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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Alexey Shirov
Linares (1998), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-23
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  0-1



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Apr-14-08  computer chess guy: 27. .. ♖ge8 was a nice move, which engines say at least equalizes (after some thought: initially they don't like this move, because of the loose pawn on f7).

Ivanchuk blundered with 30. ♖f3?? (♕e3 looks ok) and resigned after 30. .. ♖xe4 because he will lose material: 31. ♘xe4? ♖xd1+ and the Queen must be lost; 31. ♕xe4 ♕xd1+ 32. ♔h2 ♕xd2 picks up a Knight.

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  plang: 7 Bg5 was new; 7 Bb3 is the standard maneuver. Seirawan recommended 12 h3..Nf4 13 Bxf4..Bxf3 14 Qxf3..gxf 15 g3 with White a bit better. However, after 16...0-0-0!? 17 a4 White had a very good position anyway. 19 b4..a6 20 bxc..axb would have led to an unclear position. Ivanchuk's combination with 22 Bxa6!? won material but gave Shirov dangerous counterplay on the light squares. After 29 Qe3 both sides would have had chances. After 29 Kb1? and then 30 Rf3?? the game came to a sudden end.

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