HIKARU’S KING DANCE

GM Swapnil Dhopade

GM Swapnil Dhopade

Headcoach - Chess Pathshala

  1. August 19, 2020

HIKARU’S KING DANCE

Carlsen vs. Nakamura, Carlsen Tour Final 2020

Hello Dear Readers,

As we all know king’s safety during the game is most important. But in this particular match, we see how Nakamura skillfully moves his king across the board to finally reach a winning position after dealing with all the threats of Carlsen’s.

After the 20th move itself, black gains an advantage but to convert it in a full fledged victory, black had to play creatively to deal with all the mischevious threats! 


Find the best move for white!


Find the best positional continuation for black.


Black to play! How will you respond?


Black to play.


Black to play.


Black’s king started from e8 and went till c6 only to return back on the initial square. Then, it followed the path e7-e6-f5-g6-g7 and finally g8! A good game by Nakamura. Even with the winning advantage, it was not easy for him to deal with the constant threats of Carlsen! 

I hope you too enjoyed the game. Stay tuned for the next article. Solution to yesterday’s puzzle is posted below. 

Euwe Max vs. Speijer Abraham, 1924

18. Rxe7! 18 Bxf3

(18… Kxe7 19. Ba3+ Ke8 20. Qe1+) 19. Ba3

(And not 19. gxf3 Kxe7 20. Qe1+ Kf8 -+) 19… Qa6 

(19… Bxd1 is too greedy 20. Re3+Kg8 21. Rxd3 +-)

(If 19… Kg8 $18 20. gxf3 h5+-)

20. Rcc7 ! {White mates.} Qxa3 21. Rxf7+ {Double Attack} Ke8 22. Qe1+ 1-0

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