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Alexey Shirov vs Alexander Grischuk
"Elbow Gris" (game of the day Jan-18-2010)
FIDE World Ch (2000), New Delhi IND, rd 6, Dec-12
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Beverwijk Variation (C65)  ·  1-0
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Jan-17-05  Knight13: 44... e2 45. d7 45. e1=Q d8=Q 46. Qh4+ wins. Did Black overlooked this? Black should've won this game.
Jan-17-05  MrVega: 44...e2 45.d7 e1=Q 46. d8=Q + CHECK!
After Kh7 White plays Kf7! Black has no checks, and White will mate with Qg8. White has a clear win from here, that's why Grischuk resigned.
Jul-20-07  alexandrovm: <Knight13: 44... e2 45. d7 45. e1=Q d8=Q 46. Qh4+ wins. Did Black overlooked this? Black should've won this game.> starting from which move?
Jan-18-10
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: For me, the really impressive move was 22.Bxe4, exposing his own isolated d-pawn and giving up his "good" Bishop. I probably wouldn't have even considered the move, but GMs think concretely, and Shirov probably saw his 25th when he played his 22nd.
Jan-18-10  Skylark: This game makes me shake my head with the realisation that I will never be a GM... at first I thought 25. ... Qc8 was a straight up patzer blunder, leaving Gris 2 rooks and a bishop for a queen and rook and white with a strong position... then white turns around and seemingly unnecessarily hands back the queen, only to win in a rook ending with a passed pawn?? I can't follow this at all, I can't wait for these newer super monster gm games to be put in books with full thorough analysis by a person who can explain the thought process and plans/ideas.
Jan-18-10  Skylark: <44...e2 45.d7 e1=Q 46. d8=Q + CHECK! After Kh7 White plays Kf7! Black has no checks, and White will mate with Qg8. White has a clear win from here, that's why Grischuk resigned.> Indeed, the well placed f4 pawn stops a ... h5 escape plan. The pawn race was nicely conceived.
Jan-18-10  newzild: I wonder if black's 36th was a mistake. Maybe he should have played 36...Rd8 37.Rxb6 Kf7, intending to recover the pawn with 38... Ke6. White can try 38.Rc6 Ke6 39.b6?, when 39...Rxd6?? loses to 40.b7!, but 39...Kd7 mixes things up.

Perhaps white can win by targeting black's a-pawn, hoping to obtain connected passed pawns on the a- and b-files while black captures his d-pawn.

Anyone with a silicon friend?

Jan-18-10
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  al wazir: 24...Bxd5 loses a piece after 25. Rc5; 24...Bd7 25. Nc6 bxc6 26. dxc6 doesn't look promising for black. After 25...Qc8, the ♕ is a goner, but where else can it go? If 25...Qb6+, then 26. Bc5. This way at least black got ♘+♖ for it.
Jan-18-10  eaglewing: Draw option on move 40?

40. Ke6 g5 41. Re7 gf 42. Kd7 Rc3

Without all pawns on the lines a,b,f,g,h the Nalimov database tells us this is a win for White. However, the winning idea is not suitable due to the additional pawns: 43. Re5 Kf7 44. Rxf5 Kg6 45. Ke6 e2 46. Re5 wins in the Nalimov. Here, Re3, due to pawn f4 is a counter.

Any ideas for a White win in the line, maybe a draw option in the Nalimov is not accessible for Black with the extra pawns?

Jan-18-10  Bare Beginner: Awesome attacking tactical play by Shirov. He seems to have had total commanding initiative the entire game; and no matter what Blk tried, continued to impose his will. The sacrificial tempters are the sort of moves I'd love to be able to play in real games. I totally agree with Skylark. The Q exchange almost looks like something that GMs know is inevitable and natural; you can imagine them saying, "so now the Q xchange was necessary starting on Blk's 25th mv", and the rest of us (me for sure), looking on going ... "what exchange?" until it actually happens several moves later.
Jan-18-10
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  sfm: He must have seen it all through after 38.Kd4!!, otherwise it is a pretty bad move.
Jan-18-10
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  Filip Marko: why is 41. ... e2 not possible?
Jan-18-10
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  Breunor: Filip,

I'm not and endgame guru, but I think on 41 ... e2 white goes back to 42 Kd7. Then it looks like black has to play Rd2, and I think white now has it. White playe 43 Kc7, and if 43 ....Rc2 ch 44 Kd8 Rd2 45 d7 and white wins (I think!)

Jan-18-10
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  Filip Marko: okay, but if 43. Kc7 Rc2+ 44. Kd8 Rxa2 45. d7 Rd2

I certainly miss something...

Jan-18-10
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  Filip Marko: Ke8 a3 d8=Q Rxd8+ Kxd8 a2
Jan-18-10  WhiteRook48: i think 41...e2 wins
Jan-18-10  eaglewing: The idea with 40. Ke6 g5 does not hold due to 41. Rd7 and mating attack with the followup Kf6.
Jan-18-10
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  ajk68: 41...e2 does not win. See Breunor's comments. Black's rook is doomed to protecting the e2 pawn without help from the black king. White has all the time in the world to move his king to d8.
Jan-19-10  RandomVisitor: After the equalizing 9...0-0:


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Rybka 3: <d=21>

0.00 10.f5 d5 11.Qg4 Bf6 12.Bd3 c5 13.dxc5 Ne5 14.Qg3 b6 15.c6 Nxc6 16.Nc3 Re8 17.Bf4 Bb7 18.Rad1 Qd7 19.a3 Nd4 20.Qh3 Rac8 21.Rfe1

-0.03 10.Nc3 Bf6 11.f5 Ne7 12.Qf4 d5 13.g4 h6 14.a3 a6 15.Be2 Re8 16.Rd1 Bd7 17.Qf2 c6 18.Bf4 Nc8 19.Bf3

Jan-19-10
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  Breunor: Filip,

Good line - maybe white can improve on 43 by playing a3 himself.

So we have 41 .. e2 42 Kd7 Rd2 43 a3.

Now if black plays 43 Ra2, he can't take on a3 without losing the d pawn and white's e pawn will still be decisive. The black a pawn then can't save the day.

Jan-20-10
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  kevin86: A surprise ending in this one.
Feb-28-17
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  plang: Game 1 of their 4 game semi-final match in the World Championship tournament; White won the first 3 games before Shirov held a draw in game 4 to clinch the match. He was then defeated by Anand in the final. 7 Qxe4 is the most popular move but Shirov's choice of 7 d4 has been played and looks like the most logical move. 9 c4 had been played in an obscure 2000 game; 9 f4 was new. Shirov and Rytshagov had worked on this line in 1999 and their main line had been 9..0-0 10 f5..d5; Shirov felt that Grishuk's 9..c6?! was not as strong. After 24..Bd7? 25 Nc6! White was on top; better was 24..Rc8 25 dxe..Rxc1 26 Rxc1..Qd4+ 27 Kh1..Qxb4 28 Qh5..g6 29 Nxg6..Qd2 30 Rg1..Rxe6 31 Qxf5..Qxa2 and Black should be OK. 25..Qb6+ 26 Bc5..Qc7 27 d6..Qc8 28 Ne7+..Bxe7 29 dxe would have been bad for Black; instead Grischuk decided that giving up his queen with 25..Qc8 was his best chance. Shirov then returned the queen with 33 Re7!? confident that he could win the rook ending. Black resigned due to 44..e2 45 d7..e1(Q) 46 d8(Q)+..Kh7 47 Kf7 and mates.
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