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Mikhail Gurevich vs Alexey Shirov
Sarajevo (2000), Sarajevo BIH, rd 2, May-18
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  0-1



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  plang: 15 Nd2 had been played a few times before including in Kasparovs win over Salov at Moscow 1988; 15 Bc3 was new. 18 Bxd7..Rxd7 19 Bxe5..Bxe4 20 dxe..Bf8 would not have given White any advantage. In time pressure White erred with 39 Kf3? and after 39..b5 was in trouble; with 39 Qxa6..Qxe4+ 40 Kg1..Qe5 41 Qc8..Qxd6 42 Bxb6 he likely would have achieved a draw. The ending after 43 e5..Qxd3+ 44 Kxd3..Ke6 would have been bad for White. Black was able to exchange bishops highlighting the weakness of the d-pawn. The pawn endgame would have been lost for White after 47 Qxf6..gxf 48 Ke3..Kxd6 49 Kd4..a5 50 bxa..c5+ 51 Kc3..Kc6.

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