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Default Sam's Games from the 2010 US Open Championship

I started off very badly in the 2010 US Open Chess Championship (and
Jerry Hanken Memorial), losing to or drawing with players rated far
below me (and lucky to do that). I recovered or got back into practice
somewhat near the end and had an outside chance to win a smal money
prize. However, I lost in the last round and ended with an even score
of 4.5 - 4.5 .

My most interesting game was against International Master Anthony
Saidy. I sacrificed a pawn in the opening and felt I had a reasonable
game. Saidy said that I lost the game with 32. Kg3, retreating my
king. Had I kept my king on Kf4, he could not have penetrated and a
draw was a likely result, he said.

My best game was against Chris Keefe where I refuted his Danish
Gambit. This is a game that every Danish player should study because I
always win with the black side of this opening. Billy Colias, a young
master at the Manhattan Chess Club, used to play this against me and I
beat him every time, even though he was much stronger and higher rated
than I was. These were seven-minute games in the Manhattan Rapids.

http://www.chessgames.com/player/billy_colias.html

In my game against Holly McRoberts, she fell into a trap that weaker
players often fall into against me. I cannot tell you how many games I
have won like this.

After the game, I informed her that she is probably a distant cousin
of mine as my great-great-grandmother was Elizabeth McRobert
(1812-1879) from Stranraer, Scotland and the name is not common even
there.

My best result was against Ronald Eng, a young near master rated 2164.
It looked like I was losing but I managed to hold a draw in a tricky
endgame.

My most disgusting result was in my last round. I seemed to have an
outside remote chance at a money prize if I could win with Black
against a higher rated opponent. However, Randall Hough psyched me out
by saying that my opponent was up in his room burning the midnight oil
preparing for my Damiano's Defense. As a result, I chickened out.
Instead of playing my strong and solid Damiano's Defense (1. e4 e5 2.
Nf3 f6 3. Nxe5 fxe5 4. Qh5+ Ke7 5. Qxe5+ Kf7 6. Bc4+ d5 7. Bxd5+ Kg6
8. d4 Bd6) I played the Latvian Gambit which I used to play years ago
before I discovered the Damiano's Defense. I had forgotten all about
the Latvian Gambit and I mixed up my lines, but I survived with a
playable game until I hung my Queen. I forgot that the reason Black
plays 5. .... Qf7 rather than 5. .... Qg6 in several variations is to
stop Be2-h5 winning the queen. I fell right into that and this ruined
what might have been a successful result. Had I played 11. .... dxe4
instead of 11. .... Nxe4 my game was quite OK I believe.

Sam Sloan

Here are the games:

[Event "US Open Championship"]
[Site "Irvine, California"]
[Date "2010.08.05"]
[Round "01"]
[White "Ge,Aaron"]
[Black "Sloan,Sam"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D20"]
[WhiteElo "1301"]
[BlackElo "1912"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.e3 exd4 5.exd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Bxc4 Nf6
8.Bb5 Bb4 9.O-O O-O 10.d5 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Nd4 12.Qd3 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Nxb5
14.Qxb5 Qxd5 15.c4 Qxb5 16.cxb5 a6 17.bxa6 Rxa6 18.Bf4 Nd5 19.Be5 f6
20.Bg3 Rfa8 21.h3 Rxa2 22.Rxa2 Rxa2 23.Rb1 b6
24.Rd1 Ra5 25.Rc1 c5 26.Rd1 c4 27.f3 Kf7 28.Be1 Rb5 29.Rc1 Rc5 30.Bf2
Rc6 31.Kf1 b5 32.Ke2 Nf4+ 33.Kf1 Nd3 34.Rb1 Nxf2 35.Kxf2 c3 36.Ke3 c2
37.Rc1 b4 38.Kd3 b3 39.Kd2 Rd6+ 40.Kc3 Rd1 41.Rxc2 bxc2 42.Kxc2 Rg1
43.g4 Rf1 44.Kd3 Rxf3+ 45.Ke4 Rxh3 46.Kf5 Ra3
47.Kf4 Ra4+ 48.Kf3 Ra3+ 49.Kf4 g5+ 50.Kf5 Rf3+ 51.Ke4 Rf4+ 52.Ke3 Rxg4
53.Kf3 h5 54.Kf2 h4 55.Kf3 f5 56.Ke3 h3 57.Kd3 h2 58.Ke3 h1=Q 59.Kd3
Qf3+ 60.Kd2 Rg2+ 61.Ke1 Qe2# 0-1

