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 Re: curtains - T2-7: B vs GM Alex Shabalov (2529) <12> [44:3
@17:00 you checked the position with Houdini where you were up two pawns but it was giving a 0:00 eval I think I would have preferred Black there, even if you had to give up an exchange (especially if you got one of his bishops instead of his knight). I don't know for sure, but my gut is just telling me that the a-&b-pawns are gonna be monsters for White to deal with. Very interesting imbalance, but not one I'd like to enter if I had any time problems on the clock.

It was funny, on your 27th move I was hoping you would play what you did but you regressed to some previous positions before returning to this move, it was like a cliff-hanger in a movie, though it probably wasn't intentional I thought it was cool. After your 27th I just flat-out thought you were better, maybe not winning but you have much better pieces. Also, what human would play Kf1 there a la Houdini? But I do have one question here, you played a5 in response to his a3 (to prep b4), but I thought it might have been best to let him get in b4 and then target his a3 pawn, what do you think? Maybe you can get your rook to e2 in some way and then a3 looks pretty soft. Then again, he might be able to work on the trade at d4 with a similar technique as in the game.

Nice game Greg! Glad Zippy left you in peace on this one Image

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 Re: curtains - T2-7: B vs GM Alex Shabalov (2529) <12> [44:3
I didn't want to let his bishop free which is why I felt like allowing b4 was risky. Once he goes b4 he can start moving his bishop all over the place and it just felt better not to allow that. Probably it's fine too, but seemed a bit irresponsible to let him cement his c6 pawn.

Also in the early thing around move 17, white also has Nc5 before capturing on b3, which was also a bit annoying.

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 Re: curtains - T2-7: B vs GM Alex Shabalov (2529) <12> [44:3
I took your dare and sat down at the board for 15 minutes taking notes after Rg1. Witness the flailings of a Class A player! In particular, I didn't even look at ...dxc4 and spent almost all my time worrying about a nonexistent "threat" of White's.

White threatens 2.Rxg7 Kxg7 3.Bg4 (3.Bd4? Kf7) Rf6 3.Bd4. Moving the king to escape the pin doesn't help because I have to take back after Rxg7 anyway. Possibilities now: Kf7, Bf7, Bg8, Nf6. Doesn't seem so terrible.

If 2.Bd4 I have to play Nf6 or Rf7. 2.Bd4 Nf6 3.Bg4 Nxg4 4.Rxg4 Rf7 looks ugly.

1...Rf7 2.Bh5 looks bad for me.

Could cxd5, opening up the c-file for the White rook to c7 or something, be annoying in any of these lines?

How about 1...h5 to prevent Bg4? Then just 2.Bd4 Nf6 and now maybe 3.Be5, looks good for White.

1...Nf6 right away also dissuades Bg4. Then if 2.Bd3 maybe 2...Ne4 3.cxd5 Bxd5 works? 2.Bd4 Rxf4.

I play ...Nf6.

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 Re: curtains - T2-7: B vs GM Alex Shabalov (2529) <12> [44:3
Hi. Personally I agree to your statement about refusing draws (in a theoretical sense), even against higher rated players. One thing I have noticed tho, is that as soon as I get offered the draw, it has the potential of affecting me psychologically even if I do refuse, when I'm not thinking clearly after that.

Maybe you need a strong mind.

After Rg1 my thoughts were on Kh8, thinking that white was threatening to win with Bg4. Missed black's ...Bxd4.

Anyway, nice video. I hope to improve!

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