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Aleksey Dreev vs Alexey Shirov
"Be Dreev It or Not" (game of the day Feb-26-2009)
Hoogovens Group A (1996), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-20
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Steiner Attack (E80)  ·  1-0



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Apr-10-06  EmperorAtahualpa: AMAZING GAME!!!

I will definitely get back to this game later, but for now I will just share with you that GM Seirawan has analyzed this game very nicely on this page:


Apr-26-06  outplayer: Yasser Seirawan has written a nice analysis of this game. 18.b4!!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Of today's pun, I can only bereave it or not.
Feb-26-09  sallom89: UnDareevable game by Dareev :O
Feb-26-09  newzild: An incredible game of chess - tactics all over the board, right into the ending!
Feb-26-09  tsvanerp: 13. b4!
Feb-26-09  tsvanerp: 13. b4!!!
Feb-26-09  Xeroxx: 13. b4!!!!!!!!!!!


Feb-26-09  Samagonka: What a crazy game. Looks like the pieces were having a war party.
Feb-26-09  tsvanerp: <xeroxx> note that b4!! occurs twice in the game. I think , <outplayer> meant 13 b4!! and not 18 b4!! which is less spectacular.
Feb-26-09  computer chess guy: According to Rybka, Black's best defense was 14.. ♕xd2+ with an even score as of depth 17. Neither Seirwan nor Ftacnik, who annotated this for ChessBase, mention this.

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. = (0.03): 14...Qxd2+ 15.Kxd2 b2 16.Rab1 Nb6 17.Nxd6 Rd8 18.e5 Rxd6 19.exd6 Nfxd5 20.Ne4 Bf5 21.Ba6 Re8 22.Bd3 Rc8 2. (0.67): 14...b2 15.Rb1 Qxd2+ 16.Bxd2 Rb8 17.Nxd6 Nc5 18.Kf2 Ba6 19.Bxa6 Nxa6 20.Be3 Rfd8 21.Bxa7 Rb4 22.a3 Ra4 3. (0.98): 14...Qb6 15.Be3 Qb8 16.Rb1 bxa2 17.Qxa2 a6 18.Na3 Qc7 19.Nc4 Nc5 20.Rb6 Bd7 21.Rxd6 Bb5 22.Qa5 Qxa5+

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  kevin86: The rooks could hold the queen,but not the vicious passed pawns!
Feb-26-09  Minty: Isn't Dreev pronounced something like 'Dray-ev'? I didn't get the pun for a few moments, because I didn't consider pronouncing it to rhyme with 'believe'...
Premium Chessgames Member <Minty: Isn't Dreev pronounced something like 'Dray-ev'?> It certainly is, but all's fair in love and puns. Anyhow, it's such a beautiful game we couldn't let lack of punability prevent us from showing it.
Feb-26-09  letlive: beatiful on black's nxe4, bxe1 at move 16!
Feb-26-09  WhiteRook48: I cannot Be Dreev that Shirov lost!
Feb-26-09  YouRang: Good game. :-)

Regrettable pun. :-|

Feb-26-09  MrBlueLake: Many thanks to EmperorAtahualpa for providing the link to Yasser Seirawan's analysis of this game.
Feb-26-09  jeremy24: Dreev's 100 best games is one of my favorite contemp. books. He is an awesome tactician.
Aug-24-11  ToTheDeath: Most impressive.
Aug-24-11  sevenseaman: UnBeDreevable?
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