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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Samy Shoker
"What a Shocker!" (game of the day Nov-27-2013)
World Team Championship (2013), Antalya TUR, rd 1, Nov-26
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  0-1



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Nov-26-13  Garech: Shocker for Naiditsch!
Nov-27-13  paramount: lol...the title should be "The h8 defense".


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  Phony Benoni: I'm surprised that nobody commented on this game before yesterday.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: What sayeth the monsters of silicon? Do we really have a defensive masterpiece, or did White miss a win somewhere? For example, can the computers improve upon 28.Qd2?
Nov-27-13  AnMN7: I enjoy the titles of these games of the day.

What a shocker!

Nov-27-13  kevinatcausa: Shoker seems to enjoy punching above his weight at these team events. 2 years ago he began the tournament with Areshchenko vs S Shoker, 2011 and finished it with Mamedyarov vs S Shoker, 2011
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  al wazir: I think 27. h6 would have given black more trouble. If 27...Bxe5, then 28. Rxe5. After 27...Bf8 28. Re3 I don't see any way black can defend.
Nov-27-13  Hankanintetrolla: Phony Benoni: And why is it so, do you think?
Nov-27-13  Captain Hindsight: Better would have been <37. ... Rh1+ 38. Kf2 Qh4+ 39. g3 Qh2+ 40. Ke3 Re1+ 41. Kd4 Qf2+ 42. Kc4 Rc1+ 43. Kb5 Rxc8>
Nov-27-13  wordfunph: 2727 vs 2500


Nov-27-13  offramp: GM Shoker's openings as black are very varied: he either plays ...g6 on move one or move 2.
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  perfidious: <offramp: GM Shoker's openings as black are very varied: he either plays ...g6 on move one or move 2.>

When playing Black vs opponents below GM level, Alexander Ivanov has still less variety, as he responds with ....g6 at the first move.

Nov-27-13  pedro99: al wazir; I concur
Nov-27-13  morfishine: I wonder if Naiditsch should've tried to match Black's hyper-active play with <24.Ne4> ganging up on g5. After all, he sacrifices a piece anyways

After 24...f6 25.e6 Rc4 26.Rc1 Rec8 27.Rxc4 Rxc4 28.Qd3 Nxa3 29.Nexg5 fxg5 30.Qg6 Qc8 31.Qf7+ Kh8 32.Qxe7 Qf8 33.Qxa7 Rc3 34.e7 Qe8 35.Qxb6 Rc8 36.Qxd6 Nc4 37.Qc5

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White wins after 37...Rxc5 38.bxc5 Na5 39.d6 Nb7 40.d7


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  kevin86: Shoker looks good,but a shocker? I don't think so.
Nov-27-13  hedgeh0g: White had such a promising-looking position before his 25th move. I just wonder if he could have preceded the sacrifice with e6 (...Bc3 Qc2!) or Re4.

I was wondering why White didn't opt for 27.h6 Bxe5 (27...Bf8? Re3! ) 28.Rxe5 Rg8! 29.Qxe7 dxe5 30.Qxe5+ Kh7 31.Qf5+ with the idea that if Black plays 31...Kxh6, then 32.Rd4 looked crushing. What I missed was that after 32...Rc1+ 33.Kh2, Black has the unusual shot 33...Rh1+! 34.Kxh1 Qf1+

However, after White plays 32.Rd3! in that line, the computer gives White a big advantage, when White's queen/pawn combo is simply too strong against the two rooks with Black's exposed king.

So Black plays 31...Rg6 instead (31...Kh8 loses to 32.h7!) and after 32.Qxc8 Qe2 33.Rc1 (this move is important, preventing the Black king from going to g7, since then Qc3+ would be strong for White) 33...Qf3 34.g3 Rxh6 35.Qc2+ Kg8 36.Qc8+ =

I suspect Naiditsch had seen this forced line and opted instead for complicating matters in an effort to win. A strong defensive effort by Black, nonetheless.

Nov-27-13  coconut: <An Englishman> Stockfish quickly gives a similar line to <hedgeh0g>, but instead of 30. Qxe5 = it continues 30. Qf6+ Kh7 31. Qxf7+ Kxh6 32. Qe6+ Kh7 33. Qf5+ Kh6 34. Rd3 and Black is toast after giving up the Queen.

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