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Alexey Shirov vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-23
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  0-1


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Feb-19-03  refutor: analysis of this game (by anand) is located at
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  Honza Cervenka: It would be interesting to see Shirov's annotations of this game. I would like to know what he expected playing 12.Nfxd5 and 13.f4. It is not extremely difficult to find 13...d4 with idea 14.fxe5 (or 14.f5) Bg5 after what all tactical tricks of white are insufficient for winning the piece back.
Feb-22-03  kostich in time: Shirov just tries to be 'brilliant"and it backfires on good example of the power of two bishops in an open position.
May-12-03  mdorothy: But also give credit where credit is due.. the position wasn't really open til Anand expertly opened it.
Sep-30-03  drukenknight: in this opening is it possible to play 9...Bxc2 followed by Nxg4?
Sep-30-03  AdrianP: <drukenknight> It's an interesting possibility but I can't see where it really gets black, sacking one of his few developed pieces for two pawns, one of which is a doubled pawn anyway. It would also enable W to castle Q-side quickly and/or get his rook onto the half-open g-file with tempo...

Did you have any particular follow-up in mind for Black...?

Sep-30-03  drukenknight: Did I have a follow up in mind?


Now, this will be a real test of my medication levels to see if I can remember.....

Okay see there is a fork lying there on d4 but it looks like it might not come off because of the zweischenzung move, the white Q check on a4.

But it is your move, do you attempt to stop that fork? See I am attemping to react to your move, knowing full well I am down in material.

But I am counting on that fork as some sort of investment in the future.

Thats the best I can remember. Now I have to feed my baby (she's one month old now)....

Sep-30-03  AdrianP: <drukenknight> I see your point ... (the number of games I have lost by missing a simple pawn fork!)... but I don't think it works.

9. ...Bxc2 10. Qxc2 Nxg4 11. O-O-O and d4 is adequately defended by the B and R or...

9 ...Bxc2 10. Qxc2 Nxg4 11. Qa4+ Ke7 (11 ...Qd7?? Bb5 winning the Q) 12. Nfxd5+! exd5 (forced) 13. Qxg4 and W is simply up a piece with a winning position.

Nov-30-03  PinkPanther: I think the sacrifice in this game was suspect enough, but the way Shirov followed it up was purely garbage. What is wrong with 13. Rxd5? I think after that move white MIGHT, and I emphasize MIGHT have enought compensation for the piece, but after the way Shirov followed up the sacrifice, you can forget about it.
Jul-09-04  JohnBoy: Actually I believe the sac at d5 just misses being great. My hunch is that Shirov intended 14.f5 but missed the wonderful 14...Bg5. Hence 15.h4. Any comments? After this white just gets rolled by a great player.

By-the-way, there was a nice advanced Caro-Kann with 4.Be3 by Shirov in Byrnes NY Times column this spring. Anyone have it? I don't get the times and don't have a copy. It's not the one posted here.

Apr-13-18  SpiritedReposte: Neglected masterpiece from Vishy.
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