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Samuel Shankland vs Conrad Holt
"Holt Your Horses" (game of the day Apr-30-2018)
USA Junior Championship (2010), St Louis USA, rd 9, Jul-19
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Bled Attack (D17)  ·  1-0



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Jul-19-10  beenthere240: Getting the shank.
Jul-19-10  LarsenBentYou: Conny got Shanked.
Jul-19-10  Bridgeburner: A drastic halt to Holt.
Jul-19-10  TrollKing: That was pretty!

20. Bg8!
21. Rd8+!! <-- Bam!!

Jul-24-10  luzhin: 27...Qxg8 28.Qxf6+ Qg6 29.Qxg6+ Kxg6 30.R1e6++ is a pretty finish.
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  watwinc: So where was the blunder? 12 ... dc? There doesn't seem much hope after that.
Jul-24-10  luzhin: Yes, 12...dxc3 was terrible. Lajos Steiner won with Black back in 1931 with 12...Qe7, though 12...Bb4 also seems playable.
Apr-30-18  Delboy: 18. O-O is not bad, but doesn't 18. Bg8 win instantly? e.g. 18. ... Qe8 19. Qe6+ Kf8 20. Rd8, or 18. ... Nd7 19. Qf7+ Kd8 20. Qf8+ Kc7 21. Qxh6
Apr-30-18  ChessHigherCat: Another finish is 27...Rxg8 28. Qxf6 Rg6 29. Qxg6! Kxg6 30. Re6# (I think, I just did it in my computer-blearied hayd)
Apr-30-18  lost in space: Forcefully played by white. Well done.
Apr-30-18  Ratt Boy: <Delboy: 18. O-O is not bad, but doesn't 18. Bg8 win instantly? e.g. 18. ... ♕e8 19. ♕e6+ ♔f8 20. ♖d8, or 18. ... ♘d7 19. ♕f7+ ♔d8 20. ♕f8+ ♔c7 21. ♕xh6>

The latter line seems to win the Exchange, but it gives Black some counterplay chances: 18. ♗g8 ♘d7 19. ♕f7+ ♔d8 20. ♕f8+ ♔c7 21. ♕xh6 c2 22. ♖c1 ♕e8+ 23. ♔f1 ♕xg8, and if 24. ♖xc2, then ♕d5 lops off a ♖ with the threat of ♕d1.

Congrats to Sam Shankland, 2018 US Champ!

Apr-30-18  Ironmanth: Fantastic attack! Well done, Sam Shankland.
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  Breunor: Delboy, Stockfish agrees with you; after move 17:

+8.91 (34 ply) 18.Bg8 Nd7 19.Qe6+ Kd8 20.Qxf6+ Kc7 21.Qd6+ Kd8 22.bxc3 Rh8 23.Qf8+ Kc7 24.Qf4+ Kd8 25.Bf7 b6 26.Bxg6 Qc7 27.Qf6+ Kc8 28.Rxd7 Qxd7 29.Bf5 Re8+ 30.Kf1 Kc7 31.Bxd7 Kxd7 32.Kg2 Rad8 33.Qf7+ Re7 34.Rd1+ Kc8 35.Qxe7 Rxd1 36.Qxa7 Rb1 37.h4 Rb2 38.g5 Rb1 39.h5 Rb2 40.Qg7 b5 41.axb5 Rxb5 42.Qe7 Rb1

18 0-0 is also completely won though:

1) +7.65 (25 ply) 18...Nd7 19.Qe6+ Kf8 20.Rxd7 Qxd7 21.Qxd7 Rh7 22.Qxb7 Re8 23.Qb4+ Kxf7 24.Qxc3 Rf8 25.Qxc6 Kg8 26.Rd1 Rhf7 27.Rd6 g5 28.Rd7 Rxd7 29.Qxd7 Rf7 30.Qc8+ Rf8 31.Qc5 Rf7 32.Qc6 Kf8 33.Qc8+ Kg7 34.b4

In practice I guess it depends on what Shankland saw, but the difference between 7.65 and 8.91 is pretty irrelevant (relative to what a real human can calculate!)

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