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Igor Stohl vs Alexey Shirov
European Team Championship (1999), Batumi GEO, rd 9, Dec-07
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  0-1



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  plang: In case of 14 Kh2 Black could have responded 14..Re5 15 cxd..Rh5 16 h4..Ng4+ 17 Kg1..Nxe3 18 fxe..cxd with excellent play. This game was played in the last round (9th); in the 4th round 16 Kh2 was played in Marin-Socko (Black won). Stohl's 16 h4 looks like an improvement. The alternative 18 Qxd6..Bxg2 19 Kxg2..Be5 20 Qd1..Bxc3 21 bxc..Rxe4 would have been strong for Black. Stohl's 21 Bf2 was not the best way to sacrifice the pawn; 21 Rb1 would have been more active. Shirov could have held onto the pawn with 22..Qf5 but instead went for active piece play with 22..Rb8!?. Stohl was doing OK until 28 e5?; better was 28 Qxa6..Nxe4 29 Qd3 and White will likely hold. Stohl resigned after 31..Ne4!; Byrne provided one possible continuation 32 Rf3..Rd2+ 33 Kg1..Nxg3 34 Rxg3..Qxe5! 35 Rxg6+..Kh7 36 Rg2..Rd1+ 37 Kf2..Qf4+ 38 Ke2..Qf1+.

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