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Larry Remlinger vs Alexander Shabalov
"The Razor's Edge" (game of the day Sep-30-2018)
Las Vegas (1993), 06
Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation (A67)  ·  0-1


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  Sneaky: Most GM's play the odd-looking 8. ...Nfd7 instead of Shabalov's double edged 8. ...Nbd7.

This line is very interesting. One might think by looking at this game that White has bitten off more than he can chew, but I am to understand that GMs still don't trust that move for black.

Aug-18-11  sweetandcool: That's because Remlinger didn't play it properly. If White plays well, he should have a fair advantage out of the opening. He needed to play 11 Nf3.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: All opening theory and 11.e6 is sound if wild; nowadays 18.Qg4+,f5; 19.Qf3 enjoys a better reputation than 18.Qa4+. It takes guts to play either side of 8...Nbd7.
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  HeMateMe: finally, something resembling a pun...
Sep-30-18  goodevans: <..,nowadays 18.Qg4+,f5; 19.Qf3 enjoys a better reputation than 18.Qa4+>.

Maybe, but white also has <18.Qa4+ b5 19.Qg4+ f5 20.Qf3> at his disposal. Almost the same but black no longer has the option of <...b6> to protect his c-pawn.

It seems to me white was doing OK until he chose to give up his last K-side pawn without a fight. Black's trio of K-side pawns ultimately won the day. <24.f5 gxf5> before <Nf3> would at least have weakened them.

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  Mendrys: <goodevans:.....It seems to me white was doing OK until he chose to give up his last K-side pawn without a fight. Black's trio of K-side pawns ultimately won the day. <24.f5 gxf5> before <Nf3> would at least have weakened them.">

Once black got his unopposed trio on the K-side hisplan seems greatly simplified. Sac the exchange, advance the pawns, sac the exchange again and the lone rook is helpless against the advance pawns.

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