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Zoltan Gyimesi vs Alexey Shirov
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2001/02), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Nov-29
King's Indian Defense: Makagonov Variation (E71)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Here's a game worth a lot of analysis, and a great example of what you have to do to sustain the initiative after you've sacrificed material. Note that Black's sacrifices are bigger than they might first appear--his QR never gets into the game! White is always one move away from refuting the attack, but it's always Black's turn to move, and he keeps coming up with one more threat. At the end, all three of White's pieces are under attack, and Shirov threatens mate in one at the same time. Very nice.
Aug-31-04  molinov: At least one question arises: how far did Alexey calculate before making the sacrifice?.
May-16-07  Tomlinsky: After 10.g3 on his Chessbase King's Indian DVD shirov says: "Actually, my reaction wasn't very good here. f6, the move I made, I considered to be a good move. I think I even gave an exclamation mark in my book 'Fire On Board', now I should change the mark to a dubious move. Not because after this move white gets a good position, black is doing more or less fine, but it was much better just to play f5 immediately not just to be afraid of any ghosts. Somehow I though that by exchanging on f5 with Nh4 white would get a good position because after Nf6 it seems that the bishop is quite active but although it is active it is doing absolutely nothing. For example, white can't play f4 because then black goes Nc5 taking the e4 square under control and here black already stands better. So this is a typical case in chess where the simple moves are often the best ones."
Mar-26-11  wordfunph: Gyimesi-Shirov

after 24.Kd1

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In his book Fire on Board Part 2, GM Alexei Shirov commented, "I believe I played worse than I might have. Hopefully this was the last time I got upset by a game that I actually won!" after playing 24…Bxb4 instead of 24…Nxf2+.

Mar-04-18  Saniyat24: Perhaps 14.Ne6 would have made the game a little less crazy?
Mar-04-18  Saniyat24: 16.Bh5 does nothing that position, I think Qd2 is a better response...
Mar-04-18  Saniyat24: The best move of this game is 25...Bf5.
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  plang: Game 1 of their second round match in the World Championship tournament in Moscow; Shirov drew the second game to clinch the match and then went on to defeat Motylev and Topalov before being defeated by Anand in the quarterfinals.

10..f5 had been played in several previous games; 10..f6 was new. With 19 b4?! (18 Qe2 would have been better) White may have underestimated 18..Qf4. Shirov was critical of 19 Ne2? recommending 19 Nf7+..Rxf7 20 Bxf7..Bh3 21 Rg3..Nxe4 22 Rf3..Qxh4 23 Nxe4..Qxe4+ 24 Qe2..Qxe2+ 25 Kxe2..Bg4 26 Be5..Bxf3+ 27 Kxf3 with good drawing chances. The players exchanged blunders with 24..Bxb4? and 25 Rb1? leaving Black on top after 25..Bf5!. Black could have played 24..Nxf2+ 25 Rxf2..Qxf2 with a straightforward win. White could have taken over the initiative had he played 25 Kc2..Nxf2 26 Qf3. Shirov later found good defensive ideas against this line but they would have been difficult to find over the board.

Mar-16-19  SpiritedReposte: <25. ...Bf5!> Dang!
Mar-13-20  ewan14: '' the simple moves are always the best ones ''

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