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  • #16
    Christiansen is a great attacker !!

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    • #17
      I loved his book - all time classic: Storming the Barricades. and he has been a favorite of mine to follow since Montreal 1974 Canadian Open. Surfer Dude Larry playing speed chess against Ljubojevic and Quinteros!
      I am so happy he's still playing well at age 65!

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      • #18
        Larry Christiansen is one of those rare players who became a grandmaster without becoming an IM first. One of his most famous wins (and a chuckler) is: https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1069116 Karpov no less. You can go to chessgames.com Player Directory to play over some of his lovely attacking games.
        (I'm on a Larry Christiansen kick)

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        • #19
          https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021...idanov_Gregory Long awaited clash between the leaders and Larry Christiansen had white. Very fine defensive tactics by black (0-0-0 etc) and thats all she wrote. Kaidanov maintains his one point lead.

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          • #20
            https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021...alov_Alexander What a fascinating game! I wish it would go on and on. My hats off to you Grandmaster Novikov. Is this winnable? If so its a classic work of art.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Hans Jung View Post
              https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021...alov_Alexander What a fascinating game! I wish it would go on and on. My hats off to you Grandmaster Novikov. Is this winnable? If so its a classic work of art.
              WOW, that was indeed such a different game! Thanks Hans!!

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              • #22
                U.S. Senior Championship 2021

                July 24, 2021

                St. Louis, MO
                Round 7, July 23
                Novikov, Igor – Shabalov, Alexander
                A88 Dutch, Leningrad, main variation

                1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.c4 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.Nc3 c6 8.Rb1 a5 9.b3 Na6 10.Bb2 Rb8 11.d5 e5 12.dxe6 Bxe6 13.Qd2 Qe7 14.Ng5 Bc8 15.Rbd1 Rd8 16.Ba3 Nb4 17.Nh3 Be6 18.Ng5 Bd7 19.Rfe1 h6 20.Nh3 g5 21.f4 Ng4 22.e4 Qf6 23.Bb2 fxe4 24.Bxe4 d5 25.cxd5 cxd5 26.Bxd5+ Kh8 27.Na4 Qf8 28.Bxg7+ Qxg7 29.Bg2 Bf5 30.Qxd8+ Rxd8 31.Rxd8+ Kh7 32.fxg5 b5 33.g6+ Bxg6 34.Nc5 Qc3 35.Re7+ Bf7 36.Rxf7+ Kg6 37.Ne4 Qe3+ 38.Rf2 Nxf2 39.Nexf2 Nxa2 40.Rd3 Qe1+ 41.Bf1 Nc3 42.Nf4+ Kf7 43.Kg2 a4 44.bxa4 bxa4 45.Rd7+ Ke8 46.Ra7 Qe3 47.Rxa4 Nxa4 48.Bb5+ Kf8 49.Bxa4 Qd2 50.Bc6 Qb2 51.Bd5 Kg7 52.h4 Qd2 53.Kf3 Qc3+ 54.Kg4 Qc8+ 55.Be6 Qc2 56.N2d3 Kf6 57.Kh3 Qd2 58.Bd5 Qd1 59.Bg2 Qc2 60.Bf3 Qc8+ 61.Bg4 Qc6 62.Nf2 Kg7 63.Be2 Qb7 64.Kh2 Qc6 65.Ng4 Qc2 66.Kg2 Qb2 67.Ne3 Kf6 68.Kh3 Qc1 69.Bd3 Qh1+ 70.Kg4 Qd1+ 71.Nxd1 1-0

                Position after Black’s 47…Nxa4






                https://www.uschesschamps.com/2021-u...nship/overview

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                • #23
                  Rd 8 The Yermolator plays terminator against the leader Kaidanov. There is still a race for the lead.

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                  • #24
                    In a fitting finish the US Seniors in the last round had all endgames.

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                    • #25
                      Christiansen's Ba1 does a Joey Tribbiani and says "How you doin'?"
                      I have nothing important to say.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Sam Sharpe View Post
                        Christiansen's Ba1 does a Joey Tribbiani and says "How you doin'?"
                        Color commentary - I like it - much better than mine.

