Magnus Carlsen Vs. Hikaru Nakamura – Blitz 2010 World Championship

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GM Magnus Carlsen (Norway, FIDE 2802) Vs GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA, FIDE 2741): 2010 World Blitz Championship — Moscow, Russia. Carlsen opens with e4, and Nakamura answers with the French Defense. Nakamura employed the extremely complicated Steinitz-Boleslavsky Variation, following a previous Blindfold game between Anand and Morozevich at the 2005 Amber Blindfold Tournament by playing the psychotic 9. …g5!!? Carlsen responded accurately, however he could have played the computer-like 15. g6! intending to follow 15. …hxg6 with the precise piece sacrifice 16. Nxe6! to destroy the pawn cover around black’s king. Luckily for Nakamura, Carlsen chose the quieter 15. Kh1. Carlsen went on to sacrifice a knight with 20. Ngf5!? to attempt to exploit his lead of development and black’s king position in the center, however Nakamura was able to skillfully defend and deflect the majority of white’s attack. Nakamura pragmatically sacrificed an exchange with 25. …Rxh6! and completed the game with accuracy to score a full point.

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