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|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|| ||Tabanus: Placed 4th in the Canadian Open 10-18 July 2010:
|Oct-25-10|| ||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|| ||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"]
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|| ||Stonehenge: <Antiochus> Please use this feature: PGN Upload Utility.|
|Jan-04-13|| ||PhilFeeley: This game is not here yet:
[Event "North American Open"]
[Site "Las Vegas"]
[White "Barnett, Alex"]
[Black "Shabalov, Alexander"]
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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||twinlark: Congratulations to GM Shabalov for qualifying for the World Cup in 2015! He was =1st at the American Continental Championship that concluded today.|
|Jan-07-15|| ||Domdaniel: <dx9293> You have a good point, as <perfidious> suggests. There *are* some GMs who regularly play Alekhine's, though not at the very highest level. And those who do, tend to mix it with something else. The Alekhine is not unsound, but it is possible to prepare against the main linesn great depth -- something that has cost GM Alex Baburin a few points against lower-rated players in recent years.|
It may or may not be better than the Sicilian Dragon, which seems to be currently under a cloud. But I've seen the Dragon fall out of favour several times over the years, always springing back when new resources are found.
But chess would be a poorer game if 1...e5 and 1...c5 were the only viable responses to 1.e4. All the semi-open defences -- Sicilian, French, Caro-Kann, Alekhine, Scandinavian, Pirc, Modern, even the Nimzowitsch -- are playable, to some degree.
Plus, of course, the more all these different defences are played, the more pressure there is on the White player of 1.e4 to have playable lines against each of them.
|Jan-07-15|| ||Domdaniel: Incidentally, after Nimzowitsch, Tal, and Shirov, is Shabalov the 4th great player from Riga?|
|Apr-13-15|| ||Penguincw: Shabalov is doing great at the Dubai Open, currently sitting at 6.5/8, one of 5 players leading the way with a round to go. He'll face Ivan Ivanisevic (6) with black in the final round.|
|Apr-14-15|| ||Penguincw: And Shabalov loses the final game, and ends up in a 6-way tie for 7th (but 1st on tiebreaks) with 6.5/9 (+5,-1,=3). However, he was the 35th seed, and gained 23.2 rating points, which is the most out of anyone in the top 37 places in the tournament.|
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