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Alexey Shirov vs Laurent Fressinet
36th Olympiad (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 6, Oct-20
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  1-0

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Oct-21-04  themindset: you have to be crazy to play into the shirov/shabolov gambit against shirov himself... i wonder if the exchange sac here was part of shirov's preperation, because crafty considers that it leads to a slight edge for white.
Oct-25-04  bigbear: why didn't he play 9...g5? isn't Fd2 shy?.
Oct-27-04  jsastre48: Great game, Shirov played masterfully!
Oct-27-04  Larsenb3: Masterful game!
Nov-21-05  refutor: explosively awesome game by shirov
Nov-21-05  KingG: Yes, nice game. I would like to see him going back to the Botvinnik variation though.
May-31-09  brucejavier: wow 1st for 2009 :P
May-31-09  NewLine: I wouldn't call this "insane". more like "ludicrous". And the genius who solve it I'll call "Rybka".
May-31-09  SufferingBruin: I took a look with my 1200 rating and thought, "Hell, if it was me, I'd castle queenside and hope for the best."

So I matched Shirov's 16th move. I'm counting that as a win. :)

May-31-09  dzechiel: White to move (16?) Material even. "Insane."

Once again my bridge playing pal is here to help with the solution of tonight's position.

An interesting position, and it's only move 16. White has many candidate moves here:

(OK, below are the notes I started to make on this position when I realized that I wasn't getting close to the solution. You will note that 16 O-O-O was the first move I thought of and listed, but dismissed because of 16...Nf2, which turned out to be the main line. This one was 'way above my pay grade. Kudos to those who managed to solve it.)

- 16 O-O-O Nf2

- 16 Nf5 Nxf5 17 Qxf5 Qh4+ and black has initiative.

- 16 Ne6+ fxe6, and white seems out of ideas.

- 16 f5 Nf3+ 17 Ke2 Nxd2 18 Qxd2 Kxg7

- 16 Ne4 Kxg7 17 Bc3+ f6 18 h3

- 16 h3 Nf3+ 17 Ke2 Nxd2 18 hxg4 Nc4 19 Rxh7

- 16 Ke2 Kxg7 17 Rag1 h5 18 h3 f5

- 16 Nh5
- 16 Qe4
- 16 Rg1

May-31-09
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Well beyond my feeble imagination. I could see the move, but I could not see why. Then again, I could say the same of every other possibility.
May-31-09  Poohblah: I was thinking something more active than 16. O-O-O but what do I know! explosive play indeed. well done to those who saw the line(s).
May-31-09  stacase: I took a look with my 1400 rating and thought, "Hell, if it was me, I'd castle queenside and hope for the best."

Credit to SufferingBruin (-:

May-31-09  Nostrils: My first thought was 'any normal person would just castle long, so what did Shirov do?' Sometimes knowing it is a puzzle can be distraction.

Shouldn't the black horse have taken the Rh1 not the Rd1?

May-31-09  cyclon: Flying by.
May-31-09  goodevans: Interesting looking game. Does anyone know a site where it's available with annotation? (preferably in English as my linguistic skills are rather feeble!)
May-31-09  lost in space: too complex for my small brain (without the help of "external silicon calculation helper")
May-31-09  Mikhail Tal fan: Holy God! i Got it ! i swear! i was too happy to see this move and it was a strange coincidence to me , why? because yesterday, i played a game in playchess and guess what? my opponent attacked my rook, but i looked so deeply that i sacrified my knight in the same square in this game, it tooks 5 or 6 min for my opponent to decide either take my rook or not,here, i played a french(steinitz variation with white). i followed the continuation of shirov's game, but not to the end, tought i realised that white has a won position, notice that black resigned in view of 2 major threats : Qxg6# and Rd7+
May-31-09  blacksburg: this is the kind of position where i start making random moves and hope to win on time. crazy position.
May-31-09  vaskokibika: OK, is there a living human that calculates this till the end? I still think this is mostly intuitive sacrifice.
May-31-09  Geronimo: I took a look with my 1600 rating and thought, "Hell, if it was me, I'd castle queenside and hope for the best." :)

--with respect to those before me....

May-31-09  Marmot PFL: Good game by Shirov, but 16 0-0-0 Nf2 17 Ne4 Nxd1? is such an obvious trap I can't believe black fell for it. He has to break the d file pin (16...Qe7 or 16...Rg8 17 Nh5 Qa5) or else in the game just 17...Nxe4. Maybe he figured he would still lose a pawn down so just grabbed whatever he could.
May-31-09  randomsac: This was truly an insane puzzle. I did have the urge to castle long, figuring that an underlying attack on the black queen along the half-open file. Also I figured that Bc3+ could be a useful asset. But the rest of the moves and ideas at play were too complex for me. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
May-31-09  smaragdus: Simply Shirov! Simply fire on board!
May-31-09  newzild: I took a look with my 2050 rating and thought, "Hell, if it was me, I'd castle queenside and hope for the best."

--with respect to SufferingBruin, Stacase, and Geronimo.

....and yes it was too tough for me. Off-the-planet tough.

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