Video: Sam Shankland explains his win against Frode Urkedal

9/12/2016 – In round nine of the Olympiad the US team won 3-1 against Norway. An important and fine game was Sam Shankland's crushing win on the black side of the Najdorf against Frode Urkedal. After the round Shankland visited the ChessBase stall in Baku and in a video session with Daniel King explained some of the finer points of the game and showed attacking and defensive ideas in the Najdorf.

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2016 Baku Olympiad

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USA vs Norway, Round nine, 11th September 2016

Bo.
2
United States (USA)
Rtg
-
12
Norway (NOR)
Rtg
3:1
2.1
GM
Caruana, Fabiano
2808
-
GM
Carlsen, Magnus
2857
½-½
2.2
GM
Nakamura, Hikaru
2789
-
GM
Hammer, Jon Ludvig
2651
1-0
2.3
GM
So, Wesley
2782
-
GM
Tari, Aryan
2570
½-½
2.4
GM
Shankland, Samuel L
2679
-
GM
Urkedal, Frode
2537
1-0

Olympiad Baku 2016, Round 9, Frode Urkedal vs Sam Shankland

 

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Olympiad schedule

Date Time Event, function
12 September 15:00 Round 10
13 September 11:00/19:30 Round 11/Closing Ceremony
14 September All day Departure day

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Mangler Mangler 9/13/2016 10:13
Not sure what video you guys watched. Shankland did a fine job explaining his game (given the limited time).
geraldsky geraldsky 9/13/2016 07:10
I can't feel what Shankland is talking....bla bla bla ....He talks like a machine and not human.
LetsReason LetsReason 9/12/2016 11:56
Oh my. Between Naka and Sam, how can people interview them without gritting their teeth? Cliche overbearing American confidence that really just annoys me. Are they good? Sure. I would not be able to hang around them though.
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