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Alexey Shirov vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek
Ciudad de Pamplona (2006), rd 2, Dec-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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  Chnebelgrind: stunning airily play of the polish youngster!
Dec-23-06  Maroczy: I don't think Macieja ever beat Shirov when Bartosz was on the rise; maybe Radoslaw can reach the top ten some day.
Dec-23-06  e4Newman: at first glance this looks like blitz
Dec-23-06  Mameluk: In this line, black is simply quicker:) Recent game Hracek-Wojtaszek from bundesliga is similar brutality.
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  suenteus po 147: Is it possible Shirov was just a little too overconfident after his stylish first round win?
Dec-24-06  notyetagm: <Chnebelgrind: stunning airily play of the polish youngster!>

Wow. what a game!

I've never seen such a bold plan before as Black -immediately- pushing his a-pawn up the board with 10 ... a5, 11 ... a4, and 12 ... a3.

To beat a 2700 with the Black pieces like this!? Wow.

Dec-24-06  Sydro: Bologan vs V Loginov, 1994 Plays this line too.
Dec-24-06  OneArmedScissor: This game is great!
Black's play is very blunt and to the point. Excellent work by Wojtaszek!
Dec-24-06  alicefujimori: <notyetagm>This line (10...a5 followed by a quick push of the a-pawn) is well known theory and is quite popular among the Polish chess circuits. But the critical test for this variation is 11.Bb5 preventing the advance of the black a-pawn. Previously, the position after 12...a3 was considered to be slightly better for white and the usual move here is instead 12...Ra5 preparing d5.
Dec-24-06  notyetagm: <alicefujimori: ... This line (10...a5 followed by a quick push of the a-pawn) is well known theory and is quite popular among the Polish chess circuits...>

So this line should be called <Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation, Polish Attack>.

Dec-24-06  actinia: 27.Rxd5 seems so much more natural...
Dec-25-06  atragon: Excellent work from Wojtiasek but first of all onether very poor game from Shirov. He had understand nothing of this game. I think Topa or kramnik play a very different way. In a short time Alexey has to say goodbye to 2700 Elo status...
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  Chnebelgrind: <Recent game Hracek-Wojtaszek from bundesliga is similar brutality>
Dec-26-06  Eatman: Even discounting tactical shots by both players, the game looked really bad for white, since they seemed to be at least 3-4 moves from even starting to generate any kind of threats on kingside, while all the play was happening on queenside where white king resided.
Dec-26-06  Tariqov: EVERYONE seems to think this is a good game by Black? To me it looks plainly White had the advantage during most of the game, although all the action was on 'Blacks side', white seem to be getting a material advantage , with not enough compensation for Black, it seems that White played a few blunders.
Jan-19-15  SpiritedReposte: 25. ...b5! and 27. ...Bb6! Before the knight lowers the boom.
Apr-29-17  ChessHigherCat: 27...Bb6 is fantastic.

28. Qxb5 Nc3+ wins the Q
28. cxe6 or cxb6...Nc3+ 29. Ka1 Ra2#
or 29. Kc1 Na2+
30. Kd2 Qxc2+ 31. Ke1 Nxb4...

28. Qa3 /Nc6+ wins the Q
28. c6 Bxe3
But what about 28 Qd2 or Qe1?

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