[Event "US Open Championship"]
[Site "Irvine, California"]
[Date "2010.08.05"]
[Round "02"]
[White "Sloan,Sam"]
[Black "Saidy,Anthony"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "1912"]
[BlackElo "2331"]

1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.h3 e5 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nc3 h5 6.g5 Qxg5 7.Bxe4 Qd8 8.Nf3
Nf6 9.d3 Nbd7 10.Rg1 g6 11.Bg5 Bb4 12.Qe2 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Qa5 14.Kd2
Nxe4+ 15.Qxe4 Qd5 16.Qe2 e4 17.Qxe4+ Qxe4 18.dxe4 Nc5 19.Ke3 Bxh3
20.Bf6 Rg8 21.Rab1 b6 22.Ne5 Nd7 23.Nxd7 Kxd7
24.Rbd1+ Kc7 25.f4 Rge8 26.Rd2 Bf5 27.Be5+ Rxe5 28.fxe5 Be6 29.a3 h4
30.Kf4 h3 31.Kg3 g5 32.Kh2 g4 33.Rd6 Rg8 34.Rd3 Rh8 35.Rd6 Rh5 36.Rxe6
fxe6 37.Rxg4 Kb7 38.Rg3 Rxe5 39.Re3 Ra5 40.c4 Rc5 41.Rc3 Kc7 42.Kxh3
Kd6 43.Kg4 Ke5 44.Kf3 Kd4 45.Rd3+ Kxc4 46.Kf4
Kb5 47.Rd6 e5+ 48.Kf5 Ka4 49.Rd3 b5 50.Ke6 a5 51.Kd6 Rxc2 52.Kxe5 b4
53.axb4 axb4 54.Rd8 c5 55.Ra8+ Kb3 56.Kd5 c4 57.e5 Rd2+ 58.Kc5 Re2
59.Kd5 c3 60.e6 c2 0-1

[Event "US Open Championship"]
[Site "Irvine, California"]
[Date "2010.08.05"]
[Round "03"]
[White "Klaas,Donald"]
[Black "Sloan,Sam"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D00"]
[WhiteElo "1685"]
[BlackElo "1912"]

1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 c6 6.Be3 Bg4 7.Qf2 e6
8.Nf3 Bb4 9.Bd3 Qa5 10.O-O O-O 11.Ne4 Nbd7 12.c4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Nf6
14.Bd3 Bd6 15.Ng5 h6 16.Qh4 hxg5 17.Bxg5 Bf5 18.Bxf5 exf5 19.Bxf6 gxf6
20.Rf3 Kg7 21.Rg3+ Bxg3 22.Qxg3+ Kh7 23.Qh4+ Kg6
24.Qg3+ Kh6 25.Qh4+ Kg7 26.Qg3+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "US Open Championship"]
[Site "Irvine, California"]
[Date "2010.08.06"]
[Round "04"]
[White "Sloan,Sam"]
[Black "Sia,Derrick Lee"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "1912"]
[BlackElo "1775"]

1.g4 e5 2.d3 Bc5 3.h3 d6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.e4 Be6 6.Nf3 Nge7 7.Ng5 Qd7 8.Bg2
a6 9.O-O O-O-O 10.Kh2 g6 11.Be3 h5 12.Bxc5 dxc5 13.Nxe6 Qxe6 14.g5 h4
15.f4 f5 16.gxf6 Qxf6 17.Qg4+ Kb8 18.fxe5 Qxe5+ 19.Qf4 Qd4 20.Rf2 Rdf8
21.Qxf8+ Rxf8 22.Rxf8+ Ka7 23.Raf1 Nb4
24.R8f2 Nbc6 25.Nd5 Qxb2 26.Rf7 Qe5+ 27.Kh1 Nxd5 28.exd5 Nd4 29.R1f2
Ne2 30.Be4 Ng3+ 31.Kg2 Nxe4 32.dxe4 Qxe4+ 33.Kf1 Qxd5 34.Rxc7 Qh1+
35.Ke2 Qxh3 36.Rxc5 Qe6+ 37.Kf1 Qxa2 38.Rg5 Qc4+ 39.Kg1 Qe4 40.Rfg2 h3
41.R2g3 Qxc2 42.Rxg6 a5 43.Re6 a4 44.Ree3 Ka6
45.Rxh3 b5 46.Kf1 Ka5 47.Ke1 Qc4 48.Kd1 b4 49.Re8 Qd5+ 50.Ke1 b3
51.Rhe3 Kb4 52.R8e4+ Ka3 53.Re5 Qc4 54.Kd1 Ka2 55.R5e4 Qc2+ 56.Ke1 b2
57.Re2 b1=Q+ 58.Kf2 Qxe2+ 59.Rxe2+ Qb2 0-1

