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Samuel Shankland vs Dale R Haessel
9th Edmonton International (2014), Edmonton, Canada, rd 5, Jun-25
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System Reversed (A37)  ·  1-0



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Jun-26-14  Edmontonchessclub: The first game to finish...obviously.
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  whiteshark: If it's not too much of a haessle.
Jun-26-14  john barleycorn: doing the haessel

Jun-26-14  Robin01: Why would a 2100 player just give a piece away? Is the score accurate?
Jun-26-14  Shams: <Robin01> I assume he was banking on ...e4 recovering the piece and perhaps missed that he couldn't satisfactorily meet White's queen check covering the Ra1.

Did he actually think a strong GM would have allowed something so simple? If we can speculate, this question probably flitted across his mind, along with the answer: highly unlikely. But of course you can't play chess just assuming that if your moves were any good your opponent wouldn't have allowed them.

"Well, Dale old boy," I can see him saying to himself. "You know what they say: if you don't see the refutation, play the move." And isn't that the right attitude?

On the bright side, he has saved some energy for later rounds.

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  Domdaniel: <Shams> I once did much the same against IM Mark Orr ... a totally unsound piece sacrifice in the opening. The cause is a rush of blood to the head, and a foolish belief that you should be aggressive. I lasted 15 moves, I think.
Jun-26-14  MountainMatt: Wow, that was dumb.
Jun-26-14  Shams: <Domdaniel> Did your thought process begin with "Well, Dom old boy..."?
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  Domdaniel: <Shams> Heh, something like that. It was the first round of a tournament, and I'd told myself that I needed to grab the initiative more forcefully. And overdid it. After this bit of fine-tuning, I won two games with sacs.
Jun-26-14  Shams: My assumption is that Black really thought the Knight sac was the best move in the position. But I've never played a GM; perhaps it's a bit hypnotizing.
Jun-26-14  Sally Simpson: Yes, a bit clumsy.

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Obviously expecting the c3 Knight to move and then play e4 hitting the f3 Knight and a1 Rook.

Best not to have ideas against the good guys till at least after you have castled and got a few bits developed.

Hi Dom,

I know Mark quite well. I never followed my above advice in a game v him where I had an OTB idea.

After the opening moves of an Advanced Caro Khan we reached here.

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I decided that I wanted his light squared Bishop off the board and still keep mine so.....

I played Rh3 TN(!)

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The exclam is for the look of surprise on Mark's face.

He took the Rook. I took back with Nxh3. I lost.

Played each other 3 times including that one. Lost all three.

I have one miserable win in a 30 minute festival allegro.

That was a strange tournament played at Christmas. All the players were given frozen chickens and bottle of wine. Mark must have had a sample of his before our game.

I'm just remembering...around about that time (1980/81) I use to wear whilst playing a German WWII helmet that I had painted black, glued a Knight on the top of it and had written on the front in white paint. 'The Mad Knight.' I wore it at that allegro.

Ahh, the good old days.

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  FSR: Another entry for my Game Collection: Horrible theoretical novelties.
Jun-27-14  Sally Simpson: Hi FSR.

A graveyard of Opening TN's. I like it.

Had a cartoon once published in chess mag.

It was a tombstone and carved on it was..

"Here lies Berts opening inovation,

buried by a neat refutation."

Next time I get a chance I'll play it again in a blitz game. If Black does not take the Rook I'll run the Rook along the 3rd rank till it sees a minor piece to throw itself against.

It is based on the theory that minor pieces play a bigger role in the opening than Rooks and I've never been one to place much value on the exchange.

The exchange really only comes to the fore in endings and I don't do endings.

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  Domdaniel: <Sally> I thought you might know Mark. That Rh3!? is, um, interesting. Actually, I remember once trying the same idea in a rapid game, but with the other Rook -- Ra3, allowing ...Bxa3.

My own idiocy vs Mark involved a Reti with Nf3-e5. He played ...Nd7 to challenge the knight, so I played Nxf7. Which just lost a piece: he quickly castled by hand (...Kxf7, ...Rf8, ...Kg8 etc) and I had nothing. Don't know what I was thinking, except trying to be aggressive. Ironically, if I'd played more boring stuff I'd have had reasonable drawing chances.

Do you know the Great Undecidable Game, M Orr vs S Knott, 1986 ...? Or not?

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  Domdaniel: I agree with you about the Exchange, btw. The more I play, the more willing I am to sac an Exchange. And looking at classic 'Soviet Exchange sacs', it's easy to be seduced by them.

It helps, though, to be able to rescue the ending if things go awry.

Jun-27-14  Sally Simpson: Hi Dom,

"It helps, though, to be able to rescue the ending if things go awry."

I think it makes me play better knowing I have no chance in an ending.

I'll re-phrase that.

It makes me more desperate knowing I have no chance in an ending.

No that is not right either.

I panic-sac like a lunatic in the middle game so I never get bogged down considering my endgame chances.

I looked at

M Orr vs S Knott, 1986

White looks like he is in positional zugzwang.

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Not resignable though. Maybe some moves missing. Next time I see Mark I'll ask him what happened.

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  Domdaniel: <Sally> -- <It makes me more desperate knowing I have no chance in an ending.>

I know what you mean. Many years ago, I studied Averbakh on Rook Endings. More recently, I tackled Dvoretsky -- who is unquestionably brilliant where endings are concerned.

But I've had to accept that I'm just not very good at endings, unless they're clear wins. Which means trying to win games earlier, if humanly possible...

Jun-30-14  QueentakesKing: Switch to another board game, Dale.
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  sea7kenp: What happens if 11 ... e5? Doesn't it threaten the Knight on f3, as well as the Exchange?

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