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John Fedorowicz vs Leonid Alexandrovich Shamkovich
New York (1980), New York, NY USA
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1


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Apr-03-03  ughaibu: This Rd5 is great, it just looked like a horrible mess before that.
Aug-05-07  stanleys: <ughaibu:> <it just looked like a horrible mess before that.>

I had a similar impression when I saw this game for the first time.However,as Shamkovich explains,his play is very logical - everything is directed against the white's center.For this reason he didn't even castle -after 13...Rd8 his comment is: "The beginning of a counter-attack on the d-file.There is no time to castle - 13...0-0 is met by 14.c4 b4 15.e5".

Instead he starts to undermine the center (and here the order of moves I have is sligthly different - first 15...e6 - he is ready to meet 16.d6 or 16.dxe6 by Nxe5! - and afterwards 16...g5)

Another comment of him (after 16...g5) "Undermining the center at every price,if not - game is over"

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  plang: Boy, what an advertisement for the Grunfeld. Definitely one of Shamkovich's best games. I hardly predicted any of blacks moves in the middle game. Voted the 8th best game in Informant #30.
Jan-02-11  Chessdreamer: In Informant #30, the game score has Fedorowicz resigning after 27...Qe4+.
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