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Alexander Onischuk vs Alexey Shirov
"Noteboom There It Is" (game of the day Mar-29-2016)
World Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Dec-01
Semi-Slav Defense: Noteboom Variation (D31)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-01-07  Nezhmetdinov: this is a brilliant on-the-edge performance from Shirov - he seemed to dominate from start to finish - He is looking exceptionally dangerous here
Dec-01-07  PhilFeeley: It looks to me like black is winning by the 11th move. Amazing.
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  suenteus po 147: It's a bad idea to play an opening where Shirov can so easily direct the course of play. Onischuk was scrambling the whole game, it looks.
Dec-01-07  Eyal: The first new move of the game is 18...Bd5 (Bc6 and Ndf6 were played in this position before), and within 5 moves - after 23...Qg7 - White is already helpless against Black's threats on the kingside. All the black pieces are perfectly coordinated and participate in the attack (including the rook on a8, following the bishop sac). What an awesome attacking game by Shirov.
Dec-01-07  Eyal: Some nice sidelines:

27.Nxf2 (instead of Rxf2) Ng3 28.Qe1 Ng4 29.Nh3 Nxf1 30.Bxf1 Qxe3+ 31.Qxe3 (31.Kh1 Qxh3+) 31.Nxe3; or 28.Qd3 Ng4 29.Nh3 Rxf1+ 30.Rxf1 Bxg2 31.Kxg2 Nxf1 32.Kxf1 (32.Qxf1 Nxe3+) Qxh3+.

Dec-01-07  SanChess: Great game by Shirov! Isn't amazing to see the yesteryear generation (Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Kamsky, Shirov) performing again at the level that made them favourites of the fans two decades ago? Sorry for Nigel Short, though; he has had a bad year.
Dec-01-07  aragorn69: Shirov seems in outstanding form. He won his three matches so far with the same score of 1.5-0.5 !
Dec-01-07  Jim Bartle: Didn't he win the first round 2-0?

And come one, SanChess, don't be calling Shirov part of the "yesteryear" generation. Makes me feel old, seems like he was a young challenger just a couple years ago.

Dec-01-07  Jim Bartle: Nice catch, Eyal. If 27. Nxf2, and the black knights coming to g3 and g4 looks overhwelming.
Dec-01-07  Paraconti: Enjoy your fantasies abt Shirov being in good form - he probably is, but he's up agst the best player in the world next... AKOPIAN!!!
Dec-01-07  Jim Bartle: Well, there you have it, the truth from an objective source.
Dec-01-07  Paraconti: Since when is destiny ever objective, <jim>?
Dec-01-07  Jim Bartle: Well, I guess we'll get a hint pretty soon...
Dec-02-07  SanChess: <Jim Bartle: Didn't he win the first round 2-0?

And come one, SanChess, don't be calling Shirov part of the "yesteryear" generation. Makes me feel old, seems like he was a young challenger just a couple years ago.>

Sorry, Jim. It hurts to acknowledge we were enjoying all those great players in our twenties. Now, when was that? ;-)

Dec-02-07  Jim Bartle: Spassky, Fischer and Karpov were champions during MY twenties...
Dec-04-07  Paraconti: <jimbartle> LOL that was a GOOD comeback. But those were truly great champions, those three. There are only two really great champions today - Kramnik and Anand. There remains another, but his time has not yet come...
Mar-29-16  offramp: gg! Shirov comes up with a massive attack!
Mar-29-16  goodevans: Enjoyed the game but the pun leaves me mystified.
Mar-29-16  morfishine: Ditto what <suenteus po 147> posted in '07
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  AylerKupp: <<goodevans> Enjoyed the game but the pun leaves me mystified.>

First! It's a play on the hit song (I use the term "song" loosely") "Whoop, There It Is" by Tag Team:, first released in 1993.

But that <IS> Barack Obama at about 1:00 into the video. Or his double/clone. Whoop, there he is!

Mar-29-16  gars: a) <Jim Bartle>: I was twenty-five in 1972 and to this day Fischer, Karpov, Bronstein and Keres are my most cherished players.

b) <AylerKupp>: I watched the video on the "song" and, to my knowledge, the the first to write songs with words but without a melodic line was Bob Dylan, in the late fifties and early sixties.

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  kevin86: Black's pawn cannot be stopped.
Dec-09-17  cunctatorg: I like very much this variation as Black! My only issue is Black's response if White plays 4. e3 instead of 4. Nf3; I don't want to study the whole Meran Variation of the Semi-Slav (4. e3 Nf6 etc.) just for this case and the Dutch approach (4. e3 f5) seems somehow "alien" to me...
Dec-09-17  cunctatorg: I also wonder if 20. h3 is (or not) a dubious move; I was thinking that 20. Ne5 is a better move but I now doubt it; 20. Ne5 Ng4 21. Nxg4 fg4 with attack on the f-file ( 22. Qxg4? Nxf2) or even 20... g5; perhaps 15. Re1 isn't a very good idea.
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  Check It Out: Shirov went from queen side action to king side attack real quick.

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