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Johannes Manyedi Mabusela vs Alexey Shirov
FIDE Online Olympiad (2020) (rapid),, rd 9, Aug-23
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  0-1



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Aug-25-20  MordimerChess: Was it cold calculation or big bluff against a lower-ranked opponent?

Quite an exciting miniature! And Mamusela could win with 17. Ra1!!

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  OhioChessFan: A 2200 blundered like that? 21. Nd2 is ugly but White is okay for the moment.
Aug-25-20  MordimerChess: 2300, IM... but come on, have you ever played against super GM? Especially under the aggressive pressure? It's really unique feeling, and now in the FIDE Olympiad... that can be even more stressful. He played a couple of top moves when defending, tried his best. And at the end it's extra time pressure...
Aug-25-20  SChesshevsky: Got to give credit. Seems the IM came to play. In positions similar to here, decision after Bg5...h6 can be definitive.

Often Bh4 just asks for and expects complicated play after...g5. On the other hand Bxf6 often reduces losing chances. Though winning chances are probably less as well.

After the IM played 8.Bh4, can probably be pretty sure Shirov is going for sharp complications. Play where Shirov probably has magnitudes more experience and well proven abilities.

Fighting choice by the IM. But unfortunately got too much of what he seemingly asked for.

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  Breunor: Soltis has this game in his column today. White misses 17 Ra1! Stockfish agrees, scoring it at 2.6.

Of course 21 Nd2 is necessary, black is then slightly ahead -.72).

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