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Wesley So vs Alexander Shabalov
"Shaba-laba King Gone" (game of the day Jun-23-2017)
US Championship (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Mar-29
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1-0
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Mar-30-17  kassablanca: A very nice game by So, but Shabalov went to some unreasonable lengths to get counterplay after giving up the bishop pair and lacked the coordination/kings safety/central control to do so. I did an analysis of the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgW...
Mar-30-17
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  tpstar: <kassablanca> Welcome to the site. =)

You made an excellent teaching video explaining this game, especially for the transition from the opening play to the middlegame strategy. White's unconventional attacking moves 19. Na4 & 21. Ba5 worked like a charm.

Feel free to comment on your own games in this database = Kassa Korley

Mar-30-17
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  Sokrates: Very dynamic and impressive play by So, leaving Shabalov paralyzed. It's interesting to see how player So enfolds his talents after having gained self-confidence through his successes.
Mar-30-17
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Cro777,

"...exposing his queen to the attack. With a simple retreat Qd8 (admitting the mistake) he could have put more resistance, but this is not in his style."

Admitting we made a mistake OTB is I've found, barring a few of the great players, not in anybody's style (especially mine).

It's like telling a lie, we have to tell bigger lies to cover up the original lie.

You make a small blunder, right away your opponent makes a move to show it is questionable. Do you admit this. No!

You follow your original path and soon you have nothing but a choice of poor moves at your disposal, every one of which could be called a blunder.

The good news is you get to choose how to lose.

The sad news is, we never learn.

Mar-30-17  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 14...dxc4, 14...Nb6! attacks a second time the pawn on the vulnerable square c4. Vulnerable because if White defends the c4 pawn by 15 b3 this disturbs the pawn formation on the queen side.
Mar-30-17
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  patzer2: In the final position, if Black tries to save the Queen with 29...Qb8, then 30. Bxc6 bxc6 31. Qxc6 Rxd7 32. Qxd7+ Kf8 33. Rc8+ Qxc8 34. Qxc8+ Bd8 35. Qxc8# is one of several winning possibilities.
Mar-30-17
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  john barleycorn: It has very much of a Nimzowitsch game in spirit, imo.
Mar-30-17
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  cro777: Hi Sally,

Not "admitting the mistake" (you are quite right about this) but "the retreat" wasn't in his style (this is a small but subtle difference).

Why does So make it look easy? His understanding of positions which require strategic decisions is superior. Shabalov didn't make any serious blunder, but his mistakes were of strategic character.

The critical position:


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Black to move (18Nxc5 or 18Bxc5 is a strategic decision).

Here the correct recupture was with the night:

16...Nxc5! 17.Be2 Rc8 18.Kb1 Nd6! (followed by b5).

In this type of position both sides understand the need to seize the initiative and are not willing to commit themselves to passive defence.

In the game, after 16...Bxc5 17.Be2 Be7 18.Kb1, in a position where the factor time is prevalent, with a premature queen sortie 18Qb6 (the correct move was 18Rc8) followed by Qc7 and Qd6, exposing the queen to the attack, Shabalov gave Wesley three tempos for free. Wesley reacted without delay with 19.Na4, attacking the queen, and the rest is history.

Mar-30-17  Jambow: So had more space, more activity more protection and tempo. Truly he earned advantages in all aspects.... Sort of hade a Morphy feel to it with how he seemed to control everything.

Great instructive game.

Mar-30-17
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  morfishine: This was ugly, from Shaba's point of view, what-with him playing well below his strength

On the other hand, this is another powerful victory for So, who seems to be marching inexorably forward

"Shaba-Laba King Gone"

lol

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Mar-30-17
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  Domdaniel: <morf> - <playing well below his strength> Like Taimanov and Larsen vs Fischer in 1971? Or various GMs vs Kasparov in the 90s? Sometimes a very strong player makes everyone look weak.
Mar-30-17
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  perfidious: <Geoff....(So) does doesn't he, (and we know it's not) but he also (has the) knack of making some very good players look bad.>

<Dom....Sometimes a very strong player makes everyone look weak.>

After facing GMs who were roughly a mere top 40-50 in the world at the time, and numerous top poker players, both groups of whom have proven full value for the above statements, I can vouch for this from experience, that harshest school of all.

Apr-09-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <kassablanca: I did an analysis of the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgW... Great analysis, thanks. Just one trivial criticism: the "s" is pronounced at the end of "coup de grce", like grass (almost all Americans make that mistake, so don't feel bad)
Jun-23-17
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  offramp: <ChessHigherCat: <kassablanca: I did an analysis of the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgW... Great analysis, thanks. Just one trivial criticism: the "s" is pronounced at the end of "coup de grce", like grass (almost all Americans make that mistake, so don't feel bad)>

I have noticed that. They seem to think it is spelled "coup de gras", a "fatty blow".

