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Alexey Shirov vs ACDC
"Back in Black" (game of the day Apr-05-2006)
Shirov Simul (2000) (exhibition), Internet USCF, Oct-23
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-05-06  itz2000: 6..Nd4?
Apr-05-06  weisyschwarz: Shirov let that endgame slip away. Nice job by black to keep the current flowing.
Apr-05-06  Maatalkko: It says "Internet USCF", so i think that ACDC was the guy's online handle.

Yes 13...Kd7 does look very computer like, this game seems like computer cheating to me, given that it was played online.

Apr-05-06  alefromitaly: Ah, it was on the Internet? I heard Fischer adores hard rock... who knows!?
Apr-05-06  dakgootje: <I heard Fischer adores hard rock... who knows!?> He looks more like some kind of classic-fan, who, while his opponent is hard pondering for his next move against some kind of brilliant attack by Fisher, suddenly says *PomPomPomPom* and them begins to hum the i dont know how much of Mozart...
Apr-05-06  deefree: is this really a dead drawn endgame?
Apr-05-06  dfelix: <13...Kd7 looks very computer-like.> The book move is 13...c5. Black sacrifices his light squared bishop for counterplay, as in F Hellers vs Shirov, 1990. That game should've been a draw, but Hellers blundered with 28. Kh1.
Apr-05-06  kvcs: <everyone> <Maatalkko>

User: Maatalkko has posted: "It says "Internet USCF", so i think that ACDC was the guy's online handle." He is correct. This game was not played by the Australian hard-rock band ACDC.

Shirov vs ACDC, 2000 U1 gave me these search terms: <shirov uscf internet chess simultaneous 2000> U2

THE WEEK IN CHESS 306 18th September 2000 by Mark Crowther "15) Shirov On-Line Simul Marcel Juegel reports: On Sunday, 17.09.2000, GM Alexei Shirov gave a 10 board simul on the new USCF-chess-server He won 7 games, drew 2 lost 1. His 10 opponents qualified in 5 rapid-tournaments. The opponents ELO ratings were around 2200" U3

This website gives USCF Internet members in the "A" group: U4 This citation gives the Chess handle as "acdc". The rock group uses all capitals. U5 BTW, several <KVCS> members love the music. Read about ACDC at: MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE is one of <Ancr's> favorite movies. It is written and directed by Stephen King and was filmed in North Carolina in 1986. Mr King asked ACDC to score the music for the movie. The group is a personal favorite of his. The screenplay takes place in Wilmington, North Carolina. U6 Read more trivial at: U7


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Apr-05-06  delterp: Does not 15 ♘xf5 win a pawn and set up a wicked discovered check on the next move?
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  tamar: <delterp> 15 Nxf5 h5 16 Qh3 g5 17 Ne3+ g4 18 Nxg4 Kc6 is better for White, but not the sort of clear play you would want in a simultaneous exhibition.

I don't see anything better though.

Apr-05-06  qjuice14: There has been a lot of comments saying ACDC was probably using a computer. This is doubtful. 13...kd7 looks strange, but one thing that computers do very well is calculate tactics. And in the middle of the game black played inaccurate. 18...Bxc5? much stronger is kc8 preserving the bishop pair with a strong kingside attack. and also 19...Bxg2 just equalizes for black..

stronger would have been 19...Qg6 20. g3 Ne5 21. a4 Nf3+ 22.Nxf3 Bxf3 23.Qf1 Rxe1 24. Qxe1 Qe8 25. Be3 f4

Where as this is not a winning attack, Black maintains the extra pawn without giving away the exchange and appears to have most of the attacking chances

Apr-05-06  schnarre: Arguably ACDC's best album,"Back in Black" still holds up today!

I could see this drawing by perpetual check, but White should have a slight edge if Black makes even one slip.

Apr-05-06  Jim Bartle: "Arguably ACDC's best album,"Back in Black" still holds up today!"

OK, I'll argue. The (instrumental) music sounds great, but that voice, drives me up a wall.

Apr-05-06  schnarre: <Jim Bartle> Isn't that part of the Rock and Roll spirit though? Being driven to the point when you're ready to scream?!
Apr-05-06  Jim Bartle: Hey, I saw the Grateful Dead a few nights when Jerry Garcia's voice was, shall we say, "absent," so don't tell me about "ready to scream." Fortunately the guitar playing never faltered.

I also saw Humble Pie and lived.

Actually I thought the idea was to play some dissonant noise so loud that it makes *other* people (i.e. parents, teachers) ready to scream.

Apr-05-06  schnarre: <Jim Bartle> <"...other people...ready to scream."> Rock on!
Apr-05-06  Jim Bartle: Could you turn the volume down there a little, schnarre?
Apr-05-06  schnarre: <Jim Bartle> Ah, I knew I needed to check the amps!
Apr-05-06  Jim Bartle: Seriously, the most scream-inducing "music" I've endured has been from opening acts at big venues who get the rare chance to use the big bands' sound systems and just blow your eardrums out with distortion and off-key singing.
Apr-05-06  devilwolfdog: To paraphrase Captain Kirk in Star Trek IV, "I think Jim Bartle did a little too much LDS back at Berkely".
Apr-05-06  Jim Bartle: "Jim Bartle did a little too much LDS back at Berkely"."

For the record, I am not, nor ever have been, a Mormon.

Apr-05-06  schnarre: <Jim Bartle> Makes 2 of us!
Apr-05-06  Jim Bartle: After the game ACDC said that it had been dog-eat-dog.
Apr-06-06  schnarre: <Jim Bartle> Lol!
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