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I had the same position with the knight in a game today. I was suposed to win but i miscaculated and he held me to a draw with the same identical position. I couldnt queen my a pawn
@hipen3 Perhaps it's time to try a handstand? ;)
Nice way to save that endgame. Tricky knight! :)
Sam, very nice and tips you gave us for what to do when you are ahead will stay with us. No sam is not retiring....he has a lot of chess left in him and in any case he has to make videos!!!
This was an excellent video. Definitely looking forward to the next one in the series!
I really like your videos Sam, but in the first game you started as black then talked as if you were white. You lost me for just a bit.
good idea papabear......
(20 mins l8er)
Nope, didn't work, my arms hurt. ow............
danny, i dare you to lift your computer upside down for 20 mins.
10sfriend -- it is difficult to do. The video/lecture is recorded as an image, so it is difficult to manipulate a "fixed image". It isn't that simple...
You could always flip your computer upside down :) Just joking... Chess.com is on the edge of technology. When there is a way to make this work that is cost and time effective, we will make it happen... Sorry, but not for now.
In that first game, his middle was way open
I wish chess.com would include a "flip the board" feature for its chess videos. I that possible?
Nice video, I hope maybe later in this series we will see how to convert a material advantage to a win, etc.
Heartening to find that even strong players can mess up winning positions - I'm not alone! Nice video.
Mistakes are what stand between any player and improvement. I make more mistakes when I am winning than when I am not. This is an area where I need to improve.
Does this mean that Sam has decided not to retire? If yes, a big welcome back!!
by GM Sam Shankland
IM Sam Shankland is back on the "video making circuit"! This time, Sam describes the necessary approach and required tools of having good technique -- mainly, how to convert your material advantage. Our featured game reveals an example where Sam himself was on the defensive, struggling to hold the position against a higher rated and aggressive opponent. Did Sam's opponent "put him away" in accurate technical fashion, or did he allow Sam to hold on just long enough? Watch and find out...
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GM Sam Shankland
Sam learned chess at age 11 from the Berkeley Chess School program. Within four years, he had become a National Master, and two years later, he became an International Master when he tied for first in the world u-18 championship, a result unmatched in the last decade of international play by American players. At 20, he has already played in several U.S. Championships, placing 3rd in 2011.
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