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Judit Polgar vs Alexey Shirov
Hoogovens Group A (1998), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-17
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation Kantscher Line (B66)  ·  1-0



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  plang: The line with 8..Nxd4 and 10..b5 after 7..a6 was relatively new at the time. 12..Rc8 was new; 12..Qc7 was standard. 13..Bxf6 would have been sufficient for near-equality but Shirov, as usual, wanted a more complicated game. He, perhaps, pushed too hard with 16..Kd7?; Polgar recommended 16..Rc4, Ftacnik 16..b4. Shirov was surprised by 17 e5! and apparently underestimated 18 exd!. Polgar felt that 20..b4 would have been the best defense. After 20..Bxd6? Polgar was able to simplify to a favorable queen versus two rooks endgame with several weak Black pawns. If 21..Kc7 then 22 Nxd6..Rcd8 23 Qe7+..Rd7 24 Ne8+ wins.
Oct-01-12  Firststep2: Great endgame! Look at the last video on GM Nigel Davies site:
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