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Alexey Shirov vs Vladimir Akopian
World Chess Cup (2007)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-04-07  cannibal: I wonder how many people would play 12. Nf5! when they only need a draw...
Dec-04-07
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  Jim Bartle: Yes, Shirov certainly does have his own ideas of how to play for a draw.
Dec-04-07  Petrosian63: Shirov is Shirov.
Dec-04-07  TerryBogard Himself: No wonder Shirov never won against Kasparov in any official games we know of, his trademark dubious sacrifices are present in just about every one of his games.
Dec-04-07  whatthefat: Reminds me of the time Tal sacrificed a knight just to cheer himself up.
Dec-04-07
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  suenteus po 147: Shirov has been in the game long enough to know that a strong offense is a good defense when you're ahead. I sometimes wonder what might have been Shirov's fate had he peaked in an era where Kasparov wasn't world champion.
Dec-04-07  you vs yourself: <I sometimes wonder what might have been Shirov's fate had he peaked in an era where Kasparov wasn't world champion.> If Kasparov wasn't in that era, Shirov better make sure Anand also wasn't there because he got a serious beating from the latter too.
Dec-05-07  chaarl: <TerryBogardHimself> <you vs yourself>
Nevertheless, Shirov managed to soundly defeat Kramnik in the candidates tournament some years back. In any reasonable system he would have been World Champion by default when Kasparov failed to defend his title.
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