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Hikaru Nakamura vs Alexander Grischuk
World Blitz Championship (2010) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 10, Nov-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  0-1

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Nov-19-10  amadeus: Child's play
Nov-19-10  Oxnard: "One of the single most disappointing oversights in my whole career. However, I am going to destroy Grischuk like a baby in the blitz." - Nakamura
Nov-19-10
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  Domdaniel: A classic *double whammy*. The Queen sac 26...Qxd2!? is just about sound. Thought not winning, it is a brave and aggressive winning try. Nakamura, seemingly in shock, misses his chance to save the game with 29.Bxe4, knocking out black's e-pawn and leaving an unclear position.

Instead, after 29.Qe1? he gits hit with the 2nd blow, 29...Rxg2!, and it's all over. Notice that if White tries to recapture the black Na1, the e-pawn powers through, eg 32.Qd1 Nxa1 33.Qxa1 e3 34.Qe1 e2 with ...Bb4 to follow.

A superb demolition job.

Nov-20-10  shutupimthinking: "...destroy...like a baby"

For such a bright chap this is a pretty lame simile. It makes him sound like Biff from Back to the Future.

Great game from Grischuk, I'm constantly amazed by the standard these guys produce, even in blitz.

Nov-20-10  kellmano: <shutupimthinking: "...destroy...like a baby"

For such a bright chap this is a pretty lame simile. It makes him sound like Biff from Back to the Future.

Great game from Grischuk, I'm constantly amazed by the standard these guys produce, even in blitz. >

Ha ha ha. Totally agree with both parts. If most players had played and won this with black they'd go home and play through it a couple of times, congratulating themselves as they did so. Grischuk is a genius.

Nov-20-10  patzer2: The Queen sham sacrifice 26...Qxd2! gives Black a clear advantage, with excellent winning chances.

As <Domdaniel> indicates, the followup move 29. Qe1? appears to be a mistake which gives Black an easy win.

However, even after the stronger 29. Bxe4 Nxe3 30. Qf4 Rd4! 31. Qxe3 Rxa4 32. Qc1 Rxe4 33. Qd1 Re2 34. Qd7 R8e7 35. Qd8+ Kg7 36. Rb1 Rf2 37. b3 Re3 Black still appears to have a winning advantage.

P.S.: Perhaps 26...Qxd2! would make for a good Friday, Saturday or Sunday puzzle, as the strongest followup moves are not easy to find.

Nov-20-10  Davolni: WOW~~~

What a nice game by Grischuk, speciallyin Blitz! All matter of seconds!

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