[Event "US Open Championship"]
[Site "Irvine, California"]
[Date "2010.08.06"]
[Round "05"]
[White "Kopstein,Evan"]
[Black "Sloan,Sam"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A80"]
[WhiteElo "1515"]
[BlackElo "1912"]

1.Nf3 f5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bf4 d6 4.e3 g6 5.Bc4 d5 6.Bb3 c6 7.Nbd2 e6 8.Qe2
Bg7 9.c4 O-O 10.h3 Nbd7 11.cxd5 exd5 12.O-O Ne4 13.Qd3 Re8 14.Rac1 Nf8
15.Be5 Bh6 16.Nxe4 fxe4 17.Qxe4 Bf5 18.Qh4 Qxh4 19.Nxh4 Be4 20.Bc2
Bxc2 21.Rxc2 Nd7 22.Bh2 Nf6 23.Nf3 Ne4 24.b4 a6
25.a4 Re6 26.Rb1 Kf7 27.b5 axb5 28.axb5 Ra3 29.Ne5+ Kg8 30.bxc6 bxc6
31.Rb8+ Kg7 32.Rb7+ Kg8 33.Bf4 Ra1+ 34.Kh2 Bxf4+ 35.exf4 Ra6 36.Rcb2
Nd6 37.Rc7 Nb5 38.Rd7 Ra8 39.Nxc6 Rxc6 40.Rxb5 Rc2 41.Rbb7 Rxf2
42.Rxh7 Rxf4 43.Rhg7+ Kh8 44.Rxg6 Rxd4 45.Rg5 Rd8
46.Rb6 Kh7 47.Rbg6 Re4 48.Rg7+ Kh8 49.Rg3 d4 50.R7g5 Re7 51.Rd3 Kh7
52.h4 Kh6 53.g3 Re4 54.Kh3 Re2 55.Rg4 Re3 56.Rxe3 dxe3 57.Re4 Rd3
58.Kg4 Ra3 59.Re6+ Kg7 60.Kf3 e2+ 61.Kxe2 Rxg3 1/2-1/2

[Event "US Open Championship"]
[Site "Irvine, California"]
[Date "2010.08.06"]
[Round "06"]
[White "Sloan,Sam"]
[Black "McRoberts,Holly"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "1912"]
[BlackElo "1559"]

1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 Bxg4 3.c4 Nf6 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Qb3 e6 6.Qa4+ Nc6 7.Qxg4 h5
8.Qa4 Bc5 9.Nc3 Qf6 10.Nf3 Nf4 11.Rg1 O-O-O 12.Ne4 Nxg2+ 13.Rxg2 Qf5
14.Rg5 Bxf2+ 15.Kxf2 Qh3 16.d3 Nd4 17.Nxd4 Qxh2+ 18.Ke1 Rd5 19.Rxd5
exd5 20.Qxa7 dxe4 21.Qa8+ Kd7 22.Qxh8 Qg1+
23.Kd2 Qxd4 24.Qxh5 e3+ 25.Kd1 g6 26.Qh3+ f5 27.Qxe3 Qd5 28.b3 c5
29.Bb2 b5 30.Kd2 Kc6 31.Rg1 Qf7 32.Qe5 1-0

