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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexey Shirov
Linares (2000), Linares ESP, rd 3, Mar-01
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Staunton Variation (C42)  ·  0-1



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Dec-08-07  suenteus po 147: I'm surprised no one has yet kibitzed on this game, Shirov's sole win against Anand in standard time control format.

I can't say as a win jumps out at me in the final position. Were they racing to the time control and Anand gave up when the dust settled? I can say that Anand's play is rather uninspired until Shirov lights a fire under him with some flashy exchanges.

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  Phony Benoni: <suenteus po 147> I think Black's winning plan is relatively clear. His basic advantage, besides the c-pawn, is his extra piece: Black's king is in the thick of the action, while White's is cut off.

One idea for Black is to play ...Kd3, trade rooks with ...Re2+, then follow with ...Kd2 and push the c-pawn, forcing White to give up his bishop.

If White tries to forestall this with 42.Bc2+ Ke3, Black can even go in for the exchange sacrfiice with ...Re2+ and ...Rxc2, when White will eventually have to give up give up his last piece for the c-pawn again.

Perhaps White could have tried 42.Bg8, hoping to grab Black's kingside pawns before giving up the bishop and reach a position something like this:

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Black does have the right colored rook pawn for his bishop, but White's kingside pawns could complicate things a bit. However, White would never get here, since after 42.Bg8 Black could play 42...h6. Eventually, this would produce the above position with a Black pawn on h6, which makes things much simpler.

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  GlassCow: 19 Bh6 looks good for Anand to me. Unless I am missing something, it wins the exchange, as Shirov has to do something about the threat of Qf6.
Dec-08-07  suenteus po 147: <Phony Benoni> Thanks for your analysis! Very instructive, especially about the black king constituting 'an extra piece.' It's something I read routinely, but don't often get to see implemented in an eltie endgame :)

<GlassCow> Nice catch! I, for one, can't find a way for black out of the exchange.

Dec-08-07  nescio: <GlassCow: 19 Bh6 looks good for Anand to me. Unless I am missing something, it wins the exchange, as Shirov has to do something about the threat of Qf6.>

19.Bh6 Rfe8 20.Qf6 Bf8 looks quite playable for Black.

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  GlassCow: Yes nescio, thanks for pointing this out. I always miss the obvious. :)
Dec-10-14  AvidChessMan: I played this game Guess the Move as Shirov and guessed 39...Rb1 instead of moving the king again. I got two points for it, but then I quickly realized the advantage of pinning down the white king. And, the white rook was busy guarding against black c pawns advance, so my king was free to move into a better position.
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  HeMateMe: Back when fire was on board!
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  plang: Played in the 3rd round; in the first round Kasparov had played 19 Bd2 in this very sharp line against Shirov and had won after some endgame errors. After 23 Ra1! Shirov was very unhappy with his position and spent almost an hour to come up with 23..Bb8?! which made his situation even worse; preferable was either 23..Rc7 24 a6..Nxe3..fxe or simply 23..Nxe3..fxe with only a small edge for White. Anand built up a winning position and had intended 30 Qxa7 before realizing that after 30..Rxe6 31 dxe..Bd4 32 Rxh7+..Kg8 33 Qb7..Qxf2+ 34 Kh1..c2! 35 Rf7..Bxa1 36 Rxf2..c1(Q)+ 37 Kg2..Rxf2+ 38 Kxf2..Bd4+ it is Black that is playing for a win. Shirov pointed out a winning line: 30 Ra4..c2 31 Rc4..Bd4 32 Qf4..Qxf4 33 gxf..Bxf2+ 34 Kg2; instead Anand blundered with 30 Ra2?. Anand had overlooked that his intended 31 Qe2 could be answered by 31..Qxf2 32 Qxf2..Rxf2 33 Rxf2..Rf8 34 Rbf7..Rxf7 35 Bxf7..c2 winning. 34 Kg2? lost quickly; 34 Rf7 would have left Black better but with work to do to earn the full point.

This was Anands first classical loss in 11 months. He also lost to Kasparov in this event and ended up at -1 a point and a half behind co-winners Kasparov and Kramnik. _

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  plang: Later in the year in the semi-finals of the World Championship tournament at New Delhi in the last (4th) game of their match Grischuk played 23 Bb3 against Shirov. Shirov was able to hold the draw to clinch the match (game not included in this database).

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