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Boris Gulko vs Tyler Hughes
US Championship (2009), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 1, May-08
Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61)  ·  0-1


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  PhilFeeley: Interesting move 36...Rb3! What happens after 37. axb3 cxb3 38. Qxb3? How does black now win?
May-10-09  andrewleef1: according to Fritz, Rb3 is just a blunder. After axb3 the eval is +7.43
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  Peligroso Patzer: <andrewleef1: according to Fritz, [36. ...] Rb3 is just a blunder. After [37.] axb3 the eval is +7.43[.]>

So did both Gulko and Hughes (presumably both in severe time pressure) simply overlook that there was a White pawn on a2?

Is the game score correct?

May-10-09  Granny O Doul: No, of course it isn't.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Granny O Doul: No, of course it [the game score, as currently posted] isn't [correct].>

Do you know this for a fact?

Instances of astonishing mutual "chess blindness" do occur from time to time, even in games between very strong players. Because 36. ... Rb3 would have been played just a few moves before completing the first time control (at move 40), the possibility of mutual severe time pressure could be a factor. So, although an incorrect game score is a distinct possibility, I would not conclusively assume this explanation just because two consecutive moves were in the "??" category.

May-10-09  Granny O Doul: My confidence is based on the huge number of ridiculous moves that appeared in the "official" scores of the first round games.
May-10-09  justinbel: That A pawn wasn't there. Hughes said that in his interview. That score sheet is wrong.
May-10-09  Lutwidge: Almost certainly the a-pawn was at some (possibly much earlier) point moved to a4, with Black responding with ...a6 or the like.
May-10-09  clocked: I submitted the correct game score which can be found at
May-10-09  clocked: 14. e4 allows the possibility of Bxe4 or Nxe4

21...Nxd5 was possible

25 ... a6 26 a4 were played in the game, so,

35.f4 cannot be played (after Be5+) due to Nxf4 Nxf4 Rb3 (the pawn is not on a2)

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  parmetd: ***IMPORTANT***

this score sheet is INCORRECT.
25... a6 26. a4 was playhed.

I was live on site.

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  stoy: The current game scoresheet is correct. Thank you all!
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