GOTM; July, 2004.   

Welcome to my  ...  "Game of The Month," for July, 2004. 


This is a fairly well-annotated game, from recent GM practice. This is a contest that is aimed at players rated approximately 1000-to-1650 in (USCF) rating strength. There is lots of repetitive stuff, and explanations; but before you get offended and write me a letter, please remember who I started this feature for.  (Lower-rated players!)  And while this feature is aimed at less experienced players ... and you will often find the simplest idea or variation explained ... it is my sincere hope that even the exalted MASTER class of player would find this work of some value. (At least I truly hope so.) 

I have tried to consult ECO, NCO, MCO, etc. I key this work ... for the most part - to  MCO-14  ... because this is the most popular and current reference work on the market today. (You can still easily find this book on any commercial web site, like Amazon.) When some other - more popular or more current work - replaces MCO-14, then I will use that work instead. 


My methods remain reasonably constant. This game is the work of MANY hours of work and analysis. I also have consulted nearly every book on the Grunfeld Defence ... and also done dozens of database searches. I have also attempted to use the computer to analyze this game every step of the way. (Please read earlier installments of my columns if you wish to know more.) 

   This is basically a text-based page. (With just a few diagrams.)   
  I strongly suggest that you use a chess set.  


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  GM Alexander Shabalov (2624) - GM Hikaru Nakamura (2580);  
  Chicago Open   
   Chicago, IL   / USA (Rd. # 07)31,05,2004.  

 [A.J. Goldsby I] 

   The medal for this game.  (go_jul-04_med.gif, 02 KB)

 A.J.'s  "Game of The Month"  for July, 2004.   (From TWIC  # 502.)  

[ My website for this feature is {now} located at: ]  


For the last few years, GM A. Shabalov has definitely been on a roll. He has won just about every tournament there is ... in addition to capturing the U.S. Championship. He seems to be at his best when playing in the big money events. He always seems to turn it up a notch.  (Once more we see this ability in action.)    


The $ 100,000.00 Chicago Open was held May 28th through May 31st, 2004. 
(I wish I could have been there!!)

"There were 22 GM's in the field of 773 entries." - Mark Crowther, from 'The Week In Chess,' # 502.
(There were also 5-7 IM's and about a dozen FM's, or at least this is what I could glean from various 
 on-line sources of information.)

Two of my favorite players, Shabalov and GM Jaan Ehlvest tied for first with 6-1 scores.  


Here is a game where Alexander Shabalov beats a key competitor, {a young and much bally-hooed GM}; 
in a very long and difficult struggle. 

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{The ratings are accurate and are these player's current ELO values. They were the ratings that were assigned to this game 
  when I downloaded it from TWIC ... of course it was completely UN-annotated then.} 

 1.d4 Nf6;  2.c4 g6;  3.Nc3 d5;   {See the diagram ... just below.}     
The Grunfeld Defense, an opening not seen much (lately) in a lot of "GM-vs.-GM" encounters. 
(But this does not mean the opening is no good, in fact ... it used to be a regular staple of Garry Kasparov's  
 opening repertoire. And of course Bobby Fischer used to employ this system a great deal as well.)  



   The standard position of the Grunfeld. (gotm_jul-04_pos1.gif, 38 KB)



  [ This opening line was originated by GM Ernest Franz Grunfeld.  {Grüenfeld?}  
 {1893 - 1962.} He was a fair player, and for a brief period in the 1920's, he may have even been in the  
  select group of ... "The Ten Best Players" in the world. He won clear first at Meran, 1924; ahead of many  
  of the best players of that chess era, to include Spielmann and Rubinstein. He also finished near the top of 
  over a dozen {more} international chess tournaments and played for Austria in four Olympiads from 
  1927-1935. ]  

The aggressive Grunfeld is a truly hyper-modern opening, in the main line Black completely abandons the
middle of the board and allows the first player to set up a strong pawn phalanx there. {But of course the 
second player then tries to target White's Pawns for destruction ... 
and also wishes to exploit distant majorities and passed Pawns in the endgame. The opening is also 
extremely complex ... having over a dozen major pathways and branches that the first party can choose 
from. This makes it too difficult an opening for beginners to try and tackle.}  

The Grunfeld Defense ... for nearly 20 years (or more), ... used to be the ONLY opening I used to play  
against 1.d4. I had great success using this system, and I {also} defeated many masters with this opening. 
(I have not given it up, but simply expanded my repertoire - to {try and} make it more difficult for possible 
 future opponents to prepare openings against me.)  

