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Hikaru Nakamura vs Stephen Muhammad
"Clerical Error" (game of the day Oct-21-2009)
Chessmaster US Championship 2005 (2004), San Diego, CA USA, rd 1, Nov-24
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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Apr-11-06  dakgootje: I think this is one of the puzzle i would detect also when playing a game myself, as its an obvious combination and maybe also a puzzle-like position where one would easier look for such moves.

ow and i agree with the ones who posted earlier and who thought it was easier then yesterdays puzzle.

Apr-11-06  EmperorAtahualpa: 8 seconds!
Apr-11-06  backyard pawn: <chessgames> Looks like I violatated the posting guidelines when I responded to another post with two book recommendations. Very sorry; now I know!

Yes, this was an easy one. Amusing how White baited Black by un-protecting his b2 pawn, and Black took the bait

Apr-11-06  Whitehat1963: Two in a row! Yee-ha! If I get tomorrow's, that'll be a first. Yes, I'm that weak of a player that I celebrate a Tuesday solution.
Apr-11-06  karnak64: <Always a shame when you spoil a good game with a simple blunder.>

Thanks, <dzechiel>: I needed a subtitle for my chess autobiography, and there it is. I'll credit you in the acknowledgements ...

Apr-11-06  MaxxLange: Easy shot - even easier if you remember the game! :)
Apr-11-06  Zplane: Missed it by a mile. I saw the pawn at risk on b2 and this became my sole focus. I thought CG was giving us an end game puzzle and not the typical "E Gads Man What a move!"
Apr-11-06  Alex S.: Got it. :) Three in a row so far...
Apr-11-06  Zplane: So what is blacks best move for 27?


Apr-11-06  jmuller: I looked at this one and thought, gee, I guess my rook is supposed to take his bishop. But, I wondered, how will I be able to force a mate after *that*? Only after trying the move did I see, "Oh, I get his rook on a skewer!"

Very nice. :-)

Apr-11-06  MorphyMatt: EZ!!!!!! 1.99989899688967896789 seconds
Apr-11-06  Fezzik: Haven't we seen this tactic recently in another game? (Within the last month or two)
Apr-11-06  SickedChess: half sec to find!
Apr-11-06  Marmot PFL: Rb8?? is the kind of blunder a decent amateur shouldn't make, let alone a strong master. Yet some players like Fischer, Tal, Nakamura seem to have this effect of making their opponents blunder. Probably the speed of their play has a lot to do with it.
Apr-11-06  ChessConquer: 27...Re8 28.Rd3 g5 29.g3 Rb8 30.b3 Bf8 31. f4 g4 32. Kf2 Be4 33.Rd2 Kc6=
Apr-11-06  YouRang: Yep - basic skewer tactics 101.
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  thegoodanarchist: Unbelievably easy - should've been a Monday puzzle. The important question is why don't strong masters make blunders like that against me???? AAAARGHHHH!
Apr-11-06  jperr75108: Quite a blunder for a 2400.
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  kevin86: A simple sac followed by a skewer;white gives up a rook for a piece and then grabs the rook back,gratis.
Apr-11-06  alexandrovm: rook takes followed by Bf4+ winning a piece...
Apr-11-06  Halldor: The black king is overloaded, it can't protect the bishop and the rook at the same time, thus the skewer.
Apr-11-06  rover: My first (and hopefully last) "saw it in 0.00001 milliseconds" post.

I saw this more than a year ago, when the game was played. I was replaying the game and thought, gee doesn't that just lose a piece?

I guess only the spectators saw that earlier who were watching the game live. And Nakamura, who saw it before he played Be3. And of course his opponent, who saw the trick a couple of moves earlier but then forgot about it.

Apr-11-06  tjshann: Monday redux
Apr-12-06  backyard pawn: <backyard pawn> Correction --I am sorry. I lost track of which game I had kibitzed on; chessgames had not censored me. Please disregard my previous post on this game! In the words of Emily Litella, "Never mind."
Dec-09-06  Rubenus: This isn't worth to be a 'notable game'. Black made an incredible stupid blunder (for his strength) and white saw that he could win a piece. The rest of the game is very boring.
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