3rd Sinquefield Cup / Round 6 / Nakamura ! ! ! ! ! / Wow ! ! ! ! !

By National Life Master Loal Davis

nakaHikaru Nakamura

Nakamura blew So out of the water – multiple times and rocketed himself into a three way tie for second place.  It wasn’t just that he won, but the way he won – and won – and WON !

Wesley So   versus   Hikaru Nakamura

King’s Indian Defense

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.f3 f5 11.Be3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.Nd3 Ng6 14.c5 Nf6 15.Rc1 Rf7 16.Kh1 h5 17.cxd6 cxd6 18.Nb5 a6 19.Na3 b5 20.Rc6

So took virtually no time to reach this position. I’m not convinced White has all that much; apparenetly neither did Wesley as he took an inordinate amount of time for his remaining moves.

20…g4 21.Qc2 Qf8 22.Rc1 Bd7 23.Rc7 Bh6 24.Be1 h4 25.fxg4 f3 26.gxf3

So, Wesley vs. Nakamura, Hikaru,  ?,  Source2015.08.29,  Round ?Black (Nakamura) To Play

Nxe4 27.Rd1

27.fxe4 Rf1+ 28.Kg2 Be3 29.Bxf1 h3+ 30.Kg3 Qxf1 and mate is not far off.

So, Wesley vs. Nakamura, Hikaru,  ?,  Source2015.08.29,  Round ?Black (Nakamura) To Play

27…Rxf3 28.Rxd7

28.Bxf3 Qxf3+ 29.Qg2 Bxg4 30.Ra1 Qf5 and Bf3 is coming.

28…Rf1+ 29.Kg2

So, Wesley vs. Nakamura, Hikaru,  ?,  Source2015.08.29,  Round ?Black (Nakamura) To Play

Be3 30.Bg3

30.Bxf1 h3+ 31.Kxh3 Qf3+ 32.Bg3 Ng5#

30…hxg3 31.Rxf1 Nh4+ 32.Kh3 Qh6

Oh My ! !

33.g5 Nxg5+ 34.Kg4

So, Wesley vs. Nakamura, Hikaru,  ?,  Source2015.08.29,  Round ?Black (Nakamura) To Play

Nhf3 35.Nf2

35.Bxf3 Qh3#

35…Qh4+ 36.Kf5 Rf8+ 37.Kg6

So, Wesley vs. Nakamura, Hikaru,  ?,  Source2015.08.29,  Round ?Black (Nakamura) To Play

Rf6+

There are other mates, but Hikaru pulls this off with continual checks – quite breathtaking.

38.Kxf6 Ne4+ 39.Kg6 Qg5#

Stupendous. This is one for the books and will be talked about for some time to come. Congratulations.

Two other decisive games this round:

Left Grischuk versus Caruana  (White To Play)

Right Vachier-Legrave vs Topalov (White To Play)

 Grischuk, Alexander vs. Caruan, Fabiano,  ?,  2015.08.29,  Round ?  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime vs. Topalov, Veselin,  ?,  Source2015.08.29,  Round ?

 Photos below courtesy of Derrick Bartotto

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