I'm not sure I understand when the opening goes south for Shahade. He lets himself become pinned a couple times, he lets Sam retain a central pawn that is eventually pushed. He doesn't castle when his opponent does. Is there a single move that could be pointed to, to say "here is where he loses it"?
What makes the game odd is that his move 8 is a super amateur mistake--like, a hobbyist club player ought never to make that mistake. If I were at all focusing I would never make that mistake, and I'm lightyears away from touching Shahade's level. Maybe he was cocky about playing a little kid, I dunno.
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