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Boris Gelfand vs Alexander Shabalov
Bermuda Round Robin (2004), It, rd 2, Jan-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  1-0
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Jan-30-04  AdrianP: Pretty brutal encounter, this one.
Jan-30-04  PizzatheHut: What is the finish here?
Jan-30-04
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  Honza Cervenka: 25...Kxc7 26.Qg3+ e5 27.Nf6 winning the Rook.
Jan-30-04  AdrianP: <PizzatheHut>

The lines are complicated but I think these are the main ones

(1) 25... Kxc7 26. Qg3+
(a) ... e5 27. Nf6! wins the R in most lines, leaving W a piece ahead (b) ... Kc8 27. Nd6+ Kxc7 28. Nxf5 Rxh4 29. Nxh4 leaves W a piece ahead (c) ... other lines are similar(ish)
(2) 25... Kc8 26. Nd6+ Kxc7 27. Nxf5 Rxh4 28. Nxh4 leaves W a piece ahead (3) 25... Kd7 26. Qg3 with unstoppable threats (27. Qd6+; Nf5+; if 26...e5 27. Nxc5+ picks up the Q) (4) 25... Ke7 26. Qg3 followed by Nf6

May-31-06  RonB52734: This is the most recent game in the database in which Shabalov plays this gambit (Shirov-Shabalov, 7.g4) (today's opening of the day) from either side. And he gets beaten by it. If Shabalov has given up on this opening with the white pieces, it wouldn't seem to be because of this game.
Jun-01-06
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  plang: Actually, Shabalov is defending against the gambit in this game. I guess he feels confortable playing either color in this line... or maybe he just prefers wild, dynamic positions at any cost no matter what color he plays.
Jun-01-06  RonB52734: Yes, I should have said "This is the most recent game in the database in which Shabalov plays this opening" instead of "this gambit," although I did say "from either side." Nevertheless, I wonder if he has given up on it as part of his opening repertoire with the white pieces.
Mar-21-07  Whitehat1963: What happens if 21. g6+?
Mar-26-08
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  whiteshark: Today's opening of the day is again <Shirov-Shabalov, 7.g4> :D

Why not <20...Qxg7> ?

May-25-09  Where is my mind: <Why not <20...Qxg7> ?> Yes that is much better. 20.Qf5? was a mistake even Qg6 is better.
Mar-26-10  Matsumoto: Turning Shabby against Shabby! Gelfand has a brilliant sense of humour.
Jan-09-17  ColeTrane: It seems like shabalov would play black better.....
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