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Alexey Shirov vs Sergei Tiviakov
Dos Hermanas XII (2003), Spain, rd 5, Apr-01
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Yugoslav Attack Sosonko Variation (B77)  ·  1-0

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Jan-01-05  Where is my mind: Excellent game from Shirov.He didn't pay dearly for giving up the white bishop on move19.I wonder when Tiviakov realized he was in trouble. "An overwhelming Shirov victory"indeed,makes me want to learn the dragon.
Dec-07-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: fantastic game!!!...how shirov coordinated those pieces is simply amazing
Nov-25-08  Xeroxx: <makes me want to learn the dragon.> Why would looking at a game where the dragon is shred to pieces makes you want to learn to play the dragon?
Oct-20-20  carpovius: One of the most powerful Sicilian attack ever seen
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  Messiah: Excellent!
Nov-22-20
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  plang: THIS GAME IS CLASSICAL - NOT RAPID.

9..Nd7 is a rarely played alternative to the main line 9..Bd7. 13 Kb1 was a new move; 13 h4 had been played previously. Tiviakov was critical of 15..Ne5?! as being too slow recommending instead 15..a5 16 h5..d4 17 hxg..axb 18 gxh+..Kh8 19 cxb..Nxe3 20 Qxe3..e6 21 f4 with an unclear position. A move later 16..a5? was too late; the thematic 16..Rxc3 17 bxc..Qc7 would have been better.

Macieja after 20 cxb:
"For the piece White has gained a mass of pluses: he has safeguarded his king for ever, retained prospects of an attack and, most important, shut the knight at b6 out of the game. Here one cannot help recalling Doctor Tarrasch and his well-known postulates: 'A knight at b6 always stands badly' and ' one piece stands badly - the entire game stands badly'. As you can see, the legendary figures from the past knew something about this game."

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