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Joel Lautier vs Alexey Shirov
"Shirov Himself" (game of the day Jul-06-2017)
Manila Interzonal (1990), Manila PHI, rd 11, Jul-11
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  0-1

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Mar-14-14  SpiritedReposte: Down two exchanges he sacs a bishop ending up with 5 pawns for a rook. Good nerves Shirov.
Feb-20-16  gabriel112000: I can't believe this game hasn't got more publicity.
Jun-04-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <Jim Bartle> and <vanytchouck>: Shirov said he really wanted this game because <Europe Echécs"> had called him the "new Lautier" and he wanted to reverse that.>

That's funny because I just commented on another game between these two that "Lautier out-Shiroved Shirov" but in this game "Shirov out-Lautiered Lautier". I think Lautier definitely had the talent to become world champion but maybe he wasn't willing to devote every waking minute to chess. According to his bio he no longer considers himself a professional chessplayer and has become a businessman who works in Russia a lot. I met him several times in the "Jardin du Luxembourg" in Paris with his father 25 years ago and he was the nicest kid you could imagine, not the least bit pretentious, although he was already playing like a very strong master.

Jun-04-17  cunctatorg: <The infantry attacks> or <The charge of the infantry brigade!>

I like the rare final position!!

Jun-04-17
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  wtpy: Good GOTD candidate.
Jul-06-17  Sularus: <Jun-04-17 wtpy: Good GOTD candidate.>

here yah go

Jul-06-17
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  offramp: Like most people on this site I use pgn4web as the PGN viewer. I cannot use anything else because I am using Google Chrome, which thinks that Adobe is run by communists and blackhats intent on world takeover.

But if pgn4web collapses then I can't see the game and I have to go by my memory.

Here I remember that Shirov gave up two exchanges, then a bishop. He ended up with about 5 passed pawns for a rook. Even so, Lautier missed a draw in time trouble and was then overrun.

Jul-06-17
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After 14...g5, Black's position looked *horrible;* another case where looks deceive? In any case, quite the amazing attack from Shirov.
Jul-06-17  dfcx: 30.Qg2! draws
Jul-06-17  dfcx: also 30...Qf2! wins faster than the game line.
Jul-06-17  eykca: damn, this must be the Shirov ppl speak so glowingly about, before my time I suppose. Amazing.
Jul-06-17  poslednieje: Drstrangelove -- Euwe-Capablanca 1929 - Bad Kissingen, endgame 4 pawns versus rook, draw.
Jul-06-17  The Kings Domain: Impressive foresight and depth by Shirov in his bold combinative play. Memorable and instructive game when these two were budding talents in the game's last great era. The good old days.
Jul-06-17  Iwer Sonsch: Seems like people were so Shirov this game being worth a GOTD that they only had time for this embarrassingly Lau-tier pun.
Jul-06-17
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  offramp: User: poslednieje It is Euwe vs Capablanca, 1929.
Jul-06-17
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  catlover: Excellent choice for GOTD. Very bold play by Shirov.

At the end, the black pawns look like army ants.

Jul-06-17
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  casaschi: <offramp> what do you mean with "if pgn4web collapses"? Could you share an example of a page where pgn4web fails? Also, which os/browser combination are you using?
Jul-06-17
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  offramp: <casaschi> When I first had a look at this game today the pgn was all out of wack. Below the board was 1. 0 and nothing alse.

I clicked on c3 but the PGN was incomplete apart from the top 4 lines.

I tried a few other PGN readers but they never work.

But within a few minutes it was all back up & running again!

How cool isnthat!

Jul-06-17  RandomVisitor: After 24...Be5


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Stockfish_17061704_x64_modern: <3.25 hours computer time>

<+1.37/51 25.Rdc2 c5 26.b4 f4> 27.gxf4 gxf4 28.Rg1+ Kh7 29.Ke1 Qf6 30.exf4 Qxf4 31.Qd3+ Bf5 32.Rc4 Bxd3 33.Rxf4 Bxf4 34.exd3 Be3 35.Rf1 cxb4 36.Rxf7+ Kg6 37.Rd7 Bc5 38.d4 Bxd4 39.Rxd6+ Bf6 40.Rxa6 h5 41.Ke2 Kf7 42.Ra5 h4 43.Kf3 Be7 44.Kg4 Kg6 45.Re5 Kf7 46.Rb5 Kg7 47.Rd5 Kf6 48.Rh5 Kf7 49.Re5 Kf6 50.Re4 Kf7 51.Kf3 Ke8 52.Re6 Kd7 53.Rg6 Bd6 54.Kg4 Be7 55.Rb6 Bc5 56.Ra6 Be7 57.Rg6 Ke8 58.Re6 Kf7 59.Rb6 Kf8

Jul-06-17  RandomVisitor: As <dfcx> points out, 30.Qg2 likely draws with best play:


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Stockfish_17061704_x64_modern: <4.3 hours computer time>

0.00/57 30...g4+ 31.Kh2 Qe5+ 32.Kg1 Kg6 33.Qh2 Qe1+ 34.Kg2 Qd2+ 35.Kg3 Qe3+ 36.Kg2 Qg5 37.Qh4 Qxh4 38.Rxh4 Kg5 39.Rh1 f4 40.Rc1 c5 41.Rd1 f3+ 42.Kg3 h5 43.Rxd6 h4+ 44.Kf2 Kf4 45.Rf6+ Ke4 46.Rh6 h3 47.Kg3 f5 48.Re6+ Kd3 49.Rf6 Ke4 50.Re6+

0.00/57 30...Qe3+ 31.Qg3 g4+ 32.Kh2 Qd2+ 33.Qg2 Qg5 34.Rf1 h5 35.Qf2 Kg6 36.b4 h4 37.Qf4 Qf6 38.Kg1 c6 39.a4 Qe6 40.Qd2 h3 41.Kh2 Qe5+ 42.Qf4 Qe6 43.Rf2 Qf6 44.Rc2 Qe6 45.a5 d5 46.Rf2 f6 47.Rc2 Qe1 48.Rxc6 Qe2+ 49.Kg3 Qe1+ 50.Kh2

0.00/57 30...Qe6 31.Qd2 f4+ 32.Kh2 Qg4 33.Rc1 Qg3+ 34.Kh1 Qh3+ 35.Kg1 Qg3+ 36.Kf1 Qf3+ 37.Ke1 Qh1+ 38.Ke2 Qh5+ 39.Kf2 Qh2+ 40.Ke1 Qg1+ 41.Ke2 Qg4+ 42.Ke1 Qg1+

Jul-06-17  morfishine: Fascinating game, and only 32 moves

*****

Jul-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jimfromprovidence: Here's another very creative tactical struggle between these two players, with Lautier coming out on top. (It was the daily puzzle from this June 4th as well).

Shirov vs Lautier, 1995

Jul-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  condor: Most imaginative game ever. Pure magic
Apr-25-18  Saniyat24: Is the pun like, Steve Vai himself? :D
Aug-02-19  Howard: This game is annotated in Nunn's excellent Understanding Chess Move by Move.

He states that on the 25th move, Lautier might have won if he'd played 25.Rdc2.

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