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Alexey Shirov vs Dmitry Jakovenko
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 2, Jun-09
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  1-0

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Jun-09-08  Takya Kotov: The threat of 47. Rh2->Rh8 is hard to meet.
Jun-09-08  IT4L1CO: Shirov vs Motylev, 2002 Shirov knows how dangerous is a queen on f6...
Jun-09-08  luzhin: Black had to try 39...f5-- anything to keep his Bishop on the critical h8-a1 diagonal!
Jun-09-08  pferd: After 40.gxf6+ the Bishop will not be on the board much longer, much less on the h8-a1 diagonal.
Jun-09-08  SniperOnG7: A very instructive example of a middlegame with opposite-coloured Bishops. Black's sits there uselessly and effectively, White was a piece up on the attack for most of the game. Very nice coordination of the pieces from 10. Qe4 onwards, leading to the combo that won back the won on 18. Qxc6 (while maintaining the initiative). Shirov proves the poison of this d4-d5 gambit line against the Queen's Indian.
Jun-09-08  luzhin: Pferd, please explain how the Bishop is lost after 39...f5 40.gxf6+ Bxf6.
Jun-09-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: <luzhin> <Pferd, please explain how the Bishop is lost after 39...f5 40.gxf6+ Bxf6.>

I agree with you about 39 …f5 40 gxf6+. 40 gxf6+ does not work. What does work is 40 Qg2, and the bishop has nowhere to hide.


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I did not like 35…Be2. It took the bishop right out of the match and subjected it to constant harassment. 35…Be5 looks better.


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Now, black’s pieces are nicely coordinated for attacking purposes.

Jun-09-08  madlydeeply: this was a fun game, leading with the queen. The white lady was the center of action all the way through. Supermodel.
Jun-10-08  luzhin: Jimfromprovidence, I'm not sure about the first diagram in your post. After 39...f5 40.Qg2, White's f-pawn is still on f2 and Black's Bishop on d4. So Jakovenko would play 40..Rh2 and after 41.Qg1 Be5 pray for 42. f4?? after which 42...Bxf4 wins for Black! However, Shirov would probably (as in the game) have played 42.Kc2, after which it's true that the Black Bishop is liable to get kicked off the key a1-h8 diagonal.
Jun-10-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: <lushin> <I'm not sure about the first diagram in your post.>

You're right. I set up the board incorrectly.

Jun-10-08
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  Zenchess: The Queen in this game is like the lady who tells the guy to stop dragging her heart around. It is very appropriate that she lays the final smackdown on Black here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUhh...

Jun-10-08  sallom89: beautiful game!
Jun-11-08  Augalv: Shirov Alexey - Jakovenko Dmitry, Aerosvit 2008, 2nd Round.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 c5 6.d5 exd5 7.cxd5 Bb7 8.Bg2 Nxd5 9.O-O Be7 10.Qe4 Bc6 11.Ne5 Nc7

11..Nf6 is older try, Jakovenko is willing to set his foot into new teritory.

12.Nxc6 dxc6 13.Nc3 O-O 14.Rd1 Qe8 15.Bf4 Ne6 16.Nb5 Qc8

More or less forced after 11..Nc7.It's clear that Black must give up his extra soldier in order to finish development.

17.Bxb8

Maybe White could wait a bit longer with this exchange 17.Nd6 Bxd6 18.Bxd6 Re8 19.e3 is interesting.17.Be3 Re8 is also worth considering.

17..Qxb8

17..Rxb8? 18.Nxa7 with edge.

18.Qxc6 Qe5 19.Qd7 Rae8 20.Nc3

Logical move keeping all targets in board, especially a7 pawn.20.Nxa7? is not precise, 20..Qxe2 and Black equalized.

20..Qb8 21.Nd5 Bd8

If 21..Bd6 22.e3 Rd8 23.Qb5 with tiny edge.22.Nf6+!? is other alternative.

22.e3 White is better, Black pieces are very clumsy and passive.

22..Nc7


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23.Rd2?!

This natural move throws away some of the advantage.Computer-like 23.Qd6! is strong 23..Qc8 24.Qc6! Qb8 25.Nc3! and White Rook can access seventh rank.

23..Nxd5 24.Bxd5 Bf6 25.Rad1 g6 26.Bc4 Kg7 27.b3 Re7 28.Qb5 h5 29.a4 h4 30.Qc6 hxg3 31.hxg3

Black is breathing more freely now but still he must work hard to fully equalize.Bishops can't oppose each other and that is in White's favour since he is more active side.It's clear that White must push his Kingside pawn to squeeze maximum out of position.

31..Rc8

31..Qc8!?

32.Qf3 Qe5 33.Rd5 Qc7 34.g4 Rh8 35.g5 Bb2 36.Kf1 Qb7 37.Ke2 Qc7 38.Qg4 ( diagram )


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Everything according to plan but Black holds tight.

38..Bd4?

Major slip.Maybe time pressure? Strange looking 38..Qh2! is holding 39.Rd7 Rhe8! ( that's the idea, Black is threathening Rxe3+ ) 40.Rxe7 ( 40.R1d3 Bd4 ) 40..Rxe7 and White was forced to swap his attacking arsenal.Equal position.

39.Kd3 Be5 40.f4 Bd6 41.Qg2

Now it's a different story, Bishop is not longer controling a1-h8 diagonal.

41..a6

41..Ree8 42.Kc2 and White is much better.

42.Qb2+ Kg8 43.Kc2 Rh2+ 44.R5d2 Rxd2+ 45.Rxd2 b5 46.Qf6 1-0

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin

http://www.karjakin.blogspot.com/

Jun-12-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Augalv> Did you look into 35...Be5!? as an alternative?
Jun-19-08  notyetagm: White to play: 10 ?


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Here Shirov (White) played the novelty (10 Qc2-e4!?}, <PINNING> the Black d5-knight to the <UNDEFENDED> Black b7-bishop.

Position after 10 ♕c2-e4!?


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Jun-22-08  pferd: <luzhin: Black had to try 39...f5-- anything to keep his Bishop on the critical h8-a1 diagonal!>

<pferd: After 40.gxf6+ the Bishop will not be on the board much longer, much less on the h8-a1 diagonal.>

<luzhin: Pferd, please explain how the Bishop is lost after 39...f5 40.gxf6+ Bxf6.>

Yup - I overlooked that. Sorry.

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