[Event "US Open Championship"]
[Site "Irvine, California"]
[Date "2010.08.06"]
[Round "07"]
[White "Keefe,Chris"]
[Black "Sloan,Sam"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C21"]
[WhiteElo "1704"]
[BlackElo "1912"]

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 d5 6.Bxd5 Bb4+ 7.Nd2
Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 Nf6 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.Rd1 O-O 11.Ne2 Nc6 12.O-O Rd8 13.Qc2
Bg4 14.f3 Nb4 15.Qc4 Qb6+ 16.Rd4 Nxd5 17.fxg4 Nf6 18.Kh1 Rxd4 19.Nxd4
Rd8 20.Nb3 Qc6 21.Qe2 Qxe4 22.Qf2 Qxg4 23.Qxa7
Qc4 24.Qf2 Ng4 25.Qf3 Qxf1+ 0-1

[Event "US Open Championship"]
[Site "Irvine, California"]
[Date "2010.08.07"]
[Round "08"]
[White "Sloan,Sam"]
[Black "Eng,Randel"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "1912"]
[BlackElo "2164"]

1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.h3 h6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bf4 e6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.Nbd2 Be7 8.O-O
b6 9.Re1 Bb7 10.c3 c5 11.e3 O-O 12.g5 hxg5 13.Nxg5 g6 14.h4 Nh5 15.Bh3
Kg7 16.Bxe6 Bxg5 17.Bxg5 Qc7 18.Bg4 f6 19.Bf4 Nxf4 20.exf4 f5 21.Bh3
Qxf4 22.Re7+ Rf7 23.Qe2 Qxh4 24.Re1 Raf8
25.Nf3 Qxh3 26.Ng5 Qg4+ 27.Qxg4 fxg4 28.Nxf7 Rxf7 29.Kg2 Nf6 30.Rxf7+
Kxf7 31.Kg3 Ne4+ 32.Kxg4 Nxf2+ 33.Kg5 Ne4+ 34.Kh6 Bc8 35.dxc5 bxc5
36.c4 Be6 37.Rf1+ Bf5 38.cxd5 Kf6 39.Rf3 Ke5 40.Ra3 Kxd5 41.Rxa7 c4
42.a4 Kc6 43.Ra8 Nc5 44.Kg5 Nd3 45.Rb8 Kc5 46.a5
Nb4 47.Kf4 Nc6 48.a6 Be6 49.Kg5 Bd5 50.Rc8 Kb6 51.Ra8 Be4 52.Kf4 Bf5
53.Ke3 Na7 54.Kd4 Bd3 55.b3 Nb5+ 56.Ke3 Nc7 57.Rc8 Nxa6 58.bxc4 Bf5
59.Rd8 Kc5 60.Kf4 Nc7 61.Rd1 Na6 62.Ke5 Kxc4 63.Rg1 Nb8 64.Kf6 Nd7+
65.Kg7 Ne5 66.Kf6 Kd4 67.Rd1+ Nd3 68.Kg5 Ke5
69.Ra1 Nf2 70.Ra5+ Ke4 71.Ra4+ Kf3 72.Rf4+ Kg3 73.Rxf5 gxf5 74.Kxf5
1/2-1/2

[Event "US Open Championship"]
[Site "Irvine, California"]
[Date "2010.08.08"]
[Round "09"]
[White "Chaing,Michael"]
[Black "Sloan,Sam"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C40"]
[WhiteElo "2085"]
[BlackElo "1912"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.Nc4 fxe4 5.Ne3 Qf7 6.Bc4 Qg6 7.O-O c6
8.d4 d5 9.Be2 Nf6 10.f3 Bd6 11.fxe4 Nxe4 12.Bh5 Nd7 13.Nf5 Ndf6
14.Bxg6+ hxg6 15.Nxd6+ Nxd6 16.Bf4 Nde4 17.Nd2 Bg4 18.Qe1 O-O-O
19.Nxe4 Nxe4 20.Qa5 Nd6 21.Bxd6 Rxd6 22.Qxa7 Kc7 23.Rf7+
Bd7 24.Re1 g5 25.Ree7 Rd8 26.Rxg7 g4 27.g3 Kc8 28.Qa5 Rf6 29.Rxd7
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Default Sam's Games from the 2010 US Open Championship

Sam, Saidy probably sees something I don't, but aren't the two Rd6s -
particularly the second one on move 35, the actual reason he broke
through? Can't you still play 35. Kg3 and hold?

