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Wesley So vs Alexey Shirov
FIDE Grand Prix Berlin (2022), Berlin GER, rd 3, Feb-06
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 8...dxc4 has exactly one precedent in the CG database, M Dambacher vs A Hauchard, 2009. In this game, Black obtained doubled isolated c-pawns, lost one of those, but did have a long lasting lead in development and initiative. Can't tell if his idea was unsound or if he might have maintained adequate compensation with better play.
Feb-07-22  rwbean: 24... g5 is apparently a good move ... preventing ♘f4 ... after missing this opportunity to set fire to the board, Black was steamrolled slowly.
Feb-07-22  Ulhumbrus: If after 40 f5 Black can't answer satisfactorily the potential threat of Rf5 followed by Rh5 and Rxh7 this suggests that the move f5 counts as a threat. In that case one alternative to 39...Bb6 is 39...f5 and one alternative to 38...Be3 is 38...Kf7 39 Rf1 Ne7
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  beatgiant: <Ulhumbrus>
But White had more immediate tactical threats.

On 38...Kf7, White has <39. Bxf6>.

On 39...f5, White has <40. Nxa5>.

Feb-07-22  Ulhumbrus: <beatgiant: <Ulhumbrus> But White had more immediate tactical threats.

On 38...Kf7, White has <39. Bxf6>.

On 39...f5, White has <40. Nxa5>.> This suggests that 35 Rc1 threatens f4 displacing the defender of the N on c4, and that 35...g5 does not stop the threat. On the other hand the N on c4 is tied to the defence of the a5 pawn besides which White is a pawn ahead. Perhaps Black's opening idea of 9...b5 and 10...Bd3 is mistaken and loses a pawn for insufficient compensation or no compensation.

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  HeMateMe: mate in one. tight.
Apr-18-22  cormier: SF 14.1 NNUE


+1.59 27. Nb3 Bb6 28. Ke2 g5 29. Bd2 g4 30. fxg4 Ne4 31. Bb4+ Ke8 32. Nd2 Nxd2 33. Bxd2 Nxg4 34. Bc3 Nxh2 35. Rh1 Ng4 36. Rxh7 Ke7 37. Rg7 Nf6 38. Nh4 Ne4 39. Ng6+ Kd6 40. Rxf7 Nxg3+ 41. Kf3 Nf5 42. Be5+ Kc6 43. Rf6 Bxe3 44. Rxe6+ Kd5 45. Rf6 Nh4+ 46. Kxe3 Nxg6 47. Rxg6 Kxe5

Apr-18-22  cormier: SF 14.1 NNUE


+1.02 26... Rc8 27. Ne1 g5 28. f4 gxf4 29. exf4 Nc4 30. Nec2 Bc5 31. b3 Nd6 32. Bb2 a5 33. a4 h5 34. Re1 Nfe4 35. Rd1 Bb6 36. Ne3 f5 37. Rd3 Bc5 38. Kg2 Kd7 39. Kf3 Ke7 40. h3 Kf7 41. g4 hxg4+ 42. hxg4 Rh8 43. Kg2 fxg4 44. Nxg4

Apr-18-22  cormier: SF 14.1 NNUE


+0.62 25... Kxd8 26. a3 Bc5 27. b4 Bb6 28. Ne1 Nd5 29. e4 Ne3+ 30. Bxe3 Bxe3 31. f4 Nc4 32. Rd1+ Ke7 33. Rd3 g5 34. Nf3 gxf4 35. gxf4 Bb6 36. Ke1 Ne3 37. Nfd4 Nc2+ 38. Nxc2 Rxc2 39. Kd1 Ra2 40. e5 a5 41. Rb3 f6 42. h4 fxe5 43. fxe5 Ra1+ 44. Kc2 Ra2+ 45. Kd3

Apr-18-22  cormier: SF 14.1 NNUE


-0.29 24... g5 25. Bd2 g4 26. Bxb4+ Nxb4 27. Rxd8 Rxd8 28. Nd4 Rc8 29. fxg4 Nc2 30. Rd1 Nxg4 31. Ke2 Nxh2 32. Nb5 Nb4 33. Nxa7 Rc2+ 34. Rd2 Rxd2+ 35. Kxd2 Nf1+ 36. Ke2 Nxg3+ 37. Kf3 Nf5 38. e4 Nd6 39. Ne1 Nxa2 40. Nc6+ Kd7 41. Ne5+ Kc7 42. N1d3 Kb6 43. Ke3 Kb5 44. Kd4 f6 45. Nd7

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