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London Chess Classic 7: Nakamura learns his lesson by David Martinez

sontu1296
Dec 17, 2016, 8:11 PM 0

London Chess Classic 7: Nakamura learns his lesson

Only Hikaru Nakamura won in Round 7 of the London Chess Classic, using the same variation of the Najdorf Sicilian which Fabiano Caruana had used to beat him in the previous round. On this occasion it was Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave who found himself blown away by superior preparation from the US player. In the remaining games Adams posed problems for Caruana while Giri allowed a good chance to slip away against Topalov in the day’s marathon game.  

  

 

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“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” seems to have been Hikaru Nakamura’s approach, since after being undone by Caruana’s preparation he decided to use it against MVL – with success! The ball is now back in the court of the Najdorf players, who have seen one of the variations with the best reputation – the delayed poisoned pawn variation – now seriously threatened by the “sideline” 9.a3, which is already becoming the move of choice!     

Maxime varied early from the path chosen by Nakamura in Round 6, but didn’t seem to be as well-prepared as we’ve come to expect from the Frenchman and after 16.Qh3 his position already looked very difficult...“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” seems to have been Hikaru Nakamura’s approach, since after being undone by Caruana’s preparation he decided to use it against MVL – with success! The ball is now back in the court of the Najdorf players, who have seen one of the variations with the best reputation – the delayed poisoned pawn variation – now seriously threatened by the “sideline” 9.a3, which is already becoming the move of choice! Maxime varied early from the path chosen by Nakamura in Round 6, but didn’t seem to be as well-prepared as we’ve come to expect from the Frenchman and after 16.Qh3 his position already looked very difficult...

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