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Alexey Shirov vs Dmitry Andreikin
Russian Team Championship (2008), Dagomys RUS, rd 2, Apr-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack Dreyev Defense (B12)  ·  1-0



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Apr-04-08  kingsindian2006: the guy has a 2580 rating and he gets mated... ouch
Apr-04-08  Gilmoy: 4..Qb6 9..Qd8 12..Qxh4 14..Qd8 <You are the dancing queen -->

27.Q+ 28.Q+ 29.Q+ 30.Q+ 31.Q+ 32.Q+ 33.Q+ <Oh, you can dance if you want to -->

Apr-04-08  Ideefixe: Shirov in the second part of his Fire on Board, confesses that the line with the development of the knight on the 4th and not on the 3nd move, is sharp and risky and doesn't really fits his style and goes on telling us that his game with Topalov at Wijk aan Zee, 2003, (an amazing game by the way, only for the fact that you don't see Veselin cornered and squeezed like that often) will probably be the last serious game to adopt this line. After all it makes much more sense to him developping the knight a move earlier. Still he goes for this line in this game... maybe he didn't consider it such a serious one after all! Later Alexei had even doubts if the c4 square is appropriate for the white knight at the CK and adopted 4.Be3!? Andreikin here, goes for the not so common but interesting 4...Qb6!? instead of the usual 4...e6. His opening is fine and Shirov can't be satisfied with the position arising as it doesn't give White any advantage. Shirov instead of the more natural looking 11.cxd4 goes for the seemingly more aggressive but dubious g4?! After some exchanges Andreikin chooses to recapture with the c instead of the e pawn opening the c file. He doesnt activate his powerful duo of bishops and he underestimates the possible impact the advance of the f4 pawn might have. Shirov probably isn't so sure himself, since he never plays e6. Andreikin has a chance to make it really tough for Shirov with 20...dxe4, alas for him he plays Qe3+ and in the next move he captures with the wrong piece (the queen that is) losing control on the important c1 square and allowing Shirov to play 22.Rc1. The rest is history. Maybe the inaccuracy of Qe3 was critical already but I haven't analyzed it. ( Not that I have sufficiently analyzed the rest!!). A fun and amusing game, as expected by Shirov.
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  chancho: What a blistering attack by Shirov.

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