Friday, July 17, 2009
Donostia Chess Festival
Coutesy of US Chess Life Online ( picture and caption text)
After Nakamura's blazing 4.5/5 start at the Donostia Chess Festival in San Sebastian, Spain, Ruslan Ponomariov caught up with our U.S. Champion's 6.5/9 with a final round win over Vallejo. So a two-game blitz playoff was needed to determine a champion- this is rarely a bad thing for Nakamura. Nakamura dominated the playoffs, crushing Ponomoriov in a sacrificial Sicilian and then going on to win as Black to clinch the title (game with Black will be posted when available).
Here are both Tie Break games in Chess Flash format.