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Alexey Shirov vs Jonathan Westerberg
European Team Championship (2019), Batumi GEO, rd 9, Nov-02
Queen's Gambit Declined: Austrian Defense (D06)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-03-19  Per: Shirov still knows how to bring fire to the chessboard
Nov-04-19  AlastairMarston: "Westerloss"
Nov-04-19  areknames: <Shirov still knows how to bring fire to the chessboard> Indeed; he orchestrates an old fashioned, crowd-pleasing king chase and torches his hapless opponent. He is greatly aided by the appalling and directly losing 8...Bb4?? which eventually allows the knight's incursion on d6 and seals Black's fate. 8...Qb6 or 8...Na6 seem playable. Also, 14.g3 is a quietly devastating move.
Nov-04-19  syracrophy: Shirov's 14.g3!! reminds of an historic parallel:

Bronstein vs Tal, 1968

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Mr. Bronstein here applied a recipe of his own and played 15.g3!. Keres commented: <"I asked Bronstein why he played 15. g3?! when 15.♖e1+ seemed to be fine enough. Bronstein stared at me as if I understood nothing about the position and said 'I just had to play a move like 15. g3 against Tal - I might not have had the chance to play such a move against him ever!'">

Nov-06-19  spingo: A great game by Shirov. The star move, very hard to find is...

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The idea is the killing check Bh3. If I had even thought of the idea of g3, Bh3, I would immediately have thought, "That's no good because ...Qxh1 pins the bishop on f1."

Shirov had it all worked out.

These modern-day king chases are better than the old ones. Here Black's defence was really strong, and Shirov had to find many "only moves".

White Elo: 2664, Black Elo 2546.

This could be game of the year!

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