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Chessmaster (Computer) vs Alexander Shabalov
Fifth Harvard Cup (1994), 5
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1-0
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Jul-30-04  popski: Is this game of Alexander Shabalov??! C'mon... :/
Aug-22-04  Anubis33: I think maybe it's Alexander Yashin, Russian hockey player...
Aug-22-04  Shah Mat: he opened like a master and finished like a child, throwing pieces away.
Sep-23-04  InspiredByMorphy: Its hard to believe Shabalov wouldnt see such a simple and necessary move. 21. ...O-O looks like it should leave black with a much better position, and a pawn up. Very strange.
Sep-23-04
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  paulalbert: It looks as if he thought he had a perpetual but miscalculated. 21...O-O maybe runs into a fierce attack along h and g files. I don't have a computer to analyze but defending against a computer even in 1994 might have been challenging, but I have no specific information or annotations on this particular game. Paul Albert
Dec-04-04  who: Interestingly 30...Qh2+ 31.Kg7 Qg2+ 32.Kh8 Qb2+ and the only way to stop draw by repetition is for white to sacrifice its queen (thought white would still have some advantage).
Dec-04-04  schoolsucks: I think this was bullet or blitz.
Jan-10-05  Jaymthegenius: Reminds me somewhat of a game I've played with CM 9000 as white (5:00 increment)

1.d4,d5
2.c4,c6
3.Nc3,Nf6
4.Nf3,e6
5.Bg5,dxc4
6.e4,b5
7.e5,h6
8.Bxf6,gxf6
9.Be2,Nd7
10.0-0,Bg7
11.a4,Qb6?
12.Ne4,fxe5
13.dxe5,Nxe5
14.Qd6,Nd7
15.Rfd1,a5
16.Qf4,0-0
17.Rxd7,Bxd7
18.Nf6+,Bxf6??
19.Qxf6,Kh7
20.Ng5+,hxg5
21.Ra3!,g4
22.Bxg4,c3
23.Rxc3,Qe3?(checkmate is enevitable,so he might as well delay it) 24.Rxe3,bxa4
25.Rh3+,Kg8
26.Qh8#!!
And that is how I won, sometimes sacrificing alot of material could lead to a very favorable position, I have sacrificed a Rook, Bishop, and Knight to get into a position where I could force checkmate

Jan-10-05  Whitehat1963: This can't be a real game.
Jan-11-05  Jaymthegenius: There are no illeagal moves are there? I have done a Fritz analysis that gives 17.Rxd7 as ? and 19...Qc7 as And I gave 18...Bxf6 as ?? for obvious reasons. Though 8.exf6 is said to be better (and I agree after seeing the analysis.)
Jan-11-05  Whitehat1963: No, <Jaymthegenius>, I'm not referring to YOUR game, I didn't even look at it. I'm talking about Shabalov's. I can't see any grandmaster making moves like 22...Nf8?, 25...Ng6? and 33...Qxh7? Give me a break. This has got to be either a work of fiction or Shabalov playing drunken blind blitz.
Jan-12-05  Jaymthegenius: Oh! I see now. And to top it all off he lost to a computer that people defeat everyday at drunken get-togeathers (I.E: Hey everybody! Want to see me defeat chessmaster today?) And that anyones dad defeats to impress his co-workers or family.
Jan-12-05  bishopmate: Jaymthegenius... are you by any chance the same jaymthegenius from www.chess21.com--if you are, i'd just like to say I've seen you play a game, and you play very good
Jan-12-05  Whitehat1963: <Jaymthegenius> What are you talking about? What grandmaster in their fully-awakened, fully-rested, non-drunken, on-the-meds state, would even consider 33...Qxh7?? for example? What's the point of that move? If there's something I'm missing, please let me know. I'm certainly no chess genius and have never claimed to be. When it comes to chess, I'm definitely a "below average Joe," so I'm really trying to understand the moves I've already alluded to in my previous post. Maybe you can help me understand. I'm certainly not making ANY comments whatsoever about your chess abilities. In fact, I'll be happy to concede right now that you're probably a lot better than me. That said, I'm also wondering how you seem to be feeling as though I'm arguing a point with you. I'm not; I'm trying to understand Shabalov's moves, which, to me, seem highly irregular for a grandmaster. I'm not making any comments about your abilities at all.
Jan-17-05  Jaymthegenius: I think that the oponnent was misjudging something off of time pressure (happened to me in a pegasus tournament, as a matter of fact I MISSED A TEXTBOOK LEGALL'S MATE ENTIRELY!!! Move-for move. I probably would have seen it in a tortuga (or probably an Olympus too).

