Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wildcard Game #4
Wildcard #4: NM Matt Herman (NY) vs FM Daniel Naroditsky (SF) 1-0
Greg Shahade: A great game and while I had no real problem with it not winning Game of the Week (because I also thought very highly of the Kacheishvili vs Friedel game), some of the comments and scores it received really surprised me. This was a fantastic attacking game by Herman, who really threw all caution to the wind while going after Naroditsky's King. Many say that Black had many ways to defend this attack, but even if this was somehow true, it's extremely hard to face such pressure in a 75+30 time control.
I think this game should have a good chance at success in the Game of the Year contest, but it's possible that the lesser prestige of the players involved may hurt it a bit in the eyes of the judges. We will see!