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Shen Siyuan vs Eric Schiller
"All that Shen is not Gold" (game of the day May-31-2005)
HB Global Challenge (2005), Minneapolis USA, May-22
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. King's Knight (A13)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
May-31-05  Counterpoint: Instructive closed position play. Great analysis by Schiller.
May-31-05  ajile: White has the advantage of being able to open the H file first against Blacks position. This means Black can not stray too far from preparing for this possibility. After White's Knight gets to G3 White can calmly pile up on the H file and control when and if it opens.
May-31-05  iron maiden: Although White misses the win, his gradual opening of the h-file to achieve a clear advantage is very instructional.
May-31-05  vonKrolock: Very original play by black - the Knights performs some astonishing strokes, particularly <44...Nd6>!! is anthologic
May-31-05  slapwa: I wonder whether White would have been better to treat the K-side build up as a feint and try to go in on the Q-side, because having more space the pieces can be transferred more easily. Somewhere between moves 20 and 30 (my preference would be 30) White should have slipped in b4. Then on ... b6 the b-file is opened or ...cb ab and Black always has to worry about Qa4 and b5. Black is never going to do anything K-side himself, so the possibility of white playing h5 eventually doesn't go away.
May-31-05  e4Newman: <anthologic> - you learn something new every day!
May-31-05  wenkai: y didernt dat wyte avoeed preretal chek?hayar!!!!!!!!
May-31-05  halcyonteam: I understand the chess game, move by move. Good analysis
May-31-05  farrooj: Yes very instructive, I agree. The notes are very good. Another great game! Thank you chessgames.
May-31-05  Katten: Im just a hobby player and there is one thing I dont understand with this game. I have learned that in a cloesed position the knight is often stronger than bishop. Then why does white trade his knight for a bishop and loose tempo in move 11-13?
May-31-05  TigerPawns: <Katten> moreover the knight is traded for the bad bishop, so i agree it is very unlikely this was a good option - the only compensation seems to be a weakening of the kingside pawns, but i doubt it's worth it.
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  kevin86: It's great to have a "DVD" version of this game. White had a win,but fell into a trap and had to gain a draw instead of playing for a loss.

This is the opposite of a western when a "draw" usually means somebody loses.

May-31-05  vonKrolock: <e4Newman: <anthologic> - you learn something new every day!> Maybe my own first language is acting, i dont' writ always with a dico at reach
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  Eric Schiller: <katten> I wondered the same thing during the game, but that "lousy" bishop at b2 came back and bit me at h6!

<slapwa> disc0ouraging White's queenside play was the point of my ...Rb8, which turned out to be a waste of time. So he got me to react without wasting any of his own moves!

<kevin> yes, but it was a very deep trap. You have to see at the very end that the king can't go to h3 because of ...Qf3! Also, I played my moves "up-tempo" to encourage my opponent to do the same.

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  patzer2: Even though National Master Schiller worked this out as a swindle for a likely draw as early as 36...gxh4!?, I'm adding it to my defensive combination game collection starting with 42...Ng5!

This game is indeed an amazing example of resourceful defense in a lost position. Congratulations NM Schiller.

May-31-05  Knight13: Sacrificing a rook and still wins..... Good play by Schiller.
Jun-01-05  Strategic Joker: Knight , errr draws lol
Jun-01-05  e4Newman: < Strategic Joker: > psychological win maybe.

< vonKrolock: > I too am an actor...acting like someone who knows a thing or two about the game, lol

Jun-03-05  Knight13: Oops. It was a draw. :">
Jun-13-05  aw1988: <Eric Schiller> Did this game attract a lot of observers?
Sep-08-05  Averageguy: I thought white had the advantage, with more K-side space and the ability to open the h-file at his will.
Sep-23-05  THE pawn: Wow, that's the work of an Im here!
Jan-23-06  prinsallan: <Eric Schiller> Great ending here and very well annotated. Thanks a lot for this gem.
Jun-15-12  vinidivici: six years and a half and here the new post......

well eric, u said that you targeted the e4 pawn with your both knights in your plan from the move 33 and you realized that at the move 45, u must be very good at that time though.

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