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Alexey Shirov vs Oleg Korneev
Spanish Teams (1998), Salamanca ESP, rd 9, Sep-13
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 10...h5 looks like a not very successful novelty. 15...0-0-0 was a jump under wheels of the attack and 16.Nb5! followed as an immediate punishment.
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  plang: Shirov said that in his home analysis he had mostly concentrated on 10..e5. 10..h5 is an alternative way of preparing 11..Ng4 in response to 11 f4. Shirov felt that Korneev missed a great chance for counterplay with 14..Nfg4! 15 Bh4..f6 16 Qxd6..Qxg6 17 Rxd6..g5 18 Bg3..h4 19 Bxe5..Nxe5 with good compensation for the pawn. After Shirov played 15 f3 this idea was no longer possible and White had a solid advantage. Since the Black king proves vulnerable on the queenside perhaps 15..Rd8 would have been worth a try. 17..Be8?! was dubious; the material advantage cannot be maintained and the fact that Black's rooks are no longer connected hampered his counterattack.

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