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Alexey Shirov vs Valery Salov
Madrid (1997), Madrid ESP, rd 7, May-29
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines. Mieses Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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Jan-19-06  midknightblue: Chessgames dudes, can we get this game into the database?
Jan-19-06  aw1988: It appears to be a spacing problem.
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  WannaBe: None of the java viewer works, but here is the pgn, <aw1988> was correct, there were spacing problems with the PGN, and not to mention move number 21 didn't even have the '21.' !! Here, I think I got all the errors...

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "A Shirov"]
[Black "V Salov"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "58"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 c6 6. Bc4 Bf5 7. Bd2 e6 8. Nd5 Qd8 9. Nxf6+ Qxf6 10. Qe2 Bg4 11. d5 Bxf3 12. gxf3 cxd5 13. Bxd5 Nd7 14. O-O-O Ba3 15. c3 O-O 16. Be4 Be7 17. Bxh7+ Kxh7 18. Qd3+ Kg8 19. Qxd7 b6 20. Rhg1 Rad8 21. Qxa7 Bc5 22. Be3 Ra8 23. Qb7 Rxa2 24.Qe4 Bxe3+ 25. fxe3 b5 26. Kc2 b4 27. Qxb4 Qf5+ 28. Kb3 Raa8 29. Rxg7 1-0

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Jan-19-06  midknightblue: thx chessgames! Great responsiveness! I am a satisfied customer!! you have my promise to renew whenever my membership runs out
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  plang: 8 Nd5 is a counter-intuitive move seeming to simplify to blacks advantage but looks can be deceiving. Shirov recommends 16..Bc5 as the bishop is vulnerable at e7 to Bg5 shots. He did lengthy analysis to show that the piece sacrifice starting with 17 h4..h6 18 Bg5 is very favorable for white. With 24..Rfa8 Shirov thought that Salov would have had equality. Also 25..Ra5 would have given Salov better chances to defend.
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  tpstar: 29. Rxg7+! Kxg7 30. Rg1+ induces 30 ... Qg6 31. Rxg6+ Kxg6 leaving White with Q5P vs RR2P, as 30 ... Kf6 31. Qh4+ Ke5 32. Qd4#, or 30 ... Kh6 31. Qh4+ Qh5 32. Qf6+ Qg6 (32 ... Kh7 33. Qg7#) 33. Rxg6+ fxg6 34. Qh4+ Kg7 35. f4 again with Q5P vs RR2P.
Sep-13-09  notyetagm: Shirov vs Salov, 1997

29 ?

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29 ♖g1xg7+! 1-0

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Shirov's 29 ♖g1xg7+! is a *superb* example of a ♖xg7+! sacrifice.

Chandler, in his excellent book <"How To Beat Your Dad At Chess">, wrote that when this ♖xg7+! sacrifice is possible, it must be examined *every* move to see if it works *now*.

Here Shirov followed Chandler's advice. The ♖g1xg7+! sacrifice was possible after 20 ♖h1-g1 but only 9 moves later on move 29 does it win.

Sep-13-09  notyetagm: 20 ♖h1-g1

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And then 9 moves later, < <<<BOOM!>>> >, 29 ♖g1xg7+!.

29 ♖g1xg7+! 1-0

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The moral of the story: it pays to have your <ROOKS CONNECTED>.

Sep-13-09  notyetagm: 14 ... ?

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14 ... ♗f8-a3!? <pin: a1>

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14 ... ♗f8-a3!? is a very good example of the <PIN AGAINST A SQUARE> tactic: the Black f6-queen <PINS> the White b2-pawn against the a1-mating square.

15 b2x♗a3?? ♕f6-a1#

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  saffuna: Shirov claims 17 h4 would have won. 17...h6 18 Bg5 hxg5 19 Bh7 Kh8 hxg5.
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  ChessHigherCat: <saffuna: Shirov claims 17 h4 would have won. 17 h4 18 e6 g5 hxg5 19 Bh7 Kh8 hxg5.>ic Does he analyze 17. h4 e5 18. Bg5 Qe6 19. Bd5 Bxg5+ 20. hxg5 Q?? Maybe that wins the N on d7 with the threatened discovered check?
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  saffuna: He calls 17...h6 "the only move" without more comment.
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