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Alexey Shirov vs Evgenij Agrest
EuTCh (2001), Leon ESP, rd 9, Nov-15
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1-0

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Sep-10-06
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  Honza Cervenka: Great squeezing. 42...Qf1 was a blunder but black was already lost anyway.
Sep-12-06  suenteus po 147: That's what Shirov does. He pulls your heart right out of your chest and then drops it on the floor for you to step on when you fumble for it trying to pick it up.
Nov-08-18
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  plang: 12..g6 was a new move; Agrest had previously played 12..h5 in a short draw against Rytshagov at the 2000 Olympiad at Istanbul. 12..Qc7,12..Nc5 and 12..0-0 had also been played previously. Black was clearly worse after 18..Bxf3?!; better would have been 18..e4 19 Be2..Ne5 20 Rd4!..Nf3+ 21 Bxf3..exf 22 Rxf3..Bxf3 23 Qxf3 though White would have had promising compensation for the exchange. 19..Rc8 was an alternative as 20 Nd2 could have been answered by 20..Qc6 21 Qe2..d5. After Agrest's 19..Rb8!? 20 Nd2 Black could not avoid the exchange of the knight on f6 weakening the h-pawn. 25 Nxf6+..Bxf6 26 Qxh5 would have been more accurate. Again 29 h3 with the idea of Qe4 would have been better though Shirov's advantage was such that he could afford to take his time. 35..Qc6?! dropped a pawn but Black's position was very difficult with multiple weaknesses.

What stands out most about this game is Shirov's patience to not cash in his positional advantage for material gain too quickly so as to limit any potential Black counterplay.

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