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Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexey Shirov
Amber Blindfold (2001) (blindfold), Monaco MNC, rd 4, Mar-20
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Glek Defense (E94)  ·  1-0



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Nov-22-03  Voxation: If 2 people are playing blindfold chess, then how do they know what piece the other one has moved or captured?
Nov-22-03  refutor: they call out the moves...e.g. kramnik "d4" shirov "Nf6" kramnik "c4" shirov "g6" etc.
Nov-25-03  MoonlitKnight: Wow! Shirov must have been drunk AND blindfold.
Dec-19-03  admeyer: Very instructive game here. Show this to some novices, then tell 'em that the guy playing with the black pieces is prolly the most prolific attacker of our times. Hey, sit happens when you can't see the board.
Dec-19-03  square dance: queenxbishop whoops!!!
Apr-10-04  pikoro: The move is good. 14...exd4 forks Knight and Bishop and retakes the lost piece.
Jun-30-04  mystique.mystique: These people are supergrandmasters ...
on the contrary this game shows the human side of man...
Jun-30-04  acirce: This is not typical of blindfolded games, though; most are still of pretty high quality.
Sep-27-05  lopium: Ahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzz!!!! What a funny last move for black!!
Sep-27-05  lopium: Hey, finally not that bad, he thought he could take the N on c3 and then white would have taken the pawn, which isn't good because of the bishop in g 7 menacing a Bxc3.
Oct-04-05  lopium: Ahh!! Blindfold, ok. lolz, I thought they were thinking!
Nov-13-05  SuicidalKing: Do blind fold games affect rating?
Nov-13-05  child of my tears: <SuicidalKing> No they are not rated, which is just as well for Mr Shirov.

Unusual to see blindfold games of this standard. Particularly surprising to see 13.Qxg5?? since the black queen had only just moved to g4. Maybe Shirov thought he had already played h6.

All in all though, games like this aren't worth much to the database.

Nov-13-05  Hesam7: <refutor: they call out the moves...e.g. kramnik "d4" shirov "Nf6" kramnik "c4" shirov "g6" etc.>

I thought in Amber they play on empty screens. As <acirce> says this game is very unusual. For a high quality blindfold game look at this: Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 1996

Nov-27-05  Chopin: I only wish I can play blindfold chess this well :)
Feb-09-06  McCool: What was he thinking???? 13. ..♕xg5????
Mar-22-06  McCool: Shirov must have felt pretty embarrased.
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  Honza Cervenka: <For a high quality blindfold game look at...> This is even better example: Kramnik vs Topalov, 2003
Jan-26-07  Tactic101: Well, it is interesting to see GMs make big mistakes. Makes us feel a bit better! ;)
May-09-07  gBizzle: Shirov has a knack for blindfold chess!
Feb-22-09  WhiteRook48: 13...Qxg5?? is crazy
Apr-26-09  amolv: Does 13 ...f6 allow Shirov to play on?
Apr-26-09  ironxcl: 13...f6 is okay and Black's position looks quite pleasant. I have no idea why Shirov blundered, he had to see Queen on g4, when he played 11...Ng4. And then he just took the Bishop, so he must have assumed that this piece is hanging. If I were Shirov, I'd never believe that Kramnik could hang a piece to me at move 11. Even in blindfold exhibition.
Mar-09-14  goggi: That is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!
Mar-09-14  goggi: It must be a mistake! Shirov isn't crazy to play 13...Qxg5??.
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