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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Alexey Shirov
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-20
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-20-11  crazybird: Blitz Blitz Blitz to the first time control...
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  MarkThornton: An extremely intersting game, in all it phases.
Jan-20-11  ChessYouGood: I think that this is strangely one if Shirov's great games. Remarkable that he steers things into such a sharp line, with the ulitmate goal, it seems, of buidling a drawing "fortress". Stunning. Shirov is such a fun player.
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  Eyal: <I think that this is strangely one if Shirov's great games. Remarkable that he steers things into such a sharp line>

Not very remarkable, considering he's already analyzed this line practically to death. He already drew with it in last year's tournament (Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 2010), where White played 22.Qd5 (that was after the same line was played in an earlier round between Leko and Caruana); this year he was caught in the 1st round by Smeet's 22.Bd7, losing in 3 moves (J Smeets vs Shirov, 2011 - Yermolinski on ICC: "I heard he played the stunning novelty Bd7. That's the only move I would even bother to looking at"), and he was not going to get caught yet again.

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  Eyal: The speed of play clearly shows that up to the basic fortress position it was all within Shirov's preparation:

<Just about twenty minutes into the round Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexei Shirov had reached move 22 already, about ten minutes later they passed move 32 and not long after, the Russian played his 40th move, whereupon his clock changed to showing his remaining time. At this point the author of this report wondered: has anyone ever had so much time for making a single move? Nepomniachtchi had almost two and a half hours for it. Then I remembered that in the old days the rate of play used to be 2.5 hours for the first 40, so gone was the record.> (

Jan-22-11  4tmac: Fortress Draw

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or maybe the final position...or the concept....or black to play and draw coming soon.....good game...

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