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Boris Gelfand vs Alexey Shirov
"Grunfeld of Dreams" (game of the day Aug-23-2016)
Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2007) (rapid), Odessa UKR, rd 7, Jul-06
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1

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Aug-07-16  Virgil A: a2! amor ( to your love )
Aug-23-16
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  offramp: That's why I choose ... the Pivdenny Bank.
Aug-23-16  catlover: What a shocker 41...Qf4+ must have been.
Aug-23-16
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  offramp: <catlover: What a shocker 41...Qf4+ must have been.>

It really is a treble Tunguska move.

Aug-23-16  nalinw: Great pun for a great game.

Why can't CG indicate the time controls and other relevant details along with the tournament and date currently given?

It is quite important to know whether a game is under normal time controls, rapid or blitz.

Aug-23-16  Eduardo Leon: <nalinw: Great pun for a great game.>

Please excuse my ignorance, what's the reference?

Aug-23-16
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  offramp: There was once a film called "Field of Dreams". I believe it had some sporting content.

If you pronounce Grunfeld like this: Groon-feeld, like an idiot would do, then Groon-feeld of Dreams sounds a little like Field of Dreams.

I think it is important to realise that the opening of the game was a groonfeeled.

Aug-23-16  ninja warrior: baseball movie, 'field of dreams'
Aug-23-16  AlicesKnight: Interesting game, both for the strategic acceptance that the black B in support of Q-side Ps is more valuable than a R, and the tactical 41....Qf4, a quite beautiful move (when did he see it in the marble? - it doesn't work until that moment). Three generations of Q.
Aug-23-16  The Kings Domain: Fine and interesting game by two old-timers from the last glory days of Chess.
Aug-23-16  morfishine: Thank you <offramp> for clearing that up lol
Aug-23-16  Bruce Graham: 41...Qf4+ <offramp>...treble Tunguska move. Lovely image thanks.
Aug-23-16  cunctatorg: Kinda a nice game by an ... "enthusiastic amateur" like Kasparov's Alexey Shirov is!!
Aug-23-16
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  kevin86: Black promotes two queens then takes care of 4 white queen eggs.
Aug-23-16  Sakariman: I think the most beatiful game I have seen forever. Fantastic.
Aug-23-16  raju17: after 41...Qf4 42. Rxf4 black is shut out.
Aug-23-16  qkxwsm: 41...Qf4+ 42. Rxf4 fxg5#
Aug-23-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

For what it's worth (and I realize that as a defense of the pun it's not much), Grunfeld is German for "green field."

Aug-23-16  yureesystem: Wow! What a masterpiece by Shirov, I love his games. I wish I can play like him. :)
Aug-23-16  Mr. V: Lol, <offramp>, your post made my day. "Like and idiot would" haha, spot-on.
Aug-23-16  Eduardo Leon: <ninja warrior> Thanks.
Aug-23-16
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  ajk68: My opinion would be that 33. Rd7 starts a failed plan. Possibly gaining a little more space on the kingside would have been the proper procedure?

Is my thinking mistaken?

Seems drawish at move 33. No good way to convert the material advantage.

Nov-01-20
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  Scuvy: I dont understand all the digs at Shirov on this site, simply because he had a horrible record vs Kasparov. Shirov was not the one who bullied and ran off sponsors for the WCC maich. Frankly, I'm glad Kasparov is retired. He was responsible for one of the worst schisms ever seen in the chess world which took more than a decade to resolve.
Nov-01-20
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  HeMateMe: Shirov was cheated out of a WC match by Kasparov, it's that simple. GK promised to pay him $200k as a peace offering, which never happened.

This is why we have a FIDE, so that champions cannot arrange their own defense matches.

Nov-01-20
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  MissScarlett: <GK promised to pay him $200k as a peace offering, which never happened.>

Don't recall that. What I do is that Shirov agreed to play a rapid match with Polgar in 1999 that was generously funded by Bessel Kok who was then in league, if not in cahoots, with Kasparov. Some time after, I told Shirov (Leon) on the ICC that he shouldn't have accepted this offer because it was widely perceived as being a form of compensation or payoff for forfeiting his title ambitions. He wasn't very happy and insisted the match was an entirely separate affair.

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