1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 another game of Queen's Gambit. After a terrible lost on time, for sure Nakamura is today in a super agressive mood. We will see a fighting game until the end - without any doubt!
5... h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 b6 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Qb3 Be6 We are still in the theoretical part of the games. The positional evaluation is very little better for White, and of course Blacks position is very solid and safe. 11.Rc1 seems to be the main move here, but Nakamura includes 11.Qb3 Be6 and now 12.Rc1
12. Rc1 This position has never been tested now on a high level. I guess the idea of 11.Qb3 is a try of preventing Black from playing the logical c5. Now at 12...c5 White might try 13.Qa3!? and it is not so easy for Black to get out of the pin. In case Black would try to play 13...Nd7 14.Bb5! and White are doing clearly better. So probably 12...c5 13.Qa3 Rc8 should be the main, but we will see very soon what would be idea of Nakamura here, I guess that 12...c5 should be played anyhow by Black. So maybe first 12...Rc8 might be an option, but somehow it is looking a bit "unnatural"
12... Rc8 well, I am not very lucky in guessing moves, so 12...Rc8. Maybe now White could try to play 13.Ne5 ( threat is to play Nc6 with clearly better position) so 13...c5 will be almost forces and 14.Qa3 proving the opening idea, but it seems that Black might be equalizing after 14...Kf8! protecting the Queen on e7 and preparing the simple cxd4 after Which an equal endgame might arrive.
13. Bd3 a "waiting" move by Nakamura 13.Bd3. In my opinion now Black should be doing fine, maybe just an easy 14...a5 ( 14...Nd7 15.Ba6 might lead to a better position for White ) 15.O-O Nd7 and next Kf8 should give Black a confortable play
13... c5 14. Qa3 Kf8 14...Kf8! good move by Carlsen. now Black probably wants to play c4, which would lead to a please endgame for them
15. dxc5 not the greatest thing to do, but what else could White choose?! Black's threat c4 is very powerful.
15... bxc5 16. Bb5 only chance left. Instead 16. O-O Nd7 would give Black a comfotable play, Black's knight would find an exellent position on b6
16... Nd7 17. Bxd7 Bxd7 18. O-O The position is equal. Black could try now to equalize completly by playing 18...Bg4. White would have a choise of plying 19.Nd2 Rab8 - which would lead to a never better (drawish) position and 19.Rfd1 Bxf3 20.gxf3 Qd6 should lead in my opinion to position which is very close to a draw
18... a5 after a long thinking Carlsen decides to play 18...a5, which is of cours in general a good move, Black wants to put their pawn on a4, then to play Rab8 targetting the White b2 pawn, but White could try to be quick now and play 19.Rc3 followed by Rfc1. 19.Rc3 a4 20.Rfc1 c4 21.Qxe7 Kxe7 22. Nd4 Rcb8 and because of the weak pawn on b2 Black should manage to make a draw
19. Rfd1 Be6 Nakamura decided to include Rfd1-Be6 before playing Rc3, hard to say Why Blacks bishop should stand worse on e6 then on d7, but maybe Nakamura will show us why...
20. Rc3 a4 21. h3 Rab8 White are trying to get a minmal advantage. Idea is simple, to provoke Black into playing c4 move, then put their knigh to d4 and at some moment to play b3, exchange both rook and try to win position knight against bad Black bishop.
22. Rd2 And just as the games are going I have the following news coming, to the team of CE that has been commenting the whole tournament for you, we have a new additions - GM Miton and GM Ipatov. Stay tuned for the next edition:)
22... Rb4 23. Rdc2 c4 We have a bit funny position, Black arrested the White Queen on the square a3 where it has zero possible moves, but of course Black's position is not better. Only White can play for a win
24. b3 axb3 25. axb3 Rbb8 26. Qxe7+ Kxe7 27. bxc4 Rxc4 so after some exchanges, we reached the position, where White can try to play on a little, but objectivly speaking it will be most probably a draw...in best case White manage to get 4-3 pawns rook endgame which is of course draw as well
28. Nd2 Rxc3 29. Rxc3 d4 30. exd4 Rb4 31. Rd3 Kd6 32. Nf3 Bd5 33. Kh2 Be4 34. Ra3 f6 35. Ra6+ Ke7 36. Ra7+ Kf8 37. Rd7 Bc6 38. Rd6 Bxf3 39. gxf3 Ke7 40. Rd5 Ke6 41. Rd8 Ke7 42. Rd5 Ke6 43. Rd8 Ke7 And a draw was achieved. ½-½