8-g6 45.Kf3-f4
Bg6xe4 46.Kf4xe4 Ne7-g6 47.d4-d5
c6xd5+ 48.Ke4xd5 Ng6-e7+
49.Kd5-e4 Kc7-c6 50.Ke4-e5 1.40/16 ]
39.Bd3xc4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39.Bd3xc4 d5xc4 40.Nc5-a4 Bf7-e6
41.Kg2-f2 Kc7-d6 42.Na4-c3 Be6-f7
43.e3-e4 Kd6-e6 44.f3-f4 Ke6-d6
45.f4-f5 Kd6-e7 46.e4-e5 Bf7-d5
47.Nc3xd5+ c6xd5 48.e5-e6 Ke7-f6
49.Kf2-e3 Kf6-e7 50.Ke3-d2 Ke7-f6
51.Kd2-c3 Kf6-e7 52.Kc3-c2 Ke7-f6
53.Kc2-c3 Kf6-e7 1.72/16 ] 39...d5xc4

152

[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 39...d5xc4


40.Nc5-a4 Bf7-e6 41.Kg2-f2 Be6-d7
42.Na4-c3 b7-b6 43.e3-e4 b6-b5
44.Kf2-e3 Bd7-e6 45.f3-f4 Be6-g8
46.f4-f5 Kc7-d7 47.e4-e5 Bg8-d5
48.f5-f6 Kd7-e6 49.Nc3-e4 Bd5xe4
50.Ke3xe4 Ke6-f7 51.Ke4-f4 Kf7-e6
52.Kf4-e3 Ke6-d7 53.Ke3-d2 Kd7-e6
54.Kd2-c3 Ke6-f7 1.62/16 ] 40.Nc5-a4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 40.Nc5-a4
Bf7-e6 41.Kg2-f2 Be6-d7 42.Na4-c3
b7-b6 43.e3-e4 b6-b5 44.Kf2-e3
Bd7-e6 45.f3-f4 Be6-g8 46.f4-f5
Kc7-d7 47.e4-e5 Bg8-d5 48.f5-f6
Kd7-e6 49.Nc3-e4 Bd5xe4 50.Ke3xe4
Ke6-f7 51.Ke4-f4 Kf7-e6 52.Kf4-e3
Ke6-d7 53.Ke3-d2 Kd7-e6 54.Kd2-c3
Ke6-f7 1.53/17 ] 40...Bf7-e8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 40...Kc7-d6
41.Kg2-f2 Bf7-e6 42.Na4-c3 Be6-f7
43.e3-e4 Kd6-e6 44.f3-f4 Ke6-d6
45.f4-f5 Kd6-e7 46.e4-e5 Bf7-d5
47.Nc3xd5+ c6xd5 48.e5-e6 Ke7-f6
49.Kf2-e3 Kf6-e7 50.Ke3-d2 Ke7-f6
51.Kd2-c3 Kf6-e7 52.Kc3-c2 Ke7-f6
53.Kc2-c3 Kf6-e7 1.47/15 ] 41.Na4-c3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 41.Kg2-f2
Be8-d7 42.Na4-c3 b7-b6 43.e3-e4
b6-b5 44.Kf2-e3 Bd7-e6 45.f3-f4
Be6-g8 46.f4-f5 Kc7-d7 47.e4-e5
Bg8-d5 48.f5-f6 Kd7-e6 49.Nc3-e4
Bd5xe4 50.Ke3xe4 Ke6-f7 51.Ke4-f4
Kf7-e6 52.Kf4-e3 Ke6-d7 53.Ke3-d2
Kd7-e6 54.Kd2-c3 Ke6-f7 1.53/16 ]
41...b7-b6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41...Kc7-d6 42.Kg2-f2 Be8-f7
43.e3-e4 Kd6-e6 44.f3-f4 Ke6-d6
45.f4-f5 Kd6-e7 46.e4-e5 Bf7-d5
47.Nc3xd5+ c6xd5 48.Kf2-e2 Ke7-f8
49.Ke2-e3 Kf8-f7 50.Ke3-d2 Kf7-f8
51.f5-f6 Kf8-f7 52.Kd2-c3 Kf7-e6
53.Kc3-c2 Ke6-f7 54.Kc2-c3 Kf7-e6
1.46/15 ] 42.e3-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 42.e3-e4 b6-b5 43.Kg2-f2
Kc7-d7 44.Kf2-e3 Kd7-e6 45.f3-f4

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Ke6-e7 46.f4-f5 Be8-f7 47.e4-e5
Bf7-d5 48.f5-f6+ Ke7-e6 49.Nc3-e4
Bd5xe4 50.Ke3xe4 Ke6-f7 51.Ke4-f4
Kf7-e6 52.Kf4-e3 Ke6-d7 53.Ke3-d2
Kd7-e6 54.Kd2-c3 Ke6-f7 1.53/18 ]
42...Kc7-b7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
42...b6-b5 43.Kg2-f2 Kc7-d7
44.Kf2-e3 Kd7-e6 45.f3-f4 Ke6-e7
46.f4-f5 Be8-f7 47.e4-e5 Bf7-d5
48.f5-f6+ Ke7-e6 49.Nc3-e4 Bd5xe4
50.Ke3xe4 Ke6-f7 51.Ke4-f4 Kf7-e6
52.Kf4-e3 Ke6-d7 53.Ke3-d2 Kd7-e6
54.Kd2-c3 Ke6-f7 1.60/15 ] 43.Kg2-f2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 43.a5xb6
Kb7xb6 44.Kg2-f2 Be8-h5 45.f3-f4
Kb6-c7 46.Kf2-e3 Kc7-d7 47.f4-f5
Bh5-g4 48.d4-d5 c6xd5 49.Nc3xd5
Kd7-d8 50.Ke3-f4 Bg4-h3 51.Kf4-e5
Kd8-e8 52.Ke5-d4 Ke8-f7 53.Kd4xc4
Bh3-g2 54.e4-e5 2.24/15 ] 43...c6-c5
[ 43...b6-b5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
43...b6-b5 44.Kf2-e3 Kb7-c7 45.e4-e5
Be8-g6 46.Nc3-e4 Bg6xe4 47.Ke3xe4
Kc7-d7 48.f3-f4 Kd7-e6 49.f4-f5+
Ke6-f7 50.f5-f6 Kf7-e6 51.Ke4-e3
Ke6-d7 52.Ke3-d2 Kd7-e6 53.Kd2-c3
Ke6-f7 1.60/16 ] 44.b4xc5 Diagram
[ 44.b4xc5 b6xc5 45.d4-d5+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 44.b4xc5 b6-b5
45.Nc3-d5 c4-c3 46.Nd5xc3 b5-b4
47.Nc3-d1 Kb7-c6 48.Kf2-e3 Kc6-b5
49.f3-f4 Kb5xa5 50.d4-d5 Ka5-b5
51.c5-c6 Be8xc6 52.d5xc6 Kb5xc6
53.Ke3-d4 a6-a5 54.Kd4-c4 Kc6-d6
55.e4-e5+ Kd6-e7 56.f4-f5 Ke7-f8
57.Nd1-e3 Kf8-f7 58.e5-e6+ Kf7-f6
3.30/12 ]
(Diagram 136)
1-0

153

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+l+-+0{
9+k+-+-+-0 136
9pzp-+-+-+0
9zP-zP-+-+-0
9-+pzPP+-+0
9+-sN-+P+-0
9-+-+-mK-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
24

C78

Hikaru Nakamura
Alexey Shirov
Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee NED 1(37).01.2011
C78: Ruy Lopez: Archangelsk and
Mller Defences
1.e2-e4 e7-e5 2.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6
3.Bf1-b5 a7-a6 4.Bb5-a4 Ng8-f6
5.0-0 b7-b5 6.Ba4-b3 Bf8-c5 7.c2-c3
d7-d6 8.a2-a4 Ra8-b8 9.d2-d4
Bc5-b6 10.a4xb5 a6xb5 11.Nb1-a3
0-0 12.Na3xb5 Bc8-g4 13.d4-d5
Nc6-e7 14.Bb3-c2 Qd8-d7 15.Nb5-a3
Ne7xd5 16.h2-h3 Bg4-h5 17.e4xd5
e5-e4 18.Bc1-g5 Bh5xf3 19.Qd1-d2
e4-e3 20.Bg5xe3 Bb6xe3 last book
move 21.f2xe3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.f2xe3 Bf3-e4 22.Rf1xf6 Be4xc2
23.Rf6-f1 Bc2-e4 24.c3-c4 c7-c6
25.Na3-b1 Rf8-e8 26.Nb1-c3 c6xd5
27.Qd2-d4 Qd7-e7 28.Ra1-a7 Qe7-g5
29.Rf1-f2 f7-f6 30.Ra7-d7 Rb8-b3
31.Nc3xd5 0.31/17 ] 21...Bf3-e4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 21...Bf3-e4
22.Rf1xf6 Be4xc2 23.Rf6-f1 Bc2-e4
24.c3-c4 c7-c6 25.Na3-b1 Rf8-e8
26.Nb1-c3 c6xd5 27.Qd2-d4 Qd7-e7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


28.Ra1-a7 Qe7-g5 29.Rf1-f2 f7-f6
Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-tr-+r+k+0
9tR-+-+-zpp0 137
9-+-zp-zp-+0
9+-+p+-wq-0
9-+PwQl+-+0
9+-sN-zP-+P0
9-zP-+-tRP+0
9+-+-+-mK-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
30.c4xd5 Be4-g6 31.Qd4-f4 Re8xe3
32.Qf4xd6 Re3-e1+ 33.Kg1-h2
0.48/15 ] 22.Rf1xf6 last book move
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Bc2xe4
Nf6xe4 23.Qd2-d4 f7-f5 24.Na3-c4
Rb8-b5 25.Qd4-d3 Qd7-f7 26.Rf1-d1
Rb5-b7 27.b2-b4 Qf7-f6 28.Rd1-c1
Qf6-h4 29.Rc1-f1 Qh4-f6 30.Nc4-a5
Rb7-a7 0.29/15 ] 22...Be4xc2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22...Be4xc2
23.Rf6-f4 Bc2-b3 24.Na3-c4 Qd7-b5
25.Ra1-a5 Qb5-d7 26.Ra5-a7 Qd7-e7
27.Qd2-d3 Rf8-c8 28.Qd3-e4 Qe7xe4
29.Rf4xe4 f7-f5 30.Re4-d4 Bb3xc4
31.Rd4xc4 Rb8xb2 32.Ra7xc7
Rc8xc7 33.Rc4xc7 0.38/15 ] 23.Rf6-f4
[Inferior is 23.Qd2xc2 g7xf6
24.Na3-c4 Rb8-a8= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 23.Rf6-f1 Bc2-e4 24.c3-c4 c7-c6
25.Na3-b1 Rf8-e8 26.Nb1-c3 c6xd5
27.Qd2-d4 Qd7-e7 28.Ra1-a7 Qe7-g5
29.Rf1-f2 f7-f6 30.Ra7-d7 Rb8-b3
31.Nc3xd5 0.31/15 ] 23...Bc2-g6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23...Bc2-b3
24.Na3-c4 Qd7-b5 25.Ra1-a5 Qb5-d7
26.Ra5-a7 Qd7-e7 27.Qd2-d3 Rf8-c8
28.Qd3-e4 Qe7xe4 29.Rf4xe4 f7-f5
30.Re4-d4 Bb3xc4 31.Rd4xc4 Rb8xb2

154

32.Ra7xc7 Rc8xc7 33.Rc4xc7 0.38/15


] 24.Na3-c4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24.c3-c4 Qd7-a4 25.Ra1-c1 Rb8-b3
26.Na3-b5 Rb3-d3 27.Qd2-e2 Qa4-b3
28.Rc1-c3 Rd3xc3 29.Nb5xc3 Rf8-b8
30.Nc3-b5 Bg6-d3 31.Qe2-h5
Bd3-g6 0.35/15 ] 24...Rb8-a8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24...Qd7-e7
25.b2-b4 Rf8-e8 26.Qd2-d4 f7-f6
27.Ra1-a7 Rb8-b5 28.Ra7-a6 h7-h5
29.Ra6-a5 Rb5-b8 30.Rf4-f1 Qe7-f7
31.Nc4-d2 Re8-e5 32.Rf1-a1 Rb8-e8
0.42/15 ] 25.Nc4-a5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 25.Ra1-a5 Qd7-e7 26.b2-b4
Rf8-e8 27.Qd2-d4 Qe7-g5 28.Nc4-d2
h7-h5 29.h3-h4 Qg5-g3 30.Rf4-f3
Qg3-e1+ 31.Rf3-f1 Qe1-e2 32.Ra5xa8
Re8xa8 33.e3-e4 f7-f6 0.44/15 ]
25...Rf8-e8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25...Ra8-a6 26.Rf4-a4 Rf8-a8
27.Ra4-a3 Qd7-e8 28.c3-c4 Qe8-e4
29.b2-b4 Qe4-e5 30.Qd2-d4 Qe5-e8
31.Qd4-f4 f7-f6 32.Ra3-a2 0.44/13 ]
26.Ra1-a3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26.Ra1-a4 Bg6-e4 27.Rf4xe4 Re8xe4
28.Ra4xe4 Ra8xa5 29.Re4-b4
Qd7-e8 30.Qd2-d4 Ra5-a1+
31.Kg1-h2 h7-h6 32.Qd4-f4 Ra1-e1
33.Rb4-e4 Qe8-d7 Diagram
(Diagram 138)
34.Qf4-f3 Re1-a1 35.Re4-b4 Kg8-h7
36.Rb4-b7 0.53/16 ] 26...Bg6-e4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26...Bg6-e4
27.Na5-c6 f7-f5 28.Ra3xa8 Re8xa8
29.Rf4-f1 Qd7-f7 30.b2-b3 h7-h5
31.c3-c4 Kg8-h7 32.Nc6-d4 Qf7-g6
33.Nd4-b5 Qg6-f7 34.Nb5-c3 Qf7-e7
35.Nc3xe4 Qe7xe4 0.32/16 ] 27.c3-c4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Na5-c6 f7-f5
28.Ra3xa8 Re8xa8 29.Rf4-f1 Qd7-f7
30.c3-c4 Ra8-a2 31.Qd2-c3 h7-h6
32.g2-g4 Qf7-f6 33.Qc3xf6 g7xf6
34.g4xf5 Ra2xb2 35.Rf1-a1 Kg8-f8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-+k+0
9+-zpq+pzp-0 138
9-+-zp-+-zp0
9+-+P+-+-0
9-+-+RwQ-+0
9+-zP-zP-+P0
9-zP-+-+PmK0
9+-+-tr-+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
36.Ra1-a8+ Kf8-g7 0.31/16 ]
27...g7-g5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
27...f7-f6 28.Rf4-f1 h7-h6 29.Rf1-c1
Qd7-f7 30.Rc1-a1 Re8-e5 31.g2-g4
Re5-e8 32.Na5-c6 Ra8xa3 33.Ra1xa3
h6-h5 34.Ra3-a7 Qf7-d7 35.Qd2-e2
h5xg4 36.Qe2xg4 0.39/14 ] 28.Rf4-f1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.Rf4-f6
Qd7-e7 29.Rf6-f1 f7-f5 30.Na5-c6
Qe7-f6 31.Ra3-b3 Ra8-a4 32.Qd2-e2
Ra4-a2 33.Rb3-b7 Re8-a8 34.Qe2-d2
Qf6-g7 35.Kg1-h2 Qg7-f7 36.Qd2-c3
0.64/15 ] 28...g5-g4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 28...f7-f5 29.Ra3-a1 h7-h6
30.Na5-c6 Qd7-g7 31.Qd2-e2 Kg8-h7
32.Kg1-h2 Qg7-f6 33.Qe2-d2 Qf6-g7
34.Kh2-h1 g5-g4 35.h3-h4 g4-g3
0.55/14 ] 29.h3-h4 [ 29.Kg1-h2
f7-f5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 29.h3xg4
Qd7xg4 30.Na5-c6 Ra8xa3 31.b2xa3
Be4-g6 32.Rf1-f4 Qg4-g3 33.Rf4-f3
Qg3-h4 34.Nc6-d4 Qh4-e4 35.a3-a4
Qe4-d3 36.Qd2xd3 Bg6xd3
37.Nd4-b5 Re8-a8 38.Rf3-g3+ Kg8-f8
39.Nb5xc7 Ra8xa4 0.51/14 ]
29...Qd7-e7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29...g4-g3 30.Na5-c6 f7-f5 31.Qd2-e1
Qd7-g7 32.Nc6-d4 Qg7-e5 33.Qe1-c3
Ra8xa3 34.Qc3xa3 Qe5-f6 35.Rf1-f4
Qf6-e5 36.Nd4-c6 Qe5-f6 37.b2-b4

155

h7-h6 38.h4-h5 Kg8-g7 39.Qa3-a7


0.54/15 ] 30.Qd2-f2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 30.g2-g3 Be4-f3 31.Na5-c6
Qe7-e4 32.Ra3xa8 Re8xa8 33.b2-b3
Ra8-a3 34.Nc6-d4 Qe4-e5 35.Qd2-f2
Qe5-e4 36.Kg1-h2 h7-h6 37.h4-h5
Qe4-d3 38.Kh2-g1 Qd3-e4 39.Nd4xf3
g4xf3 40.Qf2xf3 Qe4xf3 41.Rf1xf3
Ra3xb3 42.Kg1-g2 Kg8-g7 0.44/16 ]
30...Be4-g6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30...f7-f5 31.Na5-c6 Qe7-g7
32.Nc6-d4 Ra8xa3 33.b2xa3 Qg7-e5
34.Nd4xf5 Be4xf5 35.Qf2xf5 Qe5xf5
36.Rf1xf5 Re8xe3 37.a3-a4 Re3-a3
38.Rf5-g5+ Kg8-f7 39.Rg5xg4 Ra3xa4
40.Kg1-f2 Kf7-f6 41.Kf2-e3 h7-h5
42.Rg4-g5 Ra4xc4 43.Rg5xh5
Rc4-c3+ 44.Ke3-d4 Rc3-c2 45.g2-g3
Rc2-d2+ 46.Kd4-e4 Rd2-e2+
47.Ke4-f4 0.47/15 ] 31.b2-b4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31.Na5-c6
Qe7-e4 32.Ra3xa8 Re8xa8 33.b2-b3
Ra8-e8 34.Rf1-e1 Qe4-d3 35.Nc6-d4
h7-h5 36.Kg1-h2 Qd3-c3 37.Nd4-b5
Qc3xb3 38.Nb5xc7 Re8-b8 39.Qf2-f6
Qb3xc4 40.Qf6xd6 Rb8-c8
41.Nc7-a6 0.55/14 ] 31...h7-h5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31...Qe7-e4
32.Qf2-g3 Re8-e5 33.Qg3-f4 Re5-f5
34.Qf4xe4 Rf5xf1+ 35.Kg1xf1 Bg6xe4
36.Kf1-f2 Kg8-g7 37.Kf2-g3 f7-f5
38.Ra3-a1 Kg7-f6 39.Ra1-f1 0.51/14 ]
32.Ra3-c3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32.g2-g3 Qe7-e4 33.b4-b5 Ra8-a7
34.Qf2-f6 Re8-a8 35.Rf1-a1 Kg8-h7
36.Qf6-f2 Kh7-g7 37.Qf2-b2+ Kg7-g8
38.Kg1-h2 Bg6-h7 39.Qb2-f6 0.56/14 ]
32...Qe7-e5 Black threatens to win
material: Qe5xc3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 32...Qe7-e5 33.Rc3-b3 Qe5-g7
34.Rb3-a3 Bg6-e4 35.Qf2-a2 Qg7-e5
36.Rf1-f4 Be4-g6 37.Qa2-f2 Qe5-h8
38.Qf2-d2 Qh8-g7 39.Rf4-f2 Kg8-h7
40.g2-g3 Re8-e5 41.Rf2-f1 Bg6-e4
42.Qd2-b2 Re5-e8 43.Qb2-f6 Qg7xf6

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44.Rf1xf6 0.48/16 ] 33.Rc3-b3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33.Rc3-b3
Qe5-e4 34.Rf1-a1 Re8-e5 35.Qf2-e1
Kg8-h7 36.Rb3-c3 Re5-f5 37.Rc3-a3
Ra8-e8 38.b4-b5 Re8-a8 39.Kg1-h1
Rf5-f6 40.Ra3-a2 Kh7-g7 41.Qe1-c3
Qe4-e5 42.Qc3xe5 d6xe5 0.45/16 ]
33...Qe5-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33...Qe5-g7 34.Rb3-a3 Bg6-e4
35.Qf2-a2 Qg7-e5 36.Rf1-f4 Be4-g6
37.Qa2-f2 Qe5-g7 38.Qf2-d2 Kg8-h7
39.g2-g3 Bg6-e4 40.Rf4-f1 Qg7-g6
41.Qd2-b2 Qg6-g7 42.Qb2-f6 Qg7xf6
43.Rf1xf6 0.48/15 ] 34.Rb3-c3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34.Rf1-a1
Re8-e5 35.Qf2-e1 Kg8-h7 36.Rb3-c3
Re5-f5 37.Rc3-a3 Ra8-e8 38.b4-b5
Re8-a8 39.Kg1-h1 Rf5-f6 40.Ra3-a2
Kh7-g7 41.Qe1-c3 Qe4-e5 42.Qc3xe5
d6xe5 0.45/14 ] 34...Qe4-e5
Twofold repetition [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 34...Qe4-e5 0.20/18 ] 35.Rf1-c1
[ 35.Qf2-e1 Bg6-e4 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 35.Qf2-e1 Bg6-e4 36.Rc3-b3
f7-f5 37.Rf1-f2 Qe5-g3 38.Rf2-e2
Qg3xe1+ 39.Re2xe1 Kg8-g7
40.Re1-a1 Re8-b8 41.Kg1-f2 Kg7-g6
42.Rb3-b2 Rb8-b6 43.Kf2-g3 0.36/14 ]
35...Bg6-e4 The bishop is not easily
driven from e4 [ 35...g4-g3 36.Qf2-f4= ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35...g4-g3
36.Qf2-f4 Bg6-e4 37.Qf4xe5 d6xe5
38.Rc1-a1 Re8-b8 39.Rc3-b3 Kg8-g7
40.Ra1-a3 Be4-c2 41.Rb3-b2 Bc2-e4
42.Ra3-a4 f7-f5 43.Ra4-a2 Be4-d3
44.b4-b5 f5-f4 45.e3xf4 e5xf4
46.Rb2-d2 0.16/16 ] 36.Qf2-f4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36.g2-g3
Qe5-g7 37.Rc3-a3 Be4-f3 38.Rc1-a1
Re8-b8 39.b4-b5 Rb8-e8 40.Qf2-d2
Re8-e4 41.Ra1-c1 Qg7-e5 42.Qd2-f2
Qe5-g7 43.Rc1-f1 Qg7-f6 44.Rf1-a1
Qf6-e5 45.Qf2-e1 Qe5-b2 46.Ra3-a2
Qb2-f6 47.Qe1-d2 0.41/16 ] 36...g4-g3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36...Qe5-g7

156

37.Rc3-b3 f7-f5 38.Qf4-f2 g4-g3


39.Qf2-f1 Kg8-h7 40.Qf1-e2 Kh7-h6
41.Qe2-f1 Qg7-g4 42.Qf1-f4+ Kh6-g6
43.Rb3-a3 Qg4xf4 44.e3xf4 0.19/14 ]
37.Qf4xe5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.Qf4xe5 d6xe5 38.Rc1-a1 Re8-b8
39.Rc3-b3 Kg8-g7 40.Ra1-a3
Diagram

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9rtr-+-+-+0{
9+-zp-+pmk-0 139
9-+-+-+-+0
9sN-+Pzp-+p0
9-zPP+l+-zP0
9tRR+-zP-zp-0
9-+-+-+P+0
9+-+-+-mK-0
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Be4-c2 41.Rb3-b2 Bc2-e4 42.Ra3-a4
Rb8-b6 43.Rb2-a2 Ra8xa5 44.Ra4xa5
Rb6xb4 45.Ra2-a1 Rb4xc4 46.Ra5-a4
Rc4xa4 47.Ra1xa4 Be4xd5 48.e3-e4
Bd5-b7 49.Ra4-c4 Kg7-f6 50.Rc4xc7
Bb7xe4 51.Rc7-c3 Kf6-f5 52.Rc3xg3
0.16/15 ] 37...Re8xe5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 37...d6xe5 38.Rc3-a3
Re8-b8 39.b4-b5 Ra8-a7 40.Rc1-f1
Rb8-a8 41.Rf1-a1 f7-f5 42.Kg1-h1
Kg8-g7 43.Ra3-a2 Kg7-f6 44.Kh1-g1
Kf6-g7 45.Ra2-a3 Kg7-g6 46.Kg1-h1
Kg6-f6 47.Ra3-a4 Kf6-g6 48.Kh1-g1
Kg6-f6 49.Ra4-a3 Kf6-g7 50.Ra3-a4
Kg7-f6 51.Ra4-a3 0.27/18 ] 38.Rc3-a3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 38.Rc1-f1
Kg8-g7 39.Rf1-f4 Kg7-g6 40.Rc3-b3
Re5-e8 41.Rb3-a3 f7-f6 42.Ra3-a1
Kg6-g7 43.Ra1-d1 Kg7-g6 44.Rd1-d4
f6-f5 45.Rf4-f1 Kg6-f6 46.Rd4-d2
Kf6-g6 47.Rd2-b2 Ra8-a7 48.Rb2-a2
Kg6-g7 49.Ra2-a1 Re8-a8 50.Rf1-c1

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0.20/17 ] 38...Kg8-g7 [Houdini 2.0c


f5xe4 51.Nd2xe4+ Kf6-g6 52.Ne4-d2
Pro x64: 38...Re5-f5 39.Ra3-a2 Rf5-f6 Bg4-c8 53.g2-g3 0.42/18 ] 42.Ra1xa3
40.Ra2-d2 Kg8-g7 41.c4-c5 Ra8-e8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 42.Ra1xa3
42.Na5-c6 d6xc5 43.Rc1xc5 Rf6-d6
Be4xd5 43.Nb3-d2 Bd5-c6 44.Nd2-f1
44.Nc6-a5 Re8-d8 45.Rc5xc7 Be4xd5 Re5-e4 45.Ra3-a7 Re4xc4 46.Nf1xg3
46.Na5-c4 Bd5xc4 47.Rd2xd6 Rd8xd6 Bc6-b5 47.Ng3xh5+ Kg7-f8
48.Ra7-a8+ Kf8-e7 49.Nh5-f4 Ke7-f6
48.Rc7xc4 0.23/15 ] 39.Rc1-f1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 39.Rc1-a1
50.Ra8-g8 Bb5-c6 51.Rg8-b8 Rc4-c2
Re5-f5 40.Ra1-a2 f7-f6 41.Ra2-e2
52.b4-b5 Bc6-e4 53.b5-b6 c7xb6
Rf5-e5 42.Kg1-f1 Re5-f5+ 43.Kf1-e1
54.Rb8xb6 0.28/17 ] 42...Be4xd5
Kg7-g6 44.Re2-d2 Rf5-e5 45.Ke1-f1
Sacrifices material [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 42...Be4xd5 43.Nb3-d2 Bd5-e6
Re5-f5+ 46.Kf1-g1 Kg6-g7 47.Ra3-a2
Be4-b1 48.Ra2-a1 Bb1-e4 49.Ra1-e1
44.e3-e4 Be6-g4 45.Ra3xg3 f7-f5
Kg7-f7 50.Na5-c6 Ra8-a3 51.Nc6-d4
46.Rg3-e3 Re5-e8 47.Kg1-h2 Kg7-f6
48.Kh2-g3 Re8-a8 49.Kg3-f4 Ra8-a2
0.19/17 ] 39...Re5-e8 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 39...f7-f6 40.Rf1-f4 Re5-e7
50.Re3-d3 f5xe4 51.Nd2xe4+ Kf6-g6
41.Ra3-a1 Kg7-g6 42.Ra1-c1 Re7-e8
52.Ne4-d2 Bg4-c8 53.g2-g3 0.36/18 ]
43.Nb3-d2 Loses material [Houdini 2.
43.Rc1-d1 f6-f5 44.Rf4-f1 Re8-b8
45.Na5-c6 Rb8-e8 46.Rd1-a1 Ra8xa1 0c Pro x64: 43.Nb3-d2 Bd5-e6
47.Rf1xa1 Be4-d3 48.Ra1-a7
44.e3-e4 Be6-g4 45.Ra3xg3 f7-f5
Re8xe3 0.27/16 ] 40.Rf1-a1 [ 40.Rf1-f4 46.Rg3-e3 Re5-e8 47.Kg1-h2 Kg7-f6
Kg7-g6 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
48.Kh2-g3 Re8-a8 49.Kg3-f4 Ra8-a2
50.Re3-d3 f5xe4 51.Nd2xe4+ Kf6-g6
40.Rf1-f4 Kg7-g6 41.Ra3-a1 f7-f5
42.Ra1-a3 Re8-b8 43.b4-b5 Rb8-e8
52.Ne4-d2 Bg4-c8 53.g2-g3 0.30/19 ]
43...Bd5-e6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
44.Rf4-f1 Ra8-a7 45.Rf1-a1 Re8-a8
46.Kg1-f1 Kg6-g7 47.Ra3-a2 Kg7-g6
43...Bd5-e6 44.e3-e4 Be6-g4
48.Kf1-g1 Be4-d3 49.Ra2-a3 Bd3-e4
45.Ra3xg3 f7-f5 46.Rg3-e3 Re5-e8
47.Kg1-h2 Kg7-f6 48.Kh2-g3 Re8-a8
50.Kg1-f1 0.24/16 ] 40...Re8-e5
[ 40...Be4-g6!?= is worth looking at ;
49.Kg3-f4 Ra8-a2 50.Re3-d3 f5xe4
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 40...Be4-h7
51.Nd2xe4+ Kf6-g6 52.Ne4-d2 Bg4-f5
53.Rd3-d4 Ra2-a3 54.Rd4-d5 0.37/17
41.Ra1-f1 Bh7-e4 0.10/17 ]
41.Na5-b3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
] 44.e3-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41.Na5-b3 Ra8xa3 42.Ra1xa3
44.e3-e4 Be6-g4 45.Ra3xg3 f7-f5
Be4xd5 43.Nb3-d2 Bd5-c6 44.Nd2-f1
46.Rg3-e3 Re5-e8 47.Kg1-f2 Re8-a8
Re5-e4 45.Ra3-a7 Re4xc4 46.Nf1xg3
48.e4xf5 Ra8-a2 49.Re3-d3 Bg4xf5
Bc6-b5 47.Ng3xh5+ Kg7-f8 48.Nh5-f4 50.Rd3-d4 Bf5-e6 51.b4-b5 Be6xc4
c7-c6 49.g2-g4 Kf8-g7 50.Kg1-f2
52.Rd4xc4 Ra2xd2+ 53.Kf2-g3
Rc4xb4 51.h4-h5 Rb4-b2+ 52.Kf2-f3
Rd2-b2 54.Rc4xc7+ Kg7-f6 55.Rc7-b7
c6-c5 53.Ra7-c7 Bb5-c4 54.Kf3-e4
Kf6-e5 56.b5-b6 Rb2-b3+ 0.30/19 ]
44...Be6-g4 Praise the bishop!
0.27/18 ] 41...Ra8xa3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 41...Ra8xa3 42.Ra1xa3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 44...f7-f5
45.Ra3xg3+ Kg7-f6 46.Rg3-f3 Be6-d7
Be4xd5 43.Nb3-d2 Bd5-e6 44.e3-e4
47.Kg1-f2 Re5-e8 48.e4xf5 Bd7xf5
Be6-g4 45.Ra3xg3 f7-f5 46.Rg3-e3
Re5-e8 47.Kg1-h2 Kg7-f6 48.Kh2-g3
49.Nd2-f1 Kf6-g6 50.Rf3-g3+ Bf5-g4
Re8-a8 49.Kg3-f4 Ra8-a2 50.Re3-d3
51.Nf1-e3 Re8-f8+ 52.Kf2-g1 Rf8-f4

