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Alexey Shirov vs Michael Adams
World Championship Candidates (2007), Elista RUS, rd 1, May-31
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Polugayevsky Gambit (E17)  ·  0-1

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May-31-07  Youjoin: Nice win by Mickey
May-31-07  Youjoin: Did Shirov blunder with 24.Be3 instead of the logichal 24.Bxf7+?
May-31-07  mack: <Did Shirov blunder with 24.Be3 instead of the logichal 24.Bxf7+?>

Yes!

May-31-07  zanshin: <Youjoin: Did Shirov blunder with 24.Be3 instead of the logichal 24.Bxf7+?>

This move was questioned immediately, e.g.: <Maxim Dlugy: 24. Be3?.. seems to be an outright blunder. Now it's just a question of technique.>

May-31-07  Youjoin: <mack> and <zanshin> Thanks! I wasn´t able to see those comments because I´m poor. :-)
May-31-07
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  Maxim Dlugy: 24. Be3 was just a blunder. It looks like Alexey suffered the strange halucination that Black would have to play Kf8 or something to keep the f7 rook guarded.
May-31-07  zanshin: <Maxim Dlugy: 24. Be3 was just a blunder. It looks like Alexey suffered the strange halucination that Black would have to play Kf8 or something to keep the f7 rook guarded.>

GM Dlugy, I already asked this during one of the game forums, but does CG know you are a member? If so, they did not tell us.

May-31-07  Ulhumbrus: Shirov lost after dropping the exchange because he was unable to make his King count, so as to play with an extra King. The White King needed targets and lacked them. An example of a game in which the King did not lack targets is Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1934
May-31-07  Caissanist: <zanshin> He's only been posting here a few hours, but the admins know. I'm sure they'll be updating the home page shortly.
May-31-07  Hot Logic: Oh good, I was watching the game and could not work out why White didn't play 24.Bxf7+ I thought perhaps Shirov thought the c pawn was too strong with just the bishops on the board, although I thought he could get a draw.
May-31-07  Marmot PFL: Must have been bad time trouble for Shirov to miss something that simple.
May-31-07
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  JointheArmy: Where's <Pinkpanther> now?
May-31-07  newton296: 23)bxc5?? shirov must have been in time trouble as he misses the obvious 23) Bxf7+! leaving white a fine game after ...kxf7 rxr BxR and now bxc5 picking off the knight and white is down a pawn but should draw it!!
May-31-07  princeofdragons: <suentues fellow>

...told you so.

May-31-07
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  suenteus po 147: <princeofdragons> So you did. And I agreed with you.
May-31-07  newton296: Yes, shirov needed 24) Bxf7! not Be3? And that following the first innaccuracy 23)bxc5 !?
May-31-07  KamikazeAttack: Top flight chess is over for Shirov.

He can't produce the high quality chess that Anand, Kramnik, Topa, Aro and Radja play with ease these days.

Thx for the memories to the great Latvian.

May-31-07  zanshin: <Caissanist: <zanshin> He's only been posting here a few hours, but the admins know. I'm sure they'll be updating the home page shortly.>

Yes, I saw that on the chessgames forum: chessgames.com chessforum I was thinking he could help us in the game against Yury Shulman ;-)

May-31-07  Ezzy: Shirov (2688) - Adams (2734) [E17]
31.05.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0–0 0–0 7.d5 exd5 8.Nh4 c6 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Nf5 Nc7 11.e4 d5 12.Nc3 Bf6 13.exd5 Nxd5 14.Nxd5 cxd5 15.Bf4 <Novelty by Shirov. All 5 games in the database regain the pawn with 15 Ne3>15...Nd7 <15...Bxb2 doesn't seem to Adam's taste. White would have better placed pieces and a lead in development for the pawn. There must be a lot of home preparation theory around this position, because there are a lot of complex lines..> 16.Nd6 Ba6 17.Qxd5 <Shirov didn't fancy these complications [17.Re1 Bxb2 18.Bxd5 Nf6 19.Bxf7+ Rxf7 20.Qb3> 17...Bxf1 18.Kxf1< Shirov is threatening 19 Nb7 20 Bh3 which is pretty strong, so....... >18...Rb8 19.Rd1 <[19.Nb7 Rxb7 20.Qxb7 Nc5 21.Qxa7 Bxb2 22.Re1 Ne6 23.Be3 is equal]> 19...Nc5 20.Nxf7 Rxf7 21.b4 Qxd5 22.Bxd5 Rd8 23.bxc5 bxc5 24.Be3?? <What was Shirov thinking. Now he is an exchange down.> 24...Kh8 25.Bxf7 Rxd1+ 26.Ke2 Rd7 27.Bb3 Bd4 28.Bf4 Re7+ 29.Kf1 g6 <I like this move. Now the king can get into the game.> 30.Bh6 Rc7 31.Bf4 Rc6 32.Bd5 Rb6 33.Bb3 Rc6 34.Bd5 Rb6 35.Bb3 c4 36.Bxc4 Rb2 37.h4 Rxf2+ 38.Ke1 Rc2 39.Bb3 Rh2 40.a4 Kg7 <and black just marches his king into the game when white will be helpless snd will soon lose pawns. 0–1>

Making a blunder in a world championship candidates match must knock your confidence. Shirov will not sleep well tonight.

Jun-01-07  Hot Logic: Well I am certainly not against seeing Shirov making it through to Mexico - how many players have a plus score against Kramnik?
Jun-01-07  PinkPanther: <JointheArmy>
When did I ever say Adams couldn't win a game when it was completely dropped into his lap? Christ, I could win this endgame against Shirov.
Jun-02-07  arunjangity: weird tactical motif. an unpinning that somehow turns your own existing pin into a winning one?? i will have to remember this gadget...
Jul-24-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <17.Re1 Nc5> (17...Bxb2?! 18.Bxd5! as Ezzy pointed out) <18.Bxd5 Nd3 19.Qa4!> leads to very promising complications for White.


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