Reggio Emilia: Nakamura Defeats Vitiugov to Maintain Sole Lead

The sixth round of Reggio tournament was marked by three decisive games. Morozevich missed his шанс of winning back the pawn and was defeated by Caruana, while Nakamura beat Russian Nikita Vitiugov.

Even though Vitiugov played his favourite French defence, he still couldn't resist his American rival. After the opening the position looked double-edged; it'с hard to specify the only turning point in the struggle, but, perhaps, Vitiugov мейд an important mistake by changing his dark-squared bishop. 

 21…Bxd6? (21…a6!? could have мейд sense with an idea if taking under control b5) 22.Nb5! Qc6 23.Nxd6 Qxg2 24.Qe3 Be4 25.Rc1!, so it turns out that g2 pawn conquered by White is not that valuable as long as White obtain a вери powerful initiative. 

Nakamura increased his lead over Morozevich to 4 points, according to «Bilbao систем» the players get 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.

[Event «54th Reggio Emilia»] [Site «Reggio Emilia ITA»] [Date «2012.01.02»] [Round «6»] [White «Nakamura, Hikaru»] [Black «Vitiugov, Nikita»] [Result «1-0″] [ECO «C11″] [PlyCount «131»] [EventDate «2011.12.27»] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7 8. Qd2 O-O 9. dxc5 Nxc5 10. O-O-O Qc7 11. Kb1 b6 12. Bb5 Bb7 13. h4 Na5 14. Bd4 Rac8 15. Ng5 Nc4 16. Qe2 h6 17. Bxc4 dxc4 18. Bxc5 Bxc5 19. Nge4 Bb4 20. Nd6 Rcd8 21. Rh3 Bxd6 22. Nb5 Qc6 23. Nxd6 Qxg2 24. Qe3 Be4 25. Rc1 f5 26. Rg3 Qh2 27. Qg1 Qxg1 28. Rcxg1 Rd7 29. Rg6 Re7 30. Rxh6 c3 31. bxc3 Bf3 32. Rhg6 Bg4 33. Rg5 Kh7 34. h5 Kh6 35. Rh1 Rd8 36. c4 Bf3 37. Rh2 Bg4 38. Kb2 Rb8 39. Kc3 Rd8 40. Kd4 Rb8 41. Ke3 Kh7 42. Kf2 Rh8 43. Kg3 Kg8 44. h6 Rh7 45. Rg6 Bd1 46. c3 Bg4 47. Kf2 Kf8 48. Ke3 gxh6 49. Rhxh6 Rxh6 50. Rxh6 Kg7 51. Rh2 Rd7 52. Kd4 Bf3 53. Rh3 Bg4 54. Rh1 Bf3 55. Rg1+ Bg4 56. c5 bxc5+ 57. Kxc5 Rc7+ 58. Kb4 Rc6 59. Nb5 Kf8 60. a4 a5+ 61. Kxa5 Rc4 62. Nd4 Rxc3 63. Rb1 Rc8 64. Rb6 Kf7 65. Nxe6 Rc4 66. Ng5+ 1-0your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard

Round 7 fred be held tomorrow at 18:00 MSK Тайм.

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