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Alexey Shirov vs Leinier Dominguez Perez
M-Tel Masters (2009), Sofia BUL, rd 5, May-17
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-17-09  melianis: Wild game. Oh yeah, first!
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  Mateo: A draw can be a very interesting game... Once again a luky result for Dominguez-Perez.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3 Qc7 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. g4 h6 <Unusual. 10...b5 is the main line.> 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. h4 Qb6 13. Nb3 Qc7 <With the idea Bxc3.> 14. e5!? <Maybe a new idea. 14.Rh3 was suggested before in order to avoid the doubled pawns if Black plays Bxc3.> dxe5 15. f5 Nb6 16. Ne4 exf5!? <16...Be7 trying to keep the extra pawn was risky after 17.f6 gxf6 18.Nxf6+.> 17. gxf5 Bd7 18. Na5! <18.Nd6+ Ke7 20.Nxb7 (19.Qxb7? Qxb7 20.Nxb7 Bc6, Black wins) Bc6? 21.Qc3 Qxb7 (21...Na4? 22.Qb4+) 22.Na5, White has an edge. So better 18...Kf8!. 19.Nxb7? Bc6 20.Qc3 Na4 21.Qb4+ Be7, Black wins.> O-O-O! <18...Bc6 19.Nxc6 bxc6 (19...Qxc6? 20.Qb3! Rhf8 21.Qa3!, White wins), the Black King has no safe place. So Black does better to return the pawn.> 19. Nd6+ Kb8 20. Qxb7+! <20.Naxb7? Bc6, Black wins. 20.Ndxb7?! e4! 21.Qxe4 Na4 22.c3 Nxc3!, Black wins.> Qxb7 21. Ndxb7 <Or 21.Naxb7.> Rc8 22. Nd6 Rc7 23. Rh3 <23.Bxa6? Ra7 is uncomfortable. 23.Nxf7 Bxf5!.> Ka7 24. Ra3 Ra8? <A tactical mistake.> 25. Bxa6! <Strong move. White gets an edge.> Kb8 <25...Kxa6? 26.Nc6+ Na4 27.Rxa4+ Kb6 28.Rxa8, White wins. This is why the Rook is misplaced on a8.> 26. Bb7? <26.Nac4 keeps the extra pawn with pressure on the discovered King. 26...Rxa6 27.Rxa6 Nxc4 28.Nxc4, the d7 Bishop is hanging. 26...Nxc4 27.Rb3+! Nb6 28.Rxb6+ Ka7 29.Rb3!. Maybe Shirov missed this point. 29...Kxa6 30.Ra3+.> Rxa5! 27. Rxa5 Rxb7 28. Nxb7 Kxb7 <The h and f pawns are targets for Black. White has no longer his strong Knight on d6 defending f5.> 29. Rxd7+?! <What to do? 29.Rf1 Nc4 followed by Bxh4. However, the move actually played is questionable.> Nxd7 30. h5 Bd8 31. Rd5 Kc6 32. c4 Bg5+ 33. Kc2 Nb6! 34. Rxe5 Nxc4 35. Re8 Nd6 36. Rg8 Nxf5 37. b4 <Black has a small material advantage but the 2 connected passers and the active position of the Rook give White compensation.> Bf6 38. a4 Ng3 39. b5+ Kb6 40. Rb8+ Ka7 41. Rf8 Kb6 42. Rb8+ Ka7 43. Rf8 Kb6 1/2-1/2

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