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Alexey Shirov vs Helgi Ass Gretarsson
Hrokurinn (2003), Reykjavic ISL, rd 4, Feb-21
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1-0
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Nov-25-03  Andrewpatrick: 39. Nf6+!!
Nov-25-03
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  technical draw: One exclamation mark should suffice.
Nov-25-03
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  Eggman: No exclamation mark would also suffice. The move is decisive but not clever at all. Or am I missing something?
Jan-09-04
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  patzer2: Shirov's 5. Nh5!? is an interesting new idea against 4...Bf5 in the Queen's Gambit Slav, offering White an opportunity for an initiative in an opening that has been very difficult for White to score wins against in recent years.

Of course, it will require testing to see if it really offers White anything more than the more traditional lines of play. However, I doubt it is any worse than the more usual tries, which more often than not appear to result in draws at the GM level.

Jan-09-04  talchess2003: <Or am I missing something?> It is only the winning move, winning the rook and the knight. Mate will follow if the king steps into h4, after Be8+. Although there should not be an exclamation mark about it... it is an obvious move, and an easy mate to see, because after Kh4 white's king is forced on the following moves.
Jan-09-04  talchess2003: Here's a move that got two exclamation marks, and all of you should check it out. It did not only drive the audience to throw gold coins on to the chessboard, but it also won. Try to 'guess' move 23 for black, by covering the moves with a sheet of paper.

Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912

Jan-09-04  PinkPanther: <No exclamation mark would also suffice. The move is decisive but not clever at all. Or am I missing something?>

No, you're right. That move seems somewhat obivious, certainly not worthy of a double exclamation mark or anything.

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