Unless that dastardly fiend Tim Newman is putting one over on me, former US chess champ Hikaru Nakamura just blew up heavyweight GM Michael Krasenkow in a most spectacular fashion….
Krasenkow (2668) – Nakamura (2648)
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.b3 a5 7.Nc3 c6 8.d4 Nbd7 9.Qc2 b6 10.e4 Ba6 11.Nd2 c5 12.exd5 cxd4 13.Nb5 exd5 14.Nxd4 Rc8 15.Re1 b5 16.Bb2 Re8 17.Qd1 bxc4 18.bxc4 Qb6 19.Rb1 dxc4 20.Nc6 Rxc6 21.Bxf6
21…Qxf2+!! 22.Kxf2 Bc5+ 23.Kf3 Rxf6+ 24.Kg4 Ne5+ 25.Kg5 Rg6+ 26.Kh5 f6 27.Rxe5 Rxe5+ 28.Kh4 Bc8 0-1
Wow! This is from a tournament in Barcelona, Spain. I’ll be curious to see GM annotations but as a spectator, that’s the kind of game that sets your blood boiling.
I have no doubt that Nakamura could calculate it out to mate after …Qxf2; what blows my mind is that it seems he must have seen the idea prior to playing …Qb6. Otherwise why expose the Queen to the obvious Rb1 and potential discovered attack?