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Alexander Shabalov vs John Fedorowicz
USA-ch (2000), Seattle USA, rd 10, Oct-05
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B67)  ·  1-0



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  plang: 9 f3, similar to a plan in the English Attack in the Najdorf/Scheveningen, has become a popular alternative to 9 f4. 11..h5!? is a relatively new idea which has been used in similar positions in the Najdorf. In 1996 at the European Club Cup in Budapest Kozul had played 13..Qa5 against Shirov and had gone on to win; 13..b5 was new. 16..a5? allowed a powerful attacking combination; 16..Rc7, protecting the d7 bishop, was an alternative. A pretty variation was 16..Bc8 17 e5..dxe 18 Rxe5..Rc5 19 Qe3..Qc7 20 Rxe6!..Bxe6 21 Nxe6..fxe 22 Bg6+..Kf8 23 Qxe6 winning. Black resigned due to 27..Rg8 28 gxh..Kh3 29 Rh1+..Kg3 30 h6..Qf8 31 h7.

Shabalov at his attacking best.

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