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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Alexey Shirov
Linares (2002), Linares ESP, rd 4, Feb-26
Sicilian Defense: Closed Sicilian. Anti-Sveshnikov Variation Kharlov-Kramnik Line (B30)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-31-05  SneechLatke: 15.♔f1 seems strange. One would think that 15.O-O-O would be more prudent and avoid altogether the trouble which white only narrowly avoided in the game.
Jul-31-05  Robin001: After 0-0-0 black can force a queen trade with Qf4. Back could start a queen side attack immediately with b5. Choices; choices.
Aug-01-05  SneechLatke: <Robin001> You raise a good point. I wouldn't mind playing the white side of the endgame after 15...Qf4, but the advance 15...b5 looks potentially dangerous. It seems that white can at least hold (and perhaps start a storm on the kingside) after 15...b5 with 16.♗b3 (not 16.♗xb5?! ♖fb8 with initiative)16...a5 17.a3 when with proper defense white holds.
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  plang: Lautier had tried 7..Bh6 against Shirov in a 1998 game played in Spain that White went on to win so Shirov had first hand experience with his line. 9..h6 had been played in Shabalov's win over Kriventsev at the 1998 National win; 9..Be6 was new. True to Shirov's character he played for the sacrificial attack with 20..Rd4!? rather than the safe 20..Re7 but ended up having to settle for a perpetual.

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