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Sam Shankland vs Sethuraman P Sethuraman
Baku Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 7, Sep-09
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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Sep-09-16  notyetagm: Indian team is going to have to put Sethuraman on suicide watch tonight after this game.
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  HeMateMe: I was wondering how Shank was going to develop his DSB. He had to sac a pawn. Pretty inspired play, leaving your King on d3 during the middle game!

I like how he maneuvered his King down the board to escape the perpetual. Sharp endgame work.

Sep-09-16  frogbert: After 31... Rh2!! white's in an incredible zugzwang, despite having lots of pieces on the board. Would've been a beautiful finish.
Sep-09-16  SirRuthless: Sam is relentless!
Sep-09-16  notyetagm: <frogbert: After <<<31... Rh2!! white's in an incredible zugzwang>>>, despite having lots of pieces on the board. Would've been a beautiful finish.>


Sep-09-16  Albums Dummyflap: If 31...Nc4, White has a draw after sacrificing the queen: 32. Bxc4 pxc4 33.Qxc4 Rd2 34.Bxd2 Rxd2 35.Kxd2 Qxc4 36.Rb7+

Alas, ...Qc4# never came to fruition.

Of course 30...Nc4 (threatening nasty checks idea Rd2 twice mate should the White queen move) or 30 or 31...Bxf4 with the idea of Bh6 if Qh5 regardless of other promising ideas.

Also after Qb3 circa move 31 the pt of Rh2 as noted is that now Black threatens Ra3 and can no longer respond Rb2 as the rook now on h2 can no longer be taken with check.

Sep-09-16  frogbert: Also, the point is that white has to worsen his position after 31... Rh2. *Any* white move is bad for white, even 32. Rxe6 - because the rook is better placed on e8.
Sep-09-16  Gilmoy: <29.Be1> "Stratego"

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Sep-10-16  ninja warrior: I'm sure kd5 is meant to imply that black resigned for those wondering.
Sep-10-16  abuzic: Some turning critical points in this game:

A. Up to <30.f4 f5> black was dominating the position and white with many pieces on the board had only a couple of choices to avoid immediate mate; <31.Qb3> almost forced (31.Qf3? Qc4+ 32.Bxc4 dxc4# obviously)

<31...Qf7>; black had many other winning continuations like the beautiful <31...Rh2> putting white in further misery, or <31...Bxf4! 32.dxf4 Qxf4, if 32.Rxe6 Bg3!>

B. <33.Rd8 Be7> black had 33...Nxe3! 34.Kxe3 Bxf4+ 35.Kxf4 <35.Kd3 Qg6; 35.Kf3 Qh5+> 35...Rg4+ 36.Ke5 <36.Kf3 Qh5; 36.Ke3 f4+> 36...Qf6+ 37.Kd6 Qxd8+ 38.Kc6 Ra7.

C. <34.Rd7 Rb2?> ruined all black's attacking chances turning into defence. Black could still have good winning chances with 34...Nd6.

D.<36.Kxc4 Qe8> black could secure draw with 36...e5+

E. <38.Qa1 Rb8?> after that white didn't lose any chances to win, black's 38...Re2 probably leads to draw.

<40.Kd3!> perhaps the only chance for win. Remarkable recovery from white's side, securing his K and opening the way to advance his pawns turning into pressing and eventually winning

Sep-10-16  Eyal: From the round report:

<FM Mike Klein: "Let me be the first to tell you that you were -9.5."

Shankland: "That sounds about right. I am just getting absolutely checkmated. I wanted to resign, but I didn't."

Shankland said he had saved positions that bad before, but not against someone of S.P.'s strength. "At some point, I stopped calculating. I just tried to play a move that didn't lose each time."

Does he have nine lives at the Olympiad? "This is the first time in any of the Olympiad games that I was just dead."> (

Sep-10-16  crwynn: 31...rh2 is a nice move, but i don't see how it is zugzwang. Wouldn't 31...rh2 (pass) 32...ra3 be just as catastrophic as 32.rxe6 ra3? Sure, the rook is better-placed on e8 after 31...ra3? 32.rb2! Rxb3 33.rxg2+, but the whole point of 31...rh2 is to avoid that defense so that ...ra3 can be played (the white q can't move due to ...qc4+ mating).
Sep-10-16  dehanne: Nobody ever won a game by resigning.
Sep-11-16  N0B0DY: <dehanne> Yes indeed, <N0B0DY> certainly did!
Dec-01-16  sam94: HI, i am relatively new to this game.Could anyone tell me why black resigned? Also wouldn't Qh8 would have been better move? I don't understand why this match wasn't a draw...
Dec-01-16  Howard: Very simply put, Black left his queen hanging! It's White's turn to move here, so he simply snaps off Black's unprotected queen.

As for 75...Qh8, it wouldn't have made any difference. White's reply is, of course, absolutely forced---he would just play 76.Qf8, thus forcing the queens off the board. Black's position would still be dead lost.

Apr-22-17  sam94: Thnx Howard, i must say after three months of experience i get it (just saw your answer now!!, seems like a stupid question now :D ).

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