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Jorge E Sammour-Hasbun vs Samuel Sevian
US Chess Championship (2013), St Louis, MO USA, rd 4, May-06
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  SteinitzLives: Ok, I think this kid is for real. Will predict he is a GM before age 15, if not much sooner. I think the sky is the limit if he really wants to do this chess thing!

This game showed he could grind out a draw from an inferior position over a long span of moves and time. Playing in a no fun position with just the right kind of stubbornness, befitting a just about adolescent.

White has to have missed some chances over and over again as his position looks significantly superior from about move 17. to move 26. when he picked up the exchange for a pawn, then getting an active R on the 7th on move 29., winning back the pawn on move 31, white appears to be cruising to a sure victory.

Sevian trades Rs after the pawns are all on the same side of the board, minimizing whites' seemingly winning material advantage.

By move 45. white has the passed pawn in the R vs N endgame and should win but he pushes the passed pawn too soon, losing another, and by never using the white K, he loses the passer too.

Black hangs on for 35 more moves with a curmudgeonly active defense.

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