Wijk Aan Zee: Novelty Didn’t Help Nakamura to Win Over Caruana

In the third round of Wijk aan Zee tournament Nakamura-Caruana, the recent rivals at Reggio Emilia, finished in a draw.

In the branching line of the Grunfeld Defence which became topical after the World Championship match Topalov — Anand two years ago, American with White gave a try to the novelty 20.Rad1!? avoiding Rodstein — So (2010).

However, Nakamura didn't gain any advantage, moreover, he faced some difficulties and could only get half a point. 

[Event «74th Тата Стил GMA»] [Site «Wijk aan Zee NED»] [Date «2012.01.16»] [Round «3.1»] [White «Nakamura, Hikaru»] [Black «Caruana, Fabiano»] [Result «1/2-1/2»] [ECO «D86»] [PlyCount «83»] [EventDate «2012.01.14»] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O Na5 11. Bd3 b6 12. Qd2 e5 13. Bh6 exd4 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. cxd4 cxd4 16. f4 f6 17. f5 Nc6 18. Bb5 Ne5 19. Nxd4 gxf5 20. Rad1 Qe7 21. Ba6 Bd7 22. exf5 Kh8 23. Qc3 Rae8 24. Rf4 Rg8 25. Bf1 Rc8 26. Qe1 Bc6 27. h3 Bd5 28. a4 Rg7 29. Qf2 Rcg8 30. Ne6 Bxe6 31. fxe6 Qxe6 32. Kh1 Rg6 33. Rd2 Qe7 34. Rfd4 Rc8 35. Rd1 Rgg8 36. Qd2 Qg7 37. Qf2 Qe7 38. Qd2 Rg3 39. Rf4 Rg6 40. a5 bxa5 41. Qxa5 Rgg8 42. Ra1 1/2-1/2your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard

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