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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Alexey Shirov
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-15
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Lilienthal Variation (D44)  ·  0-1



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Aug-12-03  PVS: Shirov may have winning records against all the hand picked Candidates, with the definite exception of Kasparov.
Aug-12-03  refutor: what a nice game by Shirov...i knew that 21.Qg7?! couldn't be any good ;)
Aug-13-03  xu fei: Shirov did well to avoid a repeat of Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996
Nov-24-03  PinkPanther: This must have come as a rude schock to Alexei, but I have to give credit where credit is due. He found a better way to play against the sacrifice than before, and took the whole point home.
Jun-14-04  jeffnool: i think that 36...Bc4 37.Rg1 Kg1 38.b1Q Kg2 is a draw? Any suggestions???
Jun-14-04  acirce: <jeff> 38. Kg2 Qe4+ loses the bishop but maybe 39. Kh2 is worth looking at. There are many similar positions where the materially inferior part builds an impregnable fortress. On the other hand, doesn't black have 36. Bxc4 Rd1, not having to lose the rook to queen? 37. Ba2 Ra1 etc.
Jun-14-04  jeffnool: my friend thanks your rigth!! can you also help me regarding my other comments in other games??? just click my name to see where are my other kibitz! thanks
Jun-14-04  acirce: Sure, I will have a look later.
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  Peligroso Patzer: A nice finesse in the final position is that if Ponomariov had tried 43.Kf3, Shirov has 43. ... c3! .

For example: 44.Ba3 c2 , or if 44.Bxc3 Rd3+ 45.K any Rxc3 .

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  Peligroso Patzer: BTW, if Ponomariov had tried 43. Kf3 (See previous post.), Shirov also could have won with 43. ... Rb1 (in addition to 43. ... c3!, the strongest move), but the obvious check 43. ... Rd3+? would have been a blunder, since then after 44. Ke4 the outcome would have been unclear.
Nov-21-09  hedgeh0g: The Chucky variation of the Botvinnik System!
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