before Carlsen and Nakamura face off again tomorrow in rapid for MCI finals, here's a recent high-stakes blitz game they played at the December 30th World Blitz Championship :
14. ♗a6 White will gain access to c-file if the light squared bishops are exchanged.
17. ♕f3 White wants to gain access to c6 and c7 squares with knights and rooks being more active than their counterparts.
17... ♕a6 the first mistake by Nakamura. Black queens is targetting a2 but white pieces are centralized. it was better to play 17..Nd5 or even exchange Queens
20. ♖d3 Idea was Ra3 capturing the queen
20... b5 this was the best try as it blocks the c4 square which could be used for a rook lift by White. 21. ♘d6 ♕xb2 22. ♖b1 (22. g5 ♘d5 23. ♘xf7+ ♖xf7 24. ♕xf7 ♖f8 ) 22... ♕c3 23. g5 ♘d5 24. ♖bc1 ♕b2
23. ♖c4 Rook lift with tempo: very precise play by Carlsen
24... ♘d7 25. ♖h4 Black pieces are not coordinated and White is mounting a crushing attack against the king. Nakamura grabbed a pawn on the queenside but paid to high of a price as his pieces were not yet developed
26... ♖xf7 27. ♕xf7 ♕e2 28. ♖xd7 ♘xd7 29. ♕xd7 ♖f8 30. ♖f4 and there is no perpetual for Black. Nakamura resigned and Carlsen wins the Blitz World Championship in 2019, after winning the World Rapid few days ago. The Classical World Chess Champion is #1 in all speeds: regular, rapid and blitz. Even Garry Kasparov didn't manage to be so dominant.
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