Sicilian Defense Paulsen Bastrikov Variation – GM Merab Gagunashvili GM Evgeny Shaposhnikov


ABOUT GM Merab Gagunashivilli (from English wikipedia):

Merab Gagunashvili (Georgian: მერაბ გაგუნაშვილი; born January 3, 1985) is a Georgian chess grandmaster and Georgian Champion in 2004.
In 2001, he won the silver medal in the World Junior Chess Championship. In 2009 he tied for 3rd-8th with Anton Filippov, Elshan Moradiabadi, Vadim Malakhatko, Alexander Shabalov and Niaz Murshed in the Ravana Challenge Tournament in Colombo. In 2010 he won the Tbilisi Municipality Cup.[3] In 2011 he tied for 1st-4th with Gadir Guseinov, Evgeny Gleizerov and Sergei Tiviakov in the 19th Fajr Open Chess Tournament. He took part in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004, but was knocked out in the first round by Smbat Lputian. He played in the Chess Olympiads of 2002, 2004 and 2006.


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[Event “WJun”]
[Site “Athens GRE”]
[Date “2001.08.19”]
[EventDate “2001.08.16”]
[Round “4”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Merab Gagunashvili”]
[Black “Evgeny Shaposhnikov”]
[ECO “B48”]
[WhiteElo “2444”]
[BlackElo “2519”]
[PlyCount “67”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3
Nf6 7. Bd3 a6 8. O-O Ne5 9. h3 Bc5 10. Kh1 d6 11. f4 Nxd3
12. cxd3 b5 13. Qd2 O-O 14. Rac1 Qb6 15. Nce2 b4 16. Nc2 Bxe3
17. Nxe3 Qb8 18. f5 Bd7 19. Ng4 Nxg4 20. hxg4 d5 21. f6 Qe5
22. Ng3 dxe4 23. Nxe4 Rfc8 24. Rce1 Bc6 25. Rf5 exf5 26. Qg5
Kf8 27. Qxg7+ Ke8 28. Nd6+ Kd7 29. Rxe5 Kxd6 30. Rxf5 Bd5
31. Qg5 Rc5 32. d4 Rb5 33. Qf4+ Kd7 34. Re5 1-0



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