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Alexey Shirov vs Yury Shulman
World Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-28
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  1-0

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Nov-28-07  Jim Bartle: While following the game I was sure Shirov was toast, then he wins. Did he have this all worked out before sending his king into the open spaces and advancing kingside pawns, did he just want to create complications, or did Shulman mess up his attack?
Nov-28-07  ajile: wild game.

lol

Nov-28-07
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  whiteshark: 26. Rd1 was a bluff and it worked as <26...e2> was a terrible blunder. Simply <26...Nd4+> and white is toast.
Nov-28-07  acirce: Since 26..Rxd1 27.Qxd1 e2 is also a clear win (there are others still), as the pawn obviously can't be taken this time, and on 28.Qe1 follows 28..Rh8 (the easiest) with a deadly attack, maybe he had intended to play this and happened to make the second move in the sequence first.
Nov-28-07  Riverbeast: Poor Shulman...this could have been the result of his career, knocking Shirov out of the World Cup
Nov-28-07
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  chancho: It's possible that he was so excited at the prospect of beating Shirov, that he played the wrong sequence of moves. Hopefully Shulman will chalk this as a learning experience and it wont affect him in his future contests.
Nov-28-07  Jim Bartle: So how did Shirov get into so much trouble?

Seems he couldn't get his queen bishop (and therefore queen rook) into the game, and he opened up the h-file without being able to take advantage with his pawns?

Nov-28-07  Riverbeast: Shirov's handling of the opening was unusual, usually white takes the black pawn on c3 (with either knight or queen) before allowing...d4
Nov-28-07  Jim Bartle: Thanks.
Nov-28-07  atragon: May be Shirov likes to introduce a new idea in this line...after 26. ... RxRd1 and then e2 white is busted
Nov-28-07  talisman: found this game at work(doing the treetop flyer stephen stills thing under the radar ie foreign languages don't get blocked) ...picked it up on move 35 and that position made an old man's day! gonna play through it now in slow motion......oh yea stills attended(briefly) lsu...check out his 1st album solo w/ the jersey on the back cover.
Nov-29-07  chessmoron: It appears that Shulman didn't see ♗ on e6 blocking double threat on e2-square.

28...Qh3+ is another blunder. 28...Qh4 could have saved Shulman 29.g6 Rxd1 30.Rxd1 Qxf6.

Nov-29-07  e4Newman: <check out his 1st album solo w/ the jersey on the back cover.>

and if you can't be with the one you love...

Nov-30-07  hitman84: Very sad to see a player like Shulman mess it up at the end. He would have been very proud of this game had he won. Both have a very similar style.

26...Nd4+ was the simplest way to win.

Dec-07-07  TheSlid: 21.Kxe2 was the start of Shirov's difficulties. taking with the Q was favoured.
Dec-23-07
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  Breunor: Soltis shows this game in today's chess column (I read it in the New York Post). He said that Shulman 'missed a difficult win with 24 .... d3 and an easier one with 26 ... N d4+.

The knight check was still the best try a move later. He had one last shot at move 29 ... R x d1 30 R x d1 R x e6! might have confused White to miss the winning Rh1!'

I'm just quoting here, this is way beyond what I can see.

Best wishes,

Breunor

Jan-29-08  patzer2: Here's a breakout of the win Black missed with 26...Rxd1! .

Fritz 8 gives 26...Rxd1 27. Qxd1 (27. Rh1 Rxf1+ 28. Rxf1 Rh8 ) 27... e2 28. Qe1 Rh8 29. f7 Rh3+ 30. Rg3 Rxg3+ 31. Qxg3+ Qxg3+ 32. Kxg3 e1=Q+ (=7.75 @ 15 depth).

P.S. Sometimes even Super GMs need a little luck, a Blunder by their opponent and a swindle to win.

Sep-06-08
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  GrahamClayton: Black could have won earlier with 22...♕h2+ 23. ♔f1 ♘e3+ 24. ♗e3 ♕h3+ 25. ♖g2 de3, with all sorts of threats.

Source: Jacob Aagaard, "Kamsky Wins World Cup", "CHESS", February 2008

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