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Alexander Shabalov vs Alexander Motylev
Aeroflot Open (2010), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Feb-09
Russian Game: Modern Attack (C43)  ·  0-1



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  whiteshark: <26.e4?> and <27.e5?> Oh, things went awry. <26.Bf3 Rxd1 27.Bxd1> would have offered some more resistance.

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Feb-09-10  chillowack: <whiteshark: <26.e4?> and <27.e5?> Oh, things went awry. <26.Bf3 Rxd1 27.Bxd1> would have offered some more resistance.> Perhaps: but not much of a game, after 27...Nd3 28.Re2, when Black would have all the play: targeting b2, e3, advancing his queenside pawn majority, bringing his king up, etc. Meanwhile White is corraled into wretched passivity--definitely not Shabalov's style.

To find improvements for White, we must go back well before move 26, I think. Shabalov's play in this game was below his usual level, but he had a very strong opponent: Motylev once beat Kasparov.

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  SteinitzLives: Shabas' 6th move: a3 may actually be the theoretical if not directly correlatable culprit, innocent looking though it is. The normal move played most often by far is: 6. Nb3 which seems more promising than the wimpy looking a3. By move 8. black had fully equalized. Has anyone seen 6. a3 before? 6. Nb3 is more in keeping with Shabas' style anyway.
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  bright1: <SteinitzLives: Has anyone seen 6. a3 before?>

There is this game between Short and Kramnik in which Nigel missed a win:

Short vs Kramnik, 2010

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