This just shows that everybody, even the very best, fvcks up sometimes.
Chess is a gentlemen’s sport. Players usually keep to themselves and are very reserved with their emotions and facial expressions. But Hikaru Nakamura couldn’t quite hold it in. Most people know nothing about Chess, but these faces that Hikaru is making are universal.
Just to make things clear, both men is on the top 20 players worldwide. Hikaru Nakamura is one of the best American players ever. The person who made a very basic blunder in the first opening moves is Levon Aronian, who at one point was the fourth highest rated player in HISTORY. So for a player of that caliber to make a mistake so quickly is insanely rare and uncharacteristic.
It’s the equivalent of Tiger Woods shanking his first shot into the woods and Phil Mickelson looking at him like he lost his mind. Like Steph Curry not just airballing a free throw, but throwing it in the stands while Russell Westbrook watches. Nakamura’s reaction is especially hilarious to a chess fan because the situation is so shocking for literally everyone on so many levels.
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