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Artur Yusupov vs Alexey Shirov
"Pinspiration" (game of the day Feb-10-2012)
Gibraltar Masters (2012), La Caleta GIB, rd 8, Jan-31
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense (A48)  ·  0-1



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Feb-02-12  talisman: nice to see shirov adapt a KID type def. again.
Feb-03-12  notyetagm: Yusupov vs Shirov, 2012



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  Phony Benoni: How can you expect to beat somebody who castles on both sides of the board?

Yes, this game was definitely 99% pinspiration. It's nicely ironic how White's LSB, who probably talked his team into the attack on f7 so he could get in on the resulting pin, later perished as the result of another pin.

He who lives by the pin, dies by the pin.

Feb-10-12  Edeltalent: <It's nicely ironic how White's LSB, who probably talked his team into the attack on f7 so he could get in on the resulting pin, later perished as the result of another pin.>

Sweet revenge for the tortured black Rf7.

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  Morten: What a wild ride.

The position after move 27 is a laugh. Black didn't like the way his king position was looking after castling short, so he castled long instead.

Feb-10-12  LoveThatJoker: Wow! Fire on board!

God bless GM Shirov!


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  FSR: What an astonishing game!
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  Penguincw: Yusupov clearly pass his peak.
Feb-10-12  Everett: Well, 14..Nc5 is such a spectacular move, really an "art of defence" move.

Thought White could have gotten his Ra1 in the game sooner, and the Bg6 seems a bit sad after letting the king take a walk to the Q-side. It was basically worthless...

Rad1 on move 19, 20, or 21 all seem like interesting options.

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  Once: <Phony Benoni: ... He who lives by the pin, dies by the pin.>

They do say that it is mightier than the sword.

Astonishing game. A symphony of pins. White opens the kingside and then chases the black king all around the board. But when white's attack stalls, it is black who profits from the kingside that white opened for him.

Come on, admit it... weren't you rooting for white to win?

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  kevin86: The theme in this game is problematic-the final move is a real showstopper:a unique type of fork.It will enable the attack to conclude with a win.
Feb-10-12  rilkefan: What a pleasure - first Shirov game I've looked at in a while where he didn't lose.
Feb-10-12  parmetd: What a terrible pun for a wonderful game.
Feb-10-12  Oceanlake: Premature attack from a poor Colle.
Feb-10-12  erniecohen: <notyetagm> Please don't create diagram sequences that just duplicate successive positions from the game. That's what the game applet is there for.
Feb-10-12  nolanryan: 12 Qb3 is a beautiful and sharp move and must have been crushing the first time it was used. I would be surprised though if it held up to the rigor of theory.
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  FSR: <Phony Benoni: How can you expect to beat somebody who castles on both sides of the board?>

Why not? Nick Kerins did.

Dec-27-12  SaVVy66: I think White was lil late in playing 27. Rd1.. if it was 2-3 moves sooner.. game would be different
Dec-27-12  SaVVy66: Instead of 25 Bg6.. White can move Re1 .. Game would be a lot simpler..!
Mar-27-13  notyetagm: Yusupov vs Shirov, 2012

Wow, what a game!

Mar-25-15  whiteshark: <GM Shirov shows win over GM Jussupow during the live commentary in Gibraltar, and this fantastic game, a sure candidate for the "Best Game" Prize...> NEW LINK
Mar-25-15  electrocloud: Another example of artful defence by Black in the Torre, a Kamsky classic:

Timman vs Kamsky, 1992

Oct-06-20  visis: Richard Palliser in his book on Torre Attack suggests 20.Bxf7+ Qxf7 21.Qxb7 Re8 22.Qxf7 instead 20.Rf4 which move designes he by questionmark. But according Stockfish the arising positions are equal. The bishops pair of black is still powerful enough to equalize against rook and four pawns and it is white who should be more careful.
Oct-06-20  SChesshevsky: Think Yusupov deserves most of the credit for this great game. Not sure if he cooked up this Torre sac and attack idea or saw it, but being an expert on Colle and Torre themes, he didn't really have to go for it.

But he played Bd3 which looks in the ...d5 line to provoke ...e5 with the sac idea e4 and Qb3. Seems very brave against a guy like Shirov who Yusupov probably expected to accept the dangerous looking sacrifice.

Plus after all the initial exchanges, Yusupov looked to continue to play for an all or nothing result. When he probably could've bailed out with maybe likely draw with moves like the noted 20. Bxf7+.

Of course, Shirov deserves plenty of credit for finding a great refutation in a complicated and pretty sure unexpected line. But seems without Yusupov setting the table and delivering the dessert, Shirov wouldn't have enjoyed the treat.

Oct-06-20  mlskdney: 12 qb3 phew
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