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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexey Shirov
"Étude in g7" (game of the day Jul-06-2009)
Hoogovens (1996), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  1-0
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Nov-03-09  Blunderdome: Beautiful.
Feb-15-10  freakclub: 21. Qg7!!! One of the most beautiful chess moves I've ever seen.
Feb-19-10  Poisonpawns: Can we say this is Ivanchuk`s "Immortal"?
Mar-12-10  Whitehat1963: Yeah, I still look at this and say, "Wow!" Amazing game.
Mar-12-10  zanshin: <MostlyAverageJoe: According to my silicon monster, 23...Rc7 should draw.>

I found the same with Rybka 3.

<Kinghunt: While 21. Qg7 is a beautiful move, wouldn't 21. Nxc5 Bxc5 22. Qg7 be even stronger?>

According to Rybka, yes.

Still, <21.Qg7> is stunning and might have caught Shirov by surprise.

Jul-05-10  mohitm: Seriously man! Qg7 blew the brains out of me....
Nov-15-10  fetonzio: holy crap
Nov-25-10
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  ketchuplover: I think Ivanchuk vs Jobava, 2010 can also be considered immortal
Jul-28-11  qqdos: Jonathan Speelman in his Foreword to Fire on Board, praises Shirov's generosity for including this loss as ironically it "contains one of the best moves of the book: Ivanchuk's extraordinary 21.Qg7!!" And beautiful and imaginative and wild!!
Jun-26-12  Whitehat1963: What a great look at the Opening of the Day!
Jan-01-13  chesssalamander: 21. Qg7! Who the heck does that? Way to go Chucky!
Mar-25-13  Cemoblanca: Ku-dos! :)
Jun-26-13  Snehalshekatkar: Mouth wide open!!
Oct-01-13  ChessYouGood: The discussion thread is a good example of the modern misunderstanding of the general theory of beauty - Qg7 is clearly sublime rather than beautiful
Nov-28-13  Chessman1504: Ivanchuk, tactical monster
Apr-19-14  RadRichiie: For those of you that don't know, 21. Qg7 is the Mainline of the Botvinnik Variation in the Semi-Slav... many people have played this line, including Carlsen...
Apr-19-14
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  Jim Bartle: Is that really true? In any case, I'm sure nobody had played it before Ivanchuk.
Jul-02-14  winfriedsellars: Why is nobody commenting on 27. ... Qxb2? In my opinion simply 27. Qxd1 and Black may still draw.
Sep-08-14  Ke2: that's a queen fork you don't see everyday

<winfried> after 28. Rxd1 Kxb8 29. Rd4 he's down a clear pawn and the 3 v 1 is much stronger than the 2 v 1. you're barely playing for 1 result here.

Jan-13-15  Conrad93: <Is that really true? In any case, I'm sure nobody had played it before Ivanchuk.>

It may be the mainline, but this was definitely a novelty by Ivanchuk.

There's another correspondence game with the sacrifice played in the sae year, but I think that was after this game, not before.

May-10-15  ribbiteyes: can someone point out the next few moves here; after rook to a1
May-10-15  Nerwal: <can someone point out the next few moves here; after rook to a1>

White puts his rooks on the c file to take the c4 pawn by force (even if defended twice), after which things are clear.

May-19-15  ribbiteyes: I appreciate your input Nerwal. I wasn't sure if there was something more sinister going on that I was missing, needless to say that this caliber of play is insane good.
May-19-15  ribbiteyes: By the way Nerwal......e4
Apr-09-16  DWINS: What a magnificent conception by Ivanchuk, and to think that he didn't win the $300 "player of the round" award for this game. Instead it was awarded to a hometown player. This caused him to refuse the award when his sixth round game was selected. I Sokolov vs Ivanchuk, 1996

However, Shirov missed a draw with 27...Qxg7 28.Rxa7 Kb8 29.Rda1 Re8 30.Nd6 Re1+ 31.Rxe1 Kxa7 32.Nxc4 Qd4 (0.00). I'm glad that he did or else this amazing game probably wouldn't be as well known.

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