Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nakamura Wins Nimzo-Indian

Grandmasters rated in the upper 2700s do not lose quickly in the opening. Except when they do! This amazingly short Nimzo-Indian Defence victory was between two of the strongest players in the world. The winner is the noted American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura.

Playing Black was Veselin Topalov who is a grandmaster from the great chess nation of Bulgaria. Veselin Topalov was ranked number one in the world for a period of time in 2006-2007 and then again from 2008-2009. Topalov is a former FIDE World Champion. He lost his title to Vladimir Kramnik in 2006.

In this Nimzo-Indian Defence Black played a good strong line until move ten. Then for some reason Topalov chose 10…Bf5? Black wiggles around a bit but to no avail. After White’s 14.Qxd5 the game was hopelessly lost. Black's Bb4, Ne4 and Rh8 were all undefended in a wide open position with the Black king in the center. White had multiple double attacks or check and captures.

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Nakamura (2779) - Topalov (2760), Champions Showdown 60m Saint Louis USA (3.2), 11.11.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 [7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.Qxc3 Bf5 10.e3 (Not 10.Qxc7 0-0 11.Qxb7 Nc6-+) 10...0-0 11.Ne2 c6=] 7...c5 8.dxc5 g5 9.Bg3 Ne4 10.e3 Bf5? [A reasonable line here is 10...Qa5 11.Rc1 Qxa2 12.Bb5+ Bd7 13.Bxd7+ Nxd7 14.Nge2 Nxc3 15.Nxc3 Qc4 16.Rd1 Nxc5 17.Rd4=] 11.Bxb8! [This is an improvement on 11.Bd3 Qa5 12.Nge2 Nc6 13.0-0 Bxc3 (13...Qxc5 14.Bxe4 Bxe4 15.Qd2+/-) 14.bxc3 Qxc5 15.Rab1 and 1-0 in 42. Biriukov - Shaidullina, St Petersburg RUS 2010] 11...Nxc3 [11...Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 Rxb8 13.Bd3 (13.f3!+-) 13...Be6 14.Bxe4 dxe4 15.Qxe4 and 1/2-1/2 in 38. Roussel Roozmon - Landa, Nancy FRA 2008; 11...0-0 12.Be5 Bxc3+ 13.Bxc3+-] 12.Qxf5 Ne4+ 13.Ke2 Qxb8 14.Qxd5 [Black's Bb4, Ne4 and Rh8 are all undefended in a wide open position with the Black king in the center. White will win a piece after 14.Qxd5 Nxc5 (or 14...0-0 15.Qxe4+-; or 14...Nf6 15.Qd4 a5 16.Qxf6+-; or 14...Nd2 15.Qd4 0-0 16.Qxb4+-) 15.Qd4 0-0 16.Qxb4+-] 1-0

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