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Nihal Sarin (2705) – Nakamura, Hikaru (2909)
Tata Steel India | Blitz ( [1] 2022.12.03
D02 Queen’s pawn game

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c3 a5 4.Bf4 Bf5 5.e3 e6 6.a3 c6 7.c4 Nbd7 8.Nc3 Be7 9.h3 h6 10.Be2 dxc4 11.Bxc4 O-O 12.O-O Nd5 13.Bh2 b5 14.Bd3 Bxd3 15.Qxd3 Qb6 16.Rfc1 Rac8 17.Qe2 Qb7 18.Ne4 Rfd8 19.Nd6 Bxd6 20.Bxd6 a4 21.Nd2 N7b6 22.Bc5 Nf6 23.Rc2 Nbd7 24.Be7 Re8 25.Bxf6 Nxf6 26.Rac1 e5 27.Nf3 Nd7 28.dxe5 Nxe5 29.Nxe5 Rxe5 30.Qf3 Re6 31.Rd2 Qc7 32.Rcd1 Re7 33.Rd6 c5 34.Qd5 b4 35.Qc4 Rb8 36.Qa6 bxa3 37.bxa3 Qc8 38.Qxa4 c4 39.Rd8+ Qxd8 40.Rxd8+ Rxd8 41.Qxc4 Ra8 42.a4 Rea7 43.g4 h5 44.Kg2 Rxa4 45.Qd5 hxg4 46.h4 R4a6 47.Qe4 Rd8 48.h5 Rh6 49.Qxg4 Rf6 50.Qb4 Rd5 51.Qb8+ Kh7 52.Qb1+ Kh6 53.f4 Rxh5 54.Qb8 Kh7 55.Qb1+ Rg6+ 56.Kf3 f5 57.Qb4 Rh3+ 58.Ke2 Re6 59.Qc5 Rhxe3+ 60.Kf2 Re2+ 61.Kf1 Kg6 62.Qg1+ Kf7 63.Qa7+ Re7 64.Qc5 g6 65.Qd5+ Kg7 66.Qd4+ Kh7 67.Qf6 R2e4 68.Kg2 Rd7 69.Qc6 Rd2+ 70.Kg3 Rd3+ 71.Kh4 Rd1 72.Kg5 Rde1 73.Qxg6+ Kh8 74.Qf6+ Kg8 75.Qg6+ Kf8 76.Qxf5+ Kg8 77.Qg6+ Kf8 78.Qf6+ Kg8 79.Qg6+ Kf8 80.Qd6+ Kf7 81.Qd5+ Kg7 82.Qd7+ Re7 83.Qd4+ Kf7 84.f5 Re8 85.Qd5+ Kf8 86.Kf6 R1e7 87.Qc5

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00:55 Completely New Game!
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12:25 It was in This Position
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The Tata Steel Chess India Rapid tournament is a 10-player round-robin taking place from 29 November to 1 December 2022 in the National Library of India in Kolkata.

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Hello everyone and welcome to another One of those games where everything that Could have gone wrong does go wrong and Um it's also from round one of the Tata Still India Blitz section uh nihal sarin Versus Hikaru Nakamura and interestingly Uh there are no 2 800 players in this Tournament only 2 700 players and 2900 Players Hikaru is 2909 and everyone else Is 2700 something so let's dive straight Into it uh there's quite a lot to enjoy Here it's a long game but most of the Game uh is uh just shuffling pieces Around so basically it's it's the Opening that's important and what Happens in the end so anyhow with the White pieces opens with the D4 we have Knight to F6 Knight to F3 we have D5 Sort of mixing it around some sort of a Queen spawn opening and now C3 and pawn To A5 that pretty much every other move Has been played here other than A5 and This is what Hikaru plays and it is now Already as of move three that we have a Completely new game what's the point of A5 you you might ask well of course it's The stop B4 so Bishop to F4 going for a London setup a bishop to F5 we have E3 E6 and now Pawn to A3 white of course Wants to advance the pawn to A4 uh C6 And now Pawn to C4 uh we have Knight B To D7 by Hikaru and Knight the C3 with Bishop to E7 and H3 now uh if you if You're not following the event or if you

Haven't seen the previous video nikal Actually won the rapid section with Seven and a half points so he's now Going into the the blitz section of the Event as the the winner of the former Event well of course once you accomplish That everyone will uh will have more Respect for you and be more afraid of You when they're playing against you so H6 with Bishop to E2 and now the Characters and C4 Bishop captures and Castle so some very very standard Queen Spawn uh opening stuff here we have Castles and not Knight the D5 uh again a Nice idea trying to trade off as many Pieces as possible and now Bishop to H2 You want to Black the capture and C3 so You can capture B captures on C3 you do Not want to capture with the Knight or With the bishop so Bishop back to H2 and Of course you don't want to allow Knight Captures on uh F4 uh B5 now advancing The pawn attacking the bishop Bishop D3 And here Hikaru trades captures captures And queen to B6 now uh developing the Queen connecting Rooks we have Rook F The C1 and now Rook a to C8 Maybe with some C5 ideas at some point Queen back to E2 we have Queen to B7 and Knight to E4 now going for that D6 Square as the bishop also covers that uh Rook F to d8 and now the immediate Knight to D6 attacks the queen and the Rook so you have to trade here Bishop

