Chess Super GM || Hikaru Nakamura’s most outrageous chess opening! || Tradewise Gibraltar 2015 Rd 1

Chess Super GM || Hikaru Nakamura’s most outrageous chess opening! || Tradewise Gibraltar 2015 Rd 1

Hi all, I have a very interesting game
to show you which I consider maybe one of Nakamura’s most outrageous chess
openings ever played in the Tradewise Gibraltar tournament which is currently
being played 27th of Januray 2015. His opponents is women Grandmaster Jovana Vojinovic is a Woman Grandmaster about 2300 FIDE – d4 was played and Nakamura chose the Dutch defense the backdrop of this is in the Tatar Steel
recently both Caruana and Magnus Carlsen played the Dutch in two games
there and they both lost with black and yeah the Dutch Defense hasn’t had a
fantastic reputation – i think a lot of club players do play it but a lot of
players are cynical because it creates a lot of weaknesses – with weaknesses you’re kind of inviting the opponent to show off their tactical skills and prowess
and things like king safety as well come into it – so the Dutch Defense – a risky
opening it does do some kind of trade it’s what Magnus Carlsen considers
sometimes the flank openings are the most aggressive way to play for a win
and sometimes when you play more more solid defenses it’s often ends more in
draw and a draw it’s more likely but this is a very fighting statement from
Nakamura – the Dutch defense – and we have this anti Dutch system Bg5 being
played and usually black avoids Nf6 – usually g6 or h6 here is common
but this is the third most popular move according to (Chessbase) Live book – c6. I’ve had a nasty experience myself personally against Nf6 – white just
doubled the pawns and it can get very very unpleasant just structurally and
with d5 compromised this can be very unpleasant for White controlling d5 so this move is much more flexible avoids any structural issue with Nf6 and
avoiding more beaten paths – we see now e3 We are already into 65 games here on
(Chessbase) LiveBook only, and now black playing a bit like a computer from 1970 trying
for that b2 pawn there’s a certain logic to it that the
bishop has left base – it has left c1 so b2 is there to be attacked but isn’t
it a poison pawn?! – We see the b2 pawn being regarded as a ‘poison’ pawn in many different opening systems – most notably the Sicilian defense – the ‘Poisoned Pawn’
variation – well often you know White is getting crushing attacks – we see here
Nd2 and Nakamura hasn’t got any pieces developed – this really is starting
to be an outrage if he takes here – he’s not developing any pieces but on the
other hand yeah it’s not going to be Nf6 – unless he wants a dent in his
structure but maybe g6 and Bishop g7 you would have thought – but here
already with Nd2 the Queen is subject to further harassment with Nc4 – Nakamura takes the b2 pawn – rook b1 and he doesn’t go so far as to take on a2
here – that will be I think pushing it too much – here’s a variation I checked out
earlier – if Qxa2 – he played Queen c3 – but if Qxa2 then I think White has a strong move in Nc4 and black is in grave danger here not able
to get the Queen back over here a5 Square denied – say Qa4 and White has a very very good move here in e4 which allows Bd2 in some cases so
say taking then we see big trouble for the Queen in fact here Qb5 there’s
always Nd6 check and Qb4 doesn’t help here Bd2 and the Queen is
going into that by force so that’s a way of losing the Queen quickly basically to
take on a2 – no he doesn’t go that far Nakamura pins the knight and still has that possibility of getting the Queen back maybe to d8 exists. Now we see white lashing out – this might not be technically the best move. White lashes
out here trying to maybe rip open some lines – it’s the classical recipe if your
opponent’s behind in development – you want to open up some lines and get to the King. The King is it’s not yet committed to casting. In fact casting on either side
is a bit tricky with all these pieces in the way. Well these two and these two (The Queenside Knight and Bishop – and the Kingside Knight and Bishop). So
nothing has really developed here It’s really quite outrageous at the
moment g4 was played and the Queen moves again and there’s a subtle threat in
maybe taking and hitting g5 or something to do with g5 but it’s also
protecting f5 but at the moment the Queen’s protecting g4 so that’s not
really a big deal either gxf5 is played Queen takes f5 now the bishop is
hit. It’s protected and also this makes way for possibility of Bh3 so
immediately we see in a moving the ‘d’ pawn here – Bh3 is a skewer so Nakamura plays Qa5 – yes it’s a strange game this one – one of the top players in the
world flouting opening principles of development just moving his Queen taking on b2 doing all this stuff here. Hasn’t white made any visible progress ?! Some
lines are open but where are the attacking points?! Where are the exploitable weaknesses in black’s position at the moment ?! Not entirely easy to see where they are Or will they be created soon?! We
see this move Nh3 so white has a massive lead in development. It seems
visually I think even this Bishop is doing something even though it’s at base
the rooks doing something – it’s tying down pieces. We see now g6 –
committing to g6 seems a little bit outrageous as well. It’s a target – it’s
actually surely – that is an exploitable weakness here where things like h5 Nf4 Rg1 putting pressure on g6 for h5 So isn’t this a concern?! White targets
