2016 Candidates Chess Tournament – Sergey Karjakin vs Hikaru Nakamura – Round 2

This is a Round 2 game from the 2016 Candidates Chess Tournament between Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura. What is at stake in this tournament besides a big purse? Well, the winner of this lengthy 14 round event will earn a ticket to challenge the current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in November at the 2016 World Chess Championship match which will be held in New York, United States. We see a couple opening finesses in this positional struggle out of the Queen’s Indian Defense. Would it be Karjakin or Nakamura who would be better positioned for the structural change in the middlegame? Moreover, would it be Karjakin, or Nakamura who calculates better when the position sharpens and tactical opportunities become more of a possibility?

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 d5 8. cxd5 exd5 9. O-O O-O 10. Nc3 Nbd7 11. Qc2 Re8 12. Rfd1 Nf8 13. Ne5 Bb7 14. Bc1 Ne6 15. Bb2 Bd6 16. e3 a6 17. Ne2 c5 18. dxc5 Nxc5 19. Nd3 Nce4 20. Rac1 Rc8 21. Qb1 Qe7 22. Bd4 Rxc1 23. Rxc1 b5 24. b4 Nd7 25. a3 Nf8 26. Ba1 Ne6 27. Qa2 Bc7 28. Nd4 Bb6 29. h4 Nxg3 30. fxg3 Nxd4 31. Bxd4 Bxd4 32. exd4 Qe3+ 33. Qf2 Qxd3 34. Rc7 f5 35. Rxb7 h6 36. Bxd5+ Kh7 37. Bg2 Re2 38. Bf1

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