I also own just about every book on the Grunfeld that has come out in the last 30 years. It is only a TINY  
bit dated, (having come out in 1999); but probably one of the BEST chess books (!!!) of the last 25 years 
(on this opening) has got to have been:  << Understanding The Grunfeld {Defence} >>  
By  GM Jonathan Rowson.  Copyright (©) 1999, by the author. Published by Gambit Publications, Ltd; 
of London. (UK)  ISBN: # 1-901983-09-9.  


     [ After the moves:   3...Bg74.e4 d65.Nf3 0-06.Be2 e57.0-0 Nc68.d5 Ne7{Diagram?}   
        we reach another favorite opening of Bobby Fischer's. 
        (The King's Indian Defense;  The "Mar del Plata Variation.")  

       Of course dozens of GM's played this line since Bobby Fischer. (And Fischer was not the pioneer 
       of this opening, that honor belongs mostly the greatly respected player from the country formerly 
       referred to as Yugoslavia ... GM Svetozar Gligoric.)  

       But Bobby was the main champion of this line, he used it at nearly every opportunity, and without him,  
       this opening would probably not be as popular as it is today. ]   


A Classical response - - - the first player simply chooses to develop a piece. This is more than adequate,  
and White has MANY (!!) good and viable sub-systems from which to choose from in this opening.

In fact ... this line is so complex and difficult, that I do NOT recommend any player try it (from the Black side),  
unless he has a really good, local {chess} coach; and also has a couple of good books on this line. (AND has 
taken at least six months to learn all the major branches.) 

One of my Internet students decided to completely disregard this advice a couple of years ago. (He was solidly  
rated in the 1600's, and all set to break into the "Top 30" {or so} in his age group.) In his first three tournaments, 
he got one very difficult draw, and one win - - - and this victory was only against an opponent that he out-rated 
by over five hundred points!!  

I figure this little adventure cost him close to 200 rating points and set back his chess progress close to a year.

     [ One of the main lines (systems) of this particular opening is  ...  << The EXCHANGE Variation. >>  

       In this line, the first player exchanges on d5, in order to be able to quickly erect a large pawn center.   
       For example:  (>/=)  4.cxd5 Nxd55.e4 Nxc36.bxc3 Bg77.Bc4, ('!')  {Diagram?}   
       One of the older systems, and still one of the most difficult lines that the second player can face.  
       (White concentrates on a rapid and effective development, but his first priority is to protect his 
         bulwark of foot soldiers in the middle of the board.)  

            ( Another {newer} system for White is to play the move: 7.Nf3!?, "+/=" {Diagram?}       
               in this position, to be rapidly followed by the move, Rb1. )       

       7...0-08.Ne2 c59.0-0 Nc610.Be3, "+/="  {Diagram?}    
       White has a small, but very significant advantage. This position was first seen in the Championship 
        of the U.S.S.R. in the year, 1939.  

       The most recent example that I could find - between GM's rated at least 2600 - was the following contest:    
       Alexander Beliyavsky - Peter Svidler ICT / European Champ. {team} Plovdiv, BUL; 2003.  


       The student should also see ... (AND STUDY!!);  the following games:   
       GM Vladimir Kramnik - GM A. Shirov;  WCC Candidates Match      
       (Gm. # 01) Cazorla, Spain, (ESP); 1998.   

       GM Larry Christiansen - GM Vicktor Korchnoi;  ICT / Masters Section {end-of-year event} 
       Reggio Emilia, Italy; 1987-1988.   


       [ See also MCO-14, page # 622; columns # 01 through 06 ... and all applicable notes. ]  ]   

 4...Bg7;  {Diagram?}    
The most consistent way of playing this opening, Black simply plays to develop his KB on the long diagonal. 

Black could play other moves here, like ...c6; but then it would no longer be a true Grunfeld.  

     [ Also possible was:  4...c6!?{Diagram?}   
        with a formation that is often referred to as a "Neo-Grunfeld."   
       {Especially when White quickly fianchetto's his King's Bishop.} ]   


 5.Qb3,  (Maybe - '!')   {See the diagram - - - just below.}     
The first move of  ...  "The Russian System," a line that features an early Qb3.   



