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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexey Shirov
Dos Hermanas (1997), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 2, Apr-02
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  1-0



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Dec-12-02  Vilkacis: In honor of Anand's birthday, a look at this win over Shirov. 17...f5 Shirov finds a saving move. 24...Rc6 is a bad mistake.
Dec-12-02  Kulla Tierchen: No doubt your heart was in the right place as you put up an Anand win over your favorite player, but you only annotated Shirov's moves! 10. Ne5 11. Qb1 and 12. a4 constitute a key play by white. Shirov may have missed an opportunity by not playing 12...g5. 14. Ra2 and black is in trouble, there is no way to stop the rook from advancing to b6.
May-29-04  chessfected: Brilliant back-rank manuevering of the White Queen.
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  plang: 5 Bg5 is an interesting, aggressive line; I wonder why it is not played more. 8..g6 was new, 8..b5 had been previously played. Anand recommends returning the pawn with 16..b5. After 16..Ra7 Shirovs position is very passive which does not suit his temperment. 21 Qa2 shows a lot of patience; not rushing to win back the pawn. 24..Rc6 and 27..g5 indicate Shirovs frustration with passive defence and make Anands job relatively easy.
Feb-16-08  Nezhmetdinov: Wonderful game - I don't usually enjoy Anand's games too much - there is something a little machine-like in his play that does not appeal to me, too dry somehow -but this is eloquent chess
Jul-17-15  fisayo123: <Nezhemtdinov> Really? I've never known anyone to hold that view of Vishy's chess. It's precisely the opposite.

Anyway, it's common knowledge Shirov's disastrous score against Kasparov, but a little known fact is that his record against Vishy is equally woeful. None of the top players outclassed Shirov the way Anand and Kasparov did. Says a lot Vishy's immense talent.

Jul-17-15  john barleycorn: I remember the Anand-Shirov WC match. reminded me very much of the Capablanca-Nimzowitsch encontounters in style of play and result.

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