Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura - 2016 Bilbao Masters Final
This is a Round 1 game between World Chess Champion and World #1 Magnus Carlsen, and the current World #6 Hikaru Nakamura from the 2016 Bilbao Masters Final. A fairly calm beginning to an open Sicilian turns sharp, sparked by Carlsen's 14. f3. From that moment forward the kingside for both sides soon experiences a compromised pawn structure, and king safety becomes an issue for each, especially since the queens remain on board until the very end. Only one king is likely to survive in such a volatile position where excellent calculation is mandatory. Would it be Magnus Carlsen or Hikaru Nakamura who would prevail in their 31st classical encounter?