Гранд Slam: Nakamura Beats Aronian in a Crafty Endgame and Overtakes Carlsen

The game of Japanese-born American Hikaru Nakamura with the Armenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian was the last to end in the 8th round of the Bilbao Masters Final. 

(photo by bilbaofinalmasters.com)

After the game opponents agreed that Aronian мейд a mistake by choosing a tight endgame. As the computer evaluated later on Levon didn’t have chances to draw in the endgame mostly because of the chronic weakness of f5-pawn.

(After White'с 31st move ). Nakamura developed long-term pressure and gradually gained a decisive advantage to romp хоум at 79th move.

At the press-conference the players were asked about the projects of adoption of compulsory chess lessons at schools. Aronian thinks that only тайм can show pros and cons of the experiment, Nakamura mentioned that nowadays chess is present in a lot of American schools but making it as an obligatory subject is far from reality. 

[Event "4th Final Masters"] [Site "Sao Paulo/Bilbao"] [Date "2011.10.08"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D31"] [WhiteElo "2753"] [BlackElo "2807"] [PlyCount "157"] [EventDate "2011.09.26"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 c6 6. e3 Bf5 7. g4 Be6 8. h4 Nd7 9. h5 Nh6 10. Be2 Nb6 11. Nh3 g5 12. hxg6 hxg6 13. Bg3 Qd7 14. Nf4 O-O-O 15. Nxe6 Qxe6 16. Rg1 Bd6 17. Qc2 Bxg3 18. Rxg3 f5 19. O-O-O Nxg4 20. Bxg4 fxg4 21. Rdg1 Rh4 22. Qe2 Rf8 23. Nd1 Rf4 24. Kd2 Nc4+ 25. Ke1 Rf3 26. Rxf3 gxf3 27. Qxf3 Qf5 28. Qg3 Rh6 29. b3 Nb6 30. Qg4 Nd7 31. Qxf5 gxf5 32. Nc3 Nf6 33. Ne2 Ng4 34. Nf4 Rh2 35. Nd3 Kd8 36. b4 Ke7 37. a4 b6 38. Ke2 Kd6 39. Kf3 a5 40. bxa5 bxa5 41. Kg3 Kc7 42. Rc1 Rh7 43. Kf4 Re7 44. Rc2 Re4+ 45. Kg5 Re8 46. Rb2 Rf8 47. Nc5 Kc8 48. Kf4 Rh8 49. f3 Nh2 50. Rf2 Rh3 51. Nb3 Kc7 52. Nxa5 Kb6 53. Nb3 Ка6 54. Nc1 Ка5 55. Ne2 Kxa4 56. Ng1 Rh6 57. Kg3 Ng4 58. fxg4 fxg4 59. Rf5 Rh1 60. Kg2 Rh4 61. Ne2 Kb5 62. Nf4 Rh8 63. Kg3 Rg8 64. Re5 Kc4 65. Re6 Kb5 66. Re7 Kb4 67. Nd3+ Kc3 68. Ne5 c5 69. dxc5 d4 70. exd4 Kxd4 71. Nd7 Rd8 72. c6 Rc8 73. Re6 Rc7 74. Rd6+ Kc4 75. Kxg4 Kb5 76. Ne5 Rh7 77. Rd7 Rh8 78. Kf5 Kb6 79. Ke6 1-0

Two rounds before the end of the Masters Final Vassily Ivanchuk is leading with 14 points (“Bilbao систем” gives three points to each win and one for a draw). Nakamura and Carlsen have 11 points each. Tomorrow is the last day off for the participants. 

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