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Alireza Firouzja vs Mila Zarkovic
"A Firouzjous Attack" (game of the day Sep-23-2020)
Sharjah Masters (2019), Sharjah UAE, rd 1, Mar-22
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B50)  ·  1-0



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Apr-02-19  talchess2003: What a game!
Apr-02-19  whiteshark: Alternatively if <14...dxe5 15.Nxe6!>

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than <15...Qxd1 16.Nc7+ Kd8 17.Rxd1+ Kxc7 18.Nd5+ Kd8 19.Nb6+ Nd6 20.Nxa8 Nd7 21.Bd2 +->

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Material is even, but eval is +2, imo due to weak ♙a6, development and ♗♗pair.

Aug-30-19  Whitehat1963: Stockfish: 18...Bxb4 19. Qg4 g6 20. Nh6+ Kg7 21. Bg5 Bc3 22. Bf6+ Qxf6 23. exf6+ Bxf6 24. Nf5+ Kh8 25. Bxb7 Nd7 26. Bxa8 gxf5 27. Qxf5 Rxa8 28. Qxd7 Rf8 29. Qd6 Bg7 30. Qxa6 Kg8 31. Qd6 Kh8 32. Rb1 Kg8 33. Qf4 Bc3 34. Rb3 Bh8 35. Kg2 Bg7 36. Rb7 Bc3 37. Qg5+ Kh8 38. h4 Bg7 39. h5 h6 40. Qf4 Kg8 41. g4 Kh8 42. Rxf7 Kg8 43. Rxf8+ Bxf8 44. g5 hxg5 45. Qxg5+ Kf7 46. Qg6+ Ke7 47. h6 Bxh6 48. Qxh6
Jan-10-20  Kaspablanca: Morphy style game
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  Messiah: 'Firo on the Board'
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Does this mean that Mikhail Tal, like Elvis Presley, is still alive?! Sure looks that way.
Sep-23-20  areknames: Good pun for a truly 'firouzjous' attack. In the final position 22...Kf7 is followed by 23.Qc4+ and mates. Fiddle around at your own peril in the open sicilian.
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  al wazir: After 16...O-O, white is a ♖ down.

Why not play 18...Bxb4 ?

Or since white can pick up a ♘ or an exchange in the corner anytime he wants, why not simplify by 18...Bxf2+ 19. Kxf2 Qb6+ 20. Be3 Qxb4 ? The ♕ defends b7, e7, and g4, at least temporarily.

I don't understand this game.

Sep-23-20  areknames: <After 16...O-O, white is a ♖ down> What good is the extra rook if your pieces are all locked away on the Q side and your K is about to be slaughtered? Black's last chance was to give back some material with 17...Nd7 but even then she is clearly lost.

<Why not play 18...Bxb4 ?> White still plays 18.Qg4 and wins easily.

<why not simplify by 18...Bxf2+ 19. Kxf2 Qb6+ 20. Be3 Qxb4 ?> White plays 20.Kg2 and after 20...Qxb4 possibly 21.Bh6 followed by Re4 then Qg4, the attack is just overwhelming

Sep-23-20  schnarre: Nice analysis <whiteshark>!
Sep-23-20  Brenin: Not bad for a 15-year-old. He went on the finish joint first, with 7/9.
Sep-23-20  carpovius: Superb!
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  Honza Cervenka: Ouch! What a harsh treatment of a nice lady....
Sep-23-20  MrSmearkase: AMAZING game. I did a video on this last year:
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  OhioChessFan: Ferocious Ali carves up an overwhelmed opponent.
Feb-03-21  fisayo123: Here, Firouzja discusses the game and the influence Kasparov had on his career :

Nov-10-21  Chesgambit: After bxa4 Nd5!?
Nov-10-21  Chesgambit: 12.e5 d5 13.Bh6!!

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