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Alexey Shirov vs Arnaud Hauchard
"Pair of Queens Beats a Full House" (game of the day Dec-07-04)
It (open) (1990)  ·  Benko Gambit: Accepted. Pawn Return Variation (A57)  ·  1-0
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  patzer2: Shirov begins this combination with the sacrfice 18. fxg6!?, giving up a knight for two pawns protecting the Black King after 18...hxg5 19. Bxg5!

Even with Black's best defense, White has at least a draw in hand with lots of winning chances should Black make a defensive mistake. Fritz 8, for example, indicates White maintains an advantage ranging from a clear plus to an outright win. The defense is tricky, and in the hands of a tactician like Shirov, Black's chances of surviving the attack are not good.

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  patzer2: The following analysis, validated with Fritz 8, indicates Black should be able to equalize with "best play" after 18. fxg6!?

18. fxg6!? hxg5 19. ♗xg5! ♖d8

[19...Nxg6 20. Bxf6 Bxf6 21. Qf3 Bb7 22. Qxf6 Qg7 23. Bxe6+ Kh8 24. Bd5 ]

[19...Qd8 20. Qxd8 Rxd8 21. Bxf6 Bxf6 22. Rxf6 ]

20. ♕e2 ♘xg6 21. ♗xf6 ♗xf6 22. ♖xf6 ♘f4 23. ♕f3 ♖a7 24. b3 ♕g7 25. ♘e4 ♖d4

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  Knight13: Very interesting game! Look at the ending. White has lots of piece down and Black's pieces are stuck in one place doing nothing. I must add this game to my game collection.
Dec-07-04  artemis: The alekhine game reffered to, is based off of a real game and Alekhine composed the famous five queens game when he saw the wonderful possibility in his analysis. I believe that he had Grigoriev's consent to publish it with his name as the opponent since it was a variation on their game. There are many composed games out there, but they should not be reffered to as fakes; someone must have come up with the clever idea for the position so give them credit.
Dec-07-04  aw1988: Ugh.. tpstar.. that was the worst..
Dec-07-04  CaseusLambo: Great game!
Dec-07-04  The Ellimist: Whoa..Nice one

Incredibly far-sighted

Dec-17-04  ArmyBuddy: 13. e5 sealed things for black. It weakened the pawn base.
Dec-17-04  karlzen: I see no chance of defence after 19.Bxg5. On <patzer2>'s suggested 19...Rd8 I think the line goes 20.Qe2 Nxg6 21.Bxf6 (21.Qf3) 21...Bxf6 22.Rxf6 Nf4 23.Qf3 Ra7 24.Ne4 (not 24.b3 Qg7 25.Ne4 Re7! but perhaps Ne2!?) 24...Qg7 25.Rf5! Bb7 26.Rxf4 and white has a crushing attack. :)
Dec-18-04  karlzen: 16...gxf5 looks like black's best (only one I can see after 13...e5 and his position wasn't exactly happy before that either) defence. It is very hard to spot over the board though. Then 17.Rxf5 Ng6 18.Qb3!? is very logical. Black seems to be in great danger here and if now 18...Qe7 then white must be better after the natural 19.Na4 (intending Nb6) e.g. 19...Ne5 20.Rxe5! dxe5 21.Nb6 Rb8 22.Nxc8! Rexc8 23.Bxe6+ Kh8 24.Qc4 and white should win thanks to the many weaknesses in black's position (f7, c5...).

However, when analysing the alternative, namely 18...Qb8!?, I found an amazing draw for black: 19.Qa2 Ng4!! 20.Bxe6+ (20.Nxe6 d5! hitting at e6 and h2; On 20.h3!? I don't really like to play Bd4+ and Nf2 winning the exchange because white gets to play Bxe6+ and the kingside cover is wrecked, so d5! looks best. For the d-pawn black will get a powerful initiative and great pressure) 20...Bxe6 21.Nxe6 d5! 22.Bf4 Nxf4 23.Rxf4 Bd4+! 24.Kh1 Qxf4!! with perpetual check. :)

Aug-15-05  diegoami: Fritz likes 29... Bb7 , white does not win after that
Dec-19-05  DeepBlade: Hahaha nice pun <>!

The opening is weird, never saw it before. White pushes the pawns alot, like a beginner who doesnt know developing principles. Well that was my first impression.

Move 25, the Black Knight is pinned so the Queen can move to h7 with ease, unleashing an promotional attack, black is doomed.

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  Jim Bartle: This is one of the early games in Fire on Board. Shirov admits it's not such a great game, but says he's "amused" by the mating attack.
Jul-03-07  aktajha: <> Like diegoami pointed out, in this version of the game Hauchard has the resource 29. ... Bb7. I have a version of the game were 20. .. Ra7 was played instead of the Queen.

Great game by Shirov!

Jan-18-09  WhiteRook48: 28. Qh8+? I don't think it's as strong as 28. Bg5!! because that keeps the king where it is.
Aug-14-09  WhiteRook48: reason not to play the Benko
Nov-12-10  sevenseaman: 30. Rf7+ pulls the Black K closer for the 'haymaker'.
Jun-30-11  dadoktor: Too good to be true
Feb-26-13  notyetagm: Shirov vs A Hauchard, 1990


Mar-17-13  anandrulez: Doesn't look like Shirov plays the best moves but always winning since the position is lost for the opp.
Feb-23-14  SpiritedReposte: I think there was a sacrifice in this game somewhere.
Jun-16-14  dchrist: <WhiteRook48> 28. Bg5?! N7f6 blocks white's attack. This line distracts white from his attack as he must play Qxa7 to maintain the 7th rank, since otherwise 29. Qh8+? Kd7 30. g7 Re8
Jun-20-14  Shams: Shirov and Henley discuss this game at some length here:

Aug-29-15  kamagong24: tribute to a great player! it would be nice to see Shirov playing at sinquefield cup...
Feb-17-17  clement41: I watched the video that <Shams> mentiones and it shows in great length numerous variations, without which this game cannot be understood as it's heavily calculation-based. Such a gem!
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