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Alexey Shirov vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2000), Linares ESP, rd 6, Mar-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  plang: The idea behind 8 f3 (6 f3) is to play a Be3 system without allowing ..Ng4. 8..Qb6 (6..Qb6) interferes with that plan. 13..Be7 (11..Be7) had been played in Lekos win over Topalov at the 1999 European Team Championship at Bathumi; 13..Ne5 (11..Ne5) was new though after the game Kasparov expressed dissatisfaction with it. Shirov's clever move order in the opening had avoided Kasparov's famed Najdorf preparation. 19..Nxd5 20 exd..Bxd5 21 Bg2 would have been very strong for White. Shirov played 23 Qe4?! very quickly; Kasparov was concerned instead with 23 Qe1 although after 23..Rae8 24 Bd3..f5 25 gxf..Bxf6 26 Qe4..g6 27 hxg..exf the position is unclear. After 26 Rg1?! Black started to take over the initiative; better was 26 Bxc4..dxc 27 Nd2 with chances for both sides. Had Shirov "forgotten" that 27 Qxe7?..Rfe8 was unplayable for White? In any event Kasparov was unable to find a clear continuation to play for a win and acquiesced to a draw.

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