the g6 pawn with Bd3 – Would you really try this at home this opening?!
Maybe it’s something to try in blitz – I have to try it in blitz sometime.
It looks a little bit on the cheeky side. It has to be said. We see now the move d6 which is maybe you could consider prophylaxis against h5 because if h5
here we could actually just do the forcing move Bxh3 and it
seems this should dissuade White but even if we follow this through with
white losing a piece my analysis shows actually this is really dangerous black
already even if we lose the piece because it’s only the Queen which is out
here this this kind of thing here looks to be on the verge of disaster – Rxb7 for example and White’s got good compensation and technically
is better so maybe that sort of thing should have been really considered just
to punish Nakamura – his cheekiness just moving his Queen – you know exploits
the B file pressure and the Kings not going anywhere here – this is this looks
like a very promising position Furthermore white has Rg3 on
the cards and pushing with g7 so it seems you know – Is black really in the
position to even have this prophylaxis move d6?! Is this really
prophylaxis or bluff about Bxh3 and Queen takes g5?! There’s just so
much pressure but White’s on the safe side plays Qf3 so now if if h5
Bishop takes we can take with the Queen and come to c8 so yes isn’t this a
problem h5 now for black surely ?! Very calm move
now Knight d7 black wants to play Nf6 without any structural damage.
ok we see h5 oh dear things seem to be getting nasty now – now we see Ndf6 –
letting a pawn go – but it does develop some of black’s pieces here – hxg6 – hxg6
– you see the rook’s automatically developed on its initial square .. bishop
takes and now the King is getting a bit safer – Kd8 – it’s like two
principles of development are being ticked off here – king safety and piece
activity – development on the original square – they’ve been ticked off here
black seems to be getting a playable position – furthermore with the King
coming to c7 then that will mean the bishops is freer – the safeguard of b7 – we
see Bf4 Kc7 and how can we say now that white is better –
it seems that black is actually doing okay … if there’s no real concrete threats
and this is the thing about chess concrete threats and not just the way
position looks it is often more important. What concrete threats does white have ?! White plays Ng5 offering an exchange of rooks – Nakamura takes this
rook – Queen takes and now a concrete threat Bh6 hitting g5 and threatening
white with structural damage – if the knight moves Bxf4 (doubling pawns) – so
the Queen just protects g5 and we see now Bd7 – that’s made possible as
the King’s protecting b7 – the rook is now active – Bishop goes to d3 and now we see Nd5 threatening things like taking or Nc3 to hit the rook. White
has weaknesses – losing that b2 pawn – that c3 square is weak – the knight is still
pinned – we see Ne6+ which is a trade of that Knight for this Bishop.
Bxe6 Bxh6 takes but now Nc3 hitting the rook. The rook goes
to a1 and now we see Qb4 which threatens things like Qb2 – also
pinned the pawn so c5 might also be interesting later – Kf1 – letting that
pawn go – it was very difficult to do anything about that pawn in the light of
Qb2 – the King is actually letting the rook potentially come to e1 – it’s a
bit of a tricky position to handle after Qb2 – the rook has got e1 now
But it’s let the a2 pawn go which creates basically an automatic threat –
a long-term threat of this ‘a’ pawn that’s greedy –
basically Black’s got a passed ‘a’ pawn here. Also the Knight has been hit as well by the way so actually Rd1 protecting the
knight is played – Nc3 hitting the rook again. Re1 – this is very
annoying now Nakamura takes on h6 – okay he
moves the bishop now so the ‘a’ pawn is ready to run and this pawn you might
think – Can we at least try and attack this one?! It’s not really worth it here
there’s an extra attack on the knight. If Qg7 black just can continue with a5
not caring about you e7 because there’s Nd5 hitting the Queen and hitting
d2 so that’s not even a vulnerable pawn – the e7 pawn here – so white plays f3 and
black makes his intention clear – a5 just try and Queen the pawn – Kf2 a4
Qg5 – white seems helpless and with this move has conceded a weakness
of the last move – that h8 square – which black takes up – The rook doesn’t
necessarily need to be behind the pawn here
Rh2+ is a very tasty threat now – Qg3 defending against Rh2 – Nd5 hitting the knight on d2 – Rd1 and now we see a very powerful move c5. White’s center is being torn apart with this move
if dxc5 is played then Qxc5 is very tasty looking on e3
Nc4 maybe we can just kick the knight with b5 for example. So black seems to be in a very commanding position here with the passed ‘a’ pawn – huge central
pressure – great pieces – there are no bad pieces Bc4 was played
another concrete threat – Nc3 hitting the rook – Re1 and now b5 and
white had enough of this game – the center is crumbling here at minimum – the bishop hasn’t got any great squares here d5 is covered by the knight. On Bf7 there’s just
for example cxd4 looks good white’s center just crumbling. Black has still got the ‘a’ pawn. White resigned here so this is arguably one of
Nakamura’s most outrageous openings that I’ve personally seen – must be in the top
10 or top 5 at least – if not the most outrageous of his modern Grandmaster level games – what an opening! – What do you think about this game?! Comments or questions on YouTube thanks very much

