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Alexey Shirov vs Viswanathan Anand
Linares (1998), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-22
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  0-1

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Oct-16-05  Granite: Bowling with rooks with white pawn pins.
Oct-16-05  csmath: This is probably the game that devalued 9. Nc3.

That move does not look very healthy to start with but Anand proves that immediately.

I guess it was just technical oversight of Shirov when he took

31. Rxc4?

without noticing that it leads to a lost ending. But what else to do, his king is so exposed that sooner or later he would suffer even if he has left both queens on the board.

Jan-03-07  Haeron: The dancing rooks are amazing!

And by the way, 43. ...R5e7 shouldn't have a + on it.

Jun-24-09
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  plang: Played in the first round; Anand went on to win the tournament finishing a half point ahead of Shirov and a full point ahead of Kasparov and Kramnik. Anand prepared the Caro Kann for Linares scoring 1.5 - 1.5 (including a loss to Kasparov and a draw with Topalov). 9 Nc3?! allows Black an easy equality; 9 Qa4 is considered to be the only way to play for an advantage. Rather than playing 21 Rfd1 and trying to maintain equality Shirov played for an all out attack with 21 f4!? Seirawan offered the line 21..Rd3 22 f5..Bg5 23 f6..Rfd8 24 fxg..c4+ 25 Kh2..R8d4 26 Bxd4..Rxd4 as an example of how White's aggression can backfire. Anand, instead, played to simplify relying on White's pawn weaknesses to give him winning chances. 26..Qe6! was a key centralizing maneuver; pawn hunting with 26..Qxb2? 27 Raf1..Qxc3 28 e6! would have backfired. 31 Rxc4?! led to a poor endgame for White; Anand recommended 31 Qf2..Rd3 32 Rf3 when Black has a small advantage. Benko thought that Shirov's best chance would have been 35 e6..fxe 36 Qe7 with chances for a perpetual.
Dec-30-11  cocker: Ending after 32 ... Rxc4 is used as an example in Nunn's book, UCE, p 207. Nunn suggests that 41 Qb5 would have maintained drawing chances for White. As played, Black was able to take e- and a-pawns without allowing e6.

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