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  1. Subscriber sundown316
    The Mighty Messenger
    28 Aug '18 00:13 / 2 edits
    Blunder of the Year-Nakamura's 62...g5 against Carlsen today. Can't believe a Super-GM rated near 2800 could butcher an ending like this!
  2. 28 Aug '18 02:12 / 3 edits
    Blunder of the year is a bit harsh. That is usually a won game ruined by a one
    move howler followed by immediate resignation. Naka resigned 34 moves later.

    Naka played 62...g5 here allowing Carsen a protected passed pawn with 63. h5

    This is something you should avoid if you can - giving players protected passers.
    Yes Naka should know better and it is bad but not quite Blunder of the Year material.

    White now has the option of trading Rooks and can face them up anytime to gain a
    file of allow the White King to become very active as any attempt to cut it off can be
    met with an invite to trade Rooks as the B.K. must stay within range of the h-pawn..

    Watch how Magnus used this 'you cannot swap Rooks' ploy to
    get his King out of the Kingside and then across the c-file.

  3. Subscriber rookorbycrook
    28 Aug '18 04:38
    what was the look on Nakamuras face on move 96 kg6 ???
  4. Subscriber sundown316
    The Mighty Messenger
    28 Aug '18 13:32
    Originally posted by @rookorbycrook
    what was the look on Nakamuras face on move 96 kg6 ???

    Like he wanted to throw up
  5. Subscriber sundown316
    The Mighty Messenger
    28 Aug '18 13:36
    Sorry, but there is NO excuse for a player of Nakamura's caliber to throw away a position like this. All he had to do was keep his King-side pawns exactly where they were, give up the a-pawn(which wasn't going anywhere)to activate his rook. If Magnus started pushing pawns, Naka would trade every one offered. Magnus would find it nearly impossible to win such a position.
  6. 28 Aug '18 23:44
    Hi Sundown,

    Last round, late in the last game - seen a lot worse than a player blowing an endgame.
    Naka thought he could hold it and got impatient. It happens.
  7. 29 Aug '18 00:34
    Some more details about this game.

    Apparently Naka's 62...g5 was not the losing move.
    It was giving up the a-pawn a few moves later that did it.
    (blunders come in two's)

    MVL was also playing in this event at St, Louis.
    Naka's g5 may have brought back a painful memory.

    G. Gajewski - M. Vachier-Lagrave Reykjavik Open 2013

    Here ...

    MVL played 44....g5. 45.h5

    which is the same pawn set up as the Carlsen - Naka game.
    MVL also lost.
  8. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    29 Aug '18 08:11
    Carlsen makes that look really easy, nice play. I bet Magnus was pleased to win that, not just as he tied for first place but it also meant his no.1 rating is a bit harder to catch. Not sure what the schedule is for him in the coming months, but i know Caruana is playing in the Olympiad. Caruana could concievably start their WC match as world no.1! Now that would certainly be a turn up for the books.