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Alexey Shirov vs Vladimir Kramnik
ECC14 Final (1999), Belgrade YUG, rd 1, Jan-11
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Jul-27-06  McCool: Black Resigned in the view of 64. ..♖ax7 65. ♖h7+ winning the rook. This tactic is known as an x-ray attack.
Oct-20-06  Whitehat1963: Another Kramnik fave!
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  Honza Cervenka: Interesting endgame.
Oct-20-06  aw1988: Whitehat: I might suggest to you that you not stoop to the level of these blind people who single out single losses.

What is ECC? Something like a European Champion Cup?

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  Honza Cervenka: <What is ECC?> European Clubs Cup I guess.
Oct-22-06  positional nuance: Shirov always appeared to be quite a thorn in Kramnik's side seemingly throughout the 1990's.

I'm curious to find out whether this still applies to the new and improved Kramnik.

Oct-22-06  veigaman: shirov is a very good endgame player
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  plang: Played in the European Club Cup Finals (a team tournament). A few months earlier at Tilburg Kramnik had played 13..Nxd2 against Anand and Anand had gone on to win a nice game. 13..Bxh4! was Kramnik's improvement; it was voted the best theoretical novelty of Informant #74. 18..Rxe5? 19 Nb3..Re8 20 Bf4 would have been good for White. 19..Re6?! led to problems for Black; two weeks later at Wijk-Aan-Zee against Anand Kramnik improved with 18..Nh3+ and drew comfortably. Kramnik still had a chance had he played 20..Nh3+ to keep White's edge to a minimum but after 20..Ne4? Shirov had a clear edge. Kramnik probably should have played 29..Rb8 in order to tranfer the rook to the d-file stopping White from advancing his king to the center. The winning breakthrough was 43 b5..axb 44 a5!. The defense 44..g5 would have failed to 45 a6..gxf 46 a7..Rg8 47 gxf..Bxc4 48 Ra3..Ra8 49 Ra6..c6 50 Ra1..Be2 51 Rg1..Bg4 52 Rxg4!..fxg 53 f5 and the White passed pawns are much more powerful than Blacks. In time trouble Shirov missed 59 b6! although this only delayed the win a few moves.

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