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Alexander Shabalov vs Alexander Onischuk
US Championship (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Mar-30
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  0-1



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  whiteshark: Catalonian IPC and some double pawns.
Tarrasch must be turning in his grave...
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  tpstar: Compare W So vs Nakamura, 2016 which went 14 ... Rxd4 instead of 14 ... Qb7 which is new to the database = Opening Explorer
Apr-01-17  DiscoJew: Powerful game. The idea for black in accepting the 3 isolated doubled pawns, which look horrible, but yet somehow play is achieved.

I liked the Black King suddenly reminding us how important a piece it is,in blocking the e5 pawn on move 25...Ke6 (black challenges white to make progress.

The funny thing about this game is that black fixes his pawn structure, and then once AGAIN takes on the 3 isolated pawns, to win and dominate the ending. The black king pressing at the moment of paralysis is great!

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  Domdaniel: A double Irish Pawn Centre. Incroyable! D'inbelievable!
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  HeMateMe: <A double Irish Pawn Centre. Incroyable! D'inbelievable!>

Do both players have to be dead drunk to create such a rarity?

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  ChessHigherCat: As I played through the game, I figured out the logic behind most of the moves that mystified me at first but I still don't understand why white didn't play Bxc6 on move 9 or 13.

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