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Jan Timman vs Alexey Shirov
Sarajevo (1999), Sarajevo BIH, rd 5, May-21
Slav Defense: Two Knights Attack (D15)  ·  0-1



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  plang: 5 Ne5 is a rarely played gambit that was used 3 times in this tournament. In the 1st round Timman played 7 Ne3 against Topalov and lost. In the 4th round game I.Sokolov-Bareev 7 Nd2..e6 was played and the game was drawn. This game was played in the 5th round and Shirov varied with 6..Bb7. After 8 Nb3?! Black already seems to have a solid plus; 8 e3 or 8 e4 are alternatives. Shirov thought that 12..e5 would have been a stronger continuation then what than what he played. Perhaps White could have played for a repetition with 25 Bc2..Bxa3 26 Qa2..Bc5 27 Qb2 as after 25 a4? Black once again had a solid edge. Timman's best chance after Shirov's 28..Bxg2! would have been 29 Bb5..Bxf1 30 Bxd3..Bxd3 although with bishop, rook and pawn for the queen and with White's light square weaknesses around his king Black would have the advantage. Instead, after 30..Qb5 Shirov was able to save his bishop and was left with a winning material advantage.

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