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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexey Shirov
Linares (2002), Linares ESP, rd 8, Mar-03
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0

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Mar-04-02  bishop: If 19...B(or R)xc6 20.Qd2 Bxe3 21.Qxe3 and due to the threat of Rh3 black will have to go into a lost endgame.
Jan-18-03  Sarimanok: White could have won black's queen with 19.Rh3 Qxh3 20.gxh3 Bxe3 but then Shirov would be in his temperament. 19.Nxc6 was a sensible decision. 19...Bxe3 was a wrong call. 19...Bxc6 20.Qd2 Bxe3 21.Qxe3 f5 22.Rh3 Qf4 23.Qxf4 exf4 24.exf5 Rxf5 leads to an endgame with reasonable chances because of the plans ...Be8 and ...d5.
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  plang: 8..Nf6 invited a transposition to the main line of the Sveshnikov variation (B33) with 9 Bg5 but Anand had the rarely played 9 c4 (although he had not expected to use it this quickly) leading to a hybrid Sveshnikov-Kalashnikov (B32) position. 9..b4!? seems to lead to a clear White edge after 12 Qd5; 9..Nxd5 and 9..Nd4 are alternatives. The alternative 19 Rh3..Qxh3 20 gxh..Bxe3 21 Nxc6..Bxc6 22 Qd3..Bc5 and Black can play ..a4 and double rooks on the b-file with sufficient compensation; Anand's choice of 19 Nxc6 seems more promising. 21 Qxb7..Qf2 22 Be2..Rb8 23 Qd5..Rxb2 would have given Black a winning attack; is it possible that Shirov underestimated Anand's quiet 21 Qd3? 23 h6?! was unnecessary; better would have been 23 Kc2. 24..d5? lost quickly; 24..f5 25 exf..Qf2+ 26 Be2..d5 27 Rae1 would have been better with White better but not yet winning.

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