Hikaru Nakamura Narrowly Misses Chess Immortality

Hikaru Nakamura Narrowly Misses Chess Immortality

SamCopeland
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Hikaru Nakamura has won multiple brilliant victories in the King's Indian Defense against the very best chess players in the world. By Hikaru's own reckoning, his victory in the King's Indian Defense over Boris Gelfand is his personal best game.

There is another King's Indian masterpiece that is nearly as incredible as Hikaru's victory over Gelfand—his 2015 victory over Wesley So from the Sinquefield Cup. This masterpiece could have been even more impressive, a true immortal and unquestionably Hikaru's finest game, had Hikaru found an incredible mating sequence on move 29 involving a "quiet" sacrifice of the rook and queen on the f2-square.

My notes on the game are below.

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