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Alexey Shirov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Oakham YM (1992), Oakham ENG, rd 6, Mar-29
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. Rubinstein Defense (D20)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: In Shirov's case it is sometimes quite difficult to say whether he sacrificed or blundered a piece. Many of his sacrifices are not completely sound though they work in game. In this game his 16.Rad1 looks too trivial for a plain blunder but as a sac it did not look much promising from the beginning. Maybe that Shirov planned to play anything different at first but then changed the mind. If so, then 19.Ne5!? with answer 19...Qc7! 20.Rxd7 Qxe5 21.Qxb7 0-0 can be a candidate.
Oct-13-08  Raginmund: wow
nice to go through the game before Anand tomorrow.

go Kramnik!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  patzer2: White's experiment with 5. Bxc4?! = to doesn't work out so well. Better for White IMO is the more popular move 5. Qxd4 as in F Vallejo Pons vs Aronian, 2011.

The try 16. Rad1?, refuted by 16...Nxb2 , is given by the computers as the losing move. However, being a pawn down, passive tries like the computer preference 16. Qd2 Rg8 might not have been so pleasant for White.

White could have put up more resistance with 18. Qb4!? (diagram below)

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When Black must find 18...Rxf3!

(or 18... Rd3 19. Rd4 (19. Rxd7 Qxd7) 19... Rxd4 20. Qxd4 Bxb5 21. Rb1 Nc4 22. Qxd8+ Kxd8 23. Rxb5 b6 (-2.53 @ 23 depth, Deep Fritz 15)

19. gxf3 Rg8+ 20. Kh1 Qc7 21.Rd2 a5 22. Qd6 (22. bxa6 Bc6 23. Qb3 Qf4 ) 22... Qxd6 23. Rxd6 Bxb5 24. Rb1 Be2 25. h4 Nc4 26. Rd4 Ne5 27. Rc1 Bxf3+ 28. Kh2 Bc6 (-7.53 @ 22 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

P.S.: Perhaps Black's 16th move (16...?) would make for a good Wednesday puzzle, when those claiming to have solved it will have to figure out how to refute 18. Qb4!?

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