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Hikaru Nakamura vs Nodirbek Abdusattorov
Fischer Random
World Championship
Game 1

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Hello everyone and welcome to another Incredible game from round one of the Fisher and the world championship Semi-finals it's Hikaru Nakamura versus We've seen what happened in round one Versus uh between Magnus and uh Yani Punishi but this game it's uh I mean uh What happens here you you will not Believe this uh so let's dive straight Into it it's the same position as in the Game Magnus Nepal and Hikaru opens the Same as in that game Ponte F4 only here We don't have Ponte F5 Abdu Sato goes For the immediate Pawn to G5 and okay G4 We have G captures and F4 and Rook Captures we have Pawn to H5 and Bishop To F2 now grabbing hold of this long Diagonal we have E5 now challenging the Rook and The Rook to B for already Hikaru finds a way to very nicely Activate his Rook uh Knight 8 to B6 and Now Knight seat to B3 we have Pawn to F5 Of course the pawn cannot move uh or Rather you could move but uh it's it's a Weird move to play G captures and F5 but The queen is now defended so you can Play it it's even the strongest move Recommended by the engine so maybe you Should even play it but okay it looks Weird so upon the H3 instead by Hikaru We have Knight the E7 and now comes Pawn Knight to C5 and it looks like Hikaru is Doing incredible progress here going After the B7 Pawn uh not all that much

For abdusadrov to do but it only appears That way this is chess 960 and here uh The position explodes before you even Start playing the game and here Abu Santro is completely winning uh so feel Free to pause the video and try to find What Hikaru missed while I give you a Couple of seconds So for those of you who were able to do It congratulations on finding uh well uh There are so many good moves for Absolute age captures and G4 is good F Characters and G4 is good but the move That really uh shows how bad night the D6 is is Pawn to D6 uh a knight to C5 uh He spawn to D6 uh here there's just no Good move for Hikaru there's nothing for You to play you can't go back if you go Back Knight to B3 then you've taken away The B3 Square from the rook and now we Just attacked The Rook knight uh ghost Uh or even this Knight goes after the Rook and The Rook is just lost there's No capturing it if you capture uh the Other night takes this nice place and uh Nothing to be done here even if you Don't play that even if you play Something like Knights the D3 then again Uh just Pawn to E4 and uh what do you do You can go Knights the F4 but then H Captors and G4 or even Bishop to E5 you Can just keep harassing the knight uh This knight uh is struggling to find Squares if e3h captures NG for each if H

Captures on G4 then Bishop captures on F4 and after e captures on F4 now again You go for this Knight beta D5 move and Now yeah where does the root go now you Go to B3 and now Knight captures on F4 Leaving Um in a in a completely winning position If if G captures then even the bishop Comes into the game with the check so uh He would uh well this would be Completely lost for white but the other Thing is uh even even if you don't want To calculate all of this Knight chasing Uh even if you try to go after the B7 Pawn which was the original idea after Knight captures on B7 there's King to C8 Just attacking that Knight Now with the rook and the king so you Are threatening to pick up the Knight Give up The Rook for two pieces and now If Knights the A5 seems like you've Gotten the night out just Queen captures An A2 attacks the Knight and attacks the Undefended rule can be won so that's a Lot and that is exactly why both of them Missed it so does not find that he plays Queen captures on 80 you which is also a Nice move but now Hikaru can play Rook To C1 hikar plays King to C1 and now Abdu satrov is again winning but again It's such a such a disgusting position You you have to move back the queen uh Queen to F7 as there are threats of your Queen uh being captured here but he

Doesn't move the queen he plays Knight E To D5 goes after the rook and now Hikaru Just plays Knight 8 to B3 and now Rook Day one is coming the queen is trapped Uh and okay Abdul sattar grabs The Rook Here we have Rook the A1 and now Queen Capture Sun A1 we have Knight captures On A1 and not want the E4 so it's a Complete mess of a position Of Donna Queen Hikaru I had to give up uh uh both of his Rooks For the queen uh Ken Abu sator of do Something in this game so let's check Out what happened Bishop page for check Bishop to F6 and Hikaru very happily Trades Bishop captures with Rook Captures and now Queen to D4 uh going After the Rook here so I ended the night And this is the biggest problem for Abu Satra of this uh beautiful Fork so here At night goes back defends The Rook but Now just Pawn to C4 kicks away the Defender of duruk so now of course he Can't move the Knight he plays F Captures on G4 now with the idea of Rook To F1 so Bishop to G2 by Hikaru and now A nice Queen side castles uh C captures On D5 we have Rook to F5 and now H Captors and G4 we have real characters On D5 attacks the queen queen to C3 uh You could also play Queen captures on e4 But then Rook captures on C5 your knight Hang so you have to defend the night Queen to C3 uh and now we have Bishop to

