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Alexey Shirov vs Veselin Topalov
Morelia-Linares (2008), Morelia MEX, rd 4, Feb-19
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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  Eyal: Of course not 63.c8=Q?? Rxc8 64.Rxc8 Rc2+ and Rxc8.
Feb-19-08  Tomlinsky: Shirov is won.
Feb-19-08  scolley: Topalov resigned
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  whiteshark: Stalemate anywhere? No!
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  tamar: yep <Whiteshark> that was just a joke. Shirov has decided he has time to use the elevator on the h file to get his rook back in the game. Apparently Topalov agrees he has nothing further to contest.
Feb-19-08  chessamateur: Ah Rook endgames. My favorite.
Feb-19-08  Mulyahnto: White decides to bring the other rook, and black resigns....
Feb-19-08  Hesam7: Shirov, Aronian and Obama, pretty good day!
Feb-19-08  acirce: Ah! A Bulgarian trick. 63.Rf6 Rc2+ 64.Kb6 Ra1! 65.Rxf7+ Kh8 and now suddenly there are stalemate traps such as 66.Rf8+ Kh7 67.c8=Q Rb1+ 68.Ka7 Ra2+ 69.Qa6 Rxa6+ 70.Kxa6 Rb6+! = or 66.Kb7 Ra7+ 67.Kxa7? Rxc7+ but I think 67.Kc8 wins.
Feb-19-08  Marmot PFL: Whatever black does that rook will get to the b or d file.
Feb-19-08  chessamateur: Great game by Shirov today.
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  Eyal: Bravo Shirov! Great endgame, despite the possible inaccuracy on move 53.
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Where's that bookie, he owes me some chessbucks!! :)
Feb-19-08  Phoenix: Hooray, Shirov! Topalov never quite equalized despite the rare Bd7 move (and the preparation that went into it). Expertly handled by Alexei.
Feb-19-08  whatthefat: Nice work Shirov! Good to see him back at the top of his game.
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  whiteshark: When they exchanged ♕s at move 23/24 it looked like a 'boring, drawish' endgame. But, no, it became quite a thrilling ♖♖endgame. :D
Feb-19-08  THE pawn: <Hesam7><Shirov, Aronian and Obama, pretty good day!>

And the Montreal Canadiens won too, with their most amazing victory in years! they were behind by 5(!) goals with a 5-0 score in favor of New York and they won 6-5 in shootout! INSANE! The game was just mind-boggling, seriously I can't find the words. Some nights are just amazing!

Feb-19-08  chessmoron: Shirov is now officially my hero.
Feb-19-08  suenteus po 147: Congratulations to Shirov! This must feel good since he's struggled a bit coming off his loss to Kamsky. He's brought down the tournament leader, so he must be getting some of his confidence back for his chances in this tournament.
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  HeMateMe: I was happy to see Shirov win a superb endgame like this. Known more for fireworks in the middlegame, he can be a very accurate endgame player. This seemed like part of pregame analysis, the way the dark square Bishop is resticted for most of the game, by keeping the d6 pawn blocked. By the time the Bishop is in the open board, white's rooks are in a dominant position, especailly as they pin the rook down at f8, behind a pawn. That usualley looks like a lost position in a Rook pawn endgame.
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  HeMateMe: < THE pawn >

Maybe the ghost of Maurice "the rocket" was propelling them?

Feb-20-08  bgkuzzy: Shirov at 62. "Wait a minute... I have another rook!?"
Feb-20-08  TrueBlue: chessmoron, and you are officially on my ignore list, have no idea why I haven't done it sooner.
Feb-20-08  ahmadov: <percyblakeney: But I have some strange feeling that Shirov will win this game.>

<Sneaky: I think Shirov might win today. It's just a matter of time before Topalov overreaches and bolloxes it all up!>

It seems that some of the users gained some fortunetelling skills just in the start of this game... :-)

Feb-20-08  chessmoron: <TrueBlue> Boohoo. Did I hurt your tortured soul?
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