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Andrei Volokitin vs Alexey Shirov
Aerosvit GM Tournament (2006), Foros UKR, rd 6, Jun-22
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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  Ron: Interesting game in the Petroff. At one point Volokitin made six consecutive knight moves.
Jun-23-06  blingice: If 63..Bc2, 64. f5!, blocking the diagonal.
Jun-23-06  gulliver: Great effort by both players. Particularly , I was impressed by Volokitin's decision to exchange rooks without gaining any material advantage through this exchange. It is presumable that he calculated ahead and he had confidence and deeep understandment of the position to make such a choice and to win the game remarkably with a knight and 5 pawns against a bishop and 5 pawns .

However, after playing the game over only once, I was left with few abstainments about Shirov's defence though ; Especially, his 56th move ; Could he not save the game by playing 56.. Bf3-d1 ?

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  Ron: <gulliver> I tried out your suggestion 56 ... Bd1 and it seems that White still wins, e.g. Nd5 Bxb3 Nxb6 Kd6 Kf4 Kc6 a5 Kb7 Kxf5 Ka6 Nd7 Bxc4 Nxc5+ Kb5 Ne4 Bd3 Kf4 Kxa5 Nf6 Kb6 Nxh5 Kc6 Ke5 Kd7 Kf6 Ke8 Nf4 Be4 Kg7 Bf3 h5 etc

It seems that at least by move 56 (and perhaps sooner) White has an endgame which can be won by precise play.

Jun-29-06  gulliver: < Ron: I tried out your suggestion ...>

56..Bd1 60. Nd5 Kd6 61. Nxb6 Bg4 62.a5 Kc6 63. Kf4 Kb7 64. Ke5 Kc6 ( 64..Ka6 65. Kd6 Kxa5 66. Kxc5 and white has 2 passed pawns and seems to have a decisive advantage ) 65. Kf6 Kd6 66. Kxf7 Kc6 67. Ke6 Bf3 68. Kxf5 Kd6 69. Nd5 (with the idea of Nf4 and Kg5 winning the h5 pawn) Bxd5 70. c4xd5 Kxd5 71. Kg5 and black cannot create a passed pawn while white is going to create two passed pawns on the king side which will be unstoppable. Indeed , White wins.

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