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Alexander Shabalov vs Surya Shekhar Ganguly
36th World Open (2008), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 7, Jul-05
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0



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Jul-08-08  syracrophy: 50...♔xd8 51.f7+ ♖xg5+ 52.♔xg5 ♔e7 53.♔g6 ♔f8 54.♔f6 b5 55.axb5 a4 56.b6 a3 57.b7 a2 58.b8=♖#
Nov-06-10  wordfunph: Shabalov-Ganguly

after 49...Rg4

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50.Rxd8+! and GM Ganguly offered his hand of resignation 1-0.

Nov-06-10  wierba: why not 35... Kh5?
Nov-06-10  Gilmoy: <wierba: 35..Ka5> 36.Qxc6 Rxg3+ 37.Kf1! <37.Kf2 Rg2+ 38.Ke3 Qg5+ 39.f4 Qg3#> and White's K can escape to b2. Meanwhile, Black has to somehow meet the triple threats, for some t > 0, of 38+t.Qb5#, 38+t.Qxd5+ Kxa4 39+t.Ra1#, or 37+t..a6 38+t.Qxd5+ Kxa4 39+t.Qxc4+ K(a3,a5) 40.Q(b3,b4)#.

If 38+t..Ka6 White has Re7 (possibly after 39+t.Kc1! to escape his own WBR), and Black is one tempo behind to double on c2, so White mates first.

The a4-pawn is a crucial 3rd "piece" supporting White's attack. 3-v-0 beats 2-v-0!

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  Sastre: <36.Qxc6 Rxg3+ 37.Kf1!> 37.Kf1 loses to 37...Rg1+ 38.Ke2 Qe7+ 39.Kd1 Qxe1#.
Oct-19-16  fispok: The DSB spent almost the entire second half of the game being pinned, and still passed a pawn at the end.

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