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Alexey Shirov vs Masha Klinova
Gibraltar Masters (2006), La Caleta GIB, rd 7, Jan-30
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0



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Jan-31-06  THE pawn: Maybe Shirov wanted to avenge the poor miniature he suffered previously:

P Wells vs Shirov, 2006

Jan-31-06  Resignation Trap: Shirov had the same position at Gibraltar against Shaw last year, and Black played 10...Nh5 instead of 10...Qc7. See: Shirov vs J Shaw, 2005 .
Nov-10-11  DrMAL: Thanx <DomDaniel> for pointing out game in P Wells vs Shirov, 2006 this one is interesting indeed. Shirov invented 5.g4 quite recently, showing for first time in Shirov vs Azmaiparashvili, 2003 but got only draw (as in 2005 game cited above) and black proudly got draw against it again (A Lastin vs Azmaiparashvili, 2004). Move is very sharp positional sac similar to Shabalov-Shirov attack (not dissimilar to g4 in Keres or g4 in QCD/Charousek aka Botvinnik/Petrosian variation see Nakamura vs Aronian, 2011 for some discussion there). Alternative 5...h6 is very similar especially to Shabalov-Shirov attack see Carlsen vs Anand, 2009 for some analysis with <SimonWebbsTiger> there.

As expected, computer tends to underrate positional sac basically throwing up silicon hands with big "I have no idea, go play it" 0.00 score again. Here is short term computation I do not expect much change.

Houdini_20_x64: 26/69 39:15 23,181,972,492
0.00 5. ... Nxg4 6.Rg1 Ngf6 7.Be3 c6 8.Qd3 Qc7
-0.08 5. ... h6 6.h3 a6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.Qe2 0-0
-0.24 5. ... d5 6.exd5 e4 7.g5 exf3 8.gxf6 Nxf6

In game, Shirov chose 7.Bc4 this seems to be slight error compared with computer line particularly if 7...exd4 were played. Same for 8.dxe5 instead of 8.Be3 white is way ahead in development so opening center ASAP makes most sense. However, 10...Qc7? was serious mistake making 11.Bxf7+! very strong maybe already winning. 10...b5! was correct with this move 11.Bxf7+ does not get advantage (11...Kxf7 12.Nxe5+ Kg8 ). After 12.Qc4+ Ke7 was best but after 13.Nh4! Nb6?! was probably losing. 17...Bc5?! instead of 17...Qd6 or 17...Qg7 allowed long castle, and material advantage was obvious. In sharp game, like 5.g4 creates, move accuracy becomes more critical this is why it is called double edged, Klinova slipped and went under Shirov knife.

Jun-15-12  screwdriver: Am I understanding the resignation correctly here? Black resigns because he is down the exchange without compensation. Or is there something more forcing that I'm missing?
Jun-15-12  hms123: <screwdriver> She resigned because she is down the exchange with no compensation to a super-GM with a 350 rating point advantage. Not to mention that her Q-side is not developed and her King is sitting in the middle of the board without much cover.

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