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XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-tr-+0{
9+-zp-+-+-0
9-zP-zp-+k+0
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9+-+-+-+-0
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53.Kg1-h2 Rf4-e4 54.Ne3xg4 h5xg4


0.33/17 ] 45.Ra3xg3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 45.Ra3xg3 f7-f5 46.Rg3-e3
Re5-e8 47.Kg1-f2 Re8-a8 48.e4xf5
140
Ra8-a2 49.Re3-d3 Bg4xf5 50.Rd3-d4
Bf5-e6 51.b4-b5 Be6xc4 52.Rd4xc4
Ra2xd2+ 53.Kf2-e3 Rd2-b2
54.Rc4xc7+ Kg7-g6 55.Rc7-b7
Rb2xg2 56.Rb7-b6 Rg2-g3+
57.Ke3-f2 Rg3-d3 58.Rb6-c6 0.29/17 ]
45...f7-f5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
45...f7-f5 46.Rg3-e3 Re5-e8
47.Kg1-h2 Kg7-f6 48.Kh2-g3 Re8-a8
49.Kg3-f4 Ra8-a2 50.Re3-d3 f5xe4
51.Nd2xe4+ Kf6-g6 52.Ne4-d2 Bg4-f5
53.Rd3-d4 Ra2-a8 54.b4-b5 Ra8-f8
53.Ke3-f4 Ra3-a4 54.Rd4-e4 Ra4-a2
55.b5-b6 Bf5-d7+ 56.Kf4-e3 0.37/17 ]
55.Kf4-e3 Ra2-a3+ 56.Ke3-e2 Kg7-f6
46.Rg3-e3 The rook intends Rg3-e3-d3- 57.Re4-f4+ Kf6-e6 58.Nd2-e4
d5-g5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Ra3-a2+ 59.Ke2-d3 0.37/16 ] 48.e4xf5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 48.e4xf5
46.Rg3-e3 Re5-e8 47.Kg1-h2 Kg7-f6
48.Kh2-g3 Re8-a8 49.Kg3-f4 Ra8-a2
Ra8-a2 49.Re3-d3 Bg4xf5 50.Rd3-d4
50.Re3-d3 f5xe4 51.Nd2xe4+ Kf6-g6
Bf5-e6 51.b4-b5 Ra2-c2 52.Kf2-f3
52.Ne4-d2 Bg4-f5 53.Rd3-d4 Ra2-a8
Kg7-g6 53.Kf3-e4 Kg6-f6 54.Ke4-f4
Kf6-g7 55.g2-g3 Be6-f7 56.Kf4-g5
54.b4-b5 Ra8-f8 55.b5-b6 Bf5-d7+
Rc2-c3 57.g3-g4 h5xg4 58.Kg5xg4
56.Kf4-e3 0.31/17 ] 46...Re5-e8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 46...Re5-e8
Rc3-c1 59.Kg4-f4 Bf7-g6 60.Rd4-d5
47.Kg1-h2 Kg7-f6 48.Kh2-g3 Re8-a8
0.31/18 ] 48...Ra8-a2 Black threatens
49.Kg3-f4 Ra8-a2 50.Re3-d3 f5xe4
to win material: Ra2xd2 [Houdini 2.0c
51.Nd2xe4+ Kf6-g6 52.Ne4-d2 Bg4-f5 Pro x64: 48...Ra8-a2 49.Re3-d3
53.Rd3-d4 Ra2-a8 54.b4-b5 Ra8-f8
Bg4xf5 50.Rd3-d4 Bf5-e6 51.b4-b5
55.b5-b6 Bf5-d7+ 56.Kf4-e3 0.37/16 ]
Ra2-c2 52.Kf2-e3 Rc2-c1 53.g2-g3
47.Kg1-f2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Rc1-c3+ 54.Rd4-d3 Rc3-c2 55.b5-b6
47.Kg1-h2 Kg7-f6 48.Kh2-g3 Re8-a8
c7xb6 56.Rd3xd6 Be6xc4 57.Nd2xc4
49.Kg3-f4 Ra8-a2 50.Re3-d3 f5xe4
Rc2xc4 58.Rd6xb6 Rc4-c3+
51.Nd2xe4+ Kf6-g6 52.Ne4-d2 Bg4-f5 59.Ke3-f4 Kg7-f7 60.Rb6-b5 Kf7-g6
53.Rd3-d4 Ra2-a8 54.b4-b5 Ra8-f8
61.Rb5-d5 Rc3-c4+ 62.Kf4-e5 0.37/18
55.b5-b6 Diagram
] 49.Re3-d3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
49.Re3-d3 Bg4xf5 50.Rd3-d4 Bf5-e6
(Diagram 140)
51.b4-b5 Ra2-c2 52.Kf2-e3 Rc2-c3+
53.Ke3-f4 Rc3-c2 54.g2-g3 Be6-f7
Bf5-d7+ 56.Kf4-e3 0.31/16 ]
55.Kf4-g5 Rc2-c3 56.g3-g4 h5xg4
47...Re8-a8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
57.Kg5xg4 Rc3-c1 58.Kg4-f4 Bf7-g6
47...Re8-a8 48.e4xf5 Ra8-a2
59.Rd4-d5 0.31/19 ] 49...Bg4xf5
49.Re3-d3 Bg4xf5 50.Rd3-d4 Bf5-e6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 49...Bg4xf5
51.b4-b5 Be6-f7 52.Kf2-e3 Ra2-a3+
50.Rd3-d4 Bf5-e6 51.b4-b5 Ra2-c2

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52.Kf2-e3 Rc2-c1 53.g2-g3 Rc1-c3+
54.Rd4-d3 Rc3-c2 55.b5-b6 c7xb6
56.Rd3xd6 Be6xc4 57.Nd2xc4
Rc2xc4 58.Rd6xb6 Rc4-c3+
59.Ke3-f4 Kg7-f7 0.36/17 ] 50.Rd3-d5
White threatens to win material: Rd5xf5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 50.Rd3-d4
Bf5-e6 51.b4-b5 Kg7-f6 52.Kf2-e3
Kf6-e5 53.Rd4-e4+ Ke5-f6 54.Re4-f4+
Kf6-e7 55.Rf4-f2 Ra2-a4 56.Ke3-d3
Ke7-d7 57.Rf2-f1 d6-d5 58.Kd3-c3
d5xc4 0.33/16 ] 50...Bf5-e6
Black threatens to win material: Be6xd5
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 50...Bf5-e6
51.Rd5-d4 Be6xc4 52.Rd4xc4
Ra2xd2+ 53.Kf2-f3 Rd2-b2
54.Rc4xc7+ Kg7-f6 55.Rc7-b7 Kf6-e5
56.b4-b5 Rb2-b3+ 57.Kf3-f2 d6-d5
58.b5-b6 Ke5-d6 59.Rb7-b8 Rb3-b2+
60.Kf2-f3 Kd6-c6 61.Rb8-h8 Rb2-b3+
62.Kf3-f4 Rb3-b4+ 63.Kf4-g5 Rb4-g4+
64.Kg5xh5 Rg4xg2 0.27/16 ]
51.Rd5-g5+ Diagram [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 51.Rd5-d4 Ra2-a4
52.Rd4-e4 Kg7-f6 53.b4-b5 Ra4-a2
54.Re4-e2 Kf6-f5 55.Kf2-e3 Kf5-g4
56.Re2-f2 Ra2-a3+ 57.Ke3-d4
Kg4xh4 58.Rf2-f6 Be6-g4 59.Nd2-e4
Ra3-a1 60.Rf6-f7 Ra1-d1+ 61.Kd4-c3
Rd1-c1+ 62.Kc3-d3 Rc1-d1+
63.Kd3-e3 Rd1-e1+ 64.Ke3-d4
0.23/17 ]
(Diagram 141)
The white rook on an outpost
51...Kg7-h6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
51...Kg7-h6 52.Kf2-e1 Ra2-c2
53.c4-c5 d6xc5 54.Rg5-e5 Be6-g8
55.Re5xc5 Rc2xc5 56.b4xc5 Kh6-g6
57.Ke1-f2 Kg6-f5 58.g2-g3 Bg8-f7
59.Kf2-e3 Bf7-d5 60.Ke3-d3 Bd5-b7
61.Kd3-e2 Kf5-g4 62.Ke2-f2 Bb7-a8
63.Nd2-c4 0.24/17 ] 52.Kf2-e3
[ 52.Kf2-e1 Ra2-a1+ 53.Ke1-e2

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Be6-g4+ 54.Ke2-d3 Ra1-a3+
55.Kd3-d4 Ra3-g3 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 52.Kf2-e1 Ra2-c2 53.c4-c5
d6xc5 54.Rg5xc5 Rc2xc5 55.b4xc5
Kh6-g6 56.Nd2-f3 Be6-d5 57.Nf3-d4
Kg6-f6 58.g2-g3 Kf6-e5 59.Nd4-b5
c7-c6 60.Nb5-c7 Bd5-e4 61.Ke1-e2
0.18/16 ] 52...Ra2-a3+
[ 52...Ra2-a4!?= must be considered ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 52...Ra2-a4
53.Rg5-b5 Ra4-a3+ 54.Ke3-d4
Ra3-g3 55.Rb5-b7 Rg3xg2 56.Nd2-e4
Rg2-g7 57.b4-b5 Kh6-g6 58.Ne4-g5
Be6-c8 59.Rb7-b8 Bc8-f5 60.Rb8-a8
Bf5-g4 61.Ra8-h8 Rg7-e7 62.Rh8-g8+
Kg6-f5 63.Rg8-f8+ Kf5-g6 0.20/16 ]
53.Ke3-d4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
53.Ke3-d4 Be6-f7 54.Nd2-e4 Ra3-a2
55.Rg5-f5 Kh6-g6 56.Rf5-f6+ Kg6-g7
57.Rf6-f2 Ra2-a4 58.Rf2-b2 Ra4-a1
59.Ne4-c3 Ra1-h1 60.g2-g3 Rh1-g1
61.Nc3-e2 Rg1-d1+ 62.Kd4-c3 Rd1-f1
63.Rb2-a2 Rf1-f3+ 64.Kc3-d4 0.37/17 ]
53...Ra3-a1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
53...Be6-f7 54.Nd2-e4 Ra3-a2
55.Rg5-f5 Bf7-g6 56.Rf5-f2 Ra2-a4
57.Rf2-b2 Bg6-f5 58.Ne4-f6 Ra4-a3
59.Rb2-d2 Ra3-g3 60.Kd4-d5 Kh6-g6
61.Nf6-e8 Rg3-b3 62.Ne8xc7 Rb3xb4
63.Rd2-f2 0.42/15 ] 54.g2-g3

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[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 54.c4-c5


62.Ne4-f6 Rb1xb6 63.Nf6xg4+ h5xg4
Ra1-a6 55.Nd2-f3 Be6-f7 56.c5xd6
64.Rg5xg4 Rb6-b1 65.Rg4-g5 Rb1-a1
Ra6xd6+ 57.Kd4-e3 Rd6-e6+
66.Kc3-d4 Ra1-a3 67.Kd4-c5 Ra3-c3+
58.Nf3-e5 Bf7-e8 59.Ke3-d4 Re6-d6+
68.Kc5-d6 0.46/16 ] 57.Kc3-d3
60.Kd4-c3 Rd6-e6 61.Kc3-c4 Re6-f6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 57.Kc3-b2
62.g2-g3 Rf6-f2 63.b4-b5 Be8-f7+
Rc1-d1 58.Kb2-c2 Rd1-a1 59.Nd2-b3
64.Ne5xf7+ Rf2xf7 0.68/15 ]
Ra1-g1 60.Nb3-d4 Be6-d7 61.Kc2-b3
54...Ra1-d1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Rg1-b1+ 62.Kb3-c3 Rb1-f1 63.Kc3-d2
54...Ra1-d1 55.Kd4-e3 Rd1-e1+
Rf1-g1 64.Nd4-c2 Bd7-e6 65.Nc2-e3
56.Ke3-d3 Re1-g1 57.c4-c5 d6xc5
Rg1-a1 66.Ne3-f5+ Be6xf5 67.Rg5xf5
58.b4xc5 Rg1-d1 59.Kd3-e3 Rd1-e1+
Ra1-a4 0.41/18 ] 57...Be6-f7
60.Ke3-d4 Re1-d1 61.Kd4-e5 Be6-g4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 57...Be6-f7
62.Nd2-e4 Rd1-d3 63.c5-c6 Rd3-a3
58.Nd2-b3 Bf7xc4+ 59.Kd3-d2 Rc1-g1
64.Ke5-d4 Ra3-a4+ 65.Kd4-d5
60.Nb3-d4 Kh6-h7 61.Rg5xh5+
Ra4-a5+ 66.Kd5-c4 Ra5-a4+
Kh7-g6 62.Rh5-g5+ Kg6-f6 63.Rg5-g4
67.Kc4-d3 Ra4-a3+ 68.Ne4-c3
Rg1-h1 64.Rg4-f4+ Kf6-g6 65.Kd2-c2
Rh1-h3 66.Rf4-g4+ Kg6-f6 67.Rg4-g5
0.47/18 ] 55.Kd4-c3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
Rh3-h1 68.Rg5-f5+ Kf6-g6 69.Rf5-f8
x64: 55.Kd4-e3 Rd1-e1+ 56.Ke3-d3
Re1-g1 57.c4-c5 d6xc5 58.b4xc5
Bc4-d5 0.47/16 ] 58.Nd2-b3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 58.Nd2-b3
Rg1-d1 59.Kd3-e3 Rd1-e1+
60.Ke3-d4 Re1-d1 61.Kd4-e5 Be6-g4
Bf7xc4+ 59.Kd3-d2 Rc1-g1 60.Nb3-d4
62.Nd2-e4 Rd1-d3 63.c5-c6 Rd3-a3
Kh6-h7 61.Rg5xh5+ Kh7-g6
64.Ke5-d4 Ra3-a4+ 65.Kd4-d5
62.Rh5-g5+ Kg6-f6 63.Rg5-g4 Rg1-h1
Ra4-a5+ 66.Kd5-c4 Ra5-a4+
64.Rg4-f4+ Kf6-g6 65.Rf4-e4 Kg6-f6
66.Re4-g4 Kf6-f7 67.Kd2-c3 Rh1-c1+
67.Kc4-d3 Ra4-a3+ 68.Ne4-c3
68.Kc3-b2 Rc1-h1 69.Rg4-g5 Rh1-e1
Bg4-e6 69.Kd3-d4 0.40/18 ]
55...Rd1-g1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
70.Kb2-c3 Re1-c1+ 71.Kc3-b4
55...Rd1-c1+ 56.Kc3-b2 Rc1-d1
Bc4-d3 0.41/18 ] 58...Rc1-d1+
57.Kb2-c2 Rd1-g1 58.b4-b5 Rg1-g2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 58...Bf7xc4+
59.Kd3-d2 Rc1-g1 60.Nb3-d4 Kh6-h7
59.Kc2-c3 Rg2-g1 60.Kc3-d3 Rg1-a1
61.Rg5xh5+ Kh7-g6 62.Rh5-g5+
61.Nd2-b3 Ra1-g1 62.Nb3-d4 Be6-g4
63.c4-c5 Rg1-d1+ 64.Kd3-e4 Rd1-e1+ Kg6-f6 63.Rg5-g4 Rg1-h1 64.Rg4-f4+
65.Ke4-d5 d6xc5 66.Nd4-f5+ Bg4xf5
Kf6-g6 65.Rf4-e4 Kg6-f6 66.Re4-g4
Rh1-h3 67.Kd2-e3 Rh3-h1 68.Rg4-f4+
67.Rg5xf5 Re1-e3 68.Rf5-f7 0.45/16 ]
56.b4-b5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Kf6-g6 69.Ke3-f3 Bc4-d5+ 70.Kf3-g4
56.b4-b5 Rg1-c1+ 57.Kc3-b2 Rc1-d1
0.45/17 ] 59.Kd3-e2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
58.Kb2-c2 Rd1-a1 59.Nd2-b3 Ra1-g1
x64: 59.Kd3-c2 Rd1-e1 60.c4-c5
60.Nb3-d4 Be6-c8 61.Kc2-d3 Bc8-g4
d6xc5 61.Nb3xc5 Re1-e3 62.Nc5-a6
62.c4-c5 Rg1-d1+ 63.Kd3-e4 Rd1-e1+ Bf7-g6+ 63.Kc2-b2 Re3-e2+
64.Ke4-d5 d6xc5 65.Nd4-f5+ Bg4xf5
64.Kb2-b3 Bg6-f7+ 65.Kb3-c3 Bf7-g6
66.Rg5xf5 Re1-e3 67.Rf5-f7 0.44/17 ]
66.Na6-c5 Re2-c2+ 67.Kc3-d4 Rc2-b2
56...Rg1-c1+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
68.Nc5-d3 Bg6xd3 69.Kd4xd3 0.50/16
56...Rg1-a1 57.Nd2-b3 Ra1-g1
] 59...Rd1-b1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
58.c4-c5 d6xc5 59.Nb3xc5 Be6-g4
59...Rd1-h1 60.Nb3-d4 Bf7xc4+
60.Nc5-e4 c7-c6 61.b5-b6 Rg1-b1
61.Ke2-d2 Kh6-h7 62.Rg5xh5+

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Kh7-g6 63.Rh5-g5+ Kg6-f6 64.Rg5-g4
Kf6-f7 65.Kd2-c3 Rh1-c1+ 66.Kc3-b2
Rc1-h1 67.Rg4-g5 Bc4-d3 68.h4-h5
Kf7-f6 0.45/17 ] 60.Nb3-d4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 60.Nb3-d4
Bf7xc4+ 61.Ke2-d2 Bc4-a2 62.Kd2-c3
Rb1-h1 63.Nd4-f5+ Kh6-h7 64.b5-b6
c7xb6 65.Rg5xh5+ Kh7-g6
66.Rh5-g5+ Kg6-h7 67.Nf5xd6
Rh1-g1 68.Nd6-e4 Kh7-h6 69.Kc3-d4
Ba2-b1 70.Ne4-d6 Bb1-g6 71.Kd4-e5
Rg1-e1+ 72.Ke5-f4 Re1-f1+
73.Kf4-e5 0.54/19 ] 60...Bf7xc4+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 60...Bf7xc4+
61.Ke2-d2 Bc4-a2 62.Kd2-c3 Rb1-g1
63.b5-b6 c7xb6 64.Nd4-f5+ Kh6-h7
65.Rg5xh5+ Kh7-g6 66.Rh5-g5+
Kg6-h7 67.Nf5xd6 Ba2-e6 68.Nd6-e4
Rg1-c1+ 69.Kc3-d4 Kh7-h6
70.Rg5-b5 Rc1-c6 71.Kd4-e3 Be6-c4
72.Rb5-e5 Bc4-e6 73.Ke3-f4 0.59/18 ]
61.Ke2-d2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
61.Ke2-d2 Bc4-a2 62.Kd2-c3 Rb1-d1
63.Nd4-f5+ Kh6-h7 64.Rg5xh5+
Kh7-g6 65.Rh5-g5+ Kg6-f6 66.Nf5-d4
Rd1-h1 67.Rg5-f5+ Kf6-g6 68.Rf5-f4
Ba2-d5 69.Rf4-g4+ Kg6-f6 70.Kc3-d3
Rh1-d1+ 71.Kd3-e2 Rd1-b1 72.h4-h5
Bd5-c4+ 73.Ke2-f3 Bc4xb5
74.Rg4-g6+ Kf6-e5 0.44/18 ]
61...d6-d5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
61...Bc4-a2 62.Kd2-c3 Rb1-d1
63.Nd4-f5+ Kh6-h7 64.Rg5xh5+
Kh7-g6 65.Rh5-g5+ Kg6-f6 66.Nf5-d4
Rd1-h1 67.Rg5-f5+ Kf6-g6 68.Kc3-d2
Ba2-c4 69.Rf5-g5+ Kg6-f6 70.Kd2-e3
Rh1-e1+ 71.Ke3-f3 Bc4-d3 72.Kf3-f2
Re1-f1+ 73.Kf2-e3 Bd3-b1
74.Nd4-c6 0.46/15 ] 62.Nd4-f5+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 62.Nd4-f5+
Kh6-h7 63.Rg5xh5+ Kh7-g8
64.Rh5-g5+ Kg8-h8 65.Nf5-d4
Rb1-b2+ 66.Kd2-e3 Rb2-b1 67.Ke3-f4
Rb1-e1 68.Rg5-h5+ Kh8-g8
69.Rh5-e5 Re1-f1+ 70.Kf4-g5 Rf1-d1

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71.Nd4-e6 Bc4xb5 72.Ne6xc7 Bb5-c6


73.Re5-e6 Bc6-d7 0.87/16 ]
62...Kh6-h7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
62...Kh6-h7 63.Rg5xh5+ Kh7-g8
64.Rh5-g5+ Kg8-h8 65.Nf5-d4 Kh8-h7
66.g3-g4 Rb1-g1 67.h4-h5 Rg1-g3
68.Nd4-f5 Rg3-g2+ 69.Kd2-e3 Bc4xb5
70.Rg5-g7+ Kh7-h8 71.Ke3-f3 Rg2-c2
72.h5-h6 Bb5-d3 73.Nf5-d4 Rc2-c4
74.Kf3-e3 c7-c5 75.Nd4-c6 Rc4-c3
76.Ke3-f4 0.93/1 ] 63.Rg5xh5+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 63.Rg5xh5+
Kh7-g8 64.Rh5-g5+ Kg8-h8 65.Nf5-d4
Kh8-h7 66.g3-g4 Rb1-g1 67.h4-h5
Rg1-g3 68.Nd4-f5 Rg3-g2+ 69.Kd2-e3
Bc4xb5 70.Rg5-g7+ Kh7-h8 71.Ke3-f3
Rg2-c2 72.h5-h6 Bb5-d3 73.Nf5-d4
Rc2-c4 74.Kf3-e3 c7-c5 75.Nd4-c6
Rc4-c3 76.Ke3-f4 0.85/17 ]
63...Kh7-g6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
63...Kh7-g8 64.Rh5-g5+ Kg8-h8
65.Nf5-d4 Kh8-h7 66.g3-g4 Rb1-g1
67.h4-h5 Rg1-g3 68.Nd4-f5 Rg3-g2+
69.Kd2-e3 Bc4xb5 70.Rg5-g7+
Kh7-h8 71.Ke3-f3 Rg2-c2 72.Kf3-f4
c7-c5 73.Rg7-b7 0.79/16 ] 64.Rh5-g5+
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 64.g3-g4
Rb1-b2+ 65.Kd2-e3 Bc4xb5
66.Nf5-e7+ Kg6-g7 67.Ne7xd5 c7-c6
68.Rh5-g5+ Kg7-h7 69.Nd5-f6+
Kh7-h6 70.Rg5-f5 Rb2-e2+ 71.Ke3-f3
Re2-e1 72.Kf3-f4 Re1-f1+ 73.Kf4-g3
Rf1xf5 74.g4xf5 0.87/14 ] 64...Kg6-f6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 64...Kg6-f6
65.Nf5-e3 Rb1-b2+ 66.Kd2-d1
Rb2-b1+ 67.Kd1-c2 Rb1xb5
68.Ne3xc4 Rb5-c5 69.Rg5-g4 d5xc4
70.Kc2-c3 Rc5-a5 71.Kc3-b4 Ra5-a1
72.Rg4xc4 Ra1-h1 73.Rc4-c6+ Kf6-f5
74.Rc6xc7 Rh1-b1+ 75.Kb4-c5
Rb1-c1+ 76.Kc5-d6 Rc1-d1+
77.Kd6-e7 Kf5-g4 78.Rc7-c3 Rd1-b1
79.Rc3-e3 Rb1-b2 80.Ke7-d6
Rb2-h2 0.71/19 ] 65.Nf5-e3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 65.Nf5-e3

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Rb1-b2+ 66.Kd2-d1 Rb2-b1+
67.Kd1-c2 Rb1xb5 68.Ne3xc4 Rb5-c5
69.Rg5-g4 d5xc4 70.Kc2-c3 Rc5-a5
71.Kc3-b4 Ra5-a1 72.Rg4xc4 Ra1-h1
73.Rc4-c6+ Kf6-f5 74.Rc6xc7
Rh1-b1+ 75.Kb4-c5 Rb1-c1+
76.Kc5-d6 Rc1-d1+ 77.Kd6-e7 Kf5-g4
78.Rc7-c3 Rd1-b1 79.Rc3-e3 Rb1-b2
80.Ke7-d6 Rb2-h2 0.64/17 ]
65...Rb1-b2+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
65...Rb1-b2+ 66.Kd2-d1 Rb2-b1+
67.Kd1-c2 Rb1xb5 68.Ne3xc4 Rb5-c5
69.Rg5-g4 d5xc4 70.Kc2-c3 Rc5-a5
71.Kc3-b4 Ra5-a1 72.Rg4xc4 Ra1-h1
73.Rc4-c6+ Kf6-f5 74.Rc6xc7
Rh1-b1+ 75.Kb4-c5 Rb1-c1+
76.Kc5-d6 Rc1-d1+ 77.Kd6-e7 Kf5-g4
78.Rc7-c3 Rd1-b1 79.Rc3-e3 Rb1-b2
80.Ke7-d6 Rb2-h2 0.71/17 ]
66.Kd2-d1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
66.Kd2-d1 Rb2-b1+ 67.Kd1-c2
Rb1xb5 68.Ne3xc4 Rb5-c5 69.Rg5-g4
d5xc4 70.Kc2-c3 Rc5-e5 71.Kc3xc4
Re5-h5 72.Kc4-b4 Rh5-h8 73.Rg4-c4
Rh8-h7 74.Kb4-b5 Rh7-e7 75.g3-g4
Kf6-g7 76.g4-g5 Kg7-g6 77.Rc4-c6+
Kg6-g7 78.h4-h5 Re7-e5+ 79.Rc6-c5
0.63/17 ] 66...Bc4-e2+
[ 66...Rb2-b1+!? 67.Kd1-c2 Rb1xb5
68.Ne3xc4 Rb5-c5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 66...Rb2-b1+ 67.Kd1-c2 Rb1xb5
68.Ne3xc4 Rb5-c5 69.Rg5-g4 d5xc4
70.Kc2-c3 Rc5-e5 71.Kc3xc4 Re5-h5
72.Kc4-b4 Rh5-e5 73.Rg4-c4 Re5-e3
74.g3-g4 Re3-h3 75.h4-h5 Kf6-g5
76.Kb4-c5 Rh3-h2 77.Kc5-c6 Rh2-g2
78.Kc6xc7 0.61/14 ] 67.Kd1-c1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 67.Kd1-c1
Rb2xb5 68.Kc1-d2 Rb5-b2+
69.Kd2-c3 Rb2-b5 70.Ne3xd5+ Kf6-f7
71.Kc3-d4 c7-c6 72.Rg5-f5+ Kf7-g7
73.Nd5-e7 Kg7-h6 74.Rf5xb5 c6xb5
75.Ne7-d5 Be2-f3 76.Nd5-f4 Bf3-g4
77.Kd4-c5 Bg4-d7 78.Nf4-d3 Kh6-g7
79.Nd3-e5 Bd7-e8 80.g3-g4 Kg7-f6

162

81.Ne5-d3 Be8-g6 82.g4-g5+ Kf6-g7


83.Nd3-e5 0.95/17 ] 67...Rb2xb5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 67...Rb2xb5
68.Kc1-d2 Rb5-b2+ 69.Kd2-c3
Rb2-b5 70.Ne3xd5+ Kf6-f7 71.Kc3-d4
c7-c6 72.Rg5-f5+ Kf7-g7 73.Nd5-e7
Kg7-h6 74.Rf5xb5 c6xb5 75.Ne7-d5
Be2-f3 76.Nd5-f4 Bf3-g4 77.Kd4-c5
Bg4-d7 78.Nf4-d3 Kh6-g7 79.Nd3-e5
Bd7-e8 80.g3-g4 Kg7-f6 81.Ne5-d3
Be8-g6 82.g4-g5+ Kf6-g7 83.Nd3-e5
1.02/19 ] 68.Kc1-d2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 68.Kc1-d2 Rb5-b2+ 69.Kd2-c3
Rb2-b5 70.Ne3xd5+ Kf6-f7 71.Kc3-d4
c7-c6 72.Rg5-f5+ Kf7-g7 73.Nd5-e7
Kg7-h6 74.Rf5xb5 c6xb5 75.Ne7-d5
Be2-f3 76.Nd5-f4 Bf3-g4 77.Kd4-c5
Bg4-d7 78.Kc5-b4 Kh6-g7 79.Nf4-d3
Kg7-f6 80.Kb4-c5 Kf6-f5 81.h4-h5
Kf5-g5 82.Nd3-e5 0.89/18 ]
68...Rb5-b2+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
68...Rb5-b2+ 69.Kd2-c3 Rb2-b5
70.Ne3xd5+ Kf6-f7 71.Kc3-d4 c7-c6
72.Rg5-f5+ Kf7-g7 73.Nd5-e7 Kg7-h6
74.Rf5xb5 c6xb5 75.Ne7-d5 Be2-f3
76.Nd5-f4 Bf3-g4 77.Kd4-c5 Bg4-d7
78.Kc5-b4 Kh6-g7 79.Nf4-d3 Kg7-f6
80.Kb4-c5 Kf6-f5 81.h4-h5 Kf5-g5
82.Nd3-e5 0.96/18 ] 69.Kd2-c3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 69.Kd2-c3
Rb2-b5 70.Ne3xd5+ Kf6-f7 71.Kc3-d4
c7-c6 72.Rg5-f5+ Kf7-g7 73.Nd5-e7
Kg7-h6 74.Rf5xb5 c6xb5 75.Ne7-d5
Be2-f3 76.Nd5-f4 Bf3-g4 77.Kd4-c5
Bg4-d7 78.Kc5-b4 Kh6-g7 79.Nf4-d3
Kg7-f6 80.Kb4-c5 Kf6-f5 81.h4-h5
Kf5-g5 82.Nd3-e5 0.89/20 ]
69...Rb2-b5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
69...Rb2-b5 70.Ne3xd5+ Kf6-f7
71.Kc3-d4 c7-c6 72.Rg5-f5+ Kf7-g7
73.Nd5-e7 Kg7-h6 74.Rf5xb5 c6xb5
75.Ne7-d5 Be2-f3 76.Nd5-f4 Bf3-g4
77.Kd4-c5 Bg4-d7 78.Kc5-b4 Kh6-g7
79.Nf4-d3 Kg7-f6 80.Kb4-c5 Kf6-f5
81.h4-h5 Kf5-g5 82.Nd3-e5 0.96/17 ]

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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70.Ne3xd5+ [Less advisable is


