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Alexey Shirov vs Anatoly Karpov
Biel (1992), Biel SUI, rd 6
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E25)  ·  0-1


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  patzer2: Perhaps Karpov shows the correct way to proceed against 4...f3 in the Nimzo Indian Samisch in this victory over Shirov. The followup 4...d5 5. a3 Bxc3 6. bxc3 c5 seems to give Black good play.

Indeed, Shirov lost a number of games with 4...f3 in this line in 1992, including Shirov vs Kiril Georgiev, 1992 and Shirov vs J L Arnason, 1992 and Shirov vs Beliavsky, 1992 and Shirov vs Kiril Georgiev, 1992 and Shirov vs Kiril Georgiev, 1992 .

Afterwards, except for one game won in Shirov vs I Sokolov, 1995 Shirov apparently did not take up this variation (4. f3 or E25) again.

This may also give a clue as to how to proceed against 4. a3, since 4...Bxc3 5. bxc3 c5 <5...d5?! 6. Nf3 or 6. e3 look better for White> 6. f3 d5 transposes to the favorable line for Black in this game.

Jan-14-04  refutor: if memory serves correctly, in "fire on board" shirov said that he felt that 4. ... c5 was the strongest v. 4.f3 (of course he may have been planning to play it again so he may not give his true feelings) i'll go home and check out the quote tonight for sure
Jan-14-04  Benjamin Lau: I prefer 4...c5 as well. If 4. f3 c5 5. d5, then 5... Nh5 with the ideas of ...f5 and ...Qh5+ and black has a slight edge. If instead 4. f3 c5 5. a3, then 5... Bxc3+ 6 bxc3, then 6...d6 or 6...Qa5 and black has a clear advantage. The unusual gambit 4. f3 b5!? is also worth a look however, as in Keres vs L Blumenoff, 1940
Aug-03-08  myschkin: . . .
"How To Play Against A Novelty" 8...b6!

(by Boris Schipkov, 17.11.2005)

Aug-03-08  shutupimthinking: I notice Schipkov gives himself no fewer than nine exclamation marks in thirty moves in that analysis. He was obviously very pleased with himself.
Oct-28-11  talisman: bkack's 22nd move stands out...white has to wonder how to castle in the opening.
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