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Alexander Shabalov vs Vladimir Baklan
World Cup (2009) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B95)  ·  0-1

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Nov-23-09  luzhin: 11.Qc4 seems most odd: after 11.Bxd8 Nxe2+ 12.Nxe2 Kxd8 13.Rxd6+ White may not have much, but at least he wouldn't be two pawns down!
Nov-24-09
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  Eyal: <after 11.Bxd8 Nxe2+ 12.Nxe2 Kxd8 13.Rxd6+ White may not have much, but at least he wouldn't be two pawns down!> Yeah, that's what happened in B Voekler vs Navara, 2002, which ended in a draw. But in fact, I'm not sure if this 9...Nxe4 "trap" might not lead even to White's advantage after 10.Nxe4 Bxh4 11.Nxe6! Bxe6 (or 11...fxe6 12.Nxd6+ Kf8 13.Qf3+ Qf6 14.Qxf6+ and 15.Nxc8) 12.Nxd6+ Kf8 13.Nxf7.

At any rate, considering this was the first in a series of 4-games rapid match, Shabalov's very early resignation may have been a rather clever decision. Instead of dragging the game on for a long time in a basically lost position, he may have thought it best to just give up, forget about it as quickly as possible, rest up and prepare for the next game - and apparently it worked.

Nov-26-09  Stanley Yee: <even to White's advantage after 10.Nxe4 Bxh4 11.Nxe6! Bxe6 12.Nxd6+ Kf8 13.Nxf7> Actually, game 140 by the same two players went like that, see Shabalov vs Baklan, 2009 and it ended in a draw. Yes, I think you are right, in that Black does not gain an advantage.
Feb-25-19  jith1207: Both these games seem to have same date. Either the date was wrong or these are duplicate games. Or the database correct and these were two separate games played by same players, having same pieces playing same opening in rapid round of world Cup played on same day?

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