Monday, January 11, 2010

Gelfand - Nakamura, Bursa 2010

Gelfand and Nakamura Post Mortem
The internet response to the game Gelfand - Nakamura, 7th World Team Championship, Bursa Turkey 2010, has been almost electric. It is a game with all of the bells and whistles typical of a brilliancy, made all the more special because of the players themselves: the U.S. Champion sacrificed a piece and then left his queen hanging for six moves against the recent winner of the World Cup.  Incredible.  

Gelfand - Nakamura
Black to play.

Commentators point out the similarities to Beliavsky - Nakamura 2009 and Roozmon - Charbonneau 2008. Here are some notes from around the web:


Tommyg said...

Thanks for posting about this game! It really is an exciting game to go over.

I think one of the better annotators (ie: Nunn or McDonald) should write an annotated game collection in the Move by Move genre that features games of the past few years.

There is a lot of material out there with such exciting players as Nakamura, Anand, Carlsen, Topalov etc. etc.

And while I am on the subject do you know of a good annotated games collection on Tchigorin? I have one but the annotations are of a very low quality but the games are super fun!!

Michael Goeller said...

Kasparov annotates several Tchigorin games in his Predecessors book on that period. But a book you might enjoy -- though a bit odd -- is Santasiere's queerly titled "My Love Affair with Tchigorin" -- if you can find it, since it must be quite rare. Games from that book can be found at I don't have it but do have his book on the King's Gambit which is a lot of fun and definitely offers lots of effusive praise that can add to your enjoyment of the lovely romantic games he chooses.

Anonymous said...

Check out this ChessPub thread.

Tommyg said...

The book I am reading right now is the Santasiere book on Tchigorin. The games are great but Santasiere's annotations are not very helpful. But that is okay it will just make me work harder when I begin to analyze some of the games for myself. :)