Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Fast and Furious Chess

I thought Dragicevic - Akobian in this year's Doeberl Blitz was impressive, but take a look at this video I found of Akobian and the amazingly fast Hikaru Nakamura. It shows them fighting it out in last year's US National Open Blitz Championship. There is a funny moment at around about .58s.


That's what we like: a bit of trash talk in an "official event".

5 comments:

cebu2012 said...

ehem...who won the match anyway?

cebu2012 said...

ah okay...I didn't hear the clock rings...Hikaru himself just pointed it out.

DeNovoMeme said...

"Trash talk?" Are you kidding?

Anonymous said...

Probably they have to learn how to place pieces on the board... almost 30% of moves are "unclear". Piece falls, and then Akobian/Nakamura correct its place while opponents clock is already running. What a shame...
Ah, and another thing... When Akobian put his pawn on the last rank he didn't promote and push his clock. According to FIDE rules this is an illegal move. Instead, he had to stop his clock and fine a Queen (or any other piece to which he wanted to promote his pawn) and then, start his clock and promote the pawn... Once again, what a shame that GM's don]t know rules... Yes, and from ethical point of view this video has depressed me. I guess in parks amateurs are playing with more respect toward each other.

cebu2012 said...

I think there's a lot of ego involved here. I have to admit this video is one of the strangest chess video I've seen. Sad to say this but I think there's mutual conspiracy here. They are only showing up their skills with everyone around them. And look! they are enjoying every moment of it.