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Nakamura, Hikaru (2816) - Le Quang Liem (2697) [D30]
Millionaire Chess KO Final, Las Vegas (2.1) 2015

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5
The Queen's Gambit Declined.
4. Bg5 h6 5. Bxf6 Qxf6 6. Qb3 c6 7. e3








   
7...Qe7?!
A dubious novelty. In the game Cramling, P - Anand, V, Villarrobledo 2006, Anand continued 7...Nd7 8. Nc3 Bd6 9. Rd1 Qe7 10. a3 f5 (10...O-O) 11. Bd3 O-O 12. Qc2 a6, with counterplay.
8. Nbd2 Qb4?!
This plan is bad. Black spends a tempo on the slow manoeuvre. 8...g6 looks better.
9. Qc2!
Now White can attack the queen with the pawns to seize space on the queenside.
9...Nd7 10. a3 Qa5 11. Be2 dxc4
11...Be7 deserves attention, and Black keeps the pawn centre.
12. O-O Be7
12...b5 is met by 13. b3 Rb8 14. bxc4 Be7.
13. Nxc4 Qc7 14. b4 O-O








   
15. Rac1
White obtains a small but lasting advantage, and Black must defend.
15...Rd8 16. Qb3 a6
16...Rb8 is also playable, 17. Qc2 b6 18. Nfe5 Nxe5 19. Nxe5 c5, with a small edge to White.
17. Bd3 Nf6
17...Nf8 is possible.
18. Bb1!?
White can play 18. Nfe5 b5 19. Nd2 Bd7, with better chances due to weaknesses in Black's camp.
18...Bd7 19. e4 Be8 20. e5 Nh7
Or 20...Nd5 21. h4 h5 (21...g6 22. h5 gxh5 23. Rfe1) 22. Ng5 g6 23. Qg3, and White has a small advantage.
21. Qe3 b6 22. Rfd1 a5?
A mistake. Black must play 22...Rab8 23. Qb3 Qa7 24. h4, with a small edge to White.









   
23. d5!
A srrong break in the centre.
23...Rxd5?!
After 23...cxd5 24. Nxb6 Qb7 White grabs the exchange, 25. Nxa8 Rxa8 26. bxa5 Rxa5 27. Bxh7+ Kxh7 28. Rc3, and White is better. Or 23...exd5?! 24. Nxb6 Rab8 25. Nxd5, and White wins.
24. Rxd5 exd5 25. Nxb6 Rd8








   
26. Nxd5!
A simple but beautiful tactic!
26...Qb7
If 26...Rxd5 then 27. Qe4 Nf8 28. Qxd5 cxd5 29. Rxc7, and White wins.
27. Nxe7+ Qxe7 28. bxa5 Ra8 29. a6 Nf8 30. Bd3+- Ne6








   
31. Nd4
White easily wins the endgame due to the strong passed pawn on a6.
31...Nxd4 32. Qxd4 Rd8 33. Qc3 c5 34. Bf1 Rd5 35. Qa5 Bc6 36. a7 Ba8 37. Rb1 Kh7 38. Rb8 c4 39. Qa6 Rd2 40. Rxa8 Qc5 41. Rh8+ Kxh8 42. a8=Q+
Black resigned. 1-0










Move
   

Nakamura, Hikaru (2816) - Le, Quang Liem (2697) [D30]
Millionaire Chess KO Final/Las Vegas (2.1) 2015

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Bg5 h6 5. Bxf6 Qxf6 6. Qb3 c6 7. e3 Qe7 8. Nbd2 Qb4 9. Qc2 Nd7 10. a3 Qa5 11. Be2 dxc4 12. O-O Be7 13. Nxc4 Qc7 14. b4 O-O 15. Rac1 Rd8 16. Qb3 a6 17. Bd3 Nf6 18. Bb1 Bd7 19. e4 Be8 20. e5 Nh7 21. Qe3 b6 22. Rfd1 a5 23. d5 Rxd5 24. Rxd5 exd5 25. Nxb6 Rd8 26. Nxd5 Qb7 27. Nxe7+ Qxe7 28. bxa5 Ra8 29. a6 Nf8 30. Bd3 Ne6 31. Nd4 Nxd4 32. Qxd4 Rd8 33. Qc3 c5 34. Bf1 Rd5 35. Qa5 Bc6 36. a7 Ba8 37. Rb1 Kh7 38. Rb8 c4 39. Qa6 Rd2 40. Rxa8 Qc5 41. Rh8+ Kxh8 42. a8=Q+ 1-0


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