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Alexey Shirov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Linares (1997), Linares ESP, rd 8, Feb-13
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation Early deviations (B62)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Aug-05-05  samvega: Marvelous attacking game by Kramnik, excellent defence by Shirov.

Another game from Test your Chess with Daniel King. 26..b4 is the move to play for a win. I chose 26..Nd6 -- is that good enough to draw?

Idea: to prevent Qb7 & Rd7, and to continue with ..Re8. Following ..Re8, if white shuffles the Q to d7 this will lead to a draw by repetition, while if he retreats to h4 black has not lost his initiative.

If white tries to trade down with 27.Bh7+ Kxh7 28.Rxe5, then 28..Nf5 29.Rxf5 looks like a draw.

Aug-05-05  samvega: No, I see where I'm wrong. 26..Nd6 27.Bh7+ Kxh7 28.Rxe5 Nf5 29.Rxf5 exf5 30.Rd7 is just crap for black.
Aug-05-05  molinov: The possibility of 27.Rd7 is food for thought.27.Rd7 bxc3 28.b3 Bf6 29.Qxf7+ Kh8 30.Qxe6 Na3+ 31.Kc1 Bg5+ 32.Kd1 c2+ 33.Bxc2 Rxc2 34.Qe8+ Qxe8 35.Rxe8+ Kh7 36.h4 is one of the many variations that should be considered. For some reason Shirov didn't go for it.
Aug-05-05  fgh: Interesting game. Wouldn't 27. ... Qxb4 have given better chances for black?
Aug-05-05  samvega: <fgh> I don't think so, b/c Black is the exchange down... and he would have to watch out for Bb7 after the queen trade. Shirov's play is very exacting, btw. Just as an example, if 32..Nc4, 33.Qc7 wins on the spot.

<molinov> Not to beat a dead horse, but perhaps my silly idea works better within the line you give: 27.Rd7 bxc3 28.b3 Nd6?

Aug-05-05  fgh: <samvega>: Forgive me for my ignorance :-)
Aug-06-05  samvega: <molinov> or 27.Rd7 Nxb2

<fgh> oops, I wasn't being pompous was I? ANyway, I like your game collection, will be looking at it some more.

May-24-06
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  plang: Counterattack with ..26 b4,..27 Qc7 & ..28 Na3+ is very nice even though it is only good enough for a draw. Kramnik had some nice games with the Sicilian when he was in his prime.

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