Tal Memorial: Nakamura, Being Under the Attack in the Middle Game, Managed to Beat the Leader Morozevich

Время публикации: 14.06.2012 21:44 | Последнее обновление: 14.06.2012 23:02

It seemed that the leader Alexander Morozevich with 4.0/5 had all chances to celebrate victory in Round 6 of the Tal Memorial.

In the opening stage of his encounter against Hikaru Nakamura the Russian player sacrificed his pawn for the initiative (17.Be3), following GM Salov's recommendation published in Chess Informant. 

After 23.f5! it was evident that white has a quite dangerous attack and not many believed in American finding the way out in this hard position. 

Finally American Nakamura found out it: 23...Nxf5 24.Bg5 Qe8, planning to give away his queen for a rook and a piece after 25.Rd8.

Morozevich could have continued attack by 25.Bf6 but he chose probably not the strongest continuation 25.Qf4, letting his rival to free the position 25...f6.

After a mistake 29.Nxc5? instead of the correct continuation 29.Ng5 the position has changed.

However, Russian finally spoilt his position by the mistakes made before the control, especially after 40.Qe2?. After 40...Nd5 and a forced 41.Qd3 black's accurate 41...a4 didn't leave white any chances. (Mikhail Golubev's commentary).

Morozevich's drama
 (screenshot from the official broadcast on the website of RCF )

This is American's first victory in this competition.

[Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.14"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D20"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Nb6 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Ne2 Bg4 8. f3 Be6 9. Nbc3 Qd7 10. Ne4 Bd5 11. Nc5 Qc8 12. a3 e6 13. Qc2 Bxc5 14. dxc5 Nd7 15. f4 Bxg2 16. Rg1 Bf3 17. Be3 g6 18. O-O-O Ne7 19. Be4 Bxe4 20. Qxe4 b6 21. Nc3 O-O 22. c6 Nb8 23. f5 Nxf5 24. Bg5 Qe8 25. Qf4 f6 26. Bxf6 Qxc6 27. Kb1 Nd7 28. Ne4 Nc5 29. Nxc5 bxc5 30. h4 Rf7 31. h5 Rd7 32. hxg6 h6 33. Rxd7 Qxd7 34. Qf3 Rb8 35. Rd1 Qe8 36. Rd2 c4 37. Ka2 a5 38. Qd1 c3 39. bxc3 Ne3 40. Qe2 Nd5 41. Qd3 a4 42. Rb2 Rxb2+ 43. Kxb2 Qb8+ 44. Kc1 Qb3 45. Qa6 Qxc3+ 46. Kd1 Ne3+ 47. Ke2 Qc4+ 0-1 


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