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Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexey Shirov
Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates Match (1998), Cazorla ESP, rd 5, May-30
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-12-03  PVS: The opening of game five is remarkably similar to the openings of games one and three. 23...Bc4 looks dramatic, but in the end it only brings black equality.
Mar-15-06  Topzilla: Didnt Kramnik missed a win here??
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  plang: After three quiet draws Shirov had won game 4 to take the lead. This game was Kramnik's first serious attempt to press Shirov. In the first game Kramnik had played 18 Bf4 and got nowhere after 18..e5. Perhaps Shirov should have retreated his Bishop with 18..Bf7 as it is not easy for White to show that he has compensation for the gambit pawn. Kramnik was critical of 20..f5?! recommending 20..Rac8 21 Ba6..Rc5 but Shirov's move is more consistent with his active style. A pretty variation would have been 22..f4? 23 Nf5..Be5 24 Rc7 and White wins. Also bad for Black would have been 25..Bxc1 26 Rxc1..Rf4 27 Bg5. Kramnik was critical of his pawn grab 30 Nxd6? recommending 30 g4 instead maintaining his attack. One illustration of how careful Black had to be would have been 36..a5 37 d6..Bg5 38 d7..Bxf4 39 Rg8+..Kxg8 40 d8(Q)..Kf7 41 Rd7+ and wins. Kramnik kept pressing but after 52..h4! Shirov was able to reach an easily drawn Bishop ending.
Jun-09-13  csmath: Kramnik missed 26. Rc2 with the idea

26. ... Rxc4
27. Rxc2 ... Rxh4
28. g4!

closing fourth rank for black rook and white is clearly better.

Of course the whole sequence with pawn grab in 29 and 30 move was a mistake.

29. Re7 was better and 30th move is definitely an error as pointed by Kramnik.

Jun-09-13  csmath: The last straw was probably
46. Re4?!

The following continuation is critical:

46. Bg3 h4
47. Re5+ Kf6
48. Bf4 Rg7
49. Rh5 Rd7
50. Rxh4 Rf2
51. Rh6+ Kf5
52. Bg3 Rxf3
53. d6

White is pawn up but I am not sure whether this is good enough to win. It is surely worth trying.

Sep-02-15  whiteshark: Shirov also thought that <20.... f5?> was a mistake, too. Instead he gave 20...Rfc8 21.Nd4 Bc4 22.Bxc4 Rxc4 23.Nb5 Bh6 24.Rxc4 Nxc4 25.Bxf6 Be3+ 26.Kh1 a5 and the passed pawn is becoming a force...
Mar-02-18  Whitehat1963: Excellent high-level look at the Opening of the Day.
Mar-02-18  Whitehat1963: Stockfish says: +1.22 (18 ply) 28.f4 Nb3 29.Nc6 Nd2 30.Rf2 Rc1 31.Rxc1 Bxc1 32.Re2 Nc4 33.Kf2 b5 34.Kf3 a5 35.Rc2 Bb2 36.Rxb2 Nxb2 37.Bf6+ Kg8 38.Bxb2 a4

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