Monday 14 November 2016

To lose once is misfortune, to lose twice looks like carelessness

There is quite a high powered 4 player round robin happening in St Louis at the moment. Anand, Nakamura, Topalov and Caruana are playing a mixed 60m, Rapid and blitz event, held over 4 days. I'm not sure what the scoring system is, but Anand is a player in form, finishing on top of  both the 60m and Rapid sections.
Veselin Topalov tied with Anand in the 60m section, but suffered the embarrassment of losing in 14 moves to Nakamura. If that wasn't enough it turns out the entire game was a repeat of a 2003 internet blitz game, between two 2300 players. The culprit in the position was 10. ... Bf5 which is losing after 11.Bxb8 Black ends up with too many pieces hanging, and Topalov chose an early resignation. (the source game lasted another 18 moves btw)

Nakamura,Hikaru (2779) - Topalov,Veselin (2760) [E35]
Champions Showdown 60m Saint Louis USA (3.2), 11.11.2016

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