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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Vladimir Akopian
Elista Grand Prix (2008), Elista RUS, rd 8, Dec-22
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  1-0



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Dec-22-08  shintaro go: Shabalov gambit strikes again
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  Gilmoy: <16.Qa4!> encourages Black to castle into the pin on g. White pays a move to provoke a commitment. At GM levels, that's an adequate return on your tempi.

<16..Nxd2+?> vacates d1, giving White's Q a free transfer to h1!

Dec-22-08  positionalgenius: heck of a game here. good job kasim.
Dec-23-08  Andrew Chapman: If 35.. Bxe6, does white just play Nxe6 with threats Rd8 and Qc3?
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  wordfunph: Rustam Kasimdzhanov - Vladimir Akopian

final position after 35.♘de6

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Rustam in NIC Magazine 2009 #1..

"It is amazing how strong two knights can be in an open position. This game brought back some happy memories of the days when my knights ruled the world."

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