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Alexander Shabalov vs Alexandre Lesiege
"The Siege of Alexander" (game of the day Jun-16-2018)
New York Enhance (1993), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Oct-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  1-0



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Sep-28-03  refutor: fantastic finish by shabalov...any ideas on where black could've improved, i thought he was winning for most of the game
Sep-28-03  Diggitydawg: <refutor>I'm having some difficulty understanding why you thought black was winning through most of the game, please explain your reasoning (I'm trying to learn so feedback is really helpful to me).

I think white was positionally in control of the game. White had strong control over the center and black's only plan was a pawn assault on the queenside, which left black's king (sitting on the queenside) open to attack. White had enough resources to hold off the pawn assault. For instance, black could not take white's bishop on move 26 because he would have been checkmated. White's control of the center plus having his king castled on the kingside left black with no chances of a kingside assault also.

What could black have done better? 7...d5xc4 seemed to be poor, because black concedes control of e4 to white, who eventually uses it as a launching point for his knight to attack black and remove black's ability to castle. A better move might have been 7...Nxg4, which gains material at the cost of activating the kingside rook but at least black would have had some chances on the kingside.

I like games like this, where one side builds up a positional advantage and then delivers a knockout punch.

Sep-28-03  Diggitydawg: Oh wait...does black have a winning line 28...d5xe4 (threatening white's bishop immediately) 29.B retreats to e2 or f1 followed by 29...Be8-d5 where the threat from his pawns become strong?
Sep-28-03  refutor: i like ...dxc4 myself rather than throw himself on the defensive with 7. ... Nxg4. it's a matter of taste really, Krammy plays 7. ... Bb4, Kasparov plays 7. ... dxc4, computers play 7. ... Nxg4 ;) i think the way he played it with 7. ... dxc4 8.Bxc4 b5 was good because one of the trumps that black has in his line is his queenside majority and he almost rolls it in. i didn't particularly like/understand 13. ... a5. i figure it's better for Black to wait and let WHite show his hand first. i can't think of a move that allows Black to do that in this case though ;) any suggestions or is 13. ... a5 the best? black is happy with his king in the middle, where else can he strengthen his position?
Sep-29-03  Diggitydawg: <refutor> Thanks for the analysis. If Kasparov plays ...dxc4, it really can't be a bad move.

I see your point about at the end, how the queenside pawns cause many problems for white. I was thinking that 28...Bb7 loses a tempo. Its goal is to move the bishop from being a target and strengthen the defense of a8. But I was thinking that 28...d5xe4 gains black a tempo as well as eliminate white's central pawn. The move 29...B-d5 protects both c and e pawns as well as a8, and makes the passed pawns on the queenside an even stronger threat than they were before.

Is 13...a5 the best move? I really don't see anything wrong with it, if the plan is to assault on the queenside. But black has to really be careful about any combinations that white might make involving black's exposed king. Anyone have other suggestions?

Jan-09-17  ColeTrane: Great checkmate. Shabalov really laid siege to his opponent.
Jan-09-17  ChessHigherCat: <refutor: fantastic finish by shabalov...any ideas on where black could've improved, i thought he was winning for most of the game> This may sound banal, but I think black should have played 14...NxN and Qd8 because it seals of the c file and keeps the king from having to take the knight and being stuck in the middle of the board, which is probably what led to his demise. Black still has the threat of axb4 or Bxg4 afterward.
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  al wazir: 35...Bxh3 gives black some play. If now 36. Ra7+ Kb8 37. Nc6+ Kc8 38. Qxd3 exd3 39. Bxf4 Nc5, those connected passed ♙s are going to be hard to stop.
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  offramp: I had no idea what "The Siege of Alexander" was. I looked it up in the big book in my hallway, but I couldn't see it.

I have a friend who is an expert on the Seven Years War, but he didn't know it.

I also have a friend who is an expert on the Thirty Years War, but he didn't know it either.

