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Robin van Kampen vs Samuel Shankland
Tata Steel Challengers (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-15
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Main Line (C11)  ·  0-1



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Jan-15-15  belgradegambit: 22. g3?? is an unbelievable blunder. No time pressure, the discovered attack isn't hidden. Its difficult even to invoke "chess blindness".
Jan-15-15  OldWolf2: There is an interesting variation 20. Qf7!!

I check with Rybka and you have to go many moves down the track but this seems like a slightly more promising ending than the game line with say 23. Rd6 Bc6; 24. Bxc6 bxc6; 25. Qg4 Rab8; 26. b3 Rf5 and Black has all the play (although White can force repetition to draw).

Jan-16-15  Zkid: My guess is White thought that he had 23. Qg4 Nxf2 24. Qxg6, and only now saw 24...Be8.
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  whiteshark: The thing about chess is that whenever you see a happy face coming out of the playing venue, there must be a sad or crying face.
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  whiteshark: <20. Qf7 !!>

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What a beautiful move! Though objectively Qg4 could be stronger, one cannot resist such a spectacular queen sacrifice. <20... Rxf7> (<20... Qxf7 21. Nxf7+ Kg8 22. Nd6 fxe5 23. Rhe1 <>>)

<21. Rd8+ Qxd8 22. Nxf7+ Kg8 23. Nxd8 >

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White is slightly better as he has the superior minor pieces in this endgame.

but my AI clone calculates <23... Rb8=>

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  HeMateMe: white didn't calculate that black would find time to clear his back rank and drive the queen away. A fine game by the Shank, one of America's rising stars.

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