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Alexander Shabalov vs Igor Shliperman
"Shlip Through His Fingers" (game of the day Mar-12-2016)
New York Open (1995), Newark, NJ USA, rd 9, Apr-??
Center Game: Berger Variation (C22)  ·  1-0



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Mar-12-16  kevin86: The queen is dispensable in this is so strong. Mate WILL follow on the h-file! I guarantee it!
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  Domdaniel: <playground player> - <I grew up reading Fred Reinfeld, who dismissed the Center Game as a very bad business for White.> I don't think I ever read Reinfeld on the Center Game, though I liked his book on Nimzovich. I'm not sure that a game like this can be blamed on the opening.
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  Domdaniel: 33.Rxh6+ is an exquisite finish...
Jul-02-22  ChessHigherCat: Shlippery but Shabalov, too, buffaloed him.

I got the first two moves but I've got to overcome this stupid hangup against saccing the Q. You just think automatically, "No because that would lose the queen" doh. Of course it's true 99% of the time, but at least in puzzles you always have to consider it, and here with a R+N for the Q it's hardly even a loss of material.

Jul-02-22  ChessHigherCat: R+B, sorry
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  al wazir: After 28. Bxg7+ Kxg7 29. f6+ Kf8 (29...Bxf6 30. gxf6+ Kf8) 30. fxe7+ Qxe7 31. Rg1, white is an exchange up and his attack is still alive.
Jul-02-22  mel gibson: I wasn't sure.

Stockfish 15 says:

26. Nxg7

(26.Nxg7 (♘f5xg7 ♖g6xg7 f4-f5 c6-c5 ♗d4xg7+ ♔h8xg7 ♖h3-g3 ♕e6-e5 f5-f6+ ♔g7-f8 f6xe7+ ♘g8xe7 ♕h4xh6+ ♕e5-g7 ♕h6xd6 ♕g7-g6 ♕d6xc5 ♕g6-b6 ♕c5-e5 ♘e7-g6 ♕e5-f6 ♖e8-c8 ♖g3-f3 ♕b6xf6 g5xf6 ♔f8-e8 ♖f3-g3 ♖c8-d8 ♘c3-d5 ♔e8-f8 ♖d1-d2 ♖d8-e8 ♘d5-c7 ♖e8-c8 ♔c1-b2 ♗a6-e2 e4-e5 ♗e2-h5 ♖g3-g5 ♗h5-f3 ♘c7-e6+ ♔f8-e8 ♘e6-g7+ ♔e8-f8 e5-e6 ♗f3-c6 ♖g5-g3 f7xe6 ♘g7xe6+ ♔f8-f7 ♘e6-g5+ ♔f7xf6 ♖d2-f2+ ♔f6-g7 ♘g5-e6+ ♔g7-h7) +10.87/42 798)

score for White +10.87 depth 42.

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  raymondhow: I found the first five moves, then wanted to play 31.f6. Engine says not as good as the game move, but still appears decisive for White. Half credit or full credit?
Jul-02-22  parch: Went for 26.N:g7 R:g7 27.f5 Qd7 28.B:g7+ K:g7
29.f6 Kf8 30.fe7

(30.e5 looks good)
30...Q:e7 31.gh6 Q:h4 32.R:h4

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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

The knight on f5 avoids a pawn fork. This suggests 26.Nxg7 Rxg7 27.f5 Qd7(c8) 28.Bxg7+ Kxg7 29.f6+ winning an exchange at least.

Jul-02-22  saturn2: 26.Nxh6 is an alternative. It is more complicated but seems to work.

26...Nxh6 27.Rg1 Qd7 28.f5 or

26...Rxh6 27.gxh6 Bxh4 28.hxg7 Kh7 29.Rxh4+ Kg6 30.Rg1

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  chrisowen: Its war medic clement our Nxg7 acrid mitigated affix pivot arrived off buccanear its watch cub a baits business cockle Nxg7 ebb;
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  Messiah: <chrisowen: Its war medic clement our Nxg7 acrid mitigated affix pivot arrived off buccanear its watch cub a baits business cockle Nxg7 ebb;>

Odd. I am repeatedly getting b& for quotidian trollings, but literally no one else is getting any kind of punishment, let them post misogyny, blatant racism, total gibberish or anything similar. Maybe <Stonehenge> will ban me for this comment, but I don't care, this place went very, very, very bad.

Jul-02-22  cehertan: 26.Nxh6 looks good too.
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  playground player: I'm lost. What happens after Black plays K x h6?
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  perfidious: <pgp>, it appears White has no better than 33....Kxh6 34.Rg3 Kh5 35.Rg5+ Kh4 (35....Kh6 36.Rg3 leads to the same position) 36.Rg3 Kh5 with a draw by repetition.
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  raymondhow: After 33...Kxh6, 34.Rg4 leads to mate.
Jul-02-22  Brenin: This all seems rather easy for a Saturday POTD: 26 Nxg7 Kxg7 27 f5 just cries out be played, though 26 Rg1 may be even better, adding extra firepower before unleashing the attack.
Jul-02-22  whiteshark: Shaba!!!!
Jul-02-22  AIC: Very nice sacs to have the queen out of the game and the king looking so helpless. Long way for me to find such a line; looks like white knew very well what he's doing
Jul-02-22  AIC: However, couldn't this be an honorable escape for black? 33...Kxh6 34. Rg4 Rxg7
Jul-02-22  AIC: Nope, mate will follow anyway...
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  perfidious: <AIC: Nope, mate will follow anyway...>

I am the GOAT.

As in not.....(laughs)

Jul-02-22  Lambda: It seems that black is virtually helpless in this position, moves like 26.Kb1 score almost as well as the game move.
Jul-02-22  TheaN: I wanted to play gxh6 straight away, but on instinct. It's just not enough, only a relatively minor advantage to Black, but of course luring a piece to g7 is key. I'd probably seen this if I'd taken my time, but my week was screwed up already.
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