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Teimour Radjabov vs Alexey Shirov
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 13, Mar-04
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1-0

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Mar-04-04  ctrlaltdel: go timur go!
Mar-04-04  Kenkaku: Say what you will about Shirov's play in Linares, but at least he has the guts to play the Grunfeld in such a high level tournament.
Mar-04-04  chessfected: Sweet revenge for Radja. After being ground down by Shirov in the endgame in their previous game, he has returned the compliment. 41.e5+! was a nice move to force a rook exchange. I wonder if Shirov erred with 66..a3. Preserving the f pawn is more likely to prolong resistance than hanging on to the remote a-pawn.
Mar-04-04  shr0pshire: Ah Shirov is having a bad tourney. Not to take anything away from Radjabov, but this is not shirov at his best. Shirov shouldn't lose these sort of games. :(
Mar-04-04  masig: just thinking out loud..would it have been better had Shirov captured Knight with his rook (instead of pawn) on move 35? that is..35..Rxd4

if
36. Rxd4..then f3xg2!
37. Ke2..Bg4!
38. Kf2 exd4
39. Kxg2 d3
(position in Black's favor as subsequent Be2 takes white rook out of play and black King-f4 captures white e4 pawn)

But since Radja is no patzy like myself, he'd probably opt for this..

35...Rxd4
36. g2xf3 Ra4
37. Ke2 (has white got any other better moves left..probably Rc2 or Ra1?) then black rook to a3!

I'd say Radja was still ahead at this point but with the black a-pawn able to advance without threats plus center pawns that were connected and intact and his King at f4, Shirov has a better chance of defending in the end game

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