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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Alexey Shirov
World Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 5, Dec-07
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  0-1



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Dec-07-07  Eyal: In a sharp position and time trouble for both sides (a few minutes for the remaining moves), Jakovenko blunders the game away with 25.Rd1?? Necessary to keep some balance was 25.f4, though Black seems to have an edge anyway after 25...Bxe4 26.fxe5 (26.Bxe4 Qg3+) Bd3.
Dec-07-07  whiteshark: Are there any objections against <21.Qxc7> ?

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Dec-07-07  popski: Hmm, maybe he didn't want to face this position:
21.♕xc7 ♘d3 22.♖b1 ♘xf2 23.♖xf2 ♕xg3

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... but probably you are right, after 24.♗d4 white is quite OK.

Dec-12-07  ganstaman: Curious about the ECO. How is this not: English (A20) ?
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  WannaBe: <ganstaman> Use the 'suggest your correction' link on the bottom and report it.
Dec-12-07  ganstaman: <WannaBe: <ganstaman> Use the 'suggest your correction' link on the bottom and report it.>

Hmm, I often see games listed as A00 that I would have thought were English Openings (English (A10) at the least). So instead of focusing on this game alone, I wonder if it's the software that determines ECO that has a problem in general, or if it's my general understanding of ECO that's messed up. I'll ask on the forum to see why this is.

Dec-18-07  patzer2: <Eyal> is correct that 25. Rd1?? was the losing error, and that 25. f4 would have continued the game (albeit with Black still maintaining a clear advantage) with some practical drawing chances for White.

Still, Shiroff's deflection (removing the guard) combination with 25...Rxd1+! 26. Qxd1 b5 27. Rd4 c5 is instructive. Early in my playing days, I can remember being erroneously told by several amateurs that a Rook is usually stronger than two Bishops or a Bishop and Knight. Here, GM Shirov demonstrates it's more often the case that the two Bishops win out over the lone Rook.

P.S. Earilier in the opening, I like 14. a3= or 15. a3= as possible improvements for White -- holding the position for White and keeping the Black Knight off b4 so it can't access the strong e3 post so easily.

Dec-18-07  patzer2: In the final position, Shirov has a winning double attack going with 32...Qd6!

After 32...Qd6!, if Black tries to save the Rook with 33. Rc8, then 33. Bb7! Re8 34. Qc6! wins (threateing both the unprotected Rook on e8 and mate on g2). Trying to save the Rook with 33. Re8 simply transposes, after 33...Bc6! 34. Rc8 Bb7 35. Re8 Qc6! , to the same winning double attack.

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