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Alexander Grischuk vs Alexey Shirov
Grand Slam Chess Final (2009), Bilbao ESP, rd 2, Sep-07
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation Kaidanov Gambit (D47)  ·  1-0



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Sep-07-09  whiteshark: 2/2 Grischuk is really on fire
Sep-07-09  Hesam7: It seems that Shirov was not happy with 18. ... Bxc6 that he played in Kramnik vs Shirov, 2008 so he introduces 18. ... Qc7 here.

Given the advantage of bishop over a knight when there are pawns in both wings maybe Shirov should have eliminated the bishop by playing: 23. ... Bf8! 24. Bxb4 (24. Nxb4?! Rd8! 25. Bc3 Bxb4 26. Bxb4 Rd4 and Black is not worse) 24. ... Bxb4 25. Nxb4 Nf6

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his drawing chances are much greater than the game imo.

Sep-08-09  percyblakeney: Chesspro analysis:

Sep-08-09  Whitehat1963: <2/2 Grischuck is really on fire>

Winning two games in a row qualifies as "on fire"?

What about Fischer winning 20 in a row, then? What about Fischer ripping six in a row on the likes of Taimanov and Larsen, and however many (4? 5?) in a row on Petrosian? What do we call that, if two in a row is "on fire"?

Fischer was a blazing sun, a damned supernova, if Grischuk is "on fire." And I'm not even that much of a Fischer fan, but you have to respect his achievement.

By the way, does anyone know how many wins in a row are all-time bests for any of the following: Kasparov, Karpov, Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, and Ivanchuk? Or how about older players like Tal, Botvinnik, Capablanca, Lasker, Alekhine, Rubinstein, etc.?

Sep-08-09  JonathanJ: <whitehat> "fischer was a blazing sun, a damned supernova"

well, wasn't he?

Sep-08-09  Knight13: 12...cxd4?! After seeing this game I no longer think that's a good option. I'd go with ....Rc8 followed by ...Qa5 and start pressuring on the queenside.

Seriously, after that church guy got to c6 with the help of that stick man on d4 it's not funny anymore.

Sep-22-09  kingsindian2006: how about kasparov's 6 years in a row without losing with white in linares... thats pretty on fire too , dont you think...

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