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Alexey Shirov vs Garry Kasparov
Hoogovens Group A (1999), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  0-1



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Sep-26-02  bishop: Shirov possibly avoided 17.Nc7+ Kf7 18.Nxa8 because of the shot ...Rxh2! and if 19.Kxh2 then ...Qh8+ 20.Kg1 Nf3+! 21.gxf3 gxf3 and wins.
Mar-31-04  glass318: I need help on the rational behind 14...Ne5. I can sense there is some hidden trap somewhere but my vision is!
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  tamar: <glass318> 14...♘e5 looks like Garry's home cooking-- it slams the door shut on a ♗g3 bishop retreat to the K-side where Black already has an open h file. There is a BIG threat of 15...♘c4 hitting d4 twice if the bishop moves, even 15 ♗c5 ♘c4 16 ♕e2 ♕c7.
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  Bobsterman3000: Poor Shirov. Will he ever beat Kasparov? Maybe he should devote a whole year to finding some anti-Najdorf novelties so that he can get that elusive win against Garry...
Mar-31-04  refutor: he probably did spend a whole year trying to find anti-najdorf strategies in preparation for his match with kasparov...i imagine they were in this line here actually. kasparov mentioned in NIC that he was glad that he didn't play shirov in a match because all the work he (kaspy) put in the 6.Be3 Ng4 lines wouldn't be wasted on shirov!
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  Bobsterman3000: <refutor> Yeah, and it also seems that Nigel Short gets always seems to get a nice-looking attack against Kasparov's Sicilian(s), only to let Kasparov escape...
Apr-01-04  glass318: Thanks, Tamar, for the insight.
Aug-04-04  RonB52734: Why not 17.Nc7+ ?
Aug-04-04  sneaky pete: <RonB52734> Read the first post by bishop.
Aug-04-04  RonB52734: Ah, yes, because after 21...gxf3, there is no way to prevent 22...♕h3 and 23...♕g2#
Feb-01-05  acirce: From Jan Timman's "Power Chess with Pieces":

<One year later (talking about Shirov-Salov, Wijk aan Zee 1998, where 12..Bxd4? was played) Kasparov, again in Wijk aan Zee, improved on Black's play against Shirov by playing 12..e6 (instead of 12..Bxd4) and went on to win the game. During the usual press conference after the round he declared that Salov's 12th move had been a 'homosexual move'. A number of reporters were delicate enough to keep this strange observation out of their reports...>

Feb-01-05  Knezh: lol anyone who calls a chess move homosexual will not get my vote for Russia's presidentship in 2008.
Feb-01-05  WillC21: He called the move Bxd4 "homosexual"? What a dumb comment from an intelligent man. Maybe he was trying to say it wasn't aggressive enough, who knows? Stupid either way.
Feb-01-05  Minor Piece Activity: I don't want to state the obvious, but the two really hate each other. See Valery Salov for some of the accusations they made about each other.
Jun-05-06  spirit: the chess viewer is suggesting to me that this was blind fold...i aint seeing no pieces,only moves...=)
Aug-13-06  Bufon: Kasparov king walking all over the board, another amazing Sicilian of the greatest ever!
Apr-04-07  sheaf: only god knows what shirov was trying here
Apr-06-07  Fisheremon: White had a silent move 14.b3!?, e.g. 14...Ne5 15.Rad1 b5 16.Ncxb5 axb5 16.Nxb5 0-0 17.c4 Ba6 18.Nxd6 with advantage.
Apr-07-07  Atking: <Fisheremon: White had a silent move 14.b3!?, e.g. 14...Ne5 15.Rad1 b5 16.Ncxb5 axb5 16.Nxb5 0-0 17.c4 Ba6 18.Nxd6 with advantage.> Again very good. I hope I'm not alone to learn from yours comments!
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  plang: Played in round 7; the 6th of 7 consecutive wins for Kasparov in rounds 2-8.

Kasparov's second Dokhoian after 12..e6: "The only thing that attracted us to the 11..hxg variation was that White (to his surprise) embarks on a strategically risky course and is forced to think up something more radical than the plan f3,Bf2,Qd2,Nde2,Bd4,Nd1-e3 and so on. Black forces White to take a risk, but at the cost of the even greater risk that he takes on himself."

<Why not 17.Nc7+ ?>

Dokhoian gives 17 Nc7+..Kf7 18 Nxa8..Nc4 19 Qd3..Qxd6 20 Qxd6..Nxd6.

Perhaps Shirov should have tried 21 Nxb7 or 21 Qxg4 though Kasparov would still have retained good counterplay in either case. Kasparov missed 27..Ra4! with the idea of ..Rd4 which would have won material while maintaining the b-pawn. Kasparov did not play 42..Bxd6 because his winning chances remained greater with his dark-squared bishop on the board. 44 Nf5? lost quickly; 44 Rh6! was a much tougher defense pretty much forcing Black to exchange on d6. Black should still then win either by sacrificing his remaining bishop for the pawns on e4 and f3 and winning the rook ending or by maneuvering his King around the board: eg. 44 Rh6..Bxd6 45 cxd..Rxd6 46 Rb2..Rad8 47 Rh1..Rd2 48 Rhb1..Rxb2 49 Rxb2..Be8 50 Kf2..Ba4 51 Ra2..Rd4 52 Rb2..Bc6 53 Ke3..Rc4 54 Ra2..Ba4 55 Kd3..Rb4 56 Ke3..Ke7 57 Rd2..Rc4 58 Ra2..Kd6 59 Rd2..Kc5 60 Rd8..Rc2 and Black should win eventually.

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