72...Kf7-f8 73.Re7-e4 Rb5xd5
70.Rg5xd5 Rb5xd5 71.Ne3xd5+
74.Re4xg4 Rd5-a5 75.Kc3-b4 Ra5-h5
Kf6-f5 72.Nd5-e3+ Kf5-e4 ;
76.Rg4-g6 Rh5-h8 77.Rg6-g5 Kf8-f7
78.h4-h5 Rh8-b8+ 79.Kb4-c4 Rb8-a8
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 70.Ne3xd5+
Kf6-f7 71.Kc3-d4 c7-c6 72.Rg5-f5+
80.g3-g4 Ra8-a6 81.Kc4-d4 Ra6-a4+
Kf7-g7 73.Nd5-e7 Kg7-h6 74.Rf5xb5
82.Kd4-c3 Ra4-a3+ 83.Kc3-b4
c6xb5 75.Ne7-d5 Be2-f3 76.Nd5-f4
Ra3-a6 84.Rg5-c5 Ra6-a7 85.g4-g5
Kf7-g7 86.Rc5-c6 Ra7-b7+
Bf3-g4 77.Kd4-c5 Bg4-d7 78.Kc5-b4
Kh6-g7 79.Nf4-d3 Kg7-f6 80.Kb4-c5
87.Kb4-c5 0.88/18 ] 73.Re7-e4
Kf6-f5 81.h4-h5 Kf5-g5 82.Nd3-e5
[ 73.Nd5xc7?! Rb5-b7 74.Re7-e4
Rb7xc7+ 75.Kc3-d4 Rc7-g7= ;
0.89/18 ] 70...Kf6-f7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 73.Re7-e4
x64: 70...Kf6-f7 71.Kc3-d4 c7-c6
72.Rg5-f5+ Kf7-g7 73.Nd5-e7 Rb5-b6
Rb5xd5 74.Re4xg4 Rd5-a5 75.Kc3-b4
Ra5-h5 76.Rg4-g6 Rh5-h8 77.Rg6-g5
74.Rf5-f4 Rb6-b3 75.g3-g4 Rb3-h3
Kf8-f7 78.h4-h5 Rh8-b8+ 79.Kb4-c4
76.g4-g5 Be2-f3 77.Kd4-c5 Bf3-g2
Rb8-a8 80.g3-g4 Ra8-a6 81.Kc4-d4
78.Rf4-d4 Rh3-c3+ 79.Rd4-c4
Rc3xc4+ 80.Kc5xc4 Kg7-f7 81.Ne7-f5 Ra6-a4+ 82.Kd4-c3 Ra4-a3+
83.Kc3-b4 Ra3-a6 84.Rg5-c5 Ra6-a7
Kf7-g6 0.98/15 ] 71.Rg5-e5
85.g4-g5 Kf7-g7 86.Rc5-c6 Ra7-b7+
[ 71.Kc3-d4 c7-c6 72.Rg5-f5+
Kf7-g7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
87.Kb4-c5 0.82/17 ] 73...Bg4-f5?
71.Kc3-d4 c7-c6 72.Rg5-f5+ Kf7-g7
[ 73...Rb5xd5 74.Re4xg4 Rd5-a5 ;
73.Nd5-e7 Rb5-b6 74.Rf5-f4 Rb6-b3
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 73...Rb5xd5
75.g3-g4 Rb3-h3 76.g4-g5 Be2-f3
74.Re4xg4 Rd5-a5 75.Kc3-b4 Ra5-a6
77.Kd4-c5 Bf3-g2 78.Rf4-d4 Rh3-c3+
76.h4-h5 Ra6-b6+ 77.Kb4-c3 Kf8-f7
79.Rd4-c4 Rc3xc4+ 80.Kc5xc4 Kg7-f7 78.Rg4-c4 Kf7-f6 79.Rc4-c5 Rb6-a6
81.Ne7-f5 Kf7-g6 0.91/16 ]
80.g3-g4 Ra6-a3+ 81.Kc3-b4 Ra3-g3
71...Be2-g4 [ 71...c7-c6 72.Re5-e7+
82.Rc5-c6+ Kf6-e5 83.Rc6-c4 0.76/15
Kf7-f8 73.Re7xe2 Rb5-c5+ 74.Kc3-d3 ] 74.Nd5xc7+- [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
74.Nd5xc7 Rb5-b7 75.Re4-c4 Rb7-b1
Rc5xd5+ 75.Kd3-e4+- ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 71...c7-c6 72.Re5-e7+ Kf7-f8 76.Rc4-f4 Rb1-c1+ 77.Kc3-d4 Rc1xc7
73.Re7xe2 Rb5xd5 74.g3-g4 Kf8-f7
78.Rf4xf5+ Kf8-g7 79.g3-g4 Rc7-b7
75.Re2-e4 Rd5-d1 76.h4-h5 Kf7-f6
80.Rf5-c5 Rb7-b4+ 81.Rc5-c4 Rb4-b6
82.Kd4-e5 Kg7-g6 83.Rc4-c5 Rb6-a6
77.Re4-d4 Rd1-c1+ 78.Kc3-d2
84.Rc5-d5 Ra6-a4 85.Rd5-d4
Rc1-g1 79.Rd4-d6+ Kf6-g7
80.Rd6-g6+ Kg7-h7 81.Kd2-c3
Ra4-a5+ 86.Ke5-f4 Ra5-a6 87.h4-h5+
Rg1-g3+ 82.Kc3-d4 0.76/15 ]
Kg6-h6 1.29/16 ] 74...Rb5-c5+
72.Re5-e7+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 74...Rb5-b7
72.Kc3-d4 c7-c6 73.Nd5-e3 Rb5-b8
75.Re4-c4 Bf5-d7 76.Nc7-a6 Rb7-b1
74.h4-h5 Bg4-e6 75.Re5-g5 Rb8-b4+
77.Rc4-f4+ Kf8-g7 78.Na6-c5
76.Kd4-e5 Rb4-b5+ 77.Ke5-f4
Rb1-c1+ 79.Kc3-d4 Rc1-g1 80.Kd4-e5
Rb5-b4+ 78.Kf4-f3 Rb4-b5 79.Rg5xb5 Bd7-c8 81.Nc5-e4 Bc8-b7 82.Rf4-g4+
c6xb5 80.Ne3-c2 Kf7-g7 81.Kf3-f4
Kg7-h6 83.Ne4-d6 Rg1-e1+
Kg7-h6 82.g3-g4 Be6-d5 83.Nc2-d4
84.Ke5-f6 1.18/15 ] 75.Re4-c4
b5-b4 84.Nd4-f5+ Kh6-h7 0.85/15 ]
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 75.Re4-c4
Rc5-e5 76.g3-g4 Bf5-g6 77.Kc3-d4
72...Kf7-f8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Re5-e4+ 78.Kd4-c5 Re4-e2
79.Rc4-d4 Bg6-f7 80.h4-h5 Kf8-g7
81.Kc5-d6 Re2-f2 82.Kd6-e5 Kg7-h6
83.Rd4-f4 Rf2-e2+ 84.Ke5-f6 Bf7-g8
85.Rf4-f5 1.37/16 ] 75...Rc5-e5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 75...Rc5-e5
76.g3-g4 Bf5-g6 77.Kc3-d4 Re5-e4+
78.Kd4-c5 Re4-e2 79.Rc4-d4 Bg6-f7
80.h4-h5 Kf8-g7 81.Kc5-d6 Re2-e3
82.Rd4-f4 Re3-d3+ 83.Kd6-e5 Rd3-d7
84.Nc7-e6+ Bf7xe6 85.Ke5xe6
Rd7-d8 86.Rf4-f6 1.45/17 ] 76.Rc4-f4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 76.g3-g4
Bf5-g6 77.Kc3-d4 Re5-e4+ 78.Kd4-c5
Re4-e2 79.Rc4-d4 Bg6-f7 80.h4-h5
Kf8-g7 81.Kc5-d6 Re2-f2 82.Kd6-e5
Kg7-h6 83.Rd4-f4 Rf2-e2+ 84.Ke5-f6
Bf7-g8 85.Rf4-f5 1.37/16 ] 76...Kf8-e7
[ 76...Kf8-g8 77.Kc3-d4 Re5-a5
78.g3-g4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
76...Kf8-g7 77.Kc3-d4 Re5-a5
78.g3-g4 Bf5-d7 79.g4-g5 Ra5-a7
80.Nc7-d5 Bd7-e8 81.Rf4-e4 Be8-f7
82.Nd5-f6 Bf7-g6 83.Re4-f4 Ra7-a4+
84.Kd4-e5 Ra4-a5+ 85.Ke5-e6
Bg6-f7+ 86.Ke6-e7 Ra5-a7+
87.Ke7-d6 Kg7-g6 1.32/17 ] 77.Kc3-d4
[ 77.g3-g4 might be the shorter path
Bf5-g6 78.Kc3-d4 Re5-a5+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 77.g3-g4 Bf5-e6
78.Kc3-d4 Re5-a5 79.Nc7xe6 Ke7xe6
80.g4-g5 Ra5-a4+ Diagram
(Diagram 142)
81.Kd4-e3 Ra4-a3+ 82.Ke3-e4
Ra3-h3 83.g5-g6 Rh3-g3 84.h4-h5
Rg3-g5 85.Rf4-h4 Rg5-a5 86.Rh4-h2
Ra5-e5+ 87.Ke4-d4 Re5-d5+
88.Kd4-e3 Rd5-e5+ 89.Ke3-d3
Re5-g5 90.Rh2-e2+ Ke6-f6 1.91/16 ]
77...Re5-a5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
77...Re5-a5 78.Nc7-d5+ Ke7-e6
79.Nd5-e3 Bf5-g6 80.g3-g4 Ra5-a8
81.Ne3-c4 Ra8-d8+ 82.Kd4-e3

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Rd8-d3+ 83.Ke3-f2 Rd3-h3 84.g4-g5
Bg6-h5 85.Kf2-g2 Rh3-d3 86.Rf4-f1
Ke6-d5 87.Rf1-c1 Rd3-d4 88.Nc4-b6+
Kd5-e5 89.Rc1-e1+ Ke5-f5
90.Re1-f1+ Rd4-f4 91.Rf1xf4+ Kf5xf4
1.61/19 ] 78.Nc7-d5+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 78.Nc7-d5+ Ke7-e6
79.Nd5-e3 Bf5-g6 80.g3-g4 Ra5-a8
81.Ne3-c4 Ra8-d8+ 82.Kd4-e3
Rd8-d3+ 83.Ke3-f2 Rd3-h3 84.g4-g5
Ke6-d5 85.Kf2-g2 Rh3-c3 86.Nc4-b6+
Kd5-e5 87.Rf4-f8 Bg6-e4+ 88.Kg2-f2
Rc3-h3 89.Nb6-c4+ Ke5-d4 1.49/16 ]
78...Ke7-e6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
78...Ke7-e6 79.Nd5-c3 Ra5-a7
80.g3-g4 Ra7-d7+ 81.Kd4-e3
Rd7-d3+ 82.Ke3-f2 Bf5xg4 83.Nc3-e4
Bg4-f5 84.Ne4-c5+ Ke6-e5
85.Nc5xd3+ Bf5xd3 86.Kf2-e3 Bd3-f5
87.Rf4-f3 Bf5-e6 88.Rf3-g3 Be6-f5
89.Rg3-g5 Ke5-f6 90.Ke3-f4 1.70/14 ]
79.Nd5-c3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
79.Nd5-e3 Ra5-a4+ 80.Ne3-c4 Bf5-b1
81.Kd4-e3 Bb1-a2 82.Rf4-e4+ Ke6-f6
83.Nc4-e5 Ra4-a8 84.Ke3-f4 Ba2-d5
85.Ne5-d7+ Kf6-g7 86.Re4-e5 Bd5-f7
87.Re5-e7 Ra8-a4+ 88.Kf4-f5 Ra4-a3
89.Nd7-e5 1.51/15 ] 79...Ra5-a8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 79...Ra5-a7
80.Kd4-e3 Ra7-d7 81.Rf4-d4 Rd7-c7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


82.Nc3-b5 Rc7-c5 83.Nb5-d6 Rc5-c1
84.Nd6-c4 Ke6-f6 85.g3-g4 Bf5-e6
86.Nc4-d2 Kf6-g7 87.h4-h5 Kg7-h6
88.Ke3-f4 1.37/16 ] 80.g3-g4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 80.Kd4-e3
Ra8-g8 81.Ke3-f3 Rg8-c8 82.Nc3-d1
Bf5-d3 83.h4-h5 Rc8-c2 84.Nd1-e3
Rc2-h2 85.g3-g4 Ke6-e5 86.Rf4-f7
Rh2-h3+ 87.Kf3-f2 Bd3-e4
88.Ne3-c4+ Ke5-e6 89.Rf7-f8 Be4-d5
90.Nc4-e3 1.64/16 ] 80...Bf5-h7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 80...Bf5-g6
81.Kd4-e3 Ra8-h8 82.g4-g5 Ke6-e5
83.Rf4-a4 Rh8-d8 84.Ra4-a5+ Ke5-e6
85.Ra5-a6+ Ke6-f7 86.Ra6-a7+ Kf7-f8
87.Nc3-b5 Rd8-d1 88.Nb5-c7
Rd1-e1+ 89.Ke3-f3 Re1-e7 90.Nc7-b5
Re7xa7 91.Nb5xa7 1.64/14 ]
81.Kd4-e3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
81.Kd4-e3 Ra8-c8 82.Nc3-e2 Rc8-a8
83.Rf4-c4 Ra8-a5 84.Ne2-c3 Bh7-g6
85.Rc4-c6+ Ke6-f7 86.Rc6-c7+ Kf7-f6
87.Ke3-f4 Kf6-e6 88.Rc7-c6+ Ke6-f7
89.Rc6-c4 Kf7-e7 90.g4-g5 Ra5-a7
91.Nc3-b5 Ra7-a2 92.Rc4-c7+
Ke7-f8 1.98/17 ] 81...Ra8-c8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 81...Ra8-c8
82.Nc3-e2 Rc8-a8 83.Rf4-c4 Ra8-a5
84.Ne2-c3 Bh7-g6 85.Rc4-c6+ Ke6-f7
86.Rc6-c7+ Kf7-f6 87.Ke3-f4 Kf6-e6
88.Rc7-c6+ Ke6-f7 89.Rc6-c4 Kf7-e7
90.g4-g5 Ra5-a7 91.Nc3-b5 Ra7-a2
92.Rc4-c7+ Ke7-f8 2.06/15 ]
82.Nc3-e2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
82.Nc3-e2 Rc8-a8 83.Rf4-c4 Ra8-a5
84.Ne2-c3 Bh7-g6 85.Rc4-c6+ Ke6-f7
86.Rc6-c7+ Kf7-f6 87.Ke3-f4 Kf6-e6
88.Rc7-c6+ Ke6-f7 89.Rc6-c4 Kf7-e7
90.g4-g5 Ra5-a7 91.Nc3-b5 Ra7-a2
92.Rc4-c7+ Ke7-f8 1.98/16 ]
82...Ke6-e5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
82...Rc8-a8 83.Rf4-c4 Ra8-a5
84.Ne2-c3 Bh7-g6 85.Rc4-c6+ Ke6-f7
86.Rc6-c7+ Kf7-f6 87.Ke3-f4 Kf6-e6
88.Rc7-c6+ Ke6-f7 89.Rc6-c4 Kf7-e7

165

90.g4-g5 Ra5-a7 91.Nc3-b5 Ra7-a2


92.Rc4-c7+ Ke7-f8 2.06/14 ] 83.Rf4-a4
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 83.h4-h5
Rc8-a8 84.Rf4-c4 Bh7-g8 85.Rc4-e4+
Ke5-f6 86.Ke3-f4 Bg8-f7 87.g4-g5+
Kf6-g7 88.h5-h6+ Kg7-g6 89.Kf4-g4
Ra8-a7 90.Ne2-f4+ Kg6-h7 91.Nf4-h5
Ra7-a5 92.Re4-e7 Ra5-a4+
93.Nh5-f4 2.43/14 ] 83...Rc8-b8 [
83...Rc8-e8 doesn't change the
outcome of the game 84.Ne2-f4+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 83...Rc8-c7
84.g4-g5 Ke5-f5 85.Ne2-g3+ Kf5-g6
86.Ra4-a6+ Kg6-f7 87.Ra6-f6+ Kf7-e7
88.Ng3-e2 Rc7-a7 89.Ne2-f4 Ra7-a3+
90.Ke3-f2 Ra3-a5 91.Kf2-f3 Bh7-g8
92.Nf4-g6+ Ke7-d7 2.26/13 ]
84.Ne2-d4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
84.Ra4-a5+ Ke5-d6 85.g4-g5
Rb8-e8+ 86.Ke3-d2 Bh7-g8 87.h4-h5
Re8-e5 88.Ra5xe5 Kd6xe5 89.g5-g6
Ke5-f6 90.Kd2-e3 Kf6-g5 91.Ne2-f4
Kg5-h6 92.Ke3-e4 Kh6-g7 93.Nf4-d5
Bg8-e6 2.47/14 ] 84...Rb8-b1
[ 84...Rb8-e8 doesn't get the bull off the
ice 85.h4-h5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
84...Rb8-e8 85.h4-h5 Ke5-d5+
86.Ke3-f3 Bh7-e4+ 87.Kf3-g3 Kd5-e5
88.h5-h6 Re8-e7 89.Nd4-e2 Be4-c6
90.Ra4-f4 Bc6-e4 91.g4-g5 Re7-d7
92.Kg3-g4 Be4-h7 93.Rf4-f6 2.19/14 ]
85.Ra4-a5+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
85.Nd4-f3+ Ke5-f6 86.h4-h5 Kf6-g7
87.Ra4-a7+ Kg7-h8 88.g4-g5
Rb1-b3+ 89.Ke3-f4 Rb3-b4+
90.Kf4-e5 Rb4-e4+ 91.Ke5-d6 Bh7-g8
92.Nf3-e5 Re4-d4+ 93.Kd6-e7 Rd4-e4
94.Ke7-f6 Re4-f4+ 95.Kf6-g6 Rf4-e4
96.Kg6-f5 2.99/14 ] 85...Ke5-f6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 85...Ke5-d6
86.h4-h5 Rb1-e1+ 87.Ke3-f3 Re1-d1
88.Nd4-e2 Rd1-d3+ 89.Kf3-f4 Rd3-d2
90.Ne2-c3 Rd2-d4+ 91.Kf4-g5 Kd6-e6
92.Ra5-a6+ Ke6-f7 93.Ra6-a7+
Kf7-g8 94.h5-h6 Rd4-d8 95.Nc3-e2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Kg8-h8 96.Ne2-f4 Rd8-g8+
97.Kg5-h5 2.58/15 ] 86.Ke3-f4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 86.h4-h5
Kf6-g7 87.g4-g5 Rb1-e1+ 88.Nd4-e2
Kg7-h8 89.Ra5-a8+ Kh8-g7
90.Ra8-a7+ Kg7-h8 91.Ke3-f2 Re1-h1
92.Ne2-f4 Bh7-e4 93.h5-h6 Be4-f5
94.Ra7-f7 Bf5-e4 95.Kf2-e3 Rh1-e1+
96.Ke3-d4 2.97/14 ] 86...Rb1-f1+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 86...Rb1-f1+
87.Nd4-f3 Bh7-c2 88.Ra5-a6+ Kf6-g7
89.Ra6-a7+ Kg7-g8 90.Kf4-g3 Rf1-b1
91.h4-h5 Rb1-b3 92.Kg3-f4 Rb3-b4+
93.Kf4-g5 Rb4-b5+ 94.Kg5-h4 Bc2-d1
95.Ra7-a8+ Kg8-g7 96.Nf3-g5 Rb5-b4
97.Ra8-a7+ Kg7-h8 98.Ng5-f7+
Kh8-g8 99.Nf7-h6+ Kg8-h8 2.35/17 ]
87.Nd4-f3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
87.Nd4-f3 Bh7-c2 88.Ra5-a6+ Kf6-g7
89.Ra6-a7+ Kg7-g8 90.Kf4-g3 Rf1-b1
91.h4-h5 Rb1-b3 92.Kg3-f4 Rb3-b4+
93.Kf4-g5 Rb4-e4 94.Ra7-d7 Bc2-a4
95.Rd7-d4 Re4xd4 96.Nf3xd4 Kg8-h7
97.Kg5-f4 Ba4-e8 98.Nd4-f5 Be8-c6
99.g4-g5 2.51/19 ] 87...Bh7-c2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 87...Bh7-c2
88.Ra5-a6+ Kf6-g7 89.Ra6-a7+
Kg7-g8 90.Kf4-g3 Rf1-b1 91.h4-h5
Rb1-b3 92.Kg3-f4 Rb3-b4+ 93.Kf4-g5
Rb4-b5+ 94.Kg5-h4 Bc2-d1
95.Ra7-a8+ Kg8-g7 96.Nf3-g5 Bd1-b3
97.Ra8-a6 Rb5-b4 98.h5-h6+ Kg7-h8
99.Ra6-a8+ Bb3-g8 100.Kh4-h5
2.34/17 ] 88.Kf4-g3 [ 88.h4-h5
keeps an even firmer grip Kf6-f7+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 88.g4-g5+
Kf6-g7 89.Ra5-a7+ Kg7-g8 90.Kf4-g3
Bc2-d1 91.Nf3-e5 Rf1-e1 92.Ne5-g6
Bd1-h5 93.Ng6-e7+ Kg8-f8 94.Ne7-d5
Re1-g1+ 95.Kg3-h2 Rg1-g4
96.Kh2-h3 Rg4-d4 97.Nd5-f6 Rd4-d3+
98.Kh3-g2 Bh5-f7 1.98/14 ]
88...Rf1-b1 [ 88...Bc2-e4 does not win
a prize 89.g4-g5+ Kf6-f7 90.Ra5-a7+
Kf7-e6 91.Ra7-a6+ Ke6-e7

166

92.Nf3-d4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:


88...Bc2-d1 89.Nf3-e5 Rf1-g1+
90.Kg3-f4 Rg1-f1+ 91.Kf4-e3 Rf1-e1+
92.Ke3-d4 Re1xe5 93.Ra5xe5
Bd1xg4 94.Kd4-e4 Bg4-e6 95.Re5-c5
Be6-b3 96.Rc5-c6+ Kf6-g7 97.Ke4-f5
Bb3-d5 98.Rc6-a6 Bd5-b7
99.Ra6-g6+ Kg7-f7 2.08/15 ]
89.Ra5-a6+ [ 89.h4-h5 seems even
better Rb1-b7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
89.h4-h5 Bc2-e4 90.Nf3-d2 Rb1-b4
91.Nd2xe4+ Rb4xe4 92.g4-g5+ Kf6-f7
93.Ra5-a7+ Kf7-g8 94.h5-h6 Re4-e6
95.Kg3-f4 Re6-b6 96.Kf4-f5 Rb6-b5+
97.Kf5-g6 Rb5-b6+ 98.Kg6-h5 Rb6-b5
99.Ra7-g7+ Kg8-h8 100.Rg7-d7
Rb5-c5 101.Kh5-g6 Rc5-c6+
102.Kg6-h5 2.70/15 ] 89...Kf6-g7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 89...Kf6-e7
90.Ra6-a7+ Ke7-d6 91.h4-h5 Rb1-b3
92.Kg3-f4 Rb3-b4+ 93.Kf4-g5
Rb4-b5+ 94.Kg5-f6 Rb5-b4
95.Ra7-a6+ Kd6-d5 96.Ra6-a5+
Kd5-e4 97.Nf3-e1 Rb4-b6+ 98.Kf6-g5
Bc2-b3 99.h5-h6 Rb6-b7 100.Ra5-f5
Bb3-d5 101.Kg5-g6 Rb7-b6+
102.Rf5-f6 2.65/15 ] 90.Nf3-d4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 90.Nf3-d4
Bc2-d3 91.Ra6-d6 Kg7-h7 92.h4-h5
Rb1-b7 93.g4-g5 Rb7-e7 94.h5-h6
Bd3-g6 95.Nd4-e6 Bg6-e8 96.Kg3-f4
Re7-f7+ 97.Kf4-g4 Rf7-f1 98.Ne6-f4
Rf1-c1 99.Kg4-f5 Rc1-c5+
100.Nf4-d5 2.63/15 ] 90...Bc2-d3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 90...Bc2-e4
91.h4-h5 Be4-b7 92.Nd4-f5+ Kg7-h8
93.Ra6-d6 Bb7-e4 94.Nf5-d4 Be4-b7
95.Kg3-f4 Rb1-f1+ 96.Kf4-g5 Rf1-f7
97.Rd6-h6+ Rf7-h7 98.Rh6-g6 Rh7-e7
99.Nd4-f5 2.62/13 ] 91.Ra6-d6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 91.Ra6-d6
Kg7-h7 92.h4-h5 Rb1-b7 93.g4-g5
Rb7-e7 94.h5-h6 Bd3-g6 95.Nd4-e6
Bg6-e8 96.Kg3-f4 Re7-f7+ 97.Kf4-g4
Rf7-f1 98.Ne6-f4 Rf1-a1 99.Kg4-f5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Ra1-a5+ 100.Kf5-f6 Ra5-a7 2.64/16 ]
91...Kg7-f7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
91...Kg7-h7 92.h4-h5 Rb1-h1
93.Rd6-d7+ Kh7-h6 94.Nd4-f3 Bd3-e4
95.Rd7-d6+ Kh6-g7 96.Nf3-d4 Be4-b1
97.Kg3-f4 Rh1-e1 98.Nd4-c6 Kg7-h7
99.Kf4-g5 Bb1-e4 100.Rd6-d7+
Kh7-g8 2.51/14 ] 92.Kg3-f4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 92.h4-h5
Rb1-g1+ 93.Kg3-f4 Rg1-f1+ 94.Kf4-g5
Kf7-e7 95.Rd6-d5 Bd3-h7 96.Kg5-h6
Bh7-g8 97.Nd4-c6+ Ke7-e6
98.Rd5-d8 Bg8-f7 99.g4-g5 Rf1-c1
100.Nc6-d4+ Ke6-e7 101.Rd8-b8
Rc1-d1 102.Rb8-b7+ Ke7-f8
103.Nd4-f5 Rd1-f1 2.89/15 ]
92...Rb1-a1 [ 92...Kf7-e7
doesn't improve anything 93.Rd6-e6+
Ke7-f8 94.h4-h5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 92...Rb1-e1 93.h4-h5 Kf7-g8
94.Rd6-d7 Kg8-h8 95.h5-h6 Re1-e4+
96.Kf4-f3 Re4-e5 97.Kf3-g3 Re5-e3+
98.Kg3-h4 Re3-e4 99.Nd4-f5 Bd3-e2
100.Rd7-g7 Be2-f3 101.Nf5-d6
2.67/14 ] 93.h4-h5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 93.h4-h5 Ra1-f1+ 94.Kf4-g5
Kf7-e7 95.Rd6-d5 Bd3-h7 96.Kg5-h6
Bh7-g8 97.Nd4-c6+ Ke7-e6
98.Rd5-d8 Bg8-f7 99.g4-g5 Rf1-c1
100.Nc6-d4+ Ke6-e7 101.Rd8-b8
Rc1-d1 102.Rb8-b7+ Ke7-f8
103.Nd4-f5 Rd1-f1 2.89/16 ]
1-0

167

7.Nd4-f3 Bf8-e7 8.Bf1-c4 0-0 9.0-0


Bc8-e6 10.Bc4-b3 last book move last
book move Nb8-c6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 10...h7-h6 11.Nf3-h4 Nf6xe4
12.Nc3xe4 Be6xb3 13.c2xb3 Be7xh4
14.Ne4xd6 Nb8-c6 15.Bc1-e3 Qd8-d7
16.Nd6-c4 Qd7-e6 17.Qd1-d6 Qe6-f5
18.Qd6-c7 Ra8-b8 19.Nc4-d6 0.07/13 ]
11.Bc1-g5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
11.Bc1-e3 Be6xb3 12.c2xb3 Ra8-c8
13.Qd1-e2 Qd8-d7 14.Ra1-d1 h7-h6
15.h2-h3 Qd7-e6 16.Qe2-c4 Nc6-a5
17.Qc4-b4 Na5xb3 18.Qb4xb7
-0.02/13 ] 11...Nc6-a5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 11...Nf6-g4 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9r+-wq-trk+0
9+p+-vlpzpp0 143
9p+nzpl+-+0
9+-+-zp-vL-0
9P+-+P+n+0
9+LsN-+N+-0
9-zPP+-zPPzP0
9tR-+Q+RmK-0[
xiiiiiiiiy

12.Bg5xe7 Qd8xe7 13.Nc3-d5


Be6xd5 14.Bb3xd5 Nc6-b4 15.c2-c3
Nb4xd5 16.Qd1xd5 Ng4-f6 17.Qd5-d3
h7-h6 18.Rf1-d1 Ra8-c8 19.Qd3xd6
Qe7xd6 20.Rd1xd6 Nf6xe4 0.01/12 ]
25
B90 12.Bg5xf6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
Kamsky,Gata
12.Bb3xe6 f7xe6 13.Qd1-d3 Ra8-c8
Nakamura,Hikaru
14.Ra1-d1 Qd8-b6 15.Bg5-c1 Nf6-d7
ch-2012 Saint Louis USA (10)18.05.2012 16.b2-b3 Nd7-c5 17.Qd3-e3 Na5-c6
18.h2-h3 h7-h6 19.Bc1-b2 Nc6-b4
B90: Sicilian Najdorf: Unusual White
-0.03/13 ] 12...Be7xf6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 12...Be7xf6 13.Nc3-d5
6th moves, 6 Be3 Ng4 and 6 Be3 e5
1.e2-e4 c7-c5 2.Ng1-f3 d7-d6
Na5xb3 14.c2xb3 Ra8-c8 15.Qd1-d2
3.d2-d4 c5xd4 4.Nf3xd4 Ng8-f6
Be6xd5 16.Qd2xd5 Qd8-c7 17.Rf1-d1
5.Nb1-c3 a7-a6 6.a2-a4 e7-e5
Rf8-d8 18.Nf3-d2 Qc7-c2 19.Qd5xb7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Qc2xb2 20.Qb7xa6 Rc8-c2 21.Nd2-c4
Qb2xb3 22.Nc4xd6 Qb3-b2
23.Ra1-b1 0.08/14 ] 13.Bb3-d5
The bishop likes it on d5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 13.Nc3-d5 Ra8-c8 14.c2-c3
Na5xb3 15.Qd1xb3 Be6xd5
16.Qb3xd5 Qd8-b6 17.Rf1-b1 Bf6-e7
18.a4-a5 Qb6-c6 19.Rb1-d1 Qc6xd5
20.Rd1xd5 f7-f5 21.Nf3-d2 f5xe4
22.Nd2xe4 0.12/13 ] 13...Ra8-c8
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 13...Qd8-b6
14.Ra1-b1 Qb6-c7 15.Qd1-d3 Na5-c6
16.Bd5xe6 f7xe6 17.Rb1-d1 Nc6-d4
18.Nf3xd4 e5xd4 19.Nc3-e2 Ra8-c8
20.Ne2-f4 Qc7-d7 21.a4-a5 -0.16/13 ]
14.Nf3-d2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
14.Qd1-d3 Qd8-c7 15.Rf1-d1 Bf6-e7
16.Ra1-b1 Na5-c4 17.Nf3-d2 Nc4xd2
18.Qd3xd2 Be6-g4 19.f2-f3 Bg4-d7
20.Qd2-e3 h7-h6 21.Rb1-a1 -0.11/13 ]
14...Qd8-c7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
14...Qd8-d7 15.Qd1-f3 Na5-c6
16.Nd2-c4 Qd7-c7 17.Bd5xe6 Nc6-d4
18.Qf3-g4 f7xe6 19.b2-b3 Qc7-e7
20.Ra1-d1 b7-b5 21.a4xb5 a6xb5
-0.30/13 ] 15.Rf1-e1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 15.Qd1-h5 Qc7-b6 16.Bd5xe6
f7xe6 17.Qh5-g4 Rf8-e8 18.Ra1-a2
Na5-c6 19.Nd2-c4 Qb6-c5 20.Nc4-e3
Nc6-b4 21.Ra2-a1 d6-d5 22.e4xd5
e6xd5 -0.14/13 ] 15...Bf6-g5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 15...Na5-c6
16.Nd2-f3 Nc6-d4 17.h2-h3 Qc7-b6
18.Ra1-b1 h7-h6 19.Nf3xd4 e5xd4
20.Nc3-e2 Be6xd5 21.e4xd5 Qb6-c5
22.c2-c3 Rf8-e8 23.Qd1-d2 d4xc3
24.b2xc3 -0.38/13 ] 16.Nd2-f1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 16.Nd2-f3
Bg5-e7 17.Qd1-d3 Qc7-c5 18.Ra1-b1
Na5-c6 19.Bd5xe6 f7xe6 20.Rb1-d1
Nc6-a5 21.Rd1-b1 h7-h6 22.Re1-d1
Na5-c4 23.b2-b4 Qc5-c6 24.a4-a5
-0.18/14 Diagram
] 16...Qc7-b6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
16...Na5-c6 17.Nf1-e3 Nc6-d4

