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Larry Christiansen vs Alexander Shabalov
USA-ch (2000), Seattle USA, rd 5, Sep-29
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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Dec-23-05  patzer2: Former U.S. Champion Larry Christiansen illustrates the amazing power of the pin as a positional attacking weapon with 22. Rxe5!!, which he uses to defeat a strong GM opponent at the U.S. Championship.

Christiansen provides some brief analysis of this combination at

A more detailed break out with Fritz 8 follows:

< 22. Rxe5!! Nxe5>

If 22... Bxe5, then White wins by removing the guard with 23. Bxg6! Bf5 (23... fxg6 24. Bg5 Qe6 25. Bxe7 Qxe7 26. Ncxe5 ) 24. Bxf5 .

<23. Bh7+ Kh8 24. Ncxe5 Bxe5 25. Bg5 Bh2+ 26. Kxh2 Qd6+ 27. Ne5!! Rxe5>

As Christiansen notes, the pawn fork 27... f6 is refuted by 28. f4! fxg5 (28... fxe5 29. Rd1 Qc5 (29... Qe6 30. f5 Rxf5 31. Bxf5 ) 30. b4 Qc4 31. Bxe7 ) 29. Ng6+ (29. Rd1 Qc7 30. Rxd7 Rxd7 31. Ng6+ Kxh7 32. Nxf8+ Kg8 33. Nxd7 Qxd7 34. fxg5 Qd6+ 35. Kh1 ) 29... Kxh7 30. Nxf8+ Kg8 31. Rxe7 Qxe7 32. Nxd7 Qxd7 33. fxg5 .

<28. Bf4 Rfe8 29. Rxe5 Rxe5 30. Be4 g5>

Black could have put up more resistance with 30... Bc6!, but still appears to lose after 31. Bxc6 bxc6 32. b4 Kg8 33. Qc1 f6 34. Kg1 Qd5 35. Bxe5 fxe5 36. Qe3 Qd1+ 37. Kh2 Qd6 38. Qe4 g5 39. Qg4 e4+ 40. g3 hxg3+ 41. Qxg3 .

<31. Qd3 Qe7 32. Bxe5+ Qxe5+ 33. Kg1>

Here, Fritz 8 prefers 33. g3! Bc8 34. Qf3 hxg3+ 35. fxg3 b6 36. Bd5 g4 37. hxg4 Be6 38. Bxe6 Qxe6 39. a3 .

<33... Bb5>

Black can put up more resistance with 33... Bc8!, but White has a winning advantage after 34. Qd4 f6 35. Qxe5 fxe5 36. c4 Kg7 37. c5 Kf7 38. b4 Ke7 39. a4 b6 40. cxb6 axb6 41. Kf1 Kd6 42. Ke2 Bd7 43. Kf3 Be6 (43... Bxa4? 44. Kg4 ) 44. Ba8 Bf5 45. Ke3 g4 46. hxg4 Bxg4 47. Bb7 Kc7 48. Ba6 Kd6 49. a5 bxa5 50. bxa5 Kc5 51. Be2 Bd7 52. Ke4 Bc6+ 53. Kxe5 Bxg2 54. Kf4 h3 55. Kg3 Be4 56. Kxh3 .

<34. Qd5 Qf4 35. Qd4+ Kg8 36. Bxb7 Qxd4 37. cxd4 f5 38. f4 g4 39. g3 1-0>

P.S. This is definitely a good candidate for GOTD or a Sunday puzzle!

Dec-23-05  patzer2: The pun could be "not too shabby," "not too shabby love," or "not a shabby pin!"
Dec-01-09  ghall3: Patzer 2--cool post. Very good and useful analysis. I see you have this game in part of a collection on pinning. I'm looking forward to reviewing that collection. Thanks, ghall3

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