   White plays "Queen-to-b3," the start of the "Russian System."  (gotm_jul-04_pos2.gif, 39 KB)



The whole idea of this system is to place a great deal of pressure on the second player and perhaps force Black to give 
up control of the d5-square.  

This line has been played by nearly all of the great Russian players, most notably by Mikhail Botvinnik. {I think that 
Botvinnik was the first major Russian player to use this weapon at the highest levels. He used it several times against 
Smyslov in their - seemingly constant - World Championship Matches  ...  of the 1950's.}   

     [ White can also choose:   5.e3{Diagram?}     
        In this system, White simply passes on taking the Pawn, choosing instead to develop. 
        While a relatively simple system, if Black plays passively or does not know the lines - 
        the second player can very quickly find himself in real difficulties.  

        5...0-06.Be2 c6!?{Diagram?}   
        A line that is played quite often in modern tournaments.   

            ( Another option is: 6...dxc4!?; "~"   with a fair game for Black. )   

        7.0-0, "+/="  {Diagram?}   
        White maintains a small ... but effective ... edge here.  

        For example - see the game:  
        GM M. Krasenkow (2585) - GM Stuart Conquest (2560)  
        ICT / E.C.C. {European Cup Champ.} Rethymnon, GRE; 2003.   
        (1-0, in 35 crisp moves.);   


       Another very popular line is:   5.Bf4!? 0-06.e3{Diagram?}   
       A standard, 'book' line.   

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           ( The continuation of:  6.Qb3!? dxc4!;  7.Qxc4 c6!?;  {Diagram?}       
              transposes to a very famous  game  ...  the celebrated brilliancy      
              between Donald Byrne and a very young Bobby Fischer     
              {from the Rosenwald Tournament}; in the year, 1956. )     

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        White does not have to take the Pawn in this position.  

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           ( Another possibility would be:      
              7.Be2!? cxd4!;  8.Nxd4 dxc4!;  9.Bxc4 a6;  10.0-0 Nbd7!      
              11.Nf3!? b5;  12.Be2 Bb7;  13.h3!? Qb6!;  14.Bh2 Rfd8      
              15.Qd4 Qxd4; 16.Nxd4 Rac8; "~"  ("=/+")  {Diagram?}   
              Black offered a draw here ... (1/2); which was immediately accepted.         

              FM S.A. Mohammed (2450) - NM A.J. Goldsby I (2235);        
              PCC {summer} Quarterly Tournament / Pensacola, FL (USA); 08,2000.      
              (The player playing the White pieces was formerly known as Stephen A. Booth.) )     

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        7...Qa5!?; "~{Diagram?}       
        when practice has shown that the second player has more than sufficient piece 
        activity to compensate for any possible material loss.  

        I found literally hundreds of master-level games in the database with this exciting, 
        tension-filled position.   

        For example, see the contest:  IM GB Prakash (2440) - GM Krishnan Sasikiran (2664)   
        National Championship Tournament / Mumbai, India; 2003.  (0-1, in 57 well-played moves.) ]   

The next couple of moves are close to being forced, and are probably best, (for both sides).   
 5...dxc4;  6.Qxc4 0-0;  7.e4,  ('!')  (center)   
The most direct response, White gobbles up the middle of the board.  

     [ White could also play:   
        (</=)  7.g3!? c6!?8.Bg2 Nbd79.0-0 Nb610.Qd3 Nfd5; "~"  {Diagram?}  
        when Black has fairly good play, but White has the slightly better center here.  

        GM Zoltan Ribli - GM Jan Smejkal ICT / Masters /  Vrbas, Yugoslavia; 1977.   
        (Drawn in under 40 moves.) ]    


 7...Na6!?;  (hmmm)   {See the diagram - - - just below.}      
Believe it or not, this is one of the main lines here for Black.  (The Prins System?)   

[ See MCO-15, page # 639; columns # 13 - 15 ... and all applicable notes.]  {A.J.G. Note added: Friday; May 8th, 2015.}  



   Black plays his Knight to the a6-square, which is the start of the Prins System. (gotm_jul-04_pos3.gif, 39 KB)



This system was a virtual footnote in most opening books {for years} ...  
until Garry Kasparov started using this line - repeatedly.  