Good near draw against a GM.

SBD

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Default Sam's Games from the 2010 US Open Championship

On Aug 15, 1:37*pm, sd wrote:
Sam, Saidy probably sees something I don't, but aren't the two Rd6s -
particularly the second one on move 35, the actual reason he broke
through? Can't you still play 35. Kg3 and hold?

Good near draw against a GM.

SBD


Yes. I think you are right.

After 35. Kg3 Rh5 36. Kf4 I do not see how he can make progress. The
game would probably have been an agreed draw after just a few moves.

Thank you for pointing this out.

The idea behind my actual move of 35. Rd6 was to sacrifice the
exchange to get his two king-side pawns. However, as he demonstrated,
my pawns are all doubled, isolated and weak so he probably always wins
the rook-and-pawn endgame.

I was going by the old adage "All rook and pawn endgames are draws"
but, as this game demonstrates, that is not always true.

Sam Sloan

Event "US Open Championship"]
[Site "Irvine, California"]
[Date "2010.08.05"]
[Round "02"]
[White "Sloan,Sam"]
[Black "Saidy,Anthony"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "1912"]
[BlackElo "2331"]

1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.h3 e5 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nc3 h5 6.g5 Qxg5 7.Bxe4 Qd8 8.Nf3
Nf6 9.d3 Nbd7 10.Rg1 g6 11.Bg5 Bb4 12.Qe2 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Qa5 14.Kd2
Nxe4+ 15.Qxe4 Qd5 16.Qe2 e4 17.Qxe4+ Qxe4 18.dxe4 Nc5 19.Ke3 Bxh3
20.Bf6 Rg8 21.Rab1 b6 22.Ne5 Nd7 23.Nxd7 Kxd7
24.Rbd1+ Kc7 25.f4 Rge8 26.Rd2 Bf5 27.Be5+ Rxe5 28.fxe5 Be6 29.a3 h4
30.Kf4 h3 31.Kg3 g5 32.Kh2 g4 33.Rd6 Rg8 34.Rd3 Rh8 35.Rd6 Rh5 36.Rxe6
fxe6 37.Rxg4 Kb7 38.Rg3 Rxe5 39.Re3 Ra5 40.c4 Rc5 41.Rc3 Kc7 42.Kxh3
Kd6 43.Kg4 Ke5 44.Kf3 Kd4 45.Rd3+ Kxc4 46.Kf4
Kb5 47.Rd6 e5+ 48.Kf5 Ka4 49.Rd3 b5 50.Ke6 a5 51.Kd6 Rxc2 52.Kxe5 b4
53.axb4 axb4 54.Rd8 c5 55.Ra8+ Kb3 56.Kd5 c4 57.e5 Rd2+ 58.Kc5 Re2
59.Kd5 c3 60.e6 c2 0-1
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Default Sam's Games from the 2010 US Open Championship

On Aug 15, 1:54*pm, samsloan wrote:
On Aug 15, 1:37*pm, sd wrote:

Sam, Saidy probably sees something I don't, but aren't the two Rd6s -
particularly the second one on move 35, the actual reason he broke
through? Can't you still play 35. Kg3 and hold?


Good near draw against a GM.


SBD


Yes. I think you are right.

After 35. Kg3 Rh5 36. Kf4 I do not see how he can make progress. The
game would probably have been an agreed draw after just a few moves.

Thank you for pointing this out.

The idea behind my actual move of 35. Rd6 was to sacrifice the
exchange to get his two king-side pawns. However, as he demonstrated,
my pawns are all doubled, isolated and weak so he probably always wins
the rook-and-pawn endgame.

I was going by the old adage "All rook and pawn endgames are draws"
but, as this game demonstrates, that is not always true.


No problem, Sam, tough to see until after the game, then hindsight is
always 20/20.

I also liked how you did, as you note, hang tough in the Eng game.
There he missed the "backward move" 45. ....Kc7! instead of his
45. ... Kc5, which again, looks good but is not best and moves the
game to a draw.

