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Boris Gelfand vs Alexey Shirov
"Grunfeld of Dreams" (game of the day Aug-23-2016)
Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2007), Odessa UKR, rd 7, Jul-06
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1


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Jan-18-15  SpiritedReposte: Beautiful analysis/diagrams, thank you those that made them.
Jun-04-15  nolanryan: that beautiful queen move is among my faves of all time.
Jul-14-15  victor antoni: bien jugado shirov.. mejorando en la tactica ok. buena idea de a2- no se podia clavar con el alfil - por la clavada de la dama ok.
Aug-07-16  Virgil A: a2! amor ( to your love )
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  offramp: That's why I choose ... the Pivdenny Bank.
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  catlover: What a shocker 41...Qf4+ must have been.
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  offramp: <catlover: What a shocker 41...Qf4+ must have been.>

It really is a treble Tunguska move.

Aug-23-16  nalinw: Great pun for a great game.

Why can't CG indicate the time controls and other relevant details along with the tournament and date currently given?

It is quite important to know whether a game is under normal time controls, rapid or blitz.

Aug-23-16  Eduardo Leon: <nalinw: Great pun for a great game.>

Please excuse my ignorance, what's the reference?

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  offramp: There was once a film called "Field of Dreams". I believe it had some sporting content.

If you pronounce Grunfeld like this: Groon-feeld, like an idiot would do, then Groon-feeld of Dreams sounds a little like Field of Dreams.

I think it is important to realise that the opening of the game was a groonfeeled.

Aug-23-16  ninja warrior: baseball movie, 'field of dreams'
Aug-23-16  AlicesKnight: Interesting game, both for the strategic acceptance that the black B in support of Q-side Ps is more valuable than a R, and the tactical 41....Qf4, a quite beautiful move (when did he see it in the marble? - it doesn't work until that moment). Three generations of Q.
Aug-23-16  The Kings Domain: Fine and interesting game by two old-timers from the last glory days of Chess.
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  morfishine: Thank you <offramp> for clearing that up lol
Aug-23-16  Bruce Graham: 41...Qf4+ <offramp>...treble Tunguska move. Lovely image thanks.
Aug-23-16  cunctatorg: Kinda a nice game by an ... "enthusiastic amateur" like Kasparov's Alexey Shirov is!!
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  kevin86: Black promotes two queens then takes care of 4 white queen eggs.
Aug-23-16  Sakariman: I think the most beatiful game I have seen forever. Fantastic.
Aug-23-16  raju17: after 41...Qf4 42. Rxf4 black is shut out.
Aug-23-16  qkxwsm: 41...Qf4+ 42. Rxf4 fxg5#
Aug-23-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

For what it's worth (and I realize that as a defense of the pun it's not much), Grunfeld is German for "green field."

Aug-23-16  yureesystem: Wow! What a masterpiece by Shirov, I love his games. I wish I can play like him. :)
Aug-23-16  Mr. V: Lol, <offramp>, your post made my day. "Like and idiot would" haha, spot-on.
Aug-23-16  Eduardo Leon: <ninja warrior> Thanks.
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  ajk68: My opinion would be that 33. Rd7 starts a failed plan. Possibly gaining a little more space on the kingside would have been the proper procedure?

Is my thinking mistaken?

Seems drawish at move 33. No good way to convert the material advantage.

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