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Alexey Shirov vs Nigel Short
Corus (2010)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C96)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-22-10
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  leow: what knight?
Jan-22-10  Ulhumbrus: Black has a slight advantage, but perhaps not enough to win. If Black wants to play to win, one possible plan for Black is to play ...Bf5, the Queen to c5, and then..Be6 to force White out of d5 before White's N can control the d5 square. However can Black in fact do this? On 27...Bf5 28 Nd4 Bd7 29 Nc2 Qb6 30 Ne3 the plan has failed. My present forecast is a draw.
Jan-22-10  MyCatPlaysChess: Bishops of opposite color in this position = DRAW
Jan-22-10  euripides: I was wondering what the effect of opposite-coloured bishops is with only queens on. With several major pieces they are often destabilising, but I guess Short reckons that with only the queens on and few targets they will tend to draw.
Jan-22-10  Ulhumbrus: The game appears to head for a draw, unless White can use his b pawn to tie Black's pieces up. Perhaps the concession 27...Bxf3 was not necessary.
Jan-22-10
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  eternaloptimist: shirov has a slight advantage in the endgame since 1)short's f-pawn is kind of weak. 2)shirov also is blockading short's d-pawn 3)while his passed b-pawn is free to roam.
Jan-22-10
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  Domdaniel: Not sure about Short's decision to take the Nf3. Now he has to guard f7 (while White can play, eg, g4-g5) and watch the b-pawn at the same time. Of course it's a dead draw if the queens come off, but white is better while they're on.
Jan-22-10
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  extremepleasure2: Well 27.Bf3 was not really such a good move.
Jan-22-10  Ulhumbrus: After 30...Bd4 I forecast a draw.
Jan-22-10
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  luzhin: Interesting that Short has used little more than half an hour for all his moves: this suggests that Shirov has not set him a single difficult problem.
Jan-22-10
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  extremepleasure2: On second thought white can not get anything more than draw in this position due to the opposite color bishops.
Jan-22-10  Hesam7: <extremepleasure2: Well 27.Bf3 was not really such a good move.>

Why? It sucked all the life out of position. The draw is clear now.

Jan-22-10  Hesam7: Draw agreed. Shirov's winning streak ends.
Jan-22-10  Mateo: A good game from Short, defending well.
Jan-22-10
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  chessgames.com: Don't touch that dial -- we're switching over to another game in just a few minutes.
Jan-22-10  Ulhumbrus: <luzhin: Interesting that Short has used little more than half an hour for all his moves: this suggests that Shirov has not set him a single difficult problem.> It has been Short who has set Shirov the following difficult problem: Black will have been satisfied with exchanges which lead to a draw, whereas White will have wanted more.
Jan-22-10
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  Domdaniel: Shirov held at +5 shock? To be fair, Short almost made it look easy.
Jan-22-10
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  eternaloptimist: well, short stopped the winning streak. he made a good choice of opening & played it very well. the "weak" fP is merely an illusion after 30...Bd4 because he can blockade shirov's bP w/ his B hence making the passive roles of his Q & K null & void.
Jan-22-10
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  whiteshark: Experienced processing in the final stages.
Jan-22-10  Kasputin: Not that this really qualifies for a "game of the day" but if it did, it could be called Short Stop.
Jan-22-10  Ulhumbrus: 11...Nd7 is the Curacao variation. At the candidates matches at Curacao 1962 Fischer won against Keres in the game Fischer vs Keres, 1962 although he lost to Keres in the game Fischer vs Keres, 1962

Fischer annotates the former game in his book "My sixty memorable games" and gives the move 12 dxc5 an exclamation mark.

In the former game Fischer played 12 dxc5 while in the latter he played 12 d5. This suggests that 12 dxc5! is better than either 12 d5 or 12 Nbd2 as Shirov plays.

Jan-22-10
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  lost in space: 23. Bxa6 was best to get a bit play.
Jan-22-10  laskersteinitz: <chessgames.com: Don't touch that dial -- we're switching over to another game in just a few minutes.> What is this, the 1950's? Lol.
Jan-22-10
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  Eyal: <Short quite easily held Shirov to a draw, and received a “Congratulations!” whisper from Vladimir Kramnik on stage, to which the Englishman answered: “Thank you, it’s one of the best achievements in my career!”> (http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/c...)
Jan-22-10
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  beenthere240: I'm surprised Shirov didn't wait to see if Short would play 31...Qe1, attacking the b4 pawn. He's beem getting a lot of gifts this tournament.
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