Your handling of the Danish was also neat, and jeesh, Colias was a
monster (RIP), I know that from my days in Illinois. I always played
the Schlechter line there as I knew the endgame pretty well, but from
what I see of the immediate bishop check it seems to be a good move.
Does anyone have "Danish Dynamite" and know what they recommend
against Sam's line? My Big Database 2006 just shows white getting
crushed by this line.

SBD

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Default Sam's Games from the 2010 US Open Championship

On Aug 15, 3:07*pm, sd wrote:

Good near draw against a GM.


Did Saidy ever get the GM title? I thought he did not go beyond IM.

Does anyone have "Danish Dynamite" and know what they recommend
against Sam's line? My Big Database 2006 just shows white getting
crushed by this line.


The line beginning 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 d5
is considered one of the minor "other variations," but gets quite a
lot of space, pages 67-81 of "Danish Dynamite." Most of that goes to
6.Bxd5 Nf6, but 6...Bb4+ gets about 2 pages. Sloan's game followed
the main line thru 7.Nd2 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 Nf6, but now White deviated from
what theory there is with 9.Bxf6, which the book doesn't even mention.
It gives as the main line 9.Qg5 0-0 10.0-0-0 Qe7 11.Ne2 Nbd7 12.Nf4,
as in Sieber-Alderton, Calgary 1996, with a verdict of "unclear."



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Default Sam's Games from the 2010 US Open Championship

On Aug 15, 3:52*pm, Taylor Kingston
wrote:
On Aug 15, 3:07*pm, sd wrote:



Good near draw against a GM.


* Did Saidy ever get the GM title? I thought he did not go beyond IM.

Does anyone have "Danish Dynamite" and know what they recommend
against Sam's line? My Big Database 2006 just shows white getting
crushed by this line.


* The line beginning 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 d5
is considered one of the minor "other variations," but gets quite a
lot of space, pages 67-81 of "Danish Dynamite." Most of that goes to
6.Bxd5 Nf6, but 6...Bb4+ gets about 2 pages. Sloan's game followed
the main line thru 7.Nd2 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 Nf6, but now White deviated from
what theory there is with 9.Bxf6, which the book doesn't even mention.
It gives as the main line 9.Qg5 0-0 10.0-0-0 Qe7 11.Ne2 Nbd7 12.Nf4,
as in Sieber-Alderton, Calgary 1996, with a verdict of "unclear."


As far as practical results go, my database agrees with yours,
Steve. In 14 games reaching the position after 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3
dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 d5 6.Bxd5 Bb4+, White scores a miserable +0 -10
=4. If we back up to the position after 5...d5, it's not quite so bad:
+22 -39 =30, but still hardly good.

Rather than 7.Nd2 as in Sloan's game, Mueller & Voigt say that 7.Nc3
"is played more often and should be sufficient for dynamic equality."
Here's a recent game in that line showing how Black can go wrong:

[Event "ATL-ch2a"]
[Site "Barranquilla"]
[Date "1999.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Caldera, Anuar"]
[Black "Consuegra, Oscar"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C21"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "1999.??.??"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "COL"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1999.11.16"]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 cxb2 5. Bxb2 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 d5 7.
Bxd5 Nf6 8. Bxf7+ Kxf7 9. Qb3+ Be6 10. Qxb4 Nbd7 11. Nge2 Ne5 12. O-O
Nd3 13. Qa3 Nxb2 14. Qxb2 b6 15. Rfd1 Qe7 16. Nf4 Bc4 17. Rd4 Ba6 18.
Qb3+ Kf8 19. Ne6+ Ke8 20. Rad1 Qf7 21. Qa4+ Ke7 22. Rd7+ Nxd7 23.
Rxd7+ Kxe6 24. Qc6+ 1-0

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On Aug 15, 2:52*pm, Taylor Kingston
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On Aug 15, 3:07*pm, sd wrote:



Good near draw against a GM.


* Did Saidy ever get the GM title? I thought he did not go beyond IM.



No, my mistake for not looking first, especially since Sam was correct
in his initial post.

SBD
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On Aug 15, 12:12*pm, samsloan wrote:

My most interesting game was against International Master Anthony
Saidy. I sacrificed a pawn in the opening and felt I had a reasonable
game. Saidy said that I lost the game with 32. Kg3, retreating my
king. Had I kept my king on Kf4, he could not have penetrated and a
draw was a likely result, he said.


