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



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May-22-04  Tigran Petrosian: Sac,Sac and mate. Here's one for Benjamin Lau's 1.d4! game collection.
May-22-04  Benjamin Lau: Beautiful! Thanks Petrosian.
May-22-04  Tigran Petrosian: No problem.
Nov-28-04  Jafar219: why this game doesn`t contain Shirov`s notable games? P.S I don`t speak english well
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  tpstar: <Jafar219> Yes, this is a brilliant win by Shirov. The "notable games" function lists which games are found most often in posters' Game Collections, so you could "vote" for this one by saving it into one of your Game Collections. Help

Dec-07-04  iron maiden: Very nice work by Shirov. Those queens are locomotives.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I like the variation 32...Kd6; 33.Qhf6+,Ke6; 34.Qde7X. The key piece is neither one of the Queens, it's the Bc4, pinning the Knight.
Dec-07-04  Shams: <An Englishman> your comment reminds me of the famous Alekhine game where there were five (six?) queens on the board, and Alekhine moved his knight and all the talking heads gave it two exclams. Can anyone dig up that game for us?
Dec-07-04  JohnBoy: The final positin is great! While I don't understand the comments of <An Englishman> - why not if 32...Kd6 33.Qhf6+ R (or N) f6?

More to the point is 32...Ke(or d)6 33.Qh6+ Nf6 34.Qhf6#. Or getting it over with via 32.Kf7 33.Qhg8# The way that the knights end up pinned is cute.

Dec-07-04  marekg248: Hello, unfortunately, a famous Alekhine vs Grigoriev game with 5 queens is a fake. This one is the real game N Grigoriev vs Alekhine, 1915 and here is the story behind it <An Englishman> 32...Kd6 33.Qxh6+ works just better:) Now I spent half an hour writing winning lines (the shortest is 32...Kf7 33.Qde8#), but I have to delete them all, because I got totally tangled up, but yes, the themes of the pinned knights are beautiful:).
Dec-07-04  cade: <Shamns> The Alekhine 5 Queen game was faked, here is some backstory to the whole affair.

There have been some real games which have had 5 queens on the board at some point tho...

Z Mackic vs A Maksimenko, 1994
Belov vs Prohorov, 1991

Dec-07-04  informeddissent: Looks like Shirov was having a little fun with the ending. If I am not mistaken 22. BxN is a more direct win with 22....NxB 23. RxN and Black can't stop Qh7+ and Qf7# Am I wrong on this?
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  Willem Wallekers: <Am I wrong on this?> Only the move numbers are wrong.
You should start at move 23, when your Q is at h3.
Dec-07-04  informeddissent: Indeed I did mean to start at 23. Thanks
Dec-07-04  JohnBoy: Actually, <informed> and <Willem>, it looks like black can survive a bit longer than you suggest with 23.Bf6 Nf8. White can chase the black king around with 24.Bg7 Kg7 25.Rf8 Kf8 and any of a variety of checks, but not an imminent mate. At least that I see w/o a board.
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  Willem Wallekers: <JohnBoy:>
24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Rxf8 Kxf8 26. Qh8+ Ke7 27. Qg7# is what I see w/o a board.
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  kevin86: Another great finish by Pet Rock! It's not easy to survive with two camels in your tent-or two queens on your back rank!
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  tpstar: <> Wonderful GOTD pun - you guys are such cards.
Dec-07-04  azaris: <tpstar> Joker, eh? I'd say this game is a rough diamond. Was it a match between their clubs, by any chance?
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  tpstar: <azaris> Straight up, you must not be playing with a full deck. OK, some puns deserve a royal flush down the pipe, but this one trumps them all.
Dec-07-04  informeddissent: Speaking of more direct wins 23. Rf1xN also forces the win. 23...NxR 24. BxN Kf8 (..BxB 25.Qh7+...) 25. BxB+ Ke7 26. Qh4# or 23...Nf8 24.RxN+ KxR 25. Rf1+ Bf6 26.RxB+ Ke7 27.Rxe6#

In any case any reasonable move attacking the Knight wins. The Knight sack on move 17 looks good at first glance though there has to be something better then 20...Qa7 for Black. Any ideas or is it over by move 20?

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  patzer2: Shirov begins this combination with the sacrfice 18. fxg6!?, giving up a knight for two pawns protecting the Black King after 18...hxg5 19. Bxg5!

Even with Black's best defense, White has at least a draw in hand with lots of winning chances should Black make a defensive mistake. Fritz 8, for example, indicates White maintains an advantage ranging from a clear plus to an outright win. The defense is tricky, and in the hands of a tactician like Shirov, Black's chances of surviving the attack are not good.

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  patzer2: The following analysis, validated with Fritz 8, indicates Black should be able to equalize with "best play" after 18. fxg6!?

18. fxg6!? hxg5 19. ♗xg5! ♖d8

[19...Nxg6 20. Bxf6 Bxf6 21. Qf3 Bb7 22. Qxf6 Qg7 23. Bxe6+ Kh8 24. Bd5 ]

[19...Qd8 20. Qxd8 Rxd8 21. Bxf6 Bxf6 22. Rxf6 ]

20. ♕e2 ♘xg6 21. ♗xf6 ♗xf6 22. ♖xf6 ♘f4 23. ♕f3 ♖a7 24. b3 ♕g7 25. ♘e4 ♖d4

Dec-07-04  Knight13: Very interesting game! Look at the ending. White has lots of piece down and Black's pieces are stuck in one place doing nothing. I must add this game to my game collection.
Dec-07-04  artemis: The alekhine game reffered to, is based off of a real game and Alekhine composed the famous five queens game when he saw the wonderful possibility in his analysis. I believe that he had Grigoriev's consent to publish it with his name as the opponent since it was a variation on their game. There are many composed games out there, but they should not be reffered to as fakes; someone must have come up with the clever idea for the position so give them credit.
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