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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!


    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!!

    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!!

    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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