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Alexey Shirov vs Sergei Rublevsky
Montecatini Terme (2000), Montecatini Terme ITA, rd 4, Jul-31
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Lovely game of Shirov who pressured his opponent all game. Rublevsky blundered with 28...Re6 overlooking that after 30.Bb3+ he loses material. 28...Bc4 was necesssary with some advantage of white after 29.Bxd6 Rxd6 30.b3.
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  plang: 16..Qa5 had been played in the draw Hernandez-Christiansen Philadelphia 1998 (game not included in this database); 16..Ne5 was new. 18 c5!? was an interesting pawn sacrifice though after the game Shirov thought that 18 Bb3 might have been stronger. 19..Bxd5 would have lost after 20 exd..Bd6 21 Bxe5..Bxe5 22 d6!..Bxd6 23 Qd3. Shirov had overlooked Rublevsky's clever queen sacrifice 23..Rad8!. Rublevsky spoiled his clever play with 26..Bf8? after which White was clearly better; Shirov recommended 26..g5 27 Qh3..Bxf1 28 Bxe5 with unclear play. After the second error 28..Re6? (see above post) the game ended quickly.

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