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Parimarjan Negi vs Alexander Shabalov
World Open (2008), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 8, Jul-06
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1-0


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Jul-08-08  Strongest Force: Looks like Shabalov wasn't prepared or maybe he ate some bad hamburgers or something. :) PN still deserves some credit. :)
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  al wazir: 18. Ne6+ would have won the ♕ for ♘+♗. 19. Ne6+ would have won the ♕ for one minor piece. After 20. Qxa4 black was a whole ♖ down, but kept playing for five more moves. Can the game score be right??
Jul-08-08  Strongest Force: Yeah, al wazir, shabby couldn't be this bad, even if he did eat some bad food. :)
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  DarthStapler: I saw this game being played in person
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  al wazir: <Darth>: So are you saying that the moves ARE correct as listed? Black, a 2600+ player, played this game??

Correction: After 19. Ne6+ Qxe6 20. fxe6 Nf3+, black recovers gets white's ♕ and remains an exchange down until move 20, when he lost a ♘.

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  DarthStapler: Well I just arrived after the 23rd move or so, but yes, it seems to be correct. I have no idea what Shabalov was doing, I probably could have done better than this.
Jul-10-08  Phoenix: Yes, the moves are correct. I heard second-hand that Negi considered winning the queen, but already being up material he did not want to give up his two best pieces and help black activate his. This decision and explanation sounds reasonable to me.
Jul-11-08  erniecohen: This doesn't look credible. 19... ♔g8 (19...♘f3)? 15. ♕d2 (15.♘g5)? 18. f5?
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  Mendrys: This very well could be a case of Shabalov blundering and missing the discovered check Ne6+ at 18 or 19. and Negi thinking that Shabalov couldn't possibly miss such an easy tactic and playing something else.

He could have been thinking at move 19 "OMG, I can't believe I missed that discovered check" and being so rattled blundering again with 19. Kg8.

Jul-18-08  Phoenix: I was at the tournament, and my second-hand source is very, very credible.
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