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Re: Nakamura and the Rat
Reply #7 - 06/03/09 at 04:33:39
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To update: Nakamura played another Modern/Rat/Robatsch at the French league in Rd 10 against GM Robert Fontaine. and won. You use the chessviewer at the site to watch the game: http://www.europe-echecs.com/actualites/actualites-evry-grand-roque-au-top-1807.....

Nakamura blogs (http://www.hikarunakamura.com/main/Blog/tabid/57/EntryID/67/Default.aspx) on his French campaign but again, he resorts to slightly intemperate language:
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"I got a bit of a break in the third round when I was Black against GM Robert Fontaine instead of the much stronger Vladislav Tkachiev. Before the game, our team captain Arnaud Hauchard said that Fontaine would play to draw, so I simply needed to play solidly. Although I assumed that Fontaine was probably a little scared of me, I did not expect him to play for a draw from move 1! After the first ten moves in the modern, I achieved clear equality and he started to go wrong pretty much instantly from moves 11-15. After this, it was simply a matter of technique and I was able to convert a relatively straight forward endgame. "


Fascinating!
  

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Re: Nakamura and the Rat
Reply #6 - 05/11/09 at 02:00:11
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It looks like the name Robatsch in this context has been forgotten. This master was the first to play 1...g6; 2...Bg7; and 3...d6; on a regular base - more than 50 years ago.
  

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Re: Nakamura and the Rat
Reply #5 - 05/11/09 at 01:49:44
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To clarify, I think (if I am not mistaken) that The Rat refers to what is known in England as the Modern (courtesy of keen and Botterill's 1970s book). One colourful descrition in Chessgames forum on Suttles page explains this as Black's dark-sq bishop (the rat) scurrying around looking for holes etc.

Of course, the Rat/Modern has several important lines/systems after the first few moves (...g6, ...bg7, ...d6). There (from memory) is ...c6, ...Nc6 and ...a6 systems. The ...a6 system is now linked with Tiger Hillarp-Persson due to the popularity of his book but of course was played by others before him. I think Norwood recommends ...c6 system. Cannot remember what is Davies system in his recent book. There is another book by Speelman et al. Will double-check when I get home as I am at work now.
  

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Re: Nakamura and the Rat
Reply #4 - 05/10/09 at 03:40:13
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If 1...g6/2...Bg7/3...d6/4...a6 composes the "Rat", then in my only tournament game with it I drew FM Adamson, after being better during most of the game, and missing a win in the ending.

It definitely takes a different type of mentality to play it well, but I was happy with it my first time out. I actually only played it because he knew exactly what lines I preferred as black.
  

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Re: Nakamura and the Rat
Reply #3 - 05/09/09 at 10:59:11
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@ Bibs, yes, maybe a bit OTT in my description but from what I read on his own blog, there is some resentment for non-forthcoming of invitations to elite tournaments. There was also the bit of blow-up re the title of the youngest to achieve the title master in the US ... But I have not met him personally and I am sure he is a very nice guy.

I am interested in your game with Nakamura. Is it in any database? TWIC? if not, do you mind posting the game? Or PM me the game? Much obliged.

Re Rat, just thought it sounded much more sharp (and tough) than just the Modern. Was reading comments on Suttles in Chessgames and I understand it was Keene who baptised it the Modern.
  

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Re: Nakamura and the Rat
Reply #2 - 05/08/09 at 12:26:28
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I don't know how others GM's calculate but I have seen Naka in a post mortem here in Barcelona and..., wow! Since then I know where I am.

  

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Re: Nakamura and the Rat
Reply #1 - 05/08/09 at 08:11:12
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I do not really consider Nakamura a maverick or to have a chip on his shoulder. An affable young fellow who just happens to be rather good at chess.

Dont really follow his play, but he played it against me in Tokyo two years back. A squash naturally.

I thought only Canadians who were active in the 70s called it The Rat?! Suttles, Piasetski et al. 'Modern' for the rest of the world surely.

Thanks for the game and the link. Interesting battle.
  
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Nakamura and the Rat
05/08/09 at 06:05:18
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Has anyone noticed that GM Hikaru Nakamura is playing the Rat (the Modern) regularly recently or has he played this for some time (and I have been missing stuff??)? I know he played the "famous" 2 Qh5 ......

At the recent French League Rd 7, Nakamura essayed the Rat against GM Alexsander Delchev and in my novice eyes', the game is a real wild high-tension game with a race between White's passed pawn at b7 supported by 2 rooks and Black's passed e and f pawns. (Perhaps him playing poker at the Foxwoods has something to do this, eh?/ (see his blog entry: http://www.hikarunakamura.com/main/Blog/tabid/57/EntryID/54/Default.aspx)

1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Be3 Bg7 4.Nc3 a6 5.f4!? b5 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.e5 c5!? 9.Be4 Qc8 10.Bxb7 Qxb7 11.dxc5 dxe5!? 12.Qd5! Qxd5 13.Nxd5 Rc8 14.Nb6 Nxb6 15.cxb6 Nf6 16.0-0-0 Ng4 17.b7 Rb8 18.Bb6 f6 19.Rd8 Kf7 20.Rd7 Bh6! 21.g3 exf4 22.Kb1 Ne5! 23.Nxe5 fxe5 24.Ba7!? Ke6 25.Rhd1 f3! 26.Rc7 e4 27.Rdd7 Rhe8 28.a3 Bg5! 29.h4 e3! 30.Bxb8 f2 31.Ba7 f1=Q+ 32.Ka2 e2 0-1

Nakamura annotates his game at his blog: http://www.hikarunakamura.com/main/Blog/tabid/57/EntryID/57/Default.aspx

I haven't fully gone through Nakamura's annotations but I was interested in the position reached after 10...Qxb7 (having read this in Tiger's Modern when preparing for a game). Here Whites plays 11 dxc5. What would you play? Take the e5-pawn or the c5-pawn? Nakamura mentions that GM Finkel recommends 11...dxc5 however Nakamura gives following variation, 12 Qd5 Qxd5 13.Nxd5 Rc8 14.0-0-0 Nh6 15.Rhe1, as giving White a big advantage. So Nakamura plasy 11...dxe5. In Tiger's Modern, Tiger recommends the same, in fact, he says as a general rule of thumb, Black should take the e5 pawn. Tiger gives the following variation follwing 11...dxc5: 12 a4 b4 13 Qd5 Rb8 14 Qxb7 Rxb7 15 Ne4, and Blacks has a static position (Tiger).

His conclusion: "Overall I am still quite unsure about this game as it seems to be very confusing. At the start I thought I was in a lot of trouble, but after I got in 23...Ne5 I thought that I would at least draw if not more. Therefore, the ultimate conclusion which I come to is that more analysis is needed before a conclusive evaluation can be reached in this theoretical variation of the modern."

Does anyone agrees that mavericks outsiders with a chip on their shoulder are attracted to the Rat and its "flexible" play? (I read on Chessgames that Suttles and IM Lawrence Day proposed "flexibility" as the 4th element in addition to time, material, space. It is closely connected to dynamicism.)

This game inspired me to seriously think again about purchasing Chess on the Edge (Suttles game collection) but at AUD150, it is expensive. sigh!! It is a toss-up between Suttles and ChessPub subscription.

Thus far, I have lost all my games with Black essaying the Rat (nearly won one but then it is the same story as with anglers and the one that got away!).

BTW, Nakamura is playing in the US Championships in which Rd1  begins today (US time 2 pm). Any more Rats?
  

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