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Alexey Shirov vs Dominique Bang
Arthur Andersen Simul (2001) (exhibition), Neuilly-Sur-Seine FRA, Apr-08
Budapest Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A52)  ·  1-0



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Sep-24-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Bang! Got ya.

There's a pun for game of the day.

Dec-30-08  YoungEd: Certainly the Budapest has got to be a terrible choice against a great tactician like Shirov, even in a simul. The knight is taboo at the end; if 22. Rxe6, then Bd5 and f5 pins and wins.
May-30-09  muychkine: There is a bit more of history about this game: the day before the simul, Shirov gave a Q&A session to journalists and players. At some point, Dr Bang asked Shirov why he chose to play the infamous Budapest Gambit against Bacrot (and destroyed him) in Sarajevo back to 2000: was it out of a lack of respect toward the french chess school or did he really believe in the Black counter chances provided by the high volatility of the positions resulting from this opening. This question was not completely innocent as the following will show.

Shirov answered that he didn t play this opening for decade, but while being in Paris few years ago for the Senat chess tournament in Luxembourg garden, one of the players challenged him with e5 to 1. e4-Kf6 2. d4. resulting in a tricky game. The opponent was Dr Bang himself. This game triggered in Shirov the desire to dig into Budapestís dark side, again, resulting in Sarajevoís game against Bacrot.

Thus it has been arranged that Budapest Gambit would be played again the day after, provided Dr Bang would be part of the 4 top players in the Grandes Ecoles contest.

Jul-29-09  YoungEd: That's interesting, <muychkine>. Thanks!
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