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Alexander Morozevich vs Alexey Shirov
Sarajevo (1999), Sarajevo BIH, rd 3, May-19
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Oct-15-06  thesonicvision:
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  plang: A few months before this game at Linares Leko introduced the offbeat 5 Bd3!? against Kramnik which went on to become fashionable for a few years. Morozovich, in his notes to this game, comment that he was not "hardened enough for 5 Bd3". Later on he played it on several occasions including against Shirov at the Srarajevo tournament the following year. 17..Ne5 was played in Steingrimsson-Mihalchisin Kecskemet 1991 (drawn); 17..Na5?! was new but looks clearly inferior. Shirov may have been hoping for 30 Bc3?!..Qxc3 31 Qxc3..Rxe1 when White has few practical winning chances. In time pressure Shirov erred with 39..Be5?; a tougher defense was 39..Qe7 again with the intention of answering 40 Re1 with 40..Qxe1. 40..Bxc3 41 dxc..Nc5 (41..Nf8 42 Bb7) 42 Qxc3..Qxc3 43 Rd8 would have been winning for White. Morozovich missed the quicker 50 Qa8!..Bxf4 (50..Nf8 51 Bxe5..dxe 52 Rxf6!) 51 Qd8!. A tougher defense was 53..Nc5 54 Qxf6..e4 55 Re3..Qf5 when White still has some work to do.
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  fredthebear: 40.d6 was a pawn sacrifice that also offered up the dark-squared bishop. Black took the pawn giving White's light-squared bishop a useful outpost in the middle of the board. White's bishop pair is decisive, in part because Black never finds much use for his remaining knight.

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