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Alexander Grischuk vs Alexey Shirov
FIDE World Ch (2000), New Delhi IND, rd 6, Dec-13
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0


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May-28-04  rodrigochaves: i canīt understand these guys... why shirov take whith a knight( 18. Nxc5)?
May-28-04  BeautyInChess: I think he did this to keep open the c file for attack. It's not as though he is going to be up a piece by taking with the knight instead of the pawn. The material will still work out equally after any exchanges that occur.
Jun-08-04  rodrigochaves: ok. shirov sacrifices in f3
Jul-31-07  alexandrovm: Qh2!, impossible to meet...
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  plang: Game 2 of their 4 game semi-final match in the World Championship tournament; White won the first 3 games before Shirov held a draw in game 4 to win the match. Shirov then went on to lose to Anand in the finals. At the time the system with 6 f3 was relatively new. In Leko-Topalov European Team Championship Bathumi 1999 Black played 11..Be7 and White went on to win; 11..Bb7 was new. In playing 14 Rg1 Grischuk had overlooked Black's tactical trick 16..Nxf3 and 17..Qc6!; preferable was 14 Qf2.

<rodrigochaves: i canīt understand these guys... why shirov take whith a knight( 18. Nxc5)? >

Grischuk provided extensive analysis showing that White would have had an advantage after 18..dxc 19 Na5..Qc7 20 Nc4 - ie. 20..Be7 21 Bf4..Qc6 22 Nd6+..Bxd6 23 Bxd6..Nf6 24 Bg2 with a strong attack.

Salov suggested 24..Rd8 25 Rxd8+..Bxd8 26 h5..Bc7 27 e5..0-0 28 Bxa6 as a better defense with a roughly game. At some point Black should have played his king to h8 (25..Kh8 or 27..Kh8). 28..Rf4? lost at once; better was 28..h6 29 Qg4..Bf6 30 Bxe6+..Kh8 31 Bf7 though White would have likely won. Black resigned as it is mate after 29..Rh4 30 Qb8+..Bf8 31 Rf1..Qd6 32 Bxe6+.

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