Thursday, May 31, 2007

Shirov-Adams - Fire On Board Fade!

Shirov-Adams game 4 Elista Candidates 2007 was an interesting game. Shirov made an interesting exchange sacrifice on move 17. But he blunder on move 24. by playing Be3?, he should have play 24.Bxf7 and should have a slight chance to make a draw.

photo- Shirov 50 kilograms ago!

[Event "Candidate 2007"]
[Date "2007.05.31"]
[Round "1.4"]
[White "Shirov"]
[Black "Adams"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E17"]
[WhiteElo "1964"]
[BlackElo "2051"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3. Nf3 b64. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. d5 exd5 8. Nh4 c6 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Nf5 Nc7 11. e4 d5 12. Nc3 Bf6 13. exd5 Nxd5 14. Nxd5 cxd5 15. Bf4 15... Nd7 16. Nd6 Ba6 17. Qxd5 Bxf1 18. Kxf1 Rb8 19. Rd1 Nc5 20. Nxf7 Rxf7 21. b4 Qxd5 22. Bxd5 Rd8 23. bxc5 bxc5
24. Be3? (This was the major mistake! He should have play 24.Bxf7+ and should be able to fight for a draw) Kh8 25. Bxf7 Rxd1+ 26.Ke2 Rd7 27. Bb3 Bd4 28. Bf4 Re7+ 29. Kf1 g6 30. Bh6 Rc7 31. Bf4 Rc6 32. Bd5 Rb6
33. Bb3 c4 34. Bxc4 Rb2 35. h4 Rxf2+ 36. Ke1 Rc2 37. Bb3 Rh2 38. a4 Kg7 0-1

The problems with Shirov that he likes to play complicated games involving sacrifices and attacks but it consume much of his energy to win games!

I've read an interesting story about Shirov written by Sam Sloan:-

"....Prior to the "World Chess Championship" in Las Vegas, Alexei Shirov, originally from Latvia and recently of Spain, had a run of bad luck. Shirov defeated Vladimir Kramnik in a match in which the winner was supposed to have a right to play Garry Kasparov for the World Chess Championship. Only the loser of the match, Kramnik, got money.
Then, the match with Kasparov never took place, for lack of sponsorship.
Then, Shirov's wife left him.

Then, Shirov adopted a new country: Poland. Why would Shirov leave sunny Spain for Poland? Shirov had the best reason a man could have: A woman!
Then, the United States Consular authorities, in their infinite wisdom, refused to give Shirov's new girlfriend, Marta Zielinska, 21, a visa to enter the United States to accompany him to the World Chess Championship in Las Vegas, even though Marta is a woman's International Master and is rated 2356 by FIDE. A possible reason why she was denied a visa is that she is carrying Shirov's child. US immigration authorities do not like to give visas to pregnant women, for fear of manufacturing US citizens. However, the US Embassy had really almost nothing to worry about, because only one of the players at the World Chess Championship in Las Vegas eventually defected.

Then, reaching Las Vegas alone, Shirov played the most exciting chess. The best games of the tournament were by Shirov. However, the winning streak by Shirov ended with the well-known problem of gambler's ruin. A gambler wins and wins, but each time increases the stakes he plays for, so when he finally loses just one big hand, he is wiped out and loses everything........"

The full story can be read at

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