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Alexey Shirov vs Sergey Volkov
European Club Cup (2003), Rethymnon GRE, rd 2, Sep-29
French Defense: McCutcheon. Janowski Variation (C12)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-10-06  euripides: 16 Bb5 looks interesting. I guess after 16 Bb5 Bd7 17 Bc5 Black has 0-0-0 when he jettisons the bishop on f8 but looks OK.
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  al wazir: <euripides: 16 Bb5 looks interesting. I guess after 16 Bb5 Bd7 17 Bc5 Black has 0-0-0> Huh? Did you mean 17. Nc5 ?

After 16. Bb5 Bd7 I would play 17. Nf6+ Ke7 18. Bxd7. Now if 18...Nc6 then, e.g., 19. Ng8+ Kd8 20. Bxe6+ Kc7 Bxf7. If 18...Qc5 then I suppose 19. Ba4.

Getting back to the final position in the game, after 16. Bb5+ Nxb5 17. Nf6+ Ke7 18. Ng8+ white gets a perpetual. But what's wrong with 16. Nf6+ Ke7 17. Rxd4 ? If 17...Qe1+ then 18 Rd1.

Jul-06-06  Cyphelium: <al wazir> Actually, euripides was analysing the move 16. ♗b5 as an alternative to 16. ♘xe4, meaning that the knight is still on c3 in his variation. And yes, he certainly did mean 17. ♗c5.
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  al wazir: <euripides, Cyphelium>: Sorry, my bad. On my screen '5' and '6' are hard to distinguish in the score sheet. I was looking at the position following move 16 and thinking it was 15. Ignore what I said.

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