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Alexander Morozevich vs Alexey Shirov
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-28
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-07-06  Chess Carnival: I knew this game would be a draw for Alex
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  plang: The line with 6 Nxd4 and 7 Qf3 was very new at the time and became quite popular in the early 2000s. 9 d3 had been played in the draw Najer-Tiviakov Groningen 1999 (not included in this database); 9 h3 was new. 13 f3?! was uncharacteristically passive; 13 e5 was an alternative. Shirov built up a strong initiative that resulted in his winning the exchange. Still, Morozovich could have achieved equality had he played 36 Rf8+..Kh7 37 Qd6..Bxf8 38 Qxc7..Qf7 39 Qxa5..d5. Instead after his 36 Qd6? Shirov missed a chance to win with 37..Qb5+ 38 c4..Qc6 39 Qd8+..Kf7 40 Ba2..a4 41 Bc1..Bf6 42 Qa5..Rxc4 43 Be3..Rc2. Missing that a draw was agreed a few moves later.

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