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After two years of absence from classical chess, Hikaru Nakamura managed to make a perfect comeback, implementing rich ideas in his games and keeping his realization technique at a high level. This week’s game demonstrates the following chess concepts:
- Sometimes, non-standard playing requires a non-standard response. Standard and template-like moves might lead to a worse position that could be indefensible.
- Opposite-colored bishops strengthen the attack for the side having the better king (You might have heard this advice before, and probably from us. Repetitio mater studiorum est (Repetition is the mother of all learning.))
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Please note that Game of the Week will cover games played from Saturday to Saturday of each week, and any games played on Sunday will go to the next week. See you next Sunday!
GM Ulvi Bajarani
Edited by Della Almind