14.hxg6 What should Black play?

The seventh round at the Paris Grand Prix 2013 had Hikaru Nakamura beat Fabiano Caruana easily thanks to a horrible blunder. In the position on the left, the critical line is 14…fxg6 15.g4!? which Nakamura described as ‘certainly playable’, where he undoubtedly had some ideas in mind. Caruana chose 14…hxg6 and after 15.Bxd4! Qxd4 16.Qe1 saw himself forced to give his queen and resigned shortly after. Also 15…Bxd4 16.Qh6 Qd6 17.Rxd4! Qxd4 18.Qh7+ Kf8 19.Qh8+ would have left Black a piece down and a lost position. Replay the game with Chess King.

Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) – Caruana, Fabiano (ITA)

Result: 1-0
Site: Paris
Date: 2013.09.29
[…] 1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 d5 4.cxd5 ♘xd5 5.e4 ♘b6 6.♘c3 ♗g7 7.♗e3 O-O 8.♕d2 ♘c6 9.O-O-O ♕d6 10.h4 ♖d8 11.♘b5 ♕d7 12.h5 a6 13.♘c3 ♘xd4 14.hxg6 but Caruana blundered now 14…hxg6
14…fxg6 15.g4 e5 16.♕h2 h6 17.♗xh6 ♗xh6+ 18.♕xh6 ♕g7 19.♕e3 ♗e6 20.♔b1 ♖f8 (0:01:21) 14.hxg6
15.♗xd4 ♕xd4 16.♕e1 What happens to Black’s Rook on d8? – losing in all ways now for Black 16…♕xd1+
16…c5 17.♖xd4 cxd4 18.♘d5 ♘xd5 19.exd5 ♗f5 20.♕xe7 ♖ac8+ 21.♔d1 ♖d7 22.♕g5 ♖c5 23.♕d2 ♗c2+ 24.♕xc2 ♖xc2 25.♔xc2 ♖xd5 26.♗d3 ♖a5 27.a3 ♖c5+ 28.♔d2 (0:01:00) 16.Qe1
16…e5 17.♔b1 ♖d6 18.♖xd4 exd4 19.♘d1 d3 20.f4 d2 21.♕h4 ♗e6 22.♘e2 ♘a4 23.f5 gxf5 24.e5 ♗xa2+ 25.♔xa2 ♖h6 26.♕xh6 ♗xh6 27.♖xh6 ♔g7 28.♖h4 (0:01:00) 16.Qe1
17.♘xd1 ♘a4 18.b3 ♘c5 19.e5 ♗f5 20.f4 a5 21.♘f3 a4 22.b4 ♘b3+ 23.axb3 a3 24.♕c3 e6 25.♘e3 a2 26.♕a1 ♗f8 27.♘xf5 gxf5 28.b5 c6 29.bxc6 ♖dc8 30.♗c4 ♖xc6 31.♘d4 ♖cc8 32.♔c2 ♗b4 33.g4 fxg4 34.f5