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Alexey Shirov vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-19
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-19-04  Benjamin Lau: Ooops, I meant "do you really think that all of his sacrifices are sound"
Feb-19-04  PinkPanther: <Benjamin Lau>
Sound in terms of playing against a human or a computer? I'd be willing to bet that against a computer most of his sacrifices would have been entirely refuted.
Feb-19-04  Benjamin Lau: PP, I dunno, but how well have his sacrifices done against the top 10? The vast majority of the sacrifices against Kasparov haven't worked. I only remember a couple against Kramnik that scored big time. I haven't looked very much at his games with Chucky, Adams, etc though. Do his sacrifices, if they exist, work?
Feb-19-04  PinkPanther: <Benjamin Lau>
I was talking about Mikhail Tal.
Feb-20-04  InspiredByMorphy: InspiredByMorphy:
8. f4 exf4
9. Bxf4 Nc6
10. Qe2 a5
11. Qb5 a4
12. Nxa4 Nxe4
13. Qxb7 Bd7
14. Nd4 Nxd4
15. Qxe4+ Qe7
16. Qxe7+ Bxe7
17. Nb6 Nxc2+
18. Kd2 Nxa1
19. Nxa8 Bd8
20. Bd3 Ba5+
21. Ke3 Ke7
22. Rxa1 Rxa8
23. Be4 Bb6+
24. Kf3 Ra4
25. Rd1 Bg4+
26. Kxg4 Rxe4
27. Kf3 Rd4
28. Rxd4 Bxd4
29. b4 and one of whites queenside pawns will promote

18. f4 Be7
19. O-O O-O
20. fxe5 dxe5
21. d6 Qc6
22. dxe7 Rfe8
23. Rxb4 Rxe7
24. Rb6 e4
25. Rxc6 exd3
26. Rfxf6 dxc2
27. Bxa6 Rb8
28. Nd4 Rxb2
29. Nxc2 and black is lost
with white two pieces up and a passed pawn.

23. b3 e4
24. O-O Rfe8
25. Bxa6 Qa7+
26. Kh1 exf3
27. Qxf3 Bg5
28. Nc6 Qxa6
29. Nxb8 Qb5
30. Nc6 Re3
31. Qd1 Nxd5
32. c4 Qxc6
33. Qxd5 Qxd5
34. cxd5 Rxb3
35. a6 Rb8
36. a7 Ra8
37. Rb1 Kg7
38. Rb8 Rxa7
39. Rxa7 and white has two rooks against blacks bishop.

25. Qd3 Ra8
26. Bxa6 Nxd5
27. Bc4 Be3+
28. Kh1 Qxc6
29. Bxd5 Qxa4
30. Qxg6+ Kh8
31. Qh5+ Kg7
32. Qxf7+ Kh6
33. Be4 and mate is soon.

Feb-20-04  InspiredByMorphy: 26. Qxa6 hxg2
27. Kxg2 Rxb3
28. cxb3 Nxd5
29. Kh1 Qh3
30. Raa1 Rc8
31. Rad1 Bg5
32. Rf2 Ne3
33. Rxd6 Qf5
34. Kg1 Kg7
35. Rb2 Qxf3
36. Qe2 Qxe2
37. Rxe2 Nf5
38. Rd1 Rxc6
39. Rxe5 Rc2
40. Re4 Be7
41. Rc4 Ra2
42. Ra4 Rxa4
43. bxa4 Bc5+
44. Kh1 Kf6
45. a6 Ke6
46. Rc1 Bd4
47. Rc7 Ne3
48. a5 f5
49. a7 Bxa7
50. Rxa7 f4
51. a6 f3
52. Rb7 f2
53. Rb1 Nd5
54. Kg2 Nc7
55. Kxf2 Nxa6
56. Rb6+ and wins.

