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Gregory Kaidanov vs Sam Shankland
US Championship (Group B) (2011), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Apr-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  0-1



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  eternaloptimist: Kaidanov got his rear end handed to him on a silver platter. Although, shankland got really lucky in this game b/c needless to say kaidanov played very poorly. I don't think kaidanov has lost a game this quickly w/ white in the last 20 years. 18 moves & he resigned...ouch!
Apr-17-11  dumbgai: Yeah, and the first 10 moves or so are a pretty common opening.
Apr-17-11  SimonWebbsTiger: Sam mentioned - in the St.Louis press room - that he had this prepared all the way to move 14 and that 14. Bxc4 didn't even feature in the computer's top 5 choice. Nxc4 seems to have been forced. Maurice Ashley speculated about Kaidanov's 8 hour trainer role; whether this is detrimental to his OTB chess because he has less time for preparation.
Apr-17-11  luzhin: The horrible point is that if 17.exf6 Bd6 forces mate!
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  eternaloptimist: I just checked the cg database & this game is easily kaidanov's shortest loss in it. He has games that date back to 1979 in it! <@SimonWebbsTiger> yes that is a great point about how kaidanov's has less time to prepare 4 tourneys than the other guys do. It makes a big difference. <@luzhin> that's true & 16...♕h4! is what led to that. Shankland said that kaidanov looked surprised @ first after 16...♕h4! then he looked depressed.
Apr-18-11  howlwolf: 15 dxe5 looks ok for white.
Apr-19-11  erad1288: <howl> dxe5 would have been worse (speaking by computer evals -1.6 for fxe5 vs -3.6 for dxe5) because black can throw in 15...Bc5+ 16...Ng4 and 17...Qh4 with great effect
Apr-23-11  NMWillStewart: Tough break for Shankland here. It's great that he went off to win the tie breaker round.

Anyways, I covered this game on youtube, you can catch it here:

For more in depth commentary and all my other videos covering the US Chess Championship (including Shanklands win in the tie-breaker) check out my post:

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