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Alexey Shirov vs Gata Kamsky
Kapsukas (1987)
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  1-0


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Sep-22-04  molinov: molinov: Very complicated game. Why did Shirov play 19.d6 before taking the rook on move 20 and allowing Gata to take knight. The only thing I could come up with is after 19.Qxh6 is Qxd5 and the Knight is force to go to a5 where it's almost useless and is at risk of being taken. If that is the case then d6+ is a great move since it allows white to take control of the game.
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  Chessical: <molinov> I agree that <d6!> is a great move; in fact it appears to win. This game is an extremely theoretical Semi-Slav, Botvinnik System, where Kamsky innovates as late as move 18 with <Qxh1?!>.

I believe that <18...Rh5> is the theoretical move, whereupon 19.d6+ - that move again - has been played.

By playing <19.d6+>, Shirov prevents Qxd5 and gravely restricts Black's K. Therefore, rather than 21.0-0-0, if Shirov had played <21.Qh4!> Ne5 22.Bg2, I cannot see how Kamsky could have avoided heavy material loss.

Dec-20-04  Shamash: o it's good to see someone play the way I do. confirms my style. but when I just sac'd a rook for a pawn -- it didn't work. hmm guess I won't make it to Linares in Feb
Nov-04-05  BabyJ: 13...b4 14 Bxc4! .
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  patzer2: Not only is 18...Rh5 <the theoretical move,> as <chessical> observed in 2004, it is the only move that doesn't give White a decisive advantage.

After Black falls for the trap with 18...Qxh1? 19. d6+! +- (+4.10 @ 29 depth, Stockfish 8,) White is winning.

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