Black has won several nice / sharp games in this line, and I am sure that all of these helped to popularize this variation. 
[ Probably one of the nicest games was when Garry Kasparov, (2810); quickly defeated Vishy Anand, (2775); in the 
  "Siemen's Giants" {rapid} Tournament of 1999. (0-1, 26 moves.) ]   


     [ The other main try is:  7...a6!?; "~"  {See any good reference book.} I.e, MCO-15, page #639; columns # 16-18 & all notes. ]  


Both sides march straight down the main line here of book. 
{Of course, both sides finish their development, and also hammer away at the center.}   

 8.Be2 c5;  9.d5 e6;  10.0-0 exd5;  11.exd5 Bf5!?;   
This is good, Black gets active piece play in this line.   

     [ Also played is:  11...Re8!?{Diagram?}  
        with a fair game for Black. ]   


 12.Be3!?,  (Maybe - '!')   {Diagram?}    
An extremely logical move, White develops his Bishop to the center of the board - 
where it is both flexible and well-posted. 

     [ One opening book offers instead:  
       12.Bf4!? Re813.Rad1 Ne414.Nb5 Qf6!?15.Bd3 Rad8{Diagram?}    
       The end of the column here.  

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           ( For the move: 15...Nb4!?;  {Diagram?}      
             see the game:      
             GM A. Karpov - GM G. Kasparov    
             (FIDE) World Championship Match / {Game No. # 19}       
             London, U.K. / Leningrad, USSR / 1986. )      

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       16.Rde1 Qxb217.Nc7!? Nxc718.Bxc7 Nd2!;  "=/+"  {Diagram?}    
        Black already had an edge here.   

        Dzhandzhava - GM G. Kasparov{Simultaneous Exhibition Game}    
        Baku, U.S.S.R; 1987.  

       [ See MCO-14, page # 626;  column # 13, and also note # (f.). ]  ]    


This appears to be a fairly reasonable move for Black, and it appears to be as good - or bad - as 
anything {else} that the second player had in this position.  


     [ Another possibility for Black was:    
       12...Re8!?13.Rad1 Qb614.d6!? Be615.Qb5 h6!?{Diagram?}   
        The end of the column here.   

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          ( Maybe better is:  >/=  15...Bd7!?;  {Diagram?}       
             but White still holds a solid edge here. (At least "+/=")       

             GM B. Gulko - GM J. Horvath;  Nova Gorica, 1997. )        

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       16.Ne5 Red817.Nc4 Qxb518.Nxb5 Nd519.Bc1 Ndb4!?  
        20.a3, "+/="   (ending)  {Diagram?}   
        "White's d6-Pawn is very bothersome." (in the end-game)   
          - GM Nick de Firmian   

       [ See MCO-14, page # 626;  column # 014, & also note # (i.). ]     

       MCO does NOT give a  {game} quote here, but this has to be the encounter:    
       GM Alexander Beliyavsky (2655) - GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili (2620)   
       ICT / Master's, (year-end event) / Reggio Emilia, ITA; 1995-1996.    
       (White won fairly quickly ... 1-0, in only 33 moves.)  ]   



The next few moves appear to be fairly reasonable here.   
 13.b3!? Rfe8;  14.Rad1 Ng4;  15.Bd2 Rad8;  16.Rfe1 Bd4;   {See the diagram ... just below.}     
This must be Nakamura's big improvement for Black. (TN?)  



   The game is really starting to heat up here. (gotm_jul-04_pos4.gif, 40 KB)



This would be a good place for a diagram.

     [ The older continuation was:  
        </=  16...Nb4?!17.Na4! Qd618.Bf4!?,  ('?!')  {Diagram}    
        Not really the best move here.    

           ( Better was:  >/=  18.h3!, '±'  {Diagram?}       
             with a huge edge for White. )       

         This is ineffective.   

           ( The box says that: 19.Nxc5!, "+/="  {Diagram?}        
              leads to a solid edge for White.       
              (Watch it! It is VERY tricky!!) )      

        19...Rd720.d6!? b6!?; "~"  (Maybe "=/+")  {Diagram?}     
        Black should have no real problems in this position ...   
        but White went on to win a long and messy game ... 
        in over 60 moves.   

