2012 U.S. Chess Championship: Hikaru Nakamura vs. Ray Robson – King Walk

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This is a Round 3 matchup between Grandmaster and U.S. #1, Hikaru Nakamura, and the young talent Grandmaster Ray Robson from the 2012 U.S. Chess Championship tournament. The imbalanced endgame features a lengthy king walk with many pitfalls along the way, and accurate calculation skill.

Opening: Sicilian Dragon Defense – Yugoslav Attack

[Event “2012 U.S. Championship”]
[Site “Saint Louis, MO, USA”]
[Date “2012.05.10”]
[Round “3.2”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Robson, Ray”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B75”]
[WhiteElo “2775”]
[BlackElo “2614”]
[Plycount “97”]
[Eventdate “2012.??.??”]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.g4 Be6 10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.O-O-O Ne5 12.Be2 Qc8 13.h4 Nfd7 14.f4 Nc4 15.Bxc4 Qxc4 16.e5 Nb6 17.h5 dxe5 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.Qh2 Rxf4 20.Bxf4 Qxf4+ 21.Kb1 Qxh2 22.Rxh2 Rf8 23.Ne4 Rf4 24.Ng5 Rxg4 25.Nxe6 Bf6 26.b3 Nc8 27.c4 Nd6 28.c5 Nb5 29.Rd7 Kf7 30.Rxb7 Rg1+ 31.Kc2 Na3+ 32.Kb2 Nb1 33.Nd8+ Ke8 34.Nc6 e4+ 35.Kc2 Na3+ 36.Kd2 Nb1+ 37.Ke3 Re1+ 38.Kf2 Rc1 39.Rh7 Rc2+ 40.Kg3 Rc3+ 41.Kg4 e3 42.Nxe7 e2 43.Nd5 Rg3+ 44.Kf4 Bg5+ 45.Ke5 e1=Q+ 46.Kd6 Bf4+ 47.Nxf4 Rd3+ 48.Nxd3 Qg3+ 49.Ne5
1-0

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