G6 the defending the E4 pawn and now Knight the C2 getting that Knight into The game you might think uh but why Don't we just eliminated this Pawn here Uh well you can do that that's that's Not a problem but Hikaru says Knight to C2 he wants to activate pieces there's No uh you know not a problem he doesn't Have to go after that pawn uh we have H Captain Sanji for and now Knight Captures on e4 uh we have Bishop Captures on e4 Bishop captures and The Rook to G5 now another big puts his Rook Behind the pass pawn and Bishop to G2 It's important uh prevent this Pawn from Ever reaching G2 we have Pawn to G3 and Now Pawn to B4 uh we have C6 now uh and Pawn to B5 hikar wants to trade as many Pieces in front of the black king as Possible he does have a queen queen Covers a lot of squares so we want to Open up your opponent's king and this Also means giving up at the pawn but Then you get to capture the G3 Pawn so Rook captures on B5 Queen captures on G3 And now Rook the f8 so it's still uh two Rooks in the night for a queen uh Knight And Bishop of course Hikaru is up Material but the white king is uh wide In the open so maybe Abdul satrov can Use this so Knights the E3 Rook the C5 Check with King to D1 and now Knight the C4 offering a trade of Knight which Hikaru very happily accepts captors

Captures and now Bishop to H3 putting The bishop on this long diagonal uh we Have Rook seat to F4 and now Queen to D3 Threatening to pick up the D7 Pawn so Rook 8 to F7 defending the pawn and now Queen to D6 and now how do you continue This game uh well you have to be very Very careful you have to prevent any Tracks any any captures and you don't Want to disconnect your Rooks but if you Wanna try something you have to do one Of those things so here Rook to H4 goes After the bishop now Queen to G3 we have Rook H back to H7 the Rooks are now Safely defending each other and pawn to D4 now Hikaru has to find some play They're using the the two pawns that he Has Rook H to G7 goes after the queen Queen E5 we've rooked the E7 and now Queen to D6 we have Rook e to F7 King to D2 and now Rook to H7 goes after the Bishop Bishop G4 Rook H to G7 so abusato Will try anything and it's up to Hikaru To prove that he can win this bishop H5 Goes after The Rook Rook F5 and now Bishop to G6 uh we have rooked F1 and Now Pawn to E4 We have pawned A5 uh another bag starts Pushing his past pawn and now Bishop to F5 and now uh What uh Hikaru did with This D4 e for Bishop F5 setup is that he Says that okay if you ever go for some Rook to G2 check I can play King E3 and Now if you ever want to check me again I

Can always put my king on F6 and you are Never touching my king there with the Spawn on e4 bishop and F5 setup so first He made sure that nothing can happen to Him and now it's uh he's he's the one Who's attacking basically or your Pawn Here would be hanging uh it's a it's a Terrible position so Rook to F7 instead You have to keep an eye on this pawn Queen to E5 and now King the d8 uh we Have Queen captures on A5 with check King the E7 and now Queen to E5 with Check King to d8 and now Queen A5 check Oh sorry we repeat a few times King is Seven Queen to E5 check uh but not right Away first King Day 2 attacks The Rook Rook to G1 and only now Queen the E5 Check King 28 and now Queen to B8 check In the B7 Pawn as well so King is seven Queen captures on B7 we have King to f8 And now Queen to B8 with check King G7 Queen E5 check with King to f8 and now Queen to D6 King G7 and now only now Bishop captures and D7 so you have to Make sure that nothing works and now you Just gobble up the third Pawn so it Seems like after we'll be able to do Something with those spawns but no he Just allows the car to gobble them up to Gobble them up as the there was no way To save them so Rook after F1 your last Attempt at saving this game is by trying To check the white king to Infinity Queen E7 check with King to H6 now comes

Bishop to F5 Uh rookie one check with King 32 Rook The D1 Chuck King the E3 and he was in This position on move 59 that another Make up the sattro resigned to the game And Hikaru wins the first game of their Match and uh I've just learned that he Also won the second game of their match So Hikaru is now leading 2-0 and it will Be very interesting to see if another Back will be able to bounce back it's Not not a pleasant place to be in uh Because now like we said uh whatever you Try you can always hide your King on F6 For example rookie to F1 check you go Here and now after King The Well Queen H7 is also very annoying but there's no Good way to stop this if you play King H5 you just go after the king a queen to H7 tracking G5 now you can deliver a Check here now King H4 check here King G3 Queen E3 check and now uh nothing Worse here if you go here you just get The checkmated if you go here then Bishop to H3 check wins material and if You go up the board then King F6 takes Away the G5 Square from the King and now Again uh Quinta H3 will be checked maybe If you play Rook to H1 then Queen to G5 Will be Checkmate too many checkmates Here you just have to resign uh so yeah Basically uh that's why Hikaru did it uh Saturn did it right away uh he knows This is what's coming so the best to

Resign and then save your energy for for The next game which he also lost so Incredible stuff by Hikaru uh he's very Very close to reaching the finals where He will face either Magnus or ianishi uh But uh let me just check because they Were still playing when I started Recording this video Uh Magnus was also having a beautiful Position in the second game but he Blundered terribly and then Jan just won The game so yeah equalizes whereas Hikaru has a two to zero lead so Incredible stuff Um uh a very nice turn of events we'll See what happens further on in the event Uh good stuff so far uh so that's the Game hope you guys enjoyed it really Incredible that Abdul satro was winning On move eight after Knight to C5 just D6 Imagine you're playing a Hikaru and on Move eight you have a move like D6 just To win the game completely but as you've Seen it's incredibly complicated it Would take too much time to calculate Um and you don't have that much time to Spare uh so yeah once again hope you Guys enjoyed it I would like to thank Johanna Nathan helsley Jacoby more chess 960 and goncalo morovo for a Contribution to my channel thank you 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 this Fine event until it finishes so thank You all I will see you soon and have an Excellent rest of your day


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