chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Alexey Shirov vs Bojan Kurajica
XXXIV Bosnia (2004), Sarajevo BIH, rd 1, May-18
Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense (B01)  ·  1-0

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

explore this opening
find similar games 3 more Shirov/B Kurajica games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To access more information about the players (more games, favorite openings, statistics, sometimes a biography and photograph), click their highlighted names at the top of this page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
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.
Jun-01-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Jun-18-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: This game is annotated on my website for ... "The Game of The Month." (June, 2004.)
Jun-20-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: The Game is posted ... for anyone caring to have a look.
Jun-20-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: My observations on this game?
(http://www.geocities.com/TheGOTMman...) ***
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"
Oct-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <john b> Come again? Who is <Ace James>?
Oct-09-14  john barleycorn: ok, that was not my best post..
Oct-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <john b> No-one here is judging you.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Shirov miniatures
by morphynoman2
matvanw's favorite games
by matvanw
An interesting and complicated game.
from Games in my "GOTM" web site. by LIFE Master AJ
Scandy good ending
from Shirov plays some open games by takopenings
Scandy good ending
from Shirov plays some open games by takchess
rodmalone's favorite games
by rodmalone
99 f i n d t h e o b j
by fredthebear
Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense (B01) ยท 1-0
from modminiatures copy FTB enhanced by fredthebear

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC