Daniel King analyses Eljanov's win over Nakamura

by Johannes Fischer
9/24/2015 – Pavel Eljanov's win against Hikaru Nakamura was the only decisive game of the first round of the quarterfinals in Baku. Now Eljanov needs only a draw in his second game with Nakamura to advance to the semifinals. With 8.0/9 from his classical games in Baku Eljanov is also close to a historical record. Daniel King takes a look at this crucial game.

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World Cup

10th September – 5th October

Baku, Azerbaijan

Follow round two of the quarterfinals live on playchess.com...

Daniel King's video analysis of Eljanov-Nakamura

Eljanov's performance in Baku inspired Lawrence Trent, Manager of Fabiano Caruana, to some wordplay on twitter:

A fitting name. With his win against Nakamura Pavel Eljanov climbs to a rating of 2750.1 and is now the number 15 in the list of live-ratings. At the World Cup in Baku Eljanov so far has scored 8.0/9 from his classical games and played an elo-performance of 3060 - the second-best elo-performance of all times as chess journalist Stefan Löffler pointed out on twitter. Only Fabiano Caruana's 3080 performance at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis 2014 was better.

Round five pairings

Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Peter Svidler (RUS) 2727
½
-
               
Wei Yi (CHN) 2734
½
-
               
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Anish Giri (NED) 2793
½
-
               
M. Vachier-Lagrave 2744
½
-
               
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2814
0
-
               
Pavel Eljanov (UKR) 2717
1
-
               
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
S. Mamedyarov (AZE) 2736
½
-
               
Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2762
½
-
               

Daniel King: Mr. Powerplay

Daniel King during a visit in Hamburg

Grandmaster Daniel King has been a professional chess player for more than 20 years and has represented his country in numerous competitions, amongst others in the historic win by the English over the Soviet Union in 1990 in Reykjavik. King is the author of more than 15 chess books and has wealth of experience as a trainer, assisting many of England’s leading players. He is also well known for his broadcasting on TV, radio and the internet, commentating major chess events. To the delight of chess fans worldwide, he hosts his monthly "Powerplay" show on the world's largest chess server, Playchess.com. He contributes to ChessBase Magazine, with the popular column "Move by Move". King has also produced the highly praised PowerPlay DVD series for ChessBase. King lives in London.

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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truthadjustr truthadjustr 9/24/2015 08:23
i spent my childhood surrounded with chess friends, and then they started to create chess clubs. They meet a foreigner sponsor who gave them budget for the club. But then, they suck their own sponsor until the club dissolved. And when I look up at international settings, its all the same. The chess player mind needs a psychological check-up. If suspicion of cheating, then no harsh/disruptive action should be done until a proof is found. Take the case of Mihaela Sandu there was no proof. That's how the real world works, you cannot harass until you have proof. Suspicion alone is never enough. Even statistics, is not convincing. A real physical device and how it works should be presented. For example, what would you say if I say to you that preparation before a game starts, is cheating since you are memorizing the variations. In this lines, all chess players are cheats, and Bobby Fischer would be right.
Aighearach Aighearach 9/24/2015 07:38
Odd to have only a video, and no text. The odd part is that the nature of chess analysis is entirely based on words. I'd have enjoyed his analysis.

ChrisNorton, thank you for bringing up this issue. False accusations are the scourge of modern chess. I hope you get ejected from the internet! lol Even in a situation like this, a knock-out tournament where if you win the first game, your op will smash themselves against the ramparts in the second game, and so you expect to have some extreme results like this... "that guy" is still going to say something nasty, because he's always used to cheating and bullying. Winning, and you're not the guy he's rooting for? Very suspicious. Chess players do it too, not just kibitzers who don't play; Not the player's expected rival, but you scored an upset? Must be suspicious! No, it must be a false accusation, and it is only going to get worse until people start getting booted from events for it.
FreakyPawn FreakyPawn 9/24/2015 06:53
As to Chris Norton´s comment. Do you mean there is cheating involved? What do you mean? Eljanov is not an amateur who got lucky. This type of performance of a 2700 player is not unheard of. His preparation is phenomenal and he has been playing very well. The format is working on his favor.
ChrisNorton ChrisNorton 9/24/2015 05:25
I find Eljanov's performance a little bit suspicious, does anyone else agree?
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