(1) Ivanchuk,V (2754) - Nakamura,Hi (2733) [C30]
Trophee CCAS KO Cap d'Agde FRA (3.1), 31.10.2010



1.e4 e5 2.f4
One can imagine the audience mentally rubbing their hands in glee as this appeared on the overhead displays: the first game of the final wasn't going to be some stodgy Queen's Gambit Declined, or other, but rather a romantic King's Gambit!

2...Nc6 3.Nf3 f5 4.d3
[4.exf5 e4 5.Ne5 Nxe5 6.fxe5 Qe7 7.Qh5+ Kd8 8.d4 exd3 9.Bxd3 Qxe5+ 10.Kd1 Nf6 11.Qf3 Bc5 12.Nc3 Qd4 13.Re1 Qf2 14.Qxf2 Bxf2 15.Re2 Bd4 16.Bg5 c6 17.Kd2 Re8 18.Rae1 Rxe2+ 19.Rxe2 d5 0-1 (56 moves) Fier,A (2590)-Hammer,J (2532)/ICC INT 2009/CBM 129 Extra]

4...d6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.g3 g6 7.Bg2 Bg7 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.Bg5 h6 10.Be3 0-0 11.0-0 fxe4 12.dxe4 Be6
Assuredly not what anyone had expected. Twelve moves and the position is almost perfectly symmetrical.

13.a3 Kh7 14.Kh1 a6 15.Bg1 Rf7 16.Qe2 Nd4 17.Qd3 Nxf3 18.Qxf3 Rd7 19.Rad1 Bg4 20.Rxd7 Bxf3 21.Rxd8 Bxg2+ 22.Kxg2 Rxd8 23.Be3 g5 24.h3 Kg6 25.g4 c6 26.Rf2 b5 27.Rd2 Rxd2+ 28.Bxd2 Bf8 29.Kf3 h5 30.Ne2 hxg4+ 31.hxg4 Nd7 32.Nc1 c5 33.Na2 Nb8?!
[33...c4! ]

34.c4! bxc4 35.Nc3 Nc6 36.Nd5 Nd4+ 37.Ke3 Kf7 38.Nb6 Ke6 39.Nxc4 Be7 40.Ba5 Nb5 41.Kd3 Nd6?? 42.Nxd6
[42.Nxd6 Kxd6 43.Kc4 Kc6 44.Bd2 Bf6 45.Be3 Be7 46.b3 a5 47.a4! and Black is in zugzwang and must lose a pawn and the game.] 1-0