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Pentala Harikrishna vs Alexander Shabalov
36th Olympiad (2004), Mallorca ESP, rd 4, Oct-18
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0
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Mar-15-05  Whitehat1963: Player of the day pulls off a fantastic finish in what looks to me, at least, to be a very double-edged position. Excellent game!
Mar-16-05  Whitehat1963: O.K., all you great chessplayers out there, here's a fantastic puzzle, (perhaps a Sunday puzzle, <Chessgames.com>) after 28...Nf4. I don't know if it's a forced win though. Perhaps <Crafty> or someone else with access to Fritz, Junior, Shredder, etc. can salvage the position for black.
Oct-23-05  Whitehat1963: But wait a minute, what happens after 38...Nh3+, king moves, 39...Rc1+?
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  WannaBe: <Whitehat1963> if 38. ... Nh3+ 39. Kf4 Rc1+ 40. Re1+
Feb-05-06  perulo90: 30.Te8!!
Mar-30-06  Whitehat1963: As <perulo90> points out, why not bring the rook down immediately with 30. Re8?
Jan-08-07  alphastrike20: game is hopeless
May-02-07  sheaf: super sharp tactics, u miss i mate type game, bravo.
Sep-19-07  Mortadulo: I am relatively new to this site so I am sorry I do not know how to get the orange tag copying who commented previously.

WannaBe: After 38... Nh3+ 39. Kf1 ... Rc1+ 40. Re1+ (discovery via the Queen)

Perulo / Whitehat1963: I believe that this move order was forced... If white plays the same attack BEFORE taking the rook the similar position that occurs after 33. Qf3 (32. Qf3 if not for taking the rook) then 32. Nh3+ followed by the battery on the D-file (which is closed after the game text) continues the complications. I have not fully analyzed if these complications were enough to win for black... However since they had not yet reached the 40th move there may have been time constraints that simply made Harikrishna choose the simplest line for him to analyze. I will take this position to a board for a full analysis on the benefit (or lack of such) of taking 30. Bxd4+ versus 30. Re8+ immediately. Let us also not forget that Black was threatening both Qh1# and Nh3# (if the rook is not on the 3rd rank) at the time white played 30. Bxd4+

Credit goes to Shabalov for trying to complicate things as much as possible towards the conclusion of this game. Many lesser players would have thrown away a win in the same position.

Sep-20-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <Mortadulo: I do not know how to get the orange tag copying who commented previously>

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Mar-19-08  computer chess guy: White is ahead as early as 25. ♗b2!. 25. ♗xe6 was also possible and strong.
Nov-27-10  SharpAttack: This game did not get noticed I guess..Nevertheless, absolute brilliance by Harikrishna!! Why is there an annotation of # on white's 23rd moved??
Mar-11-11  pink gorilla: Whites 35 move Re6# actually gives black a huge advantage if he counters with 35 Ng6. At least according to Fritz
Mar-11-11  joupajou: pink gorilla, I think you (or Fritz, for that matter) are right.

35. ...Ng6 deserves at least one !, if not two.

We have to bear in mind that white has to have the initiative, because of black's multiple threats.

I really feel sorry for Shabalov, he played well. Fatigue, chess blindness or time constraints?

Nevertheless, this was a good game.

Jun-24-14  Bartacus: Black did indeed miss a win with 35...Ng6. The whole attack with 21 e6 is speculative and allows strong counterplay. More solid and flexible is 21 Rae1.
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