168

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+r+-trk+0{
9+p+-vl-zp-0 144
9p+qzpp+-zp0
9zP-+-zp-+-0
9-zPn+P+-+0
9+-sNQ+N+-0
9-+P+-zPPzP0
9+R+R+-mK-0
xiiiiiiiiy
18.Qd1-d3 Qc7-b6 19.Ra1-b1 g7-g6
20.h2-h3 Qb6-b4 21.Re1-d1 Rc8-c7
22.Rd1-f1 Bg5-f4 23.Rf1-d1 Be6-d7
24.Rd1-d2 Rf8-c8 -0.41/13 ]
17.Ra1-b1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17.Qd1-h5 Bg5-f4 18.Bd5xe6 f7xe6
19.Qh5-h3 Rf8-e8 20.Ra1-a2 Na5-c4
21.Re1-b1 Qb6-c5 22.b2-b3 Nc4-a3
23.Rb1-d1 d6-d5 24.e4xd5 Qc5xc3
25.Qh3xc3 Rc8xc3 26.Ra2xa3 e6xd5
27.Rd1xd5 Rc3xc2 -0.47/13 ]
17...Na5-c4 Black threatens to win
material: Nc4xb2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 17...Na5-c6 18.Bd5xc6 Qb6xc6
19.Nf1-e3 Rf8-d8 20.Qd1-d3 Qc6-c5
21.Ne3-d5 h7-h6 22.b2-b4 Qc5-c4
23.Re1-e2 Be6-d7 24.Qd3xc4 Rc8xc4
25.Rb1-d1 Rd8-c8 -0.30/14 ]
18.Qd1-e2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18.Bd5xc4 Rc8xc4 19.Nf1-e3 Rc4-d4
20.Qd1-f3 Bg5xe3 21.Qf3xe3 Qb6-b4
22.h2-h3 Rf8-c8 23.Qe3-g5 h7-h6
24.Qg5-e3 b7-b6 25.Qe3-e2 Be6-c4
-0.31/13 ] 18...Bg5-h6 [ 18...Nc4xb2?
doesn't lead to the expected results
19.Nc3-d1 Be6xd5 20.e4xd5+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18...h7-h6
19.Bd5xc4 Be6xc4 20.Qe2-f3 Qb6-c6
21.Nf1-e3 Bc4-e6 22.a4-a5 f7-f5
23.Qf3-h3 Qc6-d7 24.e4xf5 Be6xf5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


25.Ne3xf5 Rf8xf5 -0.36/11 ] 19.h2-h4
[ 19.Bd5xc4 Rc8xc4 20.Nf1-e3
Bh6xe3 21.Qe2xe3 Qb6-b4 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.Bd5xc4
Be6xc4 20.Qe2-f3 Qb6-b4 21.Nf1-e3
Bh6xe3 22.Qf3xe3 h7-h6 23.Re1-d1
f7-f5 24.h2-h3 f5xe4 25.Nc3xe4
d6-d5 26.b2-b3 d5xe4 27.b3xc4
Qb4xc4 28.Rb1xb7 Qc4xc2 -0.11/13 ]
19...Qb6-b4 [ 19...Nc4xb2?
would be great except for 20.Nc3-d1
Bh6-c1 21.c2-c4 Be6xd5 22.c4xd5+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19...Rf8-e8
20.Bd5xc4 Rc8xc4 21.Nf1-e3 Rc4-d4
22.Ne3-d5 Qb6-d8 23.Qe2-h5 Bh6-d2
24.Re1-d1 Qd8-d7 25.Nc3-e2
Be6-g4 -0.39/12 ] 20.g2-g3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20.Bd5xc4
Rc8xc4 21.h4-h5 Rc4-d4 22.Nf1-e3
Qb4-c5 23.Qe2-f3 Rd4-d2 24.Re1-e2
Bh6xe3 25.f2xe3 Rd2xe2 26.Qf3xe2
h7-h6 27.Qe2-f3 f7-f5 28.Rb1-f1
f5-f4 -0.42/12 ] 20...Rc8-c7 [Worse is
20...Nc4xb2 21.Nc3-d1 Be6xd5
22.Rb1xb2 Qb4xa4 23.e4xd5 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20...Kg8-h8
21.h4-h5 Qb4-b6 22.Bd5xc4 Rc8xc4
23.Kg1-g2 Rf8-c8 24.Nf1-e3 Bh6xe3
25.Qe2xe3 Qb6xe3 26.f2xe3 Be6-g4
27.Re1-h1 Kh8-g8 28.a4-a5 -0.44/13 ]
21.Kg1-g2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.Bd5xc4 Rc7xc4 22.Nf1-e3 Bh6xe3
23.Qe2xe3 f7-f5 24.e4xf5 Rf8xf5
25.Re1-d1 e5-e4 26.f2-f4 Rf5-c5
27.Kg1-g2 Rc5-c8 28.Kg2-g1 h7-h6
29.a4-a5 d6-d5 30.f4-f5 -0.37/14 ]
21...Nc4-b6 [Inferior is 21...Nc4xb2
22.Nc3-d1 Be6xd5 23.e4xd5 Qb4xa4
24.Rb1xb2 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...b7-b6 22.Bd5xc4 Rc7xc4
23.Nf1-e3 Bh6xe3 24.Qe2xe3 f7-f5
25.e4xf5 Rf8xf5 26.Re1-d1 Rf5-f6
27.h4-h5 Rf6-f7 28.h5-h6 Be6-g4
29.Rd1-d2 Bg4-f3+ 30.Kg2-g1
-0.51/13 ] 22.Bd5-b3 [Houdini 2.0c

169

Pro x64: 22.Re1-d1 Nb6xa4


23.Nc3xa4 Qb4xa4 24.c2-c3 Qa4-d7
25.Nf1-e3 Bh6xe3 26.Qe2xe3 Rc7-c5
27.Bd5xe6 Qd7xe6 28.Rd1-d2 f7-f5
29.e4xf5 Rf8xf5 30.Rb1-d1 Rc5-c6
31.f2-f4 -0.37/14 ] 22...Be6xb3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22...Nb6-c4
23.Bb3xc4 Rc7xc4 24.Nf1-e3 Bh6xe3
25.Qe2xe3 f7-f5 26.e4xf5 Rf8xf5
27.Kg2-g1 Rf5-f8 28.Re1-d1 h7-h6
29.a4-a5 Rc4-c6 30.Nc3-e4 Rc6xc2
31.Rd1xd6 -0.50/12 ] 23.c2xb3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23.c2xb3
Qb4xb3 24.Nf1-h2 Rc7-e7 25.Nh2-g4
Re7-e6 26.Qe2-d1 Qb3-b4 27.Nc3-d5
Nb6xd5 28.Ng4xh6+ Re6xh6
29.Qd1xd5 Rh6-f6 30.Re1-c1 Rf8-b8
31.a4-a5 b7-b5 -0.52/12 ] 23...Qb4xb3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23...Qb4xb3
24.Nf1-h2 Rc7-e7 25.Nh2-g4 Re7-e6
26.Qe2-d1 Qb3-b4 27.Nc3-d5 Nb6xd5
28.Ng4xh6+ Re6xh6 29.Qd1xd5
Rh6-f6 30.Re1-c1 Rf8-b8 31.a4-a5
b7-b5 -0.32/13 ] 24.a4-a5
White threatens to win material: a5xb6.
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24.Nf1-h2
Nb6xa4 25.Nh2-g4 Na4xc3
26.Ng4xh6+ g7xh6 27.b2xc3 Qb3-e6
28.Rb1-b6 Rf8-d8 29.Re1-b1 Rd8-d7
30.Qe2-f3 a6-a5 31.Rb1-a1 Rc7-c5
32.c3-c4 Rd7-c7 33.Ra1-d1 Rc5xc4
34.Rb6xd6 -0.38/13 ] 24...Nb6-a4
Black threatens to win material: Na4xc3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24...Nb6-c8
25.Qe2-d1 Qb3-e6 26.Nc3-d5 Rc7-c5
27.b2-b4 Rc5-c6 28.b4-b5 Rc6-c5
29.b5xa6 b7xa6 30.Nf1-e3 Bh6xe3
31.Nd5xe3 Rc5xa5 32.Rb1-a1
Ra5xa1 33.Qd1xa1 Nc8-e7
34.Qa1xa6 d6-d5 35.Qa6-b7 -0.42/15 ]
25.Nf1-h2 [ 25.Nc3-d5 Rc7-c5 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25.Nc3-d5
Rc7-c2 26.Qe2-d1 Na4xb2
27.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-h8 28.Qd1xd6
Qb3-c4 29.Ne7-f5 Kh8-g8 30.Nf5-e7+

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Kg8-h8 31.Ne7-f5 -0.09/14 ] 25...g7-g6
[ 25...Na4xc3!? 26.b2xc3 Qb3xc3 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Na4xc3
26.b2xc3 Qb3-e6 27.Nh2-g4 Rf8-c8
28.Rb1-b6 Rc7xc3 29.Ng4xh6+
Qe6xh6 30.Re1-d1 Rc3-c6 31.Rb6xb7
Qh6-g6 32.h4-h5 Qg6-e6 33.Rd1-b1
d6-d5 -0.34/12 ] 26.Nh2-g4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26.Nh2-g4
Bh6-g7 27.Ng4-e3 f7-f5 28.Qe2-d1
Qb3xd1 29.Re1xd1 Rc7xc3 30.b2xc3
Na4xc3 31.Rb1xb7 Nc3xd1
32.Ne3xd1 f5xe4 33.Rb7-a7 d6-d5
34.Nd1-c3 e4-e3 35.f2xe3 d5-d4
36.e3xd4 e5xd4 37.Nc3-d5 d4-d3
38.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-h8 39.Ra7xa6
Bg7-d4 40.Ne7-d5 d3-d2 -0.29/15 ]
26...Bh6-g7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Bh6-g7 27.Ng4-e3 f7-f5
28.Qe2-d1 Qb3xd1 29.Re1xd1
Rc7xc3 30.b2xc3 Na4xc3 31.Rb1xb7
Nc3xd1 32.Ne3xd1 f5xe4 33.Rb7-a7
d6-d5 34.Nd1-c3 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+-trk+0{
9tR-+-+-vlp0 145
9p+-+-+p+0
9zP-+pzp-+-0
9-+-+p+-zP0
9+-sN-+-zP-0
9-+-+-zPK+0
9+-+-+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
e4-e3 35.f2xe3 d5-d4 36.e3xd4
e5xd4 37.Nc3-d5 d4-d3 38.Nd5-e7+
Kg8-h8 39.Ra7xa6 Bg7-d4 40.Ne7-d5
d3-d2 -0.09/14 ] 27.Nc3-d5 White can
be proud of that piece [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 27.Ng4-e3 f7-f5 28.Qe2-d1
Qb3xd1 29.Re1xd1 Rc7xc3 30.b2xc3

170

Na4xc3 31.e4xf5 Nc3xd1 32.Rb1xd1


g6xf5 33.Rd1xd6 f5-f4 34.Ne3-d5
f4xg3 35.f2xg3 e5-e4 36.Rd6-e6
Rf8-d8 37.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-f7
38.Re6xe4 -0.17/13 ] 27...Rc7-c2
b2 becomes the focus of attention. The
idea is Rc7-c2-d2-d4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 27...Rc7-c4 28.Re1-d1 Na4-c5
29.Nd5-f6+ Bg7xf6 30.Ng4xf6+
Kg8-g7 31.Rd1xd6 Rc4-c2 32.Qe2-d1
Rf8-c8 33.Rd6-b6 Qb3-c4 34.b2-b3
Qc4-c3 35.Nf6-d5 Qc3-d3 36.Qd1xd3
Nc5xd3 37.Rb6xb7 Rc2xf2+
38.Kg2-h3 -0.22/13 ] 28.Qe2-e3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28.Qe2-e3
Qb3-b5 29.Nd5-f6+ Kg8-h8 30.h4-h5
Bg7xf6 31.Ng4xf6 Qb5-c5 32.Qe3xc5
d6xc5 33.b2-b3 Na4-b2 34.Nf6-d7
Rf8-d8 35.Nd7xe5 Kh8-g7 36.Re1-c1
Rd8-d2 37.Rc1xc2 Rd2xc2 -0.10/14 ]
28...Na4-c5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28...Qb3-b5 29.b2-b4 Kg8-h8
30.Qe3-b3 Rc2-d2 31.Re1-d1 Rd2-d4
32.Ng4-e3 h7-h5 33.Qb3-c2 Bg7-h6
34.Rb1-a1 Bh6xe3 35.f2xe3 Rd4xd1
36.Ra1xd1 f7-f5 37.Nd5-e7 Qb5-e8
38.Qc2-c7 f5xe4 39.Rd1xd6 -0.13/15 ]
29.h4-h5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29.Nd5-f6+ Bg7xf6 30.Ng4xf6+
Kg8-g7 31.Nf6-h5+ Kg7-g8
32.Nh5-f6+ Kg8-g7 -0.23/14 ]
29...Qb3xe3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29...f7-f5 30.Qe3xb3 Nc5xb3
31.Ng4-e3 Rc2-d2 32.h5xg6 h7xg6
33.Ne3-c4 Rd2-d4 34.Nc4xd6 f5xe4
35.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-h7 36.Nd6xe4
Bg7-h6 37.Rb1-d1 Nb3xa5 38.Ne4-d6
Rf8-d8 39.Rd1xd4 e5xd4 -0.11/12 ]
30.Ng4xe3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
30.Ng4xe3 Rc2-d2 31.Ne3-c4 Rd2-d4
32.Nc4xd6 Rf8-d8 33.b2-b4 Nc5-d3
34.Nd6xb7 Nd3xe1+ 35.Rb1xe1
Rd8-a8 36.h5xg6 h7xg6 37.Nb7-d6
Ra8-d8 38.Nd6-b7 Rd8-d7 39.Nb7-c5
Rd7-a7 40.g3-g4 f7-f5 41.f2-f3 Bg7-f8

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42.Re1-e2 Bf8-h6 43.Kg2-g3 Rd4-d1


44.Re2-c2 Rd1-g1+ 45.Kg3-f2 0.00/16
44.Re2-c2 Rd1-g1+ 45.Kg3-f2
] 33.b2-b4 White threatens to win
material: b4xc5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
-0.13/16 ] 30...Rc2-d2 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 30...Rc2-d2 31.Ne3-c4
33.b2-b4 Nc5-d3 34.Nd6xb7 Nd3xe1+
Rd2-d4 32.Nc4xd6 Rf8-d8 33.b2-b4
35.Rb1xe1 Rd8-a8 36.h5xg6 h7xg6
Nc5-d3 34.Nd6xb7 Nd3xe1+
37.Nb7-d6 Ra8-d8 38.Nd6-b7 Rd8-d7
35.Rb1xe1 Rd8-a8 36.h5xg6 h7xg6
39.Nb7-c5 Rd7-a7 40.g3-g4 f7-f5
37.Nb7-d6 Ra8-d8 38.Nd6-b7 Rd8-d7
41.f2-f3 Bg7-f8 42.Re1-e2 f5xg4
39.Nb7-c5 Rd7-a7 40.Re1-e2 f7-f5
43.f3xg4 Rd4-c4 44.Nc5-d3 Bf8-d6
41.f2-f3 Bg7-h6 42.Re2-f2 Rd4-d2
45.Re2-d2 -0.10/16 ] 33...Nc5-d3
43.Rf2xd2 Bh6xd2 0.03/15 ] 31.Ne3-c4 Black threatens to win material: Nd3xe1
White threatens to win material:
[ 33...Rd8xd6? seems attractive but will
Nc4xd2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
lead to severe problems 34.b4xc5
Rd6-e6 35.Rb1xb7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
31.Ne3-c4 Rd2-d4 32.Nc4xd6 Rf8-d8
33.b2-b4 Nc5-d3 34.Nd6xb7 Nd3xe1+ x64: 33...Nc5-d3 34.Nd6xb7 Nd3xe1+
35.Rb1xe1 Rd8-a8 36.h5xg6 h7xg6
35.Rb1xe1 Rd8-a8 36.h5xg6 h7xg6
37.Nb7-d6 Ra8-d8 38.Nd6-b7 Rd8-d7
37.Nb7-d6 Ra8-d8 38.Nd6-b7 Rd8-d7
39.Nb7-c5 Rd7-a7 40.Re1-e2 f7-f5
39.Nb7-c5 Rd7-a7 40.Re1-c1 Rd4-d2
41.f2-f3 Bg7-h6 42.Re2-f2 Rd4-d2
41.Nc5-b3 Rd2-e2 42.Kg2-f3 Re2-b2
43.Rf2xd2 Bh6xd2 -0.09/16 ]
43.Nb3-c5 Bg7-f8 44.Rc1-h1 Kg8-g7
31...Rd2-d4 A beautiful square!
45.Kf3-g2 Bf8xc5 46.b4xc5 -0.07/17 ]
34.Nd6xb7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31...Rd2-d4
32.Nc4xd6 Rf8-d8 33.b2-b4 Nc5-d3
34.Nd6xb7 Nd3xe1+ 35.Rb1xe1
34.Nd6xb7 Nd3xe1+ 35.Rb1xe1
Rd8-a8 36.h5xg6 h7xg6 37.Nb7-d6
Rd8-a8 36.h5xg6 h7xg6 37.Nb7-d6
Ra8-d8 38.Nd6-b7 Rd8-d7 39.Nb7-c5
Ra8-d8 38.Nd6-b7 Rd8-d7 39.Nb7-c5
Rd7-a7 40.Re1-c1 Rd4-d2 41.Nc5-b3
Rd7-a7 40.g3-g4 f7-f5 41.f2-f3 Bg7-f8 Rd2-e2 42.Kg2-f3 Re2-b2 43.Rc1-c8+
42.Re1-e2 Bf8-h6 43.Kg2-g3 Rd4-d1
Bg7-f8 44.Nb3-c5 Kg8-g7 45.Rc8-d8
44.Re2-c2 Rd1-g1+ 45.Kg3-f2 0.00/18 Rb2-d2 -0.18/16 ] 34...Nd3xe1+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34...Nd3xe1+
] 32.Nc4xd6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32.Nc4xd6 Rf8-d8 33.b2-b4 Nc5-d3
35.Rb1xe1 Rd8-d7 36.Nb7-c5 Rd7-a7
34.Nd6xb7 Nd3xe1+ 35.Rb1xe1
37.Re1-c1 Bg7-h6 38.Rc1-h1 Kg8-g7
Rd8-a8 36.h5xg6 h7xg6 37.Nb7-d6
39.f2-f4 e5xf4 40.g3xf4 Rd4-d2+
Ra8-d8 38.Nd6-b7 Rd8-d7 39.Nb7-c5
41.Kg2-f3 Rd2-c2 42.Kf3-g4 Rc2-f2
Rd7-a7 40.g3-g4 f7-f5 41.f2-f3 Bg7-f8 43.h5xg6 h7xg6 44.Kg4-g3 Rf2-a2
42.Re1-e2 Bf8-h6 43.Kg2-g3 Rd4-d1
45.e4-e5 Ra7-a8 46.Nd5-f6 Ra2-d2
44.Re2-c2 Rd1-g1+ 45.Kg3-f2
47.Kg3-g4 -0.04/17 ] 35.Rb1xe1
Black wins the exchange [Houdini 2.0c
-0.12/16 ] 32...Rf8-d8 Black threatens
Pro x64: 35.Rb1xe1 Rd8-d7
to win material: Rd8xd6 [Houdini 2.0c
36.Nb7-c5 Rd7-a7 37.Re1-c1 Bg7-h6
Pro x64: 32...Rf8-d8 33.b2-b4 Nc5-d3
34.Nd6xb7 Nd3xe1+ 35.Rb1xe1
38.Rc1-h1 Kg8-g7 39.h5xg6 h7xg6
Rd8-a8 36.h5xg6 h7xg6 37.Nb7-d6
40.f2-f4 e5xf4 41.g3xf4 Ra7-a8
Ra8-d8 38.Nd6-b7 Rd8-d7 39.Nb7-c5
42.Kg2-f3 Rd4-c4 43.Kf3-g4 Rc4-c2
Rd7-a7 40.g3-g4 f7-f5 41.f2-f3 Bg7-f8 44.Kg4-f3 Rc2-b2 -0.09/14 ]
35...Rd8-a8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
42.Re1-e2 Bf8-h6 43.Kg2-g3 Rd4-d1

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35...Rd8-d7 36.Nb7-c5 Rd7-a7
37.Re1-c1 Bg7-h6 38.Rc1-h1 Kg8-g7
39.h5xg6 h7xg6 40.f2-f4 e5xf4
41.g3xf4 Ra7-a8 42.Kg2-f3 Rd4-c4
43.Kf3-g4 Rc4-c2 44.Kg4-f3 Rc2-b2
0.00/15 ] 36.f2-f3 [ 36.Nb7-c5!?
is an interesting idea Ra8-a7
37.Re1-c1 g6xh5 38.Nc5xa6 Ra7xa6
39.Rc1-c8+ Bg7-f8 40.Nd5-e7+
Kg8-g7 41.Ne7-f5+ Kg7-g8
42.Nf5-e7+ Kg8-g7 43.Ne7-f5+
Kg7-g8 44.Nf5-e7+= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 36.h5xg6 h7xg6 37.Nb7-d6
Ra8-d8 38.Nd6-b7 Rd8-d7 39.Nb7-c5
Rd7-a7 40.Re1-c1 Bg7-f8 41.Nc5-b3
Rd4-d3 42.Nb3-c5 Rd3-d2 43.Kg2-f3
Ra7-a8 44.Rc1-h1 f7-f5 -0.09/15 ]
36...Bg7-f8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36...Rd4-d2+ 37.Kg2-h3 Bg7-f8
38.h5xg6 h7xg6 39.Re1-c1 Rd2-d3
40.Kh3-g2 Ra8-b8 41.Rc1-c7 Kg8-g7
42.g3-g4 Rd3-a3 43.Kg2-g3 Ra3-a4
44.Nb7-c5 Bf8xc5 45.Rc7xc5 Ra4-a3
46.Rc5-c7 Rb8-h8 -0.28/15 ]
37.Re1-c1 [ 37.Nb7-c5 g6xh5
38.Re1-e2 Kg8-g7 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 37.Nb7-c5 Rd4-d2+ 38.Kg2-h3
g6xh5 39.Re1-b1 Ra8-a7 40.Rb1-c1
Kg8-g7 41.Kh3-h4 Kg7-h6 42.Kh4-h3
Kh6-g6 43.Rc1-b1 f7-f5 44.Nc5-e6
Bf8-e7 -0.36/14 ] 37...Bf8xb4
[ 37...g6xh5 38.Nb7-c5 Ra8-c8
39.Kg2-h3-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37...g6xh5 38.Nb7-c5 Ra8-c8
39.Rc1-c2 Kg8-g7 40.Nd5-e3 Rd4-d8
41.Ne3-f5+ Kg7-f6 42.Kg2-f2 Bf8xc5+
43.b4xc5 Rc8-c6 44.Kf2-g2 Rd8-b8
45.Nf5-d6 Kf6-e6 -0.80/15 ] 38.Rc1-c7
[ 38.h5-h6 Rd4-d2+ 39.Kg2-h3
Bb4-f8 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
38.h5-h6 Bb4-f8 39.Rc1-c7 Bf8xh6
40.Nb7-d6 Ra8-f8 41.Nd5-f6+ Kg8-h8
42.Rc7-c6 Bh6-d2 43.Rc6xa6 Bd2xa5
44.Nf6-d7 Rd4-d2+ 45.Kg2-h3 Ba5-c7
46.Nd7xf8 Bc7xd6 47.Nf8-d7 Kh8-g7

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48.Ra6-a7 h7-h5 49.Ra7-b7 Rd2-d3


50.Kh3-g2 Rd3-c3 -0.54/14 ]
38...g6xh5-+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
38...g6xh5 39.Nd5xb4 Rd4xb4
40.Nb7-d6 f7-f6 41.Nd6-f5 Ra8-b8
42.Nf5-h6+ Kg8-f8 43.Rc7-f7+ Kf8-e8
44.Rf7xf6 Rb4-b1 45.g3-g4 h5-h4
46.Kg2-h3 Rb1-h1+ 47.Kh3-g2
Rh1-a1 48.Kg2-h3 Ra1xa5 49.Nh6-f5
Rb8-b3 50.Kh3xh4 Ra5-a4 51.g4-g5
Ra4-a1 52.Kh4-g3 Ra1-g1+ 53.Kg3-f2
Rg1xg5 54.Rf6-e6+ Ke8-d7
55.Re6xe5 Kd7-d8 56.Re5-d5+
Kd8-c7 57.f3-f4 Rg5-g8 58.e4-e5
-0.68/15 ] 39.Kg2-h3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 39.Nd5xb4 Rd4xb4
40.Nb7-d6 f7-f6 41.Nd6-f5 Ra8-b8
42.Nf5-h6+ Kg8-f8 43.Rc7-f7+ Kf8-e8
44.Rf7xf6 Rb4-b1 45.g3-g4 h5-h4
46.Kg2-h3 Rb1-h1+ 47.Kh3-g2
Rh1-a1 48.Kg2-h3 Ra1xa5 49.Nh6-f5
Rb8-b3 50.Kh3xh4 Ra5-a4 51.g4-g5
Ra4-a1 52.Kh4-g3 Ra1-g1+ 53.Kg3-f2
Rg1xg5 54.Rf6-e6+ Ke8-d7
55.Re6xe5 Kd7-d8 56.Re5-d5+
Diagram
(Diagram 146)
Kd8-c7 57.f3-f4 Rg5-g8 58.e4-e5
-0.55/15 ] 39...Kg8-g7 [ 39...Bb4-a3
40.Rc7-d7 Ra8-a7 41.Kh3-h4-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 39...Bb4-a3
40.Nd5-f6+ Kg8-g7 41.Nf6xh5+
Kg7-g6 42.Kh3-h4 Ra8-e8 43.Nb7-c5
Rd4-c4 44.Nc5xa6 Ba3-e7+
45.Kh4-h3 Rc4-a4 46.g3-g4 Be7-d8
47.Rc7-c6+ Re8-e6 48.Rc6xe6+ f7xe6
49.Na6-c5 Ra4xa5 50.Nc5xe6 Bd8-e7
51.Kh3-g3 Ra5-a3 -1.12/14 ]
40.Kh3-h4 [ 40.Nd5xb4 Rd4xb4
41.Nb7-d6 Kg7-f6 42.Nd6xf7
Rb4-a4 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
40.Nd5xb4 Rd4xb4 41.Nb7-d6 Kg7-f6
42.Nd6xf7 Rb4-a4 43.Nf7-d6 Ra4-a3

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44.Rc7xh7 Kf6-g6 45.Rh7-e7 Ra3xf3
46.Re7xe5 Ra8-d8 47.Kh3-g2 Rf3-f6
48.Nd6-f5 Rd8-d2+ 49.Kg2-f3
Rd2-d3+ 50.Kf3-f4 -0.43/15 ]
40...Ra8-a7 [ 40...Bb4-f8 41.Nb7-c5
Bf8xc5 42.Rc7xc5-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 40...Bb4-f8 41.Nb7-c5 Bf8xc5
42.Rc7xc5 Rd4-d3 43.Nd5-c7 Ra8-a7
44.f3-f4 Ra7-b7 45.Nc7-e8+ Kg7-f8
46.Ne8-f6 Rb7-b5 47.Rc5-c8+ Kf8-e7
48.Nf6-d5+ Ke7-d6 49.Rc8-f8 Rb5-b2
50.Rf8xf7 Rb2-h2+ 51.Kh4-g5
Rd3xg3+ 52.Kg5-f5 -1.19/15 ]
41.Kh4xh5 [ 41.Kh4-g5 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 41.Kh4xh5
Bb4-f8 42.Kh5-g4 Rd4-d3 43.Nb7-c5
Ra7xc7 44.Nc5xd3 Rc7-c2 45.Nd3xe5
Rc2-c5 46.f3-f4 Rc5xa5 47.f4-f5
Bf8-c5 48.f5-f6+ Kg7-g8 49.Kg4-f5
Kg8-f8 50.g3-g4 h7-h6 51.Kf5-f4
Ra5-b5 52.Ne5-d7+ Kf8-e8
53.Nd7xc5 Rb5xc5 -1.03/15 ]
41...Rd4xd5 [ 41...Bb4-f8-+
Black has the better game ;Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 41...Bb4-f8 42.Kh5-g4
Rd4-d3 43.Nb7-c5 Ra7xc7 44.Nc5xd3
Rc7-c2 45.Nd3xe5 Rc2-c5 46.Ne5-d7
Rc5xa5 47.f3-f4 Ra5-a3 48.f4-f5
Ra3-a4 49.Nd7xf8 Kg7xf8 50.Kg4-f4
Kf8-g7 51.Kf4-e5 h7-h5 -1.12/15 ]

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42.e4xd5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:


42.e4xd5 Bb4xa5 43.Rc7-e7 Kg7-f8
44.d5-d6 Ba5-b4 45.Re7-d7 Bb4xd6
46.Rd7xd6 Ra7xb7 47.Rd6xa6
Rb7-b3 48.f3-f4 e5-e4 49.Kh5-g4
Kf8-g7 50.Ra6-a7 h7-h5+ 51.Kg4xh5
Rb3xg3 52.Kh5-h4 Rg3-c3 53.Kh4-g4
Rc3-c5 54.f4-f5 Rc5-c3 55.Ra7-e7
e4-e3 56.Kg4-g5 Kg7-f8 57.f5-f6
Rc3-c5+ 58.Kg5-f4 -0.34/14 ]
42...Bb4xa5 White has a new passed
pawn: d5. Black has a new passed
pawn: a6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
42...Bb4xa5 43.Rc7-e7 Kg7-f8
44.d5-d6 Ba5-b4 45.Re7-d7 Bb4xd6
46.Rd7xd6 Ra7xb7 47.Rd6xa6
Rb7-b3 48.f3-f4 e5-e4 49.Kh5-g4
Kf8-g7 50.Ra6-a7 h7-h5+ 51.Kg4xh5
Rb3xg3 52.Kh5-h4 Rg3-c3 53.Kh4-g4
Rc3-c5 54.f4-f5 Rc5-c3 55.Ra7-e7
e4-e3 56.Kg4-g5 Kg7-f8 57.f5-f6
Rc3-c5+ 58.Kg5-f4 -0.26/15 ]
43.Rc7-e7 White threatens to win
material: Re7xe5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 43.Rc7-e7 Kg7-f8 44.d5-d6
Ba5-b4 45.Re7-d7 Bb4xd6 46.Rd7xd6
Ra7xb7 47.Rd6xa6 Rb7-b3 48.f3-f4
e5-e4 49.Kh5-g4 Kf8-g7 50.Ra6-a7
h7-h5+ 51.Kg4xh5 Rb3xg3 52.Kh5-h4
Rg3-c3 53.Kh4-g4 Rc3-c5 54.f4-f5
Rc5-c3 55.Ra7-e7 e4-e3 56.Kg4-g5
Kg7-f8 57.f5-f6 Rc3-c5+ 58.Kg5-f4
-0.32/16 ] 43...Ba5-b6 [ 43...Kg7-f8
44.d5-d6 Ba5-b4 45.Re7-d7 Bb4xd6
46.Rd7xd6 Ra7xb7 47.Rd6xa6 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 43...Kg7-f8
44.d5-d6 Ba5-b4 45.Re7-d7 Bb4xd6
46.Rd7xd6 Ra7xb7 47.Rd6xa6
Rb7-b3 48.f3-f4 e5-e4 49.Kh5-g4
Kf8-g7 50.Ra6-a7 h7-h5+ 51.Kg4xh5
Rb3xg3 52.Kh5-h4 Rg3-d3 53.Kh4-g4
Rd3-d2 54.Ra7-e7 Rd2-e2 55.Kg4-f5
e4-e3 56.Kf5-e4 Kg7-f6 57.Re7-c7
Re2-e1 58.Rc7-c6+ Kf6-e7 -0.34/15 ]
44.d5-d6= A strong pawn [Houdini 2.

