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  1. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    07 May '06 16:51
    Black to move



    from Bologan - Shirov, Edmonton 2005

    How would you play this one?
  2. 07 May '06 17:47
    Originally posted by Wulebgr
    Black to move

    [fen]r1b1kb1r/2qn1pp1/p2ppn2/1p5p/3NP3/P1N1BP2/1PPQB1PP/2KR3R b kq -[/fen]

    from Bologan - Shirov, Edmonton 2005

    How would you play this one?
    As Black I'd look at developing that QR, maybe to b8.

    As White I would seriously consider saccing a piece on b5.
  3. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    07 May '06 17:56
    Originally posted by Positional Player
    As Black I'd look at developing that QR, maybe to b8.

    As White I would seriously consider saccing a piece on b5.
    White can get three pawns for the piece sac if black allows it. Ndxb5 looks pretty good to me.

    Normally I'd say Bb7 or Be7, but black should probably take away the option of the piece sac. I like Rb8. Black is going to have a lot of trouble finding king safety due to the dubious h5 move. Rb8 starts the immediate assault black needs before white exploits black's king.
  4. 07 May '06 18:06
    Originally posted by Wulebgr
    Black to move

    [fen]r1b1kb1r/2qn1pp1/p2ppn2/1p5p/3NP3/P1N1BP2/1PPQB1PP/2KR3R b kq -[/fen]

    from Bologan - Shirov, Edmonton 2005

    How would you play this one?
    Desiving title! I thought you came here to play some chess and didn't visit me! Haha.

    There were tons of great games played in that tourney. 240 players showed up from around the world, 5 way tie for first and they split the $8000 first prize. I couldn't play but I was making the moves on the demo boards for the top 3 board in the final round. That was fun, running back and forth between boards.
  5. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    07 May '06 18:22
    Originally posted by RahimK
    Desiving title! I thought you came here to play some chess and didn't visit me! Haha.

    There were tons of great games played in that tourney. 240 players showed up from around the world, 5 way tie for first and they split the $8000 first prize. I couldn't play but I was making the moves on the demo boards for the top 3 board in the final round. That was fun, running back and forth between boards.
    I threw it out just for you, thinking that maybe you'd seen the game, which appears in the current issue of Informant, featuring Shirov's best games.
  6. 07 May '06 18:28
    Originally posted by Wulebgr
    I threw it out just for you, thinking that maybe you'd seen the game, which appears in the current issue of Informant, featuring Shirov's best games.
    I don't think I saw that game. I only went there the last day, Round 10 or 12 which ever was the last one and I wasn't really following the games. To busy watching the top 3 boards since I was the one doing the demo boards.

    The game might be post on our chess group but I don't want to search through it.

    I'll just wait and see when you post the move.
  7. 07 May '06 18:40
    Here's some comments about Shirov's games. For this game read half way down. The first comment is about Shirov vs our young Canadian GM.

    The board of experts on the Russian website e3e5.com, consisting of
    Alexandra Kosteniuk, Evgeny Najer, Alexey Bezgodov, Sergey Soloviov,
    Ilya Odessky, Vladimir Barsky, Sergey Ivanov and Nikita Vitiugov has
    chosen the best games of July.
    First one and deservedly so, goes to Emil Sutovsky for his win over
    Vladimir Kramnik in Dortmund.
    Second place goes to non-other then Mark Bluvshtein for his win over
    Alexei Shirov!
    The top two games were chosen by all experts almost unanimously in
    the top three overall.
    Here are some of the things that the experts say:

    GM Nikita Vitiugov: Wonderful home preparation by Mark. Even though
    in the recent Youth World Championship he tried to assure me that he
    doesn't spend the needed time at home on chess, I definetely don't
    believe him now! But to be serious, this was a very rare example of
    a 2700 "catch" in the opening.

    GM Sergey Ivanov: Its clear that the idea of 14...Qh5 was worked out
    at home, but that doesn't diminish the accomplishments of Mark. You
    not only need to know how to dig out such ideas in popular
    variations but also how to entice one of world's best players into
    the trap.

    IM Sergey Soloviov: The win was in the style of Shirov himself!

    The game received two first places, one second and three third.

    Another Can Open game between Bologan-Shirov received 6th place,
    here are some comments on that;

    GM Sergey Ivanov: The pieces were flying on the board like
    butterflies. Strikes were followed by counter-strikes but
    eventually black had more.

    GM Nikita Vitiugov- An extremely difficult game, which brings a
    collosal esthetic view. Although, I believe that somewhere after
    the 20th move black began the realization of an advantage stage.

    The game got two second places.

    Usually they provide GM analysis of the top game and few more,
    however this time they wouldn't as the popular Russian magazine "64"
    will have that game annotated. It will also have the game Bologan-
    Shirov annotated (By Bologan).

    Which means that they probably going to annotate Shirov-Bluvshtein.
    Best game of the month annotations usually make it to their not so
    good of an English page.


    (I saw the game. I was thinking b4 intially but you gotta prepare to play that first.)
  8. 08 May '06 18:01
    Well I guess no one wants to answer this.

    1...Rb8 2.Bxb5 axb5 3.Ndxb5 Qb7 4.Qxd6 wow.

    I didn't expect that one. It's a neat idea.
  9. 08 May '06 18:32 / 1 edit
    Cool! I was thinking maybe Bb7 for a d6-d5 pawn advance... but yes, that would be me thinking too much offence and not enough defense!