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Alexey Shirov vs Garry Kasparov
Sarajevo (1999), Sarajevo BIH, rd 2, May-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-06-06  spirit: ...and what happens after 36...kg4?
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  plang: At Wijk-aan-Zee four months earlier Kasparov had played the innovation 12..e6 against Shirov and had gone on to win when Shirov did not find the best response. 14..Qa5 was a new move; 14..Bxf5 had been played previously. Kasparov missed his best chance when he played 21..c3?; stronger was 21..Be6 22 Rb7..Bxf5 23 exf..Kf7 and the c-pawn gives Black a solid edge. Kasparov perhaps underestimated Shirov's 24 Qxc3! and 24 Nxd6! which led to an equal ending.

<spirit: ...and what happens after 36...kg4?>

It looks like 37 Kg2 would be sufficient as after 37..Re6 38 h3+..Kh5 38 Kf2 the e-pawn will fall.

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  beatgiant: <spirit>,<plang> Looks to me like 36...Kg4 <37. h4> also forces a quick draw (37... gxh4 38. Rf4+ followed by Rxh4+)

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