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Alexey Shirov vs Christian Bauer
Ciudad de Pamplona (2006), Pamplona ESP, rd 5, Dec-27
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines. Mieses Variation (B01)  ·  1-0

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Dec-28-06  Total Blunder: Why not 55.Kxf3 or 55.Rxf3 ?
Dec-28-06  slomarko: coz of 55...Nc1
Dec-29-06
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  Mateo: Fine technical demonstration in the ending from Shirov. But before that, Bauer defended well and could even take the advantage on move 24.

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 c6 6. Bd2 Bf5 7. Bc4 e6 8. Nd5 Qd8 9. Nxf6+ Qxf6 10. Qe2 Bg4 11. d5 Bxf3 12. gxf3 cxd5 13. Bxd5 Nd7 14. O-O-O O-O-O 15. Be4 Qe5 16. Bc3 <This natural move could be a novelty. 16.f4 is known.> Qc7 17. Kb1 f6 18. f4! Bd6 <18...Qxf4? 19.Ba5 Nb6 (19...Re8 20.Qb5!, White wins) 20.Qc4+! Qc7 (20...Nxc4 21.Rxd8 mate) 21.Rxd8+ Kxd8 22.Rd1+ Kc8 (22...Bd6 23.Qxe6, White wins) 23.Qxe6+ Kb8 24.Qe8+ Qc8 25.Rd8, White mates.> 19. f5 exf5 20. Bxf5 Kb8 <Black has to hurry to unpinn his Knight otherwise he could lose quickly. 20...Rde8? 21.Qd2, White wins. 20...Qc5? 21.Qg4 Kc7 22.Rd4 (threatens 22.Rc4, 22.Bb4 and 22.Rhd1) h5 23.Qg6 (threatens Rhd1) Be5 24.Rxd7+ Rxd7 25.Bxe5+ fxe5 26.Bxd7 Qd5 27.Re1 Qxd7 28.Qg5, White wins a pawn. 20...Bxh2? 21.Bxd7+ Rxd7 22.Rxd7 Kxd7 23.Qg4+ Kc6 (23...Kd8 24.Rd1+, White wins. 23...Ke8 24.Qe6+, White wins) 24.Qg2+, White wins. 20...g6? 21.Bxd7+ Rxd7 22.Bxf6 Rf8 23.Bd4 Bxh2 24.Bxa7, White wins.> 21. h4 Nb6 22. h5 Na4 23. Bd4 Bc5 24. c3?! <Better 24.Bxc5 with an equal game.> Qb6?! <Bauer missed 24...Ba3! destroying White’s pawn structure. If 25.bxa3? Rxd4!, Black wins. The only defence would be 25.Qe3 Nxb2 26.Bxa7+ Ka8, but Black has a big edge.> 25. Qc2 Bxd4 26. cxd4 Rxd4 27. Rxd4 Qxd4 28. Rc1 <Threatens 29.Qc8+ and mate, as well as Qc7+ and Qxg7. White will win back the pawn in every variation.> a6 29. b3 Nb6 30. Qc7+ Ka7 31. Qxg7 Re8 32. Qg4 Qxf2 33. Bxh7 Re2 34. Bc2 Nd5 35. Qc4 Nb6 36. Qg4 Nd5 37. Qc4 Nb6 38. Qd3 Rd2 39. Qf5 Qxf5? <The losing move. Bauer should have kept the Queens.> 40. Bxf5 Rh2 41. Bg4 f5 42. Bf3 <Threatens 43.Rc7.> Rh3 <42...Rf2 43.h6! Rxf3 44.Rh1 Re3 45.h7 Re8 46.h8Q Rxh8 47.Rxh8 is the same as the game.> 43. Rh1! Rxf3 <43...Rg3 44.h6 Rg8 45.Kc2 followed by Kd3-e3-f4 wins. The rest is easy.> 44. h6 Re3 45. h7 Re8 46. h8=Q Rxh8 47. Rxh8 Nd5 48. Rf8 f4 49. Rf5 Nc3+ 50. Kb2 Ne2 51. Rf6 <51.Kc2? Nd4+.> a5 52. Kc2 f3 53. Kd2 <53.Rxf3? Nd4+.> Ng1 54. Ke3 Ne2 55. Kd2 Ng1 56. Kd3 b6 57. Kc4 Kb7 58. Kb5 Kc7 59. Rf7+ Kd6 60. Kxb6 Ke5 61. Kxa5 Ke4 62. b4 Nh3 63. b5 f2 64. b6 Nf4 65. b7 f1=Q 66. b8=Q Kd5 67. Rf5+ 1-0

Dec-30-06
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  IMlday: Having played both sides of the position I think 9..Qxf6 may be second-rate.
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