Jul 142016

Despite being touted as a potential World Champion, Hikaru Nakamura has had one obvious obstacle to this goal. Magnus Carlsen. He has an awful score against the current World Champion, failing to defeat him in the 30 games they have played at long time controls. This run included 12 losses, and was the most compelling evidence against Nakamru’s title ambitions.
But Nakamrua finally put a dent in this argument, by beating Carlsen in the first round of the Bilbao Masters. Carlsen played the middle game with a certain disregard forking safety, and it came back to bite him as Nakamura was able to exploit a pin down the g file to grab a big advantage. Even then there was a chance that Nakamura might throw it all away (as he has done in the past) but he kept up the pressure and Carlsen resigned when facing a forced checkmate.

Carlsen,Magnus (2855) – Nakamura,Hikaru (2787) [B20]
9th Masters Final 2016 Bilbao ESP (1.2), 13.07.2016 new PgnViewer( { boardName: “game602”, movesFormat: “default”, pgnString:’1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 d6 3.Nbc3 a6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nf6 8.O-O O-O 9.b3 Nc6 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bb2 Qa5 12.Na4 Bg4 13.Qe1 Qh5 14.f3 Bh3 15.g4 Qh6 16.Rd1 g5 17.Bc1 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Qg6 19.h4 gxh4 20.Qxh4 d5 21.g5 dxe4 22.f4 e6 23.c4 Rfd8 24.Rde1 Ne8 25.Nc5 Nd6 26.Qf2 f5 27.Bb2 Nf7 28.Bxg7 Kxg7 29.Qg3 Rd6 30.Rd1 Rad8 31.Rxd6 Rxd6 32.Qc3+ Kg8 33.Rf2 Qh5 34.Qh3 Qd1 35.Qe3 e5 36.Qg3 Rg6 37.Kh2 exf4 38.Qxf4 Qh5+ 39.Kg1 Qd1+ 40.Kh2 Qh5+ 41.Kg1 Nxg5 42.Qb8+ Kg7 43.Qe5+ Kh6 44.Qf4 Qd1+ 45.Kh2 Qd4 46.b4 Kg7 47.Qc7+ Kh8 48.Qc8+ Rg8 49.Qxf5 Nf3+ 50.Kh3 Qd6 0-1′, pauseBetweenMoves: 500, pieceSize: 29 } );

One in a row for Nakamura
Source: Chessexpress