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Samuel Shankland vs Peter Leko
FIDE World Team Championship (2015), Tsaghkadzor ARM, rd 3, Apr-21
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Geller Variation (A33)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Apr-22-15
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  Penguincw: Hmm. What would be the result of this game between a very solid, rarely loses Shankland vs. a drawish Leko? A draw of course!

However, this opening (up to 15.e4) was played recently in Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2015, where white won.

Leko also played this opening before with black, up to 10.Bxe5. Aronian vs Leko, 2008. That game was a draw.

Apr-27-15  dumbgai: Hard to blame Leko, I mean look at what happened the last time he tried to press for a win against Shankland: Leko vs S Shankland, 2011
Apr-27-15  SirRuthless: Shankland's job this event was to make draws on the top board. He is a 2650(underrated imo) player who is on his first rodeo against truly elite players and has been super solid for us. He won individual gold in the olympiad for reserve board last year and is looking to crack the top 100 and then 2700. This line is a great way to make a draw. with white but after Nakamura played 15.e4 over the board and won with it, the line is no longer going to surprise anyone.
Apr-27-15  sakredkow: Wow that's bang 'em up, shoot 'em up chess for a drawn line.
Apr-28-15  MagnusVerMagnus: yeah after 21 f5...it looks like a rook and 2 knights should be enough stuff to throw back at black? Guess not.

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