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Alexey Shirov vs Peter Leko
Dortmund Candidates (2002), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Jul-15
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  0-1



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Sep-26-06  sagahelten: Leko (against whom he at that point in time had a terrible score) defeats Shirov in his own style!!! Shirov makes a mistake playing 18 bxa3 and from that point on Leko shows no mercy: 21... Qb8! (Preserving the attack) 24... c5! (cannot be taken by the queen because of the fork Na4+) 30... Rc8! In the final position, black wins after: 32.Kb2 Qxc2+ 33.Kxa3 Ra8+ 34.Qa4 Qc3! 35.Qxa8 Nc2+ 36.Ka4 Qb4 check and mate!
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  Mateo: 18.bxa3?! was the point of no return. Shirov missed the last exit to the draw area to enter in the punishment park. Maybe he wanted to avoid a draw by perpetual after 18.b3 Qd4 19.Nc4 h6 20.Qe3 Qa1+.
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  plang: In this 4 game semi-final match in the Candidates tournament Shirov had lost game 1 with White and felt he needed to press for a win here in game 3 to have any realistic chance in the match. Shirov himself had recently played 11..Be6; 11..a5 was new and is now regarded as the main line. In this game Black's attack always seems to be a step ahead of Whites. White had nothing better than 28 Qxb4 because he had to defend against the threat of 28..Rxb3 29 cxb..Qa3+ 30 Kd1..Qb2 31 Rc1..Rd8+. Leko had calculated 32 Kb2..Qxc2+ 33 Kxa3..Ra8+ 34 Qa4..Qc3! 35 Rhg1+..Kh7 36 Qxa8..Nc2+ 37 Ka4..Qb4# though the simple 32..Ra6 would have won easily as well.

Voted the 3rd best game in Informant 85 though Shirov's play was clearly influenced by the match circumstances.

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