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0c Pro x64: 44.d5-d6 a6-a5
45.Nb7-d8 a5-a4 46.Nd8-c6 a4-a3
47.Re7xa7 Bb6xa7 48.Nc6xa7 Kg7-f6
49.Na7-c6 Kf6-e6 50.Nc6-b4 Ke6xd6
51.Kh5-g5 e5-e4 52.Kg5-f4 e4xf3
53.Kf4-e3 Kd6-c5 54.Nb4-a2 f3-f2
55.Ke3xf2 Kc5-c4 56.Na2-c1 Kc4-c3
57.Kf2-f3 Kc3-b2 58.Nc1-d3+ Kb2-b3
59.Nd3-c1+ Kb3-c3 60.Kf3-e3 Kc3-b2
61.Nc1-d3+ Kb2-c2 62.Nd3-b4+
Kc2-b3 -0.30/17 ] 44...a6-a5 Diagram
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 44...a6-a5
45.Nb7-d8 a5-a4 46.Nd8-c6 a4-a3
47.Re7xa7 Bb6xa7 48.Nc6xa7 Kg7-f6
49.Na7-c6 Kf6-e6 50.Nc6-b4 Ke6xd6
51.Kh5-g5 e5-e4 52.f3xe4 Kd6-e5
53.Nb4-a2 Ke5xe4 54.Na2-c3+
Ke4-e3 55.g3-g4 h7-h6+ 56.Kg5-f5
Ke3-d3 57.Nc3-d5 Kd3-d4
58.Nd5-b4 -0.23/16 ]

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45.Kh5-g5?? gives away a clear win
[ 45.Nb7-d8! saving the game Kg7-f8
46.Re7xa7 Bb6xa7 47.Nd8-c6= ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 45.Nb7-d8 a5-a4
46.Nd8-c6 a4-a3 47.Re7xa7 Bb6xa7
48.Nc6xa7 Kg7-f6 49.Na7-c6 Kf6-e6
50.Nc6-b4 Ke6xd6 51.Nb4-a2 Kd6-d5
52.Kh5-g5 e5-e4 53.Kg5-f4 e4xf3
54.Kf4xf3 Kd5-c4 55.Kf3-e3 Kc4-b3
56.Na2-c1+ Kb3-b2 57.Nc1-d3+

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Kb2-c2 58.Nd3-b4+ Kc2-b3 -0.10/15 ]


45...a5-a4-+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
45...a5-a4 46.f3-f4 a4-a3 47.Re7-c7
a3-a2 48.Rc7-c1 Ra7xb7 49.Rc1-a1
e5xf4 50.Ra1xa2 f4xg3 51.Kg5-f4
Bb6-f2 52.Kf4-f3 Rb7-d7 53.Ra2-d2
Kg7-f6 54.Rd2-d5 Kf6-e6 55.Rd5-h5
f7-f6 56.Rh5-h6 Rd7xd6 57.Rh6xh7
Ke6-e5 58.Rh7-e7+ Rd6-e6 -5.51/13 ]
46.Kg5-f5 [ 46.Re7-c7 doesn't get the
bull off the ice a4-a3 47.Rc7-c1
Ra7xb7-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
46.Re7-c7 a4-a3 47.Rc7-c1 Ra7xb7
48.Rc1-c2 Rb7-d7 49.Rc2-a2 Bb6-c5
50.Kg5-f5 Bc5xd6 51.Ra2-d2 h7-h5
52.Rd2-a2 Rd7-b7 53.Ra2-d2 Bd6-c7
54.Rd2-a2 Rb7-b3 55.Kf5-e4 Kg7-f6
-5.62/14 ] 46...a4-a3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 46...a4-a3 47.Re7xe5 a3-a2
48.Re5-e1 a2-a1Q 49.Re1xa1
Ra7xa1 50.d6-d7 Ra1-d1 51.d7-d8R
Bb6xd8 52.Nb7xd8 Rd1xd8 53.Kf5-f4
h7-h5 54.Kf4-g5 Rd8-d5+ 55.Kg5-f4
Kg7-f6 56.Kf4-e3 Rd5-e5+ 57.Ke3-f2
Kf6-f5 58.Kf2-f1 Re5-e3 59.Kf1-g2
Re3-e2+ 60.Kg2-h3 Kf5-g5 -5.99/13 ]
47.Nb7-d8 [ 47.Re7xe5 what else?
a3-a2 48.Re5-e1-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 47.Re7xe5 a3-a2 48.Re5-e1
a2-a1Q 49.Re1xa1 Ra7xa1 50.d6-d7
Ra1-d1 51.d7-d8R Bb6xd8 52.Nb7xd8
Rd1xd8 53.Kf5-e5 h7-h5 54.Ke5-f4
Kg7-f6 55.Kf4-e3 Kf6-f5 56.Ke3-e2
Rd8-g8 57.Ke2-f2 Rg8-g6 58.f3-f4
Rg6-a6 59.Kf2-e2 Ra6-a2+ 60.Ke2-e3
Ra2-a3+ 61.Ke3-f2 Kf5-e4 62.Kf2-g2
-6.14/14 ] 47...a3-a2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 47...a3-a2 48.Nd8-e6+ Kg7-h6
49.Ne6-g5 a2-a1Q 50.Ng5xf7+
Kh6-g7 51.Nf7xe5+ Ra7xe7 52.d6xe7
Qa1-a8 53.g3-g4 Bb6-c5 54.Kf5-e6
Qa8-a2+ 55.Ke6-f5 Bc5xe7 56.Kf5-e4
Qa2-a8+ 57.Ke4-f5 Be7-f6 58.f3-f4
Qa8-c8+ 59.Kf5-e4 Bf6xe5 60.f4xe5
Qc8xg4+ 61.Ke4-d5 Qg4-f3+

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


62.Kd5-d4 Qf3-g3 63.Kd4-d5 Qg3-d3+
64.Kd5-e6 h7-h5 65.Ke6-e7 -9.65/12 ]
48.Nd8-e6+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
48.Nd8-c6 a2-a1Q 49.Nc6xa7 Bb6xa7
50.Re7xe5 Qa1-d4 51.Re5-e7
Qd4xd6 52.Re7xa7 Qd6-c5+
53.Kf5-e4 Qc5xa7 54.g3-g4 Qa7-f2
55.g4-g5 Qf2-g3 56.f3-f4 Kg7-g6
57.Ke4-e5 Qg3-e3+ 58.Ke5-d5
Qe3xf4 -9.87/14 ] 48...Kg7-h6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 48...Kg7-h6
49.Re7xa7 f7xe6+ 50.Kf5xe6 Bb6xa7
51.f3-f4 a2-a1Q 52.f4xe5 Ba7-b6
53.Ke6-d5 Qa1-d4+ 54.Kd5-e6
Qd4-g4+ 55.Ke6-d5 Kh6-g5 -9.98/10 ]
49.Ne6-g5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
49.Ne6-d8 a2-a1Q 50.Nd8xf7+
Kh6-g7 51.Nf7xe5+ Ra7xe7 52.d6xe7
Qa1-a8 53.g3-g4 Bb6-c5 54.Kf5-e6
Qa8-a2+ 55.Ke6-f5 Bc5xe7 56.Kf5-e4
Qa2-a8+ 57.Ke4-f5 Qa8-d5 58.f3-f4
Be7-c5 59.Kf5-g5 Qd5-e6 60.Kg5-h4
Bc5-f2+ 61.Kh4-h3 Qe6-h6+
62.Kh3-g2 Qh6xf4 -10.18/11 ]
49...a2-a1Q [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
49...a2-a1Q 50.Ng5xf7+ Kh6-g7
51.Re7xa7 Qa1-b1+ 52.Kf5-e6
Qb1-b3+ 53.Ke6-f5 Qb3xf3+
54.Kf5-e6 Qf3-g4+ 55.Ke6-e7 Bb6xa7
56.Nf7-d8 Qg4-g5+ 57.Ke7-d7
Qg5xg3 58.Nd8-c6 Ba7-c5 59.Nc6-d8
Qg3-g4+ 60.Nd8-e6+ Kg7-f6
-10.19/13 ] 50.Ng5xf7+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 50.Ng5xf7+ Kh6-g7
51.Nf7xe5+ Ra7xe7 52.d6xe7 Qa1-a8
53.g3-g4 Bb6-c5 54.Kf5-e6 Qa8-a2+
55.Ke6-f5 Bc5xe7 56.Kf5-e4 Qa2-a8+
57.Ke4-f5 Qa8-d5 58.f3-f4 Be7-c5
59.Kf5-g5 Bc5-d4 60.Kg5-f5 h7-h6
61.g4-g5 h6xg5 62.Kf5xg5 Bd4xe5
63.f4xe5 Qd5xe5+ 64.Kg5-g4 Kg7-f6
65.Kg4-f3 Qe5-d5+ 66.Kf3-f4
-11.54/14 ] 50...Kh6-g7 Diagram
[ 50...Kh6-g7 51.Re7xa7 Qa1-b1+
52.Kf5-e6 Qb1-b3+ 53.Ke6-f5

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Qb3xf3+ 54.Kf5-e6 Qf3-g4+


55.Ke6-e7 Bb6xa7-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 50...Kh6-g7 51.Re7xa7 Qa1-b1+
52.Kf5-e6 Qb1-b3+ 53.Ke6-f5
Qb3xf3+ 54.Kf5-e6 Qf3-b3+ 55.Ke6-f5
Bb6xa7 56.Nf7xe5 Qb3xg3 57.Kf5-e6
Ba7-d4 58.Ne5-c4 Qg3-h3+
59.Ke6-d5 -9.93/11 ]

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C00

Nakamura,Hikaru
Seirawan,Yasser
ch-2012 Saint Louis USA (11)19.05.2012
C00: French: Unusual White 2nd
moves
1.e2-e4 e7-e6 2.f2-f4 d7-d5 3.e4-e5
c7-c5 4.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6 5.c2-c3
Ng8-e7 6.Nb1-a3 Ne7-f5 7.Na3-c2
h7-h5 last book move last book move
8.Bf1-d3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
8.Bf1-e2 h5-h4 9.b2-b3 Bf8-e7 10.0-0
0-0 11.Nc2-e3 Nf5xe3 12.d2xe3
h4-h3 13.g2-g3 Bc8-d7 14.Qd1-c2
Qd8-c7 15.Bc1-b2 0.06/13 ] 8...g7-g6
Controls f5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
8...Nf5-h4 9.0-0 c5-c4 10.Bd3-e2
Qd8-b6+ 11.Kg1-h1 Nh4xf3 12.Rf1xf3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


h5-h4 13.d2-d3 c4xd3 14.Be2xd3
Bc8-d7 15.Qd1-e2 h4-h3 16.Rf3xh3
Rh8xh3 17.g2xh3 g7-g6 18.Kh1-g2
0.02/13 ] 9.0-0 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
9.b2-b3 Bf8-h6 10.g2-g3 0-0
11.Qd1-e2 Qd8-e7 12.0-0 Bh6-g7
13.Bc1-b2 b7-b6 14.Nc2-e3 Nf5xe3
15.Qe2xe3 Bc8-b7 16.Nf3-g5 0.27/14 ]
9...Bf8-e7 Diagram [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 9...Qd8-b6 10.Bd3xf5 g6xf5
11.b2-b3 h5-h4 12.Nc2-e3 h4-h3
13.g2-g3 Bc8-d7 14.Qd1-e2 Rh8-g8
15.Kg1-h1 Ra8-c8 16.Bc1-b2 c5-c4
-0.05/13 ]

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10.Bd3xf5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
10.b2-b3 Bc8-d7 11.Nc2-e3 Nf5xe3
12.d2xe3 0-0 13.a2-a4 Qd8-b6
14.Qd1-c2 a7-a6 15.Rf1-e1 Ra8-c8
16.Bc1-a3 h5-h4 17.Ba3-b2 0.31/14 ]
10...g6xf5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
10...g6xf5 11.d2-d3 h5-h4 12.Bc1-e3
h4-h3 13.g2-g3 a7-a5 14.Qd1-d2
Diagram
(Diagram 150)
b7-b6 15.a2-a4 Bc8-b7 16.b2-b3
Rh8-g8 17.Be3-f2 Ke8-f8 18.Nc2-e3
Qd8-d7 0.00/14 ] 11.d2-d4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 11.d2-d3 h5-h4

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12.Bc1-e3 h4-h3 13.g2-g3 b7-b6
14.Qd1-d2 Rh8-g8 15.Kg1-h1 Qd8-c7
16.b2-b4 c5xb4 17.Nc2xb4 Bc8-b7
18.a2-a3 Ra8-c8 0.23/13 ] 11...h5-h4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 11...b7-b6
12.Qd1-e2 a7-a5 13.Nc2-e1 c5xd4
14.Nf3xd4 Nc6xd4 15.c3xd4 Bc8-a6
16.Ne1-d3 Rh8-g8 17.Bc1-e3 Ra8-c8
18.Ra1-c1 h5-h4 19.Rc1xc8 Qd8xc8
20.Rf1-c1 Ba6-c4 21.b2-b3 -0.03/13 ]
12.d4xc5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
12.Bc1-e3 b7-b6 13.Qd1-e2 Rh8-g8
14.Ra1-b1 Ra8-b8 15.b2-b4 h4-h3
16.g2-g3 c5xb4 17.Nc2xb4 Qd8-c7
18.Qe2-b5 Bc8-b7 19.Nb4-a6 Bb7xa6
20.Qb5xa6 0.22/13 ] 12...Be7xc5+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 12...b7-b6
13.c5xb6 a7xb6 14.Bc1-e3 Bc8-a6
15.Rf1-e1 Rh8-g8 16.Qd1-d2 h4-h3
17.g2-g3 Qd8-c7 18.Qd2-f2 Be7-d8
19.Kg1-h1 Ba6-c4 20.b2-b3 0.16/13 ]
13.Bc1-e3 White threatens to win
material: Be3xc5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 13.Kg1-h1 h4-h3 14.g2-g3 a7-a5
15.Bc1-e3 b7-b6 16.Qd1-d2 Bc8-a6
17.Rf1-d1 Bc5-f8 18.b2-b3 Qd8-c7
19.a2-a4 Rh8-g8 20.Qd2-f2 Ra8-b8
0.20/14 ] 13...Bc5-e7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 13...b7-b6 14.Qd1-d3 h4-h3
15.g2-g3 Bc5-f8 16.Ra1-c1 Qd8-d7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


17.Nc2-d4 Rh8-g8 18.Nf3-g5 Rg8xg5
19.f4xg5 Nc6xe5 20.Qd3-b5 Ne5-c4
21.Rc1-e1 Bc8-b7 0.17/14 ] 14.h2-h3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 14.Qd1-d3
b7-b6 15.Rf1-d1 Rh8-g8 16.Kg1-h1
h4-h3 17.g2-g3 Qd8-c7 18.Qd3-f1
Rg8-h8 19.Qf1-b5 Rh8-g8 20.Rd1-d2
Bc8-b7 0.36/13 ] 14...b7-b6 Diagram
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 14...Bc8-d7
15.Qd1-d3 Ra8-c8 16.Be3-f2 Nc6-a5
17.Nc2-d4 Rh8-g8 18.b2-b3 Ke8-f8
19.Ra1-c1 a7-a6 20.Kg1-h1 Na5-c6
21.Nd4-c2 0.18/14 ]

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Prevents intrusion on c5 15.Qd1-e2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 15.Qd1-d3
a7-a5 16.Nc2-d4 Nc6xd4 17.Nf3xd4
Rh8-g8 18.Nd4-b5 Ke8-f8 19.a2-a4
Bc8-b7 20.Be3-d4 Ra8-c8 21.Qd3-d2
Rc8-c4 22.Qd2-f2 Be7-c5 23.Bd4xc5+
b6xc5 0.34/14 ] 15...Nc6-b8
[ 15...Bc8-b7 16.Nc2-d4 ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 15...Rh8-g8 16.Ra1-d1
Ke8-f8 17.Kg1-h1 Qd8-c7 18.Be3-f2
a7-a5 19.Nc2-e1 Bc8-a6 20.Ne1-d3
Qc7-d8 21.b2-b3 Ra8-c8 22.a2-a4
0.15/13 ] 16.Rf1-d1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 16.Nc2-d4 Bc8-b7 17.Ra1-d1
Nb8-d7 18.b2-b4 a7-a5 19.a2-a3
Rh8-g8 20.Nd4-b5 Ke8-f8 21.Kg1-h1
a5xb4 22.a3xb4 Qd8-c8 0.47/13 ]

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16...Bc8-a6 Black threatens to win


material: Ba6xe2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 16...Nb8-d7 17.Nc2-d4 Nd7-c5
18.Nd4-c6 Qd8-d7 19.Nc6xe7 Bc8-a6
20.Qe2-f2 Qd7xe7 21.Be3xc5 Qe7xc5
22.Rd1-d4 Ba6-c4 23.Ra1-d1 Ra8-c8
24.b2-b3 0.23/13 ] 17.Qe2-e1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 17.Qe2-d2
Nb8-c6 18.Be3-f2 Qd8-c7 19.Ra1-c1
Qc7-d7 20.b2-b3 0-0-0 21.Nc2-b4
Nc6xb4 22.c3xb4+ Kc8-b8 23.a2-a4
Rd8-c8 24.b4-b5 Ba6-b7 0.31/15 ]
17...Nb8-d7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17...Nb8-c6 18.Be3-f2 Qd8-d7
19.Bf2xh4 Be7xh4 20.Nf3xh4 0-0-0
21.Nh4-f3 Kc8-b7 22.Nf3-g5 Rh8-g8
23.Kg1-h2 Rd8-c8 24.Qe1-e3 Rg8-h8
25.Nc2-d4 Nc6xd4 26.Qe3xd4 0.16/14
] 18.b2-b4 White has a new backward
pawn: c3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18.Nc2-b4 Ba6-b7 19.Nb4-d3 Ra8-c8
20.Kg1-h2 Nd7-c5 21.Nd3xc5 b6xc5
22.Be3-f2 Bb7-a6 23.b2-b3 Qd8-c7
24.c3-c4 d5-d4 25.Qe1-e2 0.31/14 ]
18...Nd7-f8 [ 18...Ra8-c8 19.Nc2-d4 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18...Ra8-c8
19.a2-a4 Qd8-c7 20.Be3-d4 Rh8-g8
21.Kg1-h1 Ba6-c4 22.Nc2-e3 a7-a5
23.Ne3xc4 Qc7xc4 24.Rd1-c1 Qc4-b3
25.Nf3-d2 Qb3-b2 0.10/13 ] 19.a2-a4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.Nc2-d4
Qd8-c7 20.b4-b5 Ba6-b7 21.Qe1-e2
Ra8-c8 22.Kg1-h1 Nf8-d7 23.Ra1-c1
Be7-a3 24.Rc1-c2 Qc7-c4 25.Qe2-f2
Nd7-c5 0.24/13 ] 19...Ba6-c4
Menacing [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
19...Nf8-g6 20.b4-b5 Ba6-c8
21.Nc2-d4 Qd8-c7 22.a4-a5 b6xa5
23.Nd4-b3 f7-f6 24.Be3-d4 f6xe5
25.Bd4xe5 Ng6xe5 26.Nf3xe5 Rh8-g8
27.Qe1-e3 Rg8-g3 0.28/14 ]
20.Nc2-d4 White intends b5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20.a4-a5 b6-b5
21.Qe1-f2 Qd8-c7 22.Nc2-a3 Rh8-g8
23.Ra1-b1 Nf8-g6 24.Kg1-h2 Ra8-c8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


25.Rb1-b2 Ke8-f8 26.Na3xc4
Qc7xc4 0.55/13 ] 20...Qd8-d7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 20...Qd8-c7
21.a4-a5 b6-b5 22.Qe1-f2 Nf8-g6
23.Qf2-c2 a7-a6 24.Nf3-d2 Ra8-c8
25.Kg1-h1 0-0 26.Ra1-c1 Rf8-e8
27.Nd2xc4 Qc7xc4 0.18/13 ] 21.b4-b5
White gets more space [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 21.a4-a5 b6-b5 22.Qe1-d2
Rh8-g8 23.Qd2-c2 Qd7-c7 24.a5-a6
Nf8-g6 25.Nf3-d2 Ke8-f8 26.Kg1-h1
Ra8-c8 27.Ra1-a5 Be7-d8 28.Nd2xc4
Qc7xc4 29.Ra5xb5 Qc4xc3 0.42/14 ]
21...Nf8-g6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...Ra8-c8 22.Kg1-h1 Qd7-c7
23.Nd4-c6 Nf8-d7 24.Be3-f2 a7-a6
25.Nc6xe7 Ke8xe7 26.Bf2xh4+ Ke7-f8
27.Qe1-d2 Nd7-c5 28.Bh4-f6 Nc5-e4
0.16/13 ] 22.Nd4-c6 Diagram
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Kg1-h1
Ra8-c8 23.Qe1-d2 Be7-c5 24.Nd4-c6
Bc5-f8 25.Nf3-d4 Bf8-c5 26.Qd2-f2
Bc5xd4 27.Be3xd4 Ng6-e7 28.Nc6-b4
Ne7-g6 29.a4-a5 Bc4-b3 0.26/13 ]

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Traps the king in the center 22...Ke8-f8
[ 22...0-0!? ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22...Rh8-g8 23.Kg1-h2 Ra8-c8
24.Qe1-f2 Be7-f8 25.Nf3-g5 Ng6-e7
26.Nc6-d4 Rg8-h8 27.a4-a5 Ne7-g6
28.a5xb6 a7xb6 29.Nd4-c6 Bc4xb5

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0.23/12 ] 23.Nf3-d2 [Houdini 2.0c


Pro x64: 23.Nf3-d2 Bc4-d3 24.c3-c4
Rh8-g8 25.Qe1-f2 Bd3-c2 26.Rd1-c1
Bc2-d3 27.c4-c5 Be7xc5 28.Be3xc5+
b6xc5 29.Qf2xc5+ Kf8-g7 30.Qc5-f2
Qd7-b7 31.Rc1-c5 Ra8-e8 32.Qf2-e3
Bd3-e4 33.Ra1-c1 Ng6-e7 34.Nd2xe4
f5xe4 0.43/14 ] 23...Bc4-d3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23...Bc4-d3
24.c3-c4 Rh8-g8 25.Qe1-f2 Bd3-c2
26.Rd1-c1 Bc2-d3 27.c4-c5 Be7xc5
28.Be3xc5+ b6xc5 29.Qf2xc5+ Kf8-g7
30.Qc5-f2 Qd7-b7 31.Rc1-c5 Ra8-e8
32.Qf2-e3 Bd3-e4 33.Ra1-c1 Ng6-e7
34.Nd2xe4 f5xe4 0.66/15 ] 24.c3-c4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24.c3-c4
Rh8-g8 25.Qe1-f2 Bd3-c2 26.Rd1-c1
Bc2-d3 27.c4-c5 Be7xc5 28.Be3xc5+
b6xc5 29.Qf2xc5+ Kf8-g7 30.Qc5-f2
Bd3-e4 31.Nd2-b3 Qd7-c7 32.Rc1-d1
Ng6-e7 33.Ra1-c1 Ne7xc6
34.Rc1xc6 0.55/13 ] 24...Kf8-g7
[ 24...Ra8-c8 25.c4xd5 e6xd5
26.Qe1-f2+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24...Rh8-g8 25.Qe1-f2 Bd3-c2
26.Rd1-c1 Bc2-d3 27.c4-c5 Be7xc5
28.Be3xc5+ b6xc5 29.Qf2xc5+ Kf8-g7
30.Qc5-f2 Qd7-b7 31.Rc1-c3 Bd3-e4
32.Ra1-c1 Qb7-b6 33.Rc3-c5
Ra8-c8 0.57/12 ] 25.c4xd5
[ 25.Nc6xe7?! Qd7xe7 26.c4xd5
e6xd5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25.Ra1-c1 a7-a6 26.c4xd5 e6xd5
27.Be3-d4 Qd7-e6 28.Qe1-e3 Bd3-e4
29.Nd2xe4 f5xe4 30.Bd4xb6 a6xb5
31.a4xb5 Ra8-a3 32.Qe3-f2 Ra3-g3
33.Bb6-e3 1.35/11 ] 25...e6xd5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 25...Qd7xd5
Diagram
(Diagram 153)
26.Qe1-f2 a7-a6 27.Nc6xe7 Ng6xe7
28.Nd2-f3 Qd5-c4 29.Ra1-c1 Qc4-b3
30.Nf3-d4 Qb3-a3 31.Rc1-a1 Qa3-c3

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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32.Rd1-c1 Qc3-b4 33.Nd4-c6 Ne7xc6
34.b5xc6 Qb4-e4 35.Be3xb6 Ra8-c8
36.c6-c7 0.66/12 ] 26.Nd2-b1
[ 26.Be3-d4 Qd7-e6 27.Qe1-e3+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 26.Be3-d4
Qd7-e6 27.Qe1-e3 Bd3-e4 28.Nd2-f3
Rh8-c8 29.a4-a5 b6xa5 30.Ra1xa5
Kg7-g8 31.Ra5-a6 Qe6-d7 32.Nc6xa7
Rc8-c2 33.Na7-c6 Ra8-c8 34.Rd1-c1
1.75/13 ] 26...Bd3-c4?
[ 26...Bd3-c2!? 27.Nb1-c3 Bc2xd1
28.Ra1xd1 d5-d4 29.Nc6xd4
Ra8-d8+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Bd3-e4 27.Qe1-f2 Be7-c5
28.Nb1-c3 Bc5xe3 29.Qf2xe3 Rh8-c8
30.Ra1-c1 Qd7-e6 31.Rd1-d2 Ng6-e7
32.Nc6xe7 Qe6xe7 33.Rc1-d1 Qe7-c5
34.Qe3xc5 Rc8xc5 35.Nc3xd5
Be4xd5 36.Rd2xd5 Rc5xd5
37.Rd1xd5 0.89/13 ] 27.Qe1-c3+[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Qe1-c3
Qd7-c7 28.Nb1-d2 Bc4-e2 29.Rd1-e1
Be2-h5 30.e5-e6+ Kg7-h7 31.e6xf7
Rh8-f8 32.Qc3-d3 Rf8xf7 33.Qd3xd5
Be7-d6 34.Nc6-d4 Ra8-e8 35.Nd2-c4
Bd6xf4 36.Nd4-e6 Re8xe6 37.Qd5xe6
Bf4xe3+ 38.Nc4xe3 Ng6-f4 39.Qe6-c4
Nf4-e2+ 40.Kg1-h1 Ne2-g3+
41.Kh1-h2 Qc7-d6 2.02/13 ]
27...Qd7-e6 [ 27...Qd7-c7 28.Nb1-d2

179

Bc4-e2 29.Rd1-e1+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro


x64: 27...Qd7-c7 28.Nb1-d2 Bc4-e2
29.Rd1-e1 Be2-h5 30.e5-e6+ Kg7-h7
31.e6xf7 Rh8-f8 32.Qc3-d3 Qc7-d7
33.Nc6xe7 Ng6xe7 34.Be3-d4 Bh5xf7
35.Nd2-f3 Ne7-g6 36.Nf3-g5+ Kh7-g8
37.Qd3-f3 Ra8-e8 38.Ra1-c1
Re8xe1+ 39.Rc1xe1 1.52/11 ]
28.Nb1-d2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28.Nb1-d2 Kg7-h7 29.Nd2xc4 d5xc4
30.Ra1-c1 Rh8-c8 31.Qc3xc4 Qe6xc4
32.Rc1xc4 Rc8-c7 33.Be3-f2 Kh7-g7
34.Kg1-h2 Ra8-g8 35.Rd1-d3 Be7-f8
36.Rd3-d8 Bf8-a3 37.Rd8-d2 Ba3-f8
38.Rd2-d3 Bf8-e7 2.35/14 ]
28...Rh8-c8?? a blunder in a bad
position [ 28...Rh8-h5 29.Nd2xc4
d5xc4+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28...Rh8-g8 29.Nd2xc4 d5xc4
30.Ra1-c1 Ng6-f8 31.Qc3xc4 Be7-a3
32.Nc6-d4 Qe6-g6 33.Rc1-c3 Kg7-h8
34.Qc4-d5 Ba3-b4 35.Rc3-c4 2.26/11 ]
29.Nc6-d4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29.Nc6-d4 Bc4-e2 30.Nd4xe6+ f7xe6
31.Qc3-b2 Be2xd1 32.Ra1xd1 Be7-c5
33.Be3xc5 Rc8xc5 34.Rd1-f1 Ra8-c8
35.Qb2-b4 Kg7-h8 36.a4-a5 Rc5-c2
37.a5-a6 Kh8-g7 38.Qb4-d6 Rc8-c7
39.Qd6-d8 Kg7-h7 40.Nd2-f3 5.36/13 ]
29...Qe6-d7 [ 29...Bc4-e2 the last
chance for counterplay 30.Qc3-b2
Be2xd1 31.Nd4xe6+ f7xe6 32.Ra1xd1
Kg7-f7+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29...Bc4-e2 30.Nd4xe6+ f7xe6
31.Qc3-b2 Be2xd1 32.Ra1xd1 Kg7-f7
33.Kg1-f1 Rc8-c7 34.Rd1-c1 Ra8-c8
35.Rc1xc7 Rc8xc7 36.Kf1-e2 Rc7-c8
37.Ke2-d3 Rc8-c7 38.Qb2-b3 Be7-f8
39.Nd2-f3 5.80/14 ] 30.e5-e6 Diagram
[ 30.e5-e6 f7xe6 31.Nd4xf5+ Kg7-f7
32.Qc3-g7+ Kf7-e8 33.Qg7xg6+
Ke8-d8 34.Nd2xc4 Rc8xc4
35.Qg6-g8+ Kd8-c7 36.Qg8xa8+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30.e5-e6 f7xe6
31.Nd4xf5+ Kg7-f8 32.Qc3-g7+

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Kf8-e8 33.Qg7xg6+ Ke8-f8 34.Nf5-d4
Be7-b4 35.Nd2xc4 Qd7-f7
36.Qg6-h6+ Kf8-e8 37.Nc4-e5 Qf7-g8
38.Nd4xe6 Rc8-c2 39.Ne6-g7+
Ke8-d8 40.Ne5-c6+ Rc2xc6
41.b5xc6 13.03/11 ]

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target [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:


13...Nf6-e8 14.Rh1-h3 Ne5-c4
15.Be2xc4 Qc8xc4 16.Qd2-e2 Ra8-c8
17.Qe2xc4 Rc8xc4 18.Nc3-e2 Rc4-a4
19.Kc1-b1 Bg7-f6 20.Be3-h6 Rf8-f7
21.a2-a3 Bf6-e5 22.Bh6-e3 Kg8-g7
23.f3-f4 0.15/14 ] 14.f3-f4 [Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 14.f3-f4 Diagram

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Ne5-c4 15.Be2xc4 Qc8xc4 16.e4-e5