Captures Bishop captures and pawn to A4 So now a bishop and Knight versus two Knights uh it's hard to say which is Better but as all of the pawns are on Lights whereas the bishop is free to Roam in between the dark squares uh the Bishop should be a little bit better Here so Knight to D2 uh and now knight Seven to B6 with Bishop to C5 now uh as The bishop was attacked and D6 and Knight back to F6 with Rook the C2 and Knight B to D7 we have Bishop to E7 and The Rook the E8 and like I said even Though the bishop is better uh maybe It's a little bit easier to play with The knights in a Blitz game usually they Say Okay Bishop is better than Knight And especially if it's an open game then Bishop is better than night but in Blitz Night is almost always better than Bishop so Bishop captures an F6 Knight Captures and Rook 8 to C1 uh C6 Pawn is A is a backwards uh weak Pawn so of Course the nehal will now go after the Spawn and Hikaru has to defend it with Ponte E5 Hikaru tries to go for some Tactics and this should uh just lose him The game or or give nihal maybe a Winning Advantage but nihal misses it he Trusts Hikaru and he plays Knight to F3 I had the way to exploit this is to Actually capture on E5 uh and it's it's Funny because after captors and The Rook Captures there's Knight to F3 which

Tempo as Now The Rook is attacked and it Doesn't matter where you put the rock Rook D5 for example Knight D4 and now This Pawn will fall that's the point and You cannot Advance it as now the Knight End the queen are attacking the B5 Pawn So that's the way to do this but nihal Trusted Hikaru Knight to F3 knife to D7 And now D captures an E5 we trade Everything in the center here captures Captures captures and the queen to F3 Again going for that C6 Pawn Rook the E6 Nicely defending so you can see that now Black has no problems defending this Pawn uh in the line that we've shown There was no way to defend the pawn we Have rooked the D2 now Shifting the Rooks to the open D file Queen to C7 and Rook C to D1 we have Rook to E7 Rook to D6 now uh very nice Rook lift and pawn To C5 now Hikaru says he will push B 4 And then try to create a pass Pawn as he Does have a pawn advantage on the queen Side Queen to D5 now tripling up on the D file and pawn to B4 uh we have Queen To C4 and Rook to B8 now uh we have Queen to A6 and the B captures an A3 B Captures an A3 and queen to C8 now Offering a queen trade but Queen Captures an A4 and now Pawn to see for Hikaru sacrificed one Pawn so he can Start advancing his past C Pawn to Victory uh which is very hard to deal With especially in Blitz when you have a

Little time on the clock so Rook to d8 With check and also by playing C4 Hikaru Offers a queen for two Rooks which you Should never do but for some reason Nihal thought that it's a good idea and Maybe even because it's Blitz maybe it's Hard to coordinate the queen then the Two rocks and he goes for it Rook to d8 With the check Queen captures Rook Captures and now uh Rook captures on the Eight and queen captures and C4 so it Looks for the queen Plus snehal grabs The pass pawn and now it's queen and the Past a pawn versus the two Rooks but of Course the Rooks only need to double up And the pawn will be won so uh that that Pawn is it doesn't really exist so Rook To A8 we have Pawn to A4 and not just The Rook e to A7 now Hikaru will win the Pawn G4 and now Ponte H5 trying to mess Up the pawn structure King to G2 and now Rook captures an A4 we have Queen to D5 H captors and G4 now if you capture The Rook will capture also so Pawn to H4 and Now it's going to be very hard to prove That the queen can do anything here Against The Rook so Rook 4. at the at The A6 uh Queen to E4 and now Rook to d8 With Ponte H5 and now uh Hikaru goes for Rook to H6 Rook to F6 was much much Stronger it goes after the F2 pawn and It's not easy to defend this point is That after Queen B4 stopping Rook D2 you Will play Rook D5 going after the pawn

And now it doesn't matter what you do Here if King G3 let's say Rook F3 Checking captures through captors and F2 The white king is now wide in the open Black will be uh well quick to win this Game so after H5 Hikaru goes for Rook to H5 and now okay Queen captures on G4 now It's not as bad Rogue back to F6 now He's going for it but now Hikaru just uh Goes for Queen before he stops Rook to D2 uh sorry nihal stops Rook to D2 We Have rooked the D5 by Hikaru going after The H5 pawn and queen to B8 with check King H7 Queen to B1 with check and King The H6 now even this is possible Pawn to F4 and now Rook captures an H5 so now The two Rooks will try to harass the White king queen to B8 and now King back To H7 we have Queen to B1 with check Rook to G6 now and the F5 doesn't really Do anything since uh once once you uh Uh well uh once white makes a move after Check uh F5 doesn't really do all that Much but black stops it with Pawn to F5 Either way because it might it might be A bit problematic so here Queen to B4 we Have rooked the H3 with check King to E2 And now Rook to E6 putting pressure on The E3 pawn and now nihal uh is in a Really really bad situation Queen to C5 Was played now Rook H captures on E3 and Now you cannot give the queen back for Two Rooks if you do this then at the Position is completely winning for black

