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Garry Kasparov vs Alexey Shirov
Astana (2001), Astana KAZ, rd 6, May-26
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-23-04  alexandrovm: Alexey just entered to his doom square! Black is checkmated sooner or later, no matter what black does! if follows Rg5++ Nice game
Dec-09-05  sharpnova: not particularly nice
Dec-09-05  RookFile: Is life good if black goes 34.... Kf7?
Dec-09-05  sheaf: Kf5?? Kf7 does seem like a better alternative. I dont know it looks like black is slightly better after kf7 but is that enough for winning not sure.
Aug-02-08  percyblakeney: According to the beyond belief complicated analysis referred to by Karolyi (allegedly Kasparov's own) white wins also after 34. ... Kf7 35. Rd2 but it doesn't exactly look trivial.
Mar-09-09  WhiteRook48: 34...Kf5 is just crazy. How often does Shirov miss a mate in 2?
Mar-09-09  Smothered Mate: <WhiteRook48: 34...Kf5 is just crazy. How often does Shirov miss a mate in 2?>

Not sure but not here.

34... Kf5 35. Rd4 Rc2+ 36. Kxc2 Ba4+ 37. Rxa4 b5 38. Rg5#

Mar-10-09  WhiteRook48: I think 35...Rc2+ and 36...Ba4+ just prolong the checkmate.
Apr-30-09  WhiteRook48: Ouch!!!
Anything's better than 34...Kf5
Dec-21-13  Hopsa: Not really, 34)..., Kh5 35)Rg5 check followed by 36) Rh1 checkmate is even worse, black has not even time to play nonsense-moves like Rc2+ and Ba4+ like in the 34)..., Kf5 variation.

So after all, Shirov's move was not "that" bad :-)

May-09-14  Mudphudder: What the? How does Shirov just walk into this mating net???
May-09-14  john barleycorn: 34....Kf5?? is a tragedy. Shirov meant it a winning attempt.

Kasparov gave 34...Kf7 35.Rh1 Kg6 36.Rhg1+ and draw.

22....Nxa3!! is a nice shot and even on Kasparov's internet page you could read: "Shirov has not deserved to lose this game."

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  plang: 10 g3 is a rarely played alternative to the main line 0-0-0. With 10..Qe7 Black was better prepared for kingside play with ..f6 but not as advantageously situated for queenside play so Kasparov now committed to 0-0-0.

Dokhoian on 12 Nb3:
"Not a typical idea in such positions. It is amusing that in our preparations for the game we looked at this knight manoeuvre in other branches of the variation with 7..cxd and 10 0-0-0, and found that Black has sufficient counterplay. But now, with the inclusion of the moves ..Qe7 and ..Nb6 this plan gains in strength."

Kasparov offered a variation as an example as to how Black's counterplay is a step slow: 16..Qc5 17 Bd3..Ba4? 18 f5..Qa5 19 f6..Rxc3 20 Qg5..Bxc2+ 21 Bxc2..Qxa2+ 22 Kc1..Qa1+ 23 Kd2..Nc4+ 24 Ke2..Re3+ 25 Kf2 and White wins. With 18 Ncb5? White missed the opportunity to play 18 Nb3..d4 19 Nxd4..Nxd4 20 Rxd4..Rac8 21 Rd6!..Rxc3 22 bxc..Nd5 23 Qd4..Nxc3+ 24 Ka1..Bb5 25 Bg2 with a solid edge for White.

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