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Alexey Shirov vs Alexander Grischuk
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1-0



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  al wazir: 51. Kb6 Kc8 (forced) 52. Rd1! with zugzwang.

There was an alternative win: 51. a3 Be1 52. Kb6 Kc8 53. Rd1, with zugzwang again (if 53...Bc3, then 54. Rc1).

Jan-23-11  adbat: Shirov has played an almost perfect endgame, the last 15 moves are extremely precise.
Jan-23-11  lost in space: Grischuk seems to be out of form.
Jan-23-11  cuppajoe: It will probably be overlooked in light of Carlsen's win this round, but this was an absolutely <fantastic> game by Shirov, especially in light of his recent slump, and more than deserves the brilliancy prize.
Jan-23-11  KingV93: Ya wanna know why Shirov won this game?...'cause I put 50 chessbucks on Grischuck. He hasn't lost to Shirov in years and is a great sicilian player with black negative gambling karma stretches 5000 miles!
Jan-23-11  Calar: Indeed...last time Shirov won against Grischuk was in 2002
Jan-23-11  carl giraffe: 51.Kb6 and 52.Rd1 with zugzwang are just great.

They are the kind of quiet, but forcing, endgame moves that impress me so much. That little combination was the trick that turned what looked like a won game into a win.

And it might make for a nice little puzzle. A change up from the bang, bang, mate puzzles.

Jan-23-11  hedgeh0g: Seemed a little insolent to play on for so long in a position that must be a trivial grandmaster win.
Jan-23-11  shintaro go: Grischuk is way out of form - for a 2773 player that is. Wonder what's happening to him.
Jan-23-11  theagenbiteofinwit: <Ya wanna know why Shirov won this game?...'cause I put 50 chessbucks on Grischuck.>

I put 100 on Shirv because the man is nothing if not inconsistent. He looks like he ain't going to win, and he wins. He looks to stomp the field, then he loses.

Cest la vie.

Jan-24-11  wfarmia: 74 ... Bd8 lead to draw??!
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  Sastre: If 74...Bd8 then 75.Rg7 Be7 76.Rg8+ Bd8 77.Rxd8#.
Jan-24-11  cuppajoe: <Seemed a little insolent to play on for so long in a position that must be a trivial grandmaster win.>

Not really, back on the main page a few people have posted GM games where KRP v KB was a draw.

Jan-24-11  The Chess Express: What a crazy game. Typical Shirov. I'm glad he managed to win one.
Jan-25-11  whiteshark: has Shirowjust won his first game? And whats up whit Grisch??
Jan-25-11  whiteshark: Damn Im alreADY HERE; NO???
Jan-25-11  whiteshark: CHEEGEE SHOULD BAM ALLL ANTI-teetotallers FRUM DIS PAGE 4EVA
Jan-25-11  whiteshark: Shirov got a new g/f for tata?
Jan-25-11  whiteshark: uuuh its not se plaia's page, noo hard feelings
Feb-11-11  ReikiMaster: 13...Bxb2 looks interesting. 38.Rf7 looks also good. After 42.Rhh7 Kb8 43.Rhb7+ Kc8 44.Re7 Kb8 45.Rab7+ Kc8 46.Rxb4 resignation seems quite justified.

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