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Shen Yang vs Sergei Rublevsky
World Team Championship (2005), Be'er Sheva ISR, rd 8, Nov-09
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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Nov-10-05  sharkbenjamin: This is an incredible game. Yang Shen (2326) defeats Sergei Rublevsky (2652). White starts by attacking the king side. Black first defends the king side then castle onto the queen side. Then black start an attack on the the king side. To be continue.
Nov-23-05  JoeyCJK: Didn't Rublevshy beat Kasparov 1 year ago? And here he loses to a virtually unknown Chinese girl. Probably very unrated opponent. But China has such a huge talent base, they can field a second string Chinese women's team and still actually upset world class players.
Nov-24-05  EmperorAtahualpa: The combination in the end is very nice. Would 35...Rf8 look better for Black?
Nov-24-05  euripides: <Emperor> Move 35 does look like one place to improve. However, I think 35...Rf8 allows 36 Nd4 Kd7 37 Rxd5+ Ke7 38 Nxc6+ Bxc6 39 Rxd8 K/R xd8 40 Rxc6 winning a piece. 35...Re2 would also be appealing but for 36 Nd4.

Black has trouble with retreat squares for his knight after 24...f6 and tries an ambitious tactical sequence starting with 26...e4, then avoiding the repetition on move 29. Unfortunately this opens the diagonal for White's black-squared bishop and the c file for White's rook. A very nice, calm game by White.

Nov-24-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Thanks <euripides>. I agree with your analysis after 35...Rf8, and also with White's trouble after 24...f6 and the significant power of the bishop at f4. So we should look for a better position for Black's knight. What about 18...Nd5? My guess is that Rublevsky didn't like 18...Nd5 because it would block the diagonals a8-h1 and b8-h2 that Black's bishop and queen are occupying.
Nov-24-05  euripides: <Emperor> It's the diagonals it opens thaet's the problem ! 18...Nd5 runs into 19 Nxf7 and if 19....Kxf7 20 Qxh5+ looks very dangerous.

The difficulty for Black in this line of the Kan is developing the king's knight without allowing Bh6. Rublevsky' solution with h5 is interesting but double-edged.

There may well be further possibilities for Black at about move 22-4 e.g. 24...Rxg5 25 Rxg5 e4,threatening Qxh2 mate, when 26 Rxg4 loses a piece for some compensation to 26...d3 and 26 g3 cxd3 looks quite promising for Black.

I feel Rublevsky was playing for a win and was forced into the queen exchange by lines like 32...Kb8 33 Rxe5 fxe5 34 Bxe5 winning the queen.

Nov-24-05  euripides: ... on reflection if 18...Nd5 19 Nxf7 Black can try 19..Rxg2 with 20 K/Q xg2 Nf4. Perhaps 19 Qh5 is better when if 19...Rxg2 20 Qxf7+ Kd8 21 Be4 looks good for White.
Nov-24-05  euripides: ... however, after 24...Rxg5 25 Rxg5 e4 White's best is 26 Rxh5 when he hangs on to the exchange after 26...Ndf6 27 Bxa6 and if 27...Nxg5 White has 28 Qxg4+, or 26...exd3 27 Qxg4. Black can probably get the exchange back by 28...Ngf6 but it isn't exciting.
Nov-24-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Thanks again for your ample replies, <euripides>. It's nice to go in-depth in this game with someone who spends an equal amount of time into it as I do.

After your initial reply you pointed to the problem of the retreat squares for Black's knight at g4, so I started to see that as the "main problem" for Black, hence my suggestion 18...Nd5. However, as you already pointed out, the advantage of the Knight at g4 is preventing White's queen to go to h5, as well as attacking White's h-pawn. Keeping that in mind, I guess 18...d5 would be a nice idea. Indeed, Rublevsky plays d5, though at move 22 only.

Of all your lines, I like the one containing 25...e4 the most. That move 25...e4 is even critical! The more I think about it, the more I start to believe that this is a key move that Rublevsky missed. 26.Bf4 might seem the right reply to 25...e4, attacking Black's queen and bringing the bishop to the strong position of which white profited so much in this game. However, when Black's queen is under attack from the bishop, White's queen can also be attacked with 26...exd3, while even simultaneously capturing the bishop at d3! When White captures the d-pawn (27.cxd3), Black can occupy the d-file that has become empty with (27...Rde8) and once again attack White's queen. If White then moves its queen (what else to do? take black's queen with the bishop and give up that powerful diagonal??), Black's knight can block the bishop by 28...Nge5, resulting in material advantage for Black (one bishop against a pawn)!

Do you see what I mean?

Nov-24-05  euripides: <Emperor> It's a very interesting game !

18...d5 seems to work e.g. 19 Bf4 Bd6, though it might have looked too 'loosening' at the time.

I like the look of your suggested 25...e4 in the game position (instead of my 24...Rxg5 25 Rxg5 e4) when I don't see anything good for White, e.g. 26 Bf4 exd3 27 Qe6 Qc6.

Feb-27-06  Vernon Rae: whatever ill marry shen yang someday...^^
Jun-23-06  notyetagm: Rublevsky could have resigned immediately after the wicked 45 a4+!, the strength of which he clearly missed when he played 43 ... ♖c6?.
Jun-23-06  blingice: <JoeyCJK: Probably very unrated opponent.>

Mm, yeah, especially since that's a sentence. Whatever, the general idea of it was already explained in the post before yours.

Jun-25-06  Karpova: <JoeyCJK: Probably very unrated opponent.>

What an unstatement!

Oct-21-06  syracrophy: Nice! 47...Ka5 48.Bd2+ Rc3 49.Bxc3#

This game reminds me an interesting puzzle:

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Nov-14-06  charleslucas: brilliant play..
Mar-17-09  WhiteRook48: 47...Ka5 48 Bd2+ Rc3 49 Bxc3#
took a moment to realize the mate, but a brilliant game anyways
Jun-03-09  sharkbenjamin: ! ! I am shocked to find it took me nearly four years to continue on this game. Excellent commemts by other commentators are noted. I am redirected to this games by the current 2009 Chinese championship.
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  Check It Out: I see <sharkbenjamin>'s comments came full circle here, with lots of good analysis by <euripides> and <EmperorAtahualpa>.

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