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Peter Svidler vs Alexey Shirov
Linares (1998), Linares ESP, rd 13, Mar-08
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0
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Feb-24-09
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  plang: Shirov was 1/2 a point ahead of Anand going into this; the penultimate round. After this loss coupled with Anand's win over Topalov, Anand took the lead and went on to win the tournament by a 1/2 a point. Shirov had played 7..Bb7 in earlier draws against Kasparov and Anand. Ivanchuk had played 15 Be3 against Shirov in their draw at Belgrade 1997. 15 Kh1 was Svidler's improvement which called into question the validity of Black's pawn sacrifice. It was voted the best innovation of Informant 72. After 22..Ne7 Svidler said he spent a half an hour "calculating the position to the end". Seirawan's comment after 24 Nxc7: "..The position resembles a King's Indian where Black has done everything wrong..". Svidler planned to answer 28..Nf8 with 29 Qa7..Rb3 30 Ng5..h6 31 Nf7+..Kh7 32 Rh3..Rxf3
33 Ng5+..Qxg5 34 Rxf3. Shirov resigned because there was no satisfactory answer to the threat of 38 Rh1. Voted the 3rd best game of Informant 72.
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