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Alexey Shirov vs Arnaud Hauchard
"Pair of Queens Beats a Full House" (game of the day Dec-07-2004)
Paris-ch op (1990), Paris FRA
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Pawn Return Variation (A57)  ·  1-0



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Jun-30-11  dadoktor: Too good to be true
Feb-26-13  notyetagm: Shirov vs A Hauchard, 1990


Mar-17-13  anandrulez: Doesn't look like Shirov plays the best moves but always winning since the position is lost for the opp.
Feb-23-14  SpiritedReposte: I think there was a sacrifice in this game somewhere.
Jun-16-14  dchrist: <WhiteRook48> 28. Bg5?! N7f6 blocks white's attack. This line distracts white from his attack as he must play Qxa7 to maintain the 7th rank, since otherwise 29. Qh8+? Kd7 30. g7 Re8
Jun-20-14  Shams: Shirov and Henley discuss this game at some length here:

Aug-29-15  kamagong24: tribute to a great player! it would be nice to see Shirov playing at sinquefield cup...
Feb-17-17  clement41: I watched the video that <Shams> mentiones and it shows in great length numerous variations, without which this game cannot be understood as it's heavily calculation-based. Such a gem!
Sep-21-18  Saniyat24: brilliant pun for a brilliant game...!
Sep-21-18  wtpy: This is a great game. Shirov's imaginative play reminds me of Bronstein.
Oct-04-20  Walter Glattke: Black has 2 knights for 2 pawns, I thought for 25.Qh7, but tested 25.Rxd7 Rxd7!? (others possible) 26.Qh7 Ke7 27.Qxg7+ Kd6 28.Qxf6 Kc7 defendable, 28.Rxf6+ Kc7 29.Rxc6+ Kxc6 30.Qf6+ Kb7 (Kc7 Qb6#) 31.Qb6+ Ka8 32.Qc6+ Rb7 33.e.g.g7 wins. 30.-Rd6 31.Qf3+ Kc7 32.Qf7+ Bd7 33.g7 Rd1+ 34.Kf2 They played 25.Qh7 Re6 26.Bh6 Ke8 27.Qxg7 Nxd5 (here -Kd8!?) possible now 28.Rf8+ Nxf8 29.Qxf8+ Kd7 30.g7 Rxh6 31.g8Q mating they played 28.Qh8+ Ke7 29.g7 (Kd6 g8Q wins) Rxh6 30.nice sac Rf7+ Kxf7 31.g8Q+ Ke7 32.Qd8+ mating white wins also with 30.Qf8+ Nxf8 31.g7xf8Q+ Kd7 32.Rf7+ or 31.-Ke6 32.Qxh6+ but not so nice then. I played this very quick, hope, I'm right, but white wins in several ways here.
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  agb2002: White has two pawns for both knights.

The knight on d7 protects the other knight. This suggests 25.Rxd7 but after 25... Qxd7 (25... Bxd7 26.Qh7 recovers the attack) the defense looks easier (26.Bxf6 Qxh3).

Therefore, 25.Qh7 directly, with the threats Bh6, Rxd7 and Rd2-Rdf2. For example, 25... Qe6 26.Rxc5 Nxc5 27.Bxe6 Rxe6 28.Bxf6 Rxf6 29.Rxf6+ Bxf6 30.Qxa7 wins decisive material.

Oct-04-20  Brenin: I eventually rejected the obvious sacrifices as none of them seemed to work (White is already two pieces down, and in danger of running out of ammunition). Therefore 25 Qh7, with many threats, such as Bh6 (gxf6? Qf7#) and shepherding the g pawn forward. Black had too many possible responses for me to satisfy myself that they all worked, but OTB I would have been confident enough to play Qh7.
Oct-04-20  ismet: why so slow ?
Oct-04-20  login:

Wild guess: Someone might be running 'dead' ads (requests into digital nirvana leading to noticeable delays) on the homepage/subdomains all while 2-4 gifs (small blocks of graphics, maybe cued in from a slower dedicated server) keep adding more time to fully render this sophisticated scenery in modern browsers (on different platforms).

