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Garry Kasparov vs Alexey Shirov
"Alexey Sheared Off" (game of the day Oct-12-2018)
Linares (2001), Linares ESP, rd 8, Mar-04
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Karpov Gambit (C80)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-05  SimonBrazil: <MoonlitKnight> The newest one: Grischuk vs Anand, 2005 , Wijk aan Zee, 2005
Jan-30-08  mistreaver: This variation was refuted by GM Gyimesi in Delchev-Gyimesi, Nova Gorica 2004 ( no game in database). that game went 21... d3!! 22 axb5 d2 23 bxa6 c2 24 Bxd2 Bxa1 25 Rxa1 Rhe8 26 a7 Kb7 27 a8=Q+ Rxa8 28 Rc1 1/2- 1/2 This is the variation that diverted ppl from 9 Nbd2 to 9Be3 Gyimesi is the founder of that novelty.
Seems like sometimes lower rated GMs can have great effect on opening theory.
Apr-06-08  mistreaver: I don't get why no1 ever played 12 ... Ke7 on black side. Is there any forced refutation? Cause i tryed that move few times and it worked well ( altought it happened on playchess against weaker opponents
Aug-09-08  alexrawlings: Can someone explain why Kasparov retreats the bishop with 28 Bb4 instead of playing 28 Bxc7 please?

Apr-06-09  alanelbaum: alexrawlings, I think it's because he wants to keep his c-pawn. If black takes it after 28. Bb4, then 29. Rxd4 seems strong. But if 28. Bxc7 Rxc6, then 29. Rxd4 doesn't work.
Apr-22-09  aazqua: Moves 30 and on are really quite comical. The problem with Shirov playing Kasparov is that Shirov likes to play a lot of speculative calculation intensive chess and Kasparov is the greatest player in history at aggressive, calculation intensive chess. Shirov throws a bunch of spagghetti on the wall and most of his opponents have trouble sorting it out. The problem with Kasparov is that he's just much better at it than Shirov so Shirov always ends up in a variant that is unfavorable to him. This game is an excellent case in point. It's hard to believe Kasparov wouldn't be extremely familiar with the "Karpov" Gambit and the last thing in the world that you want to do is to give Kasparov a piece for a couple pawns in a dynamic position. Kd7 looks like it can't possibly be right and sure enough, by the time Shirov gets his king sorted out Kasparov controls the files he needs to and has his pieces in the right place. G5 G4?? That cheeky pawn should be slapped back into position.
Apr-22-09  returnoftheking: Kasparov's score against Shirov can't be explained by just being better at calculating or tactics. More probably it's psychology that plays a big (additional) role.
Apr-04-12  Hesam7: According to theory 21. ... d3! is best and after 22. axb5 d2 Black has scored very well indeed. However a later improvement over Shirov's game is still possible:

24. ... Rd5 25. Ba5 (25. c6!? , Δ Rd3 & Re1) 25. ... Ra8 26. Rd3 Rxa5 27. Nxa5 Rxc5 28. Kf1 b4 29. Nb3 Kd5!! 30. Nxc5 Kxc5

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<it [is] not clear how White [can] hold 4 Black passed pawns> - Khalifman in vol. 2 of his Anand series.

