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Alexey Shirov vs Michael Adams
"Petroff Peeve" (game of the day Jun-03-2007)
Candidates Match: Shirov - Adams (2007), Elista, Kalmykia Russia, rd 6, Jun-02
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  1-0


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  Maxim Dlugy: Adams problems started early. Perhaps 16..Rd4!? was better than Bg6.
Jun-02-07  russep: I don't think petrov was a good choice for Adams he should have tried another lopez
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  Tomlinsky: Well played by Shirov. Presented with a Petroff he immediately mixes it up with the sideline 5.dxe. If anybody knows their Petroff sidelines, ideas, piece placement and resulting play it is Shirov.
Jun-02-07  arunjangity: i'd even go so far to say that 3.d4 is an offbeat move for this level of play. not unheard of (played twice at corus this year) but reletively uncommon
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  Tomlinsky: <arunjangity> It is relatively of course but Shirov, in particular, has had this line in his repertoire for some time. Maybe Adams should have had a look at Shirov's Chessbase DVD on the line in preparation?

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Jun-02-07  Manequinho: Very aggressive game by Shirov!
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  Marmot PFL: Haven't analyed this but agree with the comment that Shirov had done nothing with the Spanish and that that was Adams most logical choice.
Jun-02-07  Ulhumbrus: On 12 e6 Nf6 avoids giving a tempo to the N on d4.
Jun-02-07  Atking: <Thanks M Dugly> to give us your insight to the games: <Adams problems started early.> Therefore I'm not sure that even 16. ...Rd4 (keeping d file) helps much. I mean 17.g4 Bg6 18.Be3 Rd6/d8 (Of course not 18. ...Rb4? 19.b3 and 20.Bc5 or a3) 19.Rad1 finaly White takes the d file (d7 or d4 square for the R and d5 for the N) with a potential g5 and Bxa7. I prefer White already at this point. Something like N+p vs B. May be defensible but difficult.
Jun-03-07  sanyas: 17...♔f8 was practically a blunder, and the rest was just good technique by Shirov. Mind you, Adams already had a bad game after 11...♗h5 (11...c5 was better, intending 12.♘db5 ♗e6 13.♘d6 b6 14.♗f4 f6 15.♖fe1 ♘xe5 16.♖xe7 ♗c7 17.♗xe5 fxe5 18.♖xe5 ♗xh3) and 12...fxe6 (he should have played 12...♘c5 [12...♘f6 13.♖e1 c5 14.♘b3 and it's hard for Black to claim an advantage]; eg. 13.♗e3 fxe6 14.♘c6 bxc6 15.♗xc5 ♖f4 16.♖fe1 e3).
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  fm avari viraf: At one stage, it seems that Adams could hold on his position but Shirov's classical manoevring & good technique spell disaster for his adversary.
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  al wazir: Doesn't black win, or at least draw, with 33...Kb3 ? If 34. Kc1, then 34...Bg6 35. g4 a5, followed by 36...b4. If 34. Nd3, then 34...Bxd3 35. Kxd3 Kxb2, etc.
Jun-04-07  sanyas: <al wazir> Interesting line. What should Black do after 33...♔b3 34.♔c1 ♗g6 35.♘f3 instead?
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  kevin86: Black had the better piece,but it was forced to scramble too much. Meanwhile the white knight gobbled up pawns like crazy and the two pawn advantage won it for white.
Jan-21-09  WhiteRook48: poor Adams... but great for Shirov!
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