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Alexander Grischuk vs Alexey Shirov
Russia - The Rest of the World (2002) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Sep-11
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  0-1



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Sep-11-02  refutor: 9.f4?! i used to play the caro, but i haven't followed theory for a while. this looks very dubious to me the way that shirov followed this up...and in the end it turns out that the old scoring system was wrong...a rook is worth *less* than 5 pawns. bravo alexei for having the top score in the match and bringing a little "fire on board" for the last round...a thrilling game!
Dec-31-02  refutor: on new year's eve, even with all it's imperfections, this exciting game is my pick for "game of the year" for 2002...does any one else have an opinion?
Dec-31-02  judokausa1: After not playing chess for 15 years it is wonderful to come back and see a ton of new names at the top. Shriov is by far one of my favorite players.
Aug-17-03  PVS: <refutor: on new year's eve, even with all it's imperfections, this exciting game is my pick for "game of the year" for 2002...does any one else have an opinion?>

It was one of the most exciting, but 44.Qd2 is an egregious blunder. In both the Kramnik game and this one, Shirov launched decisive kingside pawn attacks.

Aug-18-03  Kenneth Sterling: I am very mistrustful of the attack at all costs school. One must distinguish between the truly brilliant such as Anderssen and the meretricious. One mark is to examine their tournament and match tables, the pretenders will display wildly inconsistent records.
Aug-18-03  Sylvester: What about Tal? Brilliant or pretender?
Aug-18-03  Kenneth Sterling: Tal was the genuine article. He was plagued by ill health, it was that which accounted for his inconsistent showings.
Mar-07-05  aw1988: This surely belongs in Power to the Pawns!.
Jun-13-05  DanRoss53: Does anybody else think 44. ♕d8 could have held a draw for White?
Oct-27-05  aw1988: <DanRoss53> Yes. Qd2?? was the losing move, and it's shocking a player like Grischuk would miss the avalanche of pawns, although he may also have been in time pressure.
Oct-27-05  notyetagm: <aw1988> Funny you should say that ♕d2?? was shocking. I read the English Chess magazine and they said that Spassky, in attendance, was <horrified> when Grischuk made that losing move.
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  chancho: Seems 36.Qd7+ was a draw by perpetual.Too bad Grischuk wanted more.
Oct-03-06  positionalgenius: One of the most spectacular endings I have ever seen...
Nov-30-06  Total Blunder: Well, "the union makes the force"!
Apr-21-20  Inocencio: Passed pawns are criminals. They are game changer in chess. Shirov demonstrated the tsunami power of passed pawns.
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  saffuna: <Passed pawns are criminals. >

If so, a criminal gang was loose in this game.

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  perfidious: And, per Nimzowitsch's dictum, should have been kept under lock and key....

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