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Alexander Shabalov vs Alexander Onischuk
US Championship (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Mar-30
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  0-1

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Mar-30-17
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  whiteshark: Catalonian IPC and some double pawns.
Tarrasch must be turning in his grave...
Mar-30-17
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  tpstar: Compare W So vs Nakamura, 2016 which went 14 ... Rxd4 instead of 14 ... Qb7 which is new to the database = Opening Explorer
Apr-01-17  DiscoJew: Powerful game. The idea for black in accepting the 3 isolated doubled pawns, which look horrible, but yet somehow play is achieved.

I liked the Black King suddenly reminding us how important a piece it is,in blocking the e5 pawn on move 25...Ke6 (black challenges white to make progress.

#38...Rc5!
The funny thing about this game is that black fixes his pawn structure, and then once AGAIN takes on the 3 isolated pawns, to win and dominate the ending. The black king pressing at the moment of paralysis is great!

Apr-03-17
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  Domdaniel: A double Irish Pawn Centre. Incroyable! D'inbelievable!
Apr-03-17
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  HeMateMe: <A double Irish Pawn Centre. Incroyable! D'inbelievable!>

Do both players have to be dead drunk to create such a rarity?

Apr-03-17
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  ChessHigherCat: As I played through the game, I figured out the logic behind most of the moves that mystified me at first but I still don't understand why white didn't play Bxc6 on move 9 or 13.

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