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Alexey Shirov vs Vladimir Akopian
Groningen Candidates (1997), Groningen NED, rd 4, Dec-18
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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Apr-19-07  neill: fine endgame technique by shirov..
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  plang: Game two of their fourth round match in the World Championship tournament. After a draw in the first game this win clinched the match for Shirov who was then eliminated by Anand in the fifth round. 7 h3 against the Keres Attack was a relatively new idea at the time. 9 Be3 had been played in a draw between Svidler and Leko at Tilburg a few months earlier. 9 b3!? was a new and original idea of Bologans; surprising in that it lessened White's control of f4. Akopian sacrificed a pawn with 23..Rg7 but it was not clear that he ever received sufficient compensation. Shirov felt that 35..Qc6? slowed down Black's counterplay; he recommended 35..Rf2 36 Qh4..Rg2 with the idea of
37..Qf2 and the offer of a repetition White plays 37 Qf4. If 37..Qxe4 38 Qxe4..Bxe4 39 Bd3 is a winning endgame for White. Akopian sacrificed several pawns to activate his king but Shirov had no trouble securing the win.

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