Saturday, January 15, 2011

2011 Wijk aan Zee (Tata Steel)

The men's play usually doesn't interest me, but I have to toot the horn for this win by GM Nakamura (a resident GM at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, in Missouri, USA, who has this month broken into the Top 10 players of the world for the first time) in R1 againt GM Alexander Grischuk:

The 500-euro “Piet Zwart Prize” for the best game of the day – named after a popular tournament director from the years before Corus, when the event was known as the Hoogovens Tournament – was awarded to Hikaru Nakamura of the U.S. for his victory with white in 42 moves from a Nimzo-Indian Defence against Russia’s Alexander Grishuk.

“It was a beautiful game, conducted with a steady hand by Nakamura,” said grandmaster Ivan Sokolov, who commented on the day’s games for an audience of several hundreds of chess fans in a marquee on the village commons. “Grishuk was cramped for space and saw no other way out than to sac a piece for two pawns after only 18 moves. It was an effort to obtain active play but he never got a chance. It isn’t often that Grishuk gets clobbered in such a way.”

[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2011.01.15"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Nakamura,Hi"]
[Black "Grischuk,A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2751"]
[BlackElo "2773"]
[EventDate "2011.01.14"]
[ECO "D38"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. e3 c5
8. dxc5 Qa5 9. Rc1 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 O-O 11. Nd4 Qxc5 12. Bd3 Ne4 13. Bf4 Nb6
14. Qc2 h6 15. f3 Nf6 16. g4 Re8 17. Kf2 Nc4 18. h4 Bxg4 19. Bxc4 dxc4 20.
fxg4 Nxg4+ 21. Kf3 Ne5+ 22. Bxe5 Rxe5 23. Kf2 Rae8 24. Rh3 b5 25. Rg1 Re4
26. Qd1 b4 27. Qf3 Rxe3 28. Rxg7+ Kxg7 29. Qg4+ Kf8 30. Rxe3 Rxe3 31. Kxe3
bxc3 32. Ke2 Qe5+ 33. Kd1 Qh2 34. Ne2 Qd6+ 35. Qd4 Qxd4+ 36. Nxd4 Kg7 37.
Nc6 a6 38. Nb8 a5 39. a4 Kf6 40. Nc6 Ke6 41. Nxa5 Kd5 42. Kc2 1-0

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