Shirov + 2 Bishops v. Kramnik + Rook = Fire in the End

Shirov + 2 Bishops v. Kramnik + Rook = Fire in the End

NM GreenLaser
Jul 11, 2009, 12:00 AM |
15 | Endgames

Alexei Shirov was born on July 4, 1972 in Riga, Latvia. He is known as an attacking player. Mikhail Tal said the young Shirov was not inferior to Tal in the calculation of complications. Shirov was the World Champion U-16 in 1988. In 1988, Shirov played a ten game match against Vladimir Kramnik to decide which one would go ont to face Garry Kasparov for his World Championship. Shirov won in nine games with 2 wins and 7 draws (5.5-3.5). The match with Kasparov did not take place due to the lack of financial support. Kramnik, instead of Shirov, played Kasparov.

Vladimir Kramnik was born June 25, 1975 in Russia, He won Kasparov's title in 2000. He drew a match with Peter Leko in 2004 to defend his title. In 2006, he unified the "classical" or linear title with the FIDE title by defeating Veselin Topalov. In 2007, Viswanathan Anand won the title in a World Championship tournament and defeated Kramnik in a match in 2008 to keep the title.

In the following game, Shirov meets Kramnik. The players reach an endgame in which Shirov demonstrates that the top players are not one dimensional. They must excel at chess from the opening through the middle game and the endgame. Shirov did not win by having two bishops, but by knowing how to use them.

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