Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hikaru Nakamura vs Sid Pickard

Defeating the Chess Champion is extremely difficult for most people and that includes masters. Defeating a grandmaster rated 500 points above you is extremely difficult, even if it’s in a simul. Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura (born in 1987) has won the United States Chess Championship four times. Often Nakamura is the highest rated player in the USA and in the top 10 in the world.

Nakamura played on the Internet Chess Club for about 10 years. On this one occasion he played a simultaneous exhibition. One of his opponents was National Master Sid Pickard. Sid Pickard sent me this Queens Knight Defence game shortly after it finished. This opening 1.d4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e4 d5 can also be reached by the French Defence after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 Nc6 3.Nf3. I quoted some of Pickard's comments in the game below.

Nakamura (2718) - Pickard (2200), 50/20 simul Internet Chess Club, 25.09.2005 begins 1.d4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 [More popular are either 4.Nbd2 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 6.Nb3 Be7 7.Bb5 0-0 8.0-0 a5=; or 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.e5 Ne4 6.Bd3 Bb4 7.Bd2 Nxd2 8.Qxd2 f6=] 4...b6!? [4...f6 5.Bb5 Nge7 6.exf6 gxf6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.Re1 0-0=] 5.c3 Bb7 6.Bd3 Qd7 7.b4 a5 ["Perhaps unnecessary. Black could play 7...0-0-0 to be followed by ...Kb8 and ...f7-f6." Pickard] 8.b5 Nce7 9.a4 Nf5 10.g4!? [White decides not to castle kingside. 10.0-0 0-0-0 11.Nbd2+/=] 10...Nfe7 11.h3 h5 12.Rg1 hxg4 13.hxg4 f6 14.Bf4  [14.exf6 gxf6 15.g5+/- Pickard] 14...0-0-0 15.Nbd2 f5 16.gxf5 Nxf5 17.Bxf5 exf5 ["Black stands well now." Pickard] 18.Qe2 [18.Qc2+/=] 18...Re8 19.0-0-0 Nh6 20.Ng5 Kb8 21.e6 Ba3+ [21...Qe7=] 22.Kb1 Qe7 23.Ka2 Bd6 24.Bxd6 cxd6 25.f3? [25.Qf3+/=] 25...Rc8 [25...f4!=/+] 26.Kb3 Rc7 [26...f4 27.Nf7 Nxf7 28.Rxg7 Rhf8=] 27.Rc1 [27.Qe3+/=] 27...Re8 [27...f4=] 28.f4 [28.Qh2+/-] 28...Ng4 29.Nf1 Nf6 30.Nd2 Ne4 31.Ndxe4 dxe4 32.Kb2 Rec8 33.Rgd1 [33.c4 d5 34.c5 bxc5 35.b6 Rc6=/+] 33...Bd5 34.Qh5 Bxe6 [34...Qf6-+] 35.d5 Bg8 36.Qg6 Qf6 [36...e3 37.Ne6 Bxe6 38.dxe6 e2-+] 37.Qxf6 gxf6 38.Ne6 Bxe6 39.dxe6 Rd8 40.Rd5 Re7 41.Rxf5 Rxe6 42.c4 Rc8 43.Kc3 [43.Rd5 Kb7=/+] 43...Rc5 44.Rxc5 dxc5 45.f5 [45.Kd2 Rd6+ 46.Ke3 f5 47.Rg1=] 45...Re5 46.Rf1 e3 47.Kd3 e2 48.Re1 Kc7 49.Kd2 Kd6 50.Kd3 Re7 51.Kd2 Re4 0-1

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