Carlsen vs. Nakamura | Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Final | Day 3

Carlsen vs. Nakamura | Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Final | Day 3

Nakamura’s defensive skills and tenacity are incredible. I am pretty sure this match will go all the way to 7 matches though.

Nakamura wins the first blitz game, and now Carlsen needs to strike back on demand with white in the second blitz game.

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Day 3 of Nakamura-Carlsen has begun, with Hikaru not going for the now infamous 14-move draw against the Berlin!

The 2nd time Magnus’ queen came to h3 the computer announced White is busted! The biggest chance for Hikaru seems to be the clock:

 Excellent game from Carlsen, who opens day 3 of the finals with a win to take the lead for the first time against Nakamura.

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.16”]
[Round “2.31”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “C65”]
[Opening “Ruy Lopez”]
[Variation “Berlin defence”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. Nc4
Nd7 8. O-O f6 9. a4 a5 10. Be3 b6 11. h4 Qe8 12. g3 Be7 13. Ne1 Nc5 14. Ng2
Be6 15. b3 Qd7 16. Qe2 Rae8 17. f3 Bxc4 18. dxc4 Qh3 19. Kf2 Qe6 20. Kg1 f5
21. exf5 Qxf5 22. Rad1 Qh3 23. Bf2 Bd6 24. Rfe1 Re7 25. Qe3 Ref7 26. f4
exf4 27. gxf4 Qg4 28. Qe2 Rxf4 29. Qxg4 Rxg4 30. Rd4 Rg6 31. h5 Rh6 32. Rh4
Rf5 33. Be3 Rhxh5 34. Rxh5 Rxh5 35. Bf4 Bxf4 36. Nxf4 Rf5 37. Ne6 Nxe6 38.
Rxe6 c5 39. Re7 h5 40. Rxc7 Kh7 41. Kg2 Kh6 42. c3 Rf6 43. Rc8 Kg5 44. Rd8
Kg4 45. b4 h4 0-1



Haha, Carlsen doing “a Nakamura” and drawing after 17 moves with white as he is in the lead.

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.16”]
[Round “2.32”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “C67”]
[Opening “Ruy Lopez”]
[Variation “Berlin defence, open variation”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1
Nf5 8. c3 Nxe5 9. Rxe5 d6 10. Re1 d5 11. d4 O-O 12. Bf4 Bd6 13. Qf3 Nh4 14.
Qg3 Nf5 15. Qf3 Nh4 16. Qg3 Nf5 17. Qf3 1/2-1/2


Hikaru again launches his h-pawn up the board!

Leko pointed out earlier that if all the rooks leave the board Hikaru’s Bd8 should let him pick up most of the black pawns… and now it can’t be stopped!

Now Magnus has been punished for a quick draw? Hikaru hits back and we’re level going into today’s last rapid game, when Magnus has White!

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.16”]
[Round “2.33”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “C65”]
[Opening “Ruy Lopez”]
[Variation “Berlin defence”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. Qe2
Re8 8. Nc4 Nd7 9. h4 a5 10. h5 b5 11. Ne3 Nf8 12. Bd2 Ne6 13. a4 b4 14. b3
Ba6 15. g3 Bxe3 16. Bxe3 f5 17. Rh4 f4 18. Bd2 Nd4 19. Nxd4 Qxd4 20. Rc1
fxg3 21. fxg3 Qg1+ 22. Qf1 Qxg3+ 23. Qf2 Qxf2+ 24. Kxf2 Re6 25. Rg1 Rf8+
26. Ke1 Bc8 27. h6 g6 28. Bg5 Ree8 29. Rh2 Rf3 30. Rf2 Rxf2 31. Kxf2 Rf8+
32. Ke3 Kf7 33. Rf1+ Ke8 34. Rxf8+ Kxf8 35. Bd8 c5 36. Bxc7 Ke7 37. Bxe5
Kd7 38. Bf6 Bb7 39. Kf4 Bc6 1-0


Leko: “I think Hikaru has fully equalised and now he’s wondering if he can play for a win”

