The Eye of Sauron

“Starting to realize that I am the only person who is going to be able to stop Sauron in the context of chess history.” – Hikaru Nakamura

Round 3. Zurich. The #1 American vs the World Champion. Current position:

Nakamura - Carlsen Zurich Rd 3

 

As you can see from the graph, at one point Nakamura was up +5 according to the engines. Carlsen’s queen had nothing she could do but shuffle between b6 and g6, as Nakamura’s pawns and pieces bore down on the kingside. But after failing to find the best move, Hikaru is now facing a difficult, if not losing, endgame with a knight vs 5 pawns.

Live game link.

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