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Alexey Shirov vs Suat Atalik
XXXIV Bosnia (2004), Sarajevo BIH, rd 5, May-22
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense (C96)  ·  1-0



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  jaime gallegos: 39.Re6+ !!! great move !
May-31-04  Erwin: another fantastic play by shirov,stunning move,the move 17)na3 did it ever played before?
May-31-04  misguidedaggression: White to play and win 39.?
How about it <>? A goood monday or tuesday problem at the least.
May-31-04  iron maiden: <misguidedaggression> You should probably e-mail them if you want to make a suggestion like that; actually posting it draws attention to the game.
Jun-09-04  Eatman: 17. ... Na3 looks pretty horrible in retrospect. The good old "knights on the rim are dim" axiom.
Jun-25-04  Lawrence: Analyzed at Jon Edwards's
Sep-08-04  Jack Rabbit: This game is annotated by Shirov in New in Chess (2004, No. 5). He doesn't condemn Atalik's 17 -- Na3; in fact, he awards the move a bang (I would expect a query). Shirov says that Black had no good alternative, a argument he supports with the line 17 -- Nb6 18 a5 Nd7 19 Ne3 Nf4 20 Bd2 Nc5 21 Bb4 and White wins a Pawn.

Nevertheless, I can't agree with Shirov's praise of 17 -- Na3. The Knight is shut out of the game after that; for all intents and purpsoes, Black is a piece down after this move. The Knight is still there when Black resigns.

Shirov criticizes himself for allowing Black counterplay on the c-file ("What a cold shower," he says after 27 -- Qc8, another move he awards with a bang). He says he could have avoiding this with (instead of 26 Ne3) playing 26 Be3 Rc3 27 Ng3.

Jul-04-10  wordfunph: Shirov - Atalik

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whatta move whew! 39.Re6+!!!

Jul-12-19  diagonal: <Shirov was playing in his typical manner, with terribly complex and convoluted games>. Renowned Robert Byrne commented in the New York Times:
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  plang: 11..cxd!? is a sideline that was historically considered to be premature but which had been receiving some attention around the time of this game. Played in the 5th round (of a 10 player round robin); two rounds earlier Shirov had played 14 b3 against I.Sokolov and the game had ended in a draw. Here he varied with 14 Nbd2. 16 b3 had been played four times previously (originally in the draw Darga-Tal 1964 Amsterdam Interzonal); 16 a4 was new. Was 18..a5? an oversight overlooking that e5 was not covered by the knight after 17..Na3!?; anyway better would have been been 18..Nf4 19 Bxf4..exf 20 Qd2..a5 21 Rac1..Bg5! and Black should be OK. 23 Be3..Rc3 24 Ng3 would have been safer with a solid extra pawn. Shirov had completely overlooked 27..Qc8! which gave Black counterplay. Nevertheless White, had he played 33 Qg5! going after the e-pawn, would have had a decisive advantage. After Black's 33..Bb7? White had a winning position anyway; Shirov gave as the best defense 33..Qd7 34 Qg5..Rd1 35 Qe7!..Rxd6 36 Rxf7..Qxe7 37 Rxe7..Rd3 38 Rb2..Rc3 39 Rxe5..Bc4 40 Rd2..Bd3 41 f3..Rxb3 42 Rd5 with advantage to White but still with work to do.

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