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Alexey Shirov vs Sergey Karjakin
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 6, Jun-13
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-13-08  Assassinater: After Raf1, looks like Rxg5 leads to an almost forced draw by white if he wants: 31. Rf8+ Kc7 32. R1f7+ Nd7 33. Rxd7+ Kxd7 34. Rf7+ and white just checks the black king.
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  Mateo: 21...Ne3!. <21...Bh6 22.Bh4+ wins.>
Jun-13-08  virginmind: 20ply
Shirov,A - Karjakin,S, Aerosvit 2008 2008

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Analysis by Fritz 11:

1. = (0.00): 32.R1f7+ Nd7 33.Rxd7+ Kxd7 34.Rf7+ Kd8 35.Rf8+ Kc7 36.Rf7+ Kb8 37.Rf8+ Kc7 2. = (0.00): 32.R8f7+ Nd7 33.Rxd7+ Kxd7 34.Rf7+ Kd8 35.Rf8+ Kc7 36.Rf7+ Kb8 37.Rf8+ Kc7 3. (-0.74): 32.Ne8+ Kc6 33.Bf3+ Ne4 34.Bxe4+ Kc5 35.Nd6 Ba6 36.Nf7 Rg3 37.Bf3 Qa5 38.Rd8 Qxa2 39.Rd6 Rg8 40.Rxe6 Kb4 41.Rd6 Bc8 42.Rf2 Bf5 43.e6

(s, 13.06.2008)

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  Mateo: 22.Qxg5+!! <Shirov instantly replied with a wild, and according to computers, the best move! Urosevic.>
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  Mateo: 23.Bh4! Shirov is a kind of Hendrix. It is the Shirov experience.
Jun-13-08  waustad: This could be an all draw day, unless somebody overreaches.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: And a boring all draw day it is. No excitement in any of the games. I demand a refund.
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Jun-13-08  popski: <...a boring all draw...> You guys should go to kibitz an "exciting" poker, there is no draws...

... such a boring comments :/

Jun-13-08  talisman: mateo...nice analogy.
Jun-13-08  talisman: boring and shirov do not belong in the same sentence on or off the chessboard.this picture of shirov was taken right as the chess playing girrrl was walking by.
Jun-13-08  djmercury: <Karjakin is completely crazy!! Allowing Shirov (SHIROV!!!) to play the 12. Nxf7 sac is sheer madness... Fortunately for him it looks like this one is a draw...> Black looked always in control, in this line it seems that with the right answers it's white that is more on the edge of losing than the opposite.
Jun-13-08  minasina: There were live commentaries: with Goran Urosevic with GM Konstantin Sakaev in Russian; "translated" (without functioning board): may need reloading

Jun-14-08  kingsindian2006: i like seeing the knight sac come out again after topa's beating on kramnik... you dont really expect a draw with such a wild opening but these are draws any chess fan would love to see . great stuff
Jun-14-08  Augalv: <popski: <...a boring all draw...>

Boring? it was the most exciting game of the whole round.

Jun-14-08  minasina: Internet Chess Club: game of the day, commented by GM Larry Christiansen
Jun-15-08  Atking: <minasina> Again thanks for the link. I had enjoyed much Christiansen's lively comments... He didn't say anything about 21...Qxd4? (22.Rad1 Nxe5) It must be some obvious move I miss.
Jun-15-08  Confuse: wow i almost missed this gem because it was a draw. beautiful. There should be some kind of marker next to the game names "STAR INDICATES EXCITING DRAW" : )
Jun-15-08  minasina: <Augalv>, it seems that you are quoting <Popski> like if he thinks that all the draws of the day were boring. For the clarification, you should have directly quoted <SwitchingQuylthulg>.
Jun-15-08  minasina: Urosevic: <Black can take on 21...Qxd4, then after 22. Rad1 to take on b2, and finally when White takes with Nxg5, to play 23...Nc5 and clear d7 square for the King.>
Jun-16-08  notyetagm: Black to play: 21 ... ?

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Karjakin (Black) played 21 ... ♘d5-e3!

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and then Shirov (White) answered with 22 ♕g4x♗g5+!!

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Wow, what a tactical sequence!

Jun-21-08  parmetd: for the record this was not actually topalov's novelty.

"Contrary to the almost unanimous opinion, the move is not a novelty, though. It had been played for the first time by the Romanian correspondemce player Miron Nacu two years ago, as Marius Ceteras (among others, captain of the Romanian Ladies Olympic correspondence team) kindly informed me. "

Jun-21-08  parmetd: actually the first new move is 13. e5 (topalov's novelty if you will). As the romanian players had been playing 13. f4 in theme with King's Gambit.
Jun-21-08  mmmsplay10: look at this game:
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008
Jun-21-08  parmetd: did you read what I said?
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