I think the sacrifice was his way of saying "I know I'm lost, so this is my way of resigning"

Also (I dont know if it's true) I've heard a rumor that if you defeat all the GM persona's in CM 9000 or 10 ed twice (one W one B). Then You Unlock Philidor, and You get a video with Philidor playing a giant mainframe with The CM's Face on it, Philidor Gracefully sacrifices a queen to force a checkmate, the mainframe shakes and explodes, and a close up of Philidor's face ensues. He looks back and winks, and a text say's "and you thought he was all that!"

But, that is quite a tough task to complete, I will give advice on how to defeat certain CM persona's (yes, you even have to defeat CM himself)

Alekhine:Tactical, attacker
Seeing this description, one would be an ideot to play 1.e4 against him, instead, 1.b3, which has a reputation for not being very tactical, should do you good, and as white he will usually play 1.d4, I highly suggest a symmetrical response, and above all else, close the possition if possible

Anderrson: Early attacker
This one is difficult, but again, 1.b3 or 1...b6 should do him in. Also, set up a good defense and shoot for the Staunton formation.

Anand: Like Anderrson, but with a larger opening book, and a more refined attacking style, I dont think the fianchetto will help much here...

Bird: He will be uncomfortable against the english and sicilians, but dont think just because you play the dragon or Najdorf that you will win, alot of work is required to take home the point here.

Morphy: Possitional
This one will over look obvious tactics, and will often mutilate it's own pawn structure without compensation, enough is said here.

Karpov:
Like Morphy, but is more conservative and keeps a closer eye on pawn structure, play very tactically here.

Fischer: Play Fischer vs. Zukertort, and copy the moves down, and follow Zukertorts moves, you should win (NOTE: This trick can be done with any other persona, but it often draws to CM, Kasparov, Capablanca, Kramnik, and Morphy, so use with caution!)

Waitzkin: Study the Scandinavian as white, and learn the lines that ensures whites advantage, congradualtions! And as black The Sicilian works very well.

CM: The most balanced persona, but herin lies it's weakness, it is not a dedicated attacker or defender, and will often abandon what appears to be its plan just to play the most "Mathematically correct" move. Suppossed to be the toughest persona, but Fischer, Karpov, and Zukertort all have plus scores (on my computer, at least)

I havnt included all of the persona's, but will experiment more.

Also, if you defeat Philidor, you unlock Greco, the cut-sceene is Greco going through a time portal, winning Wijk-aan-Zee and Lineres without a loss, and he looks at the screen, and ask "are you ready to face the greatest who ever lived? Even if you loose, Greco should be there next to Philidor and CM on the player select screen.

(this is just a rumor, I would advise NOT taking this seriously.)

Apr-19-05  Abaduba: I agree with <Whitehat>, this doesn't seem at all like a human GM. Qxh7 seems to be a computer-type move at the very least. (I'd think the players were reversed, except the rook sac doesn't seem very computerish. As for Jaym's chessmaster profiles, may I point out that: 1) Styles don't work on CM the same way they do in real life (for example, Morphy was "positional"???) All of the GM personalities will be better tacticians than a human being. "Morphy" will not make Morphy-type sacrifices, and "Karpov's" positional understanding won't be any better than CM's. You're not going to upset old-time players by playing hypermodern openings because computers don't get upset; and I guarantee that they'll stay in their opening book just as long as any other CM personality. 2) Most of the CM GM's really aren't that different from each other. In opening book, virtually all the computer players have the same repertoire, which has no basis in reality. "Fischer", for example, opens with d4 as often as e4. "Tal" plays the discredited Budapest Defense regularly, as do most of the others. When I was trying to practice d4 openings, for example, all the players I tried used the same (improbablyly broad) repetoire: Budapest, Old Benoni, Nimzo, Slav, QGD/Semi-Slav, KID Doesn't matter whether it was "Tal" or "Petrosian", they all play the same things. And, in the middle and end game, any two CM personalities have much more in common with each other than with any human player. 3) I can't see any reason for tips on how to beat CM players. Nobody's offering a prize or anything; why not just use the computer to train and not worry about cheap anti-computer tricks?
Mar-07-06  Chicago Chess Man: Only a fricken computer would play a move like 15. gxf3, which seems to leave the king completely stranded without any defenders and loses a pawn.
Feb-16-10  A.G.T.HUTAHAYAN: Mate by white's queen on e5 or g5 and black not rokade (0-0,0-0-0) black King and four pawns and white King,two rooks , queen and pour pawns absoltely.
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