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Alexey Shirov vs Alina Kashlinskaya
Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019), Douglas IMN, rd 1, Oct-10
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. McDonnell Defense (D20)  ·  1-0



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Oct-11-19  ndg2: Uh, back ranker! Straight out of "Bobby Fischer teaches chess"
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  HeMateMe: why doesn't black just defend the back rank with 23...R-b8?
Oct-15-19  charlx: OOPS !
Oct-17-19  TheaN: Lights out for Alina I guess; happens to the best though you always hope it doesn't happen to yourself. I think we can contribute this huge oversight to the queen side rook being on <b7> instead of <b8>.

It's common in those types of positions to trade a rook off as it defends against an immediate 7th rank invasion. Indeed, with the rook on b8 I guess Alina intended <23....Rxe1 24.Rxe1 (Kxe1 runs into an untimely Nf3 or Ng2) gxf6 25.Nxf6+ Kg7 ⩲> and I reckon this endgame drawn due to the loose kingside pawns (for both, but just 2:1 on the queenside is drawn).

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  keypusher: <HeMateMe: why doesn't black just defend the back rank with 23...R-b8?>

Because she missed the back-rank mate, obviously. After 23....Rb8 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.Rc7 her position is terrible anyway, though a lot better than it is after the move she actually played.

23....Rxe1 24.Rc8+ is surprisingly hard to spot, for me at least.

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  markkumatt: The best lesson comes from mistakes

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