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Alexander Shabalov vs Alexey Shirov
Canadian Open (2005), Edmonton CAN, rd 8, Jul-16
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  0-1



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Jul-20-05  Eatman: Pretty sharp game, no attempt at peace here considering they know each other rather well. Shabalov and Shirov studied together under Bagirov in mid 1980s in Riga. As a lowly expert level player I had to pass their room many times on my way to practice.
Jul-20-05  Montreal1666: Well Shabalov lost another game against Bologan that I bet he will never forget in his life time:

Shabalov vs Bologan, 2005

Jul-20-05  weirdoid: Didn't Shaba resign a tad early? I think after, say, 31. Kc1 Nc6 32. Nde1 Rg1 etc. there is still a long fight. Do I miss something obvious?
Jul-20-05  Montreal1666: Nc6 would be the last resort for black. It seems there is enough material close by to achieve a check mate. Even 31)...RxN+ seems playable. It has be worked out till the end.
Jul-20-05  euripides: Black can take both knights with check and if necessary then play Nc6 when White will probably be helpless. In some lines at least, Black mates without needing to play Nc6; e.g. 31 Kc1 Rxc2+ 32 Kxc2 Qe2+ 33 Kc1 Qxe3+ 34 Kb2 Qd2+ 35 Ka3 Qxd3+ 36 Kb2 Qd2+ and mate next move.
Jul-20-05  who: <euripides> in your line 35...Qc3#
Jul-20-05  Boomie: The finish is a nice demonstration of how a ♕ and ♗ work together.

31. ♔c1 ♖xc2+ 32. ♔x♖
(32. ♔b1 ♕d1+ 33. ♘c1 ♕xc1#)

♕e2+ 33. ♔c1
(33. ♔b1 ♗xd3+ 34. ♔c1 ♕c2#)
(33. ♔b2 ♕d2+ 34. ♔b1 (34. ♔a3 ♕c3#) ♗xd3#)

32...♕xe3+ 33. ♔b1
(33. ♔d1 ♗b3#)
(33. ♔b2 ♕d2+ 34. ♔b1
( 35. ♔a3 ♕c3#) ♗xd3#)

33...♕xd3+ 34. ♔b2 ♕d2+ 35. ♔a3
(35. ♔b1 ♗d3#)


Jul-20-05  euripides: <who, boomie> true, thanks.
Jul-20-05  weirdoid: Hi gang, thanks for the analysis! So, it seemed that Shaba did not resign to early after all. I guess I would have continued playing from such a position - for only a few moves before getting mated. Ignorance isn't always bliss, it seems.
Dec-02-05  Jim Bartle: I wonder how two close friends and collaborators treat a game in a relatively minor tournament. Certainly Shirov and Shabalov have studied openings together, probably pretty seriously (according to Fire on Board). They may not want to reveal any new ideas in a game between themselves, waiting to spring surprises on other players in bigger tournaments.
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  Albertan: Jim Bartle: I wonder how two close friends and collaborators treat a game in a relatively minor tournament.

Maybe it is a minor tournament to you. But for someone like me who lives in Edmonton where we hardly ever get an GM's let alone an IM near our city to have the chance to see the likes of Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexey Shirov, Viktor Bologan, Alexander Shabalov, Alexander Moiseenko, Igor Alexandre Nataf, Abhijit Kunte, and Chanda Sandipan play was a once in a lifetime experience for me!

Mar-22-12  Bowen Island: 5, ...Bd7 Black delays developing the Black Queen until he can decide whether c7 or b6 is better.

6. Ne7, Does not capture on d4 until the Nb1 has committed itself to a square.

11. ... Ne7 with the idea of 12 ... h5.

16. ... Bc4, developing Black's worse piece outside the e6/d5 pawn chain.

17. ...Qd8 with the idea of a later Qh4.

Steps to success (Williams):
1. Build up pressure on White's d4 pawn; c5/Ne7-f5/Nc6/Qb6 2. Black played ...Qb6 after Na3, if instead a3, Black would have played f6. 3. ...Na5 to allow the Bd7 to be exchanged off/brought into the game.

Nov-29-18  Whitehat1963: Stockfish sees an insurmountable lead for black, but itís a long way from over. I think white could easily have played on for a bit in hopes of a terrible blunder.
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  PawnSac: < Whitehat1963: Stockfish sees an insurmountable lead for black, but itís a long way from over. I think white could easily have played on for a bit in hopes of a terrible blunder. >

What? Like allow Qc8# ?? We are talking about a super-GM who was once world #2 ! A "terrible blunder" isn't going to happen. And "easily" have played on? It would just get embarrassing! Black can make capture with check moves and clean up white's whole back field, and at the time he does not have a check/capture, all he needs to do is play ..Nc6 so as to answer a back rank check with ..Nb8 then continue on with the mop up. White to continue is an exercise in futility. For example:

31. Kc1 (forced. If Ke1 Qe2#) Rxc2+ 32. Kxc2 (forced. If Kb1 Qd1+ is mate in 2) Qe2+ 33. Kc1 (forced. If Kc3 Qxd3+ Kb2 Qd2+ and mate next move, or if 3.Kb1 Qxd3+ Kc1 Qc3+ Kd1 Qxa1+ and then ..Nc6) 33..Qxe3+ Kd1 Qxd3+ Kc1 and so on.

No i don't fault white for resigning. It's a bloody mess!

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  PawnSac: 11.g4? proves to be a lemon refuted by 13...h5! and it's all downhill ugly from there
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  ChessHigherCat: I think the really horrible mistake was 22. Qxf7. As I was playing through the game, I thought: "I see, white can't play Qxf7 because of Rxh6" (-4.16).According to SF, white could have maintained near equality with 22. Rad1 (-0.42).
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