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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