100 thoughts on “Chess Super GM || Hikaru Nakamura’s most outrageous chess opening! || Tradewise Gibraltar 2015 Rd 1

  1. Nakamura would never play like this against a 2700 rated player … it just shows that he though much about his opponent.

  2. Nakamura gave us a real show in this game. Credit to him for that. He really is an entertaining player. I would have liked you to show some more alternative move suggestions for white, Kingscrusher. In any case, thank you for the nice video 🙂 

  3. my name is steve mizzi i got my fide rating of 1424 I'm 14 its my first one and i only started playing 5 months ago is this good ?

  4. Black plays possum (feigns passivity) with queen moves while luring white to overextend and open up the position. Black's pieces spring to life and demolish the overextended white forces. e.g. Ali's Rope a Dope. ha!  TY for posting.

  5. I am happy that watching a chess game like this makes me so giddy and happy.  What a wonderful game that we get to witness moments like this.  Naka is awesome, he must be doing this knowing that it will entertain those of us who actually care.

  6. Even a 2300 rated player should have known to punish basic chess principles ignored. I would have and i'm 1772 rated. Fortune favours the brave! Nice video!

  7. I love the way the little queen move at 10:45 threatens b2, pins the e-pawn, stops the d-pawn, and keeps the option open for a pin on the knight or discovered check. It's the strongest square for the queen to be on.

    It's the kind of subtle move that a strong player makes. Don't limit your queen's influence if it's not necessary. A dummy like me would probably have just focused on getting the queen to b2 and moved Qa3, then gone and watched Forrest Gump or something.

    Although I probably already would have pushed my d-pawn to d5 already and lost as well.

    Great video, by the way. You do really great work.

  8. Many GM's go through the same thing that Naka has gone through.  They get to a point where they realize they can destroy weaker opponents with aggressively unsound (and therefore non-theoretical) play.  Then they bump into GM opponents and get promptly spanked.  He used this against her because he knew she probably wasn't prepared for it and wanted to take her out of theory early on.

    Not that I didn't thoroughly enjoy this game!

  9. Thanks for all your "likes" on this one – it was a fun game by Nakamura – and one of the reasons he is my favourite Super-GM right now! Cheers, K

  10. Really weird skuril opening, but it looks like black had a computer preparation, because he really play all the computer moves after move move 13.

  11. Yawn… do u really think u are that interesting? Bla bla bla b
    Bbla? "Oh hear my perfect English.." bla bla bla… u know what? Trucks falling over the highway on Friday night an" blocking the traffic (17:56) are more entertaining…" (condendsationing is the word…) or: " Keep it amshormmmm…. ( i fel

  12. May be instead of g4, white could have played Ne2, g3, Bg2 and 0-0. I find it more interesting why white couldn't take advantage of obvious ill-principled play. Why mimic the inability to castle on the other side ? Why not develop even more fiercely and gain a space advantage that way ?

