Shirov plays another remarkable game!
Which piece to sacrifice today?
You have to hand it to Alexi Shirov for knowing how to please the spectators! Round 5 of the 23rd European Team Championship saw Alexi make a really unexpected Bishop sacrifice against his opponent, GM Viktor Erdos.
At first sight, the sacrifice of the Bishop appears to be overly optimistic, but closer analysis later revealed that the sacrifice is infact quite sound! With best play on both sides, the game should be drawn.
In any case, Erdos — no doubt in shock by the turn of events — did not find the best defence and was slowly worn down in an ending. A game definitely for the books!
gm Shirov, A – gm Erdos, V
Catez (Slovenia) 16.11.2021