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GM Sam Shankland loses immediately after playing the illegal move

The thrilling top-board match between the leaders of the Open section Armenia and USA finished in a draw with the 2-2 result. The USA team had a lead and a great chance to score against Armenia, but it wasn’t meant to be. Round 7 results open section / Round 7 results women’s section / Round 8 team pairings

GM Sam Shankland had a drawish endgame against GM Robert Hovhannisyan on the fourth board. Both players were in a time trouble in the move 90, and Sam Shankland overlooked his opponent’s last move, putting the King on the attacked square. Shankland immediately realized he has played an illegal move, therefore, he needed to follow the touch-move rule and play with the King. Unfortunately for Sam and the USA team, any legal move played with a King loses on a spot and Shankland resigned. Replay the game here

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