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Pascal Horn vs Alexander Shabalov
Geneva op (1992), 01
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jul-18-06  whatthefat: This is a pretty ludicrous game, that shows what can happen if you get complacent with a material advantage. Shabalov absent-mindedly drops a rook in the opening with 7...g6?? on account of white's reply 8.Nd6+! From here onwards however, white squanders his advantage move by move, until finally he is left salvaging a draw! Makes for interesting comparison with Portisch vs Tal, 1964.
Apr-13-07  notyetagm: After 10 ♗x♖a8 ♘f6 11 ♗f3, White is up by a whole rook!!!

1) Why did Shabalov not resign immediately?

2) How in the world do you only draw a game (Horn) when you are ahead by a whole rook(!) on move 10?

Apr-13-07  notyetagm: 7 ... g6?? 8 ♘d6+!! must have been a very unpleasant surprise for Shabalov. He could have resigned right then and there.

8 ♘e4-d6+!! is a stupendous <DOUBLE DISCOVERY>, making use of a <DISCOVERED PIN> down the e-file from the White e2-queen and a <DISCOVERED DEFLECTION> along the a8-h1 diagonal from the White g2-bishop.

<ALWAYS INVESTIGATE FORCING MOVES THAT LET YOU UNMASK YOUR LINE PIECES WITH GAIN OF TIME>. The opening of the lines of masked line pieces <WITH TEMPO> can be devastating, as Shabalov found out here with 8 ♘e4-d6+!!.

Apr-13-07  Tomlinsky: <1) Why did Shabalov not resign immediately?>

Maybe he was hoping for the answer to question 2...

<2) How in the world do you only draw a game (Horn) when you are ahead by a whole rook(!) on move 10?>

Playing an opponent rated some 400 ELO points higher than you coupled with lack of technique and self-discipline on a particular day against a ticking clock would do the trick.

May-21-07  notyetagm: 8 ♘e4-d6+!!
Oct-31-07  notyetagm: The kind of formation that Horn should have setup, a la Karpov.


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The White king is safe beyond degree and the opening of lines in the center for the bishop pair and extra(!) rook should bear fruit.

Oct-20-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Another classic for the ages in which a grandmaster soldiers on while dead lost, in this instance even securing the full point in the end: J L Burden vs Christiansen, 1992.
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