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Alexey Shirov vs Teimour Radjabov
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 6, Feb-25
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack Sokolov's Line (E97)  ·  1-0



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Feb-25-04  Bustamove: I am not strong enuf to analyze so someone might help me out. Is this game one of the best of 2004, or is this game an example of what one should expect when one opponent is less experienced and ranked 100 points lower?
Feb-25-04  ChessPraxis: <Bustamove> This game was just played today at Linares - an annual super-tournament. The games from Linares get published each day and generate a lot of interest - this one especially since it wasn't a draw while most of the games at this tournament so far this year have been draws.
Feb-25-04  Bustamove: <chesspraxis> Thx for the response. I actually watched the game today while pretending to work. I was left wondering if my enjoyment was because it was not a draw or if it was a special game period. I enjoyed it immensely, but for all I know it is filled with errors. Any initial opinions?
Feb-25-04  mymt: thanks crafty & ajit, only asked because Radjabov later plays...Qxb4.the invasion via the a1-h8 daiagonal seemedthe likely reason for avioding ...Qxe6 [sorry about the misprint ...Qxe5 ]
Feb-26-04  ksadler: is there anything better than 33. ... Rxe6 34.Qxe7 Rxe7 35.Rxe7? am i missing something simple? yes it's still likely a lost endgame, but so was the one radjabov went into ;)
Feb-26-04  ughaibu: Is 13....h6 a known move? It seems to me that his troubles came from that.
Feb-26-04  drukenknight: why the criticism of the exchange sack? let's see he has a passed pawn on the 6th rank already, and he gets a B/P for the Rook and some attacking chances. What could be a better bargain than that? I wonder what other players think they expect to see before they will make a sack.
Feb-26-04  Shadout Mapes: 33. ... Rxe6 34.Qh5+ Kf6 (forced) 35.Rf5+ Kg7 36.Rg5+ Qxg5 37.Qxg5+ and the ending will be similar to the game. Unless there's something better?
Feb-26-04  731: I was following the progress of this game in an internet café yesterday, I had to leave around move 31/32... Today I was eager to find out the result... I'm impressed that Shirov won!

At least there's someone in Linares showing us how to value pieces for what they truly are.

Feb-26-04  Tigran Petrosian: Is there a site that has this game annotated?
Feb-27-04  chessfected: A picturesque finish would be 66...Kg8 67.f7+ Kf8 68. Qh8+ Ke7 69. Qf6+ Kf8 70. Qg7+ Ke7 71.f8Q+ when White makes a second queen with a double check from both queens!:)
Feb-28-04  731: 19. Rxe5 is just opening theory right?
Apr-20-05  DragonKeeper: Well i havent see much games of Shirov, but i like the way this guy plays:great game.
Jan-06-07  aazqua: This guy with the rooks completely botched this game.
Jun-03-07  MarvinTsai: When your king is dangerous, you lose all the initiatives!
Feb-28-08  mannetje: This is what Joe Gallagher has to say about the Bayonet attack (9.b4): (2004)

<Over the last 8 or 9 years the Bayonet Attack has been one of White's main success stories in the King's Indian. Prior to this 9.b4 was generally thought to be a poor relation to the main alternatives in this position, 9.Ne1 and 9.Nd2. It was rarely seen in top class chess. Strange, you may think, as 9.b4 is the obvious way for White to force through c5-c5 as quickly as possible. In this position the pawn structure dictates that White will attack on the queenside. The reason why this move was not trusted was that it allowed Black to play the active 9...Nh5, whilst after moves like 9.Nd2 or 9.Ne1 the black knight, in order to get of of the way of the f-pawn, would have to retreat. Attitudes began to change after White discovered the move 10.Re1 (in reply to 9...Nh5). The simple idea is to meet 10...Nf4 with 11.Bf1. The bishop on f1 is very well placed defensively and it turn out, that despite his active appearance, that the knight on f4 is quite poorly placed. There is nothing for it to attack and it can even get in the way of blacks kingside play. For example, the traditional pawn storm with ...f5-f4 is not possible with the knight on f4 and black will also have to be constantly on the lookout for white playing Bxf4 at a favourable moment. It took a while, and cost an awful lot of points, before black players appreciated this. Meanwhile everyone was playing 9.b4. The old main lines, 9.Ne1 and 9.Nd2, just disappeared. Even Gary Kasparov got his fingers burned and the Bayonet Attack was the main reason for his recent loss of confidence in the King's Indian (he didn't play it once in his world title match with Kramnik, who happens to be one of the main advocates of 9.b4). Many other King's Indian specialists, such as myself, settled for giving up 7...Nc6. A whole new system with 7...Na6 was born almost solely due to White's successes in the Bayonet Attack.>

