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Hikaru Nakamura vs. Vladimir Kramnik - 2012 Chess Olympiad (Istanbul)

Hikaru Nakamura vs. Vladimir Kramnik - 2012 Chess Olympiad (Istanbul)

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Sep 7, 2012, 5:05 AM 16

This brilliant game between USA's #1 Hikaru Nakamura and Russia's #1 Vladimir Kramnik is from Round 9 of the 2012 Chess Olympiad held in Istanbul, Turkey. Nakamura's dynamic temperament for the game has him avoiding a draw by making a highly passive and risky move (23.Nb1) in the middlegame, with the move itself being incredibly rare and almost beginner-like in nature. It's depth however soon reveals that white will be bought time to pursue a kingside attack, one that the former World Champion and strategic mastermind Vladimir Kramnik is able to quickly neutralize. The endgame acts as a whole new battle in and of itself, with an aesthetic finish to no doubt be remembered for many years to come. A historical game indeed!

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