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Alexey Shirov vs Viswanathan Anand
14th Amber Tournament: Rapid (2005), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 1, Mar-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  0-1
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Mar-19-05  FatalError: anand playing the caro kann ? cool and he won with it and that against one of the hyper aggresivst player this days very interesting
Mar-19-05  FatalError: is 32.Qg3 a blunder from shirov ?
Mar-19-05  hintza: 32.Qg3?? is an awful blunder by White, and this was rapid, not blindfold. Shirov loses a piece because if 33.exf6 then of course Black just takes the queen.
Mar-19-05  bishopmate: Qg3 is the kind of error i make in bullet games... really grandmaster's shouldn't be giving that kind of replies... even in rapid games--------congratulations to anand the rapid champion if there ever was one on two consective wins
Mar-19-05  DP12: Shirov probably had a bullet like amount of time in this position knowing him and any way the final position is sharp and complicated. I was contemplating the following sharp idea maybe 32.fxe fxe 33.Rxd5!? exd5 34.Rxd5!?(Qf5 Qf7) but I think 34...Be7 is a good defense. However one plays I am not sure that in the position Shirov has enough comp. What do you all think ?! Anand is always really good at taking Shirov by the horns and beating him.
Mar-19-05  Boomie: White needs to get the major pieces off the a7-g1 diagonal. Rh4 looks natural. White can then meet c5 with Rc2.
Mar-20-05
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  patzer2: Too bad Shirov overlooked 32.Bd3! a6 33.fxe6 Bxe6 34.Be4 h4 35.Qf3 with advantage. Instead, he blunders into a losing pin with 32. Qg3?? Rxf6 .
Mar-21-05  dramas79: <patzer2> Maybe I am missing something here. Why cant Anand reply Bd3 with Rxf6?
Mar-22-05  davidleetw: is 24Qd2 a better move?
Mar-22-05  Boomie: Fritz 8 liked:
32. ♗d3 ♖xf6 (32... c5 33. ♖xd5) (32... a5 33. fxe6 fxe6 34. ♗g5 ♕g7 (34... ♖h8 35. ♗g6+ ♔d7 36. ♖xd5+ cxd5 37. ♕f7+) 35. ♖f4 (35. ♗xh6 ♕xh6 36. ♗c4 ♗xc4 37. ♖xc4 axb4 38. ♕d4) 33. exf6 a5 34. fxe6 fxe6 35. ♕h4 axb4 36. ♕xh5+ ♔d8 37. ♕h8 ♔d7 38. axb4 ♕e5 39.♕h4 ♕e3+ 40. ♖f2 with an edge for White.
Mar-22-05  Boomie: <davidleetw> 24. ♕d2 is better than ♕c5. However 24. ♗f6 is winning. 24...♕xf4 is about all Black can do. Then White picks up the rook after exchanging the queens.

24. ♗f6 (24. ♕d2 ♔f8 25. ♕d7 ♔g8 26. ♕xb7 ♖f8 27. ♗f6 ♕xf4 28. ♕xa7 ♗g7) 24... ♕xf4 25. ♕xf4 ♗xf4 26. ♗xh8

Apr-04-05  laskerdog: 32.Qg3?? This is why rapid games shouldn't be allowed: Living, swish dead!
May-11-05  TainanT: Really! 32. Qg3 is not of the face of Shirov
Mar-16-06  notyetagm: 32 ♕g3?? ♖xf6!, exploiting the pin of the White e5-pawn along the b8-h2 diagonal

The White e5-pawn cannot block this diagonal to meet the threat of ... ♕x♕ while simultaneously defending the f6-bishop to meet the threat of ... ♖x♗.

Mar-16-06  notyetagm: <The defensive power of a pinned piece is merely illusory -- Nimzovich>

After 32 ... ♕g3?? the White e5-pawn only <pretends> to defend the f6-bishop since it is also has the more important task of blocking the b8-h2 diagonal to stop Black from playing ... ♕x♕.

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