Hou Yifan's five-move loss in the last round of Gibraltar was a protest, not a real game, but it got me curious about very short games lost by elite GMs (I'm arbitrarily defining that as GMs rated at or over 2600) at a classical time control. Some of my surprising (and entertaining and instructive) findings can be found here.
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This certainly doesn't happen every day:
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.a3 Be7 7.g3 Qb6 8.Nb3 Ne5 9.e4? Nfg4 10.c5 Qxb3 and White resigned in the game Qun Ma-Danny Raznikov, Groningen 2014.
What's especially odd about the game is that even the pedestrian 10...Bxc5 is very good for Black. So what happened to White in the game? If anyone knows the back story of the game, please pass it along! Meanwhile, you can replay the game here (as well as above), but with my brief analytical comments.
HT: Marc Beishon
Evgeni Vasiukov (the victim of the famous "hippopotamus in the marsh" game) may not be the player he once was, but he's still pretty darned good. Although he is 81 years old, he still has a 2451 FIDE rating, and as such isn't a guy to be taken lightly. Of course, he can have his bad days - can't we all? - and when one's opponent plays as incisively as Miso Cebalo did in this game, disaster can strike.
(A P.S.: Vasiukov beat many great players, but to show that even in his older years he has remained a dangerous opponent check out this 2002 demolition job on Loek van Wely.)
A little light entertainment this week, as I present a couple of miniatures and an act of priceless self-destruction from the ongoing World Cup in my ChessVideos show this week. You can watch it here: it's free and available on-demand for the next month or so.
US Chess League, Internet Chess Club, 2009
White: Becerra, Julio (2557)
Black: Nakamura, Hikaru (2710)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 e6 5.Nxd5 exd5 6.d4 Nc6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Qxd5 d6 9.Bc4 Qe7 10.Bg5 f6 11.0-0-0 dxe5 12.Rhe1 1-0
(The game, with comments, can be replayed here.)
The next time you're miniatured, remember that it even happens to the best players in the world. Errare humanum est!