GM Nakamura Vs. Vladimir Kramnik – Dortmund 2011 – Nimzo Indian

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GM Hikaru Nakamura Vs GM Vladimir Kramnik – Round 4 of Dortmund 2011: Nakamura was having a rough tournament and Kramnik took full advantage of his opponent’s slump in this game. Nakamura opens with d4 and Kramnik responds with the Nimzo-Indian Defense, specifically the 3 Knights Variation. Kramnik’s preparation was excellent, beginning with 10. …Na5 and 16. …Qc4 – controlling the center while tightly coordinating his pieces. Nakamura’s preparation was not nearly as thorough – he spent just over an hour on 18. Re4?! which led to an inferior position and time-trouble. Kramnik capitalized on this by playing 19. …Bc6! – an excellent intermediate move that resulted in a great endgame for black that Kramnik was able to convert easily with his precise technical style.

CORRESPONDING ARTICLE WITH INTERACTIVE BOARD: http://www.iChess.net/2011/07/30/gm-nakamura-vs-vladimir-kramnik/

PGN:

[Event “Dortmund 2011”]
[Site “Dortmund, Germany”]
[Date “2011.07.24”]
[Round “4”]
[White “GM_Nakamura”]
[Black “GM_Kramnik”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “2770”]
[BlackElo “2781”]
[Opening “Nimzo-Indian: three knights variation”]
[ECO “E21”]
[NIC “NI.28”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8.
Qb3 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Nc6 10. cxd5 Na5 11. Qc2 Nxd5 12. O-O Qc7 13. Re1 Bd7 14.
e4 Nb6 15. e5 Ba4 16. Qd3 Qc4 17. Qf3 Nc6 18. Re4 Nxd4 19. Rxd4 Bc6 20. Rxc4
Bxf3 21. Rc7 Bxg2 22. Kxg2 Rab8 23. Rb1 Rfc8 24. Rxc8+ Rxc8 25. Rb3 h5 26.
Be3 Nd5 27. Bd4 b6 28. f4 Rc4 29. Kf1 Ra4 30. Rb2 Kh7 31. Kf2 Kg6 32. Rc2
Ra3 33. h3 b5 34. Rb2 a6 35. Rc2 Kf5 36. Kf3 b4 37. g4+ hxg4+ 38. hxg4+ Kg6
39. Ke4 bxc3 40. Rh2 Ra4 41. Rf2 a5 42. Kd3 c2 43. f5+ Kg5 44. Bb2 Nb4+ 45.
Kc3 Rxa2 46. Rf1 Kxg4 47. fxe6 fxe6 {Black wins} 0-1

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