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Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian vs Samuel Shankland
US Championship (2018), St Louis, MO USA, rd 6, Apr-23
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E36)  ·  0-1


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  tpstar: Black to Play and Win after 59. gxf4.

48 ... Re1 ties down the Ne2 against the threat of ... Rg1# (Hook Mate) which then ties down the White Rook to defending the Ne2.

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Apr-23-18  Toribio3: I think Samuel Shankland will be the champion of this tournament. He is an innovative chess player. Maybe in the future, he can be a world contender!
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  Richard Taylor: He might be, anything can happen. Both players missed 25. Rxf7 and Shankland felt he played badly around then.

I like the way he played the Nimzo. Then Akobian found a good counter attack. An interesting game.

Despite being the leader I think that Shankland is suffering from the flu which means he is playing well despite that and if he can come right in a few days he will do well if he can beat So. But winning this is a long way from becoming a world contender but it could happen.

But it is better to set small goals. for example on a hugely lower level in a tournament a few years ago I set myself the goal of getting 50%. This was realistic and I was prepared for losses as well as the chance that I could recover from them and also set-backs in my game.

Those sorts of things help. I like the way both these players play.

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  pdxjjb: Why 30 Qe4? After 30. R5c2 Qxa3 31. Qxa3 Rxa3 White stands better than in the actual game. R5c2 is pretty obvious?
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  HeMateMe: if 52...KxN, R-e3+ results in stalemate! The kind of mistakes I make in blitz.
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