The two pawns will overcome the white Pawn uh so instead after Rook captures King to F2 and now we have Rook to E2 With check King F1 and now King the G6 Sorry King to G6 now he caramely has to Figure out how to uh defeat the white King in in in the most uh in the Simplest of ways but as you'll see That's easier said than done we have Queen to G one with the check King to F7 And now Queen the A7 with check Rook D7 Blocking and queen to C5 we have G6 by Hikaru and now Queen to D5 with check uh King to G7 Queen to D4 with check King To H7 and the queen to F6 now we have Rook to the E4 uh going after the F4 Pawn with check King to G2 and now Rook The B7 now at this point it's defended Maybe you can even Checkmate the the White king here Queen to C6 and now Rook To DQ with check with King the G3 and Now the position is completely winning For Hikaru but he first has to hide his King he has to put the king to safety Instead he goes Rook to D3 check right Away and Incredibly incredible as it is The position is a draw now King to H4 And there's no way to win this look at This if you try King to H6 now there's The spectacular Queen captures on G6 With check and after King captures this Is now stalemate so now of course hikar Will not fall for that but there isn't Anything else to try if you play Rook

Captures an F4 which changes King G5 and Again it's a draw now the black king is Even close to getting checkmated and if You try something like Ru G4 check King F6 uh there's no way to continue if Rook D4 just Queen to C7 with check and you Might even lose the game here Uh King H6 Queen to each do check and You get checkmated that's just the way It is you have to give up both of the Black Rooks and that's Checkmate so Instead after King H4 Rook to D1 was Played by Hikaru now comes King to G5 uh Rook Dita E1 doubling up and now Queen Captures and G6 King h8 we have Queen to F6 with tracking the G8 and now Queen to G6 repeating the position a little bit King f8 queen captures an F5 now nihal Wins that pawn now he again has a pass Pawn and uh he will try pushing it so King to G8 we have Queen to G6 checking The f8 queen to F6 checking to Jade Queen to G6 checking to f8 Queen to D6 Checking to F7 and now Queen to D5 with Check King G7 Queen to D7 check Rook to E7 and now Queen to D4 with check King To F7 and only Now Pawn to F5 uh so you You will be able to push F6 attack The Rook also looking from D4 guards G1 so There are no checks here Rook the 8 by Hikaru Queen to D5 with checking to f8 With King the F6 now threatening Checkmate with Queen to F7 and here Hikaru played Rook 1 to E7 but now the

Position is completely winning for nihal But you have to find the correct idea uh Feel free to pause the video and win the Game for nihal while I give you a couple Of seconds So for those of you who are able to do It congratulations on spotting that Black is in complete suktuang and for Those of you who just want to enjoy the Show the movie is Queen to C5 or D6 it's Only important to put the queen on this Diagonal so Queen to C5 this is what Nihal played and he was in this position On move 87 that Hikaru Nakamura resigned The game as there is nothing more to be Done here he cannot move anything if you Move this Rook then Queen captures an E7 This Rook cannot move at all and of Course if you move the king then uh That's also a problem just Queen Captures and E7 Rook captures King Captures and you are now free to advance Your past Pawn to Victory so truly a Spectacular game nihal went for a very Odd decision but uh seemingly uh it it Uh it might be the the best course of Action in The Blitz game like it might Be easier to coordinate the Queens but I Always imagine it would be easier to Coordinate the the two Rooks in short Time control but yeah here he he defeats None other than the speed demon Hikaru Nakamura which is absolutely incredible And he was lost he was dead lost for the

Entire game but he just you know Persevered and uh came came out on top Incredible stuff by nihal and what a Position to end the game Queen C5 uh Absolutely spectacular something you Would print out and put on your wall or You know on your refrigerator or on the Back of your car uh really a spectacular Position uh so yeah that's the game hope You guys enjoyed it uh like I said if You have any other games that you would Like to see feel free to use hashtag Suggestion many of them are being played So I will go over them I already have One that I really enjoy so I will do That one next but uh you know feel free To suggest uh so once again really hope You enjoyed it I would like to thank Stefan trifunovich Andres Zolton sarkari and Eric Adams for a Contribution to my channel Channel I Think a lot I really appreciate it as Usual you can check two of my previous Videos here thank you for watching and I Will see you soon continuing the Coverage of the Tata steel India Blitz Edition until it finishes uh thank you All I will see you soon and have an Excellent rest of your day


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