And I have a friend who is an expert on the One Hundred Years War, but she didn't know it.

So I rang my friend who is a car mechanic. He told me that the Siege of Alexander is another name for the Siege of Tyre. Then he slammed the phone down.

So now I know.

Jun-16-18  ChessHigherCat: To understand the pun, first of all you have to you have to be familiar with this famous anecdote:

According to legend, Alexander the Great came to visit the Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope. Alexander wanted to fulfill a wish for Diogenes and asked him what he desired. According to the version recounted by Diogenes Laërtius, Diogenes replied "Stand out of my light."

Secondly, you need to know that "siège" means seat in French.

Thirdly, you have to know what really happened after that. Mortally offended, Alexander retorted: "How about if I put you where the sun don't shine?" and proceeded to rest his battle-hardened rump on the philosopher's head, where he remained for nearly a fortnight.

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  WorstPlayerEver: You can also google 'siege of alexander'


Jun-16-18  morfishine: No doubt, this game title refers to the Siege of Alexandria

Well, maybe some doubt

Jun-16-18  ajile: IMO if Black doesn't take the g pawn (after 7.g4) he is already worse even if just psychologically.
Jun-17-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 26 dpa done

1. - + (-1.77): 26...Bb7 27.Bc2 f5 28.Ne5 fxe4 29.Ra7 Rd8 30.Bd2 Qd6 31.Rxb7 Kxb7 32.Bxe4+ Nd5 33.Nf7 Qc6 34.Nxd8+ Bxd8 35.h4 g6 36.Qa3 Bb6 37.Qa1 Kc7 38.Bg2 Kd7 39.Bb4 Kd8 40.Bd2 Ke7 41.Qa6 Kd6 42.Qa3+ Kc7 43.Qa1 Kd7

2. - / + (-1.20): 26...Rd8 27.Bc2 Bb7 28.Qd1 f6 29.Bf4 fxg5 30.Nxg5 Qc3 31.Bxc7 Rxd4 32.Qb1 h6 33.Ra7 hxg5 34.Be5 Bc5 35.Rxb7 Kxb7 36.Qxb5+ Bb6 37.Qb1 Qd2 38.Bxd4 Qxd4 39.Qe1 Bc5 40.Kg2 Kb6 41.h3 Kb5 42.Qb1+ Kc6 43.Qe1 e5 44.Ba4+ Kc7

Jun-17-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa done

<1. = (-0.13): 14.bxa5> Rxa5 15.0-0 h6 16.gxh6 Rxh6 17.Bd2 Rxa3 18.Rxa3 Bxa3 19.Ng3 Rh8 20.e4 Nc7 21.Ra1 b4 22.Be3 Nb5 23.Qb3 Qd8 24.Bxb5 cxb5 25.Qd3 Nf6 26.Bd2 Qb6 27.Rb1 Qa5 28.Ne5 Kf8 29.Kg2 Kg8 30.f3 Qa4 31.Bg5 Qa7

2. - / + (-0.88): 14.Nc5 axb4 15.Nxd7 Kxd7 16.e4 Nc7 17.0-0 Kc8 18.Be3 Rxa3 19.Rfd1 f6 20.Bf1 c5 21.dxc5 Qc6 22.Bd3 Rd8 23.Nd4 Qxc5 24.Nf5 Qxc2 25.Nxe7+ Kd7 26.Bxc2+ Kxe7 27.gxf6+ Kxf6 28.Rxd8 Rxa1+ 29.Kg2 b3 30.Bxb3 Bxe4+ 31.f3 Ra3 32.fxe4 Rxb3 33.Bb6 Na6 34.Bd4+ e5 35.Rd6+ Ke7 36.Bxe5 Nc5 37.Rc6 Nxe4 38.Bxg7 b4 39.Rb6 h5 40.Be5 Rb1 41.Kf3 Nd2+ 42.Ke2 Nc4 43.Bf6+ Kf7

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