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That was a noble thing to do to accept a draw offer (noble or lazy, one of them). Still, wouldn't it have been cooler to just crush him and enjoy the look on his face after the game?
@ receipt at this level if you see an obvious move that loses material and a player doesnt capture it look for a few minutes on a board to see if you can find the reason. In this case there is a very good reason since after Rac1 the queen moves (or gets captured) and Rxc8 wins material. at the master level game is over.
One sees such games, and, what can one say, but, "Shankland!"
Fantastic preparation (Qb3) and good explanations, great game! You make it seem easy to outplay a super GM which it is not!
Great description, you seemed to really highlight the pros and cons of each move in the opening. It was particularly instructive to hear you explain your thought process for moves 14-16 as you described the interplay between black's Ne5 / Rb8 and white's plan to play Nd2-c4. Very nice.
Congratulations on the amazing accomplishment.
I'm so glad Leko of Hungary is not lost but taken apart on both sides of the room is commendable.You were big:) Congrats
I dont agree Sam with your reasoning. You should have gone after him as a blood thirsty tiger.
by GM Sam Shankland
In his next game against Super-GM Peter Leko, Sam Shankland was in a position to pull off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the World Cup. How did he handle that moment on the psychological levels of preparation and execution? Watch and find out! In this interesting Benoni, Sam achieves an advantage early on and when Leko tries to mix it up, he bites off a little more than he can chew... Enjoy!
Players: Shankland, Sam
vs. Leko, Peter
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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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