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|Aug-26-08|| ||IT4L1CO: < IMFSTJP: 47..Bh3! is really pretty, there is no doubt about that! 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 (http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?...) back in 2005 who kept all analysis then made. We will know the truth only after too-many-men tablebases have been generated.>|
Which is this second solution?...
|Dec-19-08|| ||DwayneMeller: Great game...& that's an understatement!|
|Apr-21-09|| ||plang: Topalov played the rare sideline 7 Bb5+
three times in the tournament: a short draw with Kasparov, this game and a fascinating fighting draw with Svidler where Topalov missed a win. Seirawan was very critical of 11 f3?! saying that White needs to challenge the e5 blockade. Shirov had played 11 Ba3 in a nice win over Smejkal in 1992 and 11 f4..exd 12 Nxd4 is another possibility. 11..Qe7 was new; 11..Re8 had been played previously. 25..Rxd4
26 Be3..Rad8 27 Re2 would not have worked for Black. Despite White's tepid opening he developed a powerful attack. Kasparov pointed out that
26 f6 and 27 e6 would have led to a quick win. Kasparov also suggested 34 Be7 as strong for White but Shirov gave 34..Re8 35 Bxd6..Rxe3 36 Qxe3..Bxe3 37 cxd..cxd as equal. After 34 cxd? Topalov was clearly worse though it was still a difficult game to win. A better defense would have been 42 Qa3 avoiding Shirov's 42..Qd5!.
|May-23-09|| ||Extremophile: 47...Bh3 is a "misclick" by Shirov. GOD this please! Everyone should see this game once in a life time!|
|May-24-09|| ||WhiteRook48: 47.....Bh3!! clears the f5-square|
|Jun-21-09|| ||Peligroso Patzer: < from Sep-06-04>
<lao tzu: just played over Keres vs Tal, 1957
cant help but wonder if Shirov knew Tal's 39...Bxf3 vs Keres.... >
Another famous example of a piece sac in a minor piece ending (in this case the sac of a Bishop that was opposed by a Knight) to force through a pawn is from the fourth match game of Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971.
|Jun-22-09|| ||helixv: Yeah, talking about stunning moves...
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909
My bucks go for Rubinstein's 18. Qc1! in this famous game against reigning World Champion. Quiet moves just look too good for me to be omitted.
|Dec-01-09|| ||Helloween: I have seen all of the great moves and great games of chess. To me, this is not the greatest game of all time. But also to me, Bh3 is the single greatest move of all time. Better than Marshall's Queen sac, all of Morphy and Steinitz's, better than Nezhmetdinov. Even chaotic Topalov must have blinked a few times after this was played. Turns a B of Opposite Colour endgame into a forced win.|
|Dec-01-09|| ||Plato: <Helloween> Yes, I agree. I would also rank 47...Bh3!! as the greatest move ever played. Sheer genius.|
|Dec-01-09|| ||Plato: The game Almasi-Kindermann (2000) featured an endgame bishop sac that superficially resembles this one (not nearly as brilliant, of course, and from a different kind of position... but still nice!). In the following position |
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Almasi found 44. Bh6!, and it was all over. The game ended 44...gxh6 45. Kxh6 Kc7 46. h5 Nxf5+ 47. Bxf5 e4 48. Kg6 e3 49. Bd3 1-0
|May-04-10|| ||MaxxLange: It's almost unbelievable that 47.....Bh3!! was played OTB, and not in a study|
|May-04-10|| ||aragorn69: Nigel Short remembers this game:
<Nigel Short: I am crap at endgames. I remember discussing an opposite bishops endgame (Topalov-Shirov) live with Vishy Anand in Linares once. After several minutes of analysis or so we concluded it was drawn until Shirov suddenly played ...Bh3!!! Our jaws dropped. It was perhaps one of the greatest moves I have seen in my life.>
|Aug-04-10|| ||dondiegodelavega: What a move! This comes from Mars!|
|Aug-26-10|| ||sevenseaman: ..47. Bh3?, a rabbit out of a hat. That is how a Master is capable of thinking!
All my sympathy for Topalov. What am I doing in this game? Beats me.|
|Aug-27-10|| ||LIFE Master AJ: 47...Bh3!!!!
One of the greatest moves of all time.
|Sep-16-10|| ||hedgeh0g: Inconceivable brilliance. I would never consider ...Bh3!! in a million years and I think Shirov is the only player alive who possesses the combination of tactical and endgame brilliance to find such a move. There is no comparison, because other endgame piece sacs involve advanced pawns, while this one simply involves freeing a square and gaining a tempo.|
|Sep-26-10|| ||Kinghunt: <Plato: <Helloween> Yes, I agree. I would also rank 47...Bh3!! as the greatest move ever played. Sheer genius.>|
Sheer genius, yes. Greatest move ever played? Not quite. For that I'd have to go with Rxd4!! Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999.
|Sep-26-10|| ||Kinghunt: Another move rarely put in contention that should be: Bxh6! Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 My engine won't find that until I force it to look seriously at it, and then it loves it. It's such a deep move that relies on a near perfect understanding of the position after the series of exchanges.|
|Oct-09-10|| ||keithbc: not the best move though of course (according to Fritz 10)!|
|Jan-14-11|| ||Dymdez: This game takes place at a Linares chess tournament.|
|Apr-26-12|| ||Llawdogg: 47 ... Bh3!! Greatest move of all time? Well, at least it's on the list.|
|Jul-24-12|| ||vinidivici: 47...Bh3!!
Puzzle of the day!! Maybe for Saturday.
I think only a GM could do that kind of move.
After 47.Kg1, i was thinking about getting a draw. But Shirov had something different in mind.
|Nov-10-12|| ||Powerthinker: 47. ...Bh3 !! Yeah, this is a really greatest , but I think not mainly, but in the endgame technique! It associates Shirov with The Great Alekhine, who was able to adorn such simple positions with so wizard's moves. Shirov, of course , has a very deep understanding of endgames, the confirmation voila! And , at last, if Shirov had seen Bh3 when he played Qd5 for exchange, by my opinion, just this fact is enough for saying that Shirov is genius, The Real Genius!|
|Dec-20-12|| ||Helloween: It has been said that 47...Bh3!!! cures depression in all cases.|
|Mar-03-13|| ||ADDADZ: Chirov is a great player but he never won Kasparov|
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