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Alexey Shirov vs Oleg Nikolenko
USSR 53/269 Shirov,A (1991), Moscow URS, rd 8, Nov-??
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1-0


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  offramp: A superb move that was never played...

In his notes to this brilliant game, played on Tal's last birthday (he was at that tournament) Shirov says that 22...Ne7 is a better defence. He would have continued

23.Qg3 Qxf1 24.Ne4+ Kf7 25.Bh6 when, although all four of white's pieces are en prise, he thought that white's attack would win through.

But he was playing through the game with Fritz 4 (do you remember that?) and it found the move 25...Qf4!! a stunning move that removes all the threats: 26.Bxf4 Bxe4 27.Be5 Rg8=

Mar-06-08  ToTheDeath: Fantastically complex game. I won't bother listing the long variations but 20... Kg8 was a better defense.
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  whiteshark: <27.Nf4!!> finishes immediately.

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  whiteshark: <offramp: A superb move that was never played...>

After <23.Qg3 Qxf1 24.Ne4+ Kf7 25.Bh6 Qf4 26.Bxf4 Bxe4 27.Be5 <Ng6>>

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it is an unbalanced position (♕ vs ♖♘♙♙) which I think is rather unclear than <=>. Though I would prefer the white pieces with a ♕.

Fritz 4 is it equivalent to the year 1897 ?

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