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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Alexey Shirov
"The B52s" (game of the day Jan-14-2011)
M-Tel Masters (2009), Sofia BUL, rd 1, May-13
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  0-1



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Jul-23-09  LIFE Master AJ: <kurtr> I don't think Ivanchuk has ever written a book.
Jan-09-11  jmactas: I submitted "The B52s" as a pun submission.
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  AylerKupp: <<jmactas>: I submitted "The B52s" as a pun submission.>

I must be tired but I just don't get it. Please explain it.

Jan-14-11  jmactas: <AylerKupp> The B52s are an American rock band and the ECO code for this game.
Jan-14-11  anandr: What if white plays 25.Nc2?
Jan-14-11  blueofnoon: Then 25...Rxc2 and white is down a knight.
Jan-14-11  GilesFarnaby: As already pointed out, it wouldn´t have been that bad for Ivanchuk to accept the sacrifice:

1: Vassily Ivanchuk - Alexey Shirov, M-Tel Masters 2009

Analysis by Houdini 1.5 w32:

18.fxe4 dxe4 19.Nxe4 Qxd4 20.Qxd4 Bxd4+...

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...21.Kh1 Rc7 22.b4 Be5 23.Rfe1 f6 24.g3 Rd4 25.Rb1 Re7 26.Re2 Kg7 27.Nf2 ...

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...Red7 28.Kg2 Rc4 29.a3 a5 30.Ne4 axb4 31.axb4 Rd3
= (-0.19) Depth: 25/47 00:06:17 11959kN

N against B with only 1 pawn majority in each flank is theoretically drawn, so if Vassily can just simplify stuff...

Jan-14-11  Aniara: The B52 is also a strategic bomber used by the U.S. Air Force.
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  AylerKupp: <jmactas>,<Aniara> Well, I knew about the B52 rock group (“Love Shack”, “Rock Lobster”) and the B52 bomber. I even tried to make an association between “bombs” and “pins” (so prominent in this game) but I couldn’t. But ECO=B52=Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack. It never occurred to me! Thanks.
Jan-14-11  shakespeare: 16. c5 seems to be the mistake, the catastrophe builds up 16. Nxc6 bxc6 17.cxd5 Nxd5 18. Nxd5 cxd5
and white remains with a slight advantage
Jan-14-11  mack: I suspect <tpstar> will be turning up any minute with a bit of Fritz + 'Private Idaho' analysis.
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  tpstar: <mack> Get out of the state, get out of the state you're in

Credit this one to <jmactas>. I submitted a B52 game into the Pun Contest using this title, but it was a different game and didn't make the Top 30.

Jan-14-11  sevenseaman: Primal ferocity, no prisoners! I love it when Shirov is in that kind of mood.
Jan-14-11  starkidaway: What was the whole point of 16. c5? Why not just 16. Nxc6?
Jan-14-11  jon01: B52 is a cocktail as well, which has to burn while drinking.
Jan-14-11  jmactas: <jon01> I could pretend that's what I had in mind, but I had in mind the band when I submitted the pun. Your idea is a ton better considering the title of Shirov's book.
Jan-14-11  kevin86: Announcement:We have a rumble at d4-all members please report!
Jan-14-11  weisyschwarz: "Ivan, the Terrible" makes more sense to me as a pun.
Jan-14-11  Medieval Knight: I'm still not clear what's wrong with 25. Nc2? blueofnoon says white loses a knight with 25..Rxc2

What does black do after 26. Qxb6?
26..axb6 loses to 27.Rxd5
26..R5xd2 27.Rxd2 or
26..R2xd2 27.Rxd2 Now what?

What am I missing?

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  Sastre: <Medieval Knight> After 25...Rxc2 26.Qxb6 Rdxd2 27.Rxd2, 27...Rc1+ 28.Kf2 axb6 is winning.
Jan-14-11  Medieval Knight: Thanks Sastre!
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  Penguincw: Wins with black are rare at this high level of play I'm assuming.
Jan-14-11  WhiteRook48: nice! 25 Qe4 Rxd4! 26 Rxd4 Nxd4 and white cannot take back. 27 Qxd4 Rc1!! 28 Qxb6 (28 Kh1 Qxd4 29 Rxc1 or 28 Rxc1 Qxd4+) 28...Rxd1+ 29 Kf2 axb6
a nice one by Shirov!
Apr-21-18  Saniyat24: Can White play 25.Kf2?
Apr-21-18  Saniyat24: If the Knight moves from d4 then Black Queen takes White Queen and gives check, isn't it?
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