Apr-04-12  pawnofdeath: spectacular game by kasparov...what calculation, just brilliant!
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  plang: I believe this was the 1st time that Shirov played the Open variation; sort of a strange choice as Kasparov had prepared this line for the Anand match and could be expected to have improvements ready. played at Linares 2001; Kasparov won this 6 player double round robin with +5 a full 3 points ahead of the other 5 players who tied for 2nd-6th with -1. In this highly theoretical line it is considered necessary for Black to sacrifice a piece with 15..Qd5 because 15..dxc 16 bxc..cxd 17 Qxa6+..Kd7 18 Bxd2 is strong for White. Through 22..axb the game followed Shirov-Timman Wijk aan Zee 1996 where White played 23 Rad1 and went on to win; Kasparov chose 23 Rfd1 which had been played recently in Van den Doel-Timmerman Deizisau 1999. In that game Black played 24..Rd5. In his preparation Shirov had missed that White could respond 25 Rd3 (rather that 25 Ba5 as Van den Doel played) so he played 24..Rhe8 instead with a clear disadvantage. 31..c2 32 R1d2..Bh6 33 f3+ would have led to the loss of the c-pawn.
Oct-12-18  Ironmanth: Holy crap, what a game!! Thanks chessgames. Everyone have a great weekend.
Oct-12-18  palmeiras: Folks: I am over 70 and just now have discovered chess. It's too late for me but at least it keeps my mind occupied. So, pls be patient and help me here. Why did Kasparov sacrifice his knight in move #11?
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  MissScarlett: See Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978
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  Diademas: <palmeiras: Folks: I am over 70 and just now have discovered chess. It's too late for me but at least it keeps my mind occupied. So, pls be patient and help me here. Why did Kasparov sacrifice his knight in move #11?>

It's not really a sacrifice. After 12.Qf3 the c6 Knight can not be saved.

If you move the horsie than 13.Qxa8, and trying to defend it with 12...Bd7 than 13.Qxf7+ Kd8 14.Nd5 and blacks position is very hard to defend. 12... Kd7 doesn't work either. 13.Bd5 Bxd5 14.Qxd5+ and black is back in a world of pain.

Oct-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: D 22 DPA DONE

<1. + / - (1.19): 31...Re6> 32.Rxc3 dxc3 33.Rxd8 c2 34.Rd2 Rxc6 35.Rxc2 Kd3 36.Re2 Bc3 37.Nc1+ Kc4 38.Bf8 Bd4 39.Rd2 Bb6 40.Rb2 Ba5 41.Rc2+ Kd5 42.Rxc6 Kxc6 43.Ke2 Kd5 44.Nb3 Bb6 45.Na1 c5 46.Nc2 h5 47.Ne3+ Kc6 48.Kd3 Bc7 49.g3 Ba5 50.Be7 c4+ 51.Kc2

2. +- (1.79): 31...c2 32.R1d2 Re6 33.f3+ gxf3 34.Rxf3 Bh6 35.Re2+ Be3 36.Bxd4 c1Q+ 37.Nxc1 Kxd4 38.Nb3+ Kc4 39.Rexe3 Rxe3 40.Rxe3 Rd6 41.Ke2 Kb4 42.Nc1 Rxc6 43.Kd2 Rd6+ 44.Kc2 Rc6+ 45.Kb2 Rh6 46.h3 Rd6 47.Re4+ Ka5 48.Nb3+ Kb6 49.Re5 Rd3 50.Rg5 c6 51.Nc5 Re3 52.Nd7+ Ka5 53.Nf6 h6

Oct-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: D 22 dpa

<1. + / - (1.18): 31.Rcd1 Re6> 32.Rxc3 dxc3 33.Rxd8 c2 34.Rd2 Rxc6 35.Rxc2 Kd3 36.Re2 Bc3

Oct-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa

1. + / = (0.65): 30...Kg6 31.Rcd1 Re4 32.Rxc3 dxc3 33.Rxd8 c2 34.Rg8 Rc4 35.Bf8 c1Q+ 36.Nxc1 Rxc1+ 37.Ke2 Kf7 38.Rxg7+ Kxf8 39.Rxc7 b4 40.Kd2 Rc3 41.Rb7 Rxc6 42.Rxb4 Rh6 43.Rxg4 Rxh2 44.Ke3 Kf7 45.g3 Rh6 46.Rh4 Re6+ 47.Kd4 Kg6 48.Rg4+ Kf5 49.Rf4+ Kg5 50.Re4 Rc6 51.Kd5 Rc3

