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Alexey Shirov vs Bojan Kurajica
XXXIV Bosnia (2004), Sarajevo BIH, rd 1, May-18
Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense (B01)  ·  1-0



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May-29-04  shr0pshire: Could Kurajica waste anymore time in the opening? He doesn't develop because he wastes time protecting his queen, cause he was trying to be aggressive in a drawish opening against a top 10 player. :( If you want to be aggressive Kurajica play a sharper line opening where you queen won't get attacked in the first six moves.
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  patzer2: This game is a good illustration of strong positional attacking play, especially with the White pieces against the centre-counter or scandinavian defense (i.e. 1. e4 d5).

After only 13 opening moves, Shirov has a dangerous King-side attack underway. Black's attempts to complicate and slow down the attack with the plans initiated after 14...b5 and 18...Qc8 are refuted by Shirov's aggressive and accurate positional play.

I think Black could have resigned after 21. Bxg4, as his five isolated pawns and weak Queen side pieces are, for the most part, defenseless targets against Shirov's well developed pieces and better positioned pawn majority.

After 26. Rg1, Black is compelled to resign as he can delay the threat of 27. Rxf7+ followed by 28. Rg8# only by giving up a clearly decisive material advantage to White.

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  LIFE Master AJ: This game is annotated on my website for ... "The Game of The Month." (June, 2004.)
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  LIFE Master AJ: The Game is posted ... for anyone caring to have a look.
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  LIFE Master AJ: My observations on this game?
( ***
They are:
#1.) 3...Qd6; is at least as playable as the retreat to d8.

# 2.) Black's fianchetto of his KB looks highly suspect to me. (A study of the database will reveal that 5...a6; probably gives Black a playable game.)

# 3.) White's sixth and seventh moves, were simple, good, and yielded Shirov a sizeable edge. (We were out of book before move ten!)

# 4.) The pin of the Knight by the Bishop (move eight) was probably the wrong plan for Kurajica. *** A strong program (Crafty) gives the following continuation: 9.Bd3, a5!?; 10.0-0, 0-0; 11.Re1, Re8; 12.Qe2, "+/=" 12...Na6; White is solidly better, but Black retains good play ... with perfect play from here, the game is probably drawn.

# 5.) 10...Bxf3?! (?) was clearly a bad idea. White's position becomes very strong - virtually won - after he gains the two Bishops.

# 6.) I have already gotten several e-mails from people who say "the losing move" was 14...b5!? ('?!/?') All I can say is that Black already was in deep kim-chi at this point.

# 7.) Black's 16th move did not help matters much.

# 8.) It wasn't just one move that did Black in here. It was a whole string of second-best and/or inferior moves that really made Black's game intolerable. ---> Comments are invited.

Oct-09-14  john barleycorn: I suppose Caruana and/or his coach have worked through the above comments by the "Ace James"
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  perfidious: <john b> Come again? Who is <Ace James>?
Oct-09-14  john barleycorn: ok, that was not my best post..
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  perfidious: <john b> No-one here is judging you.

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