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Anatoly Karpov vs Alexey Shirov
Keres Memorial Rapid (2006), Tallinn EST, rd 4, Jan-07
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0


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Jan-11-06  Steppenwolf: 30 Bb5! could be a fun monday puzzle.
Jan-11-06  alicefujimori: 10.Bc4 is a novelty!

This game is definitely worth studying for Grunfeld players. I wonder what Kasparov would of done against this.

Jan-11-06  freedpig: 29...Na5 ?? ok its just rapid ; but that's gotta hurt
Jan-11-06  SimonBrazil: from
Karpov,Ana (2672) - Shirov,A (2710) [D85]
Keres Mem Rapid Tallinn EST (4), 07.01.2006

Karpov sacrificed a pawn to keep the black king in the center and get a big attack. But Shirov has been holding out well, until he now suddenly throws away the game with 29...Na5?? 30.Bb5 1-0. The threat is Bxd7#, and in case of 30...Nc6 31.Bxc6 Bxc6 White has 32.Rd8# (30...Bxb5 is of course mate in one: 31.Rd8#).

Jan-11-06  morpstau: How old is Karpav in this contest 70 years old? I thought he would be out in the bundocks with Fischer by now, not playing the relatively young Shirov. But, nonetheless, he plays well for this rapid game is concerned.
Jan-11-06  hintza: LOL - Karpov is 54 years old.
Jan-11-06  morpstau: oh thanks Hintza for the update i appreciate your response. Hey aleast i was close.
Jan-11-06  Koster: White doesn't seem to have all that much if black simply castles, just typical Grunfeld.
Jan-11-06  morpstau: Just typical of Shirov.
Jan-11-06  hayton3: Interesting how Karpov has adjusted to more rapid time controls over recent years. He plays slightly more dynamically placing a little more emphasis on the 'initiative' and piece activity. Hardly surprising as these dynamic considerations take on a little more importance over static pluses in shorter time controls when the pressure of the clock is of greater significance.
Jan-12-06  Astardis: Karpov is doing quite well in rapid games - compared to his usual 50 % results in his rare classical games... I think it's because experience is of greater importance in these short games. After all, it is said that he is not doing any serious chess work anymore.
Jan-12-06  TIMER: It would be interesting to have another Karpov-Anand match, but this time a rapid match, and see how Karpov does.
Jan-12-06  alicefujimori: I was wondering if Black had released the tension just a little too early. 12...Rd8 looks like a possible improvement. It keeps more tension in the centre and if White plays 13.d5, then 13...0-0 followed by ideas like Ne5 and Ba6 looks good for Black.
Jan-12-06  euripides: <alice> yes. Often when White plays Qd2 and Be3 in the exchange Gruenfeld, his bishop goes to d3 or e2 and his knight to f3. The set-up adopted by Karpov here looks nice, but after your suggested Rd8 the bishop on c4 runs into some problems and white's weak influence over e5 matters. Shirov may already have been somehat unnerved by his bad start and as a result heads for the endgame rather than exploiting his dynamic chances in the middle game.
Jan-12-06  alicefujimori: <eurpides>Yes. Shirov chose to defend for a pawn, but even without his blunder on move 29 White definitely still have compensation for the pawn (two bishops, more space, poor Black King's position...). Besides, even if Shirov didn't blunder I doubt he could of won the endgame by just one pawn. (White could always bail out with an opposite coloured bishop ending.) So I don't see why it was worth it to take the pawn.

But anway, nice game by Karpov. I really didn't expect him to be still contributing to

Jan-12-06  Pawsome: FYI <morpstau> that's "boondocks" not "bundocks." And, why all the surprise when Karpov beats a super GM. He is one. His rating is still 2674 (without a lot of concerted effort on his part) and he's still one of the all time greats.
Jan-12-06  KingG: <Interesting how Karpov has adjusted to more rapid time controls over recent years.> Well, he was always a fast player, so it's not surprising that he does well with rapid time controls.
Jan-20-06  Brown: One thing the sacced pawn got white was complete control of the dark squares. Two bishops like that in such an open position, leaves the opponent in trouble.
Jan-21-06  ReikiMaster: Shirov really was out of sorts in this 4 day tournament. In this 2nd day game Karpov had already repeated moves on 2 occasions before Shirov's blunder. I wonder if he would make the same pawn sac in a game with longer time controls - having exchanged Queens?
Jan-21-06  Brown: <ReikiMaster> I don't know what significance you put on repeating moves, as it's known to help with clock time. Further, I only see it happening once.

Karpov is under no threat of defeat here, and some chances to win, so perhaps he would try this same position again, though he would need a plan against 19...0-0

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  patzer2: Karpov pins and win a piece with 30. Bb5! following Shirov's 29...Na5??

Instead, Shirov should have played 29...f6=.

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