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Aleksandr Lenderman vs Sam Sloan
US Open (2007), Cherry Hill NJ, rd 2, Aug-01
King Pawn Game: Damiano Defense (C40)  ·  1-0



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Oct-06-08  dumbgai: So much for his claim that he can take Radjabov with this opening.
Oct-06-08  utssb: If Sloan truly said that then he is mad. And I'm surprised an IM wouldn't know to play 8.h4.
May-12-09  Robert De Leon Jr.: Thats for sure <utssb> you would think that any master level player would be able to find the correct set of moves to play towards a win, but suffice it to say that even 8.Qg3+ was appaerntly enough to defeat a class A player.
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  samsloan: I should have played 11. .... Qe5. Then my game would have been nearly playable due to my lead in development.
Aug-28-09  David2009: <samsloan: I should have played 11. .... Qe5. Then my game would have been nearly playable due to my lead in development.>

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After 12 h5+ Kf6 (if Kf7, 13 Qc4) 13 Qd8+ Ne7 (or 13...Be7 Qxd5+) 14 Nc3 I cannot find a good plan for Black

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Aug-28-09  birthtimes: 8. h4 h6 9. Bxb7 wins Black's rook...
Sep-16-09  SetNoEscapeOn: What a joke.
Sep-16-09  Jason Frost: Meh, I lost to Sloan in a blitz tournament where he played this opening.

Not so easy to break if you are not prepared, although in a longer tournament game I guess you can just spend around an hour on the first 15-20 moves and be crushing from there.

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  FSR: Weird how hardly anyone plays the main line against him. Note, incidentally, that White kept all eight of his pawns until the end of the game.
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  samsloan: I think I need to play 9. ... Nd7 instead of 9. ... Ne7. Then the bishop on f8 defends the d6 square. I do not see anything better for White than 10. Bxb7. White gets five pawns for the knight but Black's pieces are more active.
Jul-21-12  Abdel Irada: Maybe it's a double-S thing. Sloan's play distinctly reminds me of that of Steve Sullivan, a Santa Cruz A-player and Grob specialist.
Oct-07-14  Christoforus Polacco: I like and very respect such players like Sam Sloan or Mark Hebden. Play like a gamblers ...
I remember fine film with Paul Newman and he said that gambler wants to lose. He gave himself only a little chance for winning. ................
Probably is no sense to analyse Damiano too seriously because rapid game this is something different kind of game than normal chess. This is exactly gambling.
My uncle said many, many yers ago that I play chess like a gambler :) So - I play Latvian, King's, Morr, Budapest. And probably I will try Damiano too in tournaments. It's so stupid but very funny. But I will try the line which was surprise for Bobby Fischer (3...Qe7 & d5) We will see ...
But I'll try it in normal chess because I hate speed chess. Anyway when I started to learn chess - I was 23 years old but it's never too late :) - I analysed one week in my sunny garden all the winning ways for white in Damiano - it is good exercise for chess ''greenhorns'' to train his combination's skill.
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  PhilFeeley: I'm surprised that anyone plays this opening, let alone that it's called a "defense"!
Jul-09-18  posoo: DIS MAN SLONE is not at ALL terrific.
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  sea7kenp: I like White's Pawn Structure!
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  HeMateMe: Who knew Sam Sloan was still alive?
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