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Alexey Shirov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Hoogovens Group A (1998), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-21
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation Early deviations (B62)  ·  1-0

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May-27-06  alicefujimori: I am quite suprised that no one kiblitz on this game. The 2 bishop VS rook ending was especially fun to watch.
Nov-16-06  adviser: How does white win actually? Please tell me what causes black to resign?
Nov-16-06
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  tpstar: <adviser> White's d Pawn wins the Rook = 52 ... f2 53. d7 Rf7 54. Kc8 f1=Q 55. Bxf1 etc. Note the Bishops control the Queening squares while preventing any Rook checks behind the passed Pawn (like ... Rc4+).
Apr-19-07  neill: nice kill again by shirov...marvelous handling of two bishops!

kramnik has no match. :0)

Jun-27-08
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  plang: 15 a3 defended against the c3 exchange sacrifice (although even after 15 a3 the sacrifice had been played previously). Since 16 Nd5 would have led to an equal endgame Shirov played the double-edged 16 g4!? inviting the exchange sacrifice. If 22..Bxa3 then 23 Bxd5..Bxd5 24 Bb4 is good for white. Kramnik offered a draw after 23..Bxa3 but Shirov felt that he could safely play on with little risk of losing (sort of a strange draw offer!?). Shirov was quite proud of 27 Kb2 - the idea was to allow his king to support the rook after 27..Bxb3 28 cxb..Rd8. Shirov was critical of Kramnik's decision to play for the rook versus two bishops endgame with 31..Bb5. He recommended 31..Bxf2 32 Rxc6..Nc5 33 Rd5 with better drawing chances instead. 37..hxg 38 fxg..g6 would have been a tougher defense though black is clearly worse here. With 45..e4 Kramnik was attempting to exchange his e & f pawns for the d & h pawns when he might have been able to draw but Shirov's 46 d4! prevented this. He correctly saw that the bishops could stop the connected passed pawns.
Sep-24-17  Toribio3: 2 bishops are better than 1 rook. Shirov has the skills to deliver the killer blows against Kramnik in this particular game.

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