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Alexey Shirov vs Loek van Wely
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-20
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  1-0



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  plang: True to his character Shirov played the aggressive new move 10 g4!?. Psakhis recommended 13..f5 14 Ng5..g6 with an OK game for Black. The complications starting with 15..Nxd4? backfired on Black; Shirov recommended 15..Be8 16 a4..Ng6 17 a5 with a promising attack for White (perhaps castling queenside was risky). Van Wely may have underestimated 17 Qe2!. 21 b5? was an error, 21 Bxe4..dxe 22 Qxe4 would have been immediately decisive. 22..exf lost quickly; better was 22..Ne5 though after 23 Nxe5..Qxd4+ 24 Kg2..exd 25 Nd3..Qe4+ 26 Qf3..Rhf8 27 Nf4..Qxf3+ 28 Rxf3..e5 29 Ne6..Rxf3 30 Kxf3..Rd6 31 Nxg7 White would still have had a decisive advantage.

Whenever someone comments about chess being played out I think of a game like this: 10 g4!? avoids known theory while creating a position with rich possibilities for both players. I'm sure computers have opinions on this line but there is enough complexity here for human innovation.

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