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Zviad Izoria vs Hikaru Nakamura
US Championship (2018), St Louis, MO USA, rd 7, Apr-25
Zukertort Opening: Kingside Fianchetto (A04)  ·  1-0


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  Penguincw: Maurice Ashley: < "Nakamura's never gonna flag." > (3:47:23 or 3:46:13)*

Welp. It happened. (go to 3:48:00 or 3:46:50* for the actual flagging)

Sure, the position looked lost anyway, but Nakamura losing on time. Wow.

I don't know which one is more notable - Izoria beating both Caruana and Nakamura, or Nakamura losing on time.

* Unfortunately when proofreading my post, I noticed the vid has 2 versions - one 4:00:02 long and one 3:58:52 long.

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  Marmot PFL: When there is only one open file it has to be worth something. White controls and uses the d file to invade black's position.
Apr-25-18  John Abraham: I wouldnt be too quick to blame Naka for this loss. With recently breaking up his girlfriend and other matters on his mind, its normal to be distracted and not be able to give one hundred percent commitment to the game.
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  Count Wedgemore: <John Abraham: I wouldnt be too quick to blame Naka for this loss. With recently breaking up his girlfriend and other matters on his mind>

Wait, what? Why hasn't he been arrested?

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  ChessHigherCat: I don't think you need any special excuses to lose to this guy, his technique is absolutely flawless.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Sorry for nitpicking, but this isn't a Zukertort, it's a Pirc with 4.Bc4.
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  ChessHigherCat: Life isn't a Zuckertort!
Apr-26-18  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 8 h3, 8 e6 looks promising
Apr-26-18  AlastairMarston: If 8e6 then 8...d5 looks fine for Black
Apr-26-18  dumbgai: Flag or not, Black is dead in the final position.
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