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Garry Kasparov vs Alexey Shirov
Linares (2000), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-28
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Staunton Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: Typical Kasparov domination over Shirov.
Dec-11-09  hedgeh0g: Poor Shirov. Even the Petrov did little to mend his terrible record against Kasparov.
Oct-14-11  wordfunph: "Against Shirov in Linares 2000, he was a piece up in the endgame, but the win wasn't easy. He should have kept his pawns behind, but what did he do? He immediately pushed them forward, making the win even harder in the end. That's typically Kasparov: aiming for activity at all times."

- GM Jan Timman (from his book On The Attack!!)

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  plang: Played in the first round; in round 3 Anand played 19 Be3 against Shirov and obtained a strong position in this super-sharp variation although Black later won the game. Kasparov thought that 21..Rc4 was a new move; in fact it had been played in the draw Topalov-Akopian Madrid 1997 where White played 22 Rfb1. Shirov saw that 31..Rxd4 32 Rxf7..Rxe4 33 Rg7+..Kh8 34 Rxh7+..Kg8 35 Rag7+..Kf8 36 Rxg6..Nc4 was an easy draw but convinced himself that he could play for advantage by maneuvering his knight to d6. Did he miss that 32..Ra8 33 Rb4 would cost him a piece? 35 g4?! allowed Black to exchange a pair of pawns. This put the win in jeopardy given that queening square for Whites rook pawn was the opposite color of his bishop. Perhaps 36 gxh was Whites best practical chance. Timman showed that Black could have drawn with either 39..Rf3 (with the idea of putting the rook on g3) or with 39..Re2 40 Rc4..Re5. Instead, after 39..Rf4? White was able to activate his King and coordinate his pieces for the win.
Aug-03-15  tivrfoa: It's an insult to continue playing after 34... Rd4 against Kasparov ...
Aug-03-15  drleper: <tivrfoa> If you read the quote above from Jan Timman, even he says "the win wasn't easy", and that Garry made it harder by pushing his pawns. If one drops there is good chance for a draw, and as well one of those pawns is a rook pawn. There was no insult in playing on.
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  Plaskett: Same ending is analysed by Dvoretsky in his Endgame Manual when it occured in an ending of Suba´s from Eksjo, 1981, Vs D. Gurevich. Suba ´heeded´ Timman´s advice re not advancing his pawns and Dimitri resigned in an ending of Rook and Bishop and h pawn Vs Rook. Even that ending is not a doddle and, curiously enough, circa 1980 it happened in an ending of Timman´s where he proffered an analysis suggesting that it might actually be drawn. When it loomed as a possibility in my game with Thomas Ernst at the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen, 1981, he waved a book of endings under my nose. But he too was struck by the claim it could just be a draw, published already by Keene in the now defunct magazine, Modern Chess Opening Theory, when I showed it to him. That ending is winning, though.
Larsen won it, smoothly, in the last round of the 1987 SWIFT event in Brussels Vs Short. The ending in Kasparov - Shirov also cropped up in a game of mine Vs Tiviakov in the late 1990s in an Open event at the Isle of Man. Tiviakov won it smoothly.
Jun-23-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov "

Solve for white, move 32

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  beatgiant: <Patzer Natmas> Instead of spamming the site with all these mentions of "New in Chess - Tactics Training," why don't you just start a game collection called "New in Chess - Tactics Training"?
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <beatgiant>--Sadly, he hasn't taken your advice.
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  Plaskett: Regarding the ending of Rook, Bishop and Rook´s pawn where the bishop does not control the queening square Vs Rook, that same ending occured about five years ago when Michael Adams managed to win it Vs Richard Rapport. I´ve also seen it crop up in a Rapids game in the city of Valencia about two years ago between IMs Cruz and Eric Sos. Think they called it a draw. And a few months before that I saw it in a classical time control game in Lorca. The games Short Vs Larsen, Adams Vs Rapport and the Lorca game EACH featured different winning techniques! You got to watch out for stalemates.

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