27
B75 Ra8-d8 17.e5xd6 e7xd6 18.h4-h5
Hikaru Nakamura
Bg7xc3 19.Qd2xc3 Qc4xc3 20.b2xc3
Ray Robson
Nd7-f6 21.h5xg6 h7xg6 22.Be3xa7
US Championship (3)
10.05.2012 Nf6xg4 23.Ba7-d4 Ng4-f6 24.Rh1-h6
Kg8-g7 25.Rd1-h1 Kg7-f7 26.Kc1-b2
Rd8-c8 27.Rh1-g1 Rf8-g8 28.Rg1-d1
B76: Sicilian Dragon: Yugoslav Attack,
Rc8-c6 29.Rd1-e1 Rg8-c8 0.12/16 ]
9 g4 and 9 0-0-0
1.e2-e4 c7-c5 2.Ng1-f3 d7-d6
14...Ne5-c4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
3.d2-d4 c5xd4 4.Nf3xd4 Ng8-f6
14...Ne5-c4 15.Be2xc4 Qc8xc4
5.Nb1-c3 g7-g6 6.Bc1-e3 Bf8-g7
16.e4-e5 Rf8-d8 17.e5xd6 Nd7-b6
7.f2-f3 Nb8-c6 8.Qd1-d2 0-0 9.g2-g4 18.Be3xb6 Rd8xd6 19.Qd2-e2
Bc8-e6 10.Nd4xe6 f7xe6 11.0-0-0
Qc4xe2 20.Nc3xe2 a7xb6 21.a2-a3
Nc6-e5 12.Bf1-e2 Qd8-c8 last book
Kg8-f7 22.c2-c3 Ra8-a4 23.h4-h5
Ra4-e4 24.Rd1-d2 e6-e5 25.Rh1-f1
move last book move 13.h2-h4
Kf7-e6 26.h5xg6 h7xg6 27.Kc1-c2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 13.Kc1-b1
Ne5-c4 14.Be2xc4 Qc8xc4 15.Be3-d4 Re4-e3 0.31/15 ] 15.Be2xc4
Nf6-d7 16.Bd4xg7 Kg8xg7 17.f3-f4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 15.Be2xc4
Qc8xc4 16.e4-e5 Ra8-d8 17.e5xd6
Ra8-c8 18.Rh1-e1 b7-b5 19.a2-a3
e7xd6 18.h4-h5 Bg7xc3 19.Qd2xc3
a7-a6 20.f4-f5 Nd7-e5 21.Qd2-g5
Qc4xc3 20.b2xc3 Nd7-f6 21.h5xg6
Rf8-f6 0.25/13 ] 13...Nf6-d7
h7xg6 22.Be3xa7 Nf6xg4 23.Ba7-d4
The backward pawn on f3 becomes a

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Ng4-f6 24.Rh1-h6 Kg8-f7 25.Rd1-g1
Rf8-g8 26.Kc1-b2 Rd8-c8 27.Rg1-d1
Rc8-c6 28.Rd1-e1 Rg8-c8 0.12/15 ]
15...Qc8xc4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
15...Qc8xc4 16.e4-e5 Ra8-d8
17.e5xd6 e7xd6 18.h4-h5 Bg7xc3
19.Qd2xc3 Qc4xc3 20.b2xc3 Nd7-f6
21.h5xg6 h7xg6 22.Be3xa7 Nf6xg4
23.Ba7-d4 Ng4-f6 24.Rh1-h6 Kg8-f7
25.Rd1-g1 Rf8-g8 26.Kc1-b2 Rd8-c8
27.Rg1-d1 Rc8-c6 28.Rd1-e1
Rg8-c8 0.33/13 ] 16.e4-e5
White threatens to win material: e5xd6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 16.e4-e5
Ra8-d8 17.e5xd6 e7xd6 18.h4-h5
Bg7xc3 19.Qd2xc3 Qc4xc3 20.b2xc3
Nd7-f6 21.h5xg6 h7xg6 22.Be3xa7
Nf6xg4 23.Ba7-d4 Ng4-f6 24.Rh1-h6
Kg8-f7 25.Rd1-g1 Rf8-g8 26.Kc1-b2
Rd8-c8 27.Rg1-d1 Rc8-c6 28.Rd1-e1
Rg8-c8 0.13/14 ] 16...Nd7-b6
[ 16...Ra8-d8!? should not be
overlooked 17.h4-h5 d6xe5 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 16...Ra8-d8
17.e5xd6 e7xd6 18.h4-h5 g6xh5
19.Rh1xh5 Bg7xc3 20.Qd2xc3
Qc4xc3 21.b2xc3 Nd7-f6 22.Rh5-g5+
Kg8-f7 23.Be3xa7 h7-h6 24.Rg5-b5
Rd8-d7 25.g4-g5 Nf6-e4 26.Ba7-d4
h6xg5 27.f4xg5 Kf7-g6 28.c3-c4
Rd7-h7 29.Kc1-b2 Ne4xg5 0.05/13 ]
17.h4-h5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
17.h4-h5 d6xe5 18.h5xg6 h7xg6
19.Qd2-h2 Rf8xf4 20.Be3xf4 Qc4xf4+
21.Kc1-b1 Qf4xh2 22.Rh1xh2 Ra8-f8
23.Rh2-h1 Rf8-f4 24.g4-g5 a7-a6
25.Rd1-d8+ Kg8-f7 26.b2-b3 e5-e4
27.Nc3xe4 Nb6-d5 28.c2-c4 Rf4xe4
29.c4xd5 e6xd5 30.Rd8xd5 Re4-e2
31.Rd5-d7 b7-b6 0.41/15 ] 17...d6xe5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 17...d6xe5
18.h5xg6 h7xg6 19.Qd2-h2 Rf8xf4
20.Be3xf4 Qc4xf4+ 21.Kc1-b1
Diagram
Qf4xh2 22.Rh1xh2 Ra8-f8 23.Rh2-h1

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Rf8-f4 24.g4-g5 a7-a6 25.Rd1-d8+
Kg8-f7 26.b2-b3 e5-e4 27.Nc3xe4
Nb6-d5 28.c2-c4 Rf4xe4 29.c4xd5
e6xd5 30.Rd8xd5 Re4-e2 31.Rd5-d7
b7-b6 0.62/13 ] 18.h5xg6 [Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 18.h5xg6 h7xg6
19.Qd2-h2 Rf8xf4 20.Be3xf4 Qc4xf4+
21.Kc1-b1 Qf4xh2 22.Rh1xh2 Ra8-f8
23.b2-b3 a7-a6 24.Kb1-c1 Rf8-c8
25.Rd1-d3 Bg7-f6 26.Nc3-e4 Nb6-d5
27.g4-g5 Bf6-g7 28.Kc1-b2 b7-b5
29.c2-c3 Kg8-f7 30.Rh2-h7 a6-a5
31.Rd3-d1 0.40/14 ] 18...h7xg6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18...h7xg6
19.Qd2-h2 Rf8xf4 20.Be3xf4 Qc4xf4+
21.Kc1-b1 Qf4xh2 22.Rh1xh2 Ra8-f8
23.b2-b3 a7-a6 24.Kb1-c1 Rf8-c8
25.Rd1-d3 Bg7-f6 26.Nc3-e4 Nb6-d5
27.g4-g5 Bf6-g7 28.Kc1-b2 b7-b5
29.c2-c3 Kg8-f7 30.Rh2-h7 a6-a5
31.Rd3-d1 0.59/12 ] 19.Qd2-h2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.Qd2-h2
Rf8xf4 20.Be3xf4 Qc4xf4+ 21.Kc1-b1
Qf4xh2 22.Rh1xh2 Ra8-f8 23.b2-b3
a7-a6 24.Kb1-c1 Rf8-c8 25.Rd1-d3
Bg7-f6 26.Nc3-e4 Nb6-d5 27.g4-g5
Bf6-g7 28.Kc1-b2 b7-b5 29.c2-c3
Kg8-f7 30.Rh2-h7 a6-a5 31.Rd3-d1
0.40/15 ] 19...Rf8xf4 [ 19...e5xf4??
20.Rd1-d4 Qc4-c7 21.Be3xf4+- ;

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19...Rf8xf4
20.Be3xf4 Qc4xf4+ 21.Kc1-b1 Qf4xh2
22.Rh1xh2 Ra8-f8 23.b2-b3 a7-a6
24.Kb1-c1 Rf8-c8 25.Rd1-d3 Bg7-f6
26.Nc3-e4 Nb6-d5 27.g4-g5 Bf6-g7
28.Kc1-b2 b7-b5 29.c2-c3 Kg8-f7
30.Rh2-h7 a6-a5 31.Rd3-d1 0.59/14 ]
20.Be3xf4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
20.Be3xf4 Qc4xf4+ 21.Kc1-b1 Qf4xh2
22.Rh1xh2 Ra8-f8 23.b2-b3 a7-a6
24.Kb1-c1 Rf8-c8 25.Rd1-d3 Bg7-f6
26.Nc3-e4 Nb6-d5 27.g4-g5 Bf6-g7
28.Kc1-b2 b7-b5 29.c2-c3 Kg8-f7
30.Rh2-h7 a6-a5 31.Rd3-d1 0.41/14 ]
20...Qc4xf4+ [ 20...e5xf4? 21.Qh2-h7+
Kg8-f7 22.Rh1-h6+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 20...Qc4xf4+ 21.Kc1-b1 Qf4xh2
22.Rh1xh2 Ra8-f8 23.b2-b3 a7-a5
24.Kb1-c1 Rf8-f4 25.Rd1-d8+ Kg8-f7
26.g4-g5 a5-a4 27.Kc1-d2 a4xb3
28.c2xb3 e5-e4 29.Rd8-b8 Nb6-d5
30.Nc3xd5 e6xd5 31.Rb8xb7 Rf4-f3
32.a2-a4 Bg7-c3+ 33.Kd2-e2 0.54/16 ]
21.Kc1-b1 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.Kc1-b1 Qf4xh2 22.Rh1xh2 Ra8-f8
23.b2-b3 Rf8-f4 24.Nc3-e2 Rf4-f3
25.c2-c4 Kg8-f7 26.g4-g5 a7-a6
27.Kb1-c2 Rf3-f5 28.Rd1-d8 Rf5xg5
29.Rd8-b8 e5-e4 30.Rb8xb7 Nb6-c8
31.Rb7-c7 Nc8-d6 32.c4-c5 Nd6-f5
0.47/18 ] 21...Qf4xh2 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 21...Qf4xh2 22.Rh1xh2
Ra8-f8 23.b2-b3 a7-a5 24.Kb1-c1
Rf8-f4 25.Rd1-d8+ Kg8-f7 26.g4-g5
a5-a4 27.Kc1-d2 a4xb3 28.c2xb3
e5-e4 29.Rd8-b8 Nb6-d5 30.Nc3xd5
e6xd5 31.Rb8xb7 Rf4-f3 32.a2-a4
Kf7-e6 33.Rh2-h7 Bg7-c3+
34.Kd2-e2 0.51/17 ] 22.Rh1xh2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.Rh1xh2
Ra8-f8 23.b2-b3 Rf8-f4 24.Nc3-e2
Rf4-f3 25.c2-c4 Kg8-f7 26.g4-g5
e5-e4 27.Rh2-h4 Rf3-f5 28.Rh4xe4
Rf5xg5 29.Ne2-d4 Bg7xd4 30.Re4xd4
e6-e5 31.Rd4-e4 Rg5-f5 32.Kb1-c2

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Rf5-f2+ 33.Rd1-d2 0.30/15 ]


22...Ra8-f8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22...Ra8-f8 23.b2-b3 Rf8-f4
24.Nc3-e2 Rf4-f3 25.c2-c4 e5-e4
26.g4-g5 Kg8-f7 27.Rh2-h4 Rf3-f5
28.Rh4xe4 Rf5xg5 29.Ne2-d4 Bg7xd4
30.Re4xd4 e6-e5 31.Rd4-e4 Rg5-f5
32.Kb1-c2 Rf5-f2+ 33.Rd1-d2 0.36/16 ]
23.Nc3-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23.b2-b3 Rf8-f4 24.Nc3-e2 Rf4-f3
25.c2-c4 e5-e4 26.g4-g5 Kg8-f7
27.Rh2-h4 Rf3-e3 28.Rd1-f1+ Kf7-g8
29.Ne2-f4 Re3-f3 30.Rf1-e1 0.40/14 ]
23...Rf8-f4 Black threatens to win
material: Rf4xe4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 23...Rf8-f4 24.Ne4-c5 Rf4xg4
25.Nc5xe6 Nb6-c4 26.Rh2-h1 Nc4-d6
27.Rh1-g1 Rg4xg1 28.Rd1xg1 Bg7-f6
29.Ne6-d8 Kg8-g7 30.b2-b3 Nd6-e4
31.Kb1-c1 Bf6-g5+ 32.Kc1-d1 Bg5-e3
33.Rg1-f1 g6-g5 34.Nd8xb7 Ne4-c3+
35.Kd1-e1 g5-g4 36.Rf1-f5 e5-e4
0.53/16 ] 24.Ne4-g5 White threatens to
win material: Ng5xe6 [ 24.Ne4-c5
Rf4xg4 25.Nc5xb7 Kg8-f7 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24.Ne4-c5
Rf4xg4 25.Nc5xb7 e5-e4 26.Nb7-c5
Nb6-c4 27.c2-c3 Kg8-f7 28.Rh2-e2
e4-e3 29.b2-b3 Rg4-g5 30.Nc5xe6
Kf7xe6 31.b3xc4 Rg5-g3 32.Kb1-c2
g6-g5 33.c4-c5 0.36/13 ] 24...Rf4xg4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24...Rf4xg4
25.Ng5xe6 Nb6-c4 26.Rh2-h1 Nc4-d6
27.Rh1-g1 Rg4xg1 28.Rd1xg1 Bg7-f6
29.Kb1-c1 Kg8-f7 30.Ne6-g5+
Bf6xg5+ 31.Rg1xg5 Kf7-f6 32.Rg5-g1
e5-e4 33.Kc1-d1 Nd6-c4 34.b2-b3
Nc4-e3+ 35.Kd1-d2 Ne3-f5 36.Kd2-e2
g6-g5 0.36/17 ] 25.Ng5xe6 Black has
a new passed pawn: g6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 25.Ng5xe6 Nb6-c4
26.Rh2-h1 Nc4-d6 27.Rh1-g1 Rg4xg1
28.Rd1xg1 Bg7-f6 29.Ne6-c5 Kg8-f7
30.Rg1-g4 b7-b6 31.Nc5-e4 Nd6xe4
32.Rg4xe4 Kf7-e6 33.Re4-c4 g6-g5

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


34.Kb1-c1 Ke6-f5 35.Rc4-c7 a7-a6
36.Kc1-d2 g5-g4 0.32/17 ] 25...Bg7-f6
[ 25...Nb6-c4 26.c2-c3 Bg7-f6
27.Rd1-d7= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25...Nb6-c4 26.Rh2-h1 Nc4-d6
27.Rh1-g1 Rg4xg1 28.Rd1xg1 Bg7-f6
29.Ne6-d8 Kg8-g7 30.b2-b3 Nd6-e4
31.Kb1-c1 Bf6-g5+ 32.Kc1-d1 Bg5-e3
33.Rg1-f1 g6-g5 34.Nd8xb7 Ne4-c3+
35.Kd1-e1 g5-g4 36.Rf1-f5 0.36/15 ]
26.b2-b3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26.Ne6-c5 Nb6-c4 27.Nc5xb7 Nc4xb2
28.Rd1-d8+ Kg8-g7 29.Rh2-h8
Rg4-d4 30.Nb7-c5 Rd4xd8 31.Rh8xd8
Nb2-c4 32.Rd8-d7 g6-g5 33.Rd7xa7
Kg7-g6 34.Ra7-a4 Nc4-e3 35.Ra4-e4
Ne3-d1 36.Re4-g4 Nd1-e3 0.36/15 ]
26...Nb6-c8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Nb6-c8 27.Rh2-f2 b7-b6
28.Ne6-c7 Kg8-f7 29.Nc7-d5 Kf7-e6
30.Rf2-f1 Rg4-e4 31.Nd5-c7+ Ke6-f7
32.Rd1-d8 Nc8-d6 33.Rd8-a8 Re4-f4
34.Rf1-g1 a7-a5 35.Nc7-d5 Rf4-f2
36.Nd5xb6 0.35/17 ] 27.c2-c4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Rh2-f2
b7-b6 28.Rf2-f1 Kg8-f7 29.Ne6-d8+
Kf7-g7 30.Rf1-g1 Rg4-h4 31.Nd8-e6+
Kg7-f7 32.Ne6-g5+ Kf7-g7 33.Rg1-g2
Bf6xg5 34.Rg2xg5 e5-e4 35.Rd1-g1
Rh4-h6 36.Rg5-e5 Rh6-h4
37.Kb1-b2 0.36/16 ] 27...Nc8-d6
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27...Nc8-d6
28.c4-c5 Nd6-b5 29.Rd1-d7 e5-e4
30.Rd7xb7 Rg4-g1+ 31.Kb1-c2
Rg1-a1 32.Rh2-h3 Ra1xa2+
33.Kc2-c1 Kg8-f7 34.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8
35.Rb7xb5 Diagram
(Diagram 157)
Ke8xd8 36.Rb5-b4 Ra2-a5
37.Rb4xe4 Ra5xc5+ 38.Re4-c4
Rc5-h5 39.Rh3-d3+ Kd8-e8 40.Kc1-c2
Ke8-f7 41.Rc4-c7 a7-a5 42.Rd3-d7
Rh5-h2+ 43.Rd7-d2 Rh2-h3 0.17/17 ]

183

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-sNk+-+0{
9zp-+-zp-+-0 157
9-+-+-vlp+0
9+RzP-+-+-0
9-+-+p+-+0
9+P+-+-+R0
9r+-+-+-+0
9+-mK-+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
28.c4-c5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
28.Ne6-d8 e5-e4 29.Rd1-e1 Rg4-g5
30.Nd8-e6 Rg5-f5 31.Ne6-c7 g6-g5
32.Nc7-d5 Kg8-f7 33.Kb1-c2 Bf6-g7
34.Rh2-g2 e7-e6 35.Nd5-e3 Rf5-a5
36.a2-a4 Ra5-c5 37.Re1-f1+ Kf7-g6
0.10/15 ] 28...Nd6-b5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 28...Nd6-b5 29.Rd1-d7 e5-e4
30.Rd7xb7 Rg4-g1+ 31.Kb1-c2
Rg1-a1 32.Rh2-h3 Ra1xa2+
33.Kc2-c1 Kg8-f7 34.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8
35.Rb7xb5 Ke8xd8 36.Rb5-b4 Ra2-a5
37.Rb4xe4 Ra5xc5+ 38.Re4-c4
Rc5-h5 39.Rh3-g3 Rh5-h1+
40.Kc1-c2 Rh1-h2+ 41.Kc2-d1 Kd8-d7
42.Rg3xg6 a7-a5 43.Kd1-c1 Kd7-d6
44.Rc4-d4+ Kd6-c5 0.19/20 ]
29.Rd1-d7 White threatens to win
material: Rd7xb7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 29.Rd1-d7 e5-e4 30.Rd7xb7
Rg4-g1+ 31.Kb1-c2 Rg1-a1
32.Rh2-h3 Ra1xa2+ 33.Kc2-c1 Kg8-f7
34.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8 35.Rb7xb5
Ke8xd8 36.Rb5-b4 Ra2-a5 37.Rb4xe4
Ra5xc5+ 38.Re4-c4 Rc5-h5
39.Rh3-g3 Rh5-h1+ 40.Kc1-c2
Rh1-h2+ 41.Kc2-d1 Kd8-d7
42.Rg3xg6 Rh2-h1+ 43.Kd1-c2
Rh1-h2+ 44.Kc2-c1 Rh2-h1+
45.Kc1-c2 Rh1-h2+ 0.10/18 ]

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


29...Kg8-f7 Black threatens to win
material: Kf7xe6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29...e5-e4 30.Rd7xb7 Rg4-g1+
31.Kb1-c2 Rg1-a1 32.Rh2-h3
Ra1xa2+ 33.Kc2-c1 Kg8-f7
34.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8 35.Rb7xb5
Ke8xd8 36.Rb5-b4 Ra2-a5 37.Rb4xe4
Ra5xc5+ 38.Re4-c4 Rc5-h5
39.Rh3-g3 Rh5-h1+ 40.Kc1-c2
Rh1-h2+ 41.Kc2-d1 Kd8-d7
42.Rg3xg6 a7-a5 43.Rc4-a4 Rh2-h3
0.18/16 ] 30.Rd7xb7 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 30.Rd7xb7 Rg4-g1+
31.Kb1-c2 Nb5-a3+ 32.Kc2-b2
Na3-b1 33.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8 34.Nd8-c6
e5-e4+ 35.Kb2-c2 Nb1-a3+ 36.Kc2-d2
Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e3 Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2
Rg1-d1 39.Rh2-h7 Rd1-d2+ 40.Kf2-g3
Rd2xa2 41.Rb7xa7 Ra2xa7
42.Nc6xa7 e4-e3 43.Kg3-f3 e3-e2
44.Kf3-f2 Bf6-d4+ 45.Kf2-e1 Bd4xc5
46.Na7-c6 Bc5-d6 47.Rh7-h3 Nc3-d5
48.Rh3-h6 Nd5-f4 49.b3-b4 Nf4-d3+
50.Ke1xe2 Nd3xb4 51.Nc6xb4
Bd6xb4 52.Rh6-h1 Ke8-d7 53.Rh1-h7
Bb4-d6 0.28/18 ] 30...Rg4-g1+
[ 30...Rg4-b4!? 31.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30...Rg4-g1+
31.Kb1-c2 Nb5-a3+ 32.Kc2-b2
Na3-b1 33.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8 34.Nd8-c6
e5-e4+ 35.Kb2-c2 Nb1-a3+ 36.Kc2-d2
Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e2 Nb1-c3+
38.Ke2-f2 Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7 Nc3-b5
40.Ra7-a4 Rc1-c2+ 41.Kf2-g3 Rc2xc5
42.Ra4-c4 Rc5-g5+ 43.Kg3-f2 Ke8-d7
44.Nc6-b8+ Kd7-e8 45.a2-a4 Rg5-f5+
46.Kf2-g2 Nb5-d6 47.Rc4-c2 Rf5-g5+
48.Kg2-f2 Bf6-e5 49.Rh2-g2 0.46/18 ]
31.Kb1-c2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
31.Kb1-c2 Nb5-a3+ 32.Kc2-b2
Na3-b1 33.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8 34.Nd8-c6
e5-e4+ 35.Kb2-c2 Nb1-a3+ 36.Kc2-d2
Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e3 Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2
Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7 Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4
Rc1-c2+ 41.Kf2-g3 Rc2xc5 42.Ra4-c4

184

Rc5-g5+ 43.Kg3-f2 Ke8-d7 44.Rh2-h7


Nb5-d6 45.Rc4-c2 Rg5-f5+ 46.Kf2-e1
Rf5-f3 47.Nc6-b8+ Kd7-d8 48.Rc2-c5
Nd6-f5 49.Nb8-c6+ Kd8-d7
50.Nc6-e5+ Bf6xe5 51.Rc5xe5
0.36/19 ] 31...Nb5-a3+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 31...Nb5-a3+ 32.Kc2-b2
Na3-b1 33.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8 34.Nd8-c6
e5-e4+ 35.Kb2-c2 Nb1-a3+ 36.Kc2-d2
Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e3 Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2
Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7 Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4
Rc1-c2+ 41.Kf2-g3 Rc2xc5 42.Ra4-c4
Rc5-g5+ 43.Kg3-f2 Ke8-d7
44.Nc6-b8+ Kd7-d6 45.Rc4xe4
Rg5-d5 46.Rh2-g2 Nb5-c3 47.Re4-c4
Nc3xa2 48.Nb8-c6 g6-g5 49.b3-b4
Na2-c3 50.Kf2-f3 0.46/20 ] 32.Kc2-b2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 32.Kc2-b2
Na3-b1 33.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8 34.Nd8-c6
e5-e4+ 35.Kb2-c2 Nb1-a3+ 36.Kc2-d2
Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e3 Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2
Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7 Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4
Rc1-c2+ 41.Kf2-g3 Rc2xc5 42.Ra4-c4
Rc5-g5+ 43.Kg3-f2 Ke8-d7
44.Nc6-b8+ Kd7-d6 45.Rc4xe4
Nb5-d4 46.Rh2-g2 Rg5-a5 47.Kf2-e3
Kd6-c7 48.Re4xd4 Bf6xd4+
49.Ke3xd4 Kc7xb8 50.a2-a4 Ra5-a6
51.Kd4-c5 Kb8-b7 0.38/21 ]
32...Na3-b1 [ 32...Na3-c4+!?
33.b3xc4 Kf7xe6+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 32...Na3-b1 33.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8
34.Nd8-c6 e5-e4+ 35.Kb2-c2 Nb1-a3+
36.Kc2-d2 Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e2
Nb1-c3+ 38.Ke2-f2 Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7
Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4 Rc1-c2+ 41.Kf2-g3
Rc2xc5 42.Ra4-c4 Rc5-g5+ 43.Kg3-f2
Ke8-d7 44.Nc6-b8+ Kd7-d6
45.Rc4xe4 Nb5-d4 46.Rh2-g2 Rg5-a5
47.Kf2-e3 Nd4-f5+ 48.Ke3-d3
Ra5-d5+ 49.Kd3-e2 Nf5-d4+
50.Ke2-e3 Nd4-f5+ 51.Ke3-f4 0.41/20 ]
33.Ne6-d8++- [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33.Ne6-d8+ Kf7-e8 34.Nd8-c6 e5-e4+
35.Kb2-c2 Nb1-a3+ 36.Kc2-d2

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e3 Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2
Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7 Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4
Rc1xc5 41.Ra4-c4 Rc5-f5+ 42.Kf2-g1
e4-e3 43.Rh2-e2 Rf5-g5+ 44.Kg1-h2
Nb5-d6 45.Rc4-c1 Rg5-h5+
46.Kh2-g1 Rh5-g5+ 47.Re2-g2
Rg5-d5 48.a2-a4 Rd5-d2 49.Kg1-f1
Nd6-e4 50.Rc1-e1 Rd2-d3 51.a4-a5
Rd3xb3 52.Rg2xg6 0.36/19 ]
33...Kf7-e8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
33...Kf7-e8 34.Nd8-c6 e5-e4+
35.Kb2-c2 Nb1-a3+ 36.Kc2-d2
Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e3 Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2
Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7 Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4
Rc1xc5 41.Ra4-c4 Rc5-f5+ 42.Kf2-g1
e4-e3 43.Rh2-e2 Rf5-g5+ 44.Kg1-h2
Nb5-d6 45.Rc4-c1 Rg5-h5+
46.Kh2-g1 Rh5-g5+ 47.Re2-g2
Rg5-d5 48.a2-a4 Rd5-d2 49.Kg1-f1
Nd6-e4 50.Rc1-e1 Rd2-d3 51.a4-a5
Rd3xb3 52.Rg2xg6 0.43/20 ]
34.Nd8-c6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34.Nd8-c6 e5-e4+ 35.Kb2-c2 Nb1-a3+
36.Kc2-d2 Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e3
Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2 Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7
Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4 Rc1xc5 41.Ra4-c4
Rc5-f5+ 42.Kf2-e1 Nb5-d6 43.Rc4-a4
Rf5-f3 44.Rh2-h7 Rf3-e3+ 45.Ke1-d1
Nd6-f5 46.Rh7-h2 Ke8-d7 47.Nc6-b4
Re3-f3 48.Ra4-a7+ Kd7-e6
49.Rh2-h7 0.41/20 ] 34...e5-e4+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 34...e5-e4+
35.Kb2-c2 Nb1-a3+ 36.Kc2-d2
Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e3 Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2
Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7 Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4
Rc1xc5 41.Ra4-c4 Rc5-f5+ 42.Kf2-e1
Nb5-d6 43.Rc4-a4 Rf5-f3 44.Rh2-h7
Rf3-e3+ 45.Ke1-d1 Nd6-f5 46.Ra4-a7
Re3-d3+ 47.Kd1-e2 Rd3-c3
48.Nc6-b4 Rc3-e3+ 49.Ke2-f1
Re3-f3+ 50.Kf1-e2 Nf5-g3+ 51.Ke2-d1
e4-e3 52.Nb4-d5 Rf3-f1+ 53.Kd1-c2
Rf1-f2+ 54.Kc2-d3 0.42/19 ] 35.Kb2-c2
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35.Kb2-c2
Nb1-a3+ 36.Kc2-d2 Na3-b1+

185

37.Kd2-e3 Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2 Rg1-c1


39.Rb7xa7 Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4 Rc1xc5
41.Ra4-c4 Rc5-f5+ 42.Kf2-e1 Nb5-d6
43.Rc4-a4 Rf5-f3 44.Rh2-h7 Rf3-e3+
45.Ke1-d1 Nd6-f5 46.Ra4-a7 Re3-d3+
47.Kd1-e2 Rd3-c3 48.Nc6-b4
Rc3-e3+ 49.Ke2-f1 Re3-f3+ 50.Kf1-e2
Nf5-g3+ 51.Ke2-d1 e4-e3 52.Nb4-d5
Rf3-f1+ 53.Kd1-c2 Rf1-f2+
54.Kc2-d3 0.34/17 ] 35...Nb1-a3+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 35...Nb1-a3+
36.Kc2-d2 Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e3
Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2 Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7
Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4 Rc1xc5 41.Ra4-c4
Rc5-f5+ 42.Kf2-e1 Nb5-d6 43.Rc4-a4
Rf5-f3 44.Rh2-h7 Rf3-e3+ 45.Ke1-d1
Nd6-f5 46.Ra4-a7 Re3-d3+ 47.Kd1-e2
Rd3-c3 48.Nc6-b4 Rc3-e3+ 49.Ke2-f1
Re3-f3+ 50.Kf1-e2 Nf5-g3+ 51.Ke2-d1
e4-e3 52.Nb4-d5 Rf3-f1+ 53.Kd1-c2
Rf1-f2+ 54.Kc2-d3 0.42/18 ] 36.Kc2-d2
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36.Kc2-d2
Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e3 Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2
Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7 Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4
Rc1xc5 41.Ra4-c4 Rc5-f5+ 42.Kf2-e1
Nb5-d6 43.Rc4-a4 Rf5-f3 44.Rh2-h7
Rf3-e3+ 45.Ke1-d1 Nd6-f5 46.Ra4-a7
Re3-d3+ 47.Kd1-e2 Rd3-c3
48.Nc6-b4 Rc3-e3+ 49.Ke2-f1
Re3-f3+ 50.Kf1-e2 Nf5-g3+ 51.Ke2-d1
e4-e3 52.Nb4-d5 Rf3-f1+ 53.Kd1-c2
Rf1-f2+ 54.Kc2-d3 0.34/1 ]
36...Na3-b1+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
36...Na3-b1+ 37.Kd2-e3 Nb1-c3
38.Ke3-f2 Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7 Nc3-b5
40.Ra7-a4 Rc1xc5 41.Ra4-c4 Rc5-f5+
42.Kf2-e1 Nb5-d6 43.Rc4-a4 Rf5-f3
44.Rh2-h7 Rf3-e3+ 45.Ke1-d1 Nd6-f5
46.Ra4-a7 Re3-d3+ 47.Kd1-e2
Rd3-c3 48.Nc6-b4 Rc3-e3+ 49.Ke2-f1
Re3-f3+ 50.Kf1-e2 Nf5-g3+ 51.Ke2-d1
e4-e3 52.Nb4-d5 Rf3-f1+ 53.Kd1-c2
Rf1-f2+ 54.Kc2-d3 0.42/17 ] 37.Kd2-e3
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 37.Kd2-e3
Nb1-c3 38.Ke3-f2 Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


Nc3-b5 40.Ra7-a4 Rc1xc5 41.Ra4-c4
Rc5-f5+ 42.Kf2-e1 Nb5-d6 43.Rc4-c2
Rf5-f3 44.Rc2-c5 Nd6-b7 45.Rc5-d5
e7-e6 46.Rd5-d1 Nb7-c5 47.Rh2-h7
Nc5-d3+ 48.Ke1-e2 Rf3-f2+
49.Ke2-e3 0.45/17 ] 37...Rg1-e1+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 37...Nb1-c3
38.Ke3-f2 Rg1-c1 39.Rb7xa7 Nc3-b5
40.Ra7-a4 Rc1xc5 41.Ra4-c4 Rc5-f5+
42.Kf2-e1 Nb5-d6 43.Rc4-c2 Rf5-f3
44.Rh2-h7 Ke8-d7 45.Rc2-c5 Kd7-e6
46.b3-b4 Rf3-a3 47.Rc5-c2 g6-g5
48.Ke1-f2 g5-g4 0.44/15 ] 38.Ke3-f2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 38.Ke3-f2
Re1-c1 39.Rh2-h7 e4-e3+ 40.Kf2xe3
Rc1xc5 41.Nc6xa7 Nb1-a3 42.Rb7-b6
Rc5-e5+ 43.Ke3-f2 Re5-f5+ 44.Kf2-g3
Bf6-e5+ 45.Kg3-g2 Na3-c2 46.Rb6xg6
Nc2-e3+ 47.Kg2-h1 Ke8-d7
48.Na7-b5 Rf5-f2 49.Rh7-h3 Rf2-e2
50.a2-a4 Re2-e1+ 51.Rg6-g1 Re1-e2
52.a4-a5 Kd7-c6 53.Rh3-h5 Ne3-d5
1.42/20 ] 38...Re1-c1 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 38...Re1-c1 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+k+-+0
9zpR+-zp-+-0 158
9-+N+-vlp+0
9+-zP-+-+-0
9-+-+p+-+0
9+P+-+-+-0
9P+-+-mK-tR0
9+ntr-+-+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
39.Rh2-h7 e4-e3+ 40.Kf2xe3 Rc1xc5
41.Nc6xa7 Nb1-a3 42.Rb7-b6
Rc5-e5+ 43.Ke3-f2 Re5-f5+ 44.Kf2-e2
g6-g5 45.Rb6-b8+ Ke8-d7
46.Rb8-b7+ Kd7-d8 47.Na7-c6+
Kd8-e8 48.Ke2-d3 Rf5-f3+ 49.Kd3-e4

