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Alexey Shirov vs Viswanathan Anand
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000), Tehran IRI, rd 3, Dec-22
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  0-1



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May-01-06  DeepBlade: Great game, I would like this to be a ''Game of the day''.

You also dont have to thing long for a pun for this game.

''Fire Extinguisher''

''Fire Fighter''

a little nod to Shirov, the man who creates fire on the board.

May-01-06  John Abraham: Agreed. Great play from Anand.
Aug-05-08  just a kid: Shirov sort of lost it at the end of the game.
Apr-15-11  libertyjack: Is 26. Rf4 interesting?
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  Phony Benoni: <libertyjack: Is 26. Rf4 interesting?>

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Not with the g-pawn pinned, I'm afraid.

Apr-15-11  sevenseaman: There are quite a few games where Vishy extracts grudging admiration even from his committed critics. Its a great game.

There are brilliant moves without looking like the flourish of a sword; 27...Qg5 for example. Its a hard face-off and White must have had some skin off his nose.

Vishy leaves the aficionado with the right kind of catharsis.

I respect <DeepBlade>'s emotion; I think "Fire Extinguisher", seeing Shirov is the opponent, is apter of the two puns.

Apr-18-11  bladepakkiri: Doesn't 42.Rd7 still give white a drawing opportunity?
Dec-09-16  j4jishnu: What an eventful ending!
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  plang: Game 3 of the 6 game final match in the World Championship tournament; consecutive wins in games 2-4 clinched the match for Anand. 9..0-0 and 9..Be7 are the main lines but Anand had prepared the sideline 9..Bd6. 11..Qxb6 12 Nxe6 followed by Nxg7+ would have been very good for White. 16 Bxc5 and 16 Qd3 had been played previously; Shirov's axb!? was new but has not been repeated. Anand had looked at the position after 18 Bxb5 in his preparation and had assumed that the doubled e-pawns were more than enough compensation for the pawn. Anand was expecting White to consolidate with 19 Bd3..Qb6 20 Qc1..Ra8 and was surprised by Shirov's decision to sacrifice the exchange with 19 Rxf6!?. 20 c4 would have maintained approximate equality; Shirov's 20 Bxd7?! led to a Black initiative after 20..Ra8!. Still White would have likely held had he continued 21 Rxa8..Rxa8 22 Bb5..Ra2 23 Bd3..Rxb2 24 Kg2; instead after 21 Qg4+? Black had a clear advantage. 23 Qf5 forcing the rook to defend with 23..Rg6 would have been an improvement. Again 24 Re1..Qxc2 25 Bf5..Rg7 26 Qg2 would have been a tougher defense than what Shirov played. 37 c5, holding onto the c-pawn, would have held out longer.

<bladepakkiri: Doesn't 42.Rd7 still give white a drawing opportunity?>

After 42 Rd7..Rxd7 43 Bxd7 Anand had described the winning procedure: move his rook to h7, move his king to f4 and then play ..Rg7 - White can do nothing except mark time with his bishop.

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