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Alexey Shirov vs Nigel Short
Dos Hermanas (1997), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 9, Apr-11
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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Jul-25-06  Whitehat1963: Why hasn't this game gained more notice? I like the puzzle-like finish, as well as the puzzle after 31...Ne4.
Jul-25-06  suenteus po 147: <Whitehat1963: Why hasn't this game gained more notice?> Well, I didn't submit it until a few weeks ago, and <chessgames.com> didn't have time to post it until about ten days ago.
Jul-25-06  Runemaster: I've just noticed that Shirov has an 8-0 score against (with 10 draws). I didn't except it to be so one-sided between them.
Jul-25-06  suenteus po 147: I remember reading some post somewhere that Shirov has big plus scores against some top GMs. He is a force to be reckoned with unless you're Kasparov.
Jul-25-06
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  Honza Cervenka: <I didn't except it to be so one-sided between them.> It sometimes happen. Btw, Shirov has more than one nemesis of his own too. For example, Anand, Karpov, not to mention Kasparov.:-)
Oct-23-06
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  plang: The position after 9..Bf6 resembles the the 9..Nd7 line of the closed Ruy Lopez without black having played b5 and with white taking two moves to play d4. Shirov could have won the bishop back with 22 Nf6+ but perhaps he wanted to keep the position tenser. 24..Bg6 would have kept the White N out of h5; not sure what the idea was to placing it on h7 instead. Shirov discusses 25..Rc2 as one of several alternatives to 25..Nd7 which sacrifices a pawn to reach an engame with some drawing chances. Shirov also says that 32..Rd6 probably would have been good enough to draw. The line Short selected makes the white h pawn much too powerful.
Apr-16-17
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  saffuna: Shirov takes 10 pages to annotate this game in FOB2.

He says 32...Nxd6 is the decisive mistake.

Sep-05-17
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  Phony Benoni: With the rook hanging we don't have time to take the bishop, and 48.Rxa3 bxa3 just let Black promote first and cover the diagonal.

However it does look like we have time to push the passer immediately with <48.h6.>, since after 48..>Rxa7 49.h7 Black's can't stop the pawn. And other rook moves simply allow its safe capture.

Sep-05-17  tjshann: Like many endgames, a simple matter of counting. And, "passed pawns must be pushed!"
Sep-05-17  ChessHigherCat: How to shear off short.

I think white just pushes 48. h6 and if Ra1 49. Rxa1 or else 49. h7 Rh8 50. a8=Q Rxa8 51. Ra1+ K-wherevuh 52. Rxh8 with ample time to reach the back rank and stop the black pawns.

If 48...Rxa7 49. h7 and the passed pawn is unstoppable.

Sep-05-17  Altairvega: There is no force able to stop the h-pawn: 48.h6!
Sep-05-17  Strelets: Shirov bottles it by letting his rook hang in order to push the h-pawn. That's the beauty of promotion combinations: it's easier to sacrifice a lot of material when you know it's going to get you a shiny new queen.
Sep-05-17  diagonalley: yep... pawn push, but quite subtle for a tuesday!
Sep-05-17  AlicesKnight: The simplest proves to be the best. 48.h6 gets the white pawn to queen first. Even 49...Re3 fails; 50.h7 Re8; 51.Ra8+ etc.
Sep-05-17  leRevenant: Although there were two possible solutions yesterday I got today's in a much Shorter time.
Sep-05-17  saturn2: 48 h6 and white is faster than 48..b3 because 50 h8Q is mate. Also 48 ..RxR or 48.. BxN does not safe black. 1-0
Sep-05-17  leRevenant: <ChessHigherCat: How to shear off short.>

j'approuve !

Sep-05-17  morfishine: <48.h6> tick tock
Sep-05-17  patzer2: "Passed pawns must be pushed," quite often at the cost of giving up material.

That's the case with today's Tuesday (48. ?) puzzle, as 48. h6! +- (+11.16 @ 28 depth, Stockfish 8) offers Black an enprise Rook. Despite the loss of the Rook, White will win the race to promote a pawn with decisive advantage.

P.S.: For an improvement for the losing side, instead of 25...Nd7? 26. Bxd6 ± (+0.81 @ 29 depth,) Stockfish 8 suggests 25...Bg6 26. Nf4 Bh7 27. Nh5 Bg6 28. Nf4 Bh7 29. Nh5 = (0.00 @ 35 depth) with a draw by repetition.

Sep-05-17
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  kevin86: Advance the pawn! Even a rook ahead, black cannot stop it!
Sep-05-17  clement41: <AlicesKnight>, with a good tactical vision, rightly points out that after the elimination of the defender+deflection capture 48...Bxf5 49 Kxf5, giving black access to e3, 49...Re3 in view of 50 h7 Re8 is unfortunately insufficient due to either 51 Ra8+ or 51 h8Q RxQ 52 Ra8+ , which outcome is obviously 1-0 in both cases (although the strongest no doubt is to trade on e8 before promoting)
Sep-05-17  lzromeu: I found 48nd4, 48. R-sac and royal fork mate in 49nc6+ Goes nowhere, but a beauty fight.
Sep-05-17
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  PawnSac: < leRevenant: <ChessHigherCat: How to shear off short.> j'approuve ! >

yea me too! CHC you should do the pun submission for that!

Sep-05-17
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  PawnSac: < saffuna: Shirov takes 10 pages to annotate this game in FOB2. He says 32...Nxd6 is the decisive mistake. >

what is FOB2 ? I'd like to read his analysis. probably includes some of his deep opening prep

Sep-05-17  FairyPromotion: FOB = Fire on Board, the title of Shirovs Books.
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