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Alexander Shabalov vs Yasser Seirawan
ch-USA (2000), Seattle, WA USA, rd 8, Oct-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-07-06  MrSpock: I still miss the game from 1997 with the same players celebrating the french defence.
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Yes, I just looked for it today.
Apr-03-07  Tomlinsky: I've just submitted it to CG. Here it is...

[Event "USA-ch G2"]
[Site "Chandler"]
[Date "1997.08.31"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Shabalov, Alexander"]
[Black "Seirawan, Yasser"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "2585"]
[BlackElo "2630"]
[PlyCount "94"]
[EventDate "1997.08.23"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
[EventCategory "13"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 b6 4. Bb5+ c6 5. Ba4 b5 6. Bb3 c5 7. c3 Ne7 8. Nf3 Nec6 9. O-O h6 10. Be3 Nd7 11. Nbd2 c4 12. Bc2 b4 13. Ba4 Qc7 14. cxb4 Nxb4 15. a3 Nd3 16. Qc2 Ba6 17. b3 Be7 18. bxc4 dxc4 19. Bxd7+ Kxd7 20. d5 exd5 21. Nd4 Kc8 22. f4 Rb8 23. Rab1 Rb6 24. Kh1 Bc5 25. N2f3 Kb7 26. e6 Ka8 27. f5 Rhb8 28. Rxb6 Rxb6 29. Qa4 f6 30. h3 c3 31. Qa5 Ne5 32. Re1 Nxf3 33. Nxf3 Bxe3 34. Qxd5+ Rb7 35. Nd4 Qg3 36. Nf3 Qc7 37. Nd4 c2 38. Nxc2 Bc5 39. Nb4 Bxb4 40. axb4 Qe7 41. Rd1 Bb5 42. Qf3 Kb8 43. Qf4+ Rc7 44. Rd6 Kc8 45. Qd2 Rc4 46. Qd5 Rc1+ 47. Kh2 Kc7 0-1

Sep-20-15  zanzibar: Shabalov passes on winning a pawn outright (*) at move 35, when the f-pawn is effectively pinned and White could have played 35.Nxe4.

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3r1r1k /p2P2pb/P6n/3RQp1P/q3p3/4b1NP/4N1B1/5R1K w - - 0 1

(*) Actually it gets very complicated, but both e/f-pawns eventually fall, but White can play 36.Ng5 or 36.Nc5 to try for more. Ignoring that we have the more straight-forward lines:

< 35.Nxe4 f4

( 35...Qxa6 36.N4c3 f4 37.Nxf4 Bxf4 38.Rxf4 )

36.Nxf4 Rxf4 37.Rxf4 Bxf4 38.Qxf4 Rxd7 39.Rxd7 Qxd7


Instead White opted for a safe swindle which paid off. Black has only one move in this position to stay even, but overlooked the danger and played 35...f4:

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3r1r1k /p2P2pb/P6n/3R3P/q3pp2/2Q1b1NP/4N1B1/5R1K b - - 0 1

Seirawan must have overlooked White's next move, after which it's a clear win by eval for Black. But play continues, showing the need for precise play at all points of a game.

(Gotta run, kickout time)

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