Today was Fritz Saemisch Day in Amsterdam and Ljubo used 22 minutes on move 8 and 47 minutes on move 10 and flamed out without a fight against Howell. Bizarre, especially considering how good he looked yesterday most of the way against Nakamura. We're used to him blowing up in time trouble, but usually it starts at move 35 or so and not move 15. Crazy.
Here's a video of how Loek van Wely handled his rook endgame against Nakamura: http://j.mp/crLDVf.
[Okay, that's a
tiny bit unfair, as Nakamura defended with his usual stubbornness and accuracy, but still.]
Hmm, how is that durned rook endgame not winning somewhere? GM Joel was actually much more enthusiastic about White's position before he swapped down to the rook endgame, and it appears he was on to something. White was obviously much better, but it's looking like 30..a6 was an ingenious shot to force exchanges and get great saving chances. How slippery is Nakamura? Like a greased weasel wearing teflon sneakers.