• 2 months ago


    Dzinzhi's video is great. Did you make the video first or prepare it only? Maybe there is a newer game perhaps by somone like Carlsen that could be a #3 candidate? (Is GM Sam Shankland maybe too busy winning now for that?)

  • 9 months ago


    Yes, what happened to best move #3? says it was so beutiful they could not contain it? A rather cryptic explanation.  Was it an intellectual property problem?  

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  • 5 years ago


    After these moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 O-O 10.O-O-ONbd7 11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 13.Ne2 Ne8 14.f4 a5 15.f5 a4 you spend some time explaining why whites next move is Nbd4 and not something different. However I checked with game explorer and 16.fxe6 is not a blunder for white. It is quite a popular continuation and is seen nearly as often as the main move. Play continues 16...axb3 17.exf7 17...Rxe7 18.Kb1 18...bxc2 etc.

  • 6 years ago


    Another excellent tatical exercise that will add some muscle in your game.  As usual, Shankland covers just about every side line you can think of. He may miss a tactical operation from time to time but for the amount of lines that he provide, how can you fault him. 

  • 6 years ago


    great interview with Anand about this game:


    In that game against Karjakin, was Nc7 found on the board?

    It was. It was found on the board. The funny thing was, when I was analyzing, you had asked about memory earlier, I couldn't remember a thing about it, my analysis. I remember thinking, "Wow, he is charging down this line which is supposed to be good for black". And we got to this position. And he very confidently made the move that I hadn't expected. And I looked for a while, and I have NO move other than Nc7. He has gone Qc3, he is going to take everything. What possible reason could he have? Because Nc7 is the only move, where Black isn't worse. So does he have something? I checked it as long as I could, and I couldn't see it. So I thought: Either I play Nc7 or I resign. So I went Nc7. It was all a bit confusing. I think I even went Nc7 quite fast, by elimination there is nothing else. And then he was really surprised.

    Psychologically, it looks as if it is part of your prep...

    That helped. But in fact the position was just winning anyway. After Nc7, White is busted. I don't even think there is a forced draw anywhere.

    Did you see it till the end? He had a wild attack, underpromoting...

    That basically looks a bit random. You know its under control. I didn't see everything - I saw the position up until Nc4. I didn't process it further, you just assume this is going to end. In the beginning I was actually fairly relaxed. Okay if I lose, I lose. I just don't see what he is going to do about Nc7. Fairly calm about it. Probably that's when you do your best chess. And thats the beauty of Nc4. Instead of Ra3 bxa3, Qa3 and Qa7 wins.

    His king was roaming about in the end...

    That stage I was very worried. With all these pawns, there are some lines where the King escapes. If you let a mate slip you are really going to kick yourself afterwards. Luckily I nailed the mate.>

    Amazing that Anand actually found that shocker with so little effort, naturally, as he says, it was by simple elimination, there were no other moves. This is clearly the thinking of a Chess WC.

  • 6 years ago


    would Anand have prepared the sacrifices?

  • 6 years ago


    Very good and instructive, thank you.

  • 7 years ago


    WHERE'S # 3???????????

  • 7 years ago


    great video Sam but ahh... what happened to #3?

  • 7 years ago


    @ARandomPerson: In the video, Sam correctly analyzes that after 27. Bd4, then 27...Rxa3! is the correct continuation. After this it follows:

    28. bxa3 Nxa3+ 29. Kb2 Nc4+ 30. Kc3; and here the correct move is 30...Qa5+ 31. Kd3 Qa2; and the house falls apart. 


    Ms. Melia was extremely lucky that her opponent didn't see this. Its also surprising that you didn't see it as the analysis of this is in the link you provided. Mateo on chessgames provides good analysis of how black forces this win in this position. This sac was extremely brilliant, great play by Anand. Just because some lesser player lost with it, doesn't mean its not sound. 

  • 7 years ago


    There was a better line played 2 years later which allowed white to win. I would not call the move good because it has been played three times and was beat once.

    1-0, Melia Salome (GEO) - Romanko-Guseva Marina (RUS), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), 2008

  • 7 years ago


    where's the pgn for this game?

  • 7 years ago


    Dropping #3 for that reason is understandable, but not letting us know beforehand about skipping ahead is not.

  • 7 years ago


    The computer can't understand this? What kind of computer are you using? Rybka finds Nc7 in 16 seconds and shows that black is winning after less than a minute.

  • 7 years ago

    GM Shankland

    Dear All,

    My number 3 choice was the game Short-Timman from 1998, in which Short had Timman completely paralyzed in a middlegame, but he had all of his pieces on their optimal squaers and it was not clear how to continue. He then proceeded to walk his King from g1 to h6, delivering checkmate, and black could do nothing to stop it despite having a queen, 2 rooks, and a bishop. The game was not covered because felt it would be an irresponsible use of their funds because unknown to me when I decided upon the games to be in the series, GM Dzindzichashvili had already made a video covering this game, which can be seen here:

    Sam Shankland

  • 7 years ago


    ya i also have the same question where's #3

  • 7 years ago


    Where's #3?

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