Monday, May 24, 2010

US 2010 Championship Final: Open Mouth - Insert Pie

As the US2010 heads towards the final, 4 GMs, Hikaru Nakamura, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Onischuk and Yuri Schulman qualified.

Given that these are 4 extremely strong GMs (on their day), Hikaru Nakamura sought fit to mention, "Whoever beats Yuri (Schulman) will win the tournament. Me, Gata, and Onishuck will try to draw each other, and beat Yuri." - not subtly implying that Schulman, being the weakest (ratings wise) amongst the 4 will be a punching bag for the other 3.

Nakamura must be extremely pleased when he was drawn with Schulman having the White pieces.

Now he must have really regretted his words because he just got burnt to a crisp and came crashing down in 26 moves!

That was a nice miniature, Nakamura! Thanks for showing us how not to handle the French Defense. By the way, there's a pie waiting for you outside the playing room.

Tournament: U.S. Championship 2010
Round: 09
White: Nakamura, Hikaru
Black: Shulman, Yuri
Date: Mon May 24 2010
Result: 0-1
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qa5 7. Bd2 Qa4 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. h4 cxd4 10. cxd4 Nge7 11. h5 Nxd4 12. Bd3 h6 13. Kf1 Nxf3 14. Qxf3 b6 15. Qg3 Ba6 16. Qxg7 Bxd3+ 17. cxd3 Rg8 18. Qxh6 Qd4 19. Re1 Qxd3+ 20. Kg1 Rc8 21. Bg5 Qf5 22. f4 Rc2 23. Rh2 Qd3 24. Qf6 Rxg5 25. Qxg5 Qd4+ 26. Kh1 Qe3 0-1

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