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Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Alexey Shirov
Madrid (1996), Madrid ESP, rd 3, May-10
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-20-03  refutor: Shirov has a comical annotation to the final position of this game in his book "Fire on Board"

"Drawn because of threefold repetition. As the reader will have realized, the final position had been analyzed at home. Sometimes the Botvinnik variation gets so boring..."

Incredible...the final position had been analyzed at home?! amazing how in depth these guys go in some of these theoretical lines...of course if i was a gm and wanted to avoid all this theoretical nonsense, i'd avoid theoretical lines like this and play the old indian or the torre attack and just play chess ;)

Mar-02-06  waddayaplay: In ten games, this is the only draw between these two guys.
May-03-06  offramp: As Refutor says, this is a long theoretical line.

Shirov reckons that the innovation in this game was 26...Qb7. The moves previous to that were also played in Yermolinsky vs D Gurevich, 1994.

Jul-19-12  vinidivici: This is great ending.

The key for a draw for black is 33.Bc6!!

That prevents the white f-pawn to move up.
The technic (like Dvoretsky suggested) is the "crosschairs" technic. That put the bishop in the single diagonal of the pawns so that guarding the white h-g pawns also.

I dont know if theres another draw technic on this position. But 33.Bc6 guarantees a draw.

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