According to the score you give below, you played 31.Kf4-g3, so
playing 32.Kg3 was not an option. Do you mean you should have played
32.Kg3-f4 instead of 32.Kg3-h2? But that was impossible, since Black
had just played 31...g6-g5. I suppose you mean you should have just
shuffled rooks around while keeping the king on f4. However, you'd
have to take care to keep your e4-pawn defended, e.g. 31.Rh2 Rh8
32.Re2 Rh4+ 33.Kg5 Possible now that the e-pawn is defended.
33...Rh5+ 34.Kf4 etc.

1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.h3 e5 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nc3 h5 6.g5 Qxg5 7.Bxe4 Qd8 8.Nf3
Nf6 9.d3 Nbd7 10.Rg1 g6 11.Bg5 Bb4 12.Qe2 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Qa5 14.Kd2
Nxe4+ 15.Qxe4 Qd5 16.Qe2 e4 17.Qxe4+ Qxe4 18.dxe4 Nc5 19.Ke3 Bxh3
20.Bf6 Rg8 21.Rab1 b6 22.Ne5 Nd7 23.Nxd7 Kxd7
24.Rbd1+ Kc7 25.f4 Rge8 26.Rd2 Bf5 27.Be5+ Rxe5 28.fxe5 Be6 29.a3 h4
30.Kf4 h3 31.Kg3 g5 32.Kh2 g4 33.Rd6 Rg8 34.Rd3 Rh8 35.Rd6 Rh5 36.Rxe6
fxe6 37.Rxg4 Kb7 38.Rg3 Rxe5 39.Re3 Ra5 40.c4 Rc5 41.Rc3 Kc7 42.Kxh3
Kd6 43.Kg4 Ke5 44.Kf3 Kd4 45.Rd3+ Kxc4 46.Kf4
Kb5 47.Rd6 e5+ 48.Kf5 Ka4 49.Rd3 b5 50.Ke6 a5 51.Kd6 Rxc2 52.Kxe5 b4
53.axb4 axb4 54.Rd8 c5 55.Ra8+ Kb3 56.Kd5 c4 57.e5 Rd2+ 58.Kc5 Re2
59.Kd5 c3 60.e6 c2 0-1

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Default Sam's Games from the 2010 US Open Championship

In my reply to Dr. Doud I explained this by saying that after 35. Kg3
Rh5 36. Kf4 I do not see how Saidy can make progress. The
game would probably have been an agreed draw after just a few moves.

Sam Sloan

On Aug 15, 6:00*pm, Taylor Kingston
wrote:
On Aug 15, 12:12*pm, samsloan wrote:



My most interesting game was against International Master Anthony
Saidy. I sacrificed a pawn in the opening and felt I had a reasonable
game. Saidy said that I lost the game with 32. Kg3, retreating my
king. Had I kept my king on Kf4, he could not have penetrated and a
draw was a likely result, he said.


* According to the score you give below, you played 31.Kf4-g3, so
playing 32.Kg3 was not an option. Do you mean you should have played
32.Kg3-f4 instead of 32.Kg3-h2? But that was impossible, since Black
had just played 31...g6-g5. I suppose you mean you should have just
shuffled rooks around while keeping the king on f4. However, you'd
have to take care to keep your e4-pawn defended, e.g. 31.Rh2 Rh8
32.Re2 Rh4+ 33.Kg5 Possible now that the e-pawn is defended.
33...Rh5+ 34.Kf4 etc.

