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this game definitely caught my attention when i saw it some time before this video - glad you discussed it and very interesting things you said [regarding the Nb3 quality and Rxc3 ideas]. also your idea regarding the quality of Rc8 in conjunction with Nbd7 in this najdorf variation is an interesting perspective - although you failed to explain it really, concrete reasons for your opinion there. besides that omission, i appreciated the content provided.
i wonder if h7-h6 is a useful move in this structure - i would surmise yes if white does not have time to establish a pawn on g5 ... interesting to check. also it would be interesting to check other methods to prepare pawn g4 besides h3 and f3.
Sam this was a great victory and what a great way to start things on a winning track!! Well done!
Great game and analysis.
Great video. Thx!
Ah, yes. Thanks elindauer, I was sure two 2600s wouldn't have missed this for some reason!
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I think you should have gone all out when his king was in the center and you castled queenside
Loved this game... I learned a lot about this new line!
Nice video Sam. I liked the clear explanation of the opening battle and the principles underlying this opening variation. Nice mix of strategy and tactics in this one.
@Gwilym: nice combination! I think you may have missed that after Nxb2 white has the intermezzo Nxe6 though. This hits the queen and removes the key Qxa2+ in your line. So Nxb2 Nxe6 fxe6 Kxb2 Rxc3 Kxc3 Qa5+ Kb2 and now there is no Qa2+ which means black is simply lost.
Really nice analysis. I particularly liked how you explained the plan for putting the queen on f3, but since Black responded in a certain way you ended up putting it on d2. Very insightful.
Another insightful lucid high level analysis. Good Najdorf review and a great game. Thank you and keep 'em coming.
At 17:05, can Black play Nxb2?
by GM Sam Shankland
Today GM Shankland kicks off a new series, reviewing his recent games from the Pan-American Team Championship! Shanky does an excellent job of explaining the basic and general themes of the modern Najdorf, before he launches into the theoretical review of a very topical line in the 8.h3 "Neo-English Attack". The sharp game that ensues is highly instructive...
Players: Sam Shankland
vs. Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation, English Attack (B90)
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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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