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Emil Davidovich Sutovsky vs Alexey Shirov
Karpov Poikovsky (2008), Poikovsky RUS, rd 1, Jul-08
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-09-08  SickedChess: nice battle between two enemies in the real life.
Jul-09-08  Xeroxx: Tell me about the real life.
Jul-09-08  Nezhmetdinov: Grandmaster chess at its best.
Jul-09-08  Riverbeast: Sutovsky tried to pull a Shirov on Shirov!

A nice battle between two brilliant attackers.

I would also be interested to know more about the 'grudge' SickedChess referred to.

This game certainly had the elements of a grudge match...I like the way Shirov refused the draw by repetition and instead gave up his queen to play on, even though he had no real winning chances by doing so

Jul-09-08  Udit Narayan: I like white's 18, 19 and 21 move.
Jul-09-08  OneArmedScissor: <Riverbeast>
That is Sutovsky's style. He's very aggressive and sharp and imaginative.
Jul-09-08  apexin: interesting game. I hope shirov wins this tournament.
Jul-09-08  SickedChess: To know the Shirov-Sutovsky history please read Shirov´s "Fire on board 2" :)
Jul-09-08  messachess: This is quite a game--one of the best I've seen in 2008 so far. I'm looking at the combination beginning with 31...Qxf1. I am wondering if Shirov saw the forced draw 9 moves later.
Jul-11-08  GMNick: Was Sutovsky planning to perpetual check Shirov after 18...gxf3? There doesn't seem to be anything else for white after 19.Qg6+
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  Mateo: What a beautiful tournament! I just looked to the first 3 games, all exciting. This one is just crazy.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. c3 d6 8. a4 Rb8 9. d4 Bb6 10. axb5 axb5 11. Qd3 O-O 12. Bg5 exd4 13. cxd4 h6 14. Bh4 g5 15. Bg3 <15. e5, Adams vs Shirov, 2007 1/2-1/2.> Nh5 16. Nc3 <16. Nbd2, Sutovsky vs B Avrukh, 2008 1/2-1/2.> Nxg3 17. fxg3 g4 18. e5! Kg7! <18...gxf3? 19.Qg6+ Kh8 20.Qxh6+ Kg8 21.Bc2 f5 22.Bb3+ Rf7 23.Qg6+, White wins.> 19. Bc2! Rh8 <19...gxf3?? 20.Qh7 mate!> 20. Nh4 Nxd4! <20...Bxd4+ 21.Kh1, White has a strong attack. The threat is Rxf7+. The move actually played gives an escape square on c6 to the King in many variations as we will see.> 21. Rxf7+! Kxf7 22. Rf1+? <22.Qg6+ was a draw. For instance, 22...Ke7 23.Qg7+ (23.Nd5+ Kd7!, this is the point of 20...Nxd4) Ke6 24.Qxg4+ was a draw.> Ke8 23. Nd5 Nf3+? <23...Nxc2+ eliminating the dangerous Bishop seems to win for Shirov. But of course, it was hard to foresee on the board that after the move actually played White would have enough compensation for the sacrificed Rook.> 24. Kh1 Nxe5! <24...Nxh4?! 25.e6! (threatens Qg6+!) Bxe6! 26.Qxb5+ Qd7! (26...Bd7? 27.Qe2+ wins) 27.Nf6+ Kd8 28.Nxd7 Bxd7 is more or less equal.> 25. Qxb5+! Bd7! <25...c6?! 26.Bg6+! Kd7! (26...Nxg6? 27.Qxc6+! Bd7 28.Qxd6, the Black King is caught in a mating net) 27.Bf5+ draw.> 26. Qe2 <threatens mate.> Qg5 27. Ng6 Bc6?! <Black cannot save the Rook. However, better seems 27...Be6! avoiding White’s next move. White’s has to be very accurate. 28.Ndf4! (28.Nxh8? Bxd5, Black is simply winning with his extra Bishop) Bc4 29.Ba4+ Kd8 30.Qxc4! Nxc4 31.Ne6+ Kc8 32.Nxg5. Black cannot save his Rook. 32...Rd8? 33.Bc6!, the threat Ne7 mate wins for White! 32...hxg5 33.Nxh8 Kb7! (before White plays Bc6) 34.Nf7 Nxb2, Black has an extra pawn in the ending but it couldn’t be enough for a win.> 28. Rf5! Qc1+ <28...Qxg6? 29.Rxe5+.> 29. Rf1 Qg5! <29...Qxb2? 30.Nxh8 threatens Bg6+.> 30. Rf5 Qc1+ 31. Rf1 Qxf1+!? <avoiding the draw.> 32.Qxf1 Bxd5 33. Nxh8 <White has a small material advantage, Queen vs Rook+Bishop, but Black has compensation. The Rook connected with the two Bishops will reach the 7th rank. The position is equal.> Ke7 34. Ng6+ Nxg6 35. Bxg6 Rf8 36. Qb1 Kd8! <Threatens Rf2.> 37. h3! <Avoiding mate on his first rank.> Rf2 <Or 37...gxh3 38.Be4 with an equal game. But Shirov secures the draw.> 38. Be4 Bxe4 39. Qxe4 Rf1+ 40. Kh2 Bg1+ 41. Kh1 Bf2+ 42. Kh2 Bg1+ 1/2-1/2

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