186

Rf3-f2 50.Rb7-a7 Rf2xa2 51.b3-b4


Ra2-a1 52.Ra7-a8+ Ke8-d7
53.Nc6xe7 Ra1-e1+ 54.Ke4-f5
Re1-f1+ 55.Kf5-g6 1.47/19 ]
39.Rh2-h7 [ 39.Rb7xa7?! Rc1-c2+
40.Kf2-g1 Rc2xc5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 39.Rh2-h7 e4-e3+ 40.Kf2xe3
Rc1xc5 41.Nc6xa7 Nb1-a3 42.Rb7-b6
Rc5-e5+ 43.Ke3-f2 Re5-f5+ 44.Kf2-e2
Rf5-e5+ 45.Ke2-f1 Re5-f5+ 46.Kf1-g2
Na3-c2 47.Rb6-b8+ Ke8-d7
48.Rb8-b7+ Kd7-e6 49.Na7-c6
Nc2-e3+ 50.Kg2-g3 Ne3-f1+
51.Kg3-h3 Nf1-e3 52.a2-a4 Rf5-f3+
53.Kh3-h2 Ke6-d6 1.48/17 ]
39...Rc1-c2+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39...e4-e3+ 40.Kf2xe3 Rc1xc5
41.Nc6xa7 Nb1-a3 42.Rb7-b6 Ke8-d8
43.Ke3-f3 Rc5-c3+ 44.Kf3-f4 Na3-c2
45.Na7-b5 Rc3-e3 46.Rb6-b8+
Kd8-d7 47.Rb8-b7+ Kd7-c6
48.Rb7-c7+ Kc6xb5 49.Rc7xc2
Re3-d3 50.Rc2-c4 1.40/15 ] 40.Kf2-g3
[ 40.Kf2-e3 Nb1-c3 41.Nc6-e5
Nc3-d1+ 42.Ke3-d4 Rc2-d2+
43.Kd4-c4 e4-e3+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 40.Kf2-e3 Nb1-c3 41.Nc6-e5
Nc3-d1+ 42.Ke3-f4 Rc2-f2+ 43.Kf4-g4
Ke8-d8 44.Rb7-d7+ Kd8-c8
45.Rd7xd1 Bf6xe5 46.Rh7xe7
Rf2-g2+ 47.Kg4-h4 Be5-f6+
48.Kh4-h3 Rg2xa2 49.Re7xe4 Ra2-a6
50.Kh3-g4 Ra6-c6 51.b3-b4 a7-a5
52.b4xa5 Rc6xc5 53.a5-a6 Rc5-g5+
54.Kg4-f3 Rg5-f5+ 55.Re4-f4 Rf5xf4+
56.Kf3xf4 Kc8-b8 57.Rd1-d7 2.43/16 ]
40...Rc2-c3+?? shortens the misery for
Black [ 40...Nb1-c3 41.Rb7xa7
Nc3-e2+ 42.Kg3-g4 Rc2xc5
43.Rh7xe7+ Bf6xe7 44.Ra7xe7+
Ke8-f8 45.Re7xe4 Ne2-c3 46.Re4-f4+
Kf8-g7 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
40...Nb1-c3 41.Rb7xa7 Nc3-e2+
42.Kg3-g4 Rc2xc5 43.Rh7xe7+
Bf6xe7 44.Ra7xe7+ Ke8-f8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


45.Re7xe4 Rc5xc6 46.Re4xe2 Rc6-c1
47.a2-a4 Rc1-g1+ 48.Kg4-f4 Rg1-b1
49.Re2-e3 Rb1-a1 50.Kf4-g5 Kf8-f7
51.Re3-f3+ Kf7-g7 52.Rf3-c3 Ra1-g1+
53.Kg5-f4 Rg1-f1+ 54.Rc3-f3 0.71/16 ]
41.Kg3-g4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41.Kg3-g4 Rc3xc5 42.Nc6xe7
Rc5-g5+ 43.Kg4-f4 Nb1-c3
44.Rb7-b8+ Ke8-d7 45.Ne7-d5+
Kd7-d6 46.Nd5xc3 Rg5-f5+ 47.Kf4xe4
Bf6xc3 48.Rh7xa7 Rf5-h5 49.Ra7-a6+
Kd6-c7 50.Rb8-f8 Kc7-b7 51.Ra6xg6
Rh5-h7 52.a2-a4 Rh7-e7+ 53.Ke4-d5
Re7-h7 54.Rf8-e8 Bc3-a5 55.Re8-e6
Rh7-h5+ 56.Re6-e5 Rh5-h7
57.Kd5-c5 Rh7-c7+ 58.Kc5-b5
3.60/18 ] 41...e4-e3 [ 41...Rc3xc5
the only chance to get some
counterplay 42.Nc6xe7 Rc5-g5+
43.Kg4-f4 Rg5-h5 44.Rh7xh5
g6xh5+- ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41...Rc3xc5 42.Nc6xe7 Rc5-g5+
43.Kg4-f4 Nb1-c3 44.Rb7-b8+ Ke8-d7
45.Ne7-d5+ Kd7-d6 46.Nd5xc3
Rg5-f5+ 47.Kf4xe4 Bf6xc3 48.Rh7xa7
Rf5-h5 49.Ra7-a6+ Kd6-c7 50.Rb8-f8
Kc7-b7 51.Ra6xg6 Rh5-h7 52.a2-a4
Bc3-b4 53.Rf8-e8 Bb4-a5 54.Re8-e6
Ba5-c7 55.Ke4-d5 Rh7-d7+
56.Kd5-c5 3.58/16 ] 42.Nc6xe7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 42.Nc6xe7
Rc3xc5 43.Rb7-b8+ Ke8-d7
44.Ne7-g8+ Kd7-d6 45.Ng8xf6
Nb1-c3 46.Rb8-e8 Rc5-c7 47.Rh7xc7
Kd6xc7 48.Re8xe3 Nc3xa2 49.Kg4-g5
Na2-b4 50.Kg5xg6 Nb4-c6 51.Kg6-f5
Kc7-d6 52.Re3-d3+ Kd6-c5
53.Rd3-c3+ Kc5-b5 54.Kf5-e4 a7-a5
55.Rc3-h3 Nc6-b4 56.Rh3-h5+
Kb5-b6 5.97/15 ] 42...e3-e2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 42...Rc3xc5
43.Rb7-b8+ Ke8-d7 44.Ne7-g8+
Kd7-d6 45.Ng8xf6 Nb1-c3 46.Rb8-e8
Rc5-c7 47.Rh7xc7 Kd6xc7 48.Re8xe3
Nc3xa2 49.Kg4-g5 Na2-b4 50.Kg5xg6

187

Nb4-c6 51.Kg6-f5 Kc7-d6 52.Re3-d3+


Kd6-c5 53.Rd3-c3+ Kc5-b5 54.Kf5-e4
a7-a5 55.Rc3-h3 Nc6-b4 56.Rh3-h5+
Kb5-b6 6.10/16 ] 43.Ne7-d5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 43.Ne7-d5
Rc3-g3+ 44.Kg4-f4 Bf6-g5+ 45.Kf4-e5
e2-e1Q+ 46.Ke5-d6 Bg5-e7+
47.Rh7xe7+ Qe1xe7+ 48.Rb7xe7+
Ke8-f8 49.c5-c6 Nb1-c3 50.c6-c7
Nc3-b5+ 51.Kd6-e6 Nb5xc7+
52.Re7xc7 Rg3-g2 53.Rc7xa7
Rg2-e2+ 54.Ke6-f6 Re2-f2+
55.Kf6xg6 Kf8-e8 56.a2-a4 Rf2-d2
57.Nd5-f6+ Ke8-d8 58.a4-a5 Rd2-b2
59.a5-a6 Rb2xb3 60.Ra7-d7+ Kd8-c8
61.a6-a7 Rb3-a3 62.Kg6-f5 Ra3-a5+
63.Kf5-e4 Diagram

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+k+-+-+0{
9zP-+R+-+-0 159
9-+-+-sN-+0
9tr-+-+-+-0
9-+-+K+-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
9-+-+-+-+0
9+-+-+-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Ra5-a4+ 64.Ke4-d5 Ra4-a5+
65.Kd5-d4 Ra5-a6 66.Rd7-g7 Ra6-a5
67.Rg7-e7 6.48/17 ] 43...Rc3-g3+!?
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 43...Rc3-g3+
44.Kg4-f4 Bf6-g5+ 45.Kf4-e5 e2-e1Q+
46.Ke5-d6 Bg5-e7+ 47.Rh7xe7+
Qe1xe7+ 48.Rb7xe7+ Ke8-f8
49.c5-c6 Nb1-c3 50.c6-c7 Nc3-b5+
51.Kd6-e6 Nb5xc7+ 52.Re7xc7
Rg3-g2 53.Rc7xa7 Rg2-e2+
54.Ke6-f6 Re2-f2+ 55.Kf6xg6 Kf8-e8
56.a2-a4 Rf2-d2 57.Nd5-f6+ Ke8-d8
58.a4-a5 Kd8-c8 59.b3-b4 Kc8-b8

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


60.Ra7-f7 Rd2-b2 61.Nf6-d5 Rb2-a2
62.Rf7-d7 Kb8-c8 63.Rd7-c7+ Kc8-b8
64.Kg6-f5 Ra2-h2 65.Kf5-e4 Rh2-h5
66.Rc7-f7 6.63/20 ] 44.Kg4-f4
[ 44.Kg4xg3 e2-e1Q+ Promotion ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 44.Kg4-f4
Bf6-g5+ 45.Kf4-e5 e2-e1Q+
46.Ke5-d6 Bg5-e7+ 47.Rh7xe7+
Qe1xe7+ 48.Rb7xe7+ Ke8-f8
49.c5-c6 Nb1-c3 50.c6-c7 Nc3-b5+
51.Kd6-e6 Nb5xc7+ 52.Re7xc7
Rg3-g2 53.Rc7xa7 Rg2-e2+
54.Ke6-f6 Re2-f2+ 55.Kf6xg6 Kf8-e8
56.a2-a4 Rf2-d2 57.Nd5-f6+ Ke8-d8
58.a4-a5 Kd8-c8 59.b3-b4 Rd2-b2
60.Nf6-d5 Kc8-b8 61.Ra7-d7 Rb2-a2
62.Kg6-f5 Kb8-c8 63.Rd7-a7 Kc8-b8
64.Ra7-g7 Ra2-d2 65.Kf5-e5 6.48/16 ]
44...Bf6-g5+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
44...Bf6-g5+ 45.Kf4-e5 e2-e1Q+
46.Ke5-d6 Bg5-e7+ 47.Rh7xe7+
Qe1xe7+ 48.Rb7xe7+ Ke8-f8
49.c5-c6 Nb1-c3 50.c6-c7 Nc3-b5+
51.Kd6-e6 Nb5xc7+ 52.Re7xc7
Rg3-g2 53.Rc7xa7 Rg2-e2+
54.Ke6-f6 Re2-f2+ 55.Kf6xg6 Kf8-e8
56.a2-a4 Rf2-d2 57.Nd5-f6+ Ke8-d8
58.a4-a5 Kd8-c8 59.b3-b4 Rd2-b2
60.Nf6-d5 Kc8-b8 61.Ra7-d7 Rb2-a2
62.Kg6-f5 Kb8-c8 63.Rd7-a7 Kc8-b8
64.Ra7-g7 Ra2-d2 65.Kf5-e5 6.60/17 ]
45.Kf4-e5 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
45.Kf4-e5 e2-e1Q+ 46.Ke5-d6
Bg5-e7+ 47.Rh7xe7+ Qe1xe7+
48.Rb7xe7+ Ke8-f8 49.c5-c6 Nb1-c3
50.c6-c7 Nc3-b5+ 51.Kd6-e6 Nb5xc7+
52.Re7xc7 Rg3-g2 53.Rc7xa7
Rg2-e2+ 54.Ke6-f6 Re2-f2+
55.Kf6xg6 Kf8-e8 56.a2-a4 Rf2-d2
57.Nd5-f6+ Ke8-d8 58.a4-a5 Kd8-c8
59.b3-b4 Rd2-b2 60.Nf6-d5 Kc8-b8
61.Ra7-f7 Rb2-d2 62.Rf7-d7 Rd2-a2
63.Kg6-f5 Kb8-c8 64.Rd7-a7 Kc8-b8
65.Ra7-g7 Ra2-d2 66.Kf5-e5 6.48/18 ]
45...e2-e1Q+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:

188

45...e2-e1Q+ 46.Ke5-d6 Bg5-e7+


47.Rh7xe7+ Qe1xe7+ 48.Rb7xe7+
Ke8-f8 49.c5-c6 Nb1-c3 50.c6-c7
Nc3-b5+ 51.Kd6-e6 Nb5xc7+
52.Re7xc7 Rg3-g2 53.Rc7xa7
Rg2-e2+ 54.Ke6-f6 Re2-f2+
55.Kf6xg6 Kf8-e8 56.a2-a4 Rf2-d2
57.Nd5-f6+ Ke8-d8 58.a4-a5 Kd8-c8
59.b3-b4 Rd2-b2 60.Nf6-d5 Kc8-b8
61.Ra7-f7 Rb2-d2 62.Rf7-d7 Rd2-a2
63.Kg6-f5 Kb8-c8 64.Rd7-a7 Kc8-b8
65.Ra7-g7 Ra2-d2 66.Kf5-e5 6.60/19 ]
46.Ke5-d6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
46.Ke5-d6 Bg5-e7+ 47.Rh7xe7+
Qe1xe7+ 48.Rb7xe7+ Ke8-f8
49.c5-c6 Nb1-c3 50.c6-c7 Nc3-b5+
51.Kd6-e6 Nb5xc7+ 52.Re7xc7
Rg3-g2 53.Rc7xa7 g6-g5 54.Nd5-f6
Rg2-e2+ 55.Ke6-f5 Re2-e7
56.Nf6-h7+ Kf8-e8 57.Ra7xe7+
Ke8xe7 58.Nh7xg5 Ke7-d6 59.b3-b4
Kd6-c6 60.a2-a4 Kc6-b6 61.Ng5-e6
Kb6-c6 62.b4-b5+ Kc6-b6 63.Kf5-e5
Kb6-a5 64.Ne6-c5 Ka5-b6
65.Nc5-d7+ Kb6-a5 6.69/15 ]
46...Bg5-f4+ [ 46...Bg5-e7+ hoping
against hope 47.Rh7xe7+ Qe1xe7+
48.Rb7xe7+ Ke8-f8+- ; Houdini
2.0c Pro x64: 46...Bg5-e7+
47.Rh7xe7+ Qe1xe7+ 48.Rb7xe7+
Ke8-f8 49.c5-c6 Nb1-c3 50.c6-c7
Nc3-b5+ 51.Kd6-e6 Nb5xc7+
52.Re7xc7 a7-a5 53.Rc7-f7+ Kf8-e8
54.Rf7-a7 Ke8-f8 55.Ra7xa5 Rg3-g2
56.Ra5-a8+ Kf8-g7 57.b3-b4 Rg2-e2+
58.Ke6-d6 Re2-b2 59.Ra8-a7+ Kg7-f8
60.a2-a4 g6-g5 61.b4-b5 g5-g4
62.Nd5-f4 Kf8-e8 63.Ra7-g7 Rb2-a2
64.Kd6-e6 Ke8-d8 65.Rg7-g8+
Kd8-c7 66.Nf4-d5+ Kc7-b7
67.Rg8-g7+ Kb7-b8 68.Rg7xg4
6.79/16 ] 47.Nd5xf4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 47.Nd5xf4 Qe1-d1+ 48.Nf4-d5
Qd1xd5+ 49.Kd6xd5 Rg3-d3+
50.Kd5-c6 Rd3-d7 51.Rh7xd7 a7-a6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

189

52.Rb7-b8# #6/19 ] 47...Rg3-d3+


[ 47...Qe1-e5+ hardly improves
anything 48.Kd6xe5 Rg3-e3+
49.Ke5-d4 Re3-e4+ 50.Kd4xe4
Nb1-c3+ 51.Ke4-e5 Nc3xa2
52.Rb7-b8# ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
47...Qe1-d2+ 48.Nf4-d5 Qd2xd5+
49.Kd6xd5 Rg3-d3+ 50.Kd5-c6
Rd3-d7 51.Rh7xd7 a7-a6
52.Rb7-b8# #5/20 ] 48.Nf4xd3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 48.Nf4xd3
Diagram

D20

XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+k+-+0{
9zpR+-+-+R0 160
9-+-mK-+p+0
9+-zP-+-+-0
9-+-+-+-+0
9+P+N+-+-0
9P+-+-+-+0
9+n+-wq-+-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Qe1-g3+ 49.Nd3-e5 Qg3xb3
50.Rh7-h8+ Qb3-g8 51.Rh8xg8#
#4/15 ] 48...Qe1-g3+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 48...Qe1-g3+ 49.Nd3-e5
Qg3xb3 50.Rh7-h8+ Qb3-g8
51.Rh8xg8# #3/16 ] 49.Nd3-e5
[ 49.Nd3-e5 Qg3xe5+ 50.Kd6xe5
Nb1-c3 51.Rb7-b8# ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 49.Nd3-e5 Qg3xb3 50.Rh7-h8+
Qb3-g8 51.Rh8xg8# #3/13 ]
1-0

28

Morozevich,Alexander
Nakamura,Hikaru
7th Mikhail Tal Memorial (6) 14.06.2012
D20: Queen's Gambit Accepted: 3 e3
and 3 e4
1.d2-d4 d7-d5 2.c2-c4 d5xc4
3.e2-e4 Ng8-f6 4.e4-e5 Nf6-d5
5.Bf1xc4 Nd5-b6 6.Bc4-d3 Nb8-c6
7.Ng1-e2 Bc8-g4 Attacking the
backward pawn on d4 8.f2-f3 Bg4-e6
9.Nb1-c3 Qd8-d7 10.Nc3-e4 Be6-d5
11.Ne4-c5 Qd7-c8 12.a2-a3 e7-e6
13.Qd1-c2 Bf8xc5 14.d4xc5 Nb6-d7
15.f3-f4 Bd5xg2 16.Rh1-g1 Bg2-f3
17.Bc1-e3 last book move last book
move g7-g6 Covers f5 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 17...g7-g6 18.0-0-0 Qc8-d8
19.Rg1-g3 Bf3-h5 20.Rd1-d2 Qd8-e7
21.Kc1-b1 Ra8-d8 22.Bd3-e4 0-0
23.Be4xc6 b7xc6 24.Ne2-d4 Nd7-b8
25.f4-f5 Rd8-d5 26.Qc2-e4 e6xf5
27.Nd4xc6 Nb8xc6 28.Qe4xd5
Nc6xe5 29.Be3-g5 Qe7-e6 30.Rg3-e3
Qe6xd5 31.Rd2xd5 0.08/17 ] 18.0-0-0
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 18.Rg1-g3
Bf3xe2 19.Bd3xe2 Nc6-e7 20.0-0-0
c7-c6 21.Be3-f2 Ne7-d5 Diagram
(Diagram 161)
22.Qc2-e4 Qc8-c7 23.Kc1-b1 b7-b6
24.c5xb6 a7xb6 25.Rd1-c1 0-0
26.Rg3-g1 c6-c5 27.Be2-c4 Qc7-c6
28.f4-f5 Ra8-d8 -0.02/17 ] 18...Nc6-e7
[ 18...0-0 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
18...Qc8-d8 19.Rg1-g3 Bf3-h5
20.Rd1-d2 Qd8-e7 21.Kc1-b1 Ra8-d8
22.Bd3-e4 0-0 23.Be4xc6 b7xc6
24.Ne2-d4 Nd7-b8 25.f4-f5 Rd8-d5
26.Qc2-e4 e6xf5 27.Nd4xc6 Nb8xc6
28.Qe4xd5 Nc6xe5 29.Be3-g5 Qe7-e6
30.Rg3-e3 Qe6xd5 31.Rd2xd5
0.08/17 ] 19.Bd3-e4 Diagram

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

XIIIIIIIIY
9r+q+k+-tr0
9zpp+n+p+p0 161
9-+p+p+p+0
9+-zPnzP-+-0
9-+-+-zP-+0
9zP-+-+-tR-0
9-zPQ+LvL-zP0
9+-mKR+-+-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
[ 19.Rg1-g3!? Bf3-c6 20.Ne2-d4 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 19.Kc1-b1
Ne7-d5 20.Be3-f2 c7-c6 21.Qc2-c4
Qc8-c7 22.Rg1-g3 Bf3xe2 23.Bd3xe2
0-0-0 24.Rg3-b3 Qc7-a5 25.Be2-f3
Kc8-b8 26.Bf3xd5 e6xd5 27.Qc4-d4
Kb8-a8 28.Bf2-h4 0.02/15 ]

XIIIIIIIIY
9r+q+k+-tr0{
9zppzpnsnp+p0 162
9-+-+p+p+0
9+-zP-zP-+-0
9-+-+LzP-+0
9zP-+-vLl+-0
9-zPQ+N+-zP0
9+-mKR+-tR-0
xiiiiiiiiy
19...Bf3xe4= [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
19...Bf3xe4 20.Qc2xe4 Ne7-d5
21.Kc1-b1 Qc8-d8 22.Be3-f2 c7-c6
23.Qe4-c4 Qd8-c7 24.Ne2-c3 0-0
25.h2-h4 b7-b6 26.Nc3-e4 Rf8-d8
27.Ne4-d6 Nd7xc5 28.h4-h5 Rd8xd6
29.e5xd6 Qc7xd6 30.Bf2xc5 Qd6xc5
31.Qc4xc5 b6xc5 32.h5xg6 h7xg6

190

-0.27/19 ] 20.Qc2xe4 Black has a


cramped position [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 20.Qc2xe4 Ne7-d5 21.Kc1-b1
Qc8-d8 22.Be3-f2 c7-c6 23.Qe4-c4
Qd8-a5 24.Ne2-g3 0-0 25.Ng3-e4
b7-b5 26.c5xb6 a7xb6 27.Qc4xc6
Qa5-a4 28.Qc6xa4 Ra8xa4
29.Rg1-e1 Ra4-a7 30.Ne4-d6
Nd5xf4 -0.36/17 ] 20...b7-b6
Black threatens to win material: b6xc5
[ 20...0-0 21.Kc1-b1 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 20...Ne7-d5 21.Kc1-b1 Qc8-d8
22.Be3-f2 c7-c6 23.Qe4-c4 Qd8-c7
24.Ne2-c3 0-0 25.h2-h4 b7-b6
26.Nc3-e4 Rf8-d8 27.Ne4-d6 Nd7xc5
28.h4-h5 Rd8xd6 29.e5xd6 Qc7xd6
30.Bf2xc5 Qd6xc5 31.Qc4xc5 b6xc5
32.h5xg6 h7xg6 -0.27/18 ] 21.Ne2-c3
[ 21.c5-c6 Nd7-b8 22.Kc1-b1 Nb8xc6
23.Rd1-d2 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21.c5xb6 c7xb6+ 22.Ne2-c3 0-0
23.Kc1-b1 Ne7-f5 24.Qe4-f3 f7-f6
25.e5xf6 Nd7xf6 26.Be3-d4 Nf5xd4
27.Rd1xd4 Qc8-c5 28.Rg1-d1
Qc5-f5+ 29.Kb1-a1 Ra8-e8 30.Qf3-c6
e6-e5 31.f4xe5 Qf5xe5 32.Qc6-c4+
Qe5-e6 33.Qc4-d3 Rf8-f7 -0.24/16 ]
21...0-0= [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
21...Nd7xc5 22.Be3xc5 b6xc5
23.Qe4-c4 Qc8-b7 24.Nc3-e4 0-0
25.Ne4-f6+ Kg8-h8 26.Qc4xc5 Ne7-f5
27.Rd1-d7 Ra8-b8 28.Rd7-d2 Rf8-d8
29.Rd2xd8+ Diagram
(Diagram 163)
Rb8xd8 30.Kc1-b1 a7-a6 31.Rg1-c1
Rd8-c8 32.Qc5-c6 Qb7-b5 33.a3-a4
Qb5-d3+ 34.Qc6-c2 Qd3-d4 -0.35/16 ]
22.c5-c6 White threatens to win
material: c6xd7 [ 22.h2-h4!?=
should be investigated more closely ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 22.c5xb6 c7xb6
23.Kc1-b1 Ne7-f5 24.Qe4-f3 f7-f6
25.e5xf6 Nd7xf6 26.Be3-d4 Nf5xd4

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

XIIIIIIIIY
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9zpqzp-+p+p0 163
9-+-+psNp+0
9+-wQ-zPn+-0
9-+-+-zP-+0
9zP-+-+-+-0
9-zP-+-+-zP0
9+-mK-+-tR-0
xiiiiiiiiy
27.Rd1xd4 Qc8-c5 28.Rg1-d1
Qc5-f5+ 29.Kb1-a1 Ra8-e8 30.Qf3-c6
e6-e5 31.f4xe5 Qf5xe5 32.Qc6-c4+
Qe5-e6 33.Qc4-a4 Rf8-f7 34.Rd4-d6
Qe6-g4 35.Qa4-b5 -0.21/17 ]
22...Nd7-b8 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
22...Nd7-b8 23.f4-f5 Nb8xc6 24.f5-f6
Ne7-f5 25.Qe4xc6 Nf5xe3 26.Rd1-d3
Ne3-d5 27.Nc3xd5 e6xd5 28.Rd3xd5
Qc8-f5 29.Qc6-c2 Qf5-f4+ 30.Kc1-b1
Ra8-e8 31.Rg1-e1 c7-c5 32.Qc2-d2
Qf4xd2 33.Rd5xd2 Re8-d8 34.Re1-d1
Rd8xd2 35.Rd1xd2 Rf8-e8 36.Kb1-c2
Kg8-f8 37.Rd2-d5 -0.49/18 ] 23.f4-f5?
[ 23.h2-h4 Nb8xc6 24.h4-h5 Rf8-d8 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 23.Qe4-c4
Nb8xc6 24.Nc3-e4 Rf8-d8 25.Ne4-f6+
Kg8-h8 26.Rd1xd8+ Nc6xd8
27.Kc1-b1 Qc8-b7 28.Rg1-d1 Nd8-c6
29.Rd1-c1 Ra8-d8 30.h2-h4 b6-b5
31.Qc4-c2 h7-h5 32.Be3-g1 b5-b4
33.a3xb4 Qb7xb4 -0.61/17 ]
23...Ne7xf5?? there were better ways
to keep up the pressure [ 23...e6xf5
and Black has triumphed 24.Qe4-h4
Qc8-e6-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
23...Nb8xc6 24.f5-f6 Ne7-f5
25.Qe4xc6 Nf5xe3 26.Rd1-d3 Ne3-d5
27.Nc3xd5 e6xd5 28.Rd3xd5 Qc8-f5
29.Qc6-c2 Qf5-f4+ 30.Kc1-b1 Ra8-e8

191

31.Rg1-e1 c7-c5 32.Qc2-d2 Qf4xd2


33.Rd5xd2 Re8-d8 34.Re1-d1 Rd8xd2
35.Rd1xd2 Rf8-e8 36.Kb1-c2 Kg8-f8
37.Rd2-d5 -0.49/17 ] 24.Be3-g5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 24.Be3-g5
a7-a5 25.Kc1-b1 a5-a4 26.Qe4-f3
h7-h6 27.Bg5-d2 Rf8-d8 28.Nc3-e4
Rd8-d4 29.Ne4-f6+ Kg8-h8 30.Bd2-c3
Rd4xd1+ 31.Rg1xd1 Kh8-g7
32.Qf3-e4 b6-b5 33.Bc3-b4 Ra8-a6
34.Rd1-c1 Ra6-b6 35.Kb1-a2
Nb8-a6 -0.34/19 ] 24...Qc8-e8
[ 24...a7-a5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
24...a7-a5 25.Kc1-b1 a5-a4 26.Qe4-f3
h7-h6 27.Bg5-d2 Rf8-d8 28.Nc3-e4
Rd8-d4 29.Ne4-f6+ Kg8-h8 30.Bd2-c3
Rd4xd1+ 31.Rg1xd1 Kh8-g7
32.Bc3-b4 b6-b5 33.Qf3-g2 Kg7-h8
34.Qg2-f3 Ra8-a6 35.Rd1-c1 Ra6-b6
36.Nf6-d7 Rb6xc6 37.Rc1xc6 Qc8xd7
38.Rc6-c1 Kh8-g7 39.Rc1-d1 -0.38/17
] 25.Qe4-f4?? gives the opponent
counterplay [ 25.Rd1-d8!? is worth
looking at Qe8xd8 26.Bg5xd8 Rf8xd8
27.Nc3-b5= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
25.Rd1-d8 Qe8xd8 26.Bg5xd8 Rf8xd8
27.Nc3-b5 a7-a6 28.Nb5xc7 Ra8-a7
29.Nc7-a8 Nb8xc6 30.Na8xb6 Ra7-c7
31.Kc1-b1 Rd8-d2 32.Rg1-c1 Nf5-d4
33.Rc1-c4 h7-h6 34.Kb1-a2 g6-g5
35.h2-h3 Kg8-g7 36.Rc4-c5 Rd2-h2
37.Qe4-d3 Nd4-f5 38.Ka2-b1 0.11/19 ]
25...f7-f6?? Black threatens to win
material: f6xg5. with this move Black
loses his initiative [ 25...Qe8xc6
Black clearly has the better chances
26.h2-h4 Qc6-c5-+ ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 25...Qe8xc6 26.h2-h4 h7-h5
27.Kc1-b1 Nb8-d7 28.Nc3-e4 Nd7-c5
29.Ne4-g3 Nf5xg3 30.Qf4xg3 Nc5-e4
31.Qg3-g2 Qc6-c4 32.Bg5-e7 Rf8-e8
33.Rg1-e1 Ne4-c5 34.Qg2-c6 Ra8-c8
35.Be7xc5 Qc4xc5 36.Qc6xc5 b6xc5
37.Rd1-c1 Kg8-g7 38.Rc1xc5 Re8-d8
39.Rc5-c6 -1.45/18 ] 26.Bg5xf6

