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Alexey Shirov vs Loek van Wely
Bundesliga (2002/03), Germany, rd 10, Oct-19
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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May-25-09  notyetagm: Wow, no comments on this *brilliant* Shirov game, which came in 2nd in the Informator Best Games voting.
May-25-09  notyetagm: 16 ♘c3-d5

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This is *exactly* the kind of position you do *not* want Shirov (White) to have: lots of active White pieces playing against a "centralized" Black king.

May-25-09  notyetagm:
May-25-09  Jim Bartle: Typical dizzying position for Shirov on the attack.
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  plang: 5..e6 is very rarely played and has scored very poorly; the main line is 5..Nd4 as played by Leko a few months later at Linares 2003 against Kasparov and Anand. 6..Ng4?! attempting to maintain control of e5 is illogical since White usually takes on c6 anyway. 7..bxc was new but seems clearly the best choice (7..Qxc6?! 8 d4 is bad for Black).

Nunn after 12 Rxe5:"Black has the two bishops and a 2-0 central majority, but White's lead in development and Black's difficulty in castling are far more important factors. The rook on e5 may appear exposed to attack, but White is quite happy to sacrifice the exchange to gain total domination of the dark squares."

After 13..Bd6?! Black was in deep trouble; 13..d6 14 Bxe7!..Qxe7 (14..dxe 15 Qc5..Rb8 16 Bd6 is a strong exchange sacrifice) 15 Re3..0-0 16 Ne4 would have been better with some edge for White.

A nice game by Shirov but a very poor opening by Van Wely.

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