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Alexander Grischuk vs Alexey Shirov
Linares (2001), Linares ESP, rd 9, Mar-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: The position is equal, but Shirov does not defend very accurately, allowing Grischuk to demonstrate the power of two well coordinated rooks in the attack

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<29.Rd7+ Ke6 30.Rhd1 Rc6 31.Rxb7 Rg8?> The wrong way to activate the second rook as Black's rooks are now badly coordinated.

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<31...Rhc8!=> was called for.

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  whiteshark: Correction: <31...Rg8!=> as in the game was o.k.!!

I missed some resources:

Activate the King with <32...Ke5!=> and Rd7 can not leave the d-file without allowing a Kd4 approach.

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<No Pressure, no diamonds!>

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  plang: Earlier in the tournament Grischuk had played 8 Qe2 against Kasparov and Black had gone on to win a nice game; here he varied with 8 g4. At the 1999 European Team Championship at Bathumi Topalov had played 9..Qc7 against Leko and White won; 9..d5!? was new. 10 exd..Nb4 11 dxe..Bxe6 12 g5..Nh5 would have given Black compensation for the pawn. 13 0-0-0/..Bxa3! gave Black a good position; better would have been 13 Nxc5..dxc 14 b3..0-0 15 Qe3..Ne5 16 Be2 with a solid edge for White. 17 Qxc3..Nxb3+ 18 cxb..Bg4! would have been powerful for Black. 24..Nxf4? (24..Kf7 was better) gave White the opportunity to play 25 Rb6..Rc7 26 Ba5..0-0 (26..Rd7 27 Bxa6) 27 Rxa6 but he missed it. Black was lost after 39..Rb6?; better was 39..Ka7 40 Rxa5+..Kb6 41 Rb5+..Kc7 42 Re7+..Kd6 43 Rbb7..Rf2 44 Rbd7+..Kc5 45 Rd3..Rd6 46 Rc3+..Kd4 47 a5..h5 48 Rh7..Rh2 with some drawing chances for Black. 43..Rd7 48 Rxf4..Ke6 would have been a tougher defense.

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