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54a_Push it to geefor, baby (modern g4 pawn sac)
Compiled by Jaredfchess
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"The move g4 looks a bit excentric at first sight but has nowadays become quite mainstream in a lot of 1.d4-openings" GM Jan Gustafsson

= = ♙g4 = = ♔ ♔ ♔ = = ♙g4 = = || = = ♙g4 = = ♔ ♔ ♔ = = ♙g4 = =

From Alexei Shirov's book, Fire on Board, in the intro to the game Shirov vs T Thorhallsson, 1992 <"This game introduces a novelty which should probably be called the "Shabalov-Shirov Gambit", as suggested by Mikhail Krasenkov. As I remember, 'Shaba' expressed the idea first, although it occurred to us almost simultaneously while we were listening to pop music and lazily moving the pieces around.">

= = ♙g4 = = ♔ ♔ ♔ = = ♙g4 = = || = = ♙g4 = = ♔ ♔ ♔ = = ♙g4 = =

Set up d5,c6,e6,Nf6 is usually played by solid positional players. Let us add some fire by means of <Shabalov-Shirov attack> ;)

The main ideas:

1) Black ignores Whites threat: 7..0-0
White should advance 8.g5 and orginize a King side shtorm. Set-up: developing Bd2, Ng5 and meet h6 with h4, central breal e4, after f5 always open g-file by means of gf. King may either stay in the center or long castle.

2) Black grabs the pawn and waves the following storm...

Some examples:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. g4


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Opening Explorer (551 games) related collections:

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bf4 O-O 7.e3 Nbd7 8.g4 = Grischuk vs Caruana, 2015

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Qc2 h6 7. Bf4 c6 8. e3 Nbd7 9. g4 = A Jaunooby vs W Phillips, 2012

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.a4 e6 6.Bf4 a5 7.e3 Be7 8.g4 = Caruana vs Tomashevsky, 2015

Grischuk vs Caruana, 2015 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 75 moves, 0-1

A Jaunooby vs W Phillips, 2012 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1-0

Caruana vs Tomashevsky, 2015 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

defeat
M Turov vs V Dobrov, 2007
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 0-1

Shirov vs T Thorhallsson, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Darcy Lima vs A Lesiege, 1993
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

K O'Driscoll vs S Osborne, 2005
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Krasenkow vs A V Filipenko, 1992
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

Krasenkow vs E Heyken, 1992
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Krasenkow vs Sveshnikov, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

g-file + rhythmische Lockerungsübungen
R Djurhuus vs K N Engedal, 1993
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs H A Gretarsson, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Krasenkow vs A Pekarek, 1993
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

L Lenic vs W Iclicki, 2007 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

A Shariyazdanov vs A Dreev, 2006 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 0-1

Radjabov vs Shirov, 2004
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 47 moves, 0-1

Harikrishna vs A Dreev, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 61 moves, 0-1

Aronian vs P Smirnov, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 92 moves, 0-1

blindfold - hanging a rook
Gelfand vs Shirov, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 0-1

Gelfand vs Shirov, 2005
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 43 moves, 0-1

Shirov vs Akopian, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 61 moves, 1-0

A Dreev vs J Geller, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

another stormy game
G Sargissian vs T Hillarp Persson, 2006
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

Mamedyarov vs V Malakhatko, 2006
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 0-1

V Cmilyte vs C Vinas Guerrero, 2005 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Anand, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 77 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs Stefansson, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Radjabov vs Anand, 2006 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 46 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs Kramnik, 2007 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 43 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs Topalov, 2008 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

A Korobov vs Kuzubov, 2012 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

T Gareyev vs Shabalov, 2012
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

B Khotenashvili vs A Sirin, 2012 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

4.g4 (no pawn sac)
Kudrin vs Akobian, 2008
(B07) Pirc, 33 moves, 1-0

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