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Alexander Shabalov vs Leonid Grigoryevich Basin
"The Great Basin" (game of the day Jul-22-2006)
GMA qual (1989), Belgorod URS, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  0-1



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Dec-13-03  Alchemist: Rxd5! is a great sacrifice that utilizes the true potential of black's queenside minority in the sicilian. There are some amazing variations that arise from it, among the most interesting i found was that if 23... Bxd5 instead of 23... a3, then 24. cxd4 a3 and Fritz 8 gives Rh2 as white's best defense, where after 24... axb2 the white monarch is virtually stuck under this monster of a passed pawn that cannot be captured without the loss of the queen, and the threat of Bf5+ can only be met by positioning to interpose the queen or a rook, after which the white arsenal is hopelessly aimed at this invincible pawn that seems to be holding a dagger to their king's throat.
Jul-22-06  khense: White's attack sure didn't amount to much
Jul-22-06  KampongBoy: Wow! He beat Shabalov, appears to have moved to the USA, then faded out of sight in the early 90s. I assume he followed a more conventional and lucrative career. Too bad, he seems to be a player of some ability.
Jul-22-06  nikolaas: Maybe 23.♕c3 followed by ♔a1 is better.
Jul-22-06  dakgootje: <nikolaas> Probably as c3 clearly isnt the best move possible
Jul-22-06  Longbrow: 17. f4 seems to be an unwise choice and the first solid nail in the coffin. Any takers, patzer2? anyone?
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  Phony Benoni: <KampongBoy> Basin came to Michigan in 1990, where he quickly began sweeping everything in sight. However, this state doesn't provide a lot of financial opportunity for a chess player, especially when he had to start splitting prizes with Vadim Tsemekhman (Eric Torman) and Ben Finegold. So he began to concentrate on his career (engineering, I believe) and slowly drifted out of chess. He seems not to have played in a tournament since 1997.

I remember him mainly as having some of the worst handwriting I have ever seen in a chessplayer. I counted it a success if I could get to move 20 with some degree of certainty using one of his scoresheets.

As for this game, what I like is how Black consistently eschews the obvious ...f6 from about moves 18-25 in favor of continuing his attack. That might be the answer to suggested improvements like 23.Qc3.

Jul-22-06  psmith: <nikolaas> After 23. Qc3 I found 23... Ng3! 24. Rhe1 (otherwise 24... Ne4) Nf5 which Fritz then confirms to be better for Black, for example: 25. Re4 Nxd4 26. Rexd4 a3 with too many threats.
Jul-22-06  euripides: Down the plughole, rather.
Jul-22-06  EinZweiDrei: It's nice to see Black come out on top in the Yugoslav Attack for once. There are some crushing White victories out there where it seems the game was never in question, even against good defense. Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 in particular comes to mind.
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  kevin86: A nice finish! Black seals off the white queen and threatens 30...♕b2#. 30 ♕c1 is of course met by ♕c3+ and mate next-this time the bishop blocks the queen on the file!

Look at the position! White's pawns block the progress of his pieces. Black's on the other hand are not blocking his pieces-they are helping them or have gotten out of the way.

Jul-22-06  Luisenrique: Did not win white with Qxc2?
Jul-23-06  nikolaas: <psmith> I guessed that it would be better for black, but it's not as much better as after c3. <luisenrique> if you mean on the last move (which is the only moment in the game here Qxc2 is possible for white), then no, because black plays Qxc2.

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