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Hikaru Nakamura vs John W Loyte
"No Loytering" (game of the day Mar-25-2006)
US Open (2001), Framingham, MA USA, rd 1, Aug-04
Scandinavian Defense: General (B01)  ·  1-0


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  kevin86: A lousy defense by black. After losing two pawns,he subjects his queen for a quick exchange-effectively ending all counterplay.
Mar-25-06  dakgootje: <A lousy defense by black.> a well, Loyte only has 1 game in the database, so probably wont be a master, and then he meets Nakamura... wouldnt expect him to defend good enough for a win or a draw i guess
Mar-25-06  letekro: John Loyte is a perennial A-player with a rating that fluctuates between 1800 and 1900. I beat him about 25 years ago when I was 10 years old and rated 1500 (he was an A-player then too). Hard to get too down on him for his performance against someone as strong as Nakamura.
Mar-25-06  midknightblue: I thought you needed to be Cute, female and engaged or married to someone important to qualify for the US open with a rating less than 1900.
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  Sneaky: <qualify for the US open> Qualify for an "open"??
Mar-25-06  letekro: John Loyte qualified for the US Open by bringing his checkbook and paying the entry fee.
Mar-25-06  suenteus po 147: The question is did Nakamura have to "qualify" for the US Open in 2001, or did he get an invite? How does that work?
Mar-25-06  letekro: My guess is that Nakamura "qualified" for the 2001 US Open by paying the entry fee.
Mar-25-06  Fan of Leko: Rather ordinary game except for 21. Bxh7, which is a neat combination.
Mar-25-06  midknightblue: Thx for the corrections guys! I made a stupid mistake. I was thinking of the us championships. oops. By the way, why do they have a "US open" in both tennis and golf, yet I never see my neighbor Bob competing in either. Is it simply that Bob doesn't have the cash to sign up?
Mar-25-06  AniamL: This game's way too complex for me. It looked awesome, though.
Mar-26-06  midknightblue: <Aniam> Don't try to sandbag us! We will not take your chess abilities so loytely!
Mar-26-06  AniamL: <midknightblue> You're lucky I've been on the John, or I'd have come up with a swift comeback!
Mar-26-06  letekro: <midknightblue> I think it's much easier to accomodate extra chessboards into a banquet hall than additional players onto a tennis court or golf course. Also, I don't think the US golf and tennis associations need to rely on the entry fees of other participants to pay out the prize funds (corporate sponsorships, tv deals, etc. presumably take care of that).
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  keypusher: <midknightblue> Good question. I think the <US Open> in golf got that name way back when to distinguish it from the US Amateur, from which professionals were excluded. But you still have to qualify, which is why you'll never see Bob paired up with Tiger Woods.
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  Jim Bartle: "Open" in all sports means it's open to all amateurs and professionals. Normally a certain number of players qualify for the draw automatically, while others have to go through a process of qualifying tournaments.

The US Tennis Championships (Forest Hills) became the US Open in 1968 when pros were allowed for the first time. (Yet then-amateur Arthur Ashe won.)

Mar-26-06  midknightblue: Thx guys. So what would I need to do qualify for the US open in tennis. Incidentally, I did play tennis in college, but I am well aware that I belong across the court from Roddick about as much as I belong across the board from Nakamura. Nevertheless, where would I start. I assume winning some United States Tennis Association Singles Tournaments in Hawaii, then playing a few National USTA tournaments would still not propel me (or Bob for that matter) towards a real spot in the US open.

PS Aniam - I liked your joke, although I had a delayed reaction. Once I *flushed* out the details, I thought it was hilarious.

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  Jim Bartle: They have a qualifying tournament, called "qualies," before the US Open, with I think eight spots open in the main draw. There are different ways to qualify for the qualies. Doing well in the tournaments you mention would get you into the qualies.
Apr-22-10  Shams: David Foster Wallace wrote a great essay on the qualifying tournaments. Doubt it's available online though.
Aug-10-10  sevenseaman: <Sneaky: qualify for the US open. Qualify for an "open"??> When the Americans gained independence after an intense struggle, they misplaced their English Dictionary. So they made one of their own from memory. 'open' is open but not to everyone. Some have work to do to open it.
Sep-14-10  sevenseaman: An apt pun, 31. Qf5+ leaves no loytering space for Black. Efficient disposal.
Jun-21-11  DrMAL: A favorite older Naka game he was only 13 and busy setting records at the time. Very creative choice of opening variation not necessarily best at higher levels but gets an immediate kingside attack.

His opponent starts off accurately but 7...Bg4 instead of Nc6 was then weak, with 8...Bh4 already a mistake (instead of 8...Bd7 retreating) and "H-bomb" proceeds to nuke him. The in-between move 11.Ne6 was perhaps an even bigger blast.

After 12...Bxg3 black's game is already lost, Naka's move order kept it simplest with 13.Rxf7 right away (again, 13.Qg4 first was probably even stronger, no matter).

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  perfidious: <letekro: John Loyte is a perennial A-player with a rating that fluctuates between 1800 and 1900....>

John was a very much a tactician, capable of great variance in his form: he could defeat stronger players in sharp positions as readily as he might lose to those who were weaker.

In the eighties, we played in the same club for a while, but somehow never met at the board.

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  morfishine: FWIW: Referencing the US Open (Golf), the USGA requires entrants carry a current handicap of 1.4 or less or verify they are a Professional Golfer with recent tournament results. Thus, the tournament is "open" to anybody meeting either of those criteria. I guess more accurate would be the US Semi-Open of Golf


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  Jim Bartle: Yes, the Open got its name to distinguish it from the US Amateur.

A player does have to meet certain standards to play in qualifying for the US Open (otherwise I could sign up and get to play four rounds at a great course for free, or cheap), but doesn't have to be a professional.

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