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Alexey Shirov vs Ivan Sokolov
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-20
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C72)  ·  1-0



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Jan-20-04  Absurd: SHIROV!!!! It's funny how two wins can bring Alexey from almost dead last to the upper middle of the pack...

Lesson learned here: some times counter-attack, some times run like hell.

Jan-20-04  panigma: 25...Bb4????? Good lord.
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  technical draw: <panigma> Not enough question marks. That is a major blunder. Even I know it's dangerous to leave your queen in front of the king.
Jan-20-04  fatbaldguy: OK, 25 ... Bb4 was disastrous. But since the knight is lost (if it moves, Nd6+ ends the game), the resulting material advantage for white would have been decisive anyway.
Jan-20-04  Hidden Skillz: i think not castling was the main loss here before all the attacks came by shirov..
Mar-04-04  artemis: I think that Sokolov's greatest mistake in this game relies on the coordination of his pieces, or lack thereof. By move 11, his attack has stalled. Also, in the annotated game series on, Paschal noted that 11... Bd7 is a mistake, and that 11... Bc8 is better, for after dxe5, I think that he suggested, (if 11... Bc8 was played) that f6 is the superior move, but in this case it would only initiate a bishop for knight trade.
Dec-28-04  notyetagm: Shirov gives 21 ♖ad1!! as the winning move in his Informant notes.
Jan-13-05  chesscookie: shirov is the new Tal. Evem Moro doesn't play like this!
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  plang: 3 months earlier at Selfoss Defirmian had tried 7 d4 against Sokolov and Black had gone on to win a sharp game; here Shirov tried the other main line 7 Bxc6. Shirov was surprised by the retreat 9..Be6!? expecting 9..Ne7 but Black's idea may have been 10 c3!?..g5! with promising counterplay. 11..Bc8 had been played twice by Vorotnikov in 1979 (neither game is in this database); 11..Bd7 was new. Shirov thought that 16..Kxf7 would have been a better defense though after 17 Bxc7+..Nf6 18 e5..Bxh3 19 Bxd8..Rxd8 20 Qe2..Kg8 21 exf..Nxf6 22 Rf2..Bxb2 23 Raf1 White would have had excellent winning chances. Black was lost after 19..Nf6?; 19..Qe7! would have given Black at least some chances of saving the game.

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