        GM Hans Ree (2465) - GM Murray Chandler (2540)   
        (FIDE) {men's} Olympiad {TT} 
         / Thessaloniki, GRE / (Rd. 9); / Fall, 1984 ]    


White's response is virtually forced.  
(The next few moves -also - all seem to be relatively forced.)  

 17.Nxd4 cxd4;  18.Na4 Qc7;  19.Bxg4 Qxc4;  20.bxc4 Bxg4;  21.f3 Bd7!?;   
This looks OK ... the only other try in this position was the move, 21...Bf5.

     [ Apparently the other move would not have significantly changed things.   
        For example:  21...Bf5!?22.Bg5! Rxe1+23.Rxe1 Rc824.Nb2 Nc5   
        25.Rd1 d326.g4 Bd727.Be7, '±'  (Maybe "+/-")  {Diagram?}     
        and White's edge is very close to being a winning one, here. ]  


 22.Nb2 b5?!;   
I am sure that blowing the game wide open was very appealing to Black in this position ... 
Nakamura has probably won a lot of games with such tactics against lesser mortals.   

Here Black must hang on tight. The d-pawn is almost certainly doomed, Black's real drawing  
chance is to play conservative chess ... and try to steer the game into an ending where the 
"Bishops-of-opposite-colors" will play a role.   

Here the wild advance of the b-Pawn only hastens the second player's defeat in this game.  

     [ Better is the stodgy line of:  
        >/=  22...f623.Rxe8+ Rxe824.Kf1 Kf725.Bf4, "+/="  {Diag?}      
        and although White is clearly better here,  (maybe - '±');  a forced 
        win is still a fairly long way off. ]   


 23.Ba5,  (hmmm)   {Diagram?}     
The computer (Fritz 8.0) says that it is better to play Bg5 here. But I am not sure if I fully trust this, as many  
of the lines are at least 7-10 moves in length. (Not sure if Fritzy has any business running around  ... ... ... 
  - on his own -  more than 15 ply deep!)  

Here - in view of the fact that there is no concrete line proving otherwise - I prefer the GM's move over the  
choice(s) of the silicon monster.   

     [ Also good for White was:   
        23.Bg5!? Rxe1+24.Rxe1 Re825.Rxe8+ Bxe826.Bf6 d3;   
        27.cxb5 Bxb528.a4 Bd729.Kf2!, '±'  {Diagram?}    
        when Black's d-pawn must fall, but there are a lot of drawing   
        lines as well. ]   


The next few plays/moves look to be forced (or best) for both sides.  
 23...Rxe1+;  24.Bxe1! bxc4;  25.Nxc4 Bb5;  26.Rxd4! Bxc4;    
 27.Rxc4 Rxd5;  28.Bc3!,   
{See the diagram  - - -  just below.}      

So natural ... White commands the long diagonal and also threatens a mate as well. In the meantime, Black  
finds it impossible to cover all the threats that the first player can generate from this position.  



    White dominates the long diagonal ... and the squares near the Black King. (gotm_jul-04_pos5.gif, 39 KB)



You should note as well ... the flagrant inferiority of the Black Knight {on a6} to White's Bishop ... 
 in this particular endgame, that we have now reached.    

     [ Also good was:  28.Rc6!?, '±'  {Diagram?}     
        (White is much better.) ]    


 28...Rd8;  {Box!}  {Box!}   
Sad, but true, this sorry-looking retreat is completely forced.  


     [ Of course NOT:  
        </=  28...h5??29.Rc8+ Kh7!?30.Rh8# 


       Black also loses after:   
       28...Kf829.Rc6 Rd1+30.Kf2 Rc1; {Diagram?}    
       The only real try here.   
       (Incidentally - setting a cute trap as well.)   

           ( </= 30...Nb8?!;  31.Rc8+ Ke7;  32.Rxb8 Rc1;  33.Bb4+, ("+/-") )       

       One guy told me chess is a lot like boxing ... the trick is knowing when to 
       anticipate ... and also when it is time to duck!    

           ( After the moves: </=      
              31.Bb4+? Nxb4!;  32.Rxc1 Nd3+;  33.Ke3 Nxc1; ("-/+")  {Diag}       
              Black has turned the tables. )       

       Now after the best line:    
       31...Ke8!32.Kd2! Nb4!?33.Rc8+! Kd734.Kxc1! Nxa2+!  
       35.Kb2 Kxc8[]36.Kxa2,  "+/-"  {Diagram?}     
       there is nothing left for Black to do here - except maybe offer his hand.  


