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Magnus Carlsen vs Alexey Shirov
"I Shot the Shirov" (game of the day Nov-30-2011)
Biel Chess Festival (2011), Biel SUI, rd 2, Jul-19
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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Jul-20-11  DrMAL: <Hesam7> I tried to help you. Over and OUT.
Jul-21-11  Hesam7: Carlsen comments briefly after the game was ended:
Jul-21-11  Ghuzultyy: Thanks for the link to Carlsen's analyse.
Jul-21-11  DrMAL: <Hesam> Thanx for the link, agrees completely with my first post except that Magnus glossed over 22...b4 the move that may have saved black (probably). He did state that he missed 26.gxf4 as I also wrote. I also like how in the beginning he referred to Gelfand vs Dreev, 1993 <Scormus> pointed me to that, it was a good game to also analyze, cheers.
Jul-21-11  DrMAL: <Hesam7 16. ... Nhf6 17. Qf3 Bg7 18. Bg5 Qd6 19. Rfd1 <Rd8> 20. a4 b4 21. a5 bxc3 22. bxc3>

I had substituted 19.Rad1 for 19.Rfd1 because it seemed better for white particularly after 19...Rd8 (as were 19.b4 or 19.b3 and probably others such as 19.Qe2 but whatever). I also mistyped 19...Rd1 for Rd8 but that was clear.

"Seemed" for me always means verification (with Houdini generally after at least 10 billion evaluations) unless the game is live (engines need time so I don't trust even Houdini that way).

After this exact line, and ignoring my own analysis (a draw):

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Houdini_15a_x64: 26/80 55:34 13,315,710,068
-0.40 22. ... Ba8 23.Ba4 Ke7 24.Ng4 Nc5 25.Bc2
-0.47 22. ... Bxh6 23.Bxh6 Nc5 24.Bg7 Ke7 25.Bxh8

The two best moves compute to be different now, both draws.

I hope this helps you realize that black is not in some bind even after your line, which contains moves that may not be best (particularly for black), cheers.

Jul-22-11  cormier: 23...fxe4
Nov-21-11  Ozo Shatranj: magnus didnt need the rook f1, enough impressing.
Nov-30-11  Oceanlake: I mistrust Black's opening, and I wonder why Black played 12. ... Qc7 instead of e5.
Nov-30-11  venkateshpn: hi, can anybody please give me continuation lines after 33rd move.
Nov-30-11  rhickma4: 33...Kxd8 34.Qb8+ Ke7 35.Bb5+ wins
Nov-30-11  whiteshark: No Woman, No Cry
Nov-30-11  whiteshark: Get up, stand up. Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up. <Don't give up the fight.>
Nov-30-11  Gogia: loved the pun. i could come up with this one too :)
Nov-30-11  Infohunter: <Gogia: loved the pun. i could come up with this one too :)>

Ah yes--takes me back to the mid-1970s, when I used to hear "I Shot the Sheriff" being played in bars all the time.

Oh, and incidentally, this was a nice finish by Carlsen.

Nov-30-11  goldfarbdj: I was wondering why they didn't make it a win by Nigel Short so the pun could be "I Short the Shirov"...and then did a search and found that the database <has> no wins by Short over Shirov. (8 wins by Shirov, 10 draws.)
Nov-30-11  Dimitrije Mandic: Incredible. The more players like Shirov and Nakamura lose, the more sympathetic I become with them.
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  HeMateMe: Magnus can mix it up tactically, when he needs to.

Great pun, I think I gave this one a 4/4 in the Pun Voting Booth. Shirov couldn't Tosh Magnus in this game...

Nov-30-11  bengalcat47: <rhickma> Please excuse me for making one small correction to your post, but the Bishop move should be 35.Bb4+, not b5, since there's no way this Bishop can reach square b5.
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  Penguincw: Hmm. If 33...♔xd8 then 33.♕b8+ ♕c8 34.♕xa7 [33...♔e7 34.♗b4+ ♔f7 35.♕xf8# (see diagram 2)] leaves white up a rook and pawn.

Diagram 1

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Diagram 2

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Nov-30-11  kevin86: Black will be mated very quickly...
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  AylerKupp: <<Dimitrije Mandic>: Incredible. The more players like Shirov and Nakamura lose, the more sympathetic I become with them.>

At this point in time anybody that has to play Carlsen probably deserves our sympathy.

Nov-30-11  Howard: For the record, I sent TWO emails last week to our local newspaper--"The Blade" (Toledo) recommending that
Magnus Carlsen's (21st) birthday be noted in their daily birthdays column.

Did it help? Nyet! They did include Dick Clark's birthday, Efram Zimbalist Jr's birthday, and quite a few others, but they didn't bother to include Carlsen! Given the fact that many of the celebrities who WERE listed today were ones with relatively unfamiliar names, they should have included Carlsen in my view. After all, he is the #1 ranked player in the world, isn't he?!?

Maybe next year.......

Nov-30-11  Blackkenshin: <Penguincw: Hmm. If 33...Kxd8 then 33.Qb8+ Qc8 34.Qxa7 [33...Ke7 34.Bb4+ Kf7 35.Qxf8# (see diagram 2)] leaves white up a rook and pawn.>

It is actually a bishop and pawn not rook and pawn.

Nov-30-11  bischopper: where is the mistake ? if 30...Kd7 then 31.Qc3... or 31.Rxd8+.. or 31.Rb8...
Dec-25-13  whiteshark: Thanks for the link, <Hesam7>.

"Carlsen played d4 and Shirov's response came as no surprise as he played the active Meran Defense. Carlsen's early <13. Nd4!?> provoked a slower response from Shirov, beginning his time-trouble issues with 16 minutes spent on <13. ...e5>. Carlsen's strange and rapid play began to immediately affect Shirov, as he spent a costly 43 minutes on <16. ...Bc5>. Carlsen played extremely quickly and strove to create maximum tension and complications to take advantage of Shirov's lack of time. By move 27, the dust was settling: white had an extra protected past pawn and definite attacking possibilities against black's king that was stuck in the center. Shirov attempted to defend, however his lack of time combined with Carlsen's rapid and resourceful attack led to black's resignation after a tactical oversight."

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