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Alexey Shirov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Linares (1998), Linares ESP, rd 11, Mar-06
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Minckwitz Variation (C67)  ·  1-0



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Dec-09-04  Bobak Zahmat: Great Ruy Lopez variation. Very dynamic play. Shirov's defense is great!
Dec-09-04  acirce: I think this was, interestingly, both the first time Kramnik played the Berlin and also the only time he has played 5..Be7 instead of 5..Nd6.
May-22-06  Whitehat1963: No stopping that a pawn.
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  plang: Kramnik surprised Shirov with the Berlin variation. Shirov was not that familiar with the 5..Be7 line so he avoided the more popular 6 Qe2 and then 7 Qd5 lines to avoid preparation by Kramnik. 9..Bf5 was new; 9..Nxd2 had been played previously. Shirov thought that 14..Ng6 would have been a better defense. Kramnik could have contested the e-file sooner with 17..b5 18 Bc2..Rfe8 19 a4..a6 20 g4..Nh6 21 h3 but White still would have maintained an edge. Kramnik tried this idea a move later with 18..b5?! but after 21..a5? (Shirov recommended 21..a6 or 21..h5, Seirawan 21..Kf8) he was in trouble. 24..Ra7 would have held longer but likely would not have changed the final result. 26..Nfd4 27 Nxd4..Rxd4 28 Rc5..Rb4 29 b3 would have maintained material equality but kept White's positional advantage intact. If 41..Ra6 42 Rb4 wins the Knight.
Nov-04-16  Chibauk: I must be missing something, but what happens after 9. ♖xe4?
Nov-04-16  Captain Hindsight: <9...♗x♙h2+ 10.♔x♗h2 ♕x♕d1>

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