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Alexander Shabalov vs Igor Mikhailovich Shliperman
"Shlip Through His Fingers" (game of the day Mar-12-2016)
New York USA (1995), New York, NY USA, rd 9
Center Game: Berger Variation (C22)  ·  1-0


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Nov-27-05  Timothy Glenn Forney: 28 f6 seemed best to me.I love this dynamic attack of the castled king,it looks like its from The Art of Attack in Chess.Shabalov is one of my favorites,he sacs his queen and rook for mate!fantastic!
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  al wazir: 33...Kxh6 34. Rg4, with Rh4# to follow.
Jun-18-07  Kublo: fantastic game
Jun-18-07  Andre Conde: I donīt think that 28 f6 is the best move because it would open space for the black queen. The beauty of this atack is how it manage to keep the black queen out of the "mate scene"
Jun-18-07  sanyas: Nothing slipped through Shabalov's fingers in this game.
Jun-18-07  JohnBoy: <Forney: 28 f6 seemed best to me.> and <Conde: I donīt think that 28 f6 is the best move because it would open space for the black queen.> - it seems that 28.f6 gives black a lot of breathing room. 28...Bxf6. If 29.gf6 then 29...Rg6, and if 29.Bf6 then 29...Nxf6 and black is surviving. Shaba goes for the jugular.
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  playground player: I grew up reading Fred Reinfeld, who dismissed the Center Game as a very bad business for White. But it doesn't look so bad in this example. Might be a good idea to work on this: I'll bet using it could give a Black opponent a false sense of security.
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  kevin86: White sacrificed his queen and rook for the threat of mate on the h-file. The threat was so strong that black can do nothing but resign.
Jun-18-07  outplayer: I know a player who plays the center game repeatedly. I have managed to beat him sometimes but he is always improving. Last game we played i suffered a defeat as I was unprepared to play with him. I had forgotten the main line. I know black equalize easily in the main line but I tried something diferent in that 5/0 blitz game. I'll try to do better next time. :-)
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  fm avari viraf: A very lively & thrilling game. Shabalov launches a crushing King side attack sacrificing his gallant Knight & Queen to land the Black King in an inevitable mating net.
Jun-18-07  Sydro: The center game is not that bad for black in the mainline but here black seems to play very passive and gets crushed by whites attack.
Jun-18-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: shredder's analysis of move 28-1. (7.39): 28.gxh6 Bxh4 29.hxg7+ Kh7 30.Rxh4+ Nh6 31.Be3 Kxg7 32.Bxh6+ Kf6 33.Bf4 Rg8 34.Rxd6+ Qxd6 35.Bxd6 Rg1+ 36.Kb2 Rg2 37.Rh6+ Kg7 38.Rh3 Kf6 39.Bb8
Mar-12-16  tanu123: Really very very nice game!
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  kevin86: The queen is dispensable in this is so strong. Mate WILL follow on the h-file! I guarantee it!
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  Domdaniel: <playground player> - <I grew up reading Fred Reinfeld, who dismissed the Center Game as a very bad business for White.> I don't think I ever read Reinfeld on the Center Game, though I liked his book on Nimzovich. I'm not sure that a game like this can be blamed on the opening.
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  Domdaniel: 33.Rxh6+ is an exquisite finish...
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