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Alexander Shabalov vs Gawain Jones
"Show Me the Money" (game of the day Oct-18-2016)
Millionaire Chess (2016), Atlantic City, NJ USA, rd 4, Oct-07
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Bobotsov-Korchnoi-Petrosian Variation (E81)  ·  0-1


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Oct-14-16  Everett: A really nice game! Jones sacs the exchange for two monster passers.
Oct-14-16  Zkid: Interesting that in the final position, after Qe5+ Rg7 wins and Kh7 loses, while after Qf6+ Kh7 wins and Rg7 loses.
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  PawnSac: <Zkid:> Just another one of life's little ironies <grin>
Oct-18-16  AlicesKnight: After 29...Bg6 (keeping the B pair, refusing the return of the exchange for one at least of the Ps) the powerful effect of the two Black Bs sweeping across the path of the central Ps is a striking picture. Contrast the hapless White QN's career in the game. Good strategy from GJ.
Oct-18-16  Angsthyrkh: Could someone walk me through 24. Qxd5?
Oct-18-16  JohnTal: Perhaps to be followed with 24 ... Qa4 exerting pressure on a3 and b4 with the possibility of removing the a/b pawns and having 3 connected pawns on the Q-side. That would be rapid curtains for White, hence his 25th move to protect the b pawn.
Oct-18-16  Angsthyrkh: Thanks!
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  catlover: If white would have played 24. Qxd5, I'm not sure that 24...Qa4 would be the best response. White's pawn on e6 could cause some trouble. After 25. e7 Rfe8 26. Nxc4 Rxe7 27. Nb6 Qa3 28. Bc5 black will lose material.

Better would be 24...Bxe6 which looks like it keeps things on an even keel: 25. Qxb7 Rf7 26. Qb6.

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  kevin86: Even with the material advantage, there are some trap doors for black.
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  Domdaniel: The first time I met Gawain he was playing for a small club team in Ireland, Ennis. But he was already IM strength, aged 17 or so.

He was clearly destined to be a star. A little more application and he could still break into the 2700 club.

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  Domdaniel: The strength of the bishop pair is sometimes more obvious after an exchange sac -- where you have BB - v - RN -- rather than a normal position with BB - v - BN.
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  RandomVisitor: After 24.Qxd5 it appears that black has at least even chances with 3 playable moves

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-0.18/39 24...Rd8 25.Qxb7 Qxe6 26.Bb6 Rc8 27.Qxa6 Nd3 28.Bxd3 cxd3 29.Nc4 g4 30.fxg4 Bxg4 31.Rxf8 Bxf8 32.Qa7+ Qe7 33.Qxe7+ Bxe7 34.Re1 Bxb4 35.Re4 Rxc4 36.Rxc4 d2 37.Rd4 d1Q+ 38.Rxd1 Bxd1 39.a6 Bb3 40.g4 Bd5 41.a7 Ba8 42.Kf2 Kg6 43.h3 Kf6 44.Be3 Bf8 45.Ke2 Ke5 46.Kd3 Be4+ 47.Kc4 Bd5+ 48.Kb5 Ke4 49.Bd2 Bg7 50.Ka6 Kd3 51.Bf4 Kc4 52.Be3

0.00/39 24...Nd3 25.Rcd1 Nb2 26.Bc5 Bxe6 27.Qxb7 Nxd1 28.Rxd1 Rf4 29.Kf2 g4 30.Bd6 gxf3 31.gxf3 Rf7 32.Qe4+ Bf5 33.Qxe8 Rxe8 34.Nxc4 Rd8 35.Ne5 Bxe5 36.Bxe5 Rxd1 37.Bxd1 Rd7 38.Be2 Bd3 39.Bd1 Kg6 40.Ke3 Bc4 41.Bc2+ Kg5 42.Be4 h5 43.f4+ Kg4 44.f5 Kg5 45.f6 h4 46.h3 Bb5 47.Kf3 Bc4 48.Ke3

0.00/39 24...Bxe6 25.Qxb7 Nd3 26.Bxd3+ cxd3 27.Rc7 Rf7 28.Qe4+ Kg8 29.Rfc1 g4 30.Rxf7 Bxf7 31.Nb1 gxf3 32.gxf3 Rb8 33.Kf2 Qxe4 34.fxe4 Rxb4 35.Rc8+ Kh7 36.Nd2 Ra4 37.Rc7 Be8 38.Rb7 Bb5 39.Kf3 Kg6 40.Rb6+ Kf7 41.Rb7+ Kg6

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