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Joshua Waitzkin vs Gregory Kaidanov
United States Championship (1995), Modesto, CA USA, rd 7, Nov-26
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin Variation (B40)  ·  1-0

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Dec-24-04  Knight13: Well played, Waitzkin! You are putting holes into Black's king! Well played attacking strategy.
May-10-07  Knight13: What the heck was the intention for playing 46.... Nd4??
Jul-15-07  TheaN: 47.Rxd4 Qxd4 48.Qxd4 Rxd4 with equality, I guess. Black kinda missed 49.Re8.
Dec-04-09  roastedrook: Equality ?!? after 48. ...Rxd4 then 49.Re8!! wins..
Aug-09-10  asiduodiego: Textbook win by Waitzkin. I think Black really messed up the whole game with 6. ... , c4? . What was the point?. The only achievement Black got was a weak isolated pawn on d5 against three pawns. Bad strategic move.
Oct-04-11  ToTheDeath: One of Waitzkin's best games.
Apr-13-17  linuxguy: I love what Kaidanov was doing with the opening, but it broke down in the middlegame, (even though he had reached equality) as if he were in time-pressure for most of the game.

For me, it seems as if Black had almost a pathological aversion to playing ...Re8, which could have been played at multiple points, and I would guess that even most Class players would play without thinking(?)

After h4, ...h5 seems the automatic response, and Houdini says it was a big mistake not to play it.

So, I paused Waitzkin's video, and Houdini liked some of my choices over Waitzkin's moves, but what I really love about Waitzkin's play in this game is how patient he was (mega patience, almost zen-like)!

Apr-13-17  linuxguy: Oh, Kaidanov must have been avoiding playing the move...Re8 because he saw that as the draw move, and he was trying to avoid getting a draw against his pupil, Waitzkin.

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