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Alexey Shirov vs Evgeny Bareev
FIDE World Championship Knockout Prelim (2000), New Delhi IND, rd 5, Dec-10
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0

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Jul-06-10  dondiegodelavega: Simple and powerful chess!
Feb-07-17
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  plang: Game 2 of their 5th round match in the World Championship tournament; this win tied the match which Shirov then went on to win in the quick-play tiebreaks. He then defeated Grischuk in the semifinals before losing in the finals to Anand. 11 Rhe1 was new though it is not an improvement over the standard 11 Nxf6+. It is unclear why Bareev didn't play 11..Nxe4 12 Rxe4..b5 13 Bd3..Bb7 14 Re5 particularly given the match situation; instead after 11..Nd5?! White got a promising position. Bareev did not accept Shirov's exchange sacrifice with 13..fxe 14 Bxe4..Bg5 15 Re3..Qf6 16 Kb1..Bxe3 (16..Qxf2? 17 Rh3! and if 17..Bxd2 18 Bxh7+..Kh8 19 Ng6#) 17 fxe with good compensation; instead after 13..exd White had a good position without giving up any material. 14..Bg5?! lost a tempo; better was 14..Bf6 15 Ncd3. 24..Qh6!? shortened the game but neither 24..Bf6 or 24..Rg8 would likely have changed the final result.

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