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Alexey Shirov vs Judit Polgar
"Just The Facts, M'am" (game of the day Jun-14-2016)
Tilburg Fontys (1996), Tilburg NED, rd 9, Oct-21
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0



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  agb2002: The material is identical.

I don't have the time to provide a more complete analysis, but I think I'd play 13.Bh5 with the idea 13... g6 (13... Ne5 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Bxe8) 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.fxg6 hxg6 16.Bxg6 followed by Qh5.

Jul-20-14  Rookiepawn: <THKVL: Nxg6 leads to Qh5+>

True, and then

25 ... Kg8
26. fxg6 Qxe3+
27. Kh1 Bh6

Maybe Black can put up a fight here...

Jul-20-14  crazyim5: That was some insane initiative!
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  penarol: <Rookiepawn>: 28.Tae1 seems to be overwhelming
Jul-20-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: I didn't even try Bh5.

And I wonder whether this was a prepared line by Shirov.

Jul-23-14  Rookiepawn: <penarol: <Rookiepawn>: 28.Tae1 seems to be overwhelming>

Yep, you're right. No fight for Black.

Jul-25-14  Chris321: O man i have seen the Kt sac,but i have worked out many insane combinations one starting with g6,then after black takes hxg then Ktxe6,i include the bishop move to h5,but in some variations this white square bishop was just in the way and i was looking for ways to sac it even on the a6 pawn,but i couldnt get a satisfactory solution with that variation...anyway i could probably only see as far as 5 moves deep in almost all the variations...but i cant tap myself on the shoulder and say that i could solve this...this is one hell of a difficult solution,truly insane!
Jul-26-14  Chris321: Lastly just to find the first couple of moves here,say 4 moves deep(8 half moves)doesnt mean solving this!...exactly therein lies the difficulty of solving this puzzle,otherwise it's not solving at all.I think the main positional reason that white has such a overwhelming attack here at move 13 Ktxe6 is that black has not enough forces developed in this Scheveningen,blacks pieces on the queenside are just chuncks of wood doing exactly...nothing!,they certainly could have been just as well not on the board!.
Jun-14-16  Virgil A: 13.Ne6 is a glimmer. The continuation is very deep.
Jun-14-16  Absentee: How is this a pun?
Jun-14-16  FairyPromotion: I always thought that Shirov's best games haven't got the love they deserved in GotD selections. But lately that seems to come to an end with first Topalov vs Shirov, 1998, and now this game making it as GotD! Let's hope the following ones will make it in the near future as well:

Lautier vs Shirov, 1990
Shirov vs Radjabov, 2004
Gelfand vs Shirov, 2007
D Dubov vs Shirov, 2013

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  kevin86: Second queen is sacrificed to let the first one win!
Jun-14-16  The Kings Domain: Fire on Board, indeed. Excellent attacking game by Shirov, and doubly so considering it's blitz. The good old days.
Jun-14-16  ajile: Delayed Grand Prix Attack?
Jun-14-16  FairyPromotion: <The Kings Domain: Excellent attacking game by Shirov, and doubly so considering it's blitz.>

This game/tournament was a classical one.

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  OhioChessFan: Is "M'am" some new abbreviation I've never heard of?
Jun-15-16  Moszkowski012273: g5 was supposed to be played before f5.
Jun-15-16  YouRang: Checking with the engine, it appears that Judit (black) overlooked the strength of white's pawn storm -- especially g5. Her key blunder was at move 11:

Here, she played <11...Bf8?>

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White pounced with <12.g5! Nfd7 13.Nxe6!>

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black is down a pawn and the isolated Pd6 will fall soon. Black has little choice but to recapture <13...fxe6>, but now the weakened king position is further assaulted: <14.Bh6!> the rook is under fire, and soon the f-file will open for white's rook to join the assault. White has all the attacking moves in store: Bf7+, Qh5 or Qd5+, and Bd4. White just has to mop up.

Black would have done better was to counter the threat of g5 with <11...h6>, after which the game likely proceeds as <12.fxe6 Bxe6 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.h4 Nbd7 15.g5>

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This is defensible for black with 15...hxg5.

However, perhaps the more interesting try for black here is <15...d5!?>

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The knight is immune, for if <16.gxf6 Qg3+! 17.Kh1 Qh3+ 18.Kg1 Qxe6+ 19.Kg2 Bxf6> and black is up a pawn and the white king is badly exposed.

If white avoids the blunder, it probably continues: <16.Bf4 Bd6 17.Qd2> leading to massive exchanges: <17...Bxf4 18.Qxf4 Qxf4 19.Rxf4 hxg5 20.hxg5 Nxe4 21.Nxe4 dxe4 22.Rxe4>

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Probably drawable for black.

Jun-16-16  ajile: <YouRang:>


Jun-16-16  YouRang: <ajile> Ah yes, tradition demands that I include a typo. Thank you for finding it. It should read:

<The knight is immune, for if <16.gxf6 Qg3+! 17.Kh1 Qh3+ 18.Kg1 <Qxe3+> 19.Kg2 Bxf6> and black is up a pawn and the white king is badly exposed.>

Feb-13-19  PJs Studio: What a gorgeous game by Shirov. Polgar was not someone to be triffled with back in the mid 90’s. Incredible player. But Shirov could attack with white like no other in history at that time.

Again, gorgeous game.

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  HeMateMe: a double piece sacrifice! 13.NxP must have been a bolt out of the blue for Polgar.

if 30...K-g8 its mate in two, 30...K-e8 and 31.R-e1 pins the Queen and wins.

Jan-27-21  Gaito: A beautiful and energetic attacking game by Alexey Shirov, in the style of Mikhail Tal. Black's fatal mistake was 11....Bf8 (according to the computers 11...h6 was equal). After 12.g5 the evaluation of SF12 is +3.28. A few moves later, instead of 20.Bxh7 the engines (SF12 and LcZero) believe that 20.Qf7 would have been even stronger (evaluation: +10.18), but 20.Bxh7 is also sufficient to win. The following position was critical:

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White played the conservative 25.Bd4?!, a move that also wins, but the engines are of the opinion that 25.Qxg4! would have won even faster (evaluation +20.80), for example: 25.Qxg4 Qxe3+ 26.Kh1 Nd7 27.f6! Nxf6 28.Rxf6! Bxf6 29.Qh5+ and mate in three.

Jan-27-21  carpovius: Liosha Shirov forever))
Feb-02-21  carpovius: Not sure that 19.g6? wins quickly
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