Alexander Yermolinsky tried to avoid getting into a tactical skirmish with Ray Robson, but after a couple of imprudent moves, Robson unleashed a furious attack.

In my previous game-of-the-day installments, I wrote about highly critical games that helped propel a major tournament winner to their overall success. This time, I’ve taken a different direction, choosing a game that had no impact on any fight for first, but was extremely well played by the victor and a very dynamic and interesting encounter. It took place in the recent Spice Cup in St. Louis. 

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Samuel Shankland is a United States grandmaster ranked No. 7 in the country. He is a professional player and recipient of the Samford Fellowship in 2013, the most prestigious award in the United States for young chess players. He is at @GMShanky on Twitter and is also on Facebook.