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Alexei Fedorov vs Alexey Shirov
European Team Championship (2001), Leon ESP, rd 8, Nov-14
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  0-1



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Mar-21-10  VladimirOo: Truly aesthetic and ironic one: counter-attack on f2 after white's genuine agression on f7, not to mention the black bishop's moves in the center who dominates the board, and the well-known but always delighting play with the rooks deviating the queen to mate.
Feb-20-14  bipingaur: I could not understand the ending, if white plays Qe4 how does the game end?
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  Oginschile: Qe4 would appear to run into f5. The white queen must guard against mate on g2, so f5 wins the queen immediately.
Jun-13-14  sobic: What if white plays Qf1 ? How does it continue? Can someone tell me?
Jun-13-14  Shams: <sobic> 31.Qf1 Rg6 32.Rg3 Rxg3 33.Kxg3 Rxg2+ 34.Qxg2 Qb3+ and 35...Qxc4 is an easy win.
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  plang: Fedorov was a leading practitioner of the Kings Gambit and had unsuccessfully used it against Shirov at Polonica Zdroj 2000; here he tried a different rarely played system. 9..Bf5 had been played in the draw Adams-Kramnik Tilburg 1998; 9..a5?! was new but Shirov admitted that it was no improvement as he was confused regarding his move order. 11 c3..Be7 would have maintained the ability to castle but would have created a weakness on d3; White, in character, went all out for the attack. After 13 h4?!..Nc5! Black sacrificed a pawn but took over the initiative; better was 13 Be3. After 22 Bxe6? White was lost; 22 c3..Bxe3 23 Qxe3..Qd6 24 Bxe6..Rxe6 25 Qg3..Qe7 would have been better with approximate equality. 25 Rb3? lost quickly; 25 c3..Qxb2 26 cxd..Qxa3 would have held out longer.

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