Nakamura beats Bareev in 11 moves as Black!

An interesting miniature occurred at the Millionaire Chess tournament recently. The game was a rapid tiebreak between Evgeny Bareev (2669) and Hikaru Nakamura (2812).

The position shown was reached after Bareev tried to capitalize on the undefended h5 Knight with the ill-fated 8.Ne5?


Nakamura promptly took the Knight 8…Nxe5 but after 9.Qxh5 (9.dxe5? Qb4+ 10.Nd2 Qxh4) 9…Ng4! White’s Queen found herself embarrassingly short of squares.

The game continued 10.Bg3? (10.Bd3 was required to meet any …g6 ideas with Bxg6) 10…g6 11.Qh4 Bg7, Bareev had to resign.

The simple threat of 12…Bf6 13.Qh3 Nxe3 trapping the Queen was too much.

9 thoughts on “Nakamura beats Bareev in 11 moves as Black!

  1. Good thinking by Nakamura but too early to resign by Bareev. White B can move anywhere to give space for the Q.

    • Nope. There’s no hope for white. 12.Bf4 gets the bishop and queen forked with 12…g5 and 12.Be5 Nxe5 13. dxe5 Bxe5 and white’s rook is in trouble, so 14. c3 Qc5! and white is done.

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