Nakamura Loses in Online Blitz vs Simonian (2011 ICC Chess Championships)

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GM Grayr Simonian (EREBUNI) Vs GM Hikaru Nakamura (CapilanoBridge) – ICC Blitz Open (June 3-5, 2011) – Simonian opens with e4 and Nakamura responds with an offbeat variation involving the fianchetto of his queenside bishop. He attempts to create counterplay by attacking white’s center from the side with 4. …Bb4, however Simonian’s 7. 0-0! sacrifices a pawn to powerfully seize the initiative. After 13. d5! white is able to break open the center and get to black’s king, which has been stuck in the middle due to his severe lack of development. 18. Bxf7+! forces black’s king into the open, and 20. Rf3 essentially seals the deal for white. A very fine attacking game by Grayr Simonian, as it is very rare to see Nakamura beat in 24 moves – especially in an online blitz game.

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PGN:

[Event “ICC tourney 1247 (3 0)”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2011.06.05”]
[Round “12”]
[White “EREBUNI”]
[Black “CapilanoBridge”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black resigns”]
[WhiteElo “3314”]
[BlackElo “3396”]
[Opening “Owen defense”]
[ECO “B00”]
[NIC “VO.01”]

1. e4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Nc3 e6 4. Nf3 Bb4 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. e5 Ne4 7. O-O Nxc3 8.
bxc3 Bxc3 9. Rb1 d6 10. Rb3 Ba5 11. Bg5 Qd7 12. Qe2 Nc6 13. d5 Nxe5 14. Nxe5
dxe5 15. Bb5 c6 16. dxe6 Qxe6 17. Bc4 Qf5 18. Bxf7+ Kd7 19. Qh5 g6 20. Rf3
gxh5 21. Rxf5 Raf8 22. Rd1+ Kc8 23. Be7 Kc7 24. Bd6+ {Black resigns} 1-0

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