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Alexey Shirov vs Alexander Grischuk
Linares (2001), Linares ESP, rd 5, Feb-28
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation (B45)  ·  1-0



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Jun-12-05  clocked: Great K-side attack, but Grischuk was really asking for it with 16...g6?!
Aug-11-11  DrMAL: Yes, 16...g6 was really awful from a positional standpoint. Tactically, it's OK, at least for the time being after 17.Qh6 with 17...f6 but in the game it left giant weaknesses on dark squares, particularly f6. Gotta love 20...Qh8 LOL.
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  plang: Standard in this line is 9..dxe when White has a small endgame advantage after the exchanges on e4; here Grischuk used a new idea 9..d4 that Korchnoi had introduced a few weeks earlier in game 5 of his 8 game match against Ponomariov (drawn 4-4). Korchnoi had played the prophylactic 13..Nd7 and had drawn comfortably; 13..Be6? was new but was not an improvement as White got a strong attack. 16 Qh5! pointed out the weakness of 13..Be6? as Black had lost control of e5 (if 16..f6 17 e5). As an alternative to Grischuk's 16..g6?! Shirov recommended 16..Nf6 17 Qb5..Nd7 18 Qxb7..Nde5 19 Qa6..Rb8 20 b4..Bb3! 21 Bxe5..Rb6 22 Bxg7!..Kxg7 23 cxb..Rxa6 24 Bxa6 and Black's kingside weaknesses give White excellent compensation for the queen and a likely winning edge.

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