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Alexey Shirov vs Jeroen Piket
Melody Amber Blind 4th (1995) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 3, Mar-30
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  0-1

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Sep-01-02
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  Sneaky: Is there a name for this 7.g4!? gambit
Sep-01-02  refutor: Believe it or not, the Shirov-Shabalov gambit. Both Shirov and Alexander Shabalov have played some very amazing and complicated games from the WHite side of this. If I ever faced this as Black, I'd snatch the pawn like Piket did, but according to Matthew Sadler in "The Semi-Slav" this line was refuted in the game Gelfand-Kramnik (European Club Cup, Berlin 1996) which unfortunately is not in the database which continued 7.g4!? Bb4! 8.Bd2 Qe7 9.a3 Bxc3 10.Bxc3 b6! 11.Bd3 Ba6! 12.Qa4 dxc4 13.Qxa6 cxd3 14.Qxd3 O-O 15.g5 Nd5 16.Bd2 f5! 17.O-O-O c5 18.Kb1 b5! 19.Qxb5 Rab8 20.Qa5 Rb3 21.Ka2 Rfb8 22.Rb1 e5 23.Rhc1 Qe6 24.Ka1 exd4 25.Rxc5 Nxc5 26.Qxc5 Nc3 27.Nxd4 Rxb2 28.Rxb2 Qa2+ 0-1

THe novelty 7.g4?! first appeared in the game Shirov vs Thorhallsson Th, 1992, Shirov says in "Fire on Board" that "As I remember, 'Shaba' expressed the idea first, although it occured to us almost simultaneously while we were listening to pop music and moving the pieces around...in Dortmund (April 1992) Kasparov came up (after thinking for about twenty minutes) 7 ... dxc4!? against Adams and won quickly. Kasparov said that chess is an interesting game if moves like 7.g4 are possible"

Jun-21-04  themindset: no doubt that kasparov found it interesting, as he has used it as a weapon against Deep Junior and Deep Fritz.
Jun-14-05  DanRoss53: Shirov is slain by his own sword!

7... ♘xg4 seems weak, White is +21 =12 -3 with it in this database (75%)

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