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Jon Ludvig Hammer vs Vahap Sanal
13th Dubai Open (2011), Dubai UAE, rd 1, Apr-10
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  0-1


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  wordfunph: what do you expect when a 2606 GM plays a 2200 player? 1-0 of course but this game may be one of the greatest upsets in chess history..

0-1 by Sanal against GM Hammer!

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  FSR: <wordfunph: ... this game may be one of the greatest upsets in chess history..>

Don't forget Fischer vs C Munoz, 1960. In a tournament I directed about 30 years ago, there were a much bigger upset (about 1000 points difference) Mario Spinosa (1298)-Ove Kroll (about 2300), 1-0.

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  FSR: I was thinking that White should have played 39.Rxb2, but then I saw 39...Ne4! Ouch.
Apr-17-11  pulsar: A huge upset, it's not everyday a GM of Hammer's caliber gets totally outplayed like this. And Sanal is just 12 years old! (
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  FSR: <pulsar> These prodigies never cease to amaze me. And make me feel kind of stupid, too. Here I'm four times this kid's age, and he could probably mop the floor with me.
Apr-18-11  pulsar: <FSR> I share the feeling, we're not alone. If that's any relief.
May-10-11  ReikiMaster: 23.Rb1 looks equal but that of course was not what JL wanted...
Sep-14-11  Whitehat1963: Wow! Huge upset for my collection!
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  OhioChessFan: "Sanal What?"
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