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Samuel Shankland vs Wesley So
US Championship (2015), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Apr-02
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1


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  whiteshark: Inesperado final entre Shankland y So en el Campeonato de Estados Unidos de Ajedrez. Sigue más retransmisiones en :
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  maturner: g4? Shanky how could you?
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  Penguincw: And So defeats the Shankland, who hasn't lost any of his last 60 games or so.

Looks like stamina might have played a role, as Shankland (apparantly) blundered with 79.Kf6 (with So missing 79...f4).

However, the final blunder is probably 92.g4, although it might be argued to be a trap. If 92...fxg4, then 93.Nxe4, and the game is drawn.

Also, chess24 mentioned something about 41...Ne8, but can someone please explain that to me?

Apr-02-15  Mudphudder: g4??? Really? That's how this epic battle ended?
Apr-02-15  SirRuthless: The better player won the day. SOmetimes chess is a kinfe fight and Shankland got stabbed in the neck. Congrats to Wesley who showed me today he can win dirty too.
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  Marmot PFL: By move 92 white was lost anyway. So missed several easier seems there are times when he lets the fish off the hook and has to catch him all over again.
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  Marmot PFL: Guess I was wrong. White could still have drawn. However black was totally winning, which chess base doesn't say.

One way was 87... Ng2 88 Nc4+ Ke6 89 Nd2 e3 90 Nf3 Kd5 91 Ng1 Ke4 then the plan Nd2, e2, Kf3, Nc2 and e1(Q) wins the knight.

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  wordfunph: <U.S. Championship 2015 Round 2: Shankland - So : So [cash in ticket] 750 YOU WIN! COLLECT 1931 3:2 2.58 1,931 Apr-02-15>


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  HeMateMe: this should have been a draw when the queens were on board, but white let his pieces get passive.
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  Fusilli: I'd say that the disappearance of all pawns on the queenside can only favor black. Black is the side with often weak queenside pawns in the Ruy Lopez.
Apr-04-17  johnkr: johnkr: johnkr: Engines say that 79...f4 wins, makes sense considering that White N is totally offside and can't get back to stop the pawn. But aside from that Shankland should not take the bait of the h-pawn around move 73. After he grabs the h-pawn, his king is offsides and Black gets a better king and a passed pawn. It appears White began to go wrong with 72 Kh4. Instead White could be more defensive with 72 Kg2 and it's hard to see how Black makes progress with the the White king hanging around the 2nd rank, because if pawns are traded and there is only 1 black pawn remaining then of course White draws by sacrificing his N.
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