       Also insufficient was: 
       </=  28...Rd1+?!29.Kf2 f530.Rc8+ Kf731.Rh8!,  ("+/-")  {Diagram?}    
       when Black's position is quickly falling apart. ]   



 29.Bf6! Re8[];   
The box verifies that this is Black's only move here.  

     [ Or   </= 29...Rb8!?; ('?!') 30.a3, '±'  {Diagram?}    
       and Black will probably lose from this position. ("+/-") ]  


It is entirely possible - especially if he had not analyzed this line with a computer's help - that Black had 
missed this little "stutter-step" of the Bishop in his analysis.  

Now Black is lost ... and any further comment would be superfluous. But please go over the rest of the 
game, GM Shabalov's technique is very good.  

     [ Or, simply the move:  30.Kf1!?, '±'  {Diagram?}    
        which also might have been good enough to win. ]   


 30...Nb8?!;  (Probably - '?')  {Diagram?}     
This is a mistake - the box says Black must play ...f5 here. 
(But it is easy to sympathize with Black, at least in this position. 
 The second player's position certainly looks to be lost.)   

     [ An improvement over the game was the continuation:   
        >/=  30...f5[]31.a3, '±'  ("+/-")  {Diagram?}   
        {White is probably winning here.} ]   


 31.Bxa7 Nd7!?;  32.Bd4 Ra8;  33.Rc7 Nf8;  34.Ra7 Rd8;  35.Be3,    
 35...Kg7;  36.a4 Ne6; 

Now would have been a good time to throw in the towel, but Black stubbornly defends as long as he can.   

 37.a5 Rd3;  38.Kf2 Ra3;  39.Bb6!?,  {Diagram?}    
{More than ...} Good enough.     

     [ Maybe  >/= 39.g4! instead? ]    


During the next phase of the game, White decides to centralize his King.  
(While this might not be the method chosen by the box, it is very strong,  
 and reduces Black's position to nothing but rubble.)   

 39...Rb3;  40.Ke2!? Kf8!?;  41.Kd2 Ke8;  42.Kc2 Rb4;  43.Kc3 Rb1;  44.Be3 Ra1;    
 45.Kb2! Ra4!?;  46.a6 Kd8!?;  47.Ra8+ Kd7;  48.a7 h5!?;  49.Rb8 Nc7; 50.Kb3,      
 50...Ra1;  51.h4!?,  
I like this - many wins have been blown by trying to do too much.   
(The box finds a quicker way.)  

     [ Better was:  >/=  51.Bb6! h452.Kb2 Ra653.Bxc7 Rxa754.Be5, "+/-"  {Diag?}    
       winning as in the game ... but a couple of tempo faster.   
       (This only proves that Shabalov is not a machine ... or infallible.) ]   


 51...Ra6;  52.Bf2 Ra1;  53.Bb6 Kc6!?;  54.Bxc7 Rxa7;   
An unfortunate choice for Black to play here. (But its forced.)  
{Black should probably resign here, the only way I would continue from this position 
  was if Shabalov was in desperate time trouble.}

     [ </=  54...Kxc7??55.a8Q, "+/-" ]    


Now all that is left are a few finishing touches by Shabalov.  
 55.Bf4 Kd7;  56.Rb6 Ra1;  57.Kc3 Rg1;  58.Rb2 f6;  59.Kd3 Rh1;  60.g3 Ke6;     
 61.Rb6+ Kf5;  62.Bd2! Rd1;  63.Ke2,  ("+/-")  {Diagram below.}   [Black Resigns]     
Black - {finally!} - gives up the struggle here.  



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An excellent display of technique by Alexander Shabalov ... to refute what had to be a prepared line.  

A very interesting and complex game. But it is doubtful that Nakamura was very pleased with his performance ... or his TN in this game.  

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For an alternative opinion and look at this game, see the story on the  Chicago Open  on pages 14-15 of the  'Chess Life'  magazine. There is an excellent look at the games and events of this event. (Written by IM John Donaldson.)  This game is also examined in that piece. Good stuff, check it out! 

Associated game: For further research & study, please see Game # 10 of the 2014 W.C.S. Match between Carlsen and Anand. (Carlsen was Black in this game.) 
My YT video on this game.  

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