The Paris Chess Grand Prix witnessed four decisive games in Round 3. One of these games was the full-of-fireworks Hikaru Nakamura – Etienne Bacrot 1-0. Black played 12…c5 and after 13.Bxc4! dxc4 14.d5! saw himself forced to sacrifice a piece with 14…Nxd5 15.0-0-0 Qa5. Although optically speaking he seemed to get some play, both of the players agreed it should not be enough. Bacrot summed it up very clearly ‘I played bad’, writes WGM Alina l’Ami on the official site where you can watch a live replay of the games.

Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) – Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)

Result: 1-0
Site: Paris
Date: 2013.09.24
[…] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♗e7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.♗f4 c6 6.e3 ♗f5 7.g4 ♗e6 8.h4 ♘d7 9.♗g3 ♘gf6 10.f3 ♘b6 11.♗d3 ♘c4 12.♕e2 c5
12…♕b6 13.♗xc4 dxc4 14.♘h3 ♘d5 15.♘g5 ♗d7 16.O-O O-O 17.♖ae1 h6 18.♘ge4 ♕b4 19.a3 ♕b3 20.♘d6 (0:00:06) 12.Qe2
12…O-O 13.♘h3 ♕b6 14.♗xc4 dxc4 15.♘f4 ♘d5 16.♘xe6 fxe6 17.O-O c5 18.♖ad1 ♖ad8 19.♗e5 cxd4 20.♗xd4 ♘xc3 21.bxc3 ♕c7 22.h5 (0:00:06) 12.Qe2
13.♗xc4 dxc4 14.d5 ♘xd5 15.O-O-O ♕a5 16.♘xd5 ♗xd5 17.♖xd5 ♕xa2 18.♕c2 c3 19.b3 ♕a1+ 20.♕b1 ♕a6 21.♖h2 O-O 22.♖a2 ♕b5 23.♘e2 ♖fd8 24.♖xd8+ ♖xd8 25.♗e1 c4 26.♘xc3 ♕b6 27.♕e4 cxb3 28.♖d2 ♖xd2 29.♗xd2 ♗f8 30.♕d5 ♕b4 31.♕b5 ♕a3+ 32.♔b1 a6 33.♕xb7 ♕d6 34.♕d5 ♕h2 35.h5