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Alexey Shirov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Dos Hermanas XIV (2008) (rapid), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 1, Apr-18
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  0-1
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Apr-19-08  Marvol: Surely this wasn't the fire on board that Alexey was hoping for... being wiped out on the white side of a Caro-Kann, wow!
Apr-19-08  ruelas007: i think 10...Nxe5 sacrifices the bishop so why isnīt it classified as a sacrifice?
Apr-20-08
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Another example of how far I've fallen behind the game, and how baffling chess has become for me. I thought both players were trying to lose.
Apr-22-08
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  Richard Taylor: Pretty crazy chess - both players - 18 Be3 might survive...
Apr-22-08
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  MarkThornton: I've just played through this in the Guess-the-move competition. It's not an easy one!

<16....Nd4!> is a key move in the attack. I think it is the only move that doesn't lose instantly. Its key virtue is that it momentarily protects e6, which is under enormous pressure from the Nf4 and Qg4.

May-02-08  wweiss: Although Richard Taylor suggested 18. Be3, it doesn't survive after black's 18...Ndf5. If 19. Kf2 Bf2+ wins the bishop and black still has strong attack. If 19. Kh2 Nf3#. If 19. Kh3 Ng6+ with discovered check on the king, 20. Nh5 blocking the check, 20...Ne5! black has lethal threats of 21...Rxh5 with looming checkmate and 21...Qh4#. 21. Qg5 Qxg5 22. Bxg5 Rxh5 23. Bh4 Rxh4#
May-04-08
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  Richard Taylor: <wweiss: Although Richard Taylor suggested 18. Be3, it doesn't survive after black's 18...Ndf5. If 19. Kf2 Bf2+ wins the bishop and black still has strong attack. If 19. Kh2 Nf3#. If 19. Kh3 Ng6+ with discovered check on the king, 20. Nh5 blocking the check, 20...Ne5! black has lethal threats of 21...Rxh5 with looming checkmate and 21...Qh4#. 21. Qg5 Qxg5 22. Bxg5 Rxh5 23. Bh4 Rxh4#>

True! The position after 16 ...Nxd4 looks lost for White already. Poor opening prep by Shirov?

9. Be3 might be wiser.

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