  13. thank you for covering this game. truly outrageous indeed! And it's brilliant! I'm a lover of the Dutch myself, and to see such a fantastic game played with it makes me quite happy. 🙂
    cheers mate!

  14. Never played much chess, because loosing to someone meant he was the smarter. This game described caught my attention and I had to see it through. If I see more I may may end up beating my kids in this game.

  15. This is great. I developed a black opening a lot like this in the early 90s, although my version tended to develop the King's knight first and then the queen, depending on White's response. It was good enough to trounce the Chessmaster 3000, which was the best off-the-shelf Chess AI of the day, and of course, any fellow hobbyists I ran across.

    Seeing an actual GM pull off a more refined version 20+ years later feels like vindication that I knew what I was doing.

    Liked & subscribed.

  16. ja thats why I like Naka.! whats theory.!? for get the openings.! lets play chess.!..make best moves than your opponent.!

  17. The rules of chess don't apply to Nakamura! But that's because he is so deep tactically. Kids, don't try this at home!

  18. I wouldn't try it in a blitz. It looks doubtful as to how black can win or defend against developed pieces…

  19. At 11:00 why doesn't white play Nb3 instead of Kf1?  Nb3 would protect the rook and the a2 pawn would still be protected

  20. I watched this game live, the commentators were so nervous, is he going to lose, what is he doing, he kept leaving the board, spectating GMs and WGMS were walking around during their own games, huddling over this one, and every one thought he was losing until Kc7.

  21. If you are a Dutch player you need to be ready for all of these tricky White anti-Dutch systems since they have real dangers. But if you DO know how to meet them they are basically harmless and lead to many unusual but still dynamically equal positions. Black needs to keep his thinking outside the box and not castle too quickly or in some instances not at all depending on what White does. Play can frequently revolve around White attempting to exploit the weak white squares around Black's k-side. The Hopton is rare at top levels of chess for a reason and that reason is it doesn't work against a prepared opponent. Note: Korchnoi also used similar systems but went with an early h3 in combination with g4 to disrupt Black's setup.

  22. It was his opponent's failure, not Naka's success. All of a sudden white goes defensive. What the heck?! My experience tell me to not lose my patience and manners when someone throws me appealing weaknesses, esp. about his/her king. Just play the way you would play if they had started the usual way. The weakness they have voluntarily created will eventually get them in trouble. Most exotic defences end up winning games because the attacker is in the mood "Oh, he/she played 1… a6?? I have to mate in 20 moves!"

  23. it always seems so logic when good people analyse it I'm like yeah sure yeah sure ofc ofc ofc but when I actually play it's more like WHAT? DAMN NO NO NO DAMN! SHIEEEEEEEET!


  24. I find it so fascinating that in almost every game you will find masters doing what noobs normally do. Doesn't matter whether it is video games or chess. But for some reason the gamesense they've gathered will beat every theory. On the expert level the power of inconvenience somehow gains so much power!

  25. Looks like classic opening theory thrown out the window with a deceiving and almost questionable lone Queen. I never would have guessed Grandmaster to do such a thing.

  26. Also it may be possible for QxA2 if a retreat to D5 is considered however the Queen may be threatened now by pawn in E and perhaps Queen retreats to under black bishop at G6. All a very spooky opening to be sure.

  27. I remember during school:
    I was once losing to my mate with less than half of my pieces left and he with almost all of them… i won. It was hilarious.
    With cheats on i lost to him around 3 times, without cheats i just lost to him 1 time. We played in that time around 35 games of chess.
    In the school tournaments i never lost one game. It was 3 games, if you win 2 you pass, i humiliated my enemies by manufacturing an army of queens whilst they always had only their king left. I know this could backfire.
    In the finals it was only one game, so we had more pressure on us, i accidentally made a mistake at the end and it was a draw, and i was not even preparing to humiliate him (they all said it was my win, the teacher said nothing, even my opponent said i won, but i said: rules are rules, so lets have another match)… So, in the next round i destroyed him and humiliated him like i did to the others! 😀
    One of my best tricks is to sacrifice the Queen, most players i met only knew how to use the Queen, so i made an opening, i knew they would not attack my Queen because they would lose theirs and thought the same about me, wrong, i instantly send my Queen in and killed her, then he took mine. After killing the Queen most of them are easy to defeat. I really want to play against teachers, they seem like a real challenge in my school…
    Of course, on the internet i would get destroyed by those Chess masters… 😛 I'm still a newbie in Chess.

