Thursday, 21 January 2010

Shirov clears out

Looks like Alexei Shirov has no intention of slowing down, having kicked of the Corus tournament with 4 wins from 4 games. His latest victory was over Jan Smeets and he now holds a full point lead over Nakamura, Ivanchuk and Carlsen. But not only is he winning, but he is doing it in a style that harkens back to the 'Fire on Board' stage of his career.
While the Petroff is often played by Black has a way of holding sterile equality (everything gets exchanged on the e file) Shirov eventually finds a sacrifice on move 26. And to prove that most of all chess is a practical game, Smeets' could have defended with a better 33rd move, but did not, allowing Shirov to crash through.
Shirov,Alexei (2723) - Smeets,Jan (2657) [C42]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (4), 19.01.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.c4 Nb4 9.Be2 0-0 10.Nc3 Bf5 11.a3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Nc6 13.Re1 Re8 14.cxd5 Qxd5 15.Bf4 Rac8 16.h3 h6 17.Nd2 Na5 18.Nf1 Qb3 19.Qd2 Nc4 20.Bxc4 Qxc4 21.Ne3 Qb5 22.c4 Qd7 23.c5 Bg6 24.Rac1 c6 25.Nc4 f6 (D)
26.Bxh6 gxh6 27.Qxh6 Bh7 28.Re3 Bf8 29.Rg3+ Kh8 30.Qxf6+ Bg7 31.Qg5 Bxd4 32.Rd1 Rf8 33.Kh2 Rcd8 34.Ne5 Qc7 35.Rxd4 Rxd4 36.Ng6+ Kg7 37.Nxf8+ 1-0

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Anonymous said...

what the fuck!

TrueFiendish said...

Shirov five from five now.

Ako's note said...

Great Shriov!
he won the fifth game!!