Another French clich people have trouble with is "bon appetit". The last T is not pronounced. I have never got that wrong, because I have <never> said it.

Jun-23-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Hi <offramp: <ChessHigherCat: <kassablanca: I did an analysis of the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgW... Great analysis, thanks. Just one trivial criticism: the "s" is pronounced at the end of "coup de grce", like grass (almost all Americans make that mistake, so don't feel bad)>

I have noticed that. They seem to think it is spelled "coup de gras", a "fatty blow".>,

I think there are two main reasons: 1) "Mardi gras" is a very common term in the US; 2) people learn that "you don't pronounce the last consonant in French", which is non-sense (or non-senS, with the S pronounced), so they shout out things like "vichySHWA" to impress everyone in the restaurant, but since it's spelled vichyssoise with the "e" after the "s" it's pronounced "z" at the end, just as the "e" after "c" in coup de grce makes it sounds like grass).

Anyway I liked that guy's video and was just trying to help since it was perfect otherwise and it seems like it would be easy to edit, but, apparently traumatized by the whole thing, "he softly and suddenly vanished away and never was heard from again".

Apropos of nothing, do you happen to know this fantastic reader Martin Geeson from Haslemere Surrey (I think you mentioned you lived somewhere around there, right?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc2... I should warn you that everybody either loves him or hates him, but he's really amazing in this one.

Jun-23-17
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  offramp: <ChessHigherCat: ... apparently traumatized by the whole thing, "he softly and suddenly vanished away and never was heard from again".>

Is that two quotes sellotaped together?

<...Apropos of nothing, do you happen to know this fantastic reader Martin Geeson from Haslemere Surrey (I think you mentioned you lived somewhere around there, right?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc2... I should warn you that everybody either loves him or hates him, but he's really amazing in this one>

I am living in Surrey! I have definitely heard Mr Geeson's voice before at Librivox. It might have been The Castle - or did he do Dream Novel by Schnitzler? I have just started reading Dead Souls by Gogol and you have given me the idea of having someone else read it to me! I'm off to LibriVox!

Jun-23-17
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  thegoodanarchist: <I am living in Surrey! I have definitely heard Mr Geeson's voice before at Librivox. It might have been The Castle - or did he do Dream Novel by Schnitzler? >

Ah, Schnitzler!

One hasn't lived, unless one has read Schnitzler, many times over.

Jun-23-17
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  dark.horse: Kudos on the pun.
Jun-23-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: <ChessHigherCat: ... apparently traumatized by the whole thing, "he softly and suddenly vanished away and never was heard from again".>

<Is that two quotes sellotaped together?>

Do people really say "sellotaped" in the UK or do you refuse to use the term "Scotch tape" because it implies that Scots are so "frugal" that they tape their old clothes together instead of buying new ones? The quote is from "The Snark", which has come up a lot lately. I'm beginning to suspect that I'm a boojum:

"'But oh, beamish nephew, beware of the day,
If your Snark be a Boojum! For then
You will softly and suddenly vanish away,
And never be met with again!'"

<I am living in Surrey! I have definitely heard Mr Geeson's voice before at Librivox>

Well now you'll be able to recognize his voice when he's standing behind you at the grocery store! He also did an excellent job of narrating "Confessions of an English Opium Eater", (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nII...) and Oscar Wilde's biography (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJZ...). I don't know about Traumnovelle, but they have some good dramatizations on youtube. Did you know Kubrik's "Eyes Wide Shut" sticks very closely to Schnitzler's "Die Runde"?

Jun-23-17
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  eternaloptimist: <morf> Your pun is humorous & fits the game very well.
Jun-23-17
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  morfishine: <Domdaniel> So true, but against Shabalov?...well, I guess it just happens

Thanks <dark.horse> & <eternaloptimist> I don't get many and complain too much. I only got the idea after watching 'Animal House' and hearing this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg0...

Of course, I'd had a few brews and was in a chuckling mood lol

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Jun-23-17
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  ColeTrane: Way to hit on all cylinders Morphy!
Jun-23-17
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  eternaloptimist: <morf> U r welcome! I figured your pun was based off a song on a movie soundtrack. It has that kind of "feel" to it. Although I wasn't sure which 1 b/c I didn't get around to googling a lot to try to find out.
Jun-23-17
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  morfishine: <Coletrane> Thanks, I appreciate that

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Jul-02-17
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  drleper: Brilliant game from So, it has that smooth quality that makes a win look easy. Particularly nice was 23. ♖hd1! ♖h4 24. f4 and the black rook never came back to the game again.

Nice pun too, I thought it was based on a Black Francis song at first: https://youtu.be/C9gL35jX-vw

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