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Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexey Shirov
"Right to Play" (game of the day May-19-2018)
Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates Match (1998), Cazorla ESP, rd 9, Jun-05
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Goglidze Attack (D70)  ·  0-1



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Oct-20-06  aragorn69: Good rebuttal <Hesam7> !! ;-)
Mar-08-07  Tomish: Desperate stuff! I really like Shirov's 16...Nc4. To me it seems part of his plan that leads to 17...bxc4, and stop white from castling. I'm not sure. In any case it is a tight-roped, beautiful game!
Jan-02-08  talisman: it must have been really hard for kramnick to resign this game, knowing that a loss would mean that shirov would win their match, and earn the right to play Kasparov for the title. oh yea...that's right.Only the loser would get to play Kasparov. Well at least they both got paid good and i know shirov needed it because when he got home his ex-wife had cleaned out the house and the bank account. oh yea...only the loser got paid.Well, Alexei, what can i say, sometimes you just can't win for losing. oh yea...well i take that back.
Jan-03-08  strifeknot: <talisman>, you sound bitter at Kramnik for the injustice visited upon Shirov by Kasparov. Kramnik is not to blame for Shirov's shabby treatment, nor can Kramnik be faulted for accepting the chance to play Kasparov for the title after Anand declined to do so.

Redirect your petulance and hostility to a more deserving target.

Jan-03-08  talisman: <strifeknot> earlier posts elsewhere i have said the same as you.reading my post i can see your point.i posted this tonight when i read how shirov returned after this match to lose his wife, money and child.and then on top of that to lose his shot at the title.had to be a tough time. i was wondering what it was like when Gazza and shirov played later on? had to be the way you think Korchnoi would have stood for these shenanigans? you would've needed an army to stop him.
Jan-03-08  strifeknot: Shirov is a strong man for enduring all of that. One has to feel for him.
Feb-03-08  apexin: I recently bought a book entitled "how to play the grunfeld" in which the author recommends meeting 3.f3 with the outrageous 3...e5!!? when play might continue 4 dxe5 Nh4! 5.Nh3 (probably the only try for an advantage) Qh4+ Nf2 etc.

It would be interesting to hear some opinions on this variation .

Sep-03-08  Whitehat1963: An excellent look at the Opening of the Day.
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  whiteshark: It has come to that: <Google Attack> !
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  plang: This was Kramnik's last White in the ten game match so, down one, he had to press for a win. His first four Whites had been conventional Gruenfelds and Kramnik had made no progress. 3 f3, originally attributed to Alekhine, was an attempt to avoid Shirov's preparation. 3..c5 would have transposed to a Samisch Kings Indian (or something similar) while Leko won against Kramnik with 3..e5 several months after this game at Tilburg. Shirov's 3..d5 kept the game in Gruenfeld territory though it allowed Kramnik to play 5 e4 without Black being allowed to exchange Knights on c3. 10..h5 was new though it was still within Kramnik's preparation; 10..cxd had been played in Karasev-Zdrowsky 1990 though Shirov was completely unfamiliar with this theory.

Speelman after 26..Rxe4: "Kramnik now went down rather quickly. He may have been able to put up a bit more resistance but the position looks lost for Black anyway. Not only did Shirov have two pawns for the exchange already, plus the bishop pair against a scrawny knight in an open position , but the manifest disorganisation of the white forces promised, as occurred in the game, a further harvest before the position could be stabilised."

Jan-23-12  seeminor:

Shirov's analysis of the game

Jan-23-12  gitz: Shirov's analysis of the game here: (part 1) and here: (part 2)
Mar-09-12  apexin: Wow, this is like Tal at his best.
A sacrifice leading to a significantly better endgame.
Feb-27-14  SpiritedReposte: Surprised this hasn't been GOTD. Similar to spassky's bluebird game sacrificing rook for pawn to keep up the tempo of the attack.

Those bishops were screaming with such an open position.

Aug-07-16  Virgil A: What a game. Might as well call him...

Shir Khan

May-19-18  catlover: This game is like watching fireworks! It's a great choice for GOTD.

I don't get the pun..."Right to Play"? Is there some back story about the game to which the pun refers?

May-19-18  Marmot PFL: 10...h5 seems to weaken g5 and black is probably better off to keep the battle for the center going.

A Giri vs Caruana, 2016

May-19-18  rogl: <catlover: I don't get the pun..."Right to Play"? Is there some back story about the game to which the pun refers?> Yes, they were playing for who would challenge Kasparov. Shirov went on to win this match so naturally Kramnik got the honour.
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  sleepyirv: For those who don't know recent chess history (and apologies if I over-simplify matters)... Garry Kasparov left the FIDE during the early 90s over what he considered some incredibly poor decisions made by that organization (who could ever imagine?). FIDE retained the value of the established organization. Kasparov retained the value of being Garry Kasparov and clearly being the very best player at the time. Kasparov ran through a few different efforts to create new chess organizations.

By 1998, he was working with Luis Rentero to organize a World Championship match that would take place in Spain. The plan was for Anand and Kramnik to decide who got to challenge Kasparov. Anand wanted no involvement in a non-FIDE organized event so they turned to Shirov (who's recent taking of Spanish citizenship might have played a role). Shirov surprisingly won, but the funding for the Spanish match fell through.

Like the wild and woolly days before the FIDE, then came multiple attempts to reorganize the match somewhere else with the champion seemingly getting cold feet. Kasparov was clearly unhappy Shirov had ever gotten involved considering Anand and Kramnik more "deserving" players based on their ratings and was likely looking for a way out of the match. He kept grasping at excuses for not playing Shirov instead of Anand or Kramnik. Eventually the money was found for a match with Kramnik in 2000 which Kramnik won.

I recently read "Fire on the Board II" and it's sad to see the bitterness Shirov retains from the whole fiasco.

May-19-18  WorstPlayerEver: "With the World Champion title in hand, Kasparov began opposing FIDE. Beginning in 1986, he created the Grandmasters Association (GMA), an organization to represent professional chess players and give them more say in FIDE's activities."

May-19-18  Strelets: <sleepyirv> It would have been hard to obtain funding for a match between Kasparov and a player he dominated to the tune of +15-0=14
May-19-18  catlover: <rogl: <catlover: I don't get the pun..."Right to Play"? Is there some back story about the game to which the pun refers?> Yes, they were playing for who would challenge Kasparov. Shirov went on to win this match so naturally Kramnik got the honour.>

Thanks, <rogl>. Now I get it. It was for the right to play Kasparov, which unfortunately never came together.

I gather that for some, bringing up topic of the match and the whole mess of the non-FIDE championship is rather like picking a scab off an old sore. Ouch!

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  ChessHigherCat: If anybody's wondering about the path to victory, SF simply suggests that the black king should run across the board and snatch the a and b pawn.

People who make comments now to the effect that "Well, it's no surprise that Shirov lost this recent game to Paskunyak since he's rated lower" don't remember his glory days when he was a real contender.

Last and least, the aspect of the pun you guys are missing is that "Right to play" sounds like "White to play" (okay, so you weren't missing much...)

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  Everett: I keep forgetting how Kramnik failed to earn the right to challenge for the WC. It's like ancient history, this match.

Amazing how terrifically strong he's stayed all these years, though.

May-20-18  ajile: From a positional standpoint I think Black wants to never take the pawn on e4 early allowing White to free his f3 square for a piece. Especially in the opening before White has developed his king knight. Thus White will have to develop this knight to a more marginal square like e2 or h3.
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