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Yury Markovich Shulman vs Alexander Khalifman
FIDE World Cup (2005) (blitz), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Dec-02
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Yugoslav with 7Bxf1, Nge2 (A59)  ·  0-1


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Jan-11-07  ianD: 27.g3 was the fatal move here. It weakens the squares around the white king.
Jan-12-07  Dionyseus: <ianD> <27.g3 was the fatal move here. It weakens the squares around the white king.>

I'm not so sure about that, Deep Fritz 10 thinks white was already dead :

Analysis by Deep Fritz 10:
27.Bf4 Qxe4 28.Qg5
(-2.97) Depth: 21/54 00:02:42 491mN, tb=1

And so does Rybka:

Analysis by Rybka 2.2n2 mp :
27.Qf4 Qxf4+ 28.Bxf4 Ra4 29.f3 f5 30.e5 dxe5 31.Bc1 Rd4 (-2.26) Depth: 21 00:01:57 51658kN

Jan-12-07  FLCLlove: Good for them, they also seem to disagree. Anyway, I would have to agree with <ianD>. White's Queen is placed in a dangerous position and the h1-g8 diagonal is opened up. It is certainly not a certain mate with the suggestions of the computers.
Jan-12-07  Dionyseus: The fatal move, according to Rybka and DF10 was 25.Qh4. Rybka is able to find the only move that allows white to draw, 25.Bxe7, whereas Deep Fritz 10's suggestion of 25.Qg4 fails, as I will show later.

Analysis by Rybka 2.2n2 mp :
25.Bxe7 Kxe7 26.Rxd7+
= (0.00) Depth: 19 00:00:10 3560kN

Analysis by Deep Fritz 10:
25.Qg4 Rd8 26.Qe2 Rb8 27.Rxb8+ Nxb8 28.Qb5+ Nd7 29.Qa6 Kd8 30.Qa8+ Kc7 = (0.00) Depth: 21/62 00:05:18 971mN

Rybka's 25.Bxe7 is the only way for white to salvage a draw. After 25.Bxe7 Kxe7 26.Rxd7+ Kxd7 27.Qxf7+ Kc8 28.Qe8+ Kb7 29.Qc6+ Kb8 30.Qe8+ Ka7 31.Qa4+ Kb8 32.Qe8+ Ka7 33.Qd7+ Ka6 34.Qc6+ and there's no way black can avoid perpetual checks. draw

Deep Fritz 10's suggestion of 25.Qg4 fails because it did not see the powerful Qd4-pass the c pawn idea. For example (white side played by DF 10, black played by Rybka, at 2 minutes per move) : 25.Qg4 Rd8 26.Qe2 Qd4! 27.Qc2 Qe5+ 28.f4 Qd4 29.Rc7 f6 30.Bh6 Rb8 31.Qe2 Kd8 32.Ra7 c4 33.Qa2 c3 34.Qa1 Qc5 35.Ra5 Qb4 36.Ra2 Qb3 white is trying hard to stop the c pawn, but it can't.

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37.Ra7 c2 38.f5 Qb4 39.Ra4 Qb1 40.Be3 Nc5 41.Ra8 Qxa1 42.Rxa1 Rb1 43.Ra8+ Kc7 44.Ra2 c1Q 45.Bxc1 Rxc1 and black should have no trouble winning this ending:

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  fm avari viraf: I love to play Benko Gambit as it is one of my favourites. Here Khalifman,inspite of giving up his dark coloured Bishop conducts the whole game with great precision & vigour. Instead of 30...f6 if Black grabs th Queen 30...Rxh4 then 31.Ba5+ Nb6 32.BxN+ Kd7 [& not Ke8 as 33.Rc8+ Kd7 34.Rd8# ] 33.Rc7+ Kd8 & the game would drawn by repetition.
Oct-21-14  FSR: In the same match, Shulman beat Khalifman with this line in Y Shulman vs Khalifman, 2005. I don't know which game came first.
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