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Alexey Shirov vs Jeroen Piket
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Staunton Variation (C42)  ·  1-0

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Jul-04-09  zev22407: An interesting fighting end game.
Feb-01-17
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  plang: 12..Nxc3 had been played in the short draw Yudasin-Rozentalis 1990 USSR Ch; 12..Nf6 was new leading to a solid but passive position for Black. Giving up his bishop with 18..Bxc3?! was dubious; preferable was 18..Ne4. After 20..Bxg5?! White had a solid initiative; Black would have retained close to equality with 20..Nxe5 21 fxe..f6 22 exf..gxf 23 Bh6..Rf7 24 Rf1..Qe6. The alternative 21..f6? was not possible due to 22 Ng6+..hxg 23 Qxg6 with the dual threats of 24 Re7 and 24 Rh3+..Kg8 25 Rh7 followed by Qh5. 22..Nxe5 would have avoided Shirov's promising piece sacrifice but would have left White with an advantage. 32..Rf7? was a time pressure error; 32..Rf3 would have been better. Had Black played 41..Rc7 he would have been losing after 42 h5..Rxc6 43 g4..Re6 44 g5+..Ke7 45 h6..Rxe5 46 dxe..gxh 47 g7..Kf7 48 e6+..Kxh7 49 gxh+. Black resigned due to 43..Nb5 44 Rxb5..Rxb5 45 c7.

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