Thursday, June 07, 2007

Rd 2
Gm 2
Shirov -
Here is an interesting point in the game where Shirov has a queen for Aronian's bishop and rook. I mean, the whole game was interesting particularly in the endgame where Aronian had a coordinated attack on the white king using his two bishops and a rook. This game ended in a draw, but here we are at black's 23... b5. Heck, that pawn on a7 looks free but it really isn't. Of course, Shirov saw through this trap and played 24. Qc2. Okay, let's take a look at the pawngrab 24. Qa7: there is 24... Ra8 25. Qb6 Bd8 and the queen is trapped. So, if ever white went for the pawn, he'd have to return the queen sac with 25. Qc5 Rc5 26. Bc5 Bf3 27. ef3 with advantage for black. 1/2 - 1/2 at the 46th move. This draw is still good for Aronian who will have the white pieces in the next game. He leads the match with 1.5 - .5


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