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Alexey Shirov vs Semyon Lomasov
Nutcracker Match of the Generations (2020) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Mar-08
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  0-1



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  Oginschile: Is this score correct? I ran this through Stockfish because I couldn't see a winning continuation for black, and it seems to agree.. black has to take the perpetual here. Why does Shirov resign... if not on time?
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  HeMateMe: I think white loses because his King can be checked onto either the c file, g file or back rank, where black can drop in a winning Rook check .
Apr-07-20  SChesshevsky: Shirov did time out in this game. Most or all the Generations match games are on YouTube.
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  PawnSac: < HeMateMe: I think white loses because his King can be checked onto either the c file, g file or back rank, where black can drop in a winning Rook check .>

Black can't guard both c7 and e7 in one move.
White threatens a check on one then mate on the other. If black plays Qxd6 white grabs both rooks, so he is forced to take the check.

..Qd4+ 32.Ke2 (certainly not Kg3 Qh4#) Qe5+ 33.Ke2 = even if he plays 33.Kf1 Rh1+ 34.Kf2 Qd4+ 35.Ke2 Qe5+ is still = . Black can't make a non-check move because of the c7/e7 mate threat.

There is also the possibility of rep Q checks on c4/c5. If white answers Qc5+ with Kg3 then it's the rook who checks on g8/h8/f8 etc. If the white king tries to advance the black Q can circle around behind with check at e3 and white faces possible mate or xray attack and lose his Q.

Any way you slice it, the game is still a draw by rep, so Shirov's resignation is curious indeed.

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