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                        • #27
                          Kaidanov limps across the finish line (with a draw) and finishes first.

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                          • #28
                            Larry Christiansen on the other hand plays a stunning endgame to win and tie for first!

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                            • #29
                              https://en.chessbase.com/post/gregor...-champion-2021 The playoff match for first.

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                              • #30
                                U.S. Senior Championship 2021

                                July 27, 2021

                                From the official FIDE site:

                                Gregory Kaidanov clinches 2021 U.S. Senior Championship title

                                GM Gregory Kaidanov won the 2021 U.S. Senior Championship title after defeating GM Larry Christiansen in an exciting playoff tiebreak, scoring 1.5 - 0.5 in the two-game rapid match. Gregory was a half-point ahead coming into the last round of the round-robin, but GM Larry Christiansen won a critical last-round game forcing a tiebreaker.

                                The first game saw Kaidanov miss a golden opportunity out of the opening as Christiansen fell into trouble early on in a Bogo-Indian Defense. Despite winning a clear extra pawn, Kaidanov was not able to consolidate his advantage, as Christiansen created enough counterplay to win the pawn back and equalize the game. After more trades the players ended up in an equal rook endgame, agreeing to a draw soon thereafter.

                                In the second game, Christiansen essayed the London System, to which Kaidanov responded in an aggressive manner, playing an early Qxb2 to isolate White’s queenside pawns. Christiansen in turn continued to play for the initiative, sacrificing a pawn for development. While under pressure, Kaidanov found an incredible resource to refute White’s attack, temporarily sacrificing a piece but leaving White with multiple pieces hanging. After the dust cleared, Kaidanov was left with an extra exchange, which he duly converted into the full point, winning the tiebreak and the national title.

                                US Senior Playoff
                                Game 1, July 26
                                Kaidanov, Gregory – Christiansen, Larry
                                E16 Queen’s Indian, Yates variation

                                1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 a5 5.g3 b6 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.O-O O-O 8.Bf4 Be7 9.Nc3 Ne4 10.Nb5 c6 11.Nc7 Ra7 12.Qb3 b5 13.cxb5 a4 14.Qc2 cxb5 15.Nxb5 Ra8 16.Ng5 Bxg5 17.Bxe4 Bxe4 18.Qxe4 d5 19.Qe3 Bxf4 20.Qxf4 Qb6 21.Nc3 Nc6 22.e3 Qxb2 23.Rfc1 Qb7 24.Rab1 Qd7 25.Nb5 Rab8 26.Qd6 Qxd6 27.Nxd6 Rxb1 28.Rxb1 Rd8 29.Nb7 Rb8 30.Rc1 Rxb7 31.Rxc6 g5 32.Ra6 Rb4 33.a3 Rc4 34.g4 1/2-1/2

                                Game 2, July 26
                                Christiansen, Larry – Kaidanov, Gregory
                                D02 Queen’s Bishop game

                                1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 Qb6 6.dxc5 Qxb2 7.Rb1 Qc3 8.Bb5 g6 9.Be5 Qxc5 10.Bxf6 exf6 11.c4 Bf5 12.Rc1 dxc4 13.Bxc4 Qe7 14.Bb5 Bd7 15.Rc4 a6 16.Re4 Be6 17.Qa4 Qd7 18.Nd4 f5 19.Nxc6 Rc8 20.Rxe6+ fxe6 21.Qb3 axb5 22.Ne5 Qd5 23.Qxd5 exd5 24.Ke2 Bd6 25.Nef3 Rc2 26.Nd4 Rxa2 27.Rb1 b4 28.Nb5 Kd7 29.Kd3 Rc8 30.Nxd6 Rc3+ 31.Kd4 Rxd2+ 32.Ke5 b3 33.Nxb7 b2 0-1

                                Position after White’s 19.Nxc6




                                19...Rc8!! was a brilliant find securing Black a decisive advantage

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