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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|| ||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|| ||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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