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Vidit Santosh Gujrathi vs Samuel Shankland
Prague Chess Festival (Masters) (2020), Prague CZE, rd 1, Feb-12
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation (E46)  ·  1-0



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Feb-12-20  abstract: The e6 opening move for black always takes the white bishop out of the game
Feb-13-20  goodevans: Black was already in a difficult spot but <25...Qf6?> was a dreadful mistake. After <26.Rf4> black's Q is lost since <26...Qe6> loses immediately to <27.Rxf7+ Rxf7 28.Ng6+>.

It's difficult to believe that someone of Shankland's ability would overlook such a simple combo so maybe he thought this line offered better chances than the alternative, <25...Qh5>, though quite why he might think that is beyond me. Either way it's a very odd mistake at this level.

Feb-13-20  Hokey pokey: 23...Rce7 was the boner, cutting off the Queen's escape. Sam probably saw 25...Qh5 26.g4 Qh3 27.Rc3 Qh4 28.g5 was losing too.
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  beatgiant: <goodevans>,<Hokey pokey> After 25...Qh5 Black's queen is in a net, but it's tricky to draw it all the way shut.

I was looking at 25...Qh5 26. Rc3 Bxe5 27. g4, but then Black slips out with <27...Bxg4>.

On <25...Qh5 26.g4 Qh3 27.Rc3 Qh4 28.g5> (<Hokey pokey>), then <28...Qh5> 29. gxh6 g6 and Black is still wiggling.

The engine here suggests a line that didn't match my intuition at all, starting with 25...Qh5 <26. Re3> Be6 27.Bg6 Qh4 28.Re4 Qf6 29.Rf4 Bxe5 30.Rxf6 Bxf6. Probably these GMs are strong enough to foresee such a line.

Feb-15-20  MordimerChess: Seems like Vidit Gudjarat was well prepared for the game. He played unexpected Nb5 instead of usual castle in the position. This is where all black troubles started. Black pieces were misplaced, especially Nc6 which had to move back to b8 to remaneuver to d7.

White could win faster: 16.e4! dxe4 17. Ng5 BANG!

17...exd3 18. Qxf7+ Kh8 19. Qxb7

17...Qc7 18. Ncxe4 Bxh2+ 19. Kh1 Nxe4 20. Bxe4 Bf4 21. Bxf4 Qxf4 22. Bxh7+ Kf8 23. Bg6! fxg6 24. Nh7+ Ke7 25. Rce1+ Kd7 26. Rxe8 Kxe8 27. Qg8+ Kd7 28. Nf8+ Kd6 29. Qe6+ Kc7 30. Qe7+ Nd7 31. Ne6+

The position was already passive and Shankland had to probably sac the pawn then blockade the isolated queen's pawn by 16...Nbd7 17. e4 dxe4 18. Nxe4 Nxe4 19. Bxe4 Nf6 20. Bxc6 Bxc6 21. Rxc6⩲

Maybe the last chance for a draw would be 23...Be6 leaving the space for queen to d8, so Bh7+, Re4 isn't so strong 24. Qd3 Bd5 25. Bh7+ Kh8 26. Nc4 Rce7 27. Nxd6 Rxe1+ 28. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 29. Bxe1Q e7 30. Nxf7+ Qxf7 and of course white is better but black can try to activate the pieces and defend.

25...Qh5 wasn't really much better 26. Bg6 fxg6 27. g4 Qxh3 28.Re3 and the queen is gone Qh4 29. Nxg6+

Check my game analysis:

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