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I feel like watching that King walk in the endgame and the perfect method of fixing weaknesses was definitely worth a few rating points in strength.
When you say that choosing 15. exd4 over 15. Rxd4 is the sign of a strong player over one which is not I must disagree. I feel 15. exd4 is a really logical and easy move to play permanently fixing the c6 weakness with strong control over c5 square and making sure Black's light squared Bishop never lives actively.
Oddly enough some of the computers actually favor 15. Rxd4 for some reason. But I surely side with you and Hikaru on this one :)
Wow! Another true gem of a chess game, superbly delievered analysis and explanations for us mere mortals (below Master level ) and an epic finish, doesn't get much better than this!
"Strategeic Masterpiece" - couldn't have put it better!!
Phenomenal game! Also, thank you for explaining the tactical and strategical ideas.
Oh wow, brilliant!
Wonderfully lucid commentary and a truly inspiring game. Thank you.
BTW, chess.com staff, I noticed that this game isn't in the Game Explorer. I don't know how often you update your database, but I would love to see the games from the US Championship in there.
Bravo! A brilliant game. Thanks for such useful and lively commentary.
by GM Eugene Perelshteyn
He's well known for his tactical prowess, his lightning fast calculation skills, and great fighting spirit... but what many people don't know about Super-GM Hikaru Nakamura is that he also possesses great endgame skill! Today's video highlights a brilliantly developed, deep plan by the U.S. Champion that helped him convert a small position advantage against Chess.com Video Author, GM Gregory Kaidanov. Principle of Two Weaknesses is on display and GM Perelshteyn leads the way!
Players: Nakamura, Hikaru
vs. Kaidanov, Gregory
Catalan Opening: Closed, 4...dxc4 5.Nf3 (E01)
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GM Eugene Perelshteyn
GM Perelshteyn learned chess from his father, a professional chess coach. His record of accomplishments is long; some of his honors include: 2000 US Junior Champion, represented the U.S. in 5 World Jr. Championships, led UMBC to 5 national college titles, and first place in 2003 Generation Chess Invitational, 2006 Foxwoods Open, and 2007 Spice Cup. As a chess teacher, he is the author of two bestsellers: Chess Openings for Black, Explained and Chess Openings for White, Explained (with GMs Dzindzihashvili and Alburt).
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