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Alexey Shirov vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
"What Happens in Vegas" (game of the day Oct-17-2012)
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 5, Aug-13
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack Bishop Hunt (B12)  ·  0-1

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Jul-01-05  PhilFeeley: A great game! What if 26. Bxg7? Does black start a mating attack with 26....Rxf7?
Aug-17-05  Anastasia: my 10cents 26.bxg7 bd3+
Aug-21-05  Anastasia: yup im right as usual

Nov-01-05  CowardlyKnight: What was shirov smoking with Rf1? very interesting play in the beginning though.
Nov-17-05  PARACONT1: This Nisipeanu showed true world class coolness to fend off this attack. Shirov played as if he couldn't lose! It must have been terrible for him to realize towards the end that instead of proceeding to the next round, he was going to be knocked out of the tournament.
Aug-13-09  pts92: nisipeanu is best
Oct-17-12  JohnBoy: Nice, cool head under pressure. Good choice for GotD.
Oct-17-12  Howard: Well, JohnBoy, you can thank me for making that GotD suggestion ! I submitted it about 4-5 days ago, and they wisely took me up on it.

That's right--it was me. I recall that game from 13 years ago.

Oct-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: The queen side pawns will go...and black will win the day.
Oct-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: After 19...Qb6 White may be able to improve his chances by 20.Nxg8+ Kf8 21.Nh5. Not only does this win a pawn (probably not that important in this position but it may become so later), but Black's king cannot find a safe haven on the q-side and is as exposed as White's king after 22.fxe6.
Oct-17-12  rapidcitychess: I was confused on what was happening through out the entire game.
Oct-17-12  SuperPatzer77: It looks like Alexey Shirov keeps playing video poker games, he loses his shirt - that's what happens in Las Vegas.

SuperPatzer77

Nov-18-13
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  plang: After a draw in the first game this win clinched the match for Nisipeanu in the 5th round of the World Championship tournament; he was then eliminated by the eventual winner Khslifman in the semi-finals. 8 Be3 is considered to be the main line; instead Shirov played the hyper-aggressive gambit 8 f4!?. In Vlassov-Guliev Russia 1994 (White won,not included in this database)Black played 10..cxd; Nisipeanu's 10..Be7 was new. 17 Bf4? would have failed to 17..Nxc4 18 Nc7+..Qxc7 19 Bxc7..Ne3+. White's best chance to maintain winning chances would have been 23 Qxb6..axb 24 Nxg7..Rhf8 25 Rxh6; instead after 23 Bf4?! Black's clever defense started to turn the tables. White's best chance was probably 26 Bxg7..Bd3+ 27 Bxd3..Rxf7 28 Bf5..Nxf5 29 gxf..Rxf5+ with a probable draw. With less than 5 minutes on the clock Shirov erred with 27 Rhf1? losing decisive material; better was 27 Nxg7..Rxf7 28 Ne6..Re7 29 Nxd8..Rxe5+ 30 Kd2..Ne3 although Black's active pices give him a fierce initiative. A tougher defense would have been 30 Bxg7..Rxf7 31 Rxf7..Bxf7 32 Bxh6..Bxa2 though Black should still prevail.

A really great fighting game - kudos to both players.

Dec-01-13  RedShield: The computer confirms my memory that this was an exceptionally high level game. Did it feature as one of the <Informator> best games?
Jun-14-15  IraqSon: Sherov is idiot
Jan-15-16
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  plang: <RedShield: The computer confirms my memory that this was an exceptionally high level game. Did it feature as one of the <Informator> best games?>

Yes, it was voted the 7th best game in Informator 76.

May-08-19  optimuswise: Great game!
Oct-23-19  Nov8: "Chess doesn't drive people mad, it keeps mad people sane." Don't think so?!
Oct-24-19  Retireborn: <Nov8> Neither, really. It's just that paranoia is a useful quality for a chess player to have.
Oct-24-19
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  perfidious: <Retireborn>, long ago I recall reading of the results of a study which claimed that masters were no more likely to suffer from mental illness than others in society, but that in those so afflicted, paranoia was clearly more common than in the rest of the world.
Oct-24-19  Count Wedgemore: <perfidious> That's interesting. Do you remember who was behind that study?

Regarding the game, 8.f4?! looks way too reckless. If White wants to go with the f4-plan, fine, but then he should first chase Black's LSB away to h7 by playing 8.h5, keeping his h-pawn on the board in the process. After 8.h5 Bh7 9.f4 White's position is much better than after playing f4 right away. Seriously, what is the rationale for allowing ...Bxh4+? I cannot see any.

Oct-24-19
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  perfidious: <CW>, afraid not.

As to the game, in the 1980s, I used to play both colours in this line, but the action never got quite this hair-raising. Of course, as White, I never opted to play f4 as well as the other thrusts. A fine mess all round.

Oct-24-19  WorstPlayerEver: <Count Wedgemore>

The pawn is poisoned. After 13. Ncxd5


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Black is lost. Believe it or not :)

Oct-24-19  Count Wedgemore: <WPE> Really? To say Black is lost seems a bit exaggerated. Granted, 13.Ncxd5 looks very strong and White has a strong attack (in addition, it seems that Black has to surrender the bishop pair since 13...exd5 Bxd5 looks uncomfortable for Black, so he probably has to allow 14.Nxe7). But I would think there are some defensive resources available. Of course, if you've looked at it with an engine and has found a winning line for White I stand corrected.
Oct-24-19  WorstPlayerEver: <Count Wedgemore>

Yes, I exaggerated a bit haha
However, I looked at a few lines with SF and it seems promising. Later I will look at it again.

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