The curious case of the mutual blindspot

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This is Bick (2240) – Slater (2130), Golden State Open 2016.

Something terrible and strange is about to happen.

White is about to make his 41st move, meaning both players have just made time control.

After 10 minutes of thought, White played the incredible shot 41.Bd2, threatening Bb4+.

And then I thought for 10 minutes and played 41…a5, and lost.

The terrible and strange thing is that 41…Qxh5 42.Bb4 Re7 is just completely winning for Black, and neither of us saw that the rook can interpose.

Blunders I can understand, but when two decent players BOTH think for 10 minutes and miss the same elementary move—that’s just weird.

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