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    Round 7

    January 28, 2008 • General

    Yay! Today was, without a doubt, the best game I’ve played all tournament. After my fairly shaky last couple of rounds, today I was paired against WGM Harika. I’ve actually known her for quite some time, so I was fairly familiar with her style. For this reason, I chose to play into the Meran yet again. However, I chose to play the order with d5,c6,e6 in order to avoid the Moscow variations with Bg5. Harika slightly surprised me by playing the Shabalov variation with 7.g4. Ironically I have also had this position with white against Shabalov (Nakamura-Shabalov, Foxwoods 2006). As such, I’m fairly well versed in many of these lines; I chose the fairly quiet 7…h6 variation in order to avoid a huge theoretical discussion. Most of the moves were fairly standard until I deviated from Dreev-Petrosyan, Aeroflot 2006 by playing 17…0-0. Although 17…Qb4 was perfectly fine, I felt that in that game after 18.Qd2 Qb5 19.0-0-0 c5 20.Bxb7 Rxb7 21.dxc5 0-0 22.Qd3! was too drawish. I am not sure whether Harika had anything better in the game, but it all started turning very ugly for white after I found the move 24…Qf6! I have not had the chance to look at the game with Fritz or Rybka yet, so I’m not sure where the improvements are for white. I am still remaining focused on my goal of winning my last five games, so I have not really paid attention to the leaders of the tournament. 2 Down, 3 to go!

    16 Comments

    1. Hi!
      Nice tp read your comments!! I thougt it looked = a long time, but you turned it to a big favour in some moves….
      Good luck in the rest of the tournament, from Sweden!!
      Dolata

    2. Hi!
      Nice tp read your comments!! I thougt it looked = a long time, but you turned it to a big favour in some moves….
      Good luck in the rest of the tournament, from Sweden!!
      Dolata

    3. Good luck in the remaining rounds!

    4. Cool blog there Naka

    5. dude hikaru u cant lose to Petrosian tomorrow. he’s a cocky fool on icc, he’ll rag on u forever. dude i wanna see u smash Bu in the finale !

    6. Lauri from Finland

      Superb Hikaru! FIVE DOWN!! You rock 🙂

    7. Stunning, all world, rally. Gibraltar was a superb tourney.

    8. AWESOME comeback!

    9. Ivan Wijetunge

      Congratulations Mr. Nakamura You were determind to go 5-0 and delivered!

      Getting to 2000

    10. great, great result!
      you rule!

    11. great, great result!
      you rule!

    12. Wow! You should play more because I believe you are the best American Chessplayer today. I love watching your games on ICC and on tournaments. Good luck to your future tournaments, I wish that I can play chess against you in person, and more power to you!

    13. Impressive work once again!

    14. Just found your site. I look forward to it. Congrats on an incredible tourney.

    15. timhortons

      naks so many grandpatzer are kibitzing saying youre 2.Qh4 is a joke….for me youre the new bobby fischer of these era and i know you mean what you saying.i hope to see you beating kramnik on these line

    16. I think it would be wonderful if you came out political in support of Hillary, Naka… I’m convinced if enough of us younger chessplayers show her some support, she’ll throw a bone back in her big education plans to chess itself. I’m trying to get everyone important I can to endorse her. I think someone as educated as yourself might agree.

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