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Frederick Rhine vs Steve Sinding
1995 Golden Knights semifinals (1996) (correspondence), correspondence
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-25-14
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  FSR: My opponent was a former Golden Knights co-champion. We met in the semifinals of the 1995 Golden Knights. Our game followed C Lutz vs Yusupov, 1994 through move 16. My 17.Rg1!? is a theoretical novelty that Yusupov had suggested in his notes to that game in Chess Informant 60/423. My 22.Rg4? was a mistake, as my opponent demonstrated. After his 23...Nf8! I had to play exactly just to stay alive. Somehow I managed to hold the ending. A fortunate escape!
Jul-25-14  morfishine: Well played <FSR>! Nice game
Jul-25-14
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  FSR: <morfishine> Thanks! I was sweating bullets in this game. I was teetering on the brink of defeat for a long time.
Jul-26-14  morfishine: <FSR> One can just feel the tension in this game!

In your post mortem, did you consider <31.Nd5> attacking Black Queen and taking advantage of the pin? (instead of 31.Qc6)

To keep from dropping the d-pawn outright, it looks like Black Queen must go to h6 or e5. And if 31...Qe5 White has 32.Nb4 with an attack. Black Queen looks embarrassed: 32...Qc7 33.Na6+ forks the Queen; 32...Qd6 33.Na6+ (33.Rxd4 looks strong too)...Kc8 34.Qa8+ Nb8 35.Rc1+

Or 32...Qc5 33.Na6+ forks or 32...Qa5 33.Nc6+ another fork; and if 32...Qb5 then White Knight rampages with 33.Nc6+ (not to mention both Black pawns are hanging)

Finally, If 31.Nd5 Qf3, then White has the simple 32.Qh2+

Exciting game any which way you look at it!

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