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Hikaru Nakamura vs Boris Savchenko
World Blitz Championship (2014) (blitz), Dubai UAE, rd 3, Jun-19
French Defense: Chigorin Variation (C00)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-19-14  ninja warrior: obviously this must have been a time loss, & unfortunately for savchanko at that, for all he would have had to do to force the draw is exchange his queen for white's pawn.
Jun-19-14  SirRuthless: It was an illegal move. He played Kd7 and Nakamura pointed it out and called an arbiter. Black then forfeited.
Jun-19-14  Chizoad: A nice side effect of the underpromotion to a knight is that playing blitz against two knights on an open board like this has to be irritating (as Savchenko apparently found out).
Jun-19-14  SirRuthless: The video is pretty spectacular. Savchenko grabbed the Q several moves before he was ready to promote and Nakamura grabbed the knight several moves before he was going to promote but he obscured it with his hand and both sides had only a few seconds and were playing on increment pretty much for the whole endgame.
Jun-20-14  bavaria: The illegal move by Savchenko was 87. .. Ke7.
Jun-20-14  Eyal: <The video is pretty spectacular>

Also featuring Dimitri Komarov at his best:

Jun-22-14  tonsillolith: <obviously this must have been a time loss, & unfortunately for savchanko at that, for all he would have had to do to force the draw is exchange his queen for white's pawn.>

I would agree with you that it must be a time loss (in which case we'd both be wrong because commentator Komarov said Savchenko made an illegal move), but I disagree that all Savchenko would have had to do is trade for the pawn. It's not automatically a draw, as two knights can theoretically deliver mate.

<Nakamura grabbed the knight several moves before he was going to promote but he obscured it with his hand>

Premeditated sneakiness!

Mar-16-16  QueensideCastler: According Lomonosov Tablebases | 85...♚ Draw
Apr-14-17  eyalbd: It was not a loss by time since Savchenko had enough time a move earlier (see video). Savchenko played 87.. ♔e7 and lost immediately since e7 is covered by the ♘ on c6. We used to say "In blitz the king can be eaten"

Video here:

May-03-17  hudapri: Wow what a finish. The end position seems to be drawn.

72.Kd2 is a mistake as 72... Re3! leads to a likely drawn position. On 72.Ke2 Re3+ 73. Kf2 wins.

Jun-09-20  wordfunph: who's the guy commenting on youtube video?

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