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.16”]
[Round “2.34”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “D02”]
[Opening “Queen’s bishop game”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bf4 c5 4. e3 Qb6 5. Nc3 Bd7 6. Rb1 e6 7. a3 Nc6 8.
Be2 Nh5 9. Be5 cxd4 10. Bxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Qxd4 12. exd4 Nf4 13. Bf1 Bd6
14. h4 h5 15. g3 Ng6 16. Bb5 Rc8 17. Kd2 a6 18. Bxd7+ Kxd7 19. Nd1 f6 20.
Ne3 Ne7 21. c3 Rc6 22. Ne1 Nc8 23. Nd3 Nb6 24. b4 Rb8 25. Nc5+ Ke7 26. a4
Bxc5 27. bxc5 Nxa4 28. Rb3 b5 29. Ra1 Rd8 30. Nc2 e5 31. f4 Kf7 32. Rf1
exf4 33. gxf4 f5 34. Nb4 Rg6 35. Rf2 Ra8 36. Rb1 Rg3 37. Nd3 Re8 38. Ne5+
Kg8 39. Rc1 a5 40. Re2 b4 41. cxb4 axb4 42. Re3 Rg2+ 43. Re2 Rg3 44. Re3
Rg2+ 45. Re2 Rg3 1/2-1/2



 

We’ve been here before!


Nakamura wins the first blitz game, and now Carlsen needs to strike back on demand with white in the second blitz game.

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.16”]
[Round “2.35”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “C65”]
[Opening “Ruy Lopez”]
[Variation “Berlin defence”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. Qe2
Re8 8. Nc4 Nd7 9. Bd2 b5 10. Ne3 Nf8 11. h4 Ne6 12. Nxe5 a5 13. Qh5 g6 14.
Qf3 f6 15. Nxc6 Qd7 16. Qxf6 Qxc6 17. Bc3 Rf8 18. Qh8+ Kf7 19. Qxh7+ Ke8
20. Qxg6+ Kd7 21. d4 b4 22. dxc5 1-0


[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.16”]
[Round “2.36”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “A20”]
[Opening “English opening”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. O-O Nb6 7. b3 Be6
8. Nc3 Qd7 9. d4 exd4 10. Nb5 d3 11. Bb2 f6 12. Nbd4 Nxd4 13. Nxd4 Bd5 14.
Bxd5 Qxd5 15. Qxd3 c5 16. Qb5+ Qd7 17. Qxd7+ Kxd7 18. Nf5 Ke6 19. e4 Rc8
20. Rac1 c4 21. Rfd1 g6 22. Nd4+ Kf7 23. Nb5 Be7 24. Nxa7 Ra8 25. Nb5 Rxa2
26. Bd4 Nc8 27. Rxc4 Rd8 28. Rc7 b6 29. Nc3 Rc2 30. Kg2 Ke8 31. Nd5 Rxc7
32. Nxc7+ Kf7 33. Nd5 f5 34. f3 Bc5 35. Bxc5 bxc5 36. Rc1 fxe4 37. fxe4 Nd6
38. Rxc5 Nxe4 39. Rc7+ Ke6 40. Nf4+ Kf6 41. Kf3 Nd2+ 42. Kg4 Nxb3 43. Rxh7
Nd4 44. Ra7 Rd6 45. Ra8 Nf5 46. Rf8+ Kg7 47. Ra8 Kf6 48. Ra2 Nh6+ 49. Kf3
g5 50. Ng2 Nf5 51. Ne1 Kg6 52. Kf2 Rf6 53. Ra4 Rb6 54. Nf3 Rb2+ 55. Kg1 Ne3
56. Re4 Rb1+ 57. Kf2 Nd1+ 58. Kg2 Rb2+ 59. Kg1 Rb3 60. Re6+ Kh5 61. Ne5 Ne3
62. h3 Rb2 63. Re8 Kh6 64. g4 Rg2+ 65. Kh1 Rg3 66. Rh8+ Kg7 67. Rh5 Kf6 68.
Nd3 Nxg4 69. Nc5 Nf2+ 70. Kh2 Rxh3+ 71. Rxh3 Nxh3 72. Ne4+ Ke7 73. Nxg5
Nxg5 1/2-1/2


 

Carlsen vs. Nakamura | Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Final | Day 2

Carlsen vs. Nakamura | Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Final | Day 1

 

 

 

Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Final 2020 (chess24.com INT)
Sun 9th Aug 2020 – Thu 20th Aug 2020

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