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Nick de Firmian vs Even Thingstad
Arctic Chess Challenge (2007), Tromso NOR, rd 1, Aug-04
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  0-1


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Aug-13-07  sharkbenjamin: Can you believe this!? A Grandmaster having a really bad tournament?!
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  chancho: Maybe DeFirmian is just yearning for those days of yore when he was a simple patzer.

(it is hard work to think like a Grandmaster 24/7 after all)

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  tpstar: This might be the second biggest upset in the database after M Fouts vs N Firman, 2003

See also Game Collection: Beat the Elite with Black which includes simultaneous events.

Aug-13-07  Karpova: 48...Qb3+ was a nice move and it's at least understandable that he missed it. Instead of 47.h=Q8?? Nick should have played:
47.Qb7+ Kc5 48.b4+ cxb4 49.Rc3+ Kd4 50.Qxb3 Ke5 (<50...Ke4 51.Qc2+ Ke5 52.Rc5+ Ke6 53.Qc4+ Ke7 54.Rc7+>) 51.Rd3 Qxd3 52.Qxd3 Rxd3 53.h=Q8 (<though it's not easy to win>)
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Any reasonably obvious move, like <47.Ka2> or <47.Qb7+> would win easily, but the most obvious of them all, <47.h8Q>, allowed 14-year old Thingstad a great swindle - after <47...Qd1+ 48.Ka2 Qb3+!> White had to resign in view of <49.Rxb3+ cxb3+ 50.Kb1 Rd1#>
Apr-09-08  Whitehat1963: Unfortunately, this one doesn't make my collection -- see tpstar's post above -- (white's Elo rating misses by a mere 60 points), but this has got to be a low point in DeFirmian's life.
Apr-09-08  Riverbeast: <this has got to be a low point in DeFirmian's life.>

Maybe not...I once watched Defirmian lose to a player lower rated than Thingstad, at a 30 minute tournament at the Marshall....But Defirmian had been out having a few drinks with Fedorowicz before the game.

My friend still couldn't believe he was beating the GM...Even in a dead won position, he was holding his head, rubbing his eyes, hovering his hand over the pieces and then retracting it nervously, like it was the most complicated struggle he had ever seen...DeFirmian was sitting there impassively the whole time

Apr-23-08  Whitehat1963: The way Things Stand at the end, white's rook and two queens are useless.

Okay, that was just waaay bad.

Oct-04-13  goodevans: Given the exciting finish and the punability of the names, I predict this to be a future GOTD.
Oct-04-13  goodevans: <Whitehat1963: The way Things Stand at the end, white's rook and two queens are useless. Okay, that was just waaay bad.>

"Thingstad Make You Go Hmmm..."

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