  28. Was this a bullet game (game in 1 minute)? If not, maybe his computer came up with this opening, so he decided to give it a try. Amazing comeback from a really poor-looking opening. I especially love the way he walked his king over to the queenside.

  29. there is a lesson in here somewhere… 🙂 maybe development does not necessarily mean placing your pieces forward…maybe it can also mean opening files and diagonals for them to operate on the incoming enemies from where they are sitting 🙂

  30. hikaru wouldnt try this against a player with a similar skill level to him but against a weaker player why not have some fun lol

  31. difficult to plan for battles of this nature, too fluid…..I became a better player as a beginner when I simply ignored all the books and theories and simply played tactfully. Does that make sense ? I'm playing right around 800 as a ranking.

  32. I have a question for you kingcrusher. When you play do you think this deeply about the moves similar to the videos? or is it a little less analytical since you are pressured by time?

  33. As fun as this opening seems, Hikaru should have lost this. After 15. Bxf6 instead of Bf4 I think the game should be won for white no matter how cheeky the ideas for Nakamura

  34. i wonder if he was able to foresee this positional superiority while he was fooling around with his queen at the start. It doesn't look logical but then again, he is a gm and who am i to judge….

  35. Thanks for this Kingcrusher! I have played this as black, but 4…d5 would also be a sensible alternative. What transpired in this gane bears some resemblance to the style of a certain M Surtees (who I played recently). Think the Dutch has much depth to offer yet to be discovered. Keep up the fine posts!

  36. I like this guy. "Two aspects of development have been TICK OFF now." "King safety has been ticked off, rook activity has been ticked off."

  37. I love your vids but you make some annoying mouth sounds, the smacking, sighing etc. Makes me cringe every time 🙁

  38. A fascinating, almost poetic example of tactics in the opening. Black's seemingly crazy disregard for development is compensated by deep trappy threats. The game for me hinges on Naka's familiarity/instincts with poison pawn situations. He obviously knows that stuff well enough not only to tiptoe out of trouble, but gain advantage too. It's always worth considering eating a poison pawn – if you can get away with it, you often inherit half the board to paddle around in. It isn't really about snaffling material, it's more about a powerful middle/endgame positional advantage. Don't forget that the poison pawn is a gambit, and gambits by their nature can be refuted.
    So we got one of those classic "anti-clockwise" games. White's shove on the QS just wasn't co-ordinated enough to counter the other side of the wheel. Eventually black does develop, almost by stealth, into a far better positional setup, tactics bristling everywhere.
    Instructive – white does follow good practice by not immediately trying to punish dubious moves, just getting the lead in development. But then she ain't playing a Duke at the opera here… Very interesting psychologically too. When you're playing one of the best in the world and they push out weird moves, I can understand why it would incline you to cautious orthodoxy. Which can result in passive planlessness. Against a stronger player, you don't say: here I am, come and have a go at me. They will and you'll lose.
    Even if you're good enough to trade them into an endgame, they'll usually outplay you, with or without an obvious advantage. I've always felt that the difference between a very good player and a really good player is endgame experience. Never mind the ability to win with 10s on your clock, it enriches every other part of your game.
    Thanks for sharing. This one's a keeper.

  39. It is Cheeky, But he didn't over extend his pawns early with all the Queen moves. Aside from the really cheeky Dutch opening.

  40. This was extremely entertaining. Probably the most entertaining thing I've ever seen! Loved this video. Nakamura looks done after 5th move!!! lol thanks for posting such a great video.

  41. Replayable game link:
    Join me or other Youtubers for a game: – Cheers, K

  42. He was rated much higher then her so in his mind he said I can play fun and crazy and I still might win. I would get bored of chess if all I was forced to play was the perfect moves. Back in the day chess matches were crazy like two ninjas on crystal meth going at it now they are like watching a computer play.

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