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Alexey Shirov vs Ivan Sokolov
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-20
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C72)  ·  1-0

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Jan-20-04  Absurd: SHIROV!!!! It's funny how two wins can bring Alexey from almost dead last to the upper middle of the pack...

Lesson learned here: some times counter-attack, some times run like hell.

Jan-20-04  panigma: 25...Bb4????? Good lord.
Jan-20-04
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  technical draw: <panigma> Not enough question marks. That is a major blunder. Even I know it's dangerous to leave your queen in front of the king.
Jan-20-04  fatbaldguy: OK, 25 ... Bb4 was disastrous. But since the knight is lost (if it moves, Nd6+ ends the game), the resulting material advantage for white would have been decisive anyway.
Jan-20-04  Hidden Skillz: i think not castling was the main loss here before all the attacks came by shirov..
Mar-04-04  artemis: I think that Sokolov's greatest mistake in this game relies on the coordination of his pieces, or lack thereof. By move 11, his attack has stalled. Also, in the annotated game series on chess.fm, Paschal noted that 11... Bd7 is a mistake, and that 11... Bc8 is better, for after dxe5, I think that he suggested, (if 11... Bc8 was played) that f6 is the superior move, but in this case it would only initiate a bishop for knight trade.
Dec-28-04  notyetagm: Shirov gives 21 ♖ad1!! as the winning move in his Informant notes.
Jan-13-05  chesscookie: shirov is the new Tal. Evem Moro doesn't play like this!

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