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Shabalov 
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Alexander Shabalov
Number of games in database: 1,292
Years covered: 1978 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2530 (2544 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2672
Overall record: +567 -278 =372 (61.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      75 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (182) 
    B90 B62 B32 B47 B97
 Ruy Lopez (63) 
    C85 C77 C95 C92 C80
 Sicilian Najdorf (45) 
    B90 B97 B96 B95 B99
 French Defense (44) 
    C02 C18 C11 C10 C13
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (37) 
    B62 B67 B63 B66 B65
 Nimzo Indian (36) 
    E32 E20 E34 E39 E38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (151) 
    B90 B33 B30 B22 B32
 Semi-Slav (68) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43 D46
 Slav (49) 
    D11 D10 D15 D14 D13
 Alekhine's Defense (47) 
    B05 B03 B02 B04
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    A46 E10 D02 A40 D00
 French Defense (31) 
    C05 C11 C10 C02 C01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Vetemaa vs Shabalov, 1986 0-1
   Shabalov vs Smirin, 1992 1-0
   Shabalov vs I Shliperman, 1995 1-0
   Shabalov vs Akobian, 2003 1-0
   Shirov vs Shabalov, 2001 0-1
   Shabalov vs Fedorowicz, 2003 1-0
   Shabalov vs Saidy, 2003 1-0
   R Vazquez Igarza vs Shabalov, 2010 0-1
   Shabalov vs R Elseth, 1991 1-0
   Shabalov vs A Ivanov, 1994 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   US Championships (2007)
   38th World Open (2010)
   World Open (2012)
   Marshall Chess Club Championship (2003)
   32nd World Open (2004)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   US Championships (2010)
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   World Open (2009)
   112th US Open (2011)
   US Chess Championships (2013)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Western Pennsylvania games and players by RonB52734
   US Open 1993, Philadelphia by Phony Benoni
   Shabba-dabba-do (The games of Alexander Shabalov by VinnyRoo2002

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ALEXANDER SHABALOV
(born Sep-12-1967, 47 years old) Latvia (citizen of United States of America)

[what is this?]
GM Alexander Shabalov was born in Riga, Latvia in 1967. He studied under former world champion and fellow Rigan Mikhail Tal. He won his IM title in 1989 and his GM title in 1991. About 1992, Shabalov emigrated to the United States with his family and eventually settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is known for courting complications and for an uncompromising, attacking style.

Shabalov played for Latvia in the 1986 Soviet Team Championship and for the Riga Chess & Draughts Club in the 2nd Soviet Chess Club Cup held in Podolsk in 1990. He also played in the 1992 Olympiad for Latvia, and in 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000 and 36th Olympiad (2004) for USA on board 2 or 3 in every case, helping his team to a silver medal in 1998. He has been the United States Champion four times: in 1993 (with Alex Yermolinsky) (1); 2000-2001 (with Joel Benjamin and Yasser Seirawan) (2); in 2003-2004 (3); and most recently in 2007. He was =1st at the American Continental Championship 2009 played in Sao Paulo 2009 alongside Fidel Corrales Jimenez. He played in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001) and defeated Gregory Kaidanov in the first round before losing to Alexander Khalifman in the 2nd round. He also played in the World Chess Cup (2007) and the World Cup (2009), in the latter event beating Vladimir Baklan in the first round before bowing out in the 2nd round to David Navara. He also qualified for the World Cup (2013) through his strong result in the American Continental Championship 2012; there he played and lost to eventual semi-finalist Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the first round. He was =1st, 3rd on tiebreak, with 8.5/11 behind Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga and Samuel Shankland at the 9th American Continental Championship in October 2014, qualifying for the World Cup in 2015. This will be his fourth participation in the World Cup.

