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Alexey Shirov vs Alexander Morozevich
Amsterdam (1995), Amsterdam NED, rd 10, Aug-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Chigorin Defense. Modern Gambit (D06)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-28-04  PinkPanther: Strange endgame here.
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  Benzol: I would have expected Shirov's endgame technique to be better than this. Perhaps he was short of time or very tired.
Dec-13-04  Poisonpawns: How on EARTH! does Shirov let this slip into a draw!
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  suenteus po 147: Are attacking players just comparatively weaker in endgames? Sometimes, playing against attacking players at my level, I feel if I can just make it to the endgame with equality I've won. Anyone else have thoughts on this concept?
Dec-14-04  drukenknight: maybe attacking players never get to the end game? i.e. they play so risky that either they win or lose before the endgame. It seems that endgame play has a lot do with experience, or lone study which does not appeal to everyone. So either they dont get enuf end games or dont feel the need to study it.

Other possibilities. SOmetimes people just think differently. Attacking players might not have a positional mindset. I dunno, but I think you have a goodpt.

Dec-14-04  Everett: Tal was always an excellent endgame player, as is Morozevich. Shirov has played some great endgames as well. Spassky was no slouch either. Good endgame players are good endgame players, including players of different styles like Marshall, Lasker, Capablanca and Rubinstein
Dec-14-04  euripides: Could be time trouble on move 39 or so. In time trouble, White's instinct is to protect the a pawn, but this leads to the loss of two pawns, cutting his material edge from 3 to 1 pawn, and leaving him with the bad combination of f and h pawns.
Dec-19-05  netlava: Rook endgames with pawns on the f and h files are difficult.
Dec-20-05  Jim Bartle: There are many excellent endings played by Shirov included in Fire on Board, and he's got at least one great one vs. Topalov in later years. Surprisingly enough, this game was left out for whatever reason.

Actually, a number of players considered Tal to be a mediocre endgame player, and in his book he takes particular satisfaction in winning endgames against players who had said he was weak...

Mar-06-12  romni: I'm sure if this endgame was "an easy win", that Moro would've resigned earlier....the fact he didnt (and drew) shows that it was no such thing!
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  dernier loup de T: Zeinot: if not, no doubt Shirov would have found 39.f4 or 39.c6, and Black was lost; the played and bad move to defend against the black a5 pawn is absolutely useless; so I agree with the opinion of euripides...

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