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Alexey Shirov vs Peter Svidler
Tilburg Fontys (1997), Tilburg NED, rd 6, Oct-03
Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation. Wing Attack (B43)  ·  0-1



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Aug-28-05  nsteinme: This game will be the subject of Dennis Monokroussous's lecture on playchess on Monday night (Aug 29 2005).

Aug-30-05  caballos2: Nice final attack, although Shirov played an extremely risky line. Once black is able to counter the white aggression, the king on g1 is too vulnerable to survive.
Aug-30-05  Bobwhoosta: Shirov is a great player in my book, people down him for some reason but he's 2700's and always ready to take a great risk for that one shot at total annihilation.
Aug-30-05  euripides: Qd8-b6-c7-b6-d8-c7 and wins. That's how to develop.
Oct-22-05  midknightblue: i am so confused by this game. I play the same kan opening with b5 after 5.Nc3. I am cool with the opening. the end is where i am totally lost. I can't figure out why white resigned and I cannot even figure out who has the advantage. Help appreciated :)
Oct-22-05  sitzkrieg: The threat seems to be Qg3ch and pawn e3ch. The only way for white to avoid is Kg2 but then follows immediately e3ch winning I think.
Oct-23-05  midknightblue: thx. yes. i should always check checks and captures first. Appreciate the help. :)
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  plang: The highlight of Svidlers career so far was his winning Tilburg 1997 (shared first with Kasparov and Kramnik). Instrumental in his victory were rounds 6 & 7 when he won this really nice game with black against Shirov and then his defeat of Kasparov the next day. Svidlers use of 6..Qb6 (which he referred to as the Enhanced Kveinys system) was an attempt to surprise Shirov. He has never used the system again and now feels that 7 Be3..Bc5 8 Be2 amounts to close to a refutation of the system. 7..Qc7 is necessary to avoid the threat of 8 a4..b4 9 a5 followed by Na4 and Nb6. Svidler felt that 14 c3 was premature and recommended 14 g4 taking advantage of the fact that the knight had no escape squares and that 14..h6 would rule out kingside castling for black. Seirawan, on the other hand, recommended 14 a3. Svidlers idea behind 16..Qb6 was that after 18 Bd4..Qd8 he would play ..e5 with tempo. Bronsteins quote after 24 Bxe5: "I would never take such a pawn. In such positions white must play 24 Be2 and defend a while. After 29..f5 Svidler had a powerful initiative. Shirov tried returning the pawn with 30 Be2 but that did not reduce blacks initiative. Shirov resigned before 36 Rxd4..Qg3+ 37 Kh1..e3+
38 Ne4..Qh3+ 39 Kg1..Rxf1+
40 Bxf1..Qxe6.

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  wordfunph: according to GM Svidler, this was his best chess game ever played.

Source: NIC 2004/03

May-21-11  parisattack: Nice Kan! Played almost like a fast Scheveningen or Paulsen.

Svider, Shirov, Leko...soon Kramnik, Topalov and Anand. The 1980s-90s Old Guard fading from view...

Nov-16-11  DrMAL: Fabulous game is early (Svidler's earliest?) rendition of Wing counter (5...b5 against Nc3) of Sicilian Kan for Svidler, move he became famous for in later games. It is great way to play black side I very much recommend studying carefully. If one is playing white side of Kan, I would recommend foregoing GM choice of 5.Bd3 and play 5.c4 instead as in famous non-Florida Fischer game (need to make discernment here in case one gets confused LOL) Fischer vs H Rossetto, 1959 or Kasparov vs Vallejo-Pons, 2002 (Nf6 and Qc7 usually transpose) many players even near/at master level have difficulty with Maroczy Bind it is good opening to study deeply as well, that's my "two cents" here hope it helps, cheers.
Sep-16-16  Parelius: "This game still makes me proud", Peter Svidler in banter blitz at Chess24 september 2016
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