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Alexey Shirov vs Suat Atalik
XXXIV Bosnia (2004), Sarajevo BIH, rd 5, May-22
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense (C96)  ·  1-0



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May-29-04  jaime gallegos: 39.Re6+ !!! great move !
May-31-04  Erwin: another fantastic play by shirov,stunning move,the move 17)na3 did it ever played before?
May-31-04  misguidedaggression: White to play and win 39.?
How about it <>? A goood monday or tuesday problem at the least.
May-31-04  iron maiden: <misguidedaggression> You should probably e-mail them if you want to make a suggestion like that; actually posting it draws attention to the game.
Jun-09-04  Eatman: 17. ... Na3 looks pretty horrible in retrospect. The good old "knights on the rim are dim" axiom.
Jun-25-04  Lawrence: Analyzed at Jon Edwards's
Sep-08-04  Jack Rabbit: This game is annotated by Shirov in New in Chess (2004, No. 5). He doesn't condemn Atalik's 17 -- Na3; in fact, he awards the move a bang (I would expect a query). Shirov says that Black had no good alternative, a argument he supports with the line 17 -- Nb6 18 a5 Nd7 19 Ne3 Nf4 20 Bd2 Nc5 21 Bb4 and White wins a Pawn.

Nevertheless, I can't agree with Shirov's praise of 17 -- Na3. The Knight is shut out of the game after that; for all intents and purpsoes, Black is a piece down after this move. The Knight is still there when Black resigns.

Shirov criticizes himself for allowing Black counterplay on the c-file ("What a cold shower," he says after 27 -- Qc8, another move he awards with a bang). He says he could have avoiding this with (instead of 26 Ne3) playing 26 Be3 Rc3 27 Ng3.

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whatta move whew! 39.Re6+!!!

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  diagonal: <Shirov was playing in his typical manner, with terribly complex and convoluted games>. Renowned Robert Byrne commented in the New York Times:

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