Oct-04-20  vajeer: Found the move rather quickly! very rare for a Sunday puzzle, but possibly helped by a very dominant White position and less number of candidates available to White to continue his attack. 23...White to move could have been a better Sunday puzzle.
Oct-04-20  mel gibson: Didn't see it.

Stockfish 12 says:

25. Qh7

(25. Qh7
(♕h3-h7 ♗c8-b7 ♗g5-h6 ♔f8-e7 ♕h7xg7+ ♔e7-d8 ♖f1xf6 ♕c6xd5 ♗c4xd5 ♗b7xd5 ♖f6-d6 ♗d5-e6 ♕g7xe5 ♗e6-c4 ♕e5-g3 ♖e8-e6 ♖d6xe6 ♗c4xe6 ♗h6-g5+ ♔d8-c8 g6-g7 ♗e6-g8 ♕g3-d6 ♗g8-a2 ♗g5-f4 ♔c8-d8 ♕d6-f8+ ♘d7xf8 g7xf8♕+ ♔d8-d7 ♕f8-d6+ ♔d7-e8 ♕d6-b8+ ♔e8-f7 ♕b8xa7+ ♔f7-g6 ♕a7xc5 ♔g6-f6 ♕c5-g5+ ♔f6-f7 ♕g5-f5+ ♔f7-e7 ♕f5-e5+ ♔e7-f7 ♗f4-g5 ♗a2-b1 ♕e5-d6) +12.00/34 92)

score for White +12.00 depth 34

Oct-04-20  TheaN: Hah. Since a long time did I get all seven puzzles in a week, albeit I'll be honest I didn't see every variation today.

However, I was confident White had to continue with <25.Qh7 +-> and any variation by Black would win something as this is the only move continuing the attack.

The temptation here is to continue sacrificing: but the problem is there's nothing to reload. White is using all pieces still on the board to attack, and can't lose any; he's already two knights down (!).

After Qh7, Black is stuck. The pieces are uncoordinated. Nf6 pinned, Bc8 is sprouting roots, Bg7 is blocking a crucial pawn, Ra7 is aiming along a blocked second rank and the queen is paralyzed. Black's potential 'freedom' comes from Re8 or Nd7, but any move compromises the defense. This added to White's threats of Bxf6/Rxf6 and Bh6, and White's up +10, two knights down.

Incredible game.

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  offramp: <ismet: why so slow ?>

Fast servers have ruined world chess.

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  Jimfromprovidence: If you are looking to do more analysis, try 25 Qh4!? first.

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You may or may not end up with Qh7 anyway, but one idea is 26 Rxd7 seeing 27 Bxf6.

Oct-04-20  cormier: 12. ... Re8 better is 12...Rb8 13.Qd3 Rb4 14.O-O Re8 15.Re1 Nf8 16.e5 Bf5 = +0.45 (21 ply) 13. O-O ⩲ +1.01 (21 ply) 13... e5? 13...Rb8 14.e5 Ng4 15.Ng5 Ngxe5 16.fxe5 Nxe5 17.Be2 Bd7 ⩲ +0.77 (20 ply) 14. de6 ± +1.78 (22 ply)
Oct-04-20  RandomVisitor: black had to play something different early, perhaps 6...Qxb6, 9...Rb8 or even earlier:

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NNUE evaluation using nn-baeb9ef2d183.nnue enabled

<55/82 41:55 +0.12 5...e6 6.Nc3 Nxd5> 7.Nxd5 exd5 8.Qxd5 Nc6 9.Nf3 Rb8 10.e4 Be7 11.Bc4 0-0 12.0-0 Rxb6 13.Ng5 Qe8 14.Qf5 Bxg5 15.Qxg5 Ne5

Oct-04-20  carpovius: Truly genial play by Shirov
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  noads4me: Three days in a row! Qh7!
Oct-05-20  RandomVisitor: A final look after 5.b6: Stockfish says black can get an even game with 5...e6

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NNUE evaluation using nn-baeb9ef2d183.nnue enabled

<69/95 20:49:52 0.00 5...e6 6.dxe6 fxe6> 7.g3 Qxb6 8.Nc3 Bb7 9.Nf3 Be7 10.Na4 Qb5 11.Bg2 0-0 12.0-0 a5 13.Re1 Nc6 14.b3 Rad8 15.Bb2 d5

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