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Zbynek Hracek vs Alexey Shirov
Shirov - Hracek Match (1998), Ostrava CZE, rd 3, Nov-16
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: Position after 30.Qxe6+

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I'm sure you'll find Black's winning move, but would you have found it five moves ago when Black headed toward this position?

Jul-18-06  suenteus po 147: 25...Bc6 was a remarkable sacrifice given the position.
Feb-19-08  hedgeh0g: 32...Rxf1 isn't just check, as the cg notation would suggest, but checkmate.
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  plang: Game 3 of their six game match won by Shirov 5-1 (no draws, Hracek won game 5). In game 1 Hracek played 7 h4; 7 h3 ,played in this game, was what Shirov had expected based on his pre-match preparation (note that there was some discrepancy on what move order was played). Leko had played 16 e5 against Sax at Budapest 1997 in a game that ended in a quick draw; Hracek's 16 g5?! was no improvement. Stohl recommended 16 b3!? or 16 Rd3 as alternatives. 18 Bf3..g6 would have been better though Shirov felt that Black would still have had some advantage here. Had White played 20 Qg2 Black could have responded 20..bxc 21 Qxg6+..Kd8 22 Bxh5..cxb 23 Bxb2..Rb8 24 Nb3..Nxb2 25 Kxb2..Be8 and wins. 26 Nxc6? was the final error after which Black's counterattack got there first. 26 Nxe6? would have failed to 26..Na3+? with a crushing mating attack. Shirov and Stohl recommended 26 b3 with a Black advantage in a complicated game. If 27..Qd7? then 28 Be7! would have won for White. If 29 Kxa3 then 29..d5+ 30 Be7..Bxe7 31 Nxe7..Rc3+ mates. 30..Qe7! is the only winning move; Black loses after 30..Re7 31 Rxf8+..Kxf8 32 Bxe7+..Qxe7 33 Rf1+..Ke8 34 Qg8+..Kd7 35 Rf7.
May-15-21  carpovius: <Jul-18-06 Phony Benoni: Position after 30.Qxe6+ I'm sure you'll find Black's winning move, but would you have found it five moves ago when Black headed toward this position?>

Answer: 25...Bc6

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