2. + / - (0.91): 30...Bf6 31.Bxd4 b4 32.Rcd1 c2 33.R1d2 Re4 34.Rxc2 Bxd4 35.Rcd2 Ke5 36.Nc5 Bxc5 37.Rxd8 Rc4 38.Ke2 Bd6 39.Rh8 Rxc6 40.Rxh7 Kf6 41.h4 gxh3 42.Rxh3 Rc5 43.Rb2 Kg5 44.Re3 Rc1 45.g3 Kf5 46.Rd2 Rc5 47.Rf3+ Ke4 48.Ra2 Rd5 49.Re3+ Kf5 50.Ra8 c5 51.Rh8 Kf6 52.Rd3 Re5+ 53.Kd2

3. + / - (1.16): 30...Ke4? 31.Rcd1 Re6 32.Bxd4 c2 33.Nc5+ Kf5 34.Rc1 Rxd4 35.Rxd4 Bxd4 36.Nxe6 Kxe6 37.Rxc2 Kd6 38.Ke2 Kd5 39.Kd3 Bc5 40.Re2 h5 41.Kc3 Kxc6 42.Re5 Bxf2 43.Kb4 h4 44.Rxb5 Bg1 45.Rh5 Bxh2 46.Rxh4 Bd6+ 47.Kc4 g3 48.Rg4 Kb6 49.Rg5 c6 50.Rg6

Oct-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa

1. + / = (0.57): 26.h3 h5 27.Ba5 Be5 28.Bxc7 Bxc7 29.Nxd4+ Kf6 30.Rxc3 Re4 31.Rf3+ Bf4 32.Rfd3 Rc8 33.Nxb5 Rxc5 34.Nc3 Rec4 35.Nd5+ Ke6 36.Nxf4+ Rxf4 37.g3 Re4 38.Rb1 Rc6 39.Rb7 Kf6 40.h4 Kf5 41.Kg2 Re2 42.Rf7+ Ke6 43.Rf8 Ke7 44.Rb8 Rce6 45.Rd1 Kf6 46.Rf8+ Kg7

2. + / = (0.51): 26.Ba5 Be5 27.Bxc7 Bxc7 28.Nxd4+ Kf6 29.Rxc3 g5 30.Rcd3 Rd5 31.Nxb5 Rxc5 32.Rf3+ Kg6 33.Nxc7 Rxc7 34.Rd6+ Kg7 35.g3 Rf8 36.Rxf8 Kxf8 37.Ke2 Kg7 38.h3 Rf7 39.Rb6 h5 40.Re6 Rb7 41.Kd3 Rb2 42.Ke3

Oct-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. + / = (0.44): 25...g5 26.Rd3 Kf5 27.Rcd1 Bf6 28.Ba5 Ra8 29.Bxc7 Ra4 30.c6 Rc8 31.Bb6 Rxc6 32.Bxd4 Ra3 33.Rb1 Rxb3 34.Rxb3 Bxd4 35.Rxb5+ Ke6 36.Rxd4 c2 37.Re4+ Kf6 38.Re1 c1Q 39.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 40.Ke2 Rc3 41.Rb6+ Ke5 42.h3 h5 43.Rg6 Rc2+ 44.Ke3 Kf5 45.Rb6 Ra2 46.Rb5+

2. + / = (0.50): 25...c6 26.Na5 Rc8 27.Rd3 Bh6 28.Re1+ Kf6 29.Rxe8 Rxe8 30.Nxc6 c2 31.Ba3 c1Q+ 32.Bxc1 Bxc1 33.Nxd4 Rc8 34.Rb3 Rxc5 35.Rxb5 Rxb5 36.Nxb5 g5 37.h3 Ke5 38.Ke2 h5 39.Kd3 g4 40.h4 Bh6 41.Nd4 Bg7 42.g3 Kd5

