|May-10-09|| ||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|
|May-10-09|| ||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.|
|May-10-09|| ||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 http://main.uschess.org/forums/view...|
|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)
|May-10-09|| ||parmetd: ***IMPORTANT***
this score sheet is INCORRECT.
25... a6 26. a4 was playhed.
I was live on site.
|May-11-09|| ||stoy: The current game scoresheet is correct. Thank you all!|