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Garry Kasparov vs Alexey Shirov
Astana (2001), Astana KAZ, rd 6, May-26
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0
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Oct-23-04  alexandrovm: Alexey just entered to his doom square! Black is checkmated sooner or later, no matter what black does! if follows Rg5++ Nice game
Dec-09-05  sharpnova: not particularly nice
Dec-09-05
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  RookFile: Is life good if black goes 34.... Kf7?
Dec-09-05  sheaf: Kf5?? Kf7 does seem like a better alternative. I dont know it looks like black is slightly better after kf7 but is that enough for winning not sure.
Aug-02-08  percyblakeney: According to the beyond belief complicated analysis referred to by Karolyi (allegedly Kasparov's own) white wins also after 34. ... Kf7 35. Rd2 but it doesn't exactly look trivial.
Mar-09-09  WhiteRook48: 34...Kf5 is just crazy. How often does Shirov miss a mate in 2?
Mar-09-09  Smothered Mate: <WhiteRook48: 34...Kf5 is just crazy. How often does Shirov miss a mate in 2?>

Not sure but not here.

34... Kf5 35. Rd4 Rc2+ 36. Kxc2 Ba4+ 37. Rxa4 b5 38. Rg5#

Mar-10-09  WhiteRook48: I think 35...Rc2+ and 36...Ba4+ just prolong the checkmate.
Apr-30-09  WhiteRook48: Ouch!!!
Anything's better than 34...Kf5
Dec-21-13  Hopsa: Not really, 34)..., Kh5 35)Rg5 check followed by 36) Rh1 checkmate is even worse, black has not even time to play nonsense-moves like Rc2+ and Ba4+ like in the 34)..., Kf5 variation.

So after all, Shirov's move was not "that" bad :-)

May-09-14  Mudphudder: What the? How does Shirov just walk into this mating net???
May-09-14
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  john barleycorn: 34....Kf5?? is a tragedy. Shirov meant it a winning attempt.

Kasparov gave 34...Kf7 35.Rh1 Kg6 36.Rhg1+ and draw.

22....Nxa3!! is a nice shot and even on Kasparov's internet page you could read: "Shirov has not deserved to lose this game."


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