<However, the tide finally appears to be turning. The main problem for black was not the strength of the Bayonet Attack, but the fact that he was playing to ambitiously. The King's Indian attracts players who are looking for a sharp struggle. Instead of trying to prove equality they were trying to destroy the Bayonet Attack. They didn't realise that the best way to destroy the Bayonet Attack was to prove equality! Once equality has been established white players are bound to turn there attention elsewhere. And that is exactly what has happened over the last two or three years. We now see a lot less of the Bayonet Attack and a lot more of the other variations of the King's Indian. We are also seeing less of 7...Na6 as players such as myself are returning to the heart and soul of the King's Indian, 7...Nc6.>

Feb-28-08  mannetje: Gallagher:
<According to Shirov 33...Qxe6 is the only real mistake of the game. Instead 33...Rxe6! 34.Qh5+ Kg7 35.Rg5+ Qxg5 should eventually lead to a position where White can make no progress. All I can say is that if black is equal in this line it is a lucky equality.>

<On the available evidence, 17...Nf5 looks less risky. Dautov-Kindermann, Nussloch 1996 continued 18.b5 <White must soften up the black queenside otherwise he might lose his e6 pawn for nothing> 18...Rc8 19.Re2 Re8 20.bxc6 bxc6 21.c5 <the only real alternative for white was to try Qd1-a4 on one of the last few moves> 21...d5 22.Bxe5 Bxe5 23.Rxe5 Qf6 24.Re1 1/2-1/2. The game seems about equal but of course Shirov may have a thing or two to say in the future about this line>

Feb-12-09  falso contacto: way to go shirov!!!
Aug-09-09  shakespeare: this is an interesting variation in the bayonet attack - the exchange sac Rxe5 - opening the e file - I never saw this normally somehow desperately looking e6 pawn getting so strong like in this game
Nov-11-10  sevenseaman: At least the game showed me the handling of two Rs against a Q with couple of connected pawns. Its a plus.
Nov-11-10  Blunderdome: Radja would get revenge three years later.
Dec-27-11  cocker: Ending after 34 ... Rxe6 is discussed in UCE by John Nunn, p 206,
Aug-07-16  Virgil A: 66...Kg8
Bravo! Shirov!

Shir ov Chess

Aug-11-18  Whitehat1963: What’s best play after 32...Be4+?
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  plang: Shirov after 13..h6:
"The standard and probably the best continuation. Now White is forced to exchange on e6, after which his pawn on that square could fall at any moment. What can be his compensation? Hard to tell, but probably it's a combination of several factors, such as the absence of Black's light-squared bishop the passivity of the one on g7,and his pawn weaknesses on e6,d6 and, most importantly, g6 - which is why White never plays Ne6 before ..h6 in such positions."

Bareev had played 16 Bxe4 against Radjabov at Enghien-les-Bains 2003 and Black had obtained a big advantage after 16..d5 17 Bd3..e4 though he later blundered and lost. The main idea behind 13 Rb1 is the exchange sacrifice 19 Rxe5!. 21 Bb2! was Shirov's improvement over 21 Bd4 and 21 Qd2 that he had discovered when working with Landa in 1997 and had finally got the chance to play here. 32 Be4+..Rf5 33 Qxe7..Nxe7 34 g4..Kf6 35 gxf..b5 would only have been good enough for equality.

Shirov after 35 Qg4+
"After this important check there will be no fortresses, so White can begin converting his advantage into victory."

36..a6?! created a new weakness; 36..Ke8 would have been better as taking the a-pawn allows an easy equality after 37..Re1+.

Voted the 3rd best game in Informant 90.

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