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Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (2731) - Nakamura, Hikaru (2814) [A65]
Sinquefield Cup, Saint Louis (4) 2015

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3








   
5...O-O
The King's Indian Saemisch System.
6. Nge2 c5 7. d5 e6 8. Ng3 exd5 9. cxd5 a6 10. a4 h5 11. Be2 Nbd7








   
12. O-O
Usually White prefers 12.Bg5.
12...h4 13. Nh1 Nh5 14. Be3








   
14...f5!
A strong typical move in such positions. In the game Spassky, B - Polgar, J, Budapest 1993, Black played 14...Bd4 15. Bxd4 cxd4 (15...Qg5 is interesting, after 16. Bf2 (16. Qc1) Black sacrifices a queen with 16...Qxg2+! 17. Kxg2 Nf4+ 18. Kg1 Nh3+, with perpetual check) 16. Qxd4 Qg5 17. Rad1 f5?! (17...Nf4 18. g3 Ne5) 18. exf5 Nf4 19. g3 Rxf5 20. Bd3 Nh3+= 21. Kg2 Nf4+ 22. Kg1 Nh3+ 23. Kg2 Nf4+, a draw by perpetual check. However, 18. Qd2! is better, 18...Nf4 19. g3 hxg3 20. hxg3 Nxe2+ 21. Qxe2, with a small edge to White.
15. f4 Qe8!
A good novelty. After 15...fxe4 16. Bxh5 gxh5 17. Qxh5 Nf6 18. Qxh4 Ng4 19. Qxd8 Rxd8 Naumann, A - Jorczik, J, Germany 2014 White can continue 20. Bf2 Nxf2 21. Nxf2 e3 22. Nfe4 Bf5 23. Rfe1 with an unclear endgame, there White has an extra pawn and can push infantry on the king's wing, and Black has two bishops.
16. Bxh5 gxh5 17. e5!








   
17...dxe5
White sacrifices a pawn, planning to use the central squares and the passed d-pawn.
18. d6 exf4 19. Bxf4 Nf6
19...Bd4+ is also possible, 20. Nf2 h3 21. Re1 Qg6 22. Qb3+ Kh8 23. g3 Nf6 24. Ne2 Be6 25. Qb6 Bxf2+ 26. Kxf2, with counterchances.
20. Nf2








   
20...Bd7
Here 20...Qc6!? deserves attention, 21. Nh3 b6 22. Qc2 Ne4 23. Rad1 Be6 24. Rfe1 Rae8 25. Nxe4 fxe4 26. Be3, with counterplay.
21. Nd3 h3 22. Ne5 hxg2 23. Re1 Be6
23...Bc6 is playable, 24. Qb3+ Kh7 25. Nxc6 Qxc6 26. Re7, with equality.
24. Qf3 Ne4?
An error. After 24...Nd7 25. Rad1 Nxe5 26. Bxe5 Qf7 27. Nd5, or 24...Rd8 25. Rad1 Ne4 26. Qxg2 Kh7 27. Nxe4 fxe4 28. Qxe4+ Bf5 29. Qxb7 Qxa4 30. Bg3, or 24...Ng4 25. Rad1, White has a small advantage thanks to powerful rooks and other pieces.









   
25. Rad1?
An error. Correct is 25. Re2! Kh7 26. Rxg2 Nf6 27. h3 Rg8 28. Kh1 Rd8, we see that Black's kingside is weak after ...h5 and ...f5, therefore White easily attacks with the rooks, queen, knight and bishop, 29. Rag1 Rxd6 30. Rg6 Rd5 (30...Bd7 31. Qg2, 30...Ng4 31. hxg4 hxg4 32. Qe2) 31. Rxf6 Bxf6 32. Nxd5, and White wins.
25...Bxe5 26. Bxe5 Qg6 27. Qxg2?!
27. h4! is more precise, 27...Qg4! 28. Qxg4+ hxg4 29. Nxe4 fxe4 30. Rxe4, with equality.
27...Qxg2+ 28. Kxg2 Bd7 29. Rg1 Kf7 30. Kf3 Rg8 31. Nxe4 fxe4+ 32. Kxe4 Ke6 33. Bf4 Bxa4








   
34. Rde1
Black grabs a pawn, but the game is drawish due to the opposite-colored bishops.
34...h4 35. Rxg8 Rxg8 36. Kf3+ Kf6








   
37. Re5
Also possible is 37. Be3!? b6 38. Bf2 h3 39. Kf4, with equality.
37...Bc6+ 38. Ke3 Re8 39. Rxe8 Bxe8 40. d7 Bxd7 41. Bd6 c4 42. Kd4 b5 43. Kc3 Ke6 44. Bc7 Kd5 45. Bd8 h3 46. b4 cxb3 47. Kxb3 Kc5 48. Be7+ Kb6 49. Bd8+








   
49...Kc5
White controls the a5 and b4 squares, and if Black moves a passed pawn forward then White grabs it, so this is a draw. An exciting game!
50. Be7+ Kb6 51. Bd8+
A draw. 1/2-1/2










Move
   

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (2731) - Nakamura, Hikaru (2814) [A65]
Sinquefield Cup/Saint Louis (4) 2015

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Nge2 c5 7. d5 e6 8. Ng3 exd5 9. cxd5 a6 10. a4 h5 11. Be2 Nbd7 12. O-O h4 13. Nh1 Nh5 14. Be3 f5 15. f4 Qe8 16. Bxh5 gxh5 17. e5 dxe5 18. d6 exf4 19. Bxf4 Nf6 20. Nf2 Bd7 21. Nd3 h3 22. Ne5 hxg2 23. Re1 Be6 24. Qf3 Ne4 25. Rad1 Bxe5 26. Bxe5 Qg6 27. Qxg2 Qxg2+ 28. Kxg2 Bd7 29. Rg1 Kf7 30. Kf3 Rg8 31. Nxe4 fxe4+ 32. Kxe4 Ke6 33. Bf4 Bxa4 34. Rde1 h4 35. Rxg8 Rxg8 36. Kf3+ Kf6 37. Re5 Bc6+ 38. Ke3 Re8 39. Rxe8 Bxe8 40. d7 Bxd7 41. Bd6 c4 42. Kd4 b5 43. Kc3 Ke6 44. Bc7 Kd5 45. Bd8 h3 46. b4 cxb3 47. Kxb3 Kc5 48. Be7+ Kb6 49. Bd8+ Kc5 50. Be7+ Kb6 51. Bd8+ 1/2-1/2


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