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Hikaru Nakamura vs Magnus Carlsen - 2012 London Chess Classic

Hikaru Nakamura, America's #1 ranked chess player, plays against Magnus Carlsen, the World's #1 ranked chess player in Round 7 of the 2012 London Chess Classic. Nakamura's e4 is met with the Sicilian Defense by Carlsen. A strongly placed black knight on d5 makes development difficult for the white queenside, thus allowing a forcing tactical combination by Carlsen to take the game quickly from the middlegame to a very simplified and unbalanced endgame. It often occurs that the better player will win the game when an unbalanced position arises. Going into this game, Hikaru Nakamura has never beaten the owner of the highest ever fide chess rating, Magnus Carlsen.


  • 3 years ago


    what's the name of the chess software used in this video?

  • 3 years ago


    Not much of a game, tnx anyway...

  • 3 years ago


    nice, thanx for the vid

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  • 3 years ago


    One of the problems I always found with extra pawns vs. a piece is that it can be hard to stop from losing one or more of the pawns, like in this game.  As a practical matter, I almost never go for that imbalance unless the extra pawns are passed and more than halfway down the board.

  • 3 years ago


    Hmm. All that for a draw? 

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