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Nice job Sam. You admitted your mistakes like a man and thats cool. A good chess player must always be able to make the correct evaluation of the position, if the position is equal, its equal. This is a lesson that we can all learn from this video.
i like the way the video was done. instructive, concise but meaty, and not boring. keep up the good work and thanks.
Thank you for the video. I wish you had won.
It's never nice going for a draw when you want to win... I lost my first game for my club last week when I could have offered a draw in a sterile position, but I wanted to find the win... I can sympathize, don't kick yourself too hard, it was unlucky ;)
Nice video Sam, some interesting variations in there and it was fun to hear your thought process throughout the game.
You made two very quick judgments about positions that really highlighted why you are a GM and I am a 1900... one was at 8:30 where black's pawn structure is wrecked by you say simply "this is not going to turn out well for me, his bishops on the open board are going to be really nasty". I would have liked to hear more about just how black is going to use the bishops there. OTB I might have intuitively evaluated that position as a slight advantage white, with the bishop pair offering some compensation for the wrecked pawns but not quite enough.
Also at 9:25 after Bxc3 Nd5 you seem quite confident in sacrificing the material suggest Bf5 and Bg5 are coming for white. To me, these moves seem ok but not exactly crushing, I would not have been able to make this move OTB myself. I would have seen perhaps Bxc3 Nd5 Bg7 Bf4 e5 and said to myself, hmm, don't think I have enough for the pawn here... it would be great to hear more about how you were able to so easily dismiss Bxc3.
Very nice job over all.
do you know the karaoke singer called Gupta Shing?
Thanks frOggE!! That clarified things and I am impressed with your help...
@gnuandspeedo: a weakness is typically a piece that is hard to defend, and hard to move, most typically a pawn. Backward pawns are frequently weak, as well as isolated pawns. Weaknesses don't have to be pieces. They can also be certain squares that one player has trouble controlling, and so the other player can use them for his pieces. A quick google search yielded this post from chess.com:
Great Video! thanks.
Interesting explanations about the second game. I would like to know more about what is a weakness and how to improve it and will go to the video library and Chess Mentor functions...
i m the first one to write the comment whooooo hoooooooo !!!!!!
by GM Sam Shankland
After quickly achieving a draw with the black pieces against GM Gupta, Sam Shankland was ready to inflict damage with white! However, when his opponent finds a nice tactical resource (b6 was awfully tricky), it seemed Sam's best decision was to allow the game to dwindle out to a draw and take his chance in tie-breaks. Why didn't he? You'll have to watch Sam's personal recount to find out...
Players: Gupta, Abhijeet
vs. Shankland, Sam
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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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