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Alexey Shirov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Amber Rapid (2003) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 3, Mar-17
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-20-03  Helloween: I really like Vlad's 13...g5! here. This wing strike gives the c6 Knight a nice post on e5, and grants Black a half open g-file. If White had played 15.Bd4, Black would have simply played 15...Rg8, when the trade on e5 would give Black complete control over the dark squares of the board. Shirov, true to form, played a tricky night sac on move 27 that seems a bit weaker overall than he perhaps intended, although it gave him better chances of winning than simply trading off piece for piece. Kramnik held the position solidly, as usual, and the final position is obviously an easy draw.
Nov-20-03  Master of Sacrifice: I find it hard to believe that he accepted the draw, however. He was a piece for two Pawns, and Bishops are very effective for taking out the all-important Pawns. Unless, of course, White's position was considered superior.
Nov-21-03  Helloween: After 38...Bxe4, White draws easily with 39.c3, trading off Black's only winning chance. One of the minor pieces will then be needed to exchange itself for the White pawns, after which the position of MP vs. MP is a dead draw in every case. That is why it was agreed drawn.

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