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Irina Krush vs Alexander Shabalov
"Viva Las Vegas" (game of the day Aug-14-2007)
National Open (2007), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 5, Jun-10
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Lilienthal Variation (D44)  ·  1-0



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Jun-20-07  kingsindian2006: talk about payback... she got killed the last time they played in under 30 moves.. now she got her revenge
Jun-20-07  MaxxLange: Black resigns because of 25...Qa4 and White threatens Rxa2 ...Qxa2 Qxc6+. But I can't quite find he forcing line all the way through.
Jun-22-07  Atking: A strong opening and a beautifull game from Irina. The light square Bishop was an angel. <MaxxLange: Black resigns because of 25...Qa4 and White threatens Rxa2 ...Qxa2 Qxc6+. But I can't quite find he forcing line all the way through.> There is no hurry. 26.Rc2 and, as you said, 27.Rxa2 wins. Black Queen is tight to the defence of c6. That's dead.
Aug-14-07  ChessJock: Rybkav2.3.2.w32:
25. ... Kd7d8 26.Qe4xc6 Qa3a4 27.c4c5 Qa4xc6 28.Bf3xc6 Nb6d5 29.Bc6xd5 e6xd5 30.Rc1c2 Kd8c7 31.Ra1xa2 Ra5xa2 32.Rc2xa2

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  FSR: They don't call her "I. Krush" for nothing!
Aug-14-07  apple pi: It's games like these that me love the Botvinnik variation.
Aug-14-07  tacite: It's games lke these that makes me realize I just don't understand chess after all these years... I would have played on if I was black, not seeing MaxxLange, Atking and ChessJock lines.
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  Richard Taylor: By the look of Shabolov he had just had few beers! Looks a right falstaffain chap! He says: "Nothing the joy of having my ballocks crushed by the lovely Miss Krush!"
Aug-14-07  Crowaholic: <FSR: They don't call her "I. Krush" for nothing!>

Thanks. This was the first time I was able to enjoy this pun since... the last Krush game.

Aug-14-07  spirit: i krush ;=)
Aug-14-07  patzerboy: Watching this game makes me want to play something nice and the Grob attack!
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  kevin86: I really enjoy the elegant sac of a knight for two pawns, The game may have been from left field,but the play was right down the middle.
Aug-14-07  twin phoenix: <kevin86> i hesitate to call that kight move a sack as white ended up regaining the piece plus a couple of pawns. i agree with you that it was a pretty combination however...
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  fm avari viraf: A very well conducted game by the lovely Krush. After 25.Bf3 Shabalov has no defense protecting the isolated c-pawn. If 25...Qd6 then 26.c5 wins a piece & if 25...Qa4 then either 26.Rc2 or 26.Rxa2 winning for White.
Aug-14-07  RandomVisitor: Black's problems apparently started with 11...Qa5. Perhaps better were:

1: Irina Krush - Alexander Shabalov, National Open 2007

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp up:

1. = (0.03): 11...Qb6 12.exf6 Bb7 13.Bg2 0-0-0 14.0-0 Ne5 15.a4 Nd3 16.axb5 cxb5 17.Be3 Bxg2 18.Kxg2

2. = (0.03): 11...Bb7 12.exf6 Qb6 13.Bg2 0-0-0 14.0-0 Ne5 15.a4 Nd3 16.axb5 cxb5 17.Be3 Bxg2 18.Kxg2

3. = (0.11): 11...Rg8 12.Bh4 Bb7 13.exf6 Qc7 14.Bg2 0-0-0 15.Qh5 Rg6 16.Ne4 Bb4+ 17.Ke2 c5 18.Rhd1

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  hesyrett: <RandomVisitor> suggested <Black's problems apparently started with 11...Qa5.>  Sorry, but I think move 11 is too early to be sending Rybka in to analyze the position.'s own database would indicate that 14...Rd8 is the lemon.  Of the 15 games in which Black played 14...O-O-O instead, White won 6, two were drawn and Black won 7!  So 13...Qa5 is clearly playable, but unless improvements are found later for Black, 14...Rd8 isn't.
Jan-16-08  parmetd: the problem is Rd8 is bad in the first place but Nb6 afterwards is a novelty that while leads to complications DOES NOT work and deserves ??. Here shabalov must have been betting she would not have done her homework on this rare line and would not be able to figure out the correct continutation in such huge complications.

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