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Sam Shankland vs Awonder Liang
"The Sam Shank Redemption" (game of the day May-18-2018)
US Championship (2018), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Apr-29
Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange. Rubinstein Variation (B13)  ·  1-0



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Apr-29-18  WorstPlayerEver: 28. Nec6 Nxc6 29. Bxc6+ Rxc6 30. Qxc6+ Qxc6 31. Nxc6 Kxc6 32. Rxe6+ fxe6 33. Rxg7

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Apr-29-18  lost in space: No wonder
Apr-29-18  Kaspablanca: Play it Sam!
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  Penguincw: Many ways for Shankland to win with his advantage in the position, but one way was 28.Be8. What a gorgeous move. Once f7 falls, which it will, the whole position collapses.
Apr-30-18  Ulhumbrus: After 11...g6 Black's bishop will be obstructed on g7 by White's d4 and c3 pawns. One alternative is 11...Qc7 at once so as to displace White's queen from her attack on d5 by ..Na5 so as to make the move ...Bd6 possible.
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  FSR: This line can also arise from the London System. Opening Explorer
May-03-18  Stanley Yee: My engine gives 7... e5? 8. Be5 Qe7 9. Bb5 Nd7 10. Kf1 Nde5 11. de5 Qe5 ⩲ The normal reply is 7... Na5 and after 8. Qa4 Nc6 9. Qb5 Qd7 =.
May-04-18  Count Wedgemore: <FSR: This line can also arise from the London System.>

Yes, and quite often. Practitioners of the London System must always be prepared to enter the white side of either the exchange Slav (cxd4) or the exchange Caro-Kann (exd4) if black plays ...cxd4.

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  Richard Taylor: I used to watch that movie every Xmas. It always seemed to be on then and also 'The Green Mile' which I found was also based on a book by Stephen King...
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  Richard Taylor: How are you Stan!? The Black player was a bit overwhelmed by the situation I think. It was good to see Shankland win the tournament though...

Awonder Liang has plenty of time for revenge!

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  offramp: <Richard Taylor: I used to watch that movie every Xmas.>

The Shawshank Redemption is a sackapoopoo. It is based on a short story but it's one of the longest films ever made. If it had been thirty minutes long it might have been all right.

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  WannaBe: <offramp> Not quite true/correct, "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" is a novella. It's one of the four published in "Four Seasons"

And much like "Color Purple" it was nominated for a bunch of Oscars (7) but won nil (0). Some movie name Forrest Gump took all the awards and then shrimp cocktails at the post-gala party...

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  HeMateMe: Give Morgan Freeman a good script in a serious movie, and you've got a winner. Good supporting cast, dead end people who see a ray of light in the yuppyish banker who is wrongfully convicted of murder.

I liked the Elvis-type guy, with the sideburns. Too bad he had to die.

Freeman and king have great chemistry, they make the movie work.

Some Steven King adaptations are pretty good (Carrie, Shawshank, Misery) and some are a bit silly (Christine, Thinner). I thought the Dead Zone book was better than the movie.

This would be the third novella of King's to be made into a movie? A story from the same book that included 'Shawshank' was also made into a movie, a story about a teenage kid who discovers an infamous Nazi war criminal is living/hiding right in his own hometown. The boy comes under the spell of the old Nazi and has a horrific end.

Writing as Richard Bachman, King wrote a short story about a future where there is a game show where people fight to the death. It became a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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  Richard Taylor: <offramp> I would agree re the Shawshank except that everytime I watched I couldn't stop watching it. What is it about the film that (for me) was so fascinating?

I agree it is sentimental and flawed in some ways. And it is kind of predictable. But it still seems to grab one, or me in any case...

Forrest Gump as mentioned by WannaBe was probably better (I haven't watched many movies in recent times I need to catch up I suppose I prefer reading books although as I say this I have seen three of Cormac McCarthy's movies and have many of his books but have only read the first, The Orchard Keeper. It is first British ed. of his first book and I had it for sale for about NZ$800 to $1000 although now I doubt I would get anything near that.)...

So the three movies of McCarthy's books I feel were very good. I more recently saw The Shining which is I think the best I have seen of a book by King.

The shrimp coctails is great for some...

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  perfidious: Shawshank was far more interesting as the novella than as the film.
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  HeMateMe: But it DID get a bunch of academy award nominations. Prison movies are often dreary and cliché but some are pretty good. I thought Shawshank did this theme well. So did Clint Eastwood's Escape from Alcatraz and of course the German POW film The Great Escape.
May-20-18  Retireborn: Brute Force for me. The Burt Lancaster one.
May-20-18  zanzibar: <RB> Ever see <The Big House (1930)>?

<Passing through the MGM canteen one afternoon, Frances Marion [the screenwriter] spotted Wallace Beery ferociously attacking a plate of spaghetti. This convinced her that he would be ideal for the part of Butch.>

<'Machine Gun' Butch Schmidt: How's all the dames outside? See my initials carved on many bed posts?>

May-21-18  Retireborn: <z> No, not seen that one. I have 30 or so classic noirs from the 40s/50s, but the 30s are mostly still a closed book to me; just a couple of Hitchcocks and All Quiet on the Western Front from then.
Oct-19-18  Hawkman: Was 10. Ne2 possible?
Oct-19-18  Count Wedgemore: <Hawkman: Was 10. Ne2 possible?>

Yes, I think so. But then White would probably have to play f3 rather quickly, soon followed up by Nd2, so he can get away from the pin by castling long.

Oct-11-19  freeman8201: Nice to see the Fischer line being played. I am amazed to see the exchange pieces on move 8 and the King-f1 maneuver early in the opening.

If I remember right Fischer, and correct me if I’m wrong, used this against Petrosian but in a previous tournament I believed he had some soviets had preparation for this very line as Fischer stated he would use this move order.

The Caro-Kann exchange line can transpose to Nimzo-Indian lines or Queen’s GD. This however can be considered a QGD reverse!

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  DaltriDiluvi: Mr. Shankland analyzes the game in this video:

Sep-01-22  jerseybob: I'm assuming with today's computer prep Sam had analyzed 7..e5!? But some chess alt-history: what if Petrosian had uncorked that move against Fischer at Belgrade in 1970? 7..e5 may not seem very Petrosianic, but neither was 11...d5!! from game 1 of their 1971 match.
Oct-31-22  Ninas Husband: Hey, This game was in Round 11, not round 1. :(
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