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Alexey Shirov vs Jan Timman
Hoogovens (1998), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-27
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Murrey Variation (C43)  ·  1-0


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Aug-29-04  Knight13: Good game.
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  plang: 4..Nc6 is the remarkable innovation first played by Murey against Timman in 1993. 4..Bb4 was new; Timman had played 9..Bf5 in his loss to Leko in Ubeda 1997. 13..Bf5 14 Rhd1 would have been bad for Black. Shirov had analyzed the ensuing endgame with his trainer Rychagov and concluded that it was probably drawn though White has a slight advantage and can try to exploit it without risk. Shirov had anticipated the position through 21 Rc4 and felt that after either the active defense 21..Rxh2 or 21..Kd7 the game was still close to balanced. 21..c5?! gave Shirov some practical chances. Further errors 23..Kd6 and 24..Rxf2 gave Shirov a commanding advantage. Timman should have played 24..Re2 when after 25 Ra6+..Kd5
26 Rd7+..Kc4 27 Ra4..Kb5 28 Rdxa7..Rxc3
he would have counterplay. 39 h4 would have been a better continuation; 39 c4? jeopardized the win. Shirov and Timman each did significant analysis to show that 50..Rb4+ draws. After 50..Rh3? Shirov was quickly ably to create a position where Black was in Zugswang and Timman resigned.
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