Shabalov had managed and had regularly lectured chess in the House of Chess, a store in the Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, until it closed in mid-2007. (5)

(1); http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp...; (2) http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp...; (3) http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp...; (4) http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp...(5); Wikipedia article: Alexander Shabalov;


 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,292  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Jekabson vs Shabalov 1-022 1978 USSR 27/346B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
2. A Vitolinsh vs Shabalov 1-035 1985 RigaB54 Sicilian
3. Shabalov vs D King  1-037 1985 YurmalaE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
4. Tal vs Shabalov 1-039 1985 JurmalaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Hoi vs Shabalov  ½-½16 1985 YurmalaB08 Pirc, Classical
6. Shabalov vs Osolinsh  1-028 1985 RigaA30 English, Symmetrical
7. Shabalov vs V Tukmakov  ½-½37 1985 YurmalaE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. Bagirov vs Shabalov 1-025 1985 YurmalaA52 Budapest Gambit
9. Shabalov vs A Vitolinsh  0-142 1985 JurmalaB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. E Kengis vs Shabalov  1-030 1985 It ( cat. 9 )A30 English, Symmetrical
11. Shabalov vs Gipslis  0-136 1985 Yurmala (Latvia)A15 English
12. Shabalov vs Lutsko  1-040 1985 RigaA10 English
13. Utasi vs Shabalov  ½-½57 1985 YurmalaD04 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Shabalov vs K Supatashvili  0-125 1985 Tbilisi (Georgia)C13 French
15. Balashov vs Shabalov 1-025 1985 YurmalaA30 English, Symmetrical
16. J Petkevich vs Shabalov  1-034 1985 RigaA30 English, Symmetrical
17. Shabalov vs I Gurevich  ½-½36 1985 YurmalaA80 Dutch
18. Shabalov vs Polishuk  1-040 1985 TbilisiA05 Reti Opening
19. Shabalov vs A Yap  1-042 1985 YurmalaE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. V Ronin vs Shabalov 0-146 1985 KharkovB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
21. V Inkiov vs Shabalov  ½-½16 1985 YurmalaB54 Sicilian
22. Shirov vs Shabalov  ½-½26 1986 ?B03 Alekhine's Defense
23. A Titov vs Shabalov  1-040 1986 MinskA48 King's Indian
24. E Kengis vs Shabalov  ½-½19 1986 USSR 42/A30 English, Symmetrical
25. V Shulman vs Shabalov 1-045 1986 RigaB02 Alekhine's Defense
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Jun-01-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: I suggest that CG.com add to their database the following game (presumably played at the World Open), which appears in Starting Out: Slav and Semi-Slav by Glenn Flear (Everyman 2005) at pages 128-129:

V. Mikhalevsky vs. A. Shabalov (Philadelphia 2003) 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.exf6 Bb7 12.g3 Qc7 13.Bg2 c5 14.0–0 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Qb7+ 16.f3 0–0–0 17.a4 Nb6 18.axb5 cxd4 19.Ne4 Bh6 20.Bxh6 Rxh6 21.Qd2 Rh5 22.Qb4 Kb8 23.Nc5 Qd5 24.Qa5 Qxc5 25.Qxa7+ Kc8 26.Ra6 Qe5 27.Qxb6 Qe2+ 28.Rf2 Rxh2+ 29.Kxh2 Qxf2+ 30.Kh3 Rh8+ 31.Kg4 Rg8+ 0–1

Aug-09-08  Albertan: GM Shabalov finished in second place in the third annual Edmonton International Chess Festival, which will took place between July 31st and August 4th, 2008 at the Edmonton Chess Club, in Edmonton,Alberta, Canada. Sporting a big cast on one of his arms,GM Shabalov was upset in round 2 by FM Raja Panjwani,and then lost a critical 6th round game to eventual tournament winner GM Moiseenko of the Ukraine This game can be viewed at http://www.ecf2008.com/games/round-6 .However, Shabalov finished the event strongly with wins over IM Leonid Gerzhoy,and GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly. Had Shabalov won his last round game against Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein, the tournament winner would have had to have been arrived at using tiebreaks between Shabalov and GM Alexander Moiseenko. The final-round game between Shabalov and Bluvshtein can be played through at http://www.ecf2008.com/games/round-9
Dec-27-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: <PVS>U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS SINCE 1930 1937 Chicago, IL -- D.S. Polland
1949 Omaha, NE -- Albert Sandrin Jr.

