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Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov vs Alexey Shirov
"Troublesome Priest" (game of the day Mar-14-2016)
Linares (1998), Linares ESP, rd 10, Mar-04
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1


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Aug-09-15  Raaj Dey: Shirov's 47. ....Bh3!! was just the brillancy...that I became one of his fan. Its a 3400elo move.
Aug-22-15  Imran Iskandar: <Whitehat1963> This game is one of my all-time favorites.

Morozevich vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2009

Although there are some mistakes, both sides played brilliantly, and in my opinion it was chess at its most entertaining as well as mind-boggling.

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  Alex Schindler: Holy cow! I didn't think i could still be surprised by Shirov's endgames til I came across this one. What incredible grasp of the position!
Nov-12-15  paavoh: And this has never been a GOTD! Can you believe it??
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  sleepyirv: <paavoh> It needs a good pun! I suggest a reference to Thomas Becket: "Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?"
Jan-07-16  WDenayer: 47. ... Bh3 is a fantastic move. Utterly fantastic.
Jan-12-16  scholes: One of the best moves in history. And not even game of the day.
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  kevin86: Black gives up his bishop do double the adverse pawns so that he could push the queen side pawns through.
Mar-14-16  RTJR: 47...Bh3!!! is the single-greatest move ever played in the history of chess.

The fact that Shirov found that over the board demonstrates a stunning mastery of in-the-moment analysis.

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  perfidious: Topalov gets a full on meeting with the late, great Amarillo Slim's <Mr More>, courtesy of the elegant 47....Bh3.
Mar-14-16  RTJR: Topalov's claim to fame is being fodder for other player's immortal games.

Kasparov's Immortal, Karpov's Immortal, and this game from Shirov, all of which find Topalov sitting on the losing end.

Thank you Topalov for helping to create some of greatest games ever played ;-)

Mar-14-16  Turtle3: <RTJR: Topalov's claim to fame is being fodder for other player's immortal games. Kasparov's Immortal, Karpov's Immortal, and this game from Shirov, all of which find Topalov sitting on the losing end.

Thank you Topalov for helping to create some of greatest games ever played ;-)>

indeed!! :)

Mar-14-16  Aniara: Love the Thomas Becket reference.
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  maxi: Topalov has played many interesting games. He has also played great games.
Mar-14-16  newhampshireboy: Love this endgame!
Apr-01-16  Conrad93: I will say again, this game is severely overrated.

Obviously three passed pawns beat a bishop, but even with the sacrifice it's easy to see that black has enough play to at least draw.

Apr-01-16  Conrad93: To the guy who said it's a 3400 level move... not it's not. Any average GM would have calculated and seen this possibility.
Apr-01-16  N0B0DY: Even Robert James Fischer could have calculated this with ease.
Apr-01-16  Conrad93: <Even Robert James Fischer could have calculated this with ease.>

Fischer would have definitely.

Apr-16-16  N0B0DY: Hallelujah!
Mar-17-17  Toribio3: Shirov is very creative. Two isolated passed pawns with the strong support of a fighting King, the hostile Bishop can not stop them from inevitable promotion!
Jul-05-17  jibal: <It wouldnt even make my "top ten moves of all time" list.>

That doesn't speak well of you.

<it isn't really that surprising though>

Yes, it is.

<Black was already two pawns up!>

Non sequitur. That actually makes the move harder to find, because many people (and all the machines) are misled into thinking that black can win without Bh3.

Jul-05-17  jibal: <However, there is at least one another way to win using "normal moves". The second solution was tested for hours, even played many times against Fritz 10, with the engine always losing as White. The 2nd (normal) way to win was found and demonstrated by Greece multiple junior champion Haralabos Skoulakis ( back in 2005 who kept all analysis then made.>

Not a word of this is true.

<We will know the truth only after too-many-men tablebases have been generated.>

We know the truth now ... Bh3!! is a forced win and every other move leads to a draw.

Oct-04-17  Davood.rezaiee: If white play 54-Ke2 ... what is the black move?
Oct-10-17  ZackyMuhammad: 54. ♔ e2 54... ♔ c2 55.Bb4 55... d3+ 56. ♔ e1 56... a3 if 57. Bxa3 57... d2+ threatening 58... d1= ♕
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