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Alexey Shirov vs Alexander Grischuk
FIDE World Ch (2000), New Delhi IND, rd 6, Dec-14
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense (C96)  ·  1-0


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Apr-24-05  Karpova: black's manoeuvers with the queen's bishop are great but in the end it doesn't suffice.
Apr-24-05  ionnn: Only because 44 ... f3? was a mistake. According to some analysis i saw 44 ... Bh3! was right
Apr-24-05  Karpova: yes, it's really sad. he finds such a great defensive resource and then falters in the endgame!

44...bh3 45.qh2 (45.qd5 qg3+) how does black continue?

May-29-05  aw1988:
Jan-05-07  Chess Carnival: I was wondering if 25...fxe4 would be right.. This would put an end to the connected passed pawns, but then simply 26.Nc6 Qc7 27.Nxe7+ Qxe7 and black loses his knight on b6. Grischuk's choice seems to be correct, great game indeed, too unfortunate for Grischuk.
Jul-20-07  alexandrovm: Incredible tactic display by both sides!
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  amadeus: Game 4 is missing.

[White "Grischuk,A"]
[Black "Shirov,A"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.O-O O-O 8.c4 c6 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bg4 12.Rb1 Nd7 13.h3 Bh5 14.Rb5 Nb6 15.c4 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 dxc4 17.Bc2 Qd7 18.a4 g6 19.Be3 Rac8 20.Rfb1 c3 21.a5 Nc4 22.Rxb7 Qe6 23.Bb3 Qf5 24.Qxf5 gxf5 25.Ra1 f4 26.Bc1 Rfe8 27.f3 c2 28.Kf2 a6 29.Ra4 Nb2 30.Bxf7+ Kf8 31.Bxb2 c1=Q 32.Bxc1 Rc2+ 33.Kf1 Rxc1+ 34.Kf2 Rc2+ 35.Kf1 Rc1+ 1/2-1/2

Feb-24-12  dumbgai: There is a very interesting analysis of a pawn endgame that could have arisen from this game, in Silman's Complete Endgame. I no longer have the book so I can't remember exactly which move to deviate from the game, or the exact sequence of moves. However, someone has posted part of the analysis on Wikipedia as part of the triangulation page:
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  plang: Game 3 of their semi-final match in the World Championship tournament; White won the first 3 games before Shirov drew the 4th game to clinch the match. Shirov was then defeated by Anand in the finals. 11..Bb7 is a rarely played alternative to the main line 11..Qc7 that is a specialty of Romanishins. 21 Nd2 had been played in the first game of the Topalov-Piket match in the 1997 World Championship tournament at Groningen (drawn); 21 b3 was new. Grishuk's 23..f5?! encouraged Shirov's promising positional sacrifice 24 Bxc5!?; more solid would have been 23..Bd7 24 Nd2..Nc4 with equality. 29 Qf3? gave Black the opportunity for good counterplay; 29 Nxe7+..Qxe7 30 e6 shutting out the black bishop would have been stronger. Shirov had not considered Grischuk's ingenious rook sacrifice 36..Bc6!. 41..Kh8? 42 Qg2..f3 43 Rf2!..Rf4 44 d7 would have been losing for Black. Grischuk was defending well until 44..f3? 45 e6! which cost him the game; he could have drawn with 44..Bh3 45 Qa8+..Rf8 46 Qd5+..Kh8 47 Qf3..Qg5+ 48 Kh1..Qh4. White would have mated after either 45..fxg 46 exf+..Kf8 47 Re8# or 45..Bxe6 46 Rxe6..fxg 47 Re8+.

Terrific creative fighting game - kudos to both players.

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