PVS,
A couple of obscure players there! Did the other top US players compete in these tournaments?

Mar-19-09  Jim Bartle: Mikhail Tal commented on Shabalov from his time training with him, Gipslis and Bagirov in Riga in the 80s:

"For example, one boy was very talented tactically, but he had no idea where to place his pieces! The cure was to have him go over T. Petrosian's and Ulf Andersson's games. Now he tries to trade queens right away!"

That didn't last!

Apr-23-09  Albertan: GM Shabalov entered the 2009 Canadian Open Chess Tournament today! GM Shabalov, I look forward to seeing you here in Edmonton and I wish you well in our tournament! This event will be a 9-round open Swiss and these top players have already accepted inviations to the event:GM GM Alexei Shirov,Alexey Shirov Michael Adams, Michael Adams Victor MikhalevskiVictor Mikhalevski GM Surya Ganguly, GM Anton Kovalyov , GM Shabalov and
GM Bluvshtein.Mark Bluvshtein The official tournament website is at: http://monroi.com/2009-canadian-ope...
May-06-09  Albertan: GM Shabalov won the Masters Section of the Heroes Day Cup,which was played in Bermuda with a score of 7.5/9. This event was played between April 27th-March 3rd, 2009. Congratulations GM Shabalov!. The official tournament website for this event is http://www.barbados.org/chess/
May-06-09  unsound: <Albertan> I think you're confusing Bermuda with Barbados. Thanks for the link, though.
Aug-23-09  vonKrolock: Final standings in the <"Campeonato Continental Absoluto de Xadrez das Américas"> in São Paulo, July/August 2009 - 270 players! here in D. Lima's blog (also links to games etc) http://www.continental2009.com/claf...
Oct-05-09  The Rocket: why does this guy only play on an average alekhines defence once a year nowdays when he has barely lost with it!!
Oct-05-09  dx9293: <The Rocket> Because you cannot play a second-rate opening like this consistently in US swisses. He would have problems against anyone rated 2400+.
Oct-06-09  The Rocket: "Because you cannot play a second-rate opening like this consistently in US swisses. He would have problems against anyone rated 2400+."

what are you talking about, its not a second rate opening! its sound for cryin out loud!, sicilian dragon for instance is far more dubious. And shabalov has beaten 2500+ player with alekhines defence for more than 10 years.

Its hard because the rating are not always mentioned but I know he has beaten Ian Rogers with it.

I can tell you that I am a semi-expert in the alekhine, I know the lines, the main themes and no lines gives me any problems.

And if its really a second rate opening why does a very strong grandmaster(but inconsistent) like Jonny hector(2568) who has beaten player like Boris Avrukh, Ulf andersson, Jan Timman e.t.c Play 2 nc3? that clearlt shows that he respects the main lines.

AND you claim that 2400+ players would give shabalov problems?=

Oct-10-09  dx9293: <The Rocket> The key word is <consistently>. Almost anything is playable once-in-awhile. The Alekhine isn't a bad opening, but it's definitely second-rate: if it wasn't, you would see more Top 100 GMs playing it.

I don't play the Sicilian Dragon, but I think it is a stretch to say it is more dubious than the Alekhine.

Jonny Hector has a lot of ability. Probably his results would be more consistent if he played mainstream openings more consistently.

I maintain that if it was known that Shabalov (or another strong GM) played something like the Alekhine more than, say, 70% of the time, he would soon experience problems because opponents would prepare for it and its main benefit at GM level—surprise—would be lost.

Mar-21-10  VladimirOo: In need some help, who could you suggest to enrich this list of players,

Tal, Shirov, Shabalov ...

They are all latvian, ok, but that's not the point. I mean players always seeking for tremendous complications, throwing chaos on board and barely looking at computeresque evaluations of the position, but rather its potential in complications and tactics...

May-23-10  Sydro: <VladimirOo> I suggest Nezhmetdinov.
May-23-10  Prugno: The biography above requires a small but important change.

