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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Alexey Shirov
Linares (2002), Linares ESP, rd 13, Mar-09
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B50)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: I admit White looks better in the final position, but did Shirov really have to throw in the towel?
Jan-01-04  whithaw: Yes, white is winning and black is in zuzwang, all replies are losing. If Black exchanges queens, black will drop a pawn on either h7 or f7, and if black doesn't exchange queens, Qh8 will win for white.
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  plang: In the draw Leko-Gelfand Tilburg 1996 Black had played 11..b4; 11..Ba6 was new. Vallejo Pons thought that the game was fairly level until 28..Rbc3?! recommending 28..f5 instead. 34..Qb4? was also an inaccuracy; 34..Rcb7 would have been better. 49..Qb1+ 50 Kg2..Qf5 51 Nxh7..g5 52 Nxg5! would not have helped Black.

Played near the end of the tournament this win allowed Vallejo Pons to pass Shirov relegating Shirov to a disappointing last place finish.

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