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Alexander Shabalov vs Keith Arkell
15th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1991), London ENG, rd 7, Aug-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Botvinnik-Carls Defense (B12)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Shabalov makes Black's variation seem very unimpressive in a grandmasterly and smooth performance. The clearance sacrifice with the N on move 21 is very nice.

<22.Rc7> f5 23.Rxd5 f4+ 24.Kh3 exd5+ 25.e6 and it is all over.

Dec-26-05  Timothy Glenn Forney: Yes a great example of keeping the opponents king from castling and the Knight sac to utilize the rooks in the open files for mate.Shabalov was taught by the best,Tal I believe.
Jan-22-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: White's next move is the clincher,♖xd5!! black can only sac the ♕ at d2 to intercede the mate threat.Black could move f5 with Mate coming in 6 moves--22...f5 23.♖xd5 f4+ 24.♔h3 exd5+ 25. e6 ♕xg2 26.♔xg2 ♗d7 27.♖xd7 ♖f8 28.♕ e7#
Jan-22-06  pawn to QB4: Wow. In the North of England Keith Arkell's generally considered a very hard man to beat, and a Caro Kann expert. 21. Na6 looks like the work of Tal's pupil. Puzzle of the day?
Jun-14-09  YoungEd: Will someone who knows the Caro-Kann please explain Black's 3rd to me? Look like he's just a tempo behind an Advance French; I don't see any advantage. thanks.
Jun-20-09  ToTheDeath: <YoungEd:> It's not so simple- Black will be able to develop his light squared bishop, the main problem for Black in the French defense. Here Black should have playe more solidly though with 5...e6, when the bishop is not so great on b5.

Nice game.

Feb-15-10  Derek880: 18 Rxd5!! exd5 19 e6! fxe6 (19...Bxe6 20 Nd4 ) 20 Nxe6 Bxe6 21 Qxe6+ Kd8 (21...Kf8 22 Ne5 Qe8 23 Nd7+ ) 22 Rd1

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