Carlsen opens with 1. d4 and Nakamura responds with the Slav Defense. Carlsen plays an early exchange on d5 and play steers towards the Charousek Variation of the Queen’s Gambit. I was not extremely impressed with Nakamura’s choice of opening with black as Carlsen was able to gain an extremely rapid lead in development followed by a very solid position and finally mobile pawns in the center. Carlsen skillfully exploited a superior position by embarking on a surprisingly fast kingside attack, leading to an overwhelming position and Nakamura’s resignation in 38 moves.
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