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Etienne Bacrot vs Alexey Shirov
Sarajevo (2000), Sarajevo BIH, rd 11, May-29
Budapest Defense: Alekhine. Abonyi Variation (A52)  ·  0-1


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Apr-09-04  Cerebrate2006: what exactly is the threat? i see Qe4 as a follow up, but it seems useless if white moves to the h file.
Apr-09-04  chessfected: you mean the `a' file. Well 33. Ka5 Qe4 is still effective as it threatens 34...Ra8+ 35. Kb6 Qc6 mate. 34. Kb6 Qc6+ 35. Ka7 Rd7 threatens 36....b5+ etc. The way I see it the white king is too far away from home and into the enemy camp to be helped!
Nov-01-06  syracrophy: I'll post the analysis that come on a book, from move 24:

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24...♖xc2+! 25.♔xc2 ♕xf5+ 26.♔c3<26.Kc1 Nb3#; 26.Kd2 Nb3+ >26...♘e6! 27.♕e3 ♘xf4 28.♘f3 a5! <To open the position and to attack the exposed king> 29.♖a1 axb4+ 30.♔xb4 ♖d8 31.♖hf1 ♕c2! 32.♕c3 c5+!<Bacrot resigned. Shirov's attack is decisive: 33.Ka5 Qe4! 34.Ka4 b5+! 35.Kb3 <35.Kxb5 Rb8+ 36.Ka4 Qc6+ 37.Ka3 Qa6+ mates> 35...bxc4+ 36.Qxc4 Rb8+ 37.Kc3 Nd5+ and white must give his queen>

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  plang: Played in the last (11th) round; Shirov and Adams were both a half a point behind Kasparov. All three won their games clinching 1st place for Kasparov.

Shirov had not played the Budapest Gambit in almost ten years but wanted to surprise Bacrot and get him out of his preparation. Shirov thought that 6 Be3 made more sense preventing 6..Bc5. 8 f5!? had been played once before in Cuarts-O'Kelly Havana 1966 (not included in this database); Shirov was definitely not aware of this game. O'Kelly had played 10..Bb4; 10..Re8 was new. Shirov recommended 13 g4 with an unclear position; after Bacrot's 14 h5?!..h6 Whites kingside play was dead. With 19 Ne2? Bacrot apparently overlooked Shirov's 19..c6! winning a pawn. Whites position deteriorated after 22 Ng1?; the queen sacrifice 22 a3..Re4 23 Bxe4..Nb3+ 24 Kb1..Nxd4 25 Nxd4..Bc5 26 Ne6..Qb6 is interesting but probably insufficient. 23 Be4..Nxe4 24 Qxe4..Rg4 25 Qf3..Ne5 26 Bxe5..Rxc4+ 27 Bc3..Bxc3 28 bxc..Qa5 29 Kb2..Ra4 30 Ra1..Re8 would have been poweful for Black but Bacrot's 23 a3 allowed Shirov to play a nice combination starting with 23..Qd7! winning more material and initiating a powerful attack.

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  MKD: This game apparently went well over 30 moves. Why only four moves are listed here?
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  Sally Simpson: HI MKD,

Change your PGN viewer setting from OLGA to PGN4WEB you will then see all the moves.

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  MKD: <Sally Simpson> Thanks a lot. I just saw the message today. Hence the delayed response. My sincere apology.
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