Two Recent Games of Victor Shen

12-year-old Candidate Master

Game One:

Victor Shen (2139) - Peter Radomskyj (2215) [C16]

Westfield CC Quads/Westfield, NJ USA 2006


1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 Qd7 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 b6 7. f4 Ba6 8. Bd3 Ne7 9. Nf3 Bxd3

9... O-O? 10. Bxh7+ Kxh7 11. Ng5+ Kg8 (11... Kg6 12. Qg4) 12. Qh5 Rc8 13. Qxf7+ Kh8 14. Nxe6 Ng8 15. Qh5+ Nh6 16. f5

 

10. cxd3!

Supports the c4 advance and allows (on Black's coming ...c5) White to play dxc5 followed by d4 securing the center.

 

10... c5 11. O-O Nbc6 12. dxc5! bxc5 13. a4!

Getting the Bishop to a good diagonal with Ba3.

 

13... Na5 14. Ba3 Rc8 15. Rb1

Threatening Rb5.

 

15... a6 16. Rf2 O-O 17. Rfb2 f6 18. g3!?

To guard f4 upon 18...fxe5 19.Nxe5, but White had some more active moves:

a) 18. exf6!? Rxf6 (18... gxf6 19. Qe1) 19. Rb8 Qc7 (19... Rxf4 20. Bxc5) 20. Rxc8+ Nxc8 21. Qe2

b) 18. d4 c4 (18... Nc4?! 19. Rb7 Rc7 20. Rxc7 Qxc7 21. Bxc5) 19. Rb6! Rc6 20. exf6 gxf6 21. Nd2!?

c) 18. Rb6! Rc6 19. exf6! gxf6 20. Qe1

 

18... Rfe8 19. Rb6! Rc6 20. Kh1

20. exf6!

 

20... Qc7

20... d4!

 

21. R6b2!

21. Rxc6 Qxc6 (21... Naxc6 22. exf6 gxf6 23. Bxc5) 22. d4 c4 23. exf6 gxf6 24. Nd2

 

21... Nf5 22. Qe2 d4 23. g4 dxc3 24. gxf5! cxb2 25. exf6 gxf6 26. Bxb2

26. Rg1+ Kf7 27. Bxb2 is also good.

 

26... Qf7 27. Rg1+ Kf8

If 27... Kh8 28. Ng5! wins.

 

28. Bc3! exf5 29. Qg2 Nb3 30. Ne5! fxe5 31. Qxc6 Qe6

In his Star Ledger column, Pete Tamburro reports that Shen saw the following miracle save for Black: 31... Re6! 32. Qa8+ Qe8 33. Qb7 Qc6+ 34. Qxc6 Rxc6 35. Bxe5 h6 36. h4 Nd4 37. h5 Nf3 38. Rf1 Nxe5 39. fxe5 Kf7 40. Rxf5+ Ke6 41. Rf6+ Kd5 42. Kg2 Re6 43. Kf3 Kxe5 44. Rxe6+ Kxe6 45. Ke4 a5 46. d4 cxd4 47. Kxd4 Kd6 with a draw.

 

32. Qg2! Qg6 33. Qf3 e4 34. Qh3 Qc6 35. Qxf5+ Ke7 36. Rg7+

and Black is getting mated.

1-0

Game Two:

Mauricio Camejo (2031) - Victor Shen (2139) [D55]

WCC Quads/Westfield, NJ USA 2006


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. Nc3 Bb7 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 d5 8. Bxf6 Bxf6 9. Qc2 h6 10. cxd5 exd5 11. g4? c5 12. h4? cxd4 13. exd4

Camejo's typically aggressive style has gotten him into some trouble and his own king is likely to be exposed. For example, if 13. Nxd4 Bxd4 14. exd4 Re8+ and the king again has to move.

 

13... Re8+ 14. Kd2

Safer 14. Kf1 Nc6! 15. g5 Nxd4! though Black is still winning.

 

14... Nc6 15. g5 hxg5 16. Rag1?

16. hxg5 Bxg5+ 17. Kd1 Bh6

 

16... gxh4!

Calling White's bluff. Now Black is simply up material with the better game -- including the safer king.

 

17. Bb5 Rc8 18. Qf5 Re6 19. Qg4 Re4! 20. Nxe4? dxe4 21. Bxc6

21. Qxe4 Nxd4 22. Qxb7 Nxf3+ 23. Ke2 Nd4+!

 

21... Bxc6 22. Nxh4 Qxd4+ 23. Ke1 Bd7 24. Qd1 Qb4+ 25. Kf1 Qb5+ 26. Ke1

26. Kg2 Bxh4 27. Rxh4 Qg5+

 

26... Bxb2! 27. Qb3 Bc3+ 28. Kd1 Qd3+ 29. Kc1 Bf6+

and White gets mated.

 

0-1

[Michael Goeller]

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