Oct-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa

1. + / = (0.41): 25...Kf7 26.Rd3 c6 27.Rcd1 Bf6 28.Nxd4 Bxd4 29.Rxd4 c2 30.Rd7+ Rxd7 31.Rxd7+ Ke6 32.Rd6+ Kf5 33.Bd2 Ra8 34.Ke2 Ra1 35.Rxc6 c1Q 36.Bxc1 Rxc1 37.Rc7 Ke4 38.Rxh7 Rc2+ 39.Kd1 Rxc5 40.Kd2 Rg5 41.Rh4+ Kd5 42.g3 Kc5 43.Kc3 Rd5 44.Re4 g5 45.h4 gxh4 46.gxh4 Rh5 47.f3

2. + / = (0.48): 25...c6 26.Na5 Rc8 27.Rd3 Bf6 28.Re1+ Kd5 29.Red1 Ke6 30.Nb3 Rcd8 31.g3 Kf7 32.Nxd4 Bxd4 33.Rxd4 c2 34.Rd7+ Rxd7 35.Rxd7+ Ke6 36.Rd6+ Kf5 37.Bd2 Ra8 38.Ke2 Ra1 39.Rxc6 c1Q 40.Bxc1 Rxc1 41.Kd2 Rc4 42.Kd3 Ke5 43.Rc7 h5 44.Rc6 Rd4+ 45.Kc2 Rc4+ 46.Kb3

Oct-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4
24...c6 25.Na5 Rc8 26.Rd3 Rhd8 27.Re1+ Kd5 28.Kf1 Bf6 29.f3 h5 30.Bxc3 Kxc5 31.Bd2 Kd5 32.Rb3 Re8 33.Rc1 Be7 34.g3 Bd6 35.f4 Rc7 36.Kf2 Ra8 37.Kf3 Re8 38.h4 Ra8 39.Ke2 Re7+ 40.Kd3 Ra6 41.Re1 Rxe1 42.Bxe1 + / = (0.40) Depth: 24

Oct-12-18  SChesshevsky: <palmeiras> Shirov's 17. bxc5 knight sac might also be of interest.

It looks like he gets compensation with the following protected passed pawns.

But they are also hanging pawns and Kasparov blockades and plays against them well.

Passed pawn and hanging pawn ideas could be quite important in this game.

Oct-12-18  devere: Shirov has played some great games, but he never played his best against Kasparov. In this game he never got his passed pawns moving. Better than 21...Kd7 would have been 21...d3
Oct-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 26 dpa done

1. = (0.17): 20...c2 21.Rae1 d3 22.Bd2 Bg7 23.Re7 Bf6 24.Re6 Bd4 25.Re4 Bb2 26.Rfe1 Rhf8 27.Re7 h5 28.f3 Ba3 29.Kf2 a5 30.Rg7 Rf5 31.Nxa5 Bxc5+ 32.Kf1 g5 33.Nc6 Rdd5 34.Ne7+ Bxe7 35.Rexe7 Rc5 36.Bc1 Kb7

2. = (0.21): 20...Bg7 21.a4 Kd7 22.axb5 axb5 23.Rac1 Ke6 24.Rfd1 c6 25.Na5 Rd5 26.Nxc6 Ra8 27.f4 Bf6 28.g4 h6 29.Na5 d3 30.Rxc3 Bd4+ 31.Kf1 Bxc3 32.Bxc3 Rxc5 33.Bb4 Rd5 34.Re1+ Kf7 35.Re7+ Kg8 36.Ke1 d2+ 37.Bxd2 Rxd2 38.Kxd2 Rxa5 39.Kc3 Ra4 40.g5 hxg5 41.fxg5 Rg4

Oct-13-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa done

1. = (0.00): 19...c2 20.Bb4 d3 21.Rae1(T) Rd5 22.Re8+ Kd7 23.Re3 g6 24.Bd2 Kc6 25.Re6+ Kd7 26.Re3 Kc6

2. = (0.00): 19...d3 20.Bb4 c2 21.Rae1(T)

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