Fight for dark squares in Sicilian Rossolimo, GM Shirov – GM Fedoseev, Blitz chess

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The main ideas of the Rossolimo are rapid development and seizing the initiative. I have seen several games by Rossolimo himself and have come to admire this variation of the Sicilian. When Rossolimo originally started playing 3.Bb5 he wanted to castle as early as move four and then go on the attack. I stumbled on the game Fischer-Spassky 1992 in my research and I want to share this wonderful game. This game illustrates the ideas of development and grabbing the tempo.

Shirov, Alexei – Fedoseev, Vladimir, Rossolimo Siicilian
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. O-O Bg7 5. c3 Nf6 6. Re1 O-O 7. h3 Qb6 8. Na3 d5 9. e5 Ne8 10. d4 cxd4 11. cxd4 Nc7 12. Bxc6 bxc6 13. Bg5 Re8 14. Qd2 Rb8 15. b3 Ne6 16. Be3 Bd7 17. Rec1 a5 18. Nc2 Qc7 19. Bh6 Bh8 20. Ne3 Qb6 21. Ng4 Ng7 22. Bxg7 Bxg7 23. Nh6+ Bxh6 24. Qxh6 f6 25. Rc3 Bf5 26. Rac1 Rbc8 27. Rc5 Be4 28. Nd2 Bf5 29. Qe3 Rf8 30. Qc3 fxe5 31. dxe5 Bd7 32. Nf3 Ra8 33. e6 Be8 34. Ne5 Rf6 35. Ng4 Kg7 36. Nxf6 exf6 37. Qd4 Qb7 38. Qd2 a4 39. b4 Kg8 40. a3 Qe7 41. Re1 Qd6 42. Qd4 Kg7 43. Qc3 d4 44. Qd3 Rd8 45. Ra5 f5 46. Rxa4 c5 47. Ra7+ Kg8 48. Qc4 Rc8 49. Rc1 d3 50. bxc5 d2 51. e7+ Kg7 52. Qc3+ Kh6 53. Rd1 1-0

Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.

Tournament organized with support of Coca-Cola company, Rietumu Bank, Tolmets, Latvijas Balzams.

8 Comments

  1. Anyone who can explain me why black is meant to lose the rock at 7:00?

  2. Good game by Shirov. Happy to see veteran players beating rising stars.

  3. Another masterpiece from Shirov. The piece movement and control of squares are instructive. Fedoseev's counterplay was weak. Good addition to the Sicilian Rossolimo collection.

  4. This is not a "fight for dark squares"…this is "how you lose every black square" in 9 minutes…..great game from shirov though

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