28. Qe1 Qg5
29. e5 dxe5
30. Rh4 Qe3+
31. Qxe3 Bxe3+
32. Kh1 Nd7
33. Nxe5 Nxe5
34. Re4 Bd2
35. Rxe5 Bb4
36. Re4 Bxa5
37. Ra4 Bc7
38. Rxa6 Be5
39. d6 Rd8
40. Bxf7+ Kh7
41. d7 Rxd7
42. Bxg6+ Kh6
43. Bf5+ Rd6
44. Rxd6+ Bxd6
45. Bxh3 Be5
46. Bf5 Ra2
47. c4 Ra1
48. Rxa1 and wins.

31. Qe2 Qe3+
32. Qxe3 Bxe3+
33. Kh1 Kg7
34. Ne5 g5
35. Rxh3 g4
36. Nc4 gxh3
37. Nxb2 Rd8
38. Nc4 Nxd5
39. Rxf7+ Kxf7
40. Nxe3 Ke6
41. Nxd5 Rxd5
42. Bxd5+ Kxd5
43. Kg1 Kd4
44. Kf2 e3+
45. Kf3 e2
46. Kxe2 and wins.

Feb-20-04  Catfriend: Why 33..♔g7??? It loses time! 33..♗d2 draws as I proved in one posts yesterday. 34.♖:♘f6 ♖b1+
Feb-20-04  AdrianP: has some analysis of the game already. They seem to think 31...Qe3+ would have given Black better winning chances.
Feb-20-04  ughaibu: I dont know why they should think Kasparov was winning, when he played Qg5 I thought -if that's the best he's got, he's probably losing. If he'd been trying for a win wouldn't he have re-captured on h6 with his queen?
Feb-22-04  Tigran Petrosian: I here the two of them shook hands for the first time in many years.
Premium Chessgames Member Malcolm Pein annotates this game at the Week in Chess:
Feb-23-04  square dance: i wonder who was the first to offer the glad hand?
Feb-23-04  Helloween: Garry offered the handshake and Alexei accepted, according to chessbase.
Feb-24-04  Cyphelium: Did they actually shake hands? That'd be the first time in a few years. Since all that fuss about that match a couple of years back, they're not on speaking terms and refuse to shake hands. There was a picture in a chess mag like two years ago of Shirov and GK before one of their games, both making a very good job of ignoring the other. (looking at the ceiling etc.)
Feb-24-04  square dance: could someone tell me exactly what happened to the kasparov-shirov match that never took place? i've heard about it but i dont know the story.
Feb-24-04  matein8: <square dance> You can read about Shirov and his squabble with Kasparov, Kramnik, and Anand here:
Feb-25-04  square dance: thank you matein8! i always wondered what went down. i still think shirov would have lost horribly, but he probably would have managed a win or two. so much for shirov's prediction on the kaspy/kramnik match..."i am absolutely certain kramnik will not win this match." i'm sure a lot of people felt this way at the time, but i think there is a little bit of sour grapes on shirov's part.
Feb-28-04  seandawg1: can I play
Feb-28-04  Lawrence: seandawg1, this site is for studying games, moral spiritual and ethical edification, and crucifying anyone who dares have an opinion contrary to your own, but on the home page you will find a big list of places where you can play.
Apr-13-04  FalconTi0: Where can I download free PGN files???
Apr-28-04  popski: <FalconTi0> Try at and also here:
May-09-04  ruylopez900: According to chessbase ( Kasparov had a lost position here, excepting [of course] the perp.
May-09-04  Bobsterman3000: <Cyphelium> Kasparov and Shirov did shake hands earlier this year. There was a photo on

I think it was at Linares 2004. I can't find the link to the article, but it had some content about the two trying to move on and be civil to each other...

May-10-04  Cyphelium: <Bobsterman3000> Yes, you are right. There is also a picture in the latest New in Chess Magazine of K and S finally shaking hands before one of their games in Linares. Interestingly, for once it was actually Shirov who got some pressure, with black even.
Jan-09-06  hitman84: wow amazing piece sac by kasparov great game.
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