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Alexander Yevgenyevich Baburin vs John Nunn
Bunratty Chess Festival (2006), Bunratty IRL, rd 5, Feb-19
King's Indian Defense: Normal. King's Knight Variation (E60)  ·  1-0


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  Domdaniel: Great game by Baburin -- who also beat Nunn in another short sharp game with the same opening, played ten years earlier (Kilkenny 1996). It's not a King's Indian, btw, it's a Gruenfeld, D78 or D79, due to the Black pawn structure with ...c6 and ...d5 -- The Fianchetto Variation of the Slav-Gruenfeld Hybrid.
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  Domdaniel: That other Baburin win vs Nunn still doesn't seem to be in the CG database. I should try to find it...
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  Domdaniel: An exquisite Queen trap, btw.
Dec-14-13  mrsaturdaypants: Cool trap.

I can't quite see why 30...g5 doesn't save black from simply losing his queen. Either I'm missing something or else the resulting position is just hopeless in a different way. 31. Qg3 Qg6 32. exd5 exd5, and I don't see a knockout blow for white, but that advanced and passed e pawn looks powerful.

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  Domdaniel: <mrsaturdaypants> You're quite right that 30...g5 avoids losing the Queen (for nothing), but Black still loses the game. After 30...g5 31.exf5 gxh4 32.Bh3 wins -- threatening both Rg8# and fxe6.
Dec-14-13  parisattack: GM Baburin played a very clean brand of positional chess. His book 'Winning Pawn Structures' is excellent.
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  Domdaniel: <parisattack> Yes, I'm an admirer of Baburin's style. Like many of the best positional players, such as Karpov, he often has vicious tactics lurking beneath the surface, as in this game. The one time I played him in a tournament game, he destroyed me. I tried to play an opening which I'd never used before -- a bad idea against a GM.
Jun-12-14  mrsaturdaypants: I see it now, <Domdaniel>. Thanks. The e-pawn will decide.
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