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Alexey Shirov vs Veselin Topalov
Sarajevo (2000), Sarajevo BIH, rd 3, May-19
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Morozevich Line (C11)  ·  1-0

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Nov-29-05  Eatman: Ahh, after fxg6 Rxh7+ Kg8 Qxg6, threat is Rh8+ then Qh7 mate and no defense to that
May-14-06  netlava: Topalov tries Morozevich's pet line in the french.
Jun-01-06  Stak: Isn't the sharper continuation from fxg6 — Qxg6 threatening Qxh7++ next move? Or have I missed something (as usual)?
Jun-01-06  Milo: Well, ...Bh6 slows white down a little, but it all probably comes to the same thing.
Sep-15-11  ToTheDeath: If 24...Bd4 25.Qf5! Kg7 26. Ng8!! mating.
Sep-15-11  Shams: <ToTheDeath> 26.Ng8 is nice.
Nov-17-15
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  plang: A few weeks prior to this game Shirov had played some speed chess with Spassky in Paris. This line was discussed and Spassky had recommended 8 c4 which Shirov was not familiar with though it is not a new move. n Wang Zili-Dreev Shenyang 1999 Black had played 9..c5 and White had developed an initiative though Black ultimately won the game; 9..Bf6 was new and a clear improvement. After 14 d6..Nc6? Whites pieces were allowed to invade the Black position; either 14..Be6 or 14..e4 would have been better. 18..h6 would have failed after the beautiful 19 cxb..axb 20 Bxb5..Nd4 21 Ne7+..Kh8 22 Qg6!..fxg 23 Nxg6+..Kg8 24 Bc4+..Rf7 25 Bf7#. A tougher defense would have been 20..b4 but after 21 Rg3..a5 22 Rxd4..cxd 23 Qf4..Qxd7 24 Nxf5..d3 25 Nxg7 White would have been on the road to victory. Shirov considered 21 b4 which also would have been powerful but not as attractive as the line Shirov chose.

A beautiful and original attacking game - voted the 2nd best game in Informant 78.

Dec-24-16  Saniyat24: So many great game against Topalov! Topalov himself must be making some amazing moves and then the opponent comes up with something even better! In this game however Shirov just blew Topalov apart after castling long...

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