"The Level of Play in Carlsen - Anand Match was Higher..."

Время публикации: 06.12.2013 20:26 | Последнее обновление: 06.12.2013 20:26

Shirov wins the match against Dubov but stays self-critical

The fourth game of Dubov - Shirov match has finished in experienced GM's favor: now Shirov leads with crushing 3.5-0.5.

"Today's game was sharp as expected because my rival wanted to take revenge," Shirov said in the commentary for ChessTV. "I wasn't against of such developments as I already defeated Danya in such sharp positions twice...
However, my play wasn't the best. Despite the score, Daniil managed to concentrate and up to some point he played simply brilliantly."  

Shirov admitted he underestimated moves 7.с4 and 13.Qe1 in the opening; soon he realised black was having problems. The main developments took place before white's 21st move. 

DUBOV - SHIROV

If Dubov has played simpler here: 21.Bxf4 Nge2+ 22.Rxe2 Nxe2+ 23.Qxe2 Qxf4, according to ALexey even four pawns wouldn't be enough to fight for the draw. "Of course I was going to play till the end, but truly I wasn't very optimistic..." 

Dubov played differently 21.Bd2?! f3! 22.Bxf3 Nc2 23.Bg5 Ne2+ 24.Qxe2 Qxg5+ 25.Bg2 Nxa1

The computer gives an unexpected suggestion: 26.Qxc4! with approximate equality. White gradually equalizes the number of pawns, but black keeps the knight. It's extremely hard to play it for a human being in a practical play.  
26.Qe1?! d5 Now the central pawns don't just give compensation, but they also bring black advantage. 
27.Qxa1 d4 28.Qf1? The passive position for the queen. Much better was 28.Qd1 d3 29.Qf3. Now white's position is objectively hopeless. In addition, Shirov played brilliantly in the mutual time trouble. 
28...d3 29.Rxf7 Rd8 30.Rf5 Qe3+ 31.Kh2 Qd4 32.Bf3 Qxb2+ 33.Kh1 Qd4 34.Qg2 d2 35.Bd1 Re8 36.Rf1 Re1 37.Qf3 Qe4 38.Qxe4 Rxe4 39.Kg2 Re1 40.Kf2

40...Rxd1 0-1

Shirov has already won the match, but two more games will still be played. 

"Well, the spectators may say this match is more entertaining than the one played in Chennai recently," the winner said. "But the level of play was till higher there..." 

[Event "Match generations 2013"] [Site "Moscow"] [Date "2013.12.06"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Dubov, Daniil"] [Black "Shirov, Alexei"] [Result "0-1"] [LiveChessVersion "1.4.2"] [BlackElo "2695"] [WhiteElo "2629"] [ECO "A06"] 1. Nf3 {[%clk 1:30:21]} d5 {[%clk 1:30:46]} 2. g3 {[%clk 1:30:32]} Bg4 {[%clk 1:29:14]} 3. Bg2 {[%clk 1:30:54]} Nd7 {[%clk 1:29:29]} 4. O-O {[%clk 1:27:37]} Ngf6 {[%clk 1:25:53]} 5. d3 {[%clk 1:26:14]} e5 {[%clk 1:26:11]} 6. h3 {[%clk 1:24:10]} Be6 {[%clk 1:14:59]} 7. c4 {[%clk 1:09:09]} dxc4 {[%clk 1:13:22]} 8. d4 {[%clk 1:08:19]} Bd6 {[%clk 1:08:26]} 9. Ng5 {[%clk 0:52:07]} Bf5 {[%clk 0:34:23]} 10. e4 {[%clk 0:45:27]} Bg6 {[%clk 0:34:48]} 11. f4 {[%clk 0:45:04]} h6 {[%clk 0:31:53]} 12. Nf3 {[%clk 0:38:42]} Nxe4 {[%clk 0:32:11]} 13. Qe1 {[%clk 0:37:12]} exf4 {[%clk 0:23:41]} 14. Nh4 {[%clk 0:31:42]} O-O {[%clk 0:24:03]} 15. Nxg6 {[%clk 0:29:33]} Nxg3 {[%clk 0:21:45]} 16. Nxf8 {[%clk 0:28:17]} Nxf8 {[%clk 0:22:08]} 17. Rf2 {[%clk 0:24:31]} Ne6 {[%clk 0:22:25]} 18. Nc3 {[%clk 0:17:27]} Qh4 {[%clk 0:21:15]} 19. Ne4 {[%clk 0:16:19]} Nxd4 {[%clk 0:11:16]} 20. Nxd6 {[%clk 0:13:52]} cxd6 {[%clk 0:11:03]} 21. Bd2 {[%clk 0:06:36]} f3 {[%clk 0:08:51]} 22. Bxf3 {[%clk 0:05:34]} Nc2 {[%clk 0:09:02]} 23. Bg5 {[%clk 0:03:28]} Ne2+ {[%clk 0:08:29]} 24. Qxe2 {[%clk 0:00:45]} Qxg5+ {[%clk 0:08:53]} 25. Bg2 {[%clk 0:00:43]} Nxa1 {[%clk 0:09:16]} 26. Qe1 {[%clk 0:00:54]} d5 {[%clk 0:03:49]} 27. Qxa1 {[%clk 0:01:13]} d4 {[%clk 0:04:13]} 28. Qf1 {[%clk 0:00:36]} d3 {[%clk 0:04:33]} 29. Rxf7 {[%clk 0:00:34]} Rd8 {[%clk 0:02:46]} 30. Rf5 {[%clk 0:00:40]} Qe3+ {[%clk 0:02:07]} 31. Kh2 {[%clk 0:00:34]} Qd4 {[%clk 0:01:58]} 32. Bf3 {[%clk 0:00:32]} Qxb2+ 33. Kh1 Qd4 {[%clk 0:02:15]} 34. Qg2 {[%clk 0:00:48]} d2 {[%clk 0:01:58]} 35. Bd1 {[%clk 0:00:58]} Re8 {[%clk 0:01:47]} 36. Rf1 {[%clk 0:00:52]} Re1 {[%clk 0:00:47]} 37. Qf3 {[%clk 0:01:16]} Qe4 {[%clk 0:00:45]} 38. Qxe4 {[%clk 0:01:39]} Rxe4 {[%clk 0:01:11]} 39. Kg2 {[%clk 0:01:59]} Re1 {[%clk 0:01:35]} 40. Kf2 {[%clk 0:32:12]} Rxd1 {[%clk 0:31:54]} 0-1 


  


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