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Alexey Shirov vs Loek van Wely
Rubinstein Memorial (2000), Polanica-Zdroj POL, rd 8, Aug-25
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack Perenyi Gambit (B81)  ·  1-0


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  plang: Shirov and Van Wely finished in a tie for second at +3 a half point behind Gelfand in this ten player round robin. The super-sharp Perenyi Attack (7 g4) usually leads to White sacrificing a piece as 10 gxf..f4 has a poor reputation for White. Played in round 8; in round 1 Shirov had tried 14 Bd3 against Svidler and the game had ended in a draw. 14 gxf was a new idea. Shortly before the game Shirov came up with the idea of the rook sacrifice 16 Qg3; a few months later at the Olympiad these same two opponents repeated this variation and Van Wely took the rook with 16..Qxh1 though White won that game as well.

Shirov after 17 kb1: "To enter the complications after 17..Qxh1 18 Bxe5 one needs courage when one is not prepared for them."

20..Rg8? was an error that should have lost quickly; better was 20..Nc5 21 Qh3..Qxf6 22 Bxc5..Bxf5 23 Qa3 with Black a bit better. Shirov erred with 24 Qd8?; he thought he would have had a solid advantage after 24 Rg1+..Kh7 25 Bf3..e4 26 Qb3..Qd5 27 Bxf6..Qxb3 28 Rg7+..Kh8 29 axb..gxf 30 Rg4+..Kh7 31 Rxf4. Van Vely returned the favor with 25..Be6?; instead after 25..Qe8 26 Qxe8..Nxe8 27 Rd8..b5! 28 Rxe8..Bb7 29 Rxa8..Bxa8 30 h4 with just a small White edge. 27 Kh1! was clever as both 27..Bxc2 28 Rg1..Bg6 29 Bxf6..Qxf6 30 Bd3! and 27..Qxc2 28 Bxf6..Qxe2 29 Rg1 would have been winning for White. 30 Bg4! would have been stronger. 32..Nf4? lost on the spot; 32..b5 33 h5 would have held out longer.

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  perfidious: <plang: Shirov and Van Wely finished in a tie for second at +3 a half point behind Gelfand in this ten player round robin....>

This should be required reading for those who think little of van Wely's abilities; he has been far more than the punching bag some posters imagine.

<....The super-sharp Perenyi Attack (7 g4) usually leads to White sacrificing a piece as 10 gxf..f4 has a poor reputation for White....>

During my Najdorf days, this had not even been conjured up yet by that imaginative theorist Perenyi and it has always looked to me as though a child turned the board upside down and replaced the pieces at random. What a mess.

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