Nice game by Shabalov
Don’t play the Winawer against Shabalov!
This Latvian-born grandmaster knows how to crush the Winawer French! Out of some 20 published games, Alex Shabalov (by now a longtime American citizen) has scored not less than 95%. Probably the most lop-sided percentage of any grandmaster! What is his secret?
Today’s game was played in Round 8 of the recently completed ITT Magistral Fenamac tournament held in Mexico City. Featuring a popular sideline (4…Ne7) in the Winawer, Shabalov makes it look so easy how he dismantles his opponent. Enjoy!
gm Shabalov,A – im Sanchez Enriquez,O
Mexico City 9.5.2021
Despite the imprecisions towards the end, a very interesting game. What is Shabalov’s secret against the Winawer? I don’t think there is any secret: Shabalov loves to play the kind of messy and difficult to evaluate positions that arise in the Winawer.