1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.h3 e5 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nc3 h5 6.g5 Qxg5 7.Bxe4 Qd8 8.Nf3
Nf6 9.d3 Nbd7 10.Rg1 g6 11.Bg5 Bb4 12.Qe2 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Qa5 14.Kd2
Nxe4+ 15.Qxe4 Qd5 16.Qe2 e4 17.Qxe4+ Qxe4 18.dxe4 Nc5 19.Ke3 Bxh3
20.Bf6 Rg8 21.Rab1 b6 22.Ne5 Nd7 23.Nxd7 Kxd7
24.Rbd1+ Kc7 25.f4 Rge8 26.Rd2 Bf5 27.Be5+ Rxe5 28.fxe5 Be6 29.a3 h4
30.Kf4 h3 31.Kg3 g5 32.Kh2 g4 33.Rd6 Rg8 34.Rd3 Rh8 35.Rd6 Rh5 36.Rxe6
fxe6 37.Rxg4 Kb7 38.Rg3 Rxe5 39.Re3 Ra5 40.c4 Rc5 41.Rc3 Kc7 42.Kxh3
Kd6 43.Kg4 Ke5 44.Kf3 Kd4 45.Rd3+ Kxc4 46.Kf4
Kb5 47.Rd6 e5+ 48.Kf5 Ka4 49.Rd3 b5 50.Ke6 a5 51.Kd6 Rxc2 52.Kxe5 b4
53.axb4 axb4 54.Rd8 c5 55.Ra8+ Kb3 56.Kd5 c4 57.e5 Rd2+ 58.Kc5 Re2
59.Kd5 c3 60.e6 c2 0-1


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Default Sam's Games from the 2010 US Open Championship

On Aug 15, 8:27*pm, samsloan wrote:
In my reply to Dr. Doud I explained this by saying that after 35. Kg3
Rh5 36. Kf4 I do not see how Saidy can make progress. The
game would probably have been an agreed draw after just a few moves.


Sam, it would help if you could manage to perform correctly the
simple matter of keeping your move numbers straight. There is a big
difference between 35.Kg3, which was a legal move, and **32**.Kg3,
which was not. Five and two are not the same number, nor are 35 and
32.
Also try spelling Dr. Dowd's name correctly.

On Aug 15, 6:00*pm, Taylor Kingston
wrote:



On Aug 15, 12:12*pm, samsloan wrote:


My most interesting game was against International Master Anthony
Saidy. I sacrificed a pawn in the opening and felt I had a reasonable
game. Saidy said that I lost the game with 32. Kg3, retreating my
king. Had I kept my king on Kf4, he could not have penetrated and a
draw was a likely result, he said.


* According to the score you give below, you played 31.Kf4-g3, so
playing 32.Kg3 was not an option. Do you mean you should have played
32.Kg3-f4 instead of 32.Kg3-h2? But that was impossible, since Black
had just played 31...g6-g5. I suppose you mean you should have just
shuffled rooks around while keeping the king on f4. However, you'd
have to take care to keep your e4-pawn defended, e.g. 31.Rh2 Rh8
32.Re2 Rh4+ 33.Kg5 Possible now that the e-pawn is defended.
33...Rh5+ 34.Kf4 etc.


1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.h3 e5 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nc3 h5 6.g5 Qxg5 7.Bxe4 Qd8 8.Nf3
Nf6 9.d3 Nbd7 10.Rg1 g6 11.Bg5 Bb4 12.Qe2 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Qa5 14.Kd2
Nxe4+ 15.Qxe4 Qd5 16.Qe2 e4 17.Qxe4+ Qxe4 18.dxe4 Nc5 19.Ke3 Bxh3
20.Bf6 Rg8 21.Rab1 b6 22.Ne5 Nd7 23.Nxd7 Kxd7
24.Rbd1+ Kc7 25.f4 Rge8 26.Rd2 Bf5 27.Be5+ Rxe5 28.fxe5 Be6 29.a3 h4
30.Kf4 h3 31.Kg3 g5 32.Kh2 g4 33.Rd6 Rg8 34.Rd3 Rh8 35.Rd6 Rh5 36.Rxe6
fxe6 37.Rxg4 Kb7 38.Rg3 Rxe5 39.Re3 Ra5 40.c4 Rc5 41.Rc3 Kc7 42.Kxh3
Kd6 43.Kg4 Ke5 44.Kf3 Kd4 45.Rd3+ Kxc4 46.Kf4
Kb5 47.Rd6 e5+ 48.Kf5 Ka4 49.Rd3 b5 50.Ke6 a5 51.Kd6 Rxc2 52.Kxe5 b4
53.axb4 axb4 54.Rd8 c5 55.Ra8+ Kb3 56.Kd5 c4 57.e5 Rd2+ 58.Kc5 Re2
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