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


'the bishop is the bishop!'. [Houdini 2.
0c Pro x64: 26.Bg5xf6 Qe8xc6
27.Kc1-b1 Nb8-d7 28.Nc3-e4 Nd7-c5
29.Ne4-g5 Nc5-d7 30.Rd1-c1 Nd7-c5
31.Qf4-g4 h7-h5 32.Qg4-e2 Nf5-d4
33.Qe2-e3 Nd4-f5 34.Qe3-h3 Nf5-d4
35.Qh3-c3 Nd4-f5 36.Qc3-c2 Qc6-e8
37.Qc2-e2 Ra8-c8 38.Qe2-c4 Nf5-d6
-0.10/18 ] 26...Qe8xc6 Black king
safety dropped [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
26...Qe8xc6 27.Kc1-b1 Nb8-d7
28.Nc3-e4 Qc6-b5 29.h2-h4 Qb5-a4
30.Bf6-e7 Kg8-h8 31.Be7xf8 Ra8xf8
32.Rg1-e1 Nd7-c5 33.Qf4-f3 Nc5xe4
34.Re1xe4 Qa4-c6 35.Re4-f4 Qc6-b5
36.Qf3-e4 Kh8-g8 37.h4-h5 g6-g5
38.Rf4-g4 h7-h6 39.Rg4-g2 Kg8-g7
0.13/17 ] 27.Kc1-b1 Diagram
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 27.Kc1-b1
Nb8-d7 28.Nc3-e4 Rf8-f7 29.Ne4-g5
Nd7xf6 30.Ng5xf7 Nf6-d5 31.Nf7-h6+
Kg8-h8 32.Qf4-d2 Nf5-e3 33.Rd1-e1
Ne3-c4 34.Qd2-c1 Qc6-b5 35.Kb1-a2
Ra8-f8 36.Rg1-f1 Rf8xf1 37.Re1xf1
Nd5-e3 38.Rf1-f6 -0.03/18 ]

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9-zpq+pvLp+0
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9-+-+-wQ-+0
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9-zP-+-+-zP0
9+K+R+-tR-0
xiiiiiiiiy
Black has a cramped position
27...Nb8-d7 Black threatens to win
material: Nd7xf6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 27...Nb8-d7 28.Nc3-e4 Nd7-c5
29.Ne4-g5 h7-h6 30.Qf4-g4 Nf5-e3

192

31.Qg4-h3 Ne3-f5 32.Qh3-g4 Nf5-e3


0.09/18 ] 28.Nc3-e4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 28.Nc3-e4 Nd7-c5 29.Ne4-g5
h7-h6 30.Rg1-g4 a7-a5 31.h2-h4
a5-a4 32.Ng5-f3 Kg8-h7 33.Nf3-d4
Nf5xd4 34.Rg4xg6 Nd4-f5 35.Qf4xh6+
Nf5xh6 36.Rg6-g7+ Kh7-h8
37.Rg7-f7+ Kh8-g8 38.Rf7-g7+
Kg8-h8 39.Rg7-f7+ -0.08/18 ]
28...Nd7-c5 [ 28...b6-b5 29.h2-h4
b5-b4 30.h4-h5 b4xa3 31.h5xg6 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 28...Nd7-c5
29.Ne4-g5 h7-h6 30.Rg1-g4 a7-a5
31.h2-h4 Ra8-c8 32.Ng5-h3 Kg8-h7
33.Nh3-f2 h6-h5 34.Rg4-g1 Nc5-b3
35.Nf2-e4 b6-b5 36.Ne4-c3 -0.08/15 ]
29.Ne4xc5= [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29.Ne4-g5 h7-h6 30.Rg1-g4 a7-a5
31.Ng5-f3 Kg8-h7 32.h2-h4 Nc5-b3
33.Rg4-g2 Nb3-c5 34.Rg2-g1 Nc5-b3
35.Nf3-d2 Nb3-c5 36.Qf4-g4 Rf8-g8
37.Rd1-c1 Qc6-d7 38.Qg4-f4 -0.13/16
] 29...b6xc5 [Inferior is 29...Qc6xc5
30.h2-h4 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
29...b6xc5 30.Rd1-d2 Ra8-b8
31.Rg1-c1 Rf8-f7 32.Kb1-a2 Qc6-b5
33.Qf4-c4 Nf5-d4 34.Qc4xb5 Rb8xb5
35.h2-h4 c7-c6 36.h4-h5 g6xh5
37.Rc1-h1 Kg8-f8 38.Rh1xh5 Rf7-b7
39.Rd2-h2 Nd4-f3 40.Rh2-f2 Rb5-b3
41.Rh5-h6 -0.55/18 ] 30.h2-h4
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 30.Rd1-d2
Ra8-b8 31.Rg1-c1 Rf8-f7 32.Kb1-a2
Qc6-b5 33.Qf4-c4 Nf5-d4 34.Qc4xb5
Rb8xb5 35.h2-h4 c7-c6 36.h4-h5
g6xh5 37.Rc1-h1 Rf7-d7 38.Rh1xh5
c5-c4 39.Rd2-g2+ Kg8-f8 40.Rh5-g5
Nd4-f5 41.Rg5-g8+ Kf8-f7 -0.64/16 ]
30...Rf8-f7 [ 30...c5-c4 Diagram
(Diagram 165)
and Black could well hope to play on
31.Rd1-c1 Ra8-b8 32.Qf4xc4 Qc6xc4
33.Rc1xc4 Rb8-b7= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura

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9r+-+-trk+0
9zp-zp-+-+p0 165
9-+q+pvLp+0
9+-+-zPn+-0
9-+p+-wQ-zP0
9zP-+-+-+-0
9-zP-+-+-+0
9+K+R+-tR-0[
xiiiiiiiiy
x64: 30...Rf8-b8 31.Kb1-a1 c5-c4
32.Rd1-c1 Qc6-b7 33.Rc1-b1 Qb7-b6
34.Rg1-c1 Qb6-e3 35.Qf4xc4 Nf5-d4
36.Rc1-f1 Nd4-b3+ 37.Ka1-a2
Nb3-c5 -0.58/13 ] 31.h4-h5
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31.h4-h5
Rf7-d7 32.h5xg6 h7-h6 33.Rd1xd7
Qc6xd7 34.Qf4-c4 Ra8-b8 35.Rg1-c1
Nf5-d4 36.Kb1-a2 Qd7-b5 37.Qc4xb5
Rb8xb5 38.Rc1-h1 Nd4-f5 39.Rh1-d1
Nf5-d4 40.b2-b4 Rb5-b8 41.Rd1-c1
Rb8-b5 42.Rc1xc5 Rb5xc5 43.b4xc5
h6-h5 44.Ka2-b2 Nd4-f5 45.Kb2-c3
h5-h4 46.Kc3-d3 0.05/17 ] 31...Rf7-d7
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 31...Rf7-d7
32.h5xg6 h7-h6 33.Rd1xd7 Qc6xd7
34.Qf4-c4 Ra8-b8 35.Rg1-c1 c7-c6
36.Kb1-a2 Rb8-b5 37.Rc1-d1 Nf5-d4
38.Rd1-h1 Nd4-f5 39.Rh1-d1 Nf5-d4
0.08/18 ] 32.h5xg6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 32.h5xg6 h7-h6 33.Rd1xd7
Qc6xd7 34.Qf4-c4 Ra8-b8 35.Rg1-c1
c7-c6 36.Kb1-a2 Rb8-b5 37.Rc1-d1
Nf5-d4 38.Rd1-h1 Nd4-f5 39.Qc4-c1
Qd7-d5+ 40.Ka2-a1 Rb5-b8
41.Rh1-h2 c5-c4 42.Rh2-d2 0.09/15 ]
32...h7-h6 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
32...h7-h6 33.Rd1xd7 Qc6xd7
34.Qf4-c4 Ra8-b8 35.Rg1-c1 c7-c6
36.Kb1-a2 Rb8-b5 37.Rc1-d1 Nf5-d4

193

38.Rd1-h1 Nd4-f5 39.Rh1-d1 Nf5-d4


0.08/14 ] 33.Rd1xd7 [ 33.Rd1-f1!? ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33.Rd1xd7
Qc6xd7 34.Qf4-f3 Ra8-b8 35.Rg1-d1
Nf5-d4 36.Rd1-d2 Qd7-b5 37.Qf3-f4
Qb5-b7 38.Rd2-h2 Qb7-b3 39.Qf4xh6
Qb3-d3+ 40.Kb1-a1 Qd3-d1+
41.Ka1-a2 Qd1-b3+ 42.Ka2-b1
Qb3-d3+ -0.07/12 ] 33...Qc6xd7
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 33...Qc6xd7
34.Qf4-f3 Ra8-b8 35.Rg1-d1 Nf5-d4
36.Rd1-d2 Qd7-e8 37.Qf3-h5 Nd4-f5
38.Qh5-f3 Nf5-d4 39.Qf3-h5 0.06/10 ]
34.Qf4-f3 White has a mate threat
[ 34.Kb1-a1 Ra8-b8= ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 34.Qf4-f3 Ra8-b8 35.Rg1-d1
Nf5-d4 36.Rd1-d2 Qd7-b5 37.Qf3-f4
Qb5-b7 38.Rd2-h2 Qb7-b5 39.Qf4xh6
Qb5-d3+ 40.Kb1-a1 Qd3-d1+
41.Ka1-a2 Qd1-b3+ 42.Ka2-b1
Qb3-d3+ 43.Kb1-a1 -0.05/11 ]
34...Ra8-b8= [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
34...Ra8-b8 35.Rg1-d1 Nf5-d4
36.Rd1-d2 Qd7-e8 37.Qf3-h5 Nd4-f5
38.Qh5-f3 Qe8-b5 39.Bf6-d8 Rb8-b7
40.Qf3-h1 Kg8-g7 41.Qh1-g2 Nf5-d4
42.Rd2-f2 0.07/16 ] 35.Rg1-d1
White threatens to win material:
Rd1xd7 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
35.Rg1-d1 Nf5-d4 36.Rd1-d2 Qd7-b5
37.Qf3-h3 a7-a5 38.Rd2-h2 Nd4-f5
39.Qh3-c3 a5-a4 40.Kb1-a1 Qb5-f1+
41.Ka1-a2 Qf1-d1 42.Qc3xc5
Qd1-d5+ 43.Qc5xd5 e6xd5 44.e5-e6
-0.12/15 ] 35...Qd7-e8 Black threatens
to win material: Qe8xg6 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 35...Qd7-b5 36.Rd1-d2
Nf5-d4 37.Qf3-h3 a7-a5 38.a3-a4
Qb5-c4 39.Qh3xh6 Qc4-f1+
40.Kb1-a2 Qf1-c4+ 41.Ka2-b1
Qc4-f1+ 0.06/14 ] 36.Rd1-d2
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36.Qf3-d3
Qe8xg6 37.Qd3-c2 c5-c4 38.Kb1-a2
Qg6-g4 39.Rd1-d7 c7-c6 40.Rd7xa7
h6-h5 41.Qc2-d2 Qg4-g3 42.Ra7-d7

His Best Games of Chess: 1997-2012, Hikaru Nakamura


h5-h4 43.Rd7-d8+ Rb8xd8
44.Qd2xd8+ Kg8-f7 45.Qd8-d7+
Kf7-g6 46.Qd7-e8+ Kg6-h6
47.Qe8xe6 0.01/13 ] 36...c5-c4
White has a new backward pawn: b2
[ 36...Qe8xg6?? the pawn is safe and
cannot be captured without dire
consequences 37.Rd2-g2 Kg8-f7
38.Rg2xg6 Kf7xg6 39.Qf3-c6+- ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 36...Nf5-d4
37.Qf3-h5 Nd4-f5 38.Qh5-f3 0.06/12 ]
37.Kb1-a2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
37.Qf3-c3 Qe8-a4 38.Rd2-c2 Rb8-c8
39.Qc3xc4 Qa4xc4 40.Rc2xc4 h6-h5
41.Rc4-c2 h5-h4 42.Rc2-h2 Rc8-b8
43.Bf6xh4 Nf5xh4 44.Rh2xh4 Kg8-g7
45.Rh4-a4 Kg7xg6 46.Ra4xa7 c7-c6
47.Ra7-a6 Kg6-f5 48.Kb1-c2 0.27/15 ]
37...a7-a5 [ 37...c7-c5 ;Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 37...Qe8-b5 38.Qf3-c3 c7-c5
39.Ka2-a1 Qb5-a4 40.Ka1-b1 a7-a6
41.Qc3-f3 Qa4-e8 42.Kb1-a2 Qe8-b5
43.Ka2-b1 Nf5-d4 44.Qf3-h3 Qb5-b7
45.Qh3xh6 Qb7-e4+ 46.Kb1-a2
-0.01/15 ] 38.Qf3-d1?? letting the wind
out of his own sails [ 38.Ka2-a1 ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 38.Qf3-c3
Qe8-a4 39.Ka2-a1 c7-c5 40.Qc3-h3
Qa4-b5 41.Qh3-h1 a5-a4 42.Rd2-f2
Qb5-b3 43.Qh1-c1 Qb3-e3 44.Qc1xc4
Nf5-d4 45.Rf2-g2 Qe3-e1+
46.Ka1-a2 -0.12/15 ] 38...c4-c3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 38...c4-c3
39.b2xc3 Nf5-e3 40.Qd1-c1 Qe8xg6
41.Ka2-a1 h6-h5 42.Qc1-h1 Qg6-g3
43.Ka1-a2 Qg3-f4 44.Qh1-c6 Qf4-f5
45.Qc6-h1 a5-a4 46.Ka2-a1 Ne3-g4
47.Qh1-e1 Ng4xf6 48.e5xf6 Qf5xf6
49.Rd2-d4 e6-e5 50.Rd4xa4 Qf6-g6
51.Ra4-b4 Rb8xb4 52.c3xb4 -0.66/19 ]
39.b2xc3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
39.b2xc3 Nf5-e3 40.Qd1-c1 Qe8xg6
41.Ka2-a1 h6-h5 42.Qc1-h1 Qg6-g4
43.Qh1-c1 Qg4-a4 44.Bf6-e7 Qa4-c4
45.Be7-f6 Kg8-f8 46.Rd2-d4 Qc4-b5

194

47.Rd4-f4 Ne3-f5 48.Rf4-f2 Qb5-b3


49.Rf2-h2 -0.70/17 ] 39...Nf5-e3
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 39...Nf5-e3
40.Qd1-c1 Qe8xg6 41.Ka2-a1 h6-h5
42.Qc1-h1 Qg6-g3 43.Ka1-a2 Qg3-f4
44.Qh1-c6 Qf4-f5 45.Qc6-h1 c7-c5
46.Qh1-c1 Qf5-e4 47.Ka2-a1 Qe4-b7
48.Qc1-g1+ Ne3-g4 49.Qg1-d1 c5-c4
50.Rd2-d8+ Rb8xd8 51.Qd1xd8+
Kg8-f7 52.Qd8xa5 -0.72/17 ]
40.Qd1-e2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
40.Qd1-c1 Qe8xg6 41.Ka2-a1 Ne3-d5
42.Rd2-d1 Nd5xf6 43.e5xf6 Qg6xf6
44.Rd1-f1 Qf6-e5 45.Rf1-e1 Qe5-d6
46.Re1-h1 Rb8-b3 47.Rh1xh6 Qd6-e5
48.Qc1-d2 Qe5xc3+ 49.Qd2xc3
Rb3xc3 50.Rh6xe6 Kg8-f7 51.Re6-a6
Rc3xa3+ 52.Ka1-b2 Ra3-a4
53.Ra6-a7 -0.48/15 ] 40...Ne3-d5
Black has a mate threat
[ 40...Qe8xg6!? 41.Qe2-d3 Qg6xd3
42.Rd2xd3 Ne3-d5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro
x64: 40...Ne3-d5 41.Qe2-d3 a5-a4
42.Rd2-h2 Qe8-d7 43.Rh2-d2 Qd7-c6
44.Rd2-b2 Rb8xb2+ 45.Ka2xb2
Qc6-b7+ 46.Kb2-c2 Qb7-b3+
47.Kc2-d2 Qb3xa3 48.Qd3-c2 Qa3-b3
49.Bf6-d8 Qb3xc2+ 50.Kd2xc2 c7-c6
51.Bd8-h4 Kg8-g7 52.c3-c4 Nd5-e3+
53.Kc2-c3 h6-h5 54.Kc3-b4 Kg7xg6
55.Bh4-f2 Ne3-f5 56.Kb4xa4 h5-h4
57.Bf2-g1 h4-h3 58.Ka4-b4 Nf5-h4
59.Bg1-h2 Nh4-f3 -2.42/17 ]
41.Qe2-d3 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41.Qe2-d3 a5-a4 42.Rd2-h2 Qe8-d7
43.Rh2-d2 Qd7-c6 44.Rd2-b2
Rb8xb2+ 45.Ka2xb2 Qc6-b7+
46.Kb2-c2 Qb7-b3+ 47.Kc2-d2
Qb3xa3 48.Qd3-c2 Qa3-b3 49.Bf6-d8
Qb3xc2+ 50.Kd2xc2 c7-c6 51.Kc2-b2
Kg8-g7 52.c3-c4 Nd5-e3 53.Kb2-a3
Ne3xc4+ 54.Ka3xa4 Nc4xe5
55.Ka4-b4 Kg7xg6 56.Kb4-c5 h6-h5
57.Bd8-c7 Kg6-f5 58.Bc7-d8 Kf5-g4
59.Bd8-c7 Kg4-f4 60.Kc5-d4 -2.74/18 ]

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41...a5-a4 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
41...a5-a4 42.Rd2-h2 Qe8-d7
43.Rh2-d2 Qd7-c6 44.Rd2-b2
Rb8xb2+ 45.Ka2xb2 Qc6-b7+
46.Kb2-c2 Qb7-b3+ 47.Kc2-d2
Qb3xa3 48.Qd3-c2 Qa3-b3 49.Bf6-d8
Qb3xc2+ 50.Kd2xc2 c7-c6 51.Kc2-b2
Kg8-g7 52.c3-c4 Nd5-e3 53.Kb2-a3
Ne3xc4+ 54.Ka3xa4 Nc4xe5
55.Ka4-b4 Kg7xg6 56.Kb4-c5 h6-h5
57.Bd8-c7 Kg6-f5 58.Bc7-d8 Kf5-g4
59.Bd8-c7 Kg4-f4 60.Kc5-d4 -2.53/14 ]
42.Rd2-b2? [ 42.Qd3-h3 would keep
White in the game Qe8xg6
43.Qh3xe6+ Kg8-f8 44.Bf6-g7+
Kf8xg7 45.Qe6xg6+ Kg7xg6
46.Rd2xd5 ;Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
42.Rd2-h2 Qe8-d7 43.Rh2-d2 Qd7-c6
44.Rd2-b2 Rb8xb2+ 45.Ka2xb2
Qc6-b7+ 46.Kb2-c2 Qb7-b3+
47.Kc2-d2 Qb3xa3 48.Qd3-c2 Qa3-b3
49.Bf6-d8 Qb3xc2+ 50.Kd2xc2 c7-c6
51.Kc2-b2 Kg8-g7 52.c3-c4 Nd5-e3
53.Kb2-a3 Ne3xc4+ 54.Ka3xa4
Nc4xe5 55.Ka4-b4 Kg7xg6 56.Kb4-c5
h6-h5 57.Bd8-c7 Kg6-f5 58.Bc7-d8
Kf5-g4 59.Bd8-c7 Kg4-f4 60.Kc5-d4
-2.74/15 ] 42...Rb8xb2+-+
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 42...Rb8xb2+
43.Ka2xb2 Qe8-b8+ 44.Kb2-c1
Qb8-b3 45.Bf6-e7 Qb3xc3+
46.Qd3xc3 Nd5xc3 47.Kc1-d2 Nc3-d5
48.Be7-f6 h6-h5 49.Bf6-d8 Kg8-g7
50.Kd2-d3 Kg7xg6 51.Kd3-e4 c7-c6
52.Bd8-h4 Nd5-c3+ 53.Ke4-d3
Nc3-b5 54.Kd3-c4 Nb5xa3+
55.Kc4-b4 Na3-c2+ 56.Kb4xa4 Kg6-f5
57.Ka4-b3 Nc2-d4+ 58.Kb3-c4 Kf5xe5
59.Kc4-c5 Ke5-e4 -2.68/16 ]
43.Ka2xb2 [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
43.Ka2xb2 Qe8-b8+ 44.Kb2-c1
Qb8-b3 45.Bf6-e7 Qb3xc3+
46.Qd3xc3 Nd5xc3 47.Kc1-d2 Nc3-d5
48.Be7-f6 h6-h5 49.Bf6-d8 Kg8-g7
50.Kd2-d3 Kg7xg6 51.Kd3-e4 c7-c6

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52.Bd8-h4 Nd5-c3+ 53.Ke4-d3


Nc3-b5 54.Kd3-c4 Nb5xa3+
55.Kc4-b4 Na3-c2+ 56.Kb4xa4 Kg6-f5
57.Ka4-b3 Nc2-d4+ 58.Kb3-c4 Kf5xe5
59.Kc4-c5 Ke5-e4 -2.74/17 ]
43...Qe8-b8+ [Houdini 2.0c Pro x64:
43...Qe8-b8+ 44.Kb2-c1 Qb8-b3
45.Bf6-e7 Qb3xc3+ 46.Qd3xc3
Nd5xc3 47.Kc1-d2 Nc3-d5 48.Be7-f6
h6-h5 49.Bf6-d8 Kg8-g7 50.Kd2-d3
Kg7xg6 51.Kd3-e4 c7-c6 52.Bd8-h4
Nd5-c3+ 53.Ke4-d3 Nc3-b5 54.Kd3-c4
Nb5xa3+ 55.Kc4-b4 Na3-c2+
56.Kb4xa4 Kg6-f5 57.Ka4-b3 Nc2-d4+
58.Kb3-c4 Kf5xe5 59.Kc4-c5 Ke5-e4
-2.39/18 ] 44.Kb2-c1 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 44.Kb2-c1 Qb8-b3 45.Bf6-e7
Qb3xc3+ 46.Qd3xc3 Nd5xc3
47.Kc1-d2 Nc3-d5 48.Be7-f6 h6-h5
49.Bf6-d8 Kg8-g7 50.Kd2-d3 Kg7xg6
51.Kd3-e4 c7-c6 52.Bd8-h4 Nd5-c3+
53.Ke4-d3 Nc3-b5 54.Kd3-c4
Nb5xa3+ 55.Kc4-b4 Na3-c2+
56.Kb4xa4 Kg6-f5 57.Bh4-g3 Nc2-d4
58.Ka4-b4 Nd4-f3 59.Kb4-c5 h5-h4
-2.62/19 ] 44...Qb8-b3 [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 44...Qb8-b3 45.Kc1-d2
Qb3xa3 46.Qd3-c2 Qa3-b3
47.Qc2xb3 a4xb3 48.Bf6-d8 b3-b2
49.Kd2-c2 Nd5xc3 50.Kc2xb2 Nc3-d5
51.Kb2-c2 Kg8-g7 52.Kc2-d3 Kg7xg6
53.Kd3-e4 h6-h5 54.Bd8-h4 c7-c5
55.Ke4-d3 Kg6-f5 56.Bh4-g3 Kf5-g4
57.Bg3-h2 h5-h4 58.Kd3-c4 Kg4-h3
59.Bh2-g1 Kh3-g3 -2.33/17 ]
45.Qd3-a6? [ 45.Kc1-d2 Qb3-b2+
46.Qd3-c2 Qb2xa3 47.Bf6-d8-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 45.Bf6-e7
Qb3xc3+ 46.Qd3xc3 Nd5xc3
47.Kc1-c2 Nc3-d5 48.Be7-c5 Kg8-g7
49.Kc2-d3 h6-h5 50.Bc5-d4 Kg7xg6
51.Kd3-e4 Kg6-g5 52.Ke4-f3 Nd5-b6
53.Bd4-b2 Nb6-c4 54.Bb2-c1+ Kg5-f5
55.Kf3-g3 Nc4xe5 56.Kg3-h4 Ne5-d3
-2.54/18 ] 45...Qb3xc3+

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[ 45...Qb3xa3+ 46.Kc1-d1 Qa3-b3+
47.Kd1-e1 Nd5xf6 48.Qa6-c8+
Kg8-g7 49.Qc8xc7+ Kg7xg6 50.e5xf6
Kg6xf6 51.Qc7-d8+ Kf6-f7
52.Qd8-c7+ Kf7-e8 53.Qc7-c8+
Ke8-e7 54.Qc8-c7+ Ke7-f8
55.Qc7-c5+ Kf8-g7 56.Qc5-c7+
Kg7-g6 57.Qc7-g3+ Kg6-f5
58.Qg3-d3+ Kf5-f4 59.Qd3-d4+ Kf4-f3
60.Qd4-d3+ Kf3-g4 61.Qd3-g6+
Kg4-h3 62.Qg6xh6+ Kh3-g4
63.Qh6-g6+ Kg4-f4 64.Qg6-f6+
Kf4-e4 65.Qf6-d4+ Ke4-f5
66.Qd4-d3+ Kf5-g5 67.Qd3-e3+
Kg5-g6 68.Qe3-g3+ Kg6-f6
69.Qg3-f4+ Kf6-g7 70.Qf4-d4+ e6-e5
71.Qd4xe5+ Kg7-f7 72.Qe5-f5+
Kf7-e7 73.Qf5-h7+ Ke7-d6
74.Qh7-g6+ Kd6-c7 75.Qg6-g7+
Kc7-d8 76.Qg7-d4+ Kd8-e7
77.Qd4-e3+ Ke7-d6 78.Qe3-h6+
Kd6-e5 79.Qh6-g5+ Ke5-e4
80.Qg5-g6+ Ke4-d5 81.Ke1-d2= ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 45...Qb3xc3+
46.Kc1-d1 Nd5-e3+ 47.Kd1-e2
Qc3-c4+ 48.Qa6xc4 Ne3xc4
49.Bf6-e7 h6-h5 50.Ke2-f2 Kg8-g7
51.Kf2-f3 Nc4xe5+ 52.Kf3-e4 Ne5xg6
53.Be7-b4 Kg7-f6 54.Bb4-a5 c7-c5
55.Ba5-d8+ Kf6-f7 56.Bd8-b6 c5-c4
57.Bb6-g1 h5-h4 58.Ke4-d4 h4-h3
59.Bg1-h2 Ng6-h4 60.Kd4xc4 Nh4-f3
61.Bh2-g3 h3-h2 62.Bg3xh2 Nf3xh2
63.Kc4-b5 -3.80/19 ] 46.Kc1-d1
[ Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 46.Kc1-d1
Nd5-e3+ 47.Kd1-e2 Qc3-c4+
48.Qa6xc4 Ne3xc4 49.Bf6-e7 h6-h5
50.Ke2-f2 Kg8-g7 51.Kf2-f3 Nc4xe5+
52.Kf3-e4 Ne5xg6 53.Be7-b4 Kg7-f6
54.Bb4-a5 c7-c5 55.Ba5-d8+ Kf6-f7
56.Bd8-b6 c5-c4 57.Bb6-d4 e6-e5
58.Bd4-b2 h5-h4 59.Ke4-f3 Kf7-e6
60.Kf3-g4 e5-e4 61.Bb2-c3 Ke6-d5
-3.83/18 ] 46...Nd5-e3+ [Houdini 2.0c
Pro x64: 46...Nd5-e3+ 47.Kd1-e2

196

Qc3-c4+ 48.Qa6xc4 Ne3xc4


49.Bf6-e7 Kg8-g7 50.Ke2-d3 Nc4xe5+
51.Kd3-e4 Ne5xg6 52.Be7-d8 c7-c6
53.Bd8-c7 h6-h5 54.Bc7-b6 Kg7-f7
55.Bb6-c7 h5-h4 56.Ke4-f3 c6-c5
57.Kf3-g4 c5-c4 58.Bc7-a5 Kf7-f6
59.Ba5-c3+ e6-e5 60.Bc3-b4 Kf6-e6
61.Kg4-g5 Ke6-f7 62.Kg5-g4 Kf7-f6
63.Bb4-d2 e5-e4 64.Bd2-c3+ Kf6-e6
65.Kg4-g5 Ng6-e5 66.Kg5xh4 e4-e3
67.Kh4-g3 e3-e2 -3.79/19 ] 47.Kd1-e2
[Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 47.Kd1-e2
Qc3-c4+ 48.Qa6xc4 Ne3xc4
49.Bf6-e7 Kg8-g7 50.Ke2-d3 Nc4xe5+
51.Kd3-e4 Ne5xg6 52.Be7-d8 c7-c6
53.Bd8-c7 h6-h5 54.Bc7-b6 Kg7-f7
55.Ke4-f3 Kf7-f6 56.Kf3-g3 e6-e5
57.Bb6-c5 Kf6-f5 58.Bc5-d6 h5-h4+
59.Kg3-h3 e5-e4 60.Bd6-c5 Kf5-f4
61.Bc5-d6+ Kf4-f3 62.Bd6-c5 e4-e3
-3.41/1 ] 47...Qc3-c4+ Diagram
[ 47...Qc3-c4+ 48.Qa6xc4 Ne3xc4-+ ;
Houdini 2.0c Pro x64: 47...Qc3-c4+
48.Qa6xc4 Ne3xc4 49.Bf6-e7 Kg8-g7
50.Ke2-d3 Nc4xe5+ 51.Kd3-e4
Ne5xg6 52.Be7-d8 c7-c6 53.Bd8-c7
h6-h5 54.Bc7-b6 Kg7-f7 55.Ke4-f3
Kf7-f6 56.Kf3-g3 e6-e5 57.Bb6-c5
Kf6-f5 58.Bc5-d6 h5-h4+ 59.Kg3-h3
e5-e4 60.Bd6-c5 Kf5-f4 61.Bc5-d6+
Kf4-f3 62.Bd6-c5 e4-e3 -3.27/16 ]
(Diagram 166)
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9+-zp-+-+-0 166
9Q+-+pvLPzp0
9+-+-zP-+-0
9p+q+-+-+0
9zP-+-sn-+-0
9-+-+K+-+0
9+-+-+-+-0[
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INDEX
Openings and Players

A00: Irregular Openings, 15

C78: Ruy Lopez: Archangelsk and, 33, 153

A14: English Opening: 1...e6 with b3 by, 69

C89: Closed Ruy Lopez: Marshall, 96

A49: 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 g6 3 g3: Anti- King's Indian


systems, 1

Carlsen,Magnus, 78

A57: Benko/Volga Gambit, 72


Aleksandrov,Aleksej, 7

D20: Queen's Gambit Accepted: 3 e3 and 3 e4, 189


D31: Queen's Gambit Declined, 147

Alexander Beliavsky, 91

D35: Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange


Variation, 43

Alexander Shabalov, 43

E32: Nimzo-Indian: Classical (4 Qc2), 105

Alexey Shirov, 153

E32: Nimzo-Indian: Classical (4 Qc2):, 78

Anand,Viswanathan, 129

E97: King's Indian: Classical, 91, 114, 129

B09: Pirc Defence: Austrian Attack, 47

Gennadi Sagalchik, 27

B33: Sicilian: Pelikan and Sveshnikov, 100

Ilya Smirin, 47

B76: Sicilian Dragon: Yugoslav Attack,, 21, 180

John W Loyte, 15

B90: Sicilian Najdorf, 167

Kamsky,Gata, 167

B94: Sicilian Najdorf: 6 Bg5 Nbd7, 124

Karpov,Anatoly, 105

Boris Gelfand, 114

Lepan,Marvin, 1

C00: French: Unusual White 2nd moves, 175

Loek Van Wely, 124

C02: French: Advance Variation, 48

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 72

C12: French: Classical System: McCutcheon


Variation, 27

Mikhail Krasenkow, 69

C47: Scotch Four Knights and Four, 7, 38

Morozevich,Alexander, 189

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Ponomariov,Ruslan, 147

Shirov,Alexei, 100

Rajlich,Vasik G, 21

Short,Nigel D, 96

Ray Robson, 180

Stephen Muhammad, 33

Seirawan,Yasser, 175

Tiger Hillarp Persson, 48

Sergey Karjakin, 38

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Numbers refer to Game numbers

Selected Endgames
King and Pawn
Rook
Rook vs Minor pieces
Queen
Queen vs Pawn
Bishop and Knight

10,13,
4,12
21
3
13
23

Selected Sacrifices
Knight Sacrifice
Rook Sacrifice
Queen Sacrifices

16,20
3,5
8,11,13,27,

Selected Strategic Themes


Knight Outpost
Good Bishop vs Bad bishop
Bad Bishop vs Knight
Brilliancy - showered Gold coins on the chessboard!
Double Exclamation moves!!

18,19

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