Shabalov emigrated to the US around 1992, when he was already 25 years old and a GM (in fact he represented Latvia in the Olympiad that year), so it's impossibile that he moved "as a child".

May-23-10  unsound: <Vladimir> Morozevich.
Jul-20-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Placed 4th in the Canadian Open 10-18 July 2010:

http://monroi.com/2010-cocc-results...
http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Oct-25-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <Jim Bartle: Mikhail Tal commented on Shabalov from his time training with him, Gipslis and Bagirov in Riga in the 80s:

"For example, one boy was very talented tactically, but he had no idea where to place his pieces! The cure was to have him go over T. Petrosian's and Ulf Andersson's games. Now he tries to trade queens right away!">

also written by Andrew Soltis in Chess Life 2008 December edition..

Oct-25-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <dx9293> This is exactly what happened to Lev Alburt-he achieved great success with the Alekhine, but the lines he played were nothing special. Had we ever met OTB in the 1980s, I would have played 1.e4 and gone straight into the morass, though I played almost exclusively 1.d4/c4 then, cos I had something in store.
Dec-20-10  Antiochus: [Event "Continental ch-Americas"]
[Site "Sao Paulo BRA"]
[Date "2009.??.??"]
[White "Shabalov,A"]
[Black "Vescovi,G"]
[Round "8"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2580"]
[BlackElo "2631"]
[ECO "C89"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Re4 g5 16. Qf1 Qh5 17. Nd2 f5 18. Bd1 Qh6 19. Re1 f4 20. Ne4 Bh3 21. Qe2 Rae8 22. Qh5 Qxh5 23. Bxh5 Re6 24. Bd2 Be7 25. g4 f3 26. Nxg5 Rxe1+ 27. Rxe1 Bxg5 28. Bxg5 b4 29. cxb4 Nf4 30. Bxf4 Rxf4 31. g5 Bg4 32. Bxg4 Rxg4+ 33. Kf1 Rxd4 34. a3 Kf7 35. Rc1 Rd2 36. Kg1 Kg6 37. Rxc6+ Kxg5 38. h3 Rxb2 39. Rxa6 h5 40. Rc6 Rb3 41. Rc5+ Kg6 42. h4 Rxa3 43. Kh2 Rb3 44. Rg5+ Kh6 45. b5 Rd3 46. Rg8 Rd4 47. Kh3 Ra4 48. b6 Rb4 49. Kg3 Kh7 50. Rb8 Kg7 51. Kxf3 Rxh4 52. b7 1-0

Dec-20-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: <Antiochus> Please use this feature: PGN Upload Utility.
Jan-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: This game is not here yet:

[Event "North American Open"]
[Site "Las Vegas"]
[Date "2012.12.26"]
[Round "1.9"]
[White "Barnett, Alex"]
[Black "Shabalov, Alexander"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteELO ""]
[BlackELO ""]
[Eco "B90"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 g6 7. f3 Qb6 8. Bb3 Nbd7 9. Be3 Nc5 10. Qd2 h5 11. O-O-O Bg7 12. e5 dxe5 13. Na4 Qc7 14. Nxc5 exd4 15. Qxd4 O-O 16. Bf4 Qc6 17. Be5 Bf5 18. Rhe1 Rfc8 19. Ne4 a5 20. a4 b5 21. Rd3 bxa4 22. Bxa4 Qa6 23. Bb3 a4 24. Ba2 Nxe4 25. Bxg7 Rxc2+ 26. Kxc2 Rc8+ 27. Kb1 Nd2+ 0-1

Apr-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: He didn't do so well in Philadelphia in March, losing to T. Bartell (2380) and P. Balakrishnan (2075). He did, however, win a significant number of his other games to finish equal 2nd.
Apr-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: In the crosstable (http://chesstournamentservices.com/...) one of his losses was to A. Balasubramanian (2253), not Balakrishnan. In the database I have the loss is attributed to Balakrishnan. I wonder how these discrepancies get resolved, if ever.
Oct-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Congratulations to GM Shabalov for qualifying for the World Cup in 2015! He was =1st at the American Continental Championship that concluded today.
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