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Alexey Shirov vs Alexander Morozevich
Governor's Cup (2011), Saratov RUS, rd 6, Oct-13
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-13-11  paavoh: Black had several opportunities to win this according to the live game link and Houdini analysis:

Oct-13-11  waustad: Great save by Shirov. Now some silly wag will complain that he has all draws. They are NOT simple "cowardly" draws.
Oct-13-11  THE pawn: Certainly one of the most exciting games of the year...
Oct-13-11  Rook e2: They fought for the title: most agressive player in this game?
Oct-13-11  sicilianhugefun: Perhaps Black has a win somewhere else along the way... A very tense struggle
Oct-14-11  kellmano: The win given at the time seems rather simple.

36....Ng3+ 37. Kh1 Ne2+ 38. Kh1 Rg8 and the white rook cannot access g1, so has no counterplay.

The computer also claimed the two pawn advantage was significant. Twice Moro had over +5 for a period of moves.

Oct-14-11  znsprdx: <

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36.Kh1 so IF ...Ng3+ instead of the safe Qh6 zeitnot move (the knight on f5 was vulnerable to the rook)
obvious correction to above: 37. Kg1
..Ne2+ 38.Kh1 Rg8

Ironically the greater the capacity to calculate variations;the greater the margin for error particularly in this type of dynamic position e.g. WHAT IF 38.Kf2 Nf4+ 39.Kf3 Qg2+ 40.Ke3! Qe2+

41Kd4 Rx[B]f6!? 42.ex[R]f6 Qd2+
43.Ke5 Nh5 44. Qf7 Qd2+
45.Ke5 Qe2+ 46. Kd6 Qx[R]f1
47.Qx[N]h5+ Kg8 48.Qe8+ secures the draw by perpetual check but after ...Kh7 49.f7 gives White winning chances if Black cannot maintain a perpetual check

Oct-14-11  znsprdx: <

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> 51.Bd8

if there was/is a win for Black it must be proven at the point 51...Black to move

Oct-14-11  znsprdx: <

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> 79.Bf2

and here is where it slipped away

Oct-21-11  Stanley Yee: I thought Shirov simply overlooked that 11. Ne2? trapped his own Bishop. 14...g6 seems better than giving up the f7 pawn.

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