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Alexander Shabalov vs Alexander Stripunsky
Chessmaster US Championship 2005 (2004), San Diego, CA USA, rd 5, Nov-29
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Maroczy Bind Reti Variation (B41)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-11-05  WorldChampeen: 37. Nc7 I guess the more astute, Master and expert say is better, I definitely would move 37. Nf5. 37. Nf5 would appear to be more passive but does keep the Rook out of the vulnerable f4 square.

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  tpstar: 7 ... Bxc3+ scores well for Black Opening Explorer as the Two Bishops are hindered by the doubled c Pawns. Good job by Black advancing the Kingside Pawns to gain the draw, but there must be real improvements for White here. 37. Nf5 looks good, and I wonder about 48. e5 since the Bd5 is so well posted. Maybe 48. Nd2 g3 49. Kf1 holds the Pawns better.

tpstar-HalfFastChess (FICS 9/9/06) [Fritz 7]: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. c4 e6 4. d4 (4. Nc3 Opening Explorer ) cd 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. Bd3 [last book move] Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Nc6 9. 0-0 Qc7 10. f4 [10. Bg5 ] e5 [10 ... d6!? =] 11. Nf5 0-0 12. Kh1 [12. Ba3 Qb6+ 13. c5 ] d6 13. fe [13. Ne3!? =] Nxe5 14. Bg5 Bxf5 15. Rxf5 [15. exf5 Ned7 ] Nfg4 [15 ... Nfd7 16. Be2 Rae8 17. Rb1 ] 16. h3 [16. Be2 h6 17. Bc1 h5 =] g6 17. Rf1 Nxd3 18. Qxg4 Qxc4 [18 ... Rfe8 19. Qh4 h5 20. Bf6 Qxc4 21. Qg5 ] 19. Bf6 Qe6? [19 ... Nc5 20. Qf4 Ne6 21. Qh6 =] 20. Qh4 [20. Qg5 Nc5 21. Qh6 ] h5

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21. Rf5 d5? [21 ... Rfc8 22. Qg5 Kh7 ] 22. Rxh5!! [decides the game] Nf2+ 23. Qxf2 1-0.

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