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Alexey Shirov vs Victor Bologan
XXXIV Bosnia (2004), Sarajevo BIH, rd 6, May-24
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  1-0



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May-29-04  shr0pshire: I think that although Bologan plays a fine game, I think he is too passive against a player like Shirov. 5. ...Nd7? I am sorry Bologan but you have to fight fire with fire, and you have to play more aggressive than that. 5. ... Bd6 I think is better, and is more aggressive (I understand that Nd7 is the main line, but I think that there needs to be more aggressive play).

Maybe he should have looked over Karpov's games of the petrov before he plays it agian. Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 This one is instructive, and fine play by Karpov.

May-31-04  lek: Nigel Short has commented on the game. He actually thinks 9...Be6 is the losing move.
May-31-04  csmath: Fire with fire? Nobody play Petroff as black to have an aggressive defence. Frankly I don't understand at all anybody who wants to play Petroff as black. 5. ... Nd7 is fine, Short is right, Be6 seems quite bogus, allowing a tempo for pawn attack of white. 11....c6 was a cliche and made it even worse. 12. ... Be7 (it is hard to propose anything better though) is all in the same manner, regressive. Shirov is exactly a type of player you don't want to play Petroff against because he is fairly consistently busting it. Bologan was apparently encouraged with his win on the last Corus. Well, he got spanked this time.
May-31-04  sktzofrenic: pbffffft!
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  plang: 8 c4 is the main line but Shirov had played 8 Nc3 on several previous occasions including game 2 of his 1998 match with Kramnik. 9..Be6?! had been played once before but seems like a really strange move; 9..0-0 and 9..Qh4 are usually played. 11 Qh5 was new; 11 f4 had been played previously. After the game Bologan was critical of 11..c6?! recommending 11..g6 12 Qh6..Kd7! instead. Extensive analysis showed that Black would have had better practical chances after 17..Bxg4! 18 f5..Kd7!; instead after his 17..Kc7?! he ended up in a poor endgame with few prospects for survival. 19..hxg 20 Rxf6..Rxh6 (several of the lines following 17..Bxg4! used this method for exchanging queens) 21 Rxf7..Rh4 22 h3..Rxh3 23 Ree7..Rd8 24 Bxg6 is easily winning for White due to the poor placement of the bishop. 27 h4! ruled out the bishop endgame as 27..Rg8? 28 Rxg8..Bxg8 29 h5 wins. 35..Ke6 36 dxc..bxc 37 c4 would not have helped Black.

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