Sunday, August 28, 2011

Big win for Sam Shankland

Sam drew one of the toughest possible opponents in Round 1: Peter Leko, who came within a few moves of winning the World Championship in 2004.  But Shankland won!  Rook and bishop vs. rook and knight endings are maddeningly difficult, even for endgame virtuosos.

When I was preparing for my first classical game against IM Florin Felecan a couple years ago, I was suprised to find that he had played several games against Peter Leko when both were teenagers.

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