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Shirov Gives French Lessons
Compiled by JoseTigranTalFischer
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I am challenged as white by the French Defense. I am hoping to find an answer in Shirov's games. This collection is culled from this list goo.gl/X7BKsH ..

At age 11
Shirov vs V Zhuravliov, 1983 
(C10) French, 25 moves, 1-0

steinitz opening lost with black sacrifices
Shirov vs Bareev, 1991 
(C11) French, 43 moves, 0-1

This is one of my favorites
Shirov vs O V Nikolenko, 1991 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Shirov bounces back with active pieces Queen and 2 Bishops
Shirov vs Plaskett, 1992 
(C18) French, Winawer, 28 moves, 1-0

a Steinitz draw
Shirov vs Ivanchuk, 1993
(C11) French, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

sharp middlegame play
Shirov vs M Gurevich, 1993
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0

Fort Knox version 2 Bishops vs a Rook and extra pawn endgame
Shirov vs Huebner, 1993
(C10) French, 51 moves, 1-0

a Steinitz draw
Shirov vs Korchnoi, 1993
(C11) French, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

steinitz win QS vs KS
Shirov vs G Dizdar, 1994
(C11) French, 32 moves, 1-0

Steinitz Win KS vs QS pawn on 7th rank ends game
Shirov vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1994 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 34 moves, 1-0

French King Indian Attack Queen Pinned and crosspinned
Shirov vs Bareev, 1994 
(C00) French Defense, 15 moves, 1-0

Winawer Positional Variation seems toughest against Shirov
Shirov vs Yusupov, 1994
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

takes Queen and leads to winning endgame
Shirov vs Glek, 1995
(C11) French, 54 moves, 1-0

winawer positional Queen move chases away the bishop
Shirov vs M Rivas Pastor, 1995
(C16) French, Winawer, 50 moves, 1-0

Shirov continual attack finds the answer
Shirov vs Ljubojevic, 1996 
(C18) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 1-0

figure out why this is a win....
Shirov vs P Nikolic, 1996 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

Shirov tries something new for Short
Shirov vs Short, 1999 
(C11) French, 46 moves, 1-0

The armenian line
Shirov vs Akopian, 2000 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 1-0

great attacking at end
Shirov vs Topalov, 2000 
(C11) French, 27 moves, 1-0

White plays Shirov's line against him
I Vovk vs Shirov, 2017
(C11) French, 32 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11) 1/2-1/2
Shirov vs M Gurevich, 2000
(C11) French, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rook and Pawn endgame
Shirov vs M Gurevich, 2000
(C11) French, 78 moves, 1-0

middlegame win
Shirov vs Bareev, 2000 
(C11) French, 29 moves, 1-0

middlegame
Shirov vs Van Wely, 2001 
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 1-0

queen vs multiple pieces endgame
Shirov vs Van Wely, 2001
(C10) French, 51 moves, 1-0

strange final position
Shirov vs Ljubojevic, 2002
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 1-0

FD: Advance. Lputian Variation -explore ending?
Shirov vs B Taddei, 2001
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 1-0

Blindfold endgame N&Q v B&Q
Shirov vs Gelfand, 2002
(C10) French, 63 moves, 1-0

FDADV. Euwe Variation-forces Qtrade for better endgame
Shirov vs Yusupov, 2002 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

FD: Classical. Burn Variation ML- increasing pressure on King
Shirov vs Akopian, 2002 
(C11) French, 23 moves, 1-0

2 rooks and a bishop vs a Q and a N endgame
Shirov vs H Herraiz Hidalgo, 2002 
(C11) French, 33 moves, 1-0

FD Steinitz. Boleslavsky V- another midgame
Shirov vs Bareev, 2003 
(C11) French, 38 moves, 1-0

FD: Winawer. AdvVar Strength up the middle.
Shirov vs S Atalik, 2003 
(C16) French, Winawer, 27 moves, 1-0

nice middlegame
Shirov vs Morozevich, 2004 
(C11) French, 40 moves, 1-0

a
Shirov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 1-0

FD Winawer. AVGen- strong major piece mg
Shirov vs S Kristjansson, 2004 
(C16) French, Winawer, 36 moves, 1-0

FD Adv Wade Variation-Sharp Play on both sides
Shirov vs Korchnoi, 2004 
(C02) French, Advance, 25 moves, 1-0

a
Shirov vs M Prusikin, 2006 
(C14) French, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

strange ending position
Shirov vs Gelfand, 2007
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

FD: Advance. Euwe Variation includes a block
Shirov vs M Roiz, 2007 
(C02) French, Advance, 43 moves, 1-0

FD Winawer. Poisoned Pawn V ML win due to an H pawn passer
Shirov vs D Dvirnyy, 2010
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

FD Winawer. Poisoned Pawn VML bluff and swindle
Shirov vs Y Shulman, 2007 
(C18) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Winawer. P Pawn V and confusing combinaton
Shirov vs Ganguly, 2009 
(C18) French, Winawer, 28 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs M Bartel, 2010 
(C11) French, 21 moves, 1-0

king into an arabian style mate.
Shirov vs A Korobov, 2010
(C18) French, Winawer, 62 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Normal Variation
Shirov vs C Maier, 2012
(C10) French, 46 moves, 1-0

a
Shirov vs J Wegerle, 2014 
(C02) French, Advance, 40 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Adv Euwe V Shirov advantages lead to bet EG
Shirov vs Bologan, 2014 
(C02) French, Advance, 51 moves, 1-0

advanced tactics
Shirov vs H Vedder, 2014 
(C11) French, 48 moves, 1-0

FD Lputian - Is Black Queens trapped ?
Shirov vs A Schenk, 2014
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

a
Shirov vs M Szelag, 2015
(C02) French, Advance, 40 moves, 1-0

FDADV. Euwe exhausting EndG till Queen ran out of checks
Shirov vs Huebner, 2015
(C02) French, Advance, 80 moves, 1-0

a loss with odd last position
Shirov vs Nakamura, 2016 
(C02) French, Advance, 38 moves, 0-1

FDADV Queen sneaks away to combination
Shirov vs F Braeuer, 2016
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

Flashy exchange as part of combo ending
Shirov vs R Akesson, 2016 
(C02) French, Advance, 34 moves, 1-0

ADVL Active Queen spoils the show
Shirov vs R Wang, 2016 
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 1-0

FD Winawer. Positional Variation- Mating Net
Shirov vs D Harika, 2016 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 50 moves, 1-0

FD Steinitz. Boleslavsky V- Pileup on the Kingside
Shirov vs J Maiwald, 2016
(C11) French, 27 moves, 1-0

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