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Alexey Shirov vs Sergei Movsesian
Sarajevo (2000), Sarajevo BIH, rd 10, May-27
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  0-1



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Aug-31-10  arsen387: great defense by Movsesian, worth to look at, almost all the game was like walking through a minefield for him I believe. And as always Shirov's games are entertaining
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  plang: Going into the next to last round (10th) Shirov held a half point lead. This game (his only loss) coupled with Kasparov's win over Georgiev put Kasparov into the lead. Both won in the last round leaving Shirov in a second place tie with Adams 1/2 point behind Kasparov. 19 Ne3 had been played in the draw Lautier-Movsesian Malmo 1999; 19 Ne2 was but had been expected by Movsesian.

Movsesian after 21..f6:
"This looks very dangerous, but on the other hand it provoked Alexey into trying to decide the game in a way he loves - by a direct attack."

Black would have been equal after 26 Qh4..exd 27 Rxe7..Qxe7 28 Rxf6..Qe5! 29 Bxe5..dxe 30 cxd..Rg8! 31 Rxc6..Rxc6. 28 Qh5?..e3! 29 Qxf7..Rxg2 30 Rxf6..Rg7+ would have been winning for Black. Movsesian offered a draw with 28..d5 but Shirov was still playing for a win. Shirov would still not have been worse after 34 Bxd5..Qxd5 35 h3..Rg6 36 Qxe4..Qxe4 37 Rxe4..Qxa3 38 Ra2; instead after 34 Bd1? and 35 h4? his position quickly went downhill.

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