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Tal Shaked vs Matthew Morgan
"Shaked Not Stirred" (game of the day Apr-22-2009)
21st World Open (1993), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 4, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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Apr-22-09  beautifulwretch: At the end, if

26. ... Kg4
27. Qf3+ Kh4
28. Qh3#


26. ... Ke4
27. Qf3+ Kd4
28. Qe3#

So black must block.

26. ... Qf6
27. Qxf6 gxf6
28. Rxc6

and I don't think black can stop the a pawn from queening without losing the rook. I'm not even sure the black knight can be saved either.

Apr-22-09  AniamL: Good pun today :)
Apr-22-09  patzer2: Black's problem appears to begin with 15...Nxf2?! as 16. Qf3! seems to initiate a decisive refutation.

Instead, 15...Nxd5 as in Savon vs J Nogueiras, 1982 or 15...Bd7 = seem more prudent.

Apr-22-09  ilklink: Yeah, well if I were Black I'd instantly choose 15...Nxd5. I guess Morgan was too much "Shaked" by refusal of the repetition and an unexpected sac.

The Sveshnikov is very poisonous for Black. Can anyone post some good games in this line, with 0-1 results?

Apr-22-09  radu stancu: <ilklink>: I haven't looked at the quality of the moves for each of these games, but here are a few strong players losing on the white side of this:

Judit Polgar vs Kramnik, 1998

Karjakin vs Y Yakovich, 2007

Naiditsch vs Carlsen, 2006

Short vs Topalov, 2005

Or how about an "Advanced chess" game?

Topalov vs Kasparov, 1998

And some games in which a good player can't get the full point with white:

Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2008

Bacrot vs Eljanov, 2008

Anand vs Radjabov, 2008

Morozevich vs Shirov, 2008

Anand vs Radjabov, 2007

Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2007

With all these examples (and many more in the database) I think it's hard to dismiss this opening from black's point of view.

Apr-22-09  patzer2: Though not a move played in the game, 20. Nc4! is a strong move with an amusing threat (e.g. 20. Nc4! Qxa8 21. Nxd6+ Kd8 22. Ba5#).
Apr-22-09  kevin86: Mr. Morgan gets "dollared" from pillow to post.
Apr-22-09  tivrfoa: He didn't play 15. ... Nxd5 because of 16. Qa4+
Apr-22-09  cheeseplayer: 15... Nxd5!!!??? i was dying to play that move myself.

I can understand where black is going with Nxf2 if followed by 16. Kxf2 but Qf3! just finishes it.

white could've played 17. Nc7+ and gets a rook back but with an oppurtinity for black to re-organize his defence.

17.Bb5+ breaks down the defence with good position.

nice game, good pun, good playing white.

Apr-22-09  patzer2: <tivrfoa> <He didn't play 15. ... Nxd5 because of 16. Qa4+> See the game Savon vs J Nogueiras, 1982 which ended in a quick draw after 16...Bd7 17. Qxe4 Nf6 18. Qb7 Rb8 